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Titles to Look Out For:
[In alphabetical order]
1995. The Basics of Model Gliders by Chas Gardiner
1990. Engines for Ducted Fans by David James [Radio Control Handbooks]
1989. Vintage Model Aeroplanes [Radio Control Handbooks] by Peter Russell



James, David. 'Engines for Ducted Fans', published in 1990 by Argus Books, 63pp, pbk, ISBN 1854860178. Condition: New. Price:£2.25, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1990, Argus Books, pbk. NEW!!
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About the book/synopsis: Ducted fan powered models of gas turbine powered protoypes have definitely come of age. From slightly tentative beginnings, these models are now capable of impressive performances and speeds in excess of 125mph (200 kph). These vast improvements in performance have been due principally to the development of more suitable engines with high output efficiencies. In this book, David James explains how to obtain the best and most consistent performance from these 'hot' engines and discusses their operation, installation, servicing, fuels and gloplugs, and the adjustments to make.

Illustrated with black & white photos, diagrams and illustrations. Includes tables of data.

Chapters:
1. Early Developments
2. The ducted fan unit
3. The engine and tuned pipe
4. The fuel supply
5. Operating the fan and engine
6. Small models
7. Vertical take-off with the Harrier
8. The future
Appendix

 

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Gardiner, Chas. 'The Basics of Model Gliders', published in 1995 by Nexus Special Interests in paperback, 60pp, ISBN 185486114X. Condition: Brand new. Price: £2.25, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
Nexus Special Interests, 1995, pbk
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About the Book: The principles of gliding are fundamental to all aspects of aeromodelling and this book introduces the many skills necessary to design, build, fly and soar. You are led from simple hand-launched to intermediate class radio control models.

This book would be invaluable to schools, clubs and colleges to promote model aviation, its associated skills and as a means of inspiring technical and practical development.

Chapters:
Foreword; Introduction
1. In the beginning
2. Time for a little theory?
3. Controls
4. A bit of aerodynamics
5. A bit more technical
6. From the cockpit
7. What about model gliders?
8. Construction exercises
9. Flying the free-flight glider
10. Radio control
11. A first radio control glider
12. Take to the skies
13. Roll it over - and over
14. Some modern methods
15. What about the weather?
16. Where to next?
17. How do we start?
Appendix 1. Sources of information
Appendix 2. Suitable models. A useful selection for starters

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Russell, Peter. 'Vintage Model Aeroplanes' [Radio Control Handbooks], published in 1989 by Argus Books in paperback, 63pp, ISBN 0852429967. Condition: New. Price: £5.00, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1989, Argus Books, pbk
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About the Book: The book asks and answers the question 'What is vintage?' and follows this with an international history of model flight; how to choose a vintage plane comes next looking at whether to follow a kit or a plan, conventionally or in an unorthodox manner; then it provides details on building and covering your model aircraft and how to engine and fuel it. Of course you'll then want to fly your plane and you can find tips on flying in here, with practical advice on control surfaces, trimming, undercarriage design for take-off and landing, engine thrustline requirements and the dangers of vibration. Is illustrated with black & white photos, illustrations and diagrams (some with measurements given)

This book even covers flying your model in vintage contests and the practical use of vintage R/C equipment today.

Includes at the end two tables of particularly useful radio control and design data on models around at the time of publication (1989), such as the Rudder Bug, Radart, Thermal Snifter, Keilkraft Falcon, K. K. Junior 60, HBRC-1 Original, Southern Maid, Veron Stentorian, WP 58, Ethy II, The Charm, HBRC-2, Frog Centurion, Hook Bros, ECC, Charm, Court, Warring. Gives name of designer, type of model (e.g. cabin, shoulder, or h-wing), motor used (e.g. Delong 30 or Ohlson), CC, wingspan dimensions, coverings, and much more.

Chapters:
1. Start at the Beginning
2. What is Vintage?
3. Making a start
4. More detailed considerations
5. Building vintage models
6. Engines for vintage models
7. Flying vintage models
Appendix. Radio control design data

 

 

 



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