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Old Apr 29, 2011, 04:32 PM
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Mechanix Illustrated plans

I would like to open a new thread about old Mechanix Illustrated plans.
Please see some samples in the picture attached.

Does anyone has scans of these or other MI plans ?

Strangely they are quite neglected, if compared to the plans featured on Air Trails or Model Airplane News.
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 06:37 PM
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I'd forgotten that magazine. I can remember my Father bringing it home now and then, probably in the early? '50s.

There was a CL Spitfire in one of them, but can't recall other plans at this stage.
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 06:42 PM
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google it-you may find the issues on the web.
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 06:42 PM
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I think they may be available from the AMA.
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 06:43 PM
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Science and Mechanics also was a source for plans.
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 10:00 PM
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I think that Walter M. did less than one dozen of the more scale plans. You can easily get them direct via New Jersey.

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Old Apr 30, 2011, 06:56 PM
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Yes, Mr. Walter Musciano published many designs in this magazine, If anybody has them please post them here.
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Old Apr 30, 2011, 11:22 PM
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Here's one
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Dick Ealy's Sikorsky Amphibian

Here's Dick Ealy's Sikorsky Amphibian from January 1951 MI. It's sort of a cross between the two-engine, two-rudder S-38 and the single-engine, single-rudder S-39.

As a 12 year old back in 1952 B.G. (before girls), I lusted after this model and got the tail and fuselage structures all built. When I came home after school one day I found my cocker spaniel had broken through the barrier I'd built around my basement corner workspace and was happily chewing on the remainder of my labors. I chastised Pepper, led her to understand that was unacceptable behaviour and I confidently began rebuilding. After her second meal a couple weeks later I gave up. 50+ years later I tried to remember that plan and it took me a couple years before I finally recognized it as Dick Ealy's design from Mechanix Illus. I don't have a dog now, so maybe it'd be safe to start another?

-Dave Plumpe

Edit: I had some pilot error trouble uploading this plan, but finally got it. Two versions: all-together (my preference) and tiled (from Dave Fritzke).
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Old May 01, 2011, 09:02 AM
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DPlumpe: Do hope you can upload the plan. Thanks
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Mechanix Illustrated cover art

Just for nostalgia, there's a nice collection of MI cover scans posted at http://blog.modernmechanix.com/magaz...nixIllustrated.

There's also a few pages of each issue posted, but a cursory look didn't find any model plane articles.

-Dave Plumpe
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"As a 12 year old back in 1952 B.G. (before girls), I lusted after this model and got the tail and fuselage structures all built."

That sure brings back memories. At about the same time, and age, I had built a stick and tissue something or other. Before beginning the covering on it, I was lying on the floor, with my boxer dog along side, model in the sun shining through the screen. The wind moved the model; the boxer did not think the model should move, and brought a paw right down on top of it, converting it back into a box of balsa sticks:-(((((((((

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[QUOTE=As a 12 year old back in 1952 B.G. (before girls)[/QUOTE]

I chuckle at the reference to "B.G."

I was also 12 years old in 1952 also and that was when I was holed up in my basement turning out one model after another while listening to "The Shadow" and the like on the radio. Here in Atlanta being holed up in a cool basement was the only way to survive the hot and humid summer months.

One scenario that popped into my mind Dave when you referenced "B.G." was this one.

At the age of 12, mothers in Atlanta often sent their boys to learn to be civilized at a "ballroom dancing" school that took place after school one day a week. Here we met girls and were instructed how to dance and be a gentleman in social situations. It was a hated interference in our lives, however we were beginning to notice protuberances and curves on the opposite sex that weren't there before and therefore began to take some interest. At the end of the course there was a "prom" where the boys had to ask a girl to the "prom" and on the evening of the "prom" the boy wore his best suit and the girls wore a prom dress that was topless with no straps and a wide skirt with lots of "crinolines" a la Gone With The Wind. I had my eye on a girl named Betty who's protuberances and curves were far beyond her years and asked her to the prom.

On the afternoon of the prom, which was a Saturday, I spent the day in the basement building a model up until the very last moment when my mother threatened to skin me alive if I didn't get myself up to my room and get ready. I reluctantly put down what I was doing which was covering a wing with silkspan and capped up my bottle of dope and in the process knocked over the open jar of acetone thinner which spilled all over my lap. I knew the acetone would evaporate and wouldn't leave a stain so I didn't bother to clean it off and ran upstairs and rushed to get dressed.

Dad drove me over to Betty's house and on the way over I began to feel a burning of the "family jewels" that only increased. I picked up Betty who looked lovely and escorted her into the car. On the way to the prom I squirmed uncomfortably which I'm sure she noticed as the jewels were on FIRE! I made it into the prom and eventually the fire subsided to an endurable level and I enjoyed the rest of the evening. I really had "the hots" for Betty but not quite the regular way.

Now that I'm seventy, I guess we'll label this era A.G.

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Also 12 in 1952

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I chuckle at the reference to "B.G."

I was also 12 years old in 1952 also and that was when I was holed up in my basement turning out one model after another while listening to "The Shadow" and the like on the radio. Here in Atlanta being holed up in a cool basement was the only way to survive the hot and humid summer months.

One scenario that popped into my mind Dave when you referenced "B.G." was this one.

At the age of 12, mothers in Atlanta often sent their boys to learn to be civilized at a "ballroom dancing" school that took place after school one day a week. Here we met girls and were instructed how to dance and be a gentleman in social situations. It was a hated interference in our lives, however we were beginning to notice protuberances and curves on the opposite sex that weren't there before and therefore began to take some interest. At the end of the course there was a "prom" where the boys had to ask a girl to the "prom" and on the evening of the "prom" the boy wore his best suit and the girls wore a prom dress that was topless with no straps and a wide skirt with lots of "crinolines" a la Gone With The Wind. I had my eye on a girl named Betty who's protuberances and curves were far beyond her years and asked her to the prom.

On the afternoon of the prom, which was a Saturday, I spent the day in the basement building a model up until the very last moment when my mother threatened to skin me alive if I didn't get myself up to my room and get ready. I reluctantly put down what I was doing which was covering a wing with silkspan and capped up my bottle of dope and in the process knocked over the open jar of acetone thinner which spilled all over my lap. I knew the acetone would evaporate and wouldn't leave a stain so I didn't bother to clean it off and ran upstairs and rushed to get dressed.

Dad drove me over to Betty's house and on the way over I began to feel a burning of the "family jewels" that only increased. I picked up Betty who looked lovely and escorted her into the car. On the way to the prom I squirmed uncomfortably which I'm sure she noticed as the jewels were on FIRE! I made it into the prom and eventually the fire subsided to an endurable level and I enjoyed the rest of the evening. I really had "the hots" for Betty but not quite the regular way.

Now that I'm seventy, I guess we'll label this era A.G.

Planeman
I guess that makes us "Vintage Modelers" in several respects.

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As an old alumni of Georgia Tech, I just called the library there as I know they have a lot of the back issues of old technical magazines and they do have Mechanix Illustrated. However I was told a water pipe broke and the magazines are in the process of being dried out and restored and are not available at the moment. They should become available again sometime during the summer. I will try to remember to call again in the summer to see if they can be viewed. If so, I plan to go over there and pore over the copies from about 1935 through 1965 looking for old plans which I will copy. I can't recall when the magazine stopped publishing.

Any thoughts of how far back I should go or how far forward I should go?

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