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Don Dewey Memorial Radio Control Modeler (RCM) Plans Collection


I have completed the "Phase One" I had in mind, when I started; to put everything I had in a publicly available venue--with room to add more as I find it.

From this time forward, readers can comment without expecting my automatic deletion... for, as I said, the structure is complete.

That said, as long as I have administrator privileges on this thread, I do reserve the right to remove posts as I deem necessary, to preserve the subject matter, good order, and the level of civility I expect of the modelling community.




Welcome to the "Dewey Collection".

Everything you see below is a result of one man's idea... to create an honest forum for the then-new hobby of building and operating radio-controlled models. He was smart, skilled, and just as human as any of us. His dream eventually saw the publication of over 1,200 various plans in RCM Magazine. Once, I calculated the span and length of each fixed wing aircraft plan to give me an approximate footprint for that plane. Then I summed the areas of all the models together. The resulting area, needed to hold one of each plane without any overlap, was just larger than an American professional football field, including the end-zones.

This thread derives from the "RCM Plans Free!!!!" thread in the Vintage Forum.

I intend this to be a history and a collection of the plans published by the now defunct RCM Magazine. It is a story, and a body of work, that is worth preserving--and was at risk of being forgotten. My late Father, the US Navy Chief Petty Officer, taught me that the person who sees a "task undone" should not leave the task to someone else. I will try to see this task done.

COPYRIGHT POLICE: Please note that almost all of the 1200+ plan images are marked "Copyright RCM, All Commercial Rights Reserved" (emphasis and underlining added). RCM specifically allowed us to share and use these plans, but not to make money from them.

I organized this thread as follows... the numbered list represents post numbers. When BOLD, I have completed posting the data. When HIGHLIGHTED, I have more to do but am pushing on. If I make any changes to an existing post, I will note the change with the word "UPDATED". Therefore, searching or scanning the thread for the word "UPDATED" will help you locate them. I placed a post at the beginning of each Section (every 20 volumes) and each Volume (publishing year) to eventually hold overviews. The introductory post will be followed by a post for each regular or special issue.

1963-1983: SECTION ONE (Volumes 1-20) - Table of Contents starts below

1984-2003: SECTION TWO (Volumes 21-40) - Table of Contents in Post 270 (LINK)


2004-2005: SECTION THREE (Volumes 41-42, Appendices) - Table of Contents in Post 532 (LINK)


Appendices (LINK)
A. Hobby House Plans
B. RCM Staff
C. Designers
D. RCM Books
E. Non-Plans sold by the RCM Plans Service
F. Information Derived from the RCM Plans Website
G. Statistical Notes
H. Notes
I. Papers and Essays
J. Chronology
Notices and Release for Community Comments (LINK)



Section One Table of Contents
Vol 1 (OCT 1963 - NOV 1964) Posts 02-14
Vol 2 (DEC 1964 - DEC 1965) Posts 15-27 (LINK)
Vol 3 (1966, plus the RCM 1966 Annual) Posts 28-41 (LINK)
Vol 4 (1967, plus a Special Edition in JUL 1967 ("The Challenge of Radio Control Scale")) Posts 42-55 (LINK)
Vol 5 (1968, plus a Special Edition in DEC 1968) Posts 56-69 (LINK)

== 69. 1968 Radio Control Modeler Annual (Special Edition) (E)

Vol 6 (1969) Posts 70-82 (LINK)
Vol 7 (1970) Posts 83-95 (LINK)
Vol 8 (1971, plus two Special Editions "For What It's Worth" and "Foam Wings") Posts 96-110 (LINK)
Vol 9 (1972, plus Special Edition "Flight Training Course") Posts 111-124 (LINK)

== 112. Special Edition "Flight Training Course Volume 1" NOTE: I will be posting the full text of this special edition, once it is scanned. When I post it, I will announce it.

RCM BASIC TRAINER (FTC) 501 FTCv1 Tichenor, Dick - Article Missing


Vol 10 (1973) Posts 125-137 (LINK)
Vol 11 (1974, plus Special Edition "Flight Training Course Volume 2") Posts 138-151 (LINK)

== 151. Special Edition "Flight Training Course Volume 2". E/T. NOTE: I will be posting the full text of this special edition, once it is scanned. When I post it, I will announce it.

Vol 12 (1975) Posts 152-164 (LINK)
Vol 13 (1976) Posts 165-177 (LINK)
Vol 14 (1977) Posts 178-190 (LINK)
Vol 15 (1978) Posts 191-203 (LINK)
Vol 16 (1979) Posts 204-216 (LINK)
Vol 17 (1980) Posts 217-229 (LINK)

== 218. JAN 1980 (E/T)
== 219. FEB 1980 (C/E/T)
== 220. MAR 1980 (E/T)
== 221. APR 1980 (C/E/T)
== 222. MAY 1980 (C/E/T)
== 223. JUN 1980 (E/T)
== 224. JUL 1980 (E/T)
== 225. AUG 1980 (E/T)
== 226. SEP 1980 (E/T)
== 227. OCT 1980 (E/T)
== 228. NOV 1980 (E/T)
== 229. DEC 1980 (E/T)

Vol 18 (1981) Posts 230-214 (LINK)
Vol 19 (1982) Posts 243-255 (LINK)
Vol 20 (1983) Posts 256-268 (LINK)

== 263. JUL 1983 (C/E/T)
== 264. AUG 1983 (E/T)
== 265. SEP 1983 (C/E/T)
== 266. OCT 1983 (E/T)
== 267. NOV 1983 (C/E/T)
== 268. DEC 1983 (E/T)


Review of Volumes 1-20, (LINK)


END OF SECTION ONE Table of Contents

1984-2003: SECTION TWO (Volumes 21-40) - Table of Contents in Post 270(LINK)

2004-2005: SECTION THREE (Volumes 41-42, Appendices) - Table of Contents in Post 532 (LINK)





NOTES for later use:
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Don Dewey, founder of R C Modeler magazine and long time Sierra Madre resident, passed away Sunday FEB 27, 2000 from an apparent heart attack. He founded the magazine in 1964, handing out copies at contests. It has since grown into the worlds largest circulation radio control hobby magazine. His later interest turned to a fish and aquarium publication (FAMA). He lived with his wife Sally in Sierra Madre and rarely found reason to leave the quaint town. They lost their son in a motorcycle accident about 20 years ago. Don and Sally were longtime supporters of the Sierra Madre (later Santa Fe Dam) Radio Control Modelers club, regularly paying dues even as honorary members. We were honored with their presence at a club Christmas Party at the Sierra Madre Rec. Center about 8 years ago. We honor Don's memory and thank him for his contribution to our hobby and the community. We extend condolences to Sally and the staff and our friends at RCM In lieu of flowers, Don's wife Sally has asked that donations be made to a charity. Three of Don's favorite charities are: Feed The Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101; Christian Appalachian Project, 322 Crab Orchard Rd, Lancaster, KY 40446; Doris Day Animal League, 227 Massachusetts Ave NE, Suite 100, Washington, DC 2000
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On Wed, 4 Oct 2000, Marty Hammersmith wrote: Here's the e-mail I received from RCM..... As most of you who read RCM know, we too are modelers and really hate to take any action that would reduce the enjoyment that our readers receive from each issue of RCM.

To the best of my knowledge there are only two modelers at RCM - Dick Kidd, Technical Editor and Assistant Editor Jim Pearson. All of the associate editors are modelers....but they don't have a say in setting policy or direction of the magazine. All decisions made by the magazine are made by the Editor in Chief, Pat Crews....who apparently took over total control (or was willed control after the untimely death of Publisher Don Dewey) naming herself Editor in Chief in the October 2000 issue - Prior to that, she was listed (September) as Editor. At the same time she appointed Joseph J. Crews (who appeared on the masthead in any position the first time) as Assistant to the Editor in Chief. His relationship to Pat Crews is unknown, perhaps a son. A number of Pat's family are employed by the magazine, incuding her sister, Kathy Acton and her son Greg. Look at the mastheads in these issues (September/October 2000) to confirm.

RCM had been at the time I worked for them, under financial pressure, or that is what we were told when payments to their Assistant and Contributing Editors were running months behind. I rather suspect that blocking out of plans is an attempt to increase revenue from that area of their business rather than admit that the number of people building from plans has dropped off significantly (according to Radio Control Trade Association sources). Modelers, particularly the older ones, resist change. This has probably done more to keep RCM in business in a flat market and in the face of emerging competition than any direct efforts on their part. "I've always subscribed to RCM and I will continue to...." may not sustain them indefinitely. Before a business starts tightening up on what they offer, or reducing offerings they should assure themselves that their market share/position will support such an action.

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The last magazine disseminated was June, 2005 (Volume 42, Number 6).

A note about plan numbers. Numbers 101 - 140 were applied by the "Hobby House Plans Service" that predated the creation of RCM Magazine. Not all Hobby House plans made it into the magazine as construction articles, although they were sold by the plans service. The "R/C MODELER Hobby House PLANS SERVICE" began operations in the Mar-Apr 1964 issue.

When a plan or notable article was not sold by the plans service, and had no plan number, I gave it a number, starting with 9000.

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Contributors: 3810, ~SnApRoLl, AgoMago, albertomi, ar196, AugustaWest, Ausse, AVGDAY, Balsaworkbench, Bare, bernd_57, bmutlugil, Bridon, Brner, Captain Dunsel, Circlip, Couch-pilot, cracksmeup, CryHavoc, Cavitation, davevh, davidterrell80, DeeBee1, Dereude Bernar, deuxchevaux, Dplumpe, Edubarca, EJWash1, ev2driver, fizzlestik, flicka5, greyflight390, guitarsbanjo, Hemikiller, Hlsat, JeffMac, jflint5429, Jim Kraft, JohnAV8R, JohnSH, KraftyOne, modified3u, monocoupe110, N1EDM, PA22, Patzpaint, piperjoe, rchopper56, RFJ, ripplewave, rockom, Roguedog, Ron Daniels, Rubbernecker, sablatnic, shinck, SrFalcon, SRQFlyer, Thermaler, thobin, titoplane, tri-pacer, Trisquire, WMD, Zipman,

The first chart presents the number of build articles per year. The data is immediately divisible into sections.
-- Startup (1963-65) when less than 2 articles per issue (<24/year) were published.
-- Heyday (1966-81) when over 3 articles per issue (>36/year) were published, with two noticeable peaks 1967-69 & 1975-77.
-- Stretch (1982-96) when the publication dropped to just over 2 articles per issue (~26/year)
-- Decline (1997-2005) when the number of build articles dropped to about one per issue (~14/year)

The second chart looks at the span of powered, fixed-wing plans. 1982 is a clear marker. Before 1982 spans were <= 54", and >= 54" after. Does that indicate a shift towards the more experienced modeler? Does the correlation with the first chart have a connection... publishing fewer plans of larger aircraft? Is the correlation between the "Decline" and the spike in greater wingspans in the last years of the magazine significant? I'll have to watch the subjects of the editorials and articles for audience (new versus experienced modeler).

The third chart examines the same data as chart 2 but looks at maximum and minimum curves. This will help me understand if peaks in the average curve were caused by one-or-two outliers, rather than an overall shift in the plans.

The fourth chart shows the number of plans classified as Trainers. There was clearly a move away from trainer build plans as ARFS became available.
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RCM Volume 1 (October 1963 - November 1964)


2. RCM Volume 1 (October 1963 - November 1964)

3. v01n01 - October 1963
4. v01n02 - November 1963
5. v01n03 - December 1963
6. v01n04 - January 1964
7. v01n05 - February 1964
8. v01n06 - March & April 1964
9. v01n07 - May 1964
10. v01n08 - June & July 1964
11. v01n09 - August 1964
12. v01n10 - September 1964
13. v01n11 - October 1964
14. v01n12 - November 1964

Plans listed for the volume include

STAGGER-BI MARK 3 133 Oct-63 Kraft, Phil
EXODUS 315 Oct-63 Halstad, Barry
CANDY 131 Nov-63 Weirick, Cliff
TRIED SQUIRE 9070 Nov-63 Billett, Dud
TORERO 134 Dec-63 Smith, Willie
NOVA 310 Dec-63 Hallock, Mede
VIRUS 324 Jan-64 Willard, Ken
F-9  9005 Jan-64 Usher, Darryl
NORSEMAN 3 132 Feb-64 Chapman, Ron
JUBILEE (ARF) 9014 Feb-64 Purdy, Len
CESSNA CARDINAL 101 Apr-64 Halstad, Barry
CESSNA 182 SKYLANE 113 May-64 Willoughby, Dale
DOUBLE FEATURE  118 Jul-64 Willard, Ken
MARK ONE 140.1 Jul-64 Smith, Courtney
CESSNA UC-78 BOBCAT 122 Aug-64 Morse, Bob & Merle Hickman
GULLIVER 9011 Aug-64 Strader, Ted
SABRE HAWK 4 126 Sep-64 Izzo, Ed
KWIK FLI 1 130 Oct-64 Kraft, Phil
TOKYO ECHO 136 Nov-64 Kudo, Azuma
GNAT 9010 Nov-64 McClain, D.
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v01n02 - November 1963


CANDY 131 Nov-63 Weirick, Cliff
TRIED SQUIRE 9070 Nov-63 Billett, Dud

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MODEL WIFE'S LAMENT
There is balsa on the carpet
And solder on the chair;
There is sawdust on the hi-fi,
And sawdust in my hair.
My lungs are filled with dope fumes
A gas mask I should buy;
The sanding sealer chokes me,
Till I think that I shall die.
He rushes home from work
To see his plane-not me;
I can never sit on his knee
For the airplanes there, not me!
When he takes, time out to kiss me
It tastes like Ambroid glue,
But this is very seldom
For he can't kiss me and the airplane too.
After many weeks of labor
The plane is finally done.
He takes it out to Sunset Strip,
I go along to see the fun.
The tank is full, the engine primed,
He prays that it will fly.
He starts the engine, lets it go -- It flies -- with pride I cry.
It loops, it dives, it dives, it dives,
I'm sure there's something stuck.
It hits the ground, the pieces fly,
Damn, what rotten luck.
UPDATED 2018.07.28 Added the Plans Service advertising, 1963 Nats Data Sheets, and RCM Tech Data Sheet 2 (Transmitter Troubleshooting).
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v01n04 - January 1964


VIRUS 324 Jan-64 Willard, Ken
F-9  9005 Jan-64 Usher, Darryl

Updated 2018.10.16 loaded a better version of the F-9 plan.
UPDATED 2018.07.18 with Part 2 of 3 of Ken Willard's "Blueprint for Beginners"
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v01n06 - March & April 1964


CESSNA CARDINAL 101 Apr-64 Halstad, Barry

Updated: The "R/C MODELER Hobby House PLANS SERVICE" began operations in the Mar-Apr 1964 issue.

Note: a month was skipped to begin moving the publication year into alignment with the calendar year. By the beginning of Volume 3, each volume will begin in January but, the anniversary month will remain October.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO MARCH?
We did. You didn't miss it - it just got lost in the shuffle. Or maybe this is the March issue. But we've called it April. Somehow, we found ourselves pushed back two and a half weeks by our contracted production services during the Holiday season, and due to the necessity for maintaining national newsstand release dates, were forced to bypass the March issue or combine March and April. Or something. Anyway, all subscribers will still receive a full twelve or twenty-four issues on their one and two year subscriptions. And if you like March better than April, this is your March issue.
UPDATED 2018.07.28 Added the Plans Service advertising and Part one of series about finishing planes.
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v01n07 - May 1964


CESSNA 182 SKYLANE 113 May-64 Willoughby, Dale

UPDATED 2018.07.28 Added the Plans Service advertising and Contest Calendar.
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v01n08 - June & July 1964


DOUBLE FEATURE  118 Jul-64 Willard, Ken
MARK ONE 140.1 Jul-64 Smith, Courtney

Note: another month was skipped to continue moving the publication year into alignment with the calendar year.

Quote:
RCM's "growing pains" necessitated a delay in releasing this issue while additional newsstand contracts were negotiated. Although the dates are combined on this issue RCM is, and will always remain, a monthly publication. All subscriptions will be extended an additional month beyond their normal expiration date. We trust our readers will accept our apologies for any inconvenience this expansion program may have caused.
UPDATED 2018.07.28 Added the Plans Service advertising, Contest Calendar, and the second article about finishing a plane.

This was the last month "Timely Plans" advertising appeared in the magazine. RCM Plans Service was now the sole source for RCM Plans. But access to all of the other plans Timely provided was lost to RCM readers.
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v01n10 - September 1964


SABRE HAWK 4 126 Sep-64 Izzo, Ed

UPDATED 2018.07.28 Added the Plans Service advertising & Contest Calendar.
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v01n11 - October 1964


KWIK FLI 1 130 Oct-64 Kraft, Phil

1st anniversary

UPDATED 2018.07.28 Added the Plans Service advertising.
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v01n12 - November 1964


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The first twelve issues -Volume 1 - of RCM is past history. You have made this publication a success, growing from 48 pages and a circulation of 7,000 copies to 64 pages and a circulation of 63,000. Next month we begin Volume 2 and the first step of a planned expansion program, increasing the number of pages to 72. In the next, and succeeding issues, you will see several new "firsts" in model publications, plus some very exciting items for RC never before attempted or presented by the model press. In addition, the first RC Modeler Annual will make its appearance sometime after the first of the year - a valuable reference handbook of plans, articles, and data sheets that will be more than just a rehash of old ideas and concepts.

It's going to be a good year. A year for going forward with a hobby that will grow beyond all preconceived limitations. Stay with it.

Peace.

-- Don Dewey

TOKYO ECHO 136 Nov-64 Kudo, Azuma
GNAT 9010 Nov-64 McClain, D.

Editorial contains memorials to Cal Smith (Editor at Flying Models magazine), Percival Edward "P.E." Norman (Ducted Fan Pioneer), and Paul Del Gatto (Modeler and Designer).

UPDATED 2018.07.28 added the Plans service page. Added announcement of Maynard Hill's new world record RC endurance flight. At the time of this update (2018.07.28), Outerzone has 95 Paul Del Gatto Plans.
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RCM Magazine Volume 2 (December 1964 - November 1965)


15. RCM Magazine Volume 2 (December 1964 - November 1965)

16. v02n01 - December 1964
17. v02n02 - January 1965
18. v02n03 - February 1965
19. v02n04 - March 1965
20. v02n05 - April 1965
21. v02n06 - May 1965
22. v02n07 - June 1965
23. v02n08 - July 1065
24. v02n09 - August 1965
25. v02n10 - September 1965
26. v02n11 - November 1965 (NOTE: There was no October 1965 issue.)
27. v02n12 - December 1965

Plans listed for the volume include:

DIGESTER 137 Dec-64 Mathis, Don
DQA 704 9043 Dec-64 Babcock, Stu
ALBATROS DVA 139 Jan-65 Holman, Bob
MAC SEVENTEEN 140 Jan-65 Sager, Lloyd
HAWKER HURRICANE 141 Feb-65 Dwight, Ken
UPLIFT 145 Feb-65 Olsen, Chris
DENIGHT SPECIAL 142 Mar-65 Martin, Joe
SCHOOLGIRL 316 Mar-65 Willard, Ken
KWIK FLI 2 146 Apr-65 Kraft, Phil
LORELEI 9018 Apr-65 RCM Staff
AEOLUS 147 May-65 Riggs, Dick
WILD CHILD 148 May-65 Northrop, Bill
CHALLENGER (BOAT) 9064 May-65 Preuesse, Gary & Earl Mundt
ROYAL COACHMAN 149 Jun-65 Dewey, Don
PATRIOT 150 Jul-65 Foster, Joe
PHOENIX 151 Aug-65 Lowe, Don
GARY 1 152 Aug-65 Leak, Gerald
KAHUNA 153 Sep-65 Toomer, John
HAMMERHEAD 154 Nov-65 Fielding, James
GOOD NEIGHBOR 155 Nov-65 Willard, Ken
SHOWOFF 156 Dec-65 Cunningham, Chuck
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