- Paperback: 271 pages
- Publisher: Ron Williams; 1st edition (1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879051612
- ISBN-13: 978-0879051617
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,919,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building and Flying Indoor Model Airplanes Paperback – 1984
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The author obviously put an enormous amount of effort into it, and it will be very useful to anyone who wants to begin building these fragile and beautiful models.
The book is almost an inch thick, and contains detailed instructions on almost every step involved in building indoor models. If you've never built a completely successful rubber-power model plane before, this book might be a really good place to start. The first chapter starts with a beginner's model. Subsequent chapters cover more advanced topics, up to the world-championship F1D class. You could easily go from any skill level to being able to build any model in the book, using only the instructions and plans given in the book.
Although the book concentrates on rubber duration, there is also a chapter on scale models and one on hand-launched gliders. There are many illustrations and they're excellent (I think the author is an architect).
The only thing wrong with this book is that it is now getting old. For example, chapters two and three which describe the easy-bee class, were obviously written at a time when the class was was less competitive than it is today. Nevertheless, the building and flying information given in the book is pretty timeless. People who want more up-to-date information should probably buy Lew Gitlow's more recent book as well.
Most notably the author takes you step-by-step through the difficulty levels improving the chances for success. It was this book that got me back into these aircraft after quitting because I jumped into indoor models at a level way above the level of skills I possessed. I believe this issue is not sufficiently addressed in other books and my initial mistake is not uncommon.
I agree with the other reviewer that Novice or Limited Pennyplane is by far now a better class to build and fly for your first competition class model.
As others comment, some aspects are a bit dated but it is still the best book. I own two copies.