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Post  Marleysky on Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:03 pm

Ran across a post by our SMALL event promoter, Tony. On another forum. Just wondering if anyone has a copy of this book they'd like to share?  


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The 48 page book is called 8 Easy Projects for 1/2A Engines by Ken Willard, published in 1985. You can find them on eBay from time to time. Amazon lists the book for $108 to $255....seriously!
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Post  Admin on Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:13 pm

That'll be another book for me to keep my eyes open for. Amazon prices can be a joke at times.

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Post  Oldenginerod on Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:26 pm

One just sold on Ebay for $9.77. A little more realistic Smile
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Post  batjac on Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:20 pm

I bought my copy about 30 years ago. Every few years when I go through my old magazines, I see it and I read through it and say, "Hmmm... I need to build that."

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Post  Marleysky on Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:41 pm

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Oldenginerod wrote:One just sold on Ebay for $9.77.  A little more realistic Smile

Much more reasonable,  had I only known about this book 2 weeks ago, and was watching for it!

Mark- that's probably what I'd do to. Off on a tangent from some post on another forum of the Astro Flyer, and my youthful, unknowing attempts to create a " flying frisbee " I didn't think to put wheels on the outer diameter, it did spin quite nicely, but would not get airborn.

Hey! If I don't have any luck at the world library (open book.org).  Could I borrow your copy? I pay postage both ways!
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Post  getback on Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:51 pm

I looked on OTZ and thought they would have a copy but don't July-27 https://rclibrary.co.uk/ RC Plane
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Post  Marleysky on Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:16 pm

getback wrote:I looked on OTZ and thought they would have a copy but don't July-27   https://rclibrary.co.uk/  RC Plane

Thanks Eric! I had checked also. Tried to enter a "wanted" request for this book, need to somehow check then check again that the book is out of print, before entering request, per OZ instructions. I guess I'll have to contact Kalmbach Books in Milwuakee, Wi to verify status of book. Maybe to see if copyright is exists? ....while I got nothin else to do!
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Post  Marleysky on Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:23 pm

Just entered a request for this book thru Local library. She said it takes 3- 6 weeks to Locate and ship a copy. ...I'll wait and see! Copies are shown at 5 locations. One at library of Congress, and one at a Air Force cadet Library....one in Mexico County, Mo. looking at a one:five chance to locate a hard copy lol!
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Post  batjac on Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:33 pm

Marleysky wrote:Just entered a request for this book thru Local library. She said it takes 3- 6 weeks to Locate and ship a copy. ...I'll wait and see!   Copies are shown at 5 locations. One at library of Congress, and one at a Air Force cadet Library....one in Mexico County, Mo. looking at a one:five chance to locate a hard copy lol!

Hmmm... I don't think they're gonna loan you the Library of Congress copy.

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Post  roddie on Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:47 pm

Hey Rene, although not a Ken Willard design.. check out this hovercraft. I've always been intrigued by them..

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CEF member NEW222 ("Chancey") posted this sometime back in early Jan. 2016

Testors had the "Galax IV" which was very cool looking!

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Post  EXModelEngines on Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:05 pm

I believe we have a copy...somewhere, and will try to locate it over the coming days.
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Post  Marleysky on Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:31 pm

Roddie- Thanks for the article and plans on Roy Clough Jr's plan. The base does look a lot like WenMac's hovercraft base. I have both the older green Army version that's in need of refurbishing, and a newer Galax IV just like the one you've pictured. I had it out looking at it today, while watching one on eBay go fron $5 to $39. If you look closely you can see someone replaced the Testors 049 with a Black Widow.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1978-Testors-Galax-IV-Gas-Engine-Powered-Spacecraft-Hovercraft/292235199734?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649
Not a bad deal, considering what a black widow goes for!  

Matt - Thanks for taking the time to look for this old book. If you do find it, PM me with details on whether you want to sell or loan it to me.  Thanks again!
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Post  NEW222 on Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:23 pm

EXModelEngines wrote:I believe we have a copy...somewhere, and will try to locate it over the coming days.

It would be nice to see thie inside of this book. It would also be nice to see this revived into a downloadable book.
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Post  Ken Cook on Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:53 am

Roy Clough has made some interesting models over the years. Most designs are over the top different. One of his latest designs was for the TD .09 which is called the Stunt Goat. I really would like to build that plane.
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Post  Marleysky on Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:14 pm

Received a message on my phone answering machine from my local library  " the book you requested is in, We're open till 5pm".  WhooWOO! Fired up the Mercury and beat a path to the Library.  Wow, look at our tax dollars at work:

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Post  Marleysky on Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:22 pm

While I was waiting for Congress to find and send the book, I found these over on another RC forum:  for your viewing pleasure


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Post  roddie on Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:56 pm

I like the "Blue Angels"!!!!!
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Post  OVERLORD on Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:00 am

Great you found a copy of that book!!

I know the Puddle Jumper as a sterling kit. In the kit it has a ABS hull and even wheels. Is Ken's prototype entirely made of wood?
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Post  Marleysky on Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:01 am

OVERLORD wrote:Great you found a copy of that book!!

I know the Puddle Jumper as a sterling kit. In the kit it has a ABS hull and even wheels. Is Ken's prototype entirely made of wood?

No, it's not made of wood. That's my biggest disappointment with the book so far. I thought he would have plans for a balsa model, but starts right off with telling us it is a Sterling kit, kit B-26, which you can buy from your hobby shop or order by mail, if you tell them you don't have access to a LHS!!  Then goes on to describe how to build the model for free-running or with a tether. lol!
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Post  NEW222 on Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:16 pm

Nice Score!
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Post  roddie on Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:10 pm

roddie wrote:I like the "Blue Angels"!!!!!

I viewed the Blue Angels on the RC Groups link you posted.. A "grouping" of four jets flying in formation.. but only "one" actually having an engine. Shocked What a concept!!! Build a flat-diamond formation with engine on the "lead-jet".. CF rods connecting the four jets.. with a centralized BC to actuate the elevator on the "trailing-jet".. yes.. I've lost my mind... Laughing
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Post  Admin on Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:48 pm

If those PDFs on RCG isn't of the full book. You should scan or take good pictures of each page of the book... Paranoid which could be shared under the table Eyebrows

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