has to date proven to be the fastest,
highest-flying jet ever built. This book
also covers a two-seat variation of the
design built as an advanced interceptor:
the YF- 12.
Osprey Publishing: 443 Park
Avenue South, New York NY 10016;
Tel.: (866) 620-6941; website: www.
When it comes to building our
models, there are times when you could
use a few extra fingers, hands, and arms.
This is especially true when building
small indoor and park flyer models from
plans. Enter two new building tools from
Retro RC: Bill’s Fingers and Fuselage
All of the pieces are laser cut from 3/32
birch light plywood. They also utilize
. 25 x . 1 rare earth magnets
(available separately) so the jigs
will hold your parts firmly in
position while you work.
To have something to stick
to, the magnets require a flat,
steel surface to build on. This
is as simple as purchasing a
piece of thin steel that can be
glued to a flat building surface,
or an inexpensive metal shelf.
We found each of these options
readily available at our local home
improvement warehouse for less
The smallest of these new tools is
referred to as Bill’s Fingers and comes
four to a pack. At a mere 13/4 inches
long and 3/4 inch wide, think of them
as spring-loaded clamps that often
eliminate the need for pins.
Place the tab over the part
to be held, and the twin
magnets hold tight to the
surface of the steel, securing
the part in place. Bill’s
Building a fuselage
straight and true is tricky.
Retro’s Fuselage Jig Starter
Set can make this easier
by giving you a set of 16
supports to securely hold
your fuselage in place
during assembly. These
supports start at 1/8 inch wide and go up
to 2 inches wide, in 1/8-inch increments.
The 2-inch uprights will hold nearly
any small fuselage.
The neat trick is that each support has
a single alignment hole where a 7.5mm
rod can slide through, guaranteeing that
all supports are perfectly aligned. The
16-piece Fuselage Jig Starter Set retails
Retro RC: Box 193, Keego Harbor MI
48320; Tel.: (248) 212-9666; website:
Have you ever wanted to display
your small model using a stand? If so,
O-Hobbz 4-inch base Circle Model
Display may be
just what you
are looking for.
The stand is 6
inches tall and
will engage a
to 12 ounces.
hole, and a super sticky head
pad to make it compatible with many
types of models.
We used it with our Heli-Max Axe
100 CX and with a little bending, using
the supplied instructions, it securely
displayed the model. The metal can be
bent to allow the aircraft to be viewed
from various perspectives and it’s at
the right height to allow you to see the
display model’s details from the top
and bottom. Each Circle Model Display
retails for $9.95 and is available from
O-Hobbz: Tel.: (210) 338-5868;
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