Skill Builder: Model Plane Building “Secrets”

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

3922 Articles



In support of the latest issue of MAKE, Volume 28, MAKE contributor Stefan Jones sent me a link to this PDF of a booklet from the 1950s on model airplane building. It was put out by Sterling Models and reprinted from Flying Models Magazine. Our Toys and Games issues contains a wonderful Maker Profile of Paul Guillow, pretty much the father of “stick and tissue” plane kits and balsa wood gliders. This PDF will whet your whistle while you’re waiting for your issue.

Did you ever build a Guillow model plane kit? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Secrets of Model Aircraft Building

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