NO MATTER how well a model airplane or other model is constructed, it will be ruined if the decorations are carelessly applied. To assure sharp outlines, use masking tape, which can be obtained in paint stores or model shops. Pat it firmly against the work to prevent the paint from creeping underneath. About two thin coats of colored dope or enamel are sufficient. More will produce a noticeably thick edge. The decorative lines are not put on, of course, until after the model has otherwise been completely finished.
Circling at seventy-five miles an hour, the gas-powered plane is controlled from the ground.
Notice tiny outrigger on wing for the fish-pole line that steers the ship. Below, getting set for take-off.
FLYING at speeds up to seventy-five miles an hour, a new streamline model airplane is under full control of its operator on the ground, who puts the ship through dives, zooms, and other maneuvers with a novel guide-line system for which a patent application has been made. Propelled by a one-fifth-horsepower motor, the sleek ship is controlled in the air by means of a fifty-foot silk or linen line, attached at one end through a projecting control arm to a wing of the plane, and at the other to the tip of a pole resembling a fishing rod, held by the plane's operator on the ground. According to the manufacturer, it is the location of the point of attachment of the guide line to the plane wing that gives the ship its inherent stability and permits it to be maneuvered, as it circles in mid-air, by simple up-and-down movements of the pole. At the end of a flight, the tiny ship comes in to a smooth, graceful landing.