View Full Version : A treat for the history buffs.....

05-02-2007, 03:33 PM
I like history. It's part of what I like about this hobby. I can build, fly (at least try to) and watch other's who are much better at both, do both, scale replicas of planes I would likely never get to see in person.

So, while listening to one of my favorite podcasts (radio shows produced mostly by amateurs, and available free on the internet for downloads) History According to Bob (http://www.summahistorica.com/) I was pleased to see his episode of "Wood and World War 1 Airplanes (http://summahistorica.podlot.net/wood_airplane.mp3)" (if you right click, and download direct to your computer, you can move it to an MP3 player, or listen on your computer at your leisure). This was a very interesting breakdown of what it took to build a WWI plane, the materials and the reasons for those materials. Definitely food for thought when making your next scale plane.

05-02-2007, 03:41 PM
The next bit of interesting info for WWI modelers, is Bob's WWI page (http://www.ww1accordingtobob.com/), and more specifically, the section where he has copied a WWI "Learning to Fly in the US Army (http://www.ww1accordingtobob.com/learning-to-fly-in-the-uk/)" manual.

An interesting look at how aviation was viewed and taught back at it's dawning age.

If you enjoy what I have posted here, drop Bob a line. The man does an insane amount of work to post all of this information, and produces an unbelievable number of podcasts, all while teaching full time.

Thanks Bob!

05-02-2007, 03:42 PM
Not to flood my own thread, but there is an excellent looking site linked on Bob's WWI page, called The Aerodrome (http://www.theaerodrome.com/). Another must see for the WWI flyer.

05-05-2007, 01:41 AM
hmmm, no lookers?

06-09-2007, 06:01 PM
We have scanned two rare WWI aviation books to PDF format on CD

The first is a text used by the RAF to train pilots called "Practical Flying"

The second is the U.S. Army's 6th Signal Corp Aerial Reconnaissance field notebook with many photos of WWI aircraft and aerial photos of the battlefield and aerodromes.

08-27-2007, 05:24 PM
Hey FM,

I know this looks like fawning sycophancy (hey, where'd I learn those words?), but the Aerodrome is a beautifully done website. The graphics are really well done. I didn't see any credits on the site; who's responsible for the nice work?


08-27-2007, 05:33 PM
Thanks for the kind words.

08-27-2007, 06:21 PM

You are most welcome. I don't want to sound over-the-top, but it is extremely user-friendly and more detailed about Allied pilots than any aviation site I have recently viewed. Very impressive.