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Peter Jenkins13/09/2018 10:10:06
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Peter check this out.

Peter Miller13/09/2018 10:57:37
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Thanks Peter. I did download a book on publishing but never looked into it.

While I was doing the book for trapleyt I found a book that I had written many years ago which might be possible to update and go down the Kindle route. I will look into it seriously in the next few days.

Peter Jenkins13/09/2018 11:00:25
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Be interested to know how you experience in using this route. Could you PM me when you have had some experience of it please as I'm thinking of going down that route!
Michael Crawforth13/09/2018 11:11:02
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this maybe the way to attract younger builders to the hobby as it is really struggling to get younger people into it isn't it ?

Dave Hess13/09/2018 12:41:25
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Some of the older books are pretty good, but they can't cover modern ways of doing things. A lot has changed with adhesives, tools and covering materials, which can make building easier or better, though the old ones still work.

Whenever I want to learn something new, my first port of call is always Youtube. It's free and just about everything is covered somewhere. The problem is that anybody can make a Youtube video and I've seen some appalling ones on things that I know about, so you have to use a bit of discretion and judgment with the content. The thumbs up and thumbs down underneath it can give you some clue.

I just did a quick browse and found a couple of reasonable ones. I even learn some new things from the second one, especially the detail and methods he uses for tissue covering:

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kevin b13/09/2018 14:42:57
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How about

Learn to make models that Fly, by Kelvin Shaxcklock.

It's about building, not flying models.

He starts with the basic chuck glider and shows how to progress through to full scale warbirds.

You get plans and full build instructions on each type of aircraft, all very logically put.

On Ebay from £11.00 and Amazon from about £8.00.

Mike Etheridge 113/09/2018 15:57:45
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This book dates back to the 1950's and is a free 16 mb  download.

Construction for Aeromodellers 1955 (PDF)

Another we used which may be available as a free download is below, i am not sure what happened to my copy?

 

Design for Aeromodellers - cover thumbnail

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Edited By Mike Etheridge 1 on 13/09/2018 16:04:46

Percy Verance13/09/2018 16:20:10
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Wow MAP. That's where we got our insurance cover before the BMFA started offering it.......

Five bob, an absolute bargain.......

Edited By Percy Verance on 13/09/2018 16:21:25

Peter Miller13/09/2018 18:21:10
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Yes,those two books were really great.

I remember getting my insurance from the NGA (National Guild of Aeromodellers. That was abot 1954.

Dave Hess13/09/2018 19:08:18
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Posted by Mike Etheridge 1 on 13/09/2018 15:57:45:

This book dates back to the 1950's and is a free 16 mb download.

Construction for Aeromodellers 1955 (PDF)

Another we used which may be available as a free download is below, i am not sure what happened to my copy?

Design for Aeromodellers - cover thumbnail

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Edited By Mike Etheridge 1 on 13/09/2018 16:04:46

You're bringing back memories now. This one used to be my bible and bedtime reading:

kc13/09/2018 19:55:59
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The books by Boddington cover all the modern construction materials and glues except Gorilla glue so they will be useful. They don't cover Lipo, brushless motors or 2.4 ghz as these inovations from just a few years ago.

Peter Miller14/09/2018 14:35:08
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I have just spent an hour or two with my ancient computer and found that I had actually writen a book with twelve chapters coveirfn just about everything. It needs some updating and a lot of ilustrations but it has posibilities.

Think, I could have used that for the Traply book, on the other hand, this one looks better and is more in my light hearted style.

ANy publisher interested? Oh and I don't take royaties for a couple of reasons including that I am too old to benefit for as long as I would want to!!laugh

kc14/09/2018 15:37:37
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Those Peter Holland books have now trebled in price since I suggested them at 4 pounds the other day! Shows supply and demand in action and the very real fears about Artificial intelligence and the prospect of automatic selling causing financial meltdown!

I hope those who needed the book bought one at the lower price, still a worthwhile buy at 13.49 I reckon. Boddington's books still available cheaply though.

Michael Crawforth15/09/2018 07:48:02
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I bought one of the books which they then cancelled the order and when I looked at their site they had put the price up from 2.31 to over 15

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kc15/09/2018 19:20:51
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That's very annoying and unethical. Even at that price I think you would find the Peter Holland book a worthwhile book if you don't have a copy. I suspect that several other people saw my comments and bought the books before you did! Hence the rapid price rise.

The good news is the prices also fall when supply exceeds demand so wait a few weeks and check Amazon again for a more realistic price. Check for all versions of this book too. Check other suppliers of secondhand books too.

Meanwhile take a note of the book's title and ISBN number and reserve it at your local library and they may get it in eventually.   I reckon you will then think you want your own copy to refer to in future.....

Edited By kc on 15/09/2018 19:23:15

kc15/09/2018 19:37:03
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David Boddington's book is still available here for 2.92 including postage from several out of print suppliers. It will provide all the basic info at a very low price.

Or a later edition here for about the same price

Edited By kc on 15/09/2018 19:42:22

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