A Collection of Aeromodelling Magazines
section contains scans of old model aircraft magazines. Due to space
restrictions and time taken to scan them, I will attempt to upload
magazines during the first week of each month (don't hold me to that).
Feel free to send me any comments or suggestions on this project, it's
a labour of love, I could do with some encouragement
The scans are smallest file size I can get away with and
still and keep the quality clear and the print readable. As
always, there must be a trade-off between image quality and file size
to give sensible download times; not everyone has broadband, and there
is a limited amount of space I am allowed on my web host.
read the following in italics before e-mailing me about magazine scans.
I dispose of the original
magazines once I have scanned them.
I am also not! a plans service.
Please do not ask for any.
get asked for issues that I may have uploaded in the
past; your first stop should be The
Aeromodeller Index Project This is project by Colin
Usher and resides on his website NOT
mine. Colin has a lot of other magazines and information on his site,
and it is
well worth a look around, he also graciously hosts all the
zip files I have uploaded in the past since I started. Again, if you
download from that site and things are not as that are supposed to be,
please contact Colin in the first instance.
Any of the zip files at the
foot of this this page are my responsibility.
My own collection is by no
means complete, and there are large gaps in in certain years. It
is not practical for me to to email complete magazines due to
size limitations on
attachments imposed by my service provider, unless only a few pages are
I can, under duress! upload a particular magazine scan to an online
storage server, 'if' I have the space, and only for a limited time. So
you had better speak nicely to me and sign your soul over to me in
blood if you want me to do that :-)
Model Aircraft Magazine
Some Interesting information
has passed my way about it's publication.
I take no sides and only quote what is passed to me, but it does make
interesting reading. I have recently been informed that a lot of facts
and figures quoted below are misleading and a more definitive history
is being sent to me, I will update when I have it. In the meantime,
don't take the info below too literally!
Source (Michael Jones, July
I did some dating work on Model
Aircraft just recently, using the plans listed by X List Plans, and
this indicated that the magazine was started in 1946, and not 1949. The
Magazine was printed during the
war, from 1939 to 1945, not as a retail magazine, but as a SMAE
membership magazine. This was because war restrictions prevented direct
competition with Aeromodeller. There were still restrictions in place
after the war but publishers Percival Marshall got around this by
buying the publishing rights from the SMAE, and so the magazine was
allowed to go on sale with Aeromodeller in January 1946. And of course
it continued through the 40s, 1950s and into the 1960s. Publication
ceased in December 1965 when it was taken over by Aeromodeller. . I've
been trying to get some circulation figures for Model
Aircraft but so far haven't managed to get any. But it must have been
quite - 50,000 perhaps. circulation for Aeromodeller in the 1950s was
80,000. This is interesting because not that many modellers are aware
that Aeromodeller had some serious competition in the 1950s. Also, the
Model Aircraft plans were excellent.
Source (Colin Usher, July
We have to be careful regarding the exact date of publication. It was
originally started as the in house magazine of SMAE and was published
in a very amateur way on a /BANDA /machine by hand, in very low numbers
and distributed to SMAE members only. Eventually it went "public" and
was published as /Model
Aircraft/ by Percival Marshall who
wanted to move into the Model Aircraft magazine market. He saw this
move as the perfect way, taking over an existing magazine and giving
the SMAE a proffessional magazine with a colour cover etc. As well as
the title /Model Aircraft it also stated it was the Official Journal of
the SMAE./ So it all depends on what you want as to which date you
pick. I would have thought that the date that it was available on
bookstalls and generally available to the public was a more accurate
date. Accurate figures for the number of copies sold is not available.
The "expert" on this subject is David Lloyd-Jones who has, as far as I
know, a full set of the old SMAE mags and the PM Model Aircraft
Source (David Lloyd-Jones,
Michael Jones' information is not quite correct . . . . Ron Moulton
says that the Aeromodeller achieved about 50,000 monthly at best, and
the Model Aircraft was considerably lower. Government restrictions
dictated that no new publication could be produced after the end of the
war in Europe in 1945, but existing magazines could continue (or
re-commence) and be increased in number of pages and format, if
required. Percival Marshall saw this as an opportunity to get in on the
act, as they had wished to join the aeromodelling brigade for some
time, having seen the success of Aeromodeller, and purchased the title
"Model Aircraft" from the SMAE.
Part of the sale contract was that the magazine would be sold as "The
Journal of the SMAE", and that a strap would be carried on the front
cover of each issue indicating so. This continued until the 1951
December issue of the Model Aircraft title, when it was then
"relegated" to the "contents" page within. This then continued for the
life of the magazine (December 1965), although the font size reduced in
size during the later period! Percival Marshal also agreed to carry any
relevant information provided by the SMAE, such as Council minutes etc.
This information I gleaned from the SMAE Archives some years ago. The
SMAE Journal started back in 1922, by the way!
This Months Magazines
Aeromodeller Oct 1957
Aeromodeller Feb 1960
Model Aircraft Oct 1961
I test links
so things should work. If you do have
problems trying to unzip the files below, first try downloading them onto your
hard drive, then unzip them using
whatever methods you prefer. If you still have problems, contact me.
scanned images of Vintage Aeromodeller are published with the kind
permission of ADH Publishing