4 thoughts on “North Pacific Air Force”

  1. I loved these.  The plastic clip allowed you to move the wing to the front or back to see how that impacted the flight qualities.  The best toy shops also sold sheet and stick Balsa, so I started designing and building my own.

    Thanks for the memories.

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  2. WillowSpring:
    I loved these.  The plastic clip allowed you to move the wing to the front or back to see how that impacted the flight qualities.  The best toy shops also sold sheet and stick Balsa, so I started designing and building my own.

    Thanks for the memories.

    It is amazing how much a Dime can bring. I used to buy them at a corner mom and pop store.

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  3. 10 Cents:

    Willow Spring, how many planes did you design?

    Probably 50 or so, but a lot were changes to earlier designs.  My big failure was trying to make a rocket/jet powered one.  You could actually buy small rocket engines which were solid fuel powered with a small pellet and there was a fuse to light them.  The first one actually flew ok after some adjustments, but then I got ambitious and put in two engines.  I had great hopes, but by the time I got the second engine lit, the first engine had caught its wing on fire.  I launched it anyway, and it was like a WWII fighter spiraling down in flames after an air battle.

    Looking back, I am amazed at the things we got away with as a kid.  My older brother, a friend of his and I used to make rockets from CO2 cartridges.  You would use a nail to puncture the top seal and let out the gas,  Then, you would carefully fill the body with match heads and put a fuse in at the end.   When it launched, there would be a big “Kaboom” and it would be gone.  Sometimes, the fuse would burn out and as the youngest member of the team, I was always delegated to go take a look to see what happened.

    Eventually, we figured out that if we put it in a copper pipe about 10″ long, we could actually aim it.  I used to have a pipe which had been split open and bent around by the CO2 cartridge which also had split open.  Sort of scary.

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