A CLASSIC RETURNS
Necessary Equipment Books is pleased to reintroduce Ron Williams'
book, Building & Flying Indoor Model Airplanes. Now available from
AerocraftRC, it has been reprinted for the third time. First
published in 1981 and reprinted in 1984, this book has inspired
future champions and model builders around the world. Over 200
drawings including plans and numerous photographs showing the hobby
as it is practiced lure the reader into this fascinating and
The book was written based on notes and sketches the author made as
he worked his way up to the ultimate indoor models known as F1D.
Though more than two feet in wing span and thirty inches long, these
aircraft weigh about the same as a dollar bill: one gram. Learning to
build these planes starts with simple beginner's models. As the
modeler learns the techniques for handling specially cut balsa wood
and ultralight coverings, the challenges mount and the performance of
the models increases.
Williams went through this process with friends and fellow modelers
guiding the way. While teaching at Columbia University, he arranged
demonstrations, flying sessions and exhibits in Columbia's Low
Library. The meets attracted the interest of the news media which in
turn resulted in a request by a publisher to write the book. The
sketches and copious notes he was keeping became the basis for the
book; it took more than four years to complete with its exhaustive
treatment of the hobby.
The high tech F1D planes are one facet of this type of model
aviation. The book also covers indoor scale models and other classes
as well as indoor handlaunched gliders. The techniques explained can
be applied to many other types of model building.
One reviewer said, "This is a fantastic book. . . . it's probably
the best book ever written about building indoor duration models. It
may also be the best book ever written about model aircraft."
He was not alone in his opinion; another said, "Ron Williams' book is
a pleasure that I've gone back to many times, both to enjoy his prose
and his clear drawings and to answer questions and come up with ideas
. . . you might be tempted to copy some of the drawings to hang in
your workshop . . . I recommend this book without hesitation . . ."
The 8 1/2" x 11" paperback book contians 272 pages with more than 200
drawings, over 60 photos and many plans.
Regardless of your primary interest in model aviation, it is
impossible to resist the wonder of an indoor duration model as it
gracefully spirals upward on gossamer wings. Captivating in their
frail beauty, these models epitomize the purity of flight - just as
surely as they challenge the skill of their builders
against an unforgiving stopwatch. Ron Williams' Building & Flying
Indoor Model Airplanes is the finest reference ever available for
exploring this realm, and both earlier editions have been most valued
volumes in my library for nearly 20 years. While strictly about Free
Flight modeling, I have taken many
lessons from these pages and applied them to projects of all
persuasions. This volume deserves a prominent place on the bookshelf
of anyone who calls himself a true modeler, or aspires to be one.
Thayer Syme, Managing Editor - Fly RC Magazine
"Ron Williams' Building and Flying Indoor Model Airplanes was one of
my first exposures to this hobby. It contained absolutely everything
I needed to know to get up in the air. The chapters on EZB and
Pennyplane are great primers, but the section on Microfilm models is
something else altogether. I was mesmerized! Ron captures the
mystique and complexity of F1D models with an infectious passion. I
literally dreamt of flying these gossamer ships, the photographs and
hand-drawn images burned in my mind. 15 years later I have my own
fleet of Indoor models and I credit in large part the seed that this
book planted. To say it's a "must read" for any modeler is an understatement."
- John Kagan 2000 F1D
5-Time USA F1D Team Member
Absolute Duration Record Holder