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Model Aircraft Aerodynamics [Paperback]

Martin Simons
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15 July 1999
This is the latest edition - fully revised and updated - of the standard work on aerodynamic theory, as applied to model flight. Everything is explained in a concise and practical form for those enthusiasts who appreciate that a better understanding of model behaviour is the sure path to greater success and enjoyment, whether just for fun or in competition. The revisions for this edition reflect the significant developments in model aircraft during the last few years, e.g. powerful miniature turbojet engines; vast improvements in motors, propellers and batteries for electric powered models; more very large and very fast models; etc. This fourth edition - twenty years after the first! - created an opportunity not just for text revisions but a complete redesign with larger page size and improved redrawn plans and diagrams.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Special Interest Model Books; 4th Revised edition edition (15 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854861905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854861900
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 19.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The new, fourth edition, is now available and was published in June 1999. It is on a larger page size with much improved layout and design.

This is a work on aerodynamic theory, as applied to model flight. It explains everything in a concise and practical form for those enthusiasts who want a better understanding of model behaviour. The latest revisions reflect developments such as powerful miniature turbojet engines and dynamic soaring. Photographic illustrations are included, all the diagrams have been re-drawn by the author, and there is new material to cover recent research and flight experiences. Almost every page has been altered in some respect to improve clarity and style although the main content is necessarily the same.

The book remains the only one of its kind in the English language.

The author is an experienced and active model designer, builder and flier, as well as a glider pilot with about 1500 hours solo flying experience.

About the Author

Martin Simons' interest in aviation goes back more than sixty years. He remains actively involved in designing, building and flying model aircraft and full-scale sailplanes. Born in England in 1930, he now lives in Australia where for twenty-five years he was a senior lecturer in education at the University of Adelaide. He has published numerous articles and several books on model flying and was the editor of Australian Gliding magazine for ten years.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digestable theory 27 May 2006
By Paul
Aerodynamics has always been of interest to me & this is not the first book on the subject that I have read. This is, however, the first book that I have found sufficiently clear that I didn't need to keep re-reading sections in order to understand it. The author has a clear writing style that makes the subject highly digestable. The wealth of diagrams illustrate the text for improved comprehension.

For those who want a simple understanding - that is more than well catered for. For those who want all the mathematics - you won't be disappointed. If you are into model design - this will be an asset. If you are instructing student pilots - it will help you to avoid making the proverbial "ass" of yourself - indeed, my old (full-scale) instructor had better keep off the stalling & spinning characteristics of the Grumman AA5B ;-)

This book has left me with a clear understanding of the strenghts and weaknesses of different wing forms, aircraft stability issues and propensity to stall or recover from such amongst many other aspects. Indeed, I am now far better equipped to build models and also to pilot models or full-scale aircraft. This book has helped me to understand why some aircraft fly better than others - and some pilots, for that matter.

This book is NOT essential reading for all modellers - you need to be keen to keep with it as it is a technical text. You can have a lot of fun flying without all the theory. But it might just make you a better modeller &/or pilot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Well this book covers two interests of mine. Firstly Aerodynamics which is a career related interest and secondly aircraft modelling which is one of my hobbies.

I was actually recommended the text whilst studying Aerodynamics at university. The aerodynamics lecturer suggested the book saying it was nice and clear, and relates with full size aircraft which we were concerned with. It couldn't have been a better recommendation. I usually tend to read factual books purely as reference, i.e. just concentrate on the areas I am concerned with. However this book is written in such a way that is easy and interesting enough to read the entire book page by page.

I have found often the book has proved useful when I have been reading more complicated text. If there is a section I get confused with in another text, I tend to use the Martin Simon's book to get a clearer explanation of a particular issue which helps me tackle the more in depth problems.

Regarding what the book was intended for originally, people interested in model aircraft. It's great. Although my primary interest is model cars I have a number of different model aircraft also. As the author has been so clear with his explanations it's not overly challenging for anyone. The author has provided technical sections but also says what can be ignored on several parts, so those not wishing to get technical need not worry. Understanding the aerodynamics of the aircraft helps no end when building and flying models. So as a modeller I would also recommend fellow modellers, in fact urge them, to read this great book. It's great value here on Amazon too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book on aerodynamics 7 Mar 2005
This was the first book I read on the subject whilst at school, and I now have a career in aerodynamics. It is an excellent starting point for those interested in aerodynamics and aircraft design.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the classics on the subject 10 Oct 2004
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A superb book that has gone through many revisions, but remains true to its original concepts. If you are interested in model aircraft aerodynamics, and want explanations that are (a) right and (b) well and simply explained, then get this book. There are others as good, but few if any better; and some definitely worse!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 24 Dec 2010
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This book met my expectations completely. Despite having worked in the aircraft industry many years ago, there was much I needed to learn about specific aspects of aircraft control and stability.

It is a modern book with many new ideas.

To get the best from the book you would need some knowledge of mathematics or physics. I suppose it would be about 'A' level standard. (It would be a good idea to know what a Reynold's number is for example.) It has been suggested as an introduction to a degree course in aeronautics.

Even so, the basic priciples are explained clearly with good diagrams.

I am pleased with my purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Aerodynamics book 9 Mar 2014
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Pretty comprehensive; excellent and comprehensive book on slow speed aerodynamics, not just for models. Easy to understand and well written.
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