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Old magazine illustrations: real of imaginary?

Stargazer2006

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I don't think I'm the only one on this forum to love the old artwork to be found on the covers of Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Mechanix Illustrated and so forth... Most of the time, the aircraft that are featured there either existed or reflected genuine industry designs of the time.

In some instances, I find it hard to identify exactly what the aircraft is supposed to be... hence this topic, which I have titled in such a way that it allows for multiple requests by different members, so that we don't create a topic every time a new picture comes along.

For my first mystery design, I would like to share this wonderful illustration from Popular Mechanics dated December 1948. It depicts a kid launching a rocket-powered model aircraft on a ramp in the presence of his grandfather. I really love the design of that airplane... Could it be some project from Douglas? From Fairchild? Love it, anyway! Thanks to all who can provide information...
 

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I don't think I'm the only one on this forum to love the old artwork to be found on the covers of Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Mechanix Illustrated and so forth...

You're not alone :)

Difficult topic for me. My opinion is not most times that artwork is based or inspired in real things but sometimes is pure fantasy.

The drawing you posted has no air intakes so...it's a rocket design or it's only a beautiful drawing?
 

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While they are much more aesthetically pleasing than the bland computer generated imagery on most magazine covers today, I would most definitely take them with a grain of salt.
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
Thanks to all who can provide information...
"Designer and builder, Roswell Brown, lights fuse of Strato-Rocket model plane built for take-off from a launching ramp..."
See please:
http://jetex.org/archive/article-rocket_plane-brown-pm-4812.html
 

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Pyrrhic victory said:
While they are much more aesthetically pleasing than the bland computer generated imagery on most magazine covers today, I would most definitely take them with a grain of salt.


...I am so not going to ask about that pic....
 

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Thank you so much for finding the answer to my question so precisely and quickly! How did we manage before the internet was around? Wow.
 
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