Retro Mechanix - now on Patreon

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Hi all! Here is a quick update regarding Retromechanix - the old site has been taken down and replaced with a document subscription service on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/retromechanix. The main features are:
  • 100+ pages of aeronautical primary documents, most previously unpublished, released monthly in PDF format
  • Covers American prototype and project aircraft from the 1920s–1950s
  • Photos and drawings reproduced at 150 DPI or 300 DPI, depending upon your subscription tier
Previews of each month's document release can be watched on my new Youtube channel. The video below covers the Harvey HM-300, a little known jet trainer project offered to the USAF in 1945. For those interested, free sample PDFs about the aircraft in both 150 DPI and 300 DPI resolution can be downloaded on my Patreon.


Here are videos showing the material released since February:




Videos are recorded in 4K and feature several high resolution images along with low resolution previews of the entire release. Key images in the PDFs are watermarked, but the mark is faint and unobtrusive. Content on the original Retromechanix site will be re-released in the near future as supplemental material through Patreon, with some of it upgraded to 300 DPI resolution.

I sincerely hope everyone reading this is healthy and hanging in there during these trying times; thanks and take care!

-Jared
 
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Wow,you my day,thank you my dear Jared.
 

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Thank you Jared. This is exactly the time period that interests me most.

Wishing you and yours good health,
Ed
 

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Just a small observation, how can the free sample be free if you have to sign up and pay before you can get it? Just an observation but frankly that is not going to entice me to sign up, just the opposite in fact. Seriously? Pay for a free sample?
 

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The free sample requires you to create a Patreon account, it doesn't require you to subscribe. A Patreon account is free.
 

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Dear,
will the patreon membership will unlock even the old Retro Mechanix books and publications?
Thank you.
Hi Lucamax,

The books are not included in the Patreon; they can be purchased through Amazon, while the eBooks can be purchased through my Gumroad shop. The articles on the old Retromechanix site will eventually be re-released through Patreon, some upgraded to 300 DPI. These will be supplemental to the 100 pages of new material released each month.

Foo Fighter, I wasn't aware that the free material required signing up for Patreon, will add that info to my Youtube description.

I hope this clarifies things; a big thank you to all my new patrons! I am hard at work on restoring drawings for the May 1 release.

Best Regards,

Jared
 

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I finally became a patron and I love the documents released to date. Thanks Jared
 

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I finally became a patron and I love the documents released to date. Thanks Jared
Thank you Antonio, glad you enjoy the material so far; more great documents to come! Next month I will release info on some unknown Gallaudet projects, for instance.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the Eastern Aircraft XF2M-1 fighter mock-up, Gallaudet military aircraft projects of 1921 and Boeing Model 427 fighter trainer proposal; material for each can be downloaded at https://www.patreon.com/retromechanix. Also, there is now the option of an annual subscription, for which I am offering a 10% discount.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the 1942 crash of a Lockheed P-38F, Republic RC-2 Rainbow airliner schematics, and construction photos of the Eastern Aircraft XF2M-1 fighter; for those interested, PDFs of this material are available on my Patreon.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the Bell D-93 (X-5 original proposal), Consolidated XB-24, Douglas Model 1163 escort fighter, Lockheed Model 249 bomber (XB-30), USAAC Materiel Division Design No. 345 pursuit, Republic XF-12 mock-up, and a report on a Vought F4U drop tank with experimental tail assembly. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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Happy New Year! New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on J. Remmen aircraft proposals (1928-1932), NACA B-29 turbojet testbed proposal (1945-46), Martin A-30 airfoil testbed (1945-46), Republic XR-12 final report (1950), and a NACA memo on a visit to Latecoere and Dewoitine factories (1934). PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the North American RD-1544 Navy Interceptor of 1948, the company's s unsuccessful submission to the US Navy's OS-113 competition which ultimately produced the McDonnell F3H Demon. With its prominent NACA submerged air intakes, the RD-1544 superficially resembles a navalized YF-93, though it differs considerably in detail. The proposal brochure is copiously illustrated, describing every aspect of the interceptor in great detail. It includes large technical drawings which would allow a 3D modeler or scratchbuilder to construct a very accurate rendition of this handsome design. The release features 103 pages of material with 67 pages of images. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 
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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the USAAC Materiel Division Design No. 361 bomber study, Republic XF-12 maintenance manual, Vought XF8U-3 Super Crusader, and selected Douglas bomber projects of WW II. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the Vought F8U-3 Super Crusader mock-up, USAAC Materiel Division Design No. 363 & 366 bomber studies, and Willys-Overland P/A-1 ship-to-ship missile. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the Republic XF-12 pilot's handbook, USAAF Materiel Center Design No. 364 flying wing bomber, Budd RB-1 Conestoga, and Willys-Overland P/A-1 ship-to-ship missile. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the USAAC MDD 365 pursuit study of 1942, the second part of the Republic XF-12 pilot's manual, the Kraft vacuum drive monoplane concept of 1934, and the second progress report for the Willys-Overland P/A-1 missile. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the USAAF MCD 369 (Curtiss P-53A) fighter study of 1943, the third and final part of the Republic XF-12 pilot's manual, and the third progress report for the Willys-Overland P/A-1 missile. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the Convair Air to Ground Ramjet Missile proposal of 1949, Northrop Penetration Fighter studies of 1949, the USAAF MCD 371 pusher fighter study of 1943, a rocket-assisted Douglas A-20A, and some excerpts from the Consolidated B-32 Dominator pilot's manual. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on an American Aviation Corporation TDR-1 assault drone demo, Boeing Model 375 naval fighter, Boeing MX-948 bomber studies, Budd RB-1 crash photos, Convair air-to-ground rocket missile of 1949, Northrop N-53 interceptor blueprints, and the USAAC MCD 376 towed fuel glider study. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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Mine arrived yesterday, after the excuse for the delay from last Friday.
I hope, the leakage is repaired now ! ;)
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on Interstate TDR-1 assault drone production Inspection trials of 1945, the Martin M-11 supersonic SSM proposal of 1948, selected Northrop projects of WW II, and USAAF MCD 379 and 384 tailless FSW studies of 1943. PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 

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New video uploaded previewing this month's document release on the Convair Air to Ground Missile of July 1949 (final known iteration), Grumman XF9F-2 and XF9F-3 Panther carrier suitability trials, Lockheed CL 349 VTO fighter studies of 1956, North American XB-28 drawings, and early Northrop XP-56 studies . PDFs of this material in both medium and high resolution are available on my Patreon.
 
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