Retro Mechanix - now on Patreon

retromechanix.JPG

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  • 100+ pages of aeronautical primary documents, most previously unpublished, released monthly in PDF format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
 
Last edited by a moderator:

hesham

ACCESS: USAP
Senior Member
Joined
May 26, 2006
Messages
28,145
Reaction score
5,665
Wow,you my day,thank you my dear Jared.
 

edwest2

ACCESS: Top Secret
Joined
Nov 9, 2007
Messages
1,682
Reaction score
918
Thank you Jared. This is exactly the time period that interests me most.

Wishing you and yours good health,
Ed
 

Foo Fighter

I came, I saw, I drank some tea (and had a bun).
Senior Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2016
Messages
2,154
Reaction score
1,057
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?
 

overscan (PaulMM)

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Dec 27, 2005
Messages
13,203
Reaction score
6,385
The free sample requires you to create a Patreon account, it doesn't require you to subscribe. A Patreon account is free.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com
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
 

Antonio

Moderator
Staff member
Senior Member
Joined
Jan 22, 2006
Messages
3,587
Reaction score
425
I finally became a patron and I love the documents released to date. Thanks Jared
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com
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.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com

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.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com

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.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com

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.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com

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.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com

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.
 
Last edited:

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com

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.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com
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.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com
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.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com

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.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
276
Reaction score
108
Website
www.patreon.com

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.
 
Top