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Outerzone is a listing of free vintage and old-timer flying model aircraft plans to download. The listing is free for everyone - you don't need to register or log in to download these plans.

You can view model plans by category tag (like say free flight, control line, radio control, scale, rubber, etc...) using the browse plans pages. Use the list all page for a full A-Z text listing. There is a simple keyword search on the search page (also above). We have an advanced search page for extra fun. There is also an experimental area called the TagMatrix where you view all the plans that match your own chosen combination of tags (and wingspan and year of origin).

For a quick visual fix, you can page through the latest plan thumbnails added or the latest model pics added, at 75 pics per page.

Outerzone was designed to be maintained and updated by volunteers called Site admins who get involved but (perhaps predictably) it hasn't ever really worked out that way. So with the exception of a few good people who have helped out here in the past (see below) at the moment it's essentially just me. See the FAQ page for more details on how this site works, and why.

Outerzone is also (I hope) a secure repository for vintage model aircraft plans that may have historical significance.


Got feedback? Suggestions? email me. Really, feedback is what we need most.

Want to help me maintain and update this listing? See the get involved pages for more details.

Want to make a donation? The continued running of this site (since launch in May of 2011) involves both time and money. If you want to make a small contribution then click here to donate using Paypal. And bless you.


Outerzone Contributor Roll of Honour

I want to list the names here of some people who have helped out directly with Outerzone:

aeromeddler, bobfripp, chukychez, derickscott, dfritzke, erikjohnson, flyerflorio, haydon55, hogal, hkarlson, jj, johnosullivan, keven64, lincoln, mikenelson, mikestuart, mjh, monique, mooney_driver, patrickurbain, stickman, stormin, theshadow, vintage1, vloustalot

Did I miss your name? Then I'm sorry. Let me know.

As far as scanning and posting plans on the RCGroups thread, there are just too many names to mention them all.. but here are a few:

30560, 50+airyears, algy2, avernon, bobkeller, bjrn, cougdave, daddyrabbit1954, danito69, dplumpe, geew, generock, gthunter, haydon55, hlsat, irish_lord99, jmp_blackfoot, jpm, ka-6br, kenny_e, locktite401, modelholic, nibor, orange&white, pd1, perttime, planeman, ralphb, ratracer, rchopper56, rfj, scaleviews, spockangel, srfalcon, starcad, tri-pacer, wtool



Click here to see VinPlanDex - the online index of RCGroups vintage plans thread 1265873. Complete with search facility.

What is the difference between Outerzone and VinPlanDex? Well...

VinPlanDex is is an exhaustive and complete index of every plan that has ever been posted on the Vintage & Old-Timer Plans thread.

In comparison Outerzone is a slightly random collection of plans in PDF format. Outerzone does not include all the plans posted on the Vintage & Old-Timer Plans thread. At a guess, only about 80%. Some plans on here are not from that thread. Also, some are direct submissions.

That link again: VinPlanDex


Minerva - Random photo - 3761 Bearcat - Random plan - 2126
Civy Boy 24 - Latest plan - 5491 Venus - Random photo - 3313

Latest 50 plans added to the listing:

Civy Boy 24 - Paul Gilliam - 24in IC F/F Pylon
Snapper - Harold Reinhardt - 20in IC C/L
Macchi C.202 - M Rodorigo - 23in Scale Rubber...
Tommy - 61in Glider R/C
Buster - Henry Struck - 48in Scale IC R/C Racer
Skymaster - 24in Rubber F/F
Real Sporty - 41in Scale IC R/C Racer Civil
Corsair - ER Atkins - 31in Scale IC C/L...
Albatros - Henry Bolzenius - 63in Electric R/C...
DeHavilland Mk IV Mosquito - Richard Metlen -...
Barnstormer (1930 Fleet Biplane) - Romey Bukolt...
Miles M-20 - WH Smith - 26in Scale IC C/L Racer
Pelican - Jim Waldron - 72in Glider F/F
Butch - Hal De Bolt - 24in IC C/L
Flamenco - Ray Malmström - 24in Rubber F/F...
Spitfire LF XVI - Albert Hatfull - 22in Scale...
Wattsname - Vic Smeed - 15in Electric RTP
Magnum - Ray Malmström - 17in Rubber F/F
Monocoupe - Len Marlow - 32in Scale IC C/L...
Stardust - Ray Malmström - 16in Rubber F/F
Radio Queen - LJ Taplin, Pete Cock - 84in IC...
Starduster - Ray Malmström - 20in Rubber F/F...
Ole Tiger - Walt Mooney - 13in Scale Rubber F/F...
Profile Powerhouse - Joe Dale, Bill Effinger -...
Mig 21D - Roland Baltes, Keith Throstle - 24in...
Super Twister - Carl Berryman - 36in IC C/L
Bölkow Phoebus - Walt Mooney - 31in Scale...
Wanderer - Sidney Michaels - 54in IC F/F Cabin
Blackburn All Steel - Bill Hannan - 22in Scale...
Mach One - Norm Page - 62in IC R/C
Hawker Tempest - Walt Musciano - 40in Scale IC...
Hawker Typhoon - Albert E Hatfull - 27in Scale...
Spirit - Jerry Stoloff - 54in IC R/C Cabin
Rookie Trainer - Dick Steel - 52in IC C/L...
Four Square - Tony Farnan - 37in IC C/L
Stuka Stunter - Ken Taylor - 52in Scale IC C/L...
Rearwin Speedster - Walt Mooney - 38in Scale...
Wizard - 54in IC C/L R/C Biplane
Piper Tomahawk - 42in Scale IC R/C Civil
Tipsy - WS Blanchard - 41in Scale IC C/L Civil
Hawker Super Fury - Paul Lindberg - 19in Scale...
Piper Super Cruiser - Sterling - 72in Scale IC...
Boulton Paul Defiant - Dan Reiss - 60in Scale...
Go-Getter - Elbert J Weathers - 48in IC F/F...
P-51B Mustang - Walt Musciano - 37in Scale IC...
Venus 2 - Doug Grinham - 50in IC C/L
Super Buccaneer - Bill Effinger - 90in IC F/F...
Buccaneer Standard - Bill Effinger - 66in IC...
Buccaneer B Special - Bill Effinger - 56in IC...
Starcraft 3 - Doug Grinham - 56in IC C/L

Or see here the latest 75 plan thumbnails added.


User Comments
- latest entries:

I have fond memories of the QB 15. After using it to really learn powered RC flight, a friend of mine presented me with one attached to a Fox .40, after he crashed my Midwest Trainer 40 during a training flight. Talk about vertical...
SenaMulder : QB 15H II : 16/04/2014

Steve, Attached is image of my Live Wire [see more pics 006]. From the original plans but converted to electric. Does not fly as well as the one I had in 1960 so I am building another one.
CarrollJernigan : Live Wire : 15/04/2014

This is a very odd plan. Many of the wood sizes do not correspond to the figures on the plan. A few do not seem to correspond to any particular size. The bottom stringer steadily decreases in depth from the front to the back. Nevertheless,...
RexWatson : Super Rocketeer : 15/04/2014

Hi Steve, One terrific site you have. The best time of my life is sitting down with a bottle of scotch in the evenings and browsing through your thousands of plans, never ever get tired of it and keep watching your site for new additions,...
GeorgeKirstein : PB-2 : 15/04/2014

Some nice pics here [see more pics] were sent in by Jiří Gwuźdź of his completed Setter model.
SteveWMD : Setter : 15/04/2014

Some nice pics here [see more pics] were sent in by Jiří Gwuźdź of his completed Fokker model.
SteveWMD : Fokker D8 : 15/04/2014

Hi, Steve. A few weeks back I found myself with nothing to do on a cold and windy afternoon, so I knocked out a pair of Jr’s Pride gliders. Since it’s rare for me to leave anything alone, I decided to make things interesting by scaling...
Moeregaard : Jrs Pride : 14/04/2014

Thanks. Yes, the plan has both signatures on it. Let's go with Bill Dean, though. Ok, have ammended the designer for this one. Wingspan on Outerzone is an integer value field, so no fractions.
SteveWMD : Spook : 14/04/2014

This model was designed by Bill Dean (see the initials 'W.A.D' in the bottom left corner of the plan), though Albert Hatfull drew most or all of the plan. The span, incidentally, is usually quoted as 12 1/2 inches.
Nameless : Spook : 14/04/2014

Notice the formers have been penciled in. The secret to a square fuselage is the servo tray, which isn't drawn, but can be worked out from the plan. Despite the self jigging fuselage, use of a jig like the SLEC fuselage jig, is...
Marty : Fly-Boy : 10/04/2014

I read the story of the search for Hatfull KK plans on the Typhoon page, and checked to see if you had already picked up the 109 that I built 40 or 50 years ago. Yup, #1365. My cousin brought it back from a vacation trip. I got the tail...
upwind120 : ME 109 : 09/04/2014

Hi, Steve, Fantastic Site you have here - keeps me occupied for too many hours..!! Well done. Here is a scanned photo (pdf) for your records/site. It's from Plan ID 1707, I recognised the plan straight away..!! I built it (intended) as a...
VinceDay : Brewster Buffalo : 09/04/2014

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Updates - latest changes/news:

17/04/2014 : PlanID=2199 : Black Bullet from Modelcraft : Added supplement file with CAD redrawn ribs and formers, thanks to Allessandro.

11/04/2014 : PlanID=5476 : Spitfire LF XVI by Albert Hatfull from Keil Kraft : Thanks again to StuartBurling the 22in KK Spitfire plan has now been added. I would really like to find more of these rare old plans. These are the Keil Kraft series of 1/18th scale models (150 series) all at around 24in span, from circa 1948. We now have 4 of these plans up on Outerzone: the Typhoon, Tempest, FW190, Spitfire... but it would be great to see a few more of the missing ones turn up, after all this time. The following 8 are still missing: Zeke, Barracuda, Firefly, Mustang, Hurricane, Thunderbolt, Lysander and the Piper Cub. Can you help in the search?

08/04/2014 : PlanID=1479 : Flying Cloud by Henry Struck from Berkeley : Added alternate version of the plan, a hand traced copy that also includes printwood formers, thanks to JJ.

06/04/2014 : PlanID=3740 : Curtiss JN4D-2 from Ideal : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, scanned from an original Ideal kit plan and contributed to Outerzone by Jeff McCammant, Story City, Iowa.

04/04/2014 : PlanID=5451 : Hawker Super Fury by Paul Lindberg from Popular Aviation : Resized this plan down to correct scale now, at wingspan 18.5in, thanks to Doug.

03/04/2014 : PlanID=384 : Esquire by Don Parsons from Midwest : Have split this plan into 2 sheets now, for easier printing.

03/04/2014 : PlanID=11 : Wanderer by Sidney Michaels from Air Trails : Replaced this plan with a clearer version, thanks to JJ.

02/04/2014 : PlanID=1733 : Chatterbox by Vic Smeed from Aeromodeller : Now fixed aspect ratio on this one (small adjustment), thanks to JimRae.

02/04/2014 : PlanID=5449 : Boulton Paul Defiant by Dan Reiss from Flying Models : Doh. Uploaded the missing plan file now. Thanks all.

31/03/2014 : PlanID=2093 : Bird of Time by Dave Thornburg from RCM : Added supplemental eBIRD wing plan, thanks to DavePayne.

29/03/2014 : PlanID=2786 : Mousetrap by Don Justice from Model Airplane News : Replaced this with a clearer copy at full size, thanks to JJ.

27/03/2014 : PlanID=3975 : Junkers Ju 87B Stuka from Royal Marutaka : Have now replaced this plan with an astonishingly detailed re-drawn version, thanks to RamsesdeLooff. This very nicely fixes the problem of the previously missing ribs and formers. This plan is 166cm wingspan, the same as the original kit.

27/03/2014 : PlanID=4337 : Little Toot by Carl Goldberg from Carl Goldberg : Replaced this plan with a more complete version, includes tailplane tracing, also colour decals, thanks to HaroldHarding.

24/03/2014 : PlanID=685 : Cessna L-19 Bird Dog by Bill Effinger from Berkeley : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to JJ.

22/03/2014 : PlanID=3678 : Spitfire by Charles Mackey from American Modeler : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to JJ.

21/03/2014 : PlanID=98 : Curtiss Robin by Alex Korbash from Comet : Have now re-scaled this one up to correct full-size at 25in wingspan, thanks to nameless.