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Since 2011 we've been collecting and sharing free vintage and old-timer plans at Outerzone. Thanks to you, there are now over 8,000 plans here for free download. We think that's pretty good going. Thank you for making Outerzone what it is. Three cheers for all of us!
We've added a new section for your thoughts, stories and photos: Viewpoint - a tribute to Don Dewey, editor of RCM and author of their Viewpoint column. This is the place for your longer articles or anything that doesn't relate directly to one particular plan. If you've something to contribute, send it to email@example.com We're starting with 'My First R/C', thanks to DougSmith ...more
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This is a random selection of just 4 of the photos you sent us. Click here to see the full Gallery
Here is a photo from my Veron Verosonic project [more pics 004]. It's me combining hobbies, photography and model airplanes. Used an old expired film, probably expired 10 years ago, and a cheap camera to make this photo. Aim was make a...
Joost : Verosonic : 20/02/2017
Many thanks alcalaino :) Colin Usher's site seems to have disappeared. I have noticed that all our links to his site are broken. Does anyone know what has happened?
Mary : Mercury IV : 20/02/2017
I have attached a brief document by Colin Usher with a few building instructions [see supplementary 'Construction' file] found some time ago at wwww.colinusher.info...
alcalaino : Mercury IV : 20/02/2017
We have the original magazine article, but it doesn't contain any building info. Can anyone help Jim?
Mary : Mercury IV : 19/02/2017
Hello,I have the plan and a laser cut kit of parts for this model but was wondering if you had by any chance any building instructions for the lovely model.
JimHarris : Mercury IV : 19/02/2017
Here as promised on RC Groups is a 1200 dpi scan of the Brooks Biplane from Aeromodeller November 1952 [see supplementary file 'original_page_scan_1200dpi']. This is really just for completeness.
RogerC41 : Brooks Biplane : 17/02/2017
Hi - won my first power comp with the Dream Weaver at E.M.A rally in1957 [more pics 006]. Still have the trophy.
JohnBorrill : Dream Weaver IX : 17/02/2017
I started building these from the 1929 Modern Boy Aeroplane plan lastweekend while waiting for a snowstorm to clear [more pics 003]. Replacing the card wingswith foam made the model lighter and fly more reliably. As soon as it warms up...
DougRobertson : 1929 Modern Boy Aeroplane : 17/02/2017
See my Ugly Stik currently under construction [more pics 010, 011], lightened up a little for electric power, still the same size as the original, built as a low wing tail dragger. Tail feathers are covered with Doculam at this stage, not...
DougSmith : Das Ugly Stik : 17/02/2017
I have an original RN Kit of the Avro Mk IV by Chuck West originally kitted by Peterson Products (which is how you show it on Outerzone). It included a two-page instructions as well as ... very important ... a sheet not on the plans with...
JonPutnam : Avro Mk.IV Triplane 1910 : 16/02/2017
Following Don's request, Eduardo got in touch to share his construction photos. See Don's post above - but ignore the date. This all happened in December 2016, it's just taken me ages to get round to writing this post. My apologies to...
Mary : Custom Privateer : 16/02/2017
20/02/2017 : PlanID=3719 : Kestrel by Dave Robelen from Model Airplane News : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to theshadow. Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.
20/02/2017 : PlanID=6103 : Lanzet from Robbe : Added exploded view, thanks to Dries.
20/02/2017 : PlanID=2347 : Mercury IV by Mick Smith from Aeromodeller : Added Colin Usher's construction notes, thanks to alcalaino.
19/02/2017 : PlanID=2570 : Daredevil by Dick Ealy from Model Airplane News : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
17/02/2017 : PlanID=8427 : Schweizer 1-26D from Sterling : Added 7 page zipfile, showing formers, thanks to DavidWidrick.
17/02/2017 : PlanID=3488 : Grumman Hellcat by Mike Midkiff from Flying Models : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
16/02/2017 : PlanID=7349 : Avro Mk.IV Triplane 1910 by Chuck West from Peterson Products : Added instructions and parts file, thanks to Jon Putnam.
15/02/2017 : PlanID=8020 : Mufti from Robbe : Added cleaner version of the Bauanleitung (construction manual), thanks to pikpak.
13/02/2017 : PlanID=3001 : Miss 38 by Vic Smeed from Aeromodeller : Article added, thanks to TonyC.
13/02/2017 : PlanID=397 : Luton Minor by Eric Fearnley from Aeromodeller : Added PDFvector CAD-redrawn version of the plan, thanks to hogal.
13/02/2017 : PlanID=2282 : Curtiss XPW-8 by Warner Frake from Air Trails : Added article pages, thanks to Newtmagick.
13/02/2017 : PlanID=8421 : Mini Magnet by Peter Dolby from Aeromodeller : Added article pages, thanks to Algy2.
13/02/2017 : General News : Ok, the server work is all done now. Probably. Server work should be all done now, unless I missed something - and that almost never happens :)
12/02/2017 : General News : The site will be down for a few hours, later today. Server work is ongoing. Sorry about the interruption. Back online soon. The plan is less than 4 hours.
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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, 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
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Click here to visit 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