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Hi Steve, some correction about this plan: The original plan was by Paolo Vittori from magazine "Modellismo" n.24 dated 15th Feb. 1949. Paolo was a friend of mine and one of the most representative free flight and control line modeller, a real champion from the 40' to 60', he deceased some years ago. Attached the original plan [see article]. The plan you published is an enlarged Vittori's version for jumbo scale by Antonio De Nicola, a very skilled free flight modeller champion. In the 90's in Rome the category of scale rubber models was resurrected and De Nicola enlarged that plan making an oustanding model that catch every little thermal forcing the model to fly by mandatory with an anti thermal device otherwise it will be securely lost out of sight. But it was built very, very, very, light; taking in account the glue weight too! I've seen it Flying because I participated in these contests too, arriving second after the Macchi with my own design jumbo scale Turbo Porter. The Plan from De Nicola was published on resurrected "Modellismo" magazine in n. 21 may-june 1996. Regards,
Pit : Macchi Bazzocchi MB 308 : 24/06/2017

Hi Steve, Mary: I am just about finished building a Witchawk 500 for the special event at the U.S. Nationals this year. I built it from this Model Aviation plan, which I've had for years, and I realized a mistake on the plan, too late to do anything about it. If you use the formers as drawn on the plan plus the top/bottom view as shown on the plan, you end up with a fuselage that is a quarter inch too wide because the MA draftsman (person) failed to allow for the width of the 1/8" sides. This is very obvious when I compare my new one to the version I built back in the 80s from the National Free Flight Society plan. I will send photos of the "fat fuselage version" when I finish covering it. Regards,
SimonBlake : Witch Hawk 500 : 24/06/2017

Thanks Pit, it's great to see the original article pages to go with this one.
SteveWMD : Astor : 22/06/2017

Rudder is missing from plan which was on a separate page. See article.
anon : Quasoar : 20/06/2017

Glad you enjoyed the Fluttercopter, Randy. Everyone who built one had success, except for Virgil Simmons, not the sharpest pencil in the box, who built two identical props instead of ones with opposite pitch. As for the name, it wasn't mine, Irl Whitten named it after he built one from my plans. Irl's sadly no longer with us, passing away from his many medical problems a few years ago. He built good flying electric models back when cheap Mabuchi motors and heavy Nicads were the only way. His last published model (Model Builder), Electric Blues, now hangs in the Southern Museum of Flight here in Birmingham. He managed to install rudder, elevator, ailerons and flaps using only two servos, all connected with non-stretch braided fishing line. I still don't understand how but it all worked. Feel free to share the Fluttercopter with others.
DougSmith : Fluttercopter : 18/06/2017

Hi, I am building from this plan and have found an error. It states that the fuselage sides are 3/16, but measuring the plan view of the fuselage and former widths, the sides can only be 3/32 each. I am building mine with 3/32 sides and its going well. I can send you a photo once its done if you like? I have built several planes from your plans collection, which I must say is an amazing achievement and a benefit for the future of modelling. So far I have built the profile pitts, but made from 2mm depron with a 1" wide fuselage and minium radio gear but using a syma X7 quadcopter motor,gear housing and prop. Flew well in a straight line but didnt like contol inputs. Also built 56% KK Elmira from depron, brushless motor, 2x 3g servos , 7.4 v repurposed e-cigarette lipo cells approx 250mah. My friend supplies me with these. Also built Katie FF glider, thermal scout, many other chuck gliders as well. Keep up the amazing work. All the best, Andy.
AndyM : Boeing 707 : 16/06/2017

Thank you Randy & Linda. I love this photo & comment! I really must get on and build one of these :)
Mary : Fluttercopter : 16/06/2017

These things are a HOOT!!!! Very easy to build. Flew right out of our hands without adjustments of any kind! My wife Linda flies the orange one [more pics 006]. She just clocked a single flight of 2 minutes 6 seconds outdoors yesterday at the field. I installed the king post bracing because I didn't have any hard balsa on hand for the motor stick. More bang for the buck than anything we ever built !
RandyWrisley : Fluttercopter : 16/06/2017

Thank you for the lovely photos. The Outerzone stickers are a great idea! We'll look into it ...
Mary : Sportster : 16/06/2017

Hi - here are a few photos of my new Hearns Hobbies Sportster 50, build from the Outerzone plan [more pics 008-010]. A slightly larger version now 55", an OS 15 engine and normal 3 channel radio. It flies just amazing, very slow and stable. My old one - its photo is also on this site [more pics 003-005] - was lost last year around this time while flying in France in the Ardenne near Revin. If any one has found it please let me know. It flew so well, that's why I made a new one. Now all red, it could do with some cool stickers - perhaps make some Outerzone stickers ?
Anon : Sportster : 16/06/2017

Great scan, thanks. Nice to be able to see the detail on this plan, now.
SteveWMD : Answer : 16/06/2017

Added now :)
SteveWMD : Golden Oldie : 15/06/2017

Not yet, Dave. Can anyone help?
Mary : Golden Oldie : 15/06/2017

Is the magazine article available for this one?
DaveP : Golden Oldie : 15/06/2017

While I have no issue with someone building to a different size to fit their needs, I do have concerns when a design is copied to a different scale, renamed, the original designer is not acknowledged, and the plan is published. Dave Robelen does acknowledge Bill Winter in the build article for his Prophet, but in another of his plans he does not. Take a look at Robelen's Pipsqueak (oz6211). Looks very much like a scaled-down Don Parson's Esquire (oz384), and the Lil Esquire (oz621). There is a reference to an Uncle Don in California but I believe that is to Don Dewey of RCM, not Don Parsons. Just my 2 cents. For what it's worth, the guy who got me started in R/C back in the 1960s flew an Esquire, I had a Lil Esquire and the Pipsqueak, both on pulse rudder and Cox engines. Regards, and keep up the good work.
BillH : Prophet : 15/06/2017

Here are some pictures of my Gadfly [more pics 004, 005]. I live in La Habana, Cuba and it was built with Cuban balsa! It flies really well! Thank you sooo much for sharing all those plans!
IgorUrquiza : Gadfly : 14/06/2017

Added missing page to plan article just now, thanks to RFJ.
Mary : Prophet : 14/06/2017

Aha, seems this is a duplicate (by another name) of the older plan at oz4614 - thanks for the headsup Chuck. OK, will tidy up and remove the older (less clear) plan, at some point.
SteveWMD : Air Adventure : 13/06/2017

My latest project, a Kaos, is coming along. Once the wing is finished, every project moves closer to the first flight. I completed the wing covering last night with the wingtips, always a tough thing to finish [more pics 003]. Compound curves on the tips present a challenge for most any covering material, but Doculam handles it better than most. I got it all done with no wrinkles at all. Doculam on the wing is done but not yet shrunk tight except for the tips, will turn water clear with heat. Then I'll have to build the ailerons and hinge them before paint, using more Doculam for the hinges, no gap that way. The wing has to be finished before fuselage construction can begin because the RCM Kaos plans were not all that good, ribs didn't fit the fuselage very well. I'll have to re-draw the fuselage plan to fit the finished wing, not a big deal. Next time, I'll use the Great Planes plan and draw my own ribs. I'll use my usual spray can Rustoleum, best I've found for Doculam, trimmed with a second color masked off with vinyl shelf paper. Stay tuned for more pix as construction nears completion.
DougSmith : Kaos : 13/06/2017

I found a photo of the Fantrainer [more pics 003]. Best regards,
RichL : Fantrainer : 13/06/2017

Hi there, great site! I found a photo of the A-10 [model photo].
RichL : A-10 : 13/06/2017

That's an interesting point about the Rookie, Matthew. Can anyone help with the missing article page?
Mary : Prophet : 13/06/2017

Just saw this plane come up on your random selection of planes. Interesting in that the designer says the plane is "not a scale copy of some larger model". Really? It certainly looks like a reduced scale version of Bill Winter's original Rookie (oz7611), not the updated version published years later in Model Builder. Also, the supplement file appears to be incomplete. At the end of the last page, the article cuts off, with a lead to page 54. There is no page 54. Everything ends at page 53.
MatthewStikeman : Prophet : 13/06/2017

The full size, homebuilt Corbin Baby Ace was the plane I had always dreamed of building when I was young. Easy to build, a joy to fly and inexpensive to keep, this was the plane for me. Thanks to Outerzone I finally got to fulfill my dreams, and no need for insurance or hanger fees! Here are a few pictures of my homebuilt project and thanks for such a great service [model photo & more pics 003-005].
DaveBarber : Baby Ace : 13/06/2017

Hello Steve and Mary. Here is my Touchdown [more pics 006-010]. The model was built with the Outerzone plan. A "little customisation" like a 1930s fighter. Thank you for your works.
PatrickUrbain : Touchdown : 13/06/2017

Sterling changed the wing design as they did with the S-1/S-1A but continued to list the kit as S-5. Here is one of each [more pics 003, 004]. The black one {really dark purple} has the sheeted l/e and the maroon & white is the first style {built by Phil Page}, and has the first type Fox .19 while mine has the early Fox .15. Both are used every year for the world wide Ringmaster fly-a-thon.
EdShearer : Ringmaster Junior : 12/06/2017

Hi Mary and Steve, here are some photos of my Quaker Flash [more pics 004-007]. I've built this with the plan from your site. I've printed the plan at 138% to increase the wingspan to 47 inch (1.2 m) and converted it to electric. It flies best under 24,7 oz (700 g), so build it light and use a small Lipo!
Gerd : Quaker Flash : 12/06/2017

This model built by fellow club member Tony Atzenhoffer [more pics 003, 004].
EdShearer : F7F Tigercat : 12/06/2017

I changed the landing gear on this S-1 to wing mount and now I can make a decent landing [more pics 005-007].
EdShearer : Ringmaster S-1 : 12/06/2017

Does anybody have any information on this plan such as when and where it was published, an article perhaps? Regards,
SimonBlake : Max : 12/06/2017

This is an S-1 modified by long time builder Cliff Betz, with an I-beam spar and half ribs [more pics 004].
EdShearer : Ringmaster S-1 : 12/06/2017

I had the exact same Controlaire Mule transmitter shown in the pic, which I earned by making some catalog drawings for Jack Sabine, used in his plastics business. The Mule (a real kick) had a truly beautiful engine turned aluminum case, coated with clear lacquer for protection. Unfortunately, the humid conditions in LA (that's Lower Alabama) were too much for the coating, and corrosion ate the aluminum surface, creeping under that clear coating. It still worked fine, corrosion and all, but the matching receiver, one of the early superhets, didn't fare so well. It was sensitive to vibration induced noise from any metal-to-metal contact. A metal clevis on the throttle crashed three airplanes before I discovered the cause. At that time, plastic fittings were not available, so I made a clevis from an old toothbrush and my problems were solved. It wasn't until MANY years later with the advent of 2.4 radios that the noise problem was really eliminated. I did have lots of good flights with the Mule as long as the model used an escapement but no throttle. It paid its own way by using cheaper batteries. The Mule required one large 9 volt dry battery instead of the two 67-1/2 volt shockers my previous tube-type transmitter needed. They cost $8.00 each and they didn't last long, but the Mule would run all Summer. Sixteen bucks doesn't seem like much now but it was a lot for me back then. To give you an example, the next year ('66) I bought a new Datsun off the showroom floor for $1830, a lot nicer car than the VW I was driving, took me three years to pay it off. The Datsun had a heater that actually worked, made a pretty good aircraft carrier too, with a good sized trunk that didn't smell like gasoline.
DougSmith : Cessna Skylane : 11/06/2017

Thanks for pointing this out, Martyn. I've added the missing page to the article, thanks to RFJ.
Mary : Spectre : 11/06/2017

Indeed. That's what I said.
SteveWMD : Curtiss SBC-3 : 11/06/2017

Thanks Pit, got it now.
SteveWMD : Cruiser : 11/06/2017

Appeared in Frank Zaic's Annual 1939 within a 56 inch version too.
Pit : Cruiser : 11/06/2017

Sheet 3 is missing.
anon : Curtiss SBC-3 : 11/06/2017

Handsome design. There's a missing page, or pages in the supplement, between the last and the penultimate pages. It/they describe the fuselage construction which the designer describes as somewhat unusual. It's the concave sides - how are they assembled to the formers? There does not appear to be a full length fuselage crutch. Perhaps a jig of some kind is needed? Regards
MartynBriggs : Spectre : 10/06/2017

Enlarged to 1' to 1' [model photo & more pics 003-005].
EdShearer : La-7 : 09/06/2017

An ancient kit from early to mid '50s [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. The Waco still flies with its Ohlsson .23.
EdShearer : Waco SRE : 09/06/2017

I found another photo of the orange one in 1970 when it was nearly new [more pics 005]. Then with a McCoy .35.
EdShearer : Flying Fool : 09/06/2017

By chance I found this photo on the net at [more pics 003].
Karsten : Conrad Connrod : 09/06/2017

Thanks so much Steve and Mary, I've been looking for Windy Aint It for at least 10 years. Straight to the top of my Must Build list!
Warren : Windy Aint It : 08/06/2017

Winter has now arrived in SA which makes for lovely flying weather. We were out flying last Sunday and Lindsay took some photos of the finished Mini Super with our daughter Jessica [more pics 006-010]. Had a wonderful flying afternoon with the Caprice, Swallow and Stiletto. Keep up the great work on OZ it's such a treasure.
AndyCoutts : Mini-Super : 08/06/2017

This photo of Yak-3 was built by my late friend, Frank Landry, from the Musciano plan oz1937 [model photo]. The plan was enlarged to 1" to 1. The engines are o.s.40 with 3-line throttle control.
EdShearer : Yak-3 : 08/06/2017

This Mig-3 was built by my late friend, Frank Landry, from Musciano plan oz1935 [model photo]. The plan was enlarged to 1" to 1. The engines are o.s.40 with 3-line throttle control.
EdShearer : Mig-3 : 08/06/2017

Here's my Baby 1941 with the finished wing [more pics 017]. With surplus from previous aircraft, with this colour I see him well, very far. Now the tail assembly, and last the hull.
JulienVermeire : Baby : 08/06/2017

This is just beautiful. I want to build one.
SteveWMD : MS Sportster : 07/06/2017

Hallo Mary, hallo Steve - after 50 years I am just building a new one [more pics 006-008]. This time completely made of wood. The fuselage and tailplane are almost finished. As soon as I finish the wings I send new pictures.
BernhardDittmann : Weihe 50 : 06/06/2017

Hi Mary and Steve! It was, once again, with great joy that I saw you adding another creation of David Boddington (DB) to your Database, namely the Barnstormer. My dear friend Elias Silva built one in the 1980s and I was fortunate in flying it too, as he usually 'delegated' the test pilot functions onto me! He used two wings on his Barnstormer - first the plan one, later the wing from his Tyro Major (the dark red and black one on the photos) [model photo & more pics 004-008]. I seem to remember that the Tyro Major wing actually gave the model an even more benign flying behaviour! As the Barnstormer was to be a *training* aircraft as far as Elias was concerned, he wisely decided to change the wing's fixing method, incorporating rubber bands - I still think this is the best method to fix wings on a aircraft that might face its fair share of *arrivals*! One interesting characteristic of these Single Channel models from the great DB was the undercarriage fixed with rubber bands - a trait that was very useful when the landings became 'arrivals' as can be seen in one of the photos! In the 80s, we were naturally flying them as 3ch models with fully proportional radios, but good flying characteristics are always more than welcomed! I say '*Them*' because I mean not only the Barnstormer but also the Tyro, Tyro Major and Tinker that we flew in those days of yore. Thank You Mr DB, and Thank You, Mary and Steve, for preserving these treasures, while allowing us to enjoy them once more! I apologize for the 'less than average' photos' quality... they are slide scans and the model was rather small in most of those slides...
ArnaldoCorreia : Barnstormer 52 : 06/06/2017

Here are two fotos of the completed kit. One is stock [more pics 003], the other with increased fin and rudder area [more pics 004].
EdShearer : Flying Fool : 06/06/2017

My dear Mary and Steve - picture for plan ID oz6911 [model pic]. Illustration from an vintage catalog.
CarloAM : Pegasus : 06/06/2017

Dear Steve & Mary, please find attached a vintage catalog illustration of the Mobral Caracara [model pic]. This catalog is from circa 1978/1979.
CarloAM : Caracara 15 : 06/06/2017

Dear All at Outerzone, I think that this plane is a license build Morane by EKW in Switzerland which explains the "D-3801" name. The Morane "name" of this Swiss version was MS412. Regards,
Francois : Morane D-3801 : 06/06/2017

It's a pleasure to welcome Elvis to Outerzone! [more pics 005, 006]
Mary : Terrier : 06/06/2017

Steve/Mary, here are pictures of my Terrier [more pics 005, 006]. I just wanted to add my support for this great plane. O.S. FS.40, Polyspan covering.
JimHales : Terrier : 06/06/2017

Steve/Mary, you might want to add pictures of my Esquire to your wonderful collection [we did! - more pics 003, 004]. Hundreds if not thousands of people over here in the US learned to fly R/C with the Esquire. It made a great free flight with intermittent radio interference with our old single channel radio sets. The Esquire gained a new life in the late '60s and early '70s with the advent of digital proportional radios. Remove some of the incidence in the stabilizer and add elevator and you had one of the best trainers available. My latest model of the Esquire is about 10 years old and flown on both glow and electric. I am adding spoilers to the wing for something else to play with.
JimHales : Esquire : 06/06/2017

Added more pics 004-006, taken from Model Aircraft Sept 1960, World Championships Report - thanks to Pit.
Mary : Orion : 06/06/2017

Orion was considered a piece of history, the father of all modern aerobatic rc planes. The evolution of this design ended in the famous world champ Taurus, still in use today for vintage F3A contest. It was kitted by Top Flite too (what else!) of which manual is attached [supplementary file].
Pit : Orion : 06/06/2017

I've added the missing pages to the article just now, thanks to the Rather Fantastic RFJ :)
Mary : Yankee : 05/06/2017

Thanks. Have added "Boeing Kaydet" into the description text, so this plan will show up in a keyword search for that, now.
SteveWMD : Boeing Kadet : 05/06/2017

This was not your oversight as the plan is marked this way also, but the Boeing "Kadet" was actually the Kaydet. Boeing bought Stearman and the Stearman Model 75 became Boeing Model 75 (Stearman) Kaydet. It was the Primary Trainer for all Services. Check Wiki for further clarification. You and Mary make a great team and the site is really growing especially in the SCALE areas. Mags as well. Thank you very much.
anon : Boeing Kadet : 05/06/2017

Thanks for pointing this out, Joe. I'll see if we can find the missing page somewhere!
Mary : Yankee : 04/06/2017

It appears that pages in the Yankee article are missing. Page 93 ends with a full sentence, but is followed by page 96 which obviously had missing information from pages 94 and/or 95. Nice airplane, I'd love to see the missing page. Thanks for Outerzone!
JoeAnderson : Yankee : 04/06/2017

Hi friends, I send you a picture of my last project, the Grumman Bearcat from plans of Marutaka [more pics 04]. Coming soon pictures of this beauty plane finished. Greetings from Colombia.
cbgonzalez : Grumman F8F Bearcat : 04/06/2017

I loved this Dutch Taylor Cub!!! [model photo & more pics 003-007]
EldonMasini : Taylor Cub : 04/06/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, here's my last building work, the BABY, model from 1941 [more pics 016]. Very cheap to build, so much fun for little money. I built it with a square fuselage, more place for the radio, the triangle hull is not so good for radio installation. Also the wing profile I have replaced my own profile - after 52 years experience I chose for profile. 120 gram or 0.2646 pound, is the weight now, a perfect result. Building light yet strong is not easy, this you will learn after years of experience.
JulienVermeire : Baby : 02/06/2017

My cheeky Soarcerer for the site [more pics 005].
CharlesT : Soarcerer : 02/06/2017

Hi with the Cloud Dancer 40 the scale is out 1/2 inch & 6inches in various parts .I purchased the Kit from Greg Potter in S A & the lazar cut he sent me doesn't marry up with Fred Reese plan ?
anon : Cloud Dancer 40 : 02/06/2017

I was interested in Simon's comments about his version of the Quickie. Glad to hear he enjoyed building and flying it. The balance point shown on the plan is what I used for many years of flying and I found it the best for all round handling. Looks like slightly further forward is fine also.
RFJ : QAC Quickie : 01/06/2017

Aha got it, ok have tagged this as Jetex now, many thanks to Eric and Karsten.
SteveWMD : Conrad Connrod : 01/06/2017

I think you can safely tag it Jetex. In front of "BALANCE" there is a piece of hardwood with a dashed holder for a jetex 50. I have compared it to my holder and it fits exactly.
Karsten : Conrad Connrod : 01/06/2017

An enlarged Obelix by the late Harold Elliot, Melbourne.
anon : Rainbow Worrior : 01/06/2017

When these plans (OZ 6238) were published in January 1991 Model Aviation, this was the accompanying article [supplementary file].
RFJ : Thunderbird : 01/06/2017

Can't help with the name puzzle but the plan on OZ was originally published in the December 1945 issue of Aeromodeller along with the attached article [supplementary file]. The conversion details from rubber to power were in the January 1949 issue.
RFJ : Bristol Bullet Scout : 01/06/2017

G'day Steve. Here is a pic of my Pushy Cat just after re-covering (I built it in 1989) [more pics 006]. Power is a Boddo Mills .75
DannyM : Pushy Cat : 31/05/2017

Far be it from me to have a go at Eddie Riding, but is the title "Bullet" correct here? I think maybe this here is a scale model "Bristol Scout type D", and the "Bullet" was a later racer designed after the war.
SteveWMD : Bristol Bullet Scout : 31/05/2017

Hi Steve - nice to see the Leipzigger plan has been added to your collection. I built this model in 1993 and it was a lovely stable flyer with an OS10 engine. It was so stable I took my BMFA 'A' test with it. In the pic [more pics 004] it's covered in Litespan which was great until I skimmed the top of a thorn bush while landing and it looked like a lion had been at it! I replaced the Litespan with heavier Solartex and it flew just as well. The model met its demise when I launched with the rudder servo reversed by accident. Will add the plan to my 'build as electric' list for the future. (Photo isn't too clear, just had cheap camera at the time.)
SteveS : Leipzigger : 30/05/2017

A fellow flyer said I should send you a few pictures of my Honker Bipe [more pics 003-006]. I just built this from an old Marks Models kit. Added strip ailerons to the lower wing and reduced the dihedral. She is covered with Solartex and e-powered.
TomSmith : Honker Bipe : 29/05/2017

Please find attached picture from the Tupycano 35 (oz7058) built by his own designer, Mr Sergio Daeuble [more pics 004]. This plane was given to me as a gift by Sergio himself and was totally destroyed in the tarmac of Asas do Vale Club by an friend. It was a great plane and soon a second one will be taking form. I will ask to Sergio for some more pictures of this great plane.
CarloAM : Tupycano 35 : 29/05/2017

This is the model that really taught me the basics of r/c flying. I had no access to an instructor so it was a case of 'do it yourself'. Needless to say, my "Soarcerer" took a real beating but it was one tough model. With an old Fuji 15 sitting on a pod (I fly flatland), time after time and crash after crash it just kept right on flying! Eventually I partly sorted out my skills until one day it got 'planted' for the final time in a high speed spiral dive that I didn't know how to recover from......... I still have the fin & rudder from that model for memories sake..... I should build one more. Thanks to whoever submitted this plan and and always, please keep up the good work, this is a great site!
MarkStanley : Soarcerer : 29/05/2017

Photo of Hawker Fury, Outerzone planID: oz5274 [model photo & more pics 003-005]. Re-scale to 18" wingspan.
KouPhingLiem : Hawker Fury : 29/05/2017

Does anyone have parts scans? Thanks!
AdamJ : Grumman F6F-4 Hellcat : 29/05/2017

Added lovely picture of completed model, thanks to Alf Britchford [more pics 010].
Mary : Phantom MK2 : 27/05/2017

Added nice picture of completed model, thanks to Alf Britchford [more pics 006].
Mary : Wanderer : 27/05/2017

Added nice picture of completed model, thanks to Alf Britchford [more pics 005].
Mary : Blue Pants : 27/05/2017

You should definitely get started on the build, Bob. We'd like to see the pics when you're done!
Mary : Thermic 50 RC : 27/05/2017

I have this kit that I bought at a garage sale. It cost 7 dollars. I built one of these when I was 12, almost 50 years ago. The box is falling apart, but the balsa is still good and it's straight. I should get started on it.
Bob : Thermic 50 RC : 27/05/2017

I just finished mine [more pics 003-006]. Looks great. Modified for electric with mechanical retracts. Total weight is right under 3 kilos. Motor is equivalent .60 size gas engine says the specs. Have yet to put the servos for ailerons elevator and rudder. Thanks a bunch, great plan.
Foad : Blue Angel 40-SR : 27/05/2017

I scratch built a 1/4 scale (51in span) Quickie back in the '70s from an Aeromodeller scale drawing, very detailed with a flat twin glow engine (I can't remember what one). It flew superbly and stunted well. It was on display at the model engineer exhibition one year and won many prizes. Oh yes, forgot to mention it was a control line model!
RichardMc : QAC Quickie : 27/05/2017

Some pics from Saab 37 Viggen [model photo & more pics 004, 005].
EkkehardVH : Saab 37 Viggen : 27/05/2017

Dear Outerzone-Team, I send you a photo of the Lil'Misery which I built over the winter from your plan [more pics 011]. It flies very well.
SimonMathys : Lil Misery : 24/05/2017

Dear Outerzone-Team - To your new plan, the QAC-Quickie, I send you some photos from mine [more pics 003, 004] and CAD-file with helpful changes (wing-ribs with stands). The model flies very well and looks very crazy in the sky :) By the way: the CG of the Quickie has to be 1/2' further away the leading edge, then it's perfect. Keep it up and kind regards from Switzerland.
SimonMathys : QAC Quickie : 24/05/2017

Original photo of the full size Beercat, which could be useful [more pics 003].
Pit : Beercat : 24/05/2017

It is a Piper J-4 Coupe. Two place side by side trainer. note the doors, there was one on each side of the aircraft.
FrankAllen : Piper Cub : 24/05/2017

Hi Mary, Steve, It's a long time ago, but I seem to remember Conrad was initially a Jetex FF model. Cheers,
Eric : Conrad Connrod : 24/05/2017

I'm not sure how we missed adding this one ages ago. Well, it's here now.
SteveWMD : QAC Quickie : 24/05/2017

Here is another kit scan: Comper Swift, (The Scarlet Angel). I see Andrew Moorhouse did a lot of Co2 but this one is rubber. This really is a beautiful little kit. The detailed plans are very interesting, giving two colour schemes and two ways of making wooden props. There is an excellent article about this kit on the Impington Model Aeroplane Club site, September 2016 news letter [see supplementary file].
NicholasTucker : Comper Swift : 23/05/2017

Balance point is correct for a negative staggered wings biplane, make a comparison with other similar plans like Beech 17 (more than one) on Outerzone.
Pit : Beercat : 23/05/2017

I'd say it's rather nose heavy. Following the 30% rule of thumb you could move the CG back to nearly 50% of the lower wing. That's roughly what other staggerwings use. But maybe it's better to stay on the safe side and try the shown position for first tests.
Hubert : Beercat : 23/05/2017

Not sure my opinion on this would be worth so very much. I've spent no time flying models with reverse-staggered biplane wing layouts :) I'd wait for smarter people to come along. But meanwhile certainly a search for Staggerwing on Oz will show quite a few similar designs you could compare the CG with those plans?
SteveWMD : Beercat : 23/05/2017

Hi from an Aussie living in Thailand. First, thanks for all the wonderful plans. Now for my dilemma, I think the balance point for the BEERCAT is wrong. If it were a low wing tail dragger the plan's balance point would be very close, but as it is a Bi Plane with a stagged top wing it will never fly as it is tail heavy...a lot. If I accept the balance point to be in the same place on the top wing cord it seems perfect. Interested in your opinion.
JohnKruger : Beercat : 23/05/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, I now have a video of the Frank Zaic Doc Matthews Miss America. Here's a link: It's a very nice flying plane. Thanks again for running Outerzone, it's a spectacular site!
Kris : Miss America : 22/05/2017

Dear Steve and Mary, thank you for your fine work on this site. This past year I built the Tiger Moth by Sterling which is hosted on your site [more pics 003, 004]. It was adapted slightly to incorporate removable wings as patterned by Richard Beach Adams from RCMplans (2003).
BarryB : Tiger Moth : 22/05/2017

I'm sending you two pics from Beto Glaser's own Gee Bee R 3 [model Photo & more pics 003, 004]. The model is very beautiful and very graceful in the air. I didn't know the model before. Very stable, smooth maneuvering and very constant speed - catch the attention of many. These pictures were taken in the last Fesbraer model festival. Very nice project.
CarloAM : Gee Bee R3 : 22/05/2017

Attached is a photo of my "Eaglet x2" by Peter Valentine 1987 [more pics 008]. Mine is powered by a 140 W electric motor. Needless to say, it is a delight to fly.
AlfBritchford : Eaglet x2 : 22/05/2017

In fact the immatriculation number is from the Knight Twister of 1933 and you can find identical plans for c/L version.
Pit : Bumble Bee : 21/05/2017

Good point. It seems the Knight Twister does date back to 1932 (I had to look it up), so maybe there was some influence there.
SteveWMD : Bumble Bee : 21/05/2017

Hi again Steve & Mary, attached some images of my "plan built" Bucker Jungmeister [more pics 005-012]. Built of the Bucker Jungmeister (#5841), by Dave Platt from RCMplans (ref:738) September 1978 (65in span), by a friend of mine (Charl Bloem) in 2003. I eventually did the maiden flight on 2 April 2017. Images are from the maiden flight. Love the model - it will definitely become one of my favorites. Mine is powered by a .90 Super Tigre swinging a 16x4 Master Airscrew Prop and AUW is under 4kg.
Bernard_Petro : Bucker Jungmeister : 21/05/2017

I was the source for the Aerostar 20 plans that Rob Reynolds helpfully scanned in for me and sent to you. I have just scanned the instruction booklet that came with that same set of plans [supplementary file]. Thought it would be a nice way to preserve one of the legendary step by step build manuals that Midwest was famous for.
JoshO'Connor : Aero-Star 20 : 21/05/2017

Hi Steve, am I the only one to see this or does this model really look like a semi scale Payne Knight Twister homebuilt with an in-line automotive engine as published by Bjorn Carlstrom in the 1970-ies / 1980-ies? At least it could be made into a model of it, easily. Love your site! I used to build Tern Aero kits as a kid, none of which flew really well. Now I can try again. Cheers,
Martin : Bumble Bee : 21/05/2017

Dear Steve and Mary - me again! Two more additional pictures of the "Centelha" [more pics 005, 006]. This plane had a small change in the kit fuselage shape over the time. The older version had a straight back line on the canopy area, and the newer one changed to a bubble canopy style. This is another great project made by the late Mr Shigemi Morimoto from Hobbylandia Hobby Company from Rio de Janeiro. I'm a great fan of his projects. My best wishes. Please keep your fantastic work going on.
CarloAM : Centelha 09 : 19/05/2017

Dear Steve and Mary - hope that you are going strong and very well. Please find attached two pics of the "Centelha" from Hobbylandia plan that we already have in our great Outerzone website [more pics 003, 004]. This very beautiful Centelha had been built by our local forum mate Fabiano Rodrigues from Pocos de Caldas - Minas Gerais. The plane used the excellent CAD plan made by our friend and CAD guru Sergio Daeuble. A very nice and agile small controline aerobatic trainer in a very economical size. All the best,
Carlo : Centelha 09 : 19/05/2017

Hello Mary! Thanks for pictures published, a very great pleasure for me. Now other pics of my Alley Kat on airfield! [more pics 010-014]
ArmandoValentino : Alley Kat : 19/05/2017

Here are two photos of the Tern Aero Drifty Primary Glider for the plan page of the same. I have built this from the Outerzone plan, my original plan had gone missing. A new one, recent build [more pics 003], and my old one in 1977 [004]. The whole story can be found on my blog page here
Anon : Drifty Primary Glider : 19/05/2017

Good morning. I am hoping (against hope) that you will be able to assist me! I started building this kit years ago and having recently retired I now have the time to complete the project. I have the plans but cannot find the instruction manual anywhere. Is there any chance that you have this in your archives or advise where I might be able to obtain a copy? I have hunted high and low but to no avail. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks and regards.
BruceM : Spitfire IX : 19/05/2017

Hi, I love to browse the Outerzone site. I noticed that you have not got a photo of a completed Hots. Attached is a photo of the "Hots" I built from a scale up of the original American MAN plan [model photo & more pics 003]. The model was later kitted by Midwest. It was a great fun machine with a ST 40 engine. Believe it or not when it was past its R/C days I converted it into a control liner [more pics 004].
AlfBritchford : Hots : 19/05/2017

Hello! I'm an Italian aeromodeller, f3a pilot - built are my passion. I am 43 and started my passion from early 1987. At starting my model was control line, next rc. I present you my rc vintage ALLEY KAT, downloaded from Outerzone [model photo & more pics 003-008]. Very nice model, flying very good. Weight 1400Kg. without battery. Battery 3s 3300 and weight 274Gr. Radio Futaba 8j. Coming soon another pic from airfield of the first fly - great success!!!!! Thanks OUTERZONE for the opportunity - great job!!!!! Have nice fly and happy landing from Naples!!!!
ArmandoValentino : Alley Kat : 19/05/2017

Do you have the elevator drawings?
anon : Farman F.170 Jabiru : 18/05/2017

Steve and Mary - Can't say enough about how much your site is enjoyed. Recently had the good fortune in obtaining a NIB Gnome 60". As a small contribution to your site please see attached file which is a scan of the original instruction sheets [supplementary file]. Thanks again for what you do and keep up the brilliant work.
RichL : Gnome : 17/05/2017

I'm sending the scanned article and some pics, too [model photo & more pics 003-008]. The article headlines read: "The Flea. The minimum expression. By Juan C.S. Domenech. A nice model that can be built in no more than four evenings with a few balsa scraps, for that 0.8 cc engine nearly we all have in the catchall."
alcalaino : Pulga : 16/05/2017

Photo of completed Fairy Facula was found online (thanks Gerrit) at
SteveWMD : Fairy Facula : 16/05/2017

Hopefully the printwood scan for this plan is on the way.
SteveWMD : Texan : 15/05/2017

These are my Senior Falcon photos [more pics 007-010].
IMadeSupena : Senior Falcon : 15/05/2017

Hello! New plane! New Taylor Cub OZ 149 [more pics 003-007]. Thanks,
EldonMasini : New Taylor Cub : 15/05/2017

I just got started on my next project, a classic Kaos 60. I used the RCM plan because it has the ribs printed on the plan, whereas the Great Planes plan omits the ribs. They do not interchange and the RCM ribs do not fit the Great Planes version. The RCM ribs are not perfect either but close enough, fuselage sides need to be modified slightly to fit the root rib. You will notice only the right wing is shown on the plan. I was able to use Gimp to print the left wing view. You need to IMPORT the PDF file into Gimp, CROP out the right wing, FLIP HORIZONTAL, then EXPORT as a PDF. Give it a new name and you're ready to print. Also, it was easier for me to crop and print each part of the plan instead of taping the entire giant sheet together and cutting it apart, more accurate that way. Sounds like a whole lot of trouble but once you have it figured out, it's easy. Included is the left wing plan view, ready to print [supplementary file].
DougSmith : Kaos : 15/05/2017

My name is I Made Supena from Bali. This is my home made Svenson Pinto, finished in March 2017 [more pics 010-013].
IMadeSupena : Pinto : 15/05/2017

Photo of completed model was found online at
SteveWMD : Fancherized Twister : 15/05/2017

Almost 60 years ago I flew and enjoyed Ken Willard's "Gasser" design as a very hot rudder only model, powered (very adequately!) by a Cox .15 Special. When it came to looking for a model for a recent build off, my Outerzone search came up with the Gasser's little brother, the Scorcher, and I decided that an electric version of this would be fun. This version has a 120 watt outrunner and 3S lipo, is built exactly as per plan apart from the addition of a spruce spar in the 8% thick wing and a change to a bolt on wing, weighs just 16 ounces. Covering is document laminating film under heavyweight Modelspan tissue to produce a very stiff airframe [more pics 005, 006]. The model really lives up to its name and really "scorches" around, being as aerobatic as any rudder/elevator/throttle model can be expected to be.
Sundancer : Scorcher : 12/05/2017

Hi Mary - there is an article in Aeromodeller March 1944 about him and his models, including a good picture of one of his models about to be launched. The text could be helpful as it gives the colour scheme of the model [see extract in image above].
JohnS : Viewpoint 9 : 10/05/2017

I'm sure I've seen a sketch of a similar model but it will take more time on research. Meanwhile, here's something about Bragg-Smith's model, from 'Theory and Practice of Model Aeroplaning' by V. E. Johnson, 1920 [see image above]. I've the original but it's in your RCLibrary too. The very first notices in the world on aeromodelling were carried in England (what else!) in aviation magazine 'Flight', probably the oldest aviation magazine still in activity. Before the publication of any aeromodelling books, the modellers started to exchange their experiences in the last pages of this mag in the Reader's Letters column, hoping to find a counterpart in UK to share their success or failures. Something like a message in a bottle. A very lovely chronicle of the very early stage of pioneering aeromodelling: a real treasure! There were really talented and obscure pioneers, whose names are lost forever. V.E. Johnson became the curator of the expressly created column named 'Model Aeroplanes' in Flight, due to the success of the discussion in the reader's letters column. Later, with all the information collected over the years, he edited this book.
Pit : Viewpoint 9 : 10/05/2017

You're a star Ray! Many thanks :) I've added it to the article file.
Mary : Fox 107 : 10/05/2017

As requested, missing page 218 from OZ 2421.
RFJ : Fox 107 : 10/05/2017

As promised, I send to you some views of the BASIC 60 [more pics 006-009]. I waited for there to be a ray of sunshine with us to perform. Unlike legend, it does not rain only in Great Britain.
JeanDL : Basic 60 (Shoulder Wing) : 10/05/2017

Hi Mary - just made these photos [more pics 005-007]. It's the Draggin By - by L Randolph, built from the plan on Outerzone. It flies just as described, slow and easy and was much fun to build. Engine I used is an 1970s OS 15.
Anon : Draggin By : 10/05/2017

Here's the missing formers for the Yankee:
Al : Yankee : 10/05/2017

Good point, Peter. Does anyone out there have a scan of the missing page 218?
Mary : Fox 107 : 10/05/2017

Regarding Fox 107 plan - page 218 is missing in the article. I have built one of these for 1/2 A Texaco and it flies very well, but very weak around the fuse at the rear.
PeterMiller : Fox 107 : 10/05/2017

Hi, I built the Slingsby Eagle, actually two of them. I made a few changes and also have a build log on as guamflyer. I have a bunch of pics of the plane [more pics 003-007] and lots of video flying it.
guamflyer : Slingsby Eagle 3 : 09/05/2017

Hi sirs. I'm sharing some photos of the FAC 777 (Fuerza Aerea Colombiana) Texan AT-6 [more pics 006-019]. I ordered directly from RCM Plans Service, years ago, the Al Holmes plans of his great T-6F Texan Model. I decided to detail and scratchbuilt the entire front and back cockpit. The landing gears and wheel wells, the motor cowling and propeller are also scratchbuilt and detailed. The model is actually exhibited at the Museo Aereo Fenix, formerly Museo Nacional del Transporte, in Cali, Colombia. Regards from Cali, Colombia.
AndresAcuna : T-6F Texan : 09/05/2017

Hi Steve, Here is a photo of my finished Lil' Jumping Bean from Carl Goldberg [more pics 003] and also the original building instructions [supplementary file].
PaulBizard : Lil Jumpin Bean : 09/05/2017

300 magazines?! That's going beyond the call of duty! Many thanks Pit :)
Mary : Fairchild Amphibian : 09/05/2017

Sometime ago someone asked for this article [supplementary file]. I bought a collection of more than 300 mags just for this plan/article.
Pit : Fairchild Amphibian : 09/05/2017

Many thanks to Doug for the Fluttercopter! Now I have no excuse to not get on and build my first model :) [Model photo & more pics 003-005 all courtesy of Doug.]
Mary : Fluttercopter : 09/05/2017

If anyone is interested, I've just added the Profile publication about the Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann to RCLibrary, here: Profile 222: Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann. The differences between the Jungmann (Young Man) and the Jungmeister (Young Champion) are discussed on page 255.
Mary : Bucker Jungmeister : 09/05/2017

The Ugly Stick is probably the most famous radio control airplane in history. Phil Kraft designed it to build fast and be used as a test plane for his digital radio control systems. But this plane wasn't the first test plane for digital radios. This distinction falls to the Digester [more pics 005-007]. While the Ugly Stick appeared in Grid Leaks in May of 1966, The Digester had made its debut in R/C Modeler in December of 1964. Don Mathes designed the plane to test his own radio system, the Digicon, so the title Digicon Tester was shortened to Digester. The Digester is a three channel plane and the Ugly Stick uses four channels. The plane must have impressed Phil Kraft somewhat for he used the airfoil for his Ugly Stick.
JimHales : Digester : 08/05/2017

I found these pictures of Steve Wooley's and Tom McClain's Argus in color, by Matt Spencer on [more pics 004-006]. Thought you might want to add them to the existing planID: oz4885.
GeorgeAlbo : Argus : 08/05/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, here is my Bucker built in 1981, with a plan of RCM [more pics 003, 004]. My daughter looks with big eyes to the plane. SVENSON makes the same KIT in 1979, but the Bucker with the RCM plan 1978 flies better! Building without construction kit is much more fun. Mine is painted by hand, in the sports colors. Regards,
JulienVermeire : Bucker Jungmeister : 08/05/2017

I am a French modelist living in north of France. I built a BASIC 60 (low wing version) in the month of January 2017. I used the original plan and I completely redesigned (CAO official license) respecting the original plan of the author [more pics 005]. The wing is made of PE covered with balsa 1.5mm very light. The ailerons are not full span. The weight of this model ready to fly is around 2,8 kg. I simply added a smoked cockpit and AHK(de) Fiberglass landing gear, white painted. This gives it a really nice look. The colors chosen are yellow sulfur and white (somewhat similar to RV3 RV4 colors). The engine is a 4T engine OS 62 FV. The flight is very fluid and pleasant. He passes the acrobatics and the barrels without too much "to barricade". I thank the author and Outerzone team for their plan. I invite all readers to make one.
JeanDL : Basic 60 (Shoulder Wing) : 08/05/2017

Added Excalibur photos [more pics 003-009], thanks to Jorge L Gonzalez in Medellin, Colombia.
Mary : Excalibur : 08/05/2017

Pit is, of course, correct as always. The Jungmann was two-seater (although sometimes the front seat was faired over), while the Jungmeister was always a single seater. Thanks again
SteveWMD : Bucker Jungmeister : 05/05/2017

Nonono ... it's definitely a Jungmeister. The prototype and the two first production planes flew with a 140HP 6-cyl. in-line Hirth HM506 engine, later changed for a 160HP 7-cyl. radial Siemens Sh 14A in the rest of the production planes.
alcalaino : Bucker Jungmeister : 05/05/2017

The plan is a depiction of the prototype Bucker Jungmeister which had an inline engine, unlike the more familiar version which was put into production with the radial engine your correspondent was probably expecting. The single-seat configuration is a bit of a giveaway.
LoppierBlondish : Bucker Jungmeister : 05/05/2017

Steve, Early Jungmeisters were powered with a Hirth inline engine of 135 hp.
JimHales : Bucker Jungmeister : 05/05/2017

Plan has correct name: the Jungmeister Bu 133 was only a single seat sport biplane, the Jungman was only a two seat trainer biplane. Independently of the radial or inline engine.
Pit : Bucker Jungmeister : 05/05/2017

hmmm, but in January 1938 MAN, this is what they called it. This is the title they used, both in the article pages and on the plan itself. It isn't really an option now, to go back and make them do it again, differently. Maybe it's best to think about what we're doing here as recording aeromodelling history, and that includes the inevitable mistakes. Then again, maybe this is actually a model of the 1936 prototype Jungmeister, which had an inline engine rather than the later production radial versions.
SteveWMD : Bucker Jungmeister : 05/05/2017

Hello, its not a "Jungmeister". It is a "Jungmann" Redards
anon : Bucker Jungmeister : 05/05/2017

Hi Mary and Steve. New model off Outerzone [more pics 003, 004]. [See Maciej's excellent thread at]
Maciej : P-47D Thunderbolt : 05/05/2017

Hi Mary and Steve. New model off Outerzone [more pics 004, 005]. [See Maciej's excellent thread at]
Maciej : Tot : 05/05/2017

Here are a couple of photos of the RCM Advanced Trainer I maidened yesterday [more pics 006, 007].
Anon : RCM Trainer : 05/05/2017

Hi Mary & Steve - when looking for photos of Red Arrow, I also found some of my two Orange Box(es?) [more pics 003-011]. It was a nice, rugged (that fuselage was almost bullet-proof!) glider, versatile enough to be used as a thermal soarer with a Hi-start (bungee) or a pylon (turning it into a motor glider) and finally a slope soarer, for good measure! I must say that, in order to endure the bungee, the center panel of my models had pine spars. Also, as I was dependent on the generosity of friends to get to the flying sites (I had no car then), the wing was built in two halves, joined with piano wire joiners. That nice model does deserve some photos to illustrate it! And, as you can see from the photos, a number of chaps built it at the time. The fact the plan was a 'giveaway' (free) one from Aeromodeller might have something to do with it... 😉. Thank you for your fantastic work - and for the joy you give us every single day. Best regards,
ArnaldoCorreia : Orange Box : 05/05/2017

Pictures of my Telemaster 40 attached [more pics 003-008]. It features a built-up wing, flaps and electric power, but otherwise it's the same as your plan with the foam cored wing. Happy Landings. P.S. The prototype Karl-Heinz Denzin Telemaster had inset rather than strip ailerons as shown in your other Telemaster plan.
DavidDavis : Telemaster : 05/05/2017

Built one of these the day the issue of Aeromodeller came out. It was finished by the weekend and flown then, it was three days from start to flight. I was attracted by the intricate wing design. As it said in the article, it was trimmed to just prevent stalling and the auto offset rudder took it well below the threshold. I flew it with a 100M towline and achieved some remarkably long flights.
RichMc : Phoebus : 05/05/2017

Here you have a picture of my Super Scorpion [more pics 003]. It's a 3 channel model. Greetings from Otwock, Poland!
Marcin : Super Scorpion : 04/05/2017

The Talisman flew for the first time this past weekend, a really great aerobatic ship. It's a very nice small ship to have, compact, easy to transport to the field. Simple to build, fast flier and very aerobatic. With the OS 10 FP became a very lively flier. I've got love for this small hot-rod !
CarloAM : Talisman : 04/05/2017

Hello, I'm sending in some pictures of my modified Ridge Runt. I've started from the Outer Zone plans. I've CNC wire-cut the wings from foam with E374 airfoil at the local Fablab and sheeted them with limewood. Built the fuselage as per plans but put the stab low to avoid the linkage intricacies. It was actually a zero-euros project: all surfaces made from scraps of balsa, cardboard and depron; at the end, I bought only the Oracover film. All the other materials have been scavenged from crashed planes or found somewhere in my workshop. It came a bit on the heavy side, 650g rtf (37 g/dm2), but it slopes briskly and neatly in medium-strong wind; a pleasure to build and to fly. Here's some photos of the building [more pics 006, 007] and of the maiden flight that took place on my favourite Genoa slope [more pics 008, 009]. Thank you for your great work at Outerzone. Ciao from Italy,
RaffaelloB : Ridge Runt : 04/05/2017

About the name: Leopoldo Fregoli (1867-1936), better known as "Fregoli", was the first "Transformist" actor capable of changing dresses in a few seconds. He opened a new kind of show and his name indicates people that rapidly change their mind for convenience. As it can be seen on the right side of the plan, the model could be transformed in several flying configurations.
Pit : Fregoli : 04/05/2017

Hi - was home again this last weekend, so Lindsay was able to take a few photos of my latest build, Dave Boddington's Mini Super (OZ plan 7900) with Cox .074 Queen Bee for power [more pics 003-006]. Love your site, keep up the great work.
AndyCoutts : Mini-Super : 03/05/2017

To increase the wingspan to 100", I would multiply the plan by 179% when printed. 56" x 179% = 100.24". I don't like the wing construction with the center of the rib spars, too much like some of the Carl Goldberg models that ended up with folded wings. If you use two spars, top and bottom of the rib to replace the existing spars, front and rear, with shear webs between, it will be much stronger. A sheeted leading and trailing edge with capstrips on top of the ribs will make a nice, smooth wing. Go for it.
DougSmith : Gee Bee Model D Sportster : 02/05/2017

I would like to build this Model D Sportster in scale 1/3 = 100" wingspan. Do you know how to multiply the plan to obtain the right size ? Do you think that wing profile is good for a 100" wingspan ? Thank you so much for your help and your answer,
BernardN : Gee Bee Model D Sportster : 02/05/2017

Hi Steve, I'm sending you pics from my Talisman built from plan downloaded from our very nice Outerzone website [model photo & more pics 003-007]. Still awaiting to maiden, it's powered by an OS 10 FP engine. This kind of plane make all the sense in my opinion, not expensive to build, small engines burns much less fuel than the big ones and they are much more easy and cheaper to repair in case of accident. All the best,
CarloAM : Talisman : 02/05/2017

Hi guys, finally flew my sportster, and thought you should have some pics [more pics 007, 008] as the plan was downloaded from your fantastic site. Thank you for making so many obscure plans available, and for all your hard work. It really is appreciated :)
Al : 23 Sportster : 01/05/2017

Hi Mary/Steve! I've attached a picture of the Little Bit I built from plans I downloaded from you last year [more pics 003]. I flew it today for the first time. It was a glorious 30 seconds! I have some further adjustments to make on it I think. The OS 10 is pretty heavy for this plane. It required 4oz of lead in the tail just to balance. End result was a rather piggish plane in the air. Still. Looks good sitting there :)
AndrewG : Little Bit : 01/05/2017

I cannot really tell you how happy I was a couple of days ago, when David Boddington's RED ARROW was added to your Plans Database. You see, Red Arrow was my first aileron model, as well as my first low wing one. Together with ORANGE BOX oz7292 from Clive Smalley and TYRO, also from The Great Boddo, it was part of my personal 'RC trilogy'. In other words, these were my first three *successful* (I must stress this word) RC models. With these three I learned to fly RC. More than 35 years later, I am still in the hobby - and enjoying every moment I can devote to it. Please find attached a couple of photos of my first Red Arrow [more pics 005-011]. Yes, I built two of them, like I had done with Orange Box and Tyro before. I made two changes, though: a) I used nylon engine mount bolted to the firewall, rather the proposed hardwood beams and b) I changed the fin and rudder to look like a de Havilland one. Wing, fuselage and tail surfaces were covered in Solarfilm. I still have the 2nd model's 'remains' (quite complete, in fact, so I might refurbish it one day... Yes, that elusive 'one day'... ) Once more, these are slides scans... with the 'less than good image quality' thereof.
ArnaldoCorreia : Red Arrow : 01/05/2017

Hi Mary and Steve, please find attached a couple of photos of My Sparky - when I was flying it under rubber power [more pics 018-020]. It was the only time I used a winding tube (in PVC - so a breaking rubber motor would not destroy the fuselage) and a winder (actually a manual hand drill with a hook in the chuck). I never 'stuffed' it with rubber, always preferring a short, nice flight... that would not thermal, as it never had a dethermalizer! The photos are not that good, as they are scans from slides... slides from the early 1980s, I might add.
ArnaldoCorreia : Sparky : 01/05/2017

Hello Steve and Mary, I have attached photos of my recent build - Bill Winter's Vagabond - for your gallery [more pics 004-008]. It's a great looking model and flies a real treat. Details of the 75" span model are in my brief build log here: Youtube video of maiden flight here (flew off the proverbial building board !! ): Regards and many thanks for your sterling work.
John38 : Vagabond Revisited : 01/05/2017

Hello Mary! More Pictures [003-006] 😁 This one was difficult! Thanks!
EldonMasini : Messerschmitt M.20 : 01/05/2017

It is great to see another Smeed design. Is there any indication of when the plan was published?
WayneCartwright : Temptress : 30/04/2017

By the way, he said that most of his later designs were intended to be scale slope gliders, not power models. The Horten in particular was a glider, not a power model. He said that guys commonly attempt to convert them, but that they were really gliders. This makes sense because I understand from others that knew him, or "Of Him", said that he was into slope soaring later in life and not so much into power models - lots of guys gave up IC models as the cost of fuel went through the roof in the '80s and slope was at least as much fun without the cost or mess. When I asked if he had heard of a successful conversion of the Horten, he looked at me as if he wanted to say yes, but instead said "Well ... a lot of guys are working on converting them - it flies great as a slope soarer though". This was 30 years or so ago thus it was before miniature systems and EDF, even I/C Ducted Fans were rare and in their infancy at that time. Slope was very popular back then, although it has all but died out now because of the electric revolution that has occurred. At any rate, I cannot stress too much how impressed I was of how proud he was of his work. They were truly art work to him.
RichardM : Horten Ho-IX : 28/04/2017

Hi Mary / Steve - here are 3 photos of my recent build Smog Hog from the plan on Outerzone [more pics 009-011]. Its fuselage structure is changed from sheet to build up but when covered it looks much the same. The wing I also simplified, engine is an OS 35 plain bearing, it flies well.
Anon : Smog Hog : 28/04/2017

Little V built to the plan from Outerzone [more pics 007, 008].
Al : Little V : 28/04/2017

More pics of aircraft built from Outerzone plans: Ziroli BV 141 built as a slope soarer [model photo & more pics 003-006].
Al : Blohm und Voss BV-141B : 28/04/2017

Added superb pic of Impala built to 70%, thanks to Al [more pics 006].
Mary : Impala : 28/04/2017

Steve, I've just finished another from Outerzone plans so thought I'd send you some pics if you want them [more pics 004, 005]. The latest is a Vic Smeed Chatterbox, built to the plans only 120% scale.
Al : Chatterbox : 28/04/2017

I have a story about this plan. About thirty years ago I guess, the big model show out here was in Pasadena California. It was always packed with people. I had bought some stuff at the swap meet and was milling around. A guy came up behind me and my buddy and said hey whatcha got there? I chatted with him for a few seconds and he asked "do you want to buy some plans?". I wasn't interested but he was insistent and unrolled some plans for me to see. They were really nice and he was obviously so proud of them. I asked who drew them and he proudly said "I did!". Well as it turns out, he was Jack Lynn Bale. I bought this plan and another two or three and still have them. I learned he died shortly thereafter through the grapevine. I have always cherished them and maybe someday I will try to build one of them. True story.
RichardM : Horten Ho-IX : 28/04/2017

Many thanks to Gerritl for the Celestial Horseman pics.
SteveWMD : Celestial Horseman : 28/04/2017

Hi Steve, with reference to the scaling of the Chatterbox span, I have an original Aeromodeller plan. The span actually measures 29.75". I don't know how stable the plan paper is over time, but that is the span on the plan without any dihedral dimension loss.
AlanD : Chatterbox : 26/04/2017

Comet clipper ...not at all a correction, but there appears no pattern for the windshield on the plan. Difficult to draw one and means of gluing. GREAT R/C O/T design.
anon : Comet Clipper : 25/04/2017

Another update after some more flying. The elevator seems inadequate for a gentle landing, although I would call it acceptable for a free flight model so I wouldn't hesitate to add the second half. I am increasing battery size from 800 to 1000mah 2Sas I am getting only 5 minutes air time. All in all a rewarding effort.
KhalidKhan : Achilles 1-1/2 : 25/04/2017

Added some superb photos from EldonMasini [more pics 003-007].
Mary : Cessna AW-10 : 25/04/2017

Built from plan oz 8090 [model photo & more pics 003]. Converted to electric power and built-up wing.
DonMurray : Martin AM-1 Mauler : 25/04/2017

[Almost] forgot the pilot pic [more pics 013]. Thankfully, the Williams Brothers pilot figures are again available. Most of the hobby shops don't handle them but they're available direct. I used the 1/6 scale standard pilot, the version with the movable head and leather helmet. He looks to the side to see over the long Ugly Stik nose when he taxis down the runway. His ski nose didn't do much for me, made him look like Bob Hope, so I gave him a more manly appearance with some body putty and a mustache. Yes I know he's a pain to paint, but Testor's flat enamel colors make it easier and the flat finish hides some of your mistakes much better than gloss. As a tribute to Phil Kraft, his name is on the fuselage.
DougSmith : Das Ugly Stik : 24/04/2017

My Ugly Stik is finished and test flown this morning in rotten weather. So far as I can tell, it flies very well with the seemingly smallish motor, a Leopard 4250, 960 KV. A Venon 3300 3 cell lipo supplies 480 watts with APC 12x6 prop. I was able to beat my target weight of 4 lbs by more than expected. Final weight, with battery, is 3 lb, 6 oz. Covered with Doculam and painted with Rustoleum in U.S. Army Air Corps colors, insignia and tail stripes are decals [more pics 012]. My version is built upside down as a tail dragger from the RCM plans, identical to the original except for more modern radio equip. Only other changes made were to lighten it up as much as possible for electric power. Hope to get in some more flights soon.
DougSmith : Das Ugly Stik : 24/04/2017

Changed this listing now to show designer as Bill Winter (not PDG).
SteveWMD : High Diver : 24/04/2017

Here are some shots of oz2124, the Doc Matthews drawn 1/2A Frank Zaic Miss America [more pics 003-007]. I'll send more pictures when I get the windows glued in. Some of these are "in the bones" shots, prior to any electronics or covering. The others are shots of it completed, minus final gluing of empennage, and installation of windows. Once I get that done, I'll send some more pictures, and maybe even a link to a flight video. Thanks for such a great site. Cheers,
Kris : Miss America : 24/04/2017

Hello, here are a few pictures of a silk-covered Lil Champ I built in 1987 and still fly regularly with single-channel Elmic Compact escapement [more pics 004-008]. Only difference from the original is a two-wheel landing gear instead of the tricycle gear shown on the plan. It is a great flier at 18.2 oz. weight with the 1960 Cox .049 Baby Bee and 6x3 Top Flite nylon prop for power. Now flown on 2.4Ghz with a little Flysky 3-channel receiver and a Pololu RC switch. Controlled by either a dedicated home-made transmitter or the Taranis transmitter used in pushbutton fashion (one press for right, two for left) using the trainer switch and appropriate OpenTx programming. One of my favorite models, and a conversation starter every time it is flown. Best modelling regards.
JMP_blackfoot : Lil Champ : 24/04/2017

Hi Steve, here's a couple of photos [more pics 004, 005] of my new Ridge Runt, 20 odd years after my first one! Ready to fly weight came in at exactly 1lb. Keep up the good work on this magnificent site. Cheers,
MikeJones : Ridge Runt : 24/04/2017

Again, thanks Pit!
SteveWMD : Boeing F4B-2 : 22/04/2017

Thanks to Pit for help with this one. Hurst Bowers - of course, I should have known.
SteveWMD : Wallace Touroplane : 22/04/2017

I had this kit when I was a kid, I noticed the main wheels seemed distorted like this on the original plans. I think the dimensions on this set is correct.
ChrisS : Cessna Skylane 62 : 22/04/2017

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