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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

I am interested in seeing the updated plans of my original design.
PeterGrimwade : Queen Bee : 21/04/2017

Sorry but no wing ribs on plan.
MiltonB : Spitfire 24 / Seafire 47 : 21/04/2017

What a lovely thing to say, Julien - life can indeed be beautiful!
Mary : Baby : 20/04/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, this will be my next model. Thanks to OUTER ZONE and the people who upload! Life can be beautiful!
JulienVermeire : Baby : 20/04/2017

Thanks for the STARTER update, Julien :) Yes, RCLibary is our site too - glad to hear you like it!
Mary : Starter : 20/04/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, today is very good weather to test the STARTER. With 5 minutes motor power, I still have 40 minutes thermals gliding. No trim needed, the STARTER flies very well for the first flight. Such a cheap glider and also fly incredibly. Am very happy with my aircraft from the '70s and '80s. Today I've also flown with the WINDY oz6947, yet such a cheap plane. Here in Belgium, the weather can be very different in one day. Cold and windy yesterday, today very good. I have a quick question: is website also by Steve and Mary? Very nice this website!
JulienVermeire : Starter : 20/04/2017

Excellent, thanks for this. If I was about to build one of these, I'd certainly start with hogal's plan. Less to go wrong, I think.
SteveWMD : RCM Big Bird : 20/04/2017

I created a bunch of files to cut laser kits for the RCM Big Bird and Big Bird II. This was a few months ago, and now I'm looking at the files because I want to build a plane, and I notice that the existing body of available plans for the RCM Big Bird and Big Bird Too is a mishmash. The scans featured on Outerzone are a magazine blow up for the original Big Bird, and a really distorted scan of a full scale plan for the Big Bird Too oz6220. There is a CAD-generated combined plan available that shows both airplanes, but I do not see this file on Outerzone. I'll attach it to this email so you can make it available. Its dimensions deviate considerably from the other two plans. Unfortunately I do not know which one to believe, and I suspect that all of them are incorrect. It does not help matters that the dimensions quoted in the magazine articles do not match any of the three plans. For instance, the overall fuselage length of the BB and the BBToo are quoted as 54.25 and 54.5 respectively. From the tip of the rudder to the firewall, my drafting program says 49.75 and 50.5 from the Outerzone downloads. The combined CAD plan has this dimension as 49.75 and 48.75. To complicate the issue, RCM was apparently not on the ball at the time. Total wing area is quoted at 1360 square inches on the first plane, and 900 on the second, even though the article says they used the original wing for the second plane. I understand that your main role is historian, and I appreciate that. Unfortunately, things get complicated when I cut stuff out on my laser cutter and it doesn't match the plan that somebody has printed out for their building project. The scans currently on Outerzone are both inaccurate in their own ways. Whether the combined CAD drawing is correct is anybody's guess. I figure if you make it available as a download for both planes, at least we can all work from something that has straight lines, and we'll all have the same drawing. Thanks a lot for everything you do. I appreciate it.
Balsaworkbench : RCM Big Bird : 20/04/2017

Hi Mary, Concerning the ribs and formers for the Leisure Playboy, this is a very famous U.S. free flight competition gas model and the rib and former patterns are readily available on Outerzone from other versions of the Playboy plan. It was originally designed by Joe Elgin and there's a 71 inch version that's almost the same size, but ribs from any of the several versions can be scaled to suit. Regards from Toronto, Canada,
SimonBlake : Playboy : 19/04/2017

The model photo and more pics 003-006 are from Joe Fergusson's personal collection, gifted to Outerzone by Joe's daughter, Cheryl.
Mary : Handley Page Gugnunc : 22/04/2017

The Starter is ready to fly, but not today too much wind. With the auxiliary engine I am fully independent [more pics 009]. Now wait and see on a beautiful day. Total flyweight 530 gram, or 1.16845 pound. Thanks for OUTERZONE.
JulienVermeire : Starter : 19/04/2017

Hello Steve! This is my 29" span Gillespie's "Zephyr", I hope you like it! [more pics 004-007]
MarcoAGuillermo : Zyphyr : 18/04/2017

Hi Steve! Here you have some pics of my Korda Wakefield built with empty ribs and completely removable like British style! [model photo & more pics 003-008] Regards,
MarcoAGuillermo : Korda Wakefield : 18/04/2017

Photo of original model was found online at
SteveWMD : Sport Spitfire : 18/04/2017

I did some photos of the Curtiss Robin - Burd model [model photo & more pics 003-007]. Thanks for the wonderful work to rescue these plans!
EldonMasini : Curtiss Robin : 17/04/2017

Added some useful photos of the Leisure Playboy boxes, thanks to Pit [more pics 003-007].
Mary : Playboy : 17/04/2017

I have built the Orbit Ace [model photo].
BerndLangner : Orbit Ace : 15/04/2017

Hi. Here are a couple of photos of Herr Flick [more pics 03, 004]. I built the model in 1996 powered by an OS25 with futaba 35meg radio. At that time Mr Blobby was all the rage, hence the look. The children loved it.
TerryB : Herr Flick : 15/04/2017

Thanks Stephen, always good to receive constructive criticism :) We host all sorts of plans on Outerzone, which people look at for all sorts of reasons. One person's 'junk' is another person's historical record. This particular plan was flagged as "formers unchecked", to alert viewers to what may be missing, and has been downloaded 2,500+ times without complaint. Thanks to your input, I've changed the tag to "formers incomplete" (should've done this in 2015 after the first comment!). If you'd rather not download incomplete plans like this, just avoid the ones not flagged as "all formers complete".
Mary : Playboy : 14/04/2017

Ah well this is more of a picture rather than a plan. A plan has the details required to complete the construction of a particular project. This picture has no rib profiles. Even an airfoil section would be useful as this could then be scaled in a photocopier and the spar and stringer cutouts added. This has nothing and is useless for wing construction. You have known this for years as per the previous comment. Remove or fix the plan, the net has enough junk already on it. I do realise that this is a free download and that the plan is just a copy of one from a kit which would have had the ribs cut already. Understanding, but not suitable for an excuse.
StephenH : Playboy : 14/04/2017

Steve was not going to the field Sunday, so he invited me over today. Steve still has the original kit box, so I included it in the pics [more pics 003-007]. Steve's Gemini has been fitted with an alloy undercarriage as he found the original wire gear was too short and with no new canopies available he has used a coca-cola PET bottle carved to shape to an acceptable effect. Power is a OS 40H RC from the late 70s as well.
DavidW : Gemini : 13/04/2017

I have a picture for you! [more pics 004]
Anon : Stunt Trainer 180 : 12/04/2017

I flew the Achilles last Sunday. It flew off the drawing board as aeromodellers say. No trimming needed at all. This motor is well matched to the airframe. The elevator works too. Thanks for the plan.
KhalidKhan : Achilles 1-1/2 : 12/04/2017

The Pipsqueak was an enjoyable build and it flies great! I have been adding spacers under the trailing edge of the wing to cut down on the ballooning when the speed increases, it has plenty of down thrust. It's just a matter of adjusting the wing incidence for how I like my planes to fly.
EdmundD : Pipsqueak : 12/04/2017

GuyB sent us this super old photo of his Witch Craft model [more pics 004].
Mary : Witch Craft : 12/04/2017

Hi Mary, different formats of Dalotel, all belonging to Barry Hunt [more pics 004-006].
AndyCoutts : Dalotel : 10/04/2017

Hi Mary - Quarter Scale Cap 21. For a change Lindsay is on the other side of the camera [more pics 003, 004].
AndyCoutts : CAP 21 : 10/04/2017

Added photo of finished model [more pics 003], thanks to Andy Coutts.
Mary : Quicky 500 : 10/04/2017

Cracking vintage pic of Vroom Hilda, thanks to AndyCoutts [more pics 003].
Mary : Vroom Hilda : 10/04/2017

The STARTER is ready [more pics 007, 008]. Now even the build engine support as usual, comes above wing. It was fun to build this glider.
JulienVermeire : Starter : 10/04/2017

Here are some pictures of my Pipsqueak (Mini Esquire) built from your plans, tile printed from your website [more pics 005-012]. It flies very nicely. I built it with a short kit from
EdmundD : Pipsqueak : 10/04/2017

Hello Mary and Steve, a couple of pictures of the Gas Bag [more pics 003, 004]. Only one flight so far but it appears to be a well mannered and easy to fly model. Thanks for your site.
TonyC : Gas Bag : 10/04/2017

I bought, built the Pilot QB 2500 years ago and never had the chance to fly it. Still have it but no place here will allow it. Unless I drive to the middle of desert! Question, what year did they come out with this glider?
LeonardChapman : QB 2500 : 09/04/2017

Added a coupe more vintage pics, thanks to Andy Coutts [more pics 005, 006].
Mary : Senior Falcon : 07/04/2017

I have J. Herder's original model Tot [model photo & more pics 003]. The flying surfaces need re-covering but it's a very cute model and a lovely flier.
GaryD : Tot : 07/04/2017

I built one about 12 years ago and converted it to electric and made the wing removable. It is a very stable flyer and could cruise with very little power. The attitude in the air is very scale (tail high) and very impressive. It is not a difficult build but does take time to cut the parts. The one thing I would change from the original would be to make the wing a full D-tube. I found the plan's version was a little too fragile in the outboard sections for my tastes. My version came out to about 5 lbs. flying weight and I used two 200 watt motors using two 3S 1300mah LiPo packs. With some thought, the batteries can be moved forward in the fuselage and of a size to counter the tail weight. Using more powerful motors would also be helpful. This is very much worth the effort to build. It is my understanding that these plans are the basis of several giant scale versions so the scale dimensions are very close as is the basic design.
RonFrenzl : Vickers Wellington MkI : 07/04/2017

It seems the quiz "name the parts", fuselage=Mitsubishi Raiden, wings= Macchi 200, first half cockpit= Spitfire, Rudder= slightly Messerschmitt 109. Undercarriage= p47. The only FW 190 part is the tailplane. More interpretations are welcomed.
Pit : Focke-Wulf 190 : 06/04/2017

Thank you for a treasure trove collection of free model plans. I had a KK Ajax kit when I was a kid. Never got around to building it and finally it was lost to time somewhere along. Thanks to Peter for rendering the Achilles which reminds me of the Ajax. It is built strictly to plan [model photo & more pics 003-010] other than substituting a Sunnysky Angel 2212 800kv motor for the Mills . I have also added a small elevator on one side. It hasn't flown yet but feels very light and the thrust appears way too much. I like the 11 5 prop as it reminds me of the rubber model. Thanks again to you and Peter for making it all possible. From Peshawar.
KhalidKhan : Achilles 1-1/2 : 06/04/2017

Indeed. I guess in 1942 they had little good reference material on the 190.
SteveWMD : Focke-Wulf 190 : 06/04/2017

A very out of scale plan, it resemble a mix of of different WW2 fighter.
anon : Focke-Wulf 190 : 06/04/2017

Effectively in AMA Ted Strader's autobiography he declared this plan as his own
pit : Spooks : 06/04/2017

hmmm... seems to me this is a Ted Strader design, fronted by an article credited to Lynn East?
SteveWMD : Spooks : 05/04/2017

The Spooks model was presented by Lynn East. The drawing was done by Ted Strader.
anon : Spooks : 05/04/2017

Cessna 182 Skylane belonging to Dave Chalk, now resident in the UK [more pics 003].
AndyCoutts : Cessna 182 Skylane : 05/04/2017

The Skymaster I was referring to was built by a club member Paul Gordon-Brander and has twin 60s for power and a 77 inch wing [more pics 005].
AndyCoutts : Cessna Skymaster : 05/04/2017

Hi Mary and Steve. Last my model Rearwin Sportster by F Baecke [We've added one of Maciej's images as the model photo. Follow his link to see more pictures of a lovely build.]
Maciej : Rearwin Sportster : 05/04/2017

Nice one, Tony. Someone really should build this one, now. Funnily, I always see this as a twin, from the side view. Would look good that way, too.
SteveWMD : PAA-Packet : 04/04/2017

Hi there, just sending you a couple of pics of my Cannonball build from plans from your website [more pics 003-006]. Cox .020 is just for pics as I will go with small brushless outrunner.
MarekUrbas : Cannonball : 03/04/2017

According to Jim Alaback on his plans published by Earl Stahl, (follow the link At the bottom of the list he makes this comment: "**Three models were published undersize without being so noted by the editor. These three may be built to the published plan size or enlarged to the original size: Curtiss XP-55, 15-7/8" or 22-11 /16"; Fairey Barracuda, 15-7/32" or 21-3/4"; Vultee XP-54, 13-1 / 16" or 18-11 / 16"." Hope this helps with the size of these plans.
Garry : Vultee XP-54 : 03/04/2017

Hi Mary and Steve - Another vintage photo ... My father with his friend Miguel and the "Grosse Winkler" (plan ID: oz8562), Madrid 1943 [model photo & more pics 003]. Saludos from Spain.
JesusAbellan : Grosse Winkler : 03/04/2017

Now I am sending pictures of my Watkinson Dingbat [model photo & more pics 003-005].
EldonMasini : Watkinson Dingbat : 03/04/2017

Added some nice old pics of the Ugly Stik, thanks to Andy Coutts, who's been raiding his attic again :) [more pics 004-007]
Mary : Das Ugly Stik : 31/03/2017

More old photos [more pics 005-007]. The Big Stik with a sky-diver underneath belonged to my partner in "The" Hobby Shop, Barry Hunt.
AndyCoutts : Big Stik : 31/03/2017

You're right, Mike. Steve has fixed it just now. Thank you!
Mary : RAF BE2e : 31/03/2017

It looks like this plan may not be scaled correctly. The plan size does not appear to match the wingspan. Am I missing something?
MikeB : RAF BE2e : 31/03/2017

Quarter Scale de Havilland Beaver. One of the last RC models I built before giving up and going sailing [model pics 003-006].
AndyCoutts : De Havilland Beaver : 31/03/2017

Vintage photo thanks to Andy Coutts [more pics 005].
Mary : Skybolt : 31/03/2017

Added lovely vintage photo, thanks to Andy Coutts [more pics 006].
Mary : Pietenpol Air Camper : 31/03/2017

Never say never. When I stopped sailing and took up model aircraft again I told Lindsay I would never fly RC again and stick solely to Free Flight. Herewith a 40 year old Amigo 2 I bought second hand and revamped. I stripped off the old solarfilm, extensively repaired the bare air-frame, re covered it in tissue, then put an old two channel radio into it. Flies beautifully. Lindsay got some fine shots, static and aerial [more pics 009-017]. Enjoy.
AndyCoutts : Amigo II : 31/03/2017

A few more of Stiletto in flight [more pics 009, 010].
AndyCoutts : Stiletto : 31/03/2017

[Following the comment above, we asked David if he had any photos of the RAF BE2e. This is his response.] The model is no oil painting having been built long ago, flown once or twice, then stored for years before I got hold of it. It's covered in dyed silk, the original water-slide transfers have started to disintegrate and fuel has soaked the upper wing centre section where the exhaust pipes discharge their effluent. However, all of my club colleagues are in love with it and it looks very nice in the air. A few more tweaks on the throttle assembly and carburettor and it will be a delight to fly. Here are some pictures taken last summer when it was still very unstable [more pics 003-006]. I am building one of my own and will ensure that the c/g is at the mid-point of the observer's cabin before attempting to fly it. Ken McDonough's free flight version has the centre of gravity above the observer's cockpit so why Roy Scott's has it so far to the rear is beyond me.
DavidDavis : RAF BE2e : 30/03/2017

Another goal is to build a model from a different country. So far I have UK, Germany, USA, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Japan. Herewith Stiletto, an Italian tow line glider, static and airborne [more pics 003-008].
AndyCoutts : Stiletto : 30/03/2017

Hi Mary/Steve - On each tour to site I try and build one of each type of free flight model (rubber, I/C, and glider). Herewith Wild Goose static and airborne [more pics 006-011]. Thanks to Lindsay for the lovely job.
AndyCoutts : Wild Goose : 30/03/2017

Hi Mary/Steve - I was home on the weekend so Lindsay was able to photograph my latest projects scratch built from Oz plans. Poor weather prevented aerial photos of the Swallow last time out. Herewith some airborne shots including the prop falling to the ground [more pics 007-010].
AndyCoutts : Swallow : 30/03/2017

Today, 29th March 2017, turned out to be something of a red letter day. There was virtually no wind and it was tee shirt weather in La Creuse. I took the BE2e to the strip for the first time since adding nearly 500 grammes of lead under the OS 70 FL. Long story short, we replaced the propeller with a 14x6 and took off with my friend Roger Aubard on the buddy box, but he wasn't on the buddy box, I gave him control from the outset! He's a Mode 1 pilot and I'm Mode 2. I'm not a bad pilot but Roger once finished tenth in the French national championships and I'm not that standard! The model took off and just required a small amount of down trim. Then I took control and proceeded to do a series of eights before handing back control to Roger for the landing. The engine cut on the landing approach and the model nosed over in the grass but there was no damage. We need to make a few adjustments to improve the low speed running of the engine but the extra weight has made all the difference. The c/g as shown on the plan is simply wrong! It should be at the mid-point of the observer's cockpit. I'm looking forward to flying it again soon! Happy Landings!
DavidDavis : RAF BE2e : 30/03/2017

Some photos of an Aerostar 20 that I built [more pics 003, 004].
RobR : Aero-Star 20 : 29/03/2017

Here's my STARTER without lining [more pics 006]. Very cheap to build, less than 10 pounds. 2 weeks of work. A nice hobby.
JulienVermeire : Starter : 29/03/2017

Picture is my fuselage and tail of the STARTER [more pics 005]. Today I build the left wing of the starter.
JulienVermeire : Starter : 29/03/2017

Photos of my Wildfire that I built last year [more pics 005, 006].
RobR : Wildfire : 27/03/2017

I finish building the Pete-E, a plan I found on your website, two weeks ago and had a successful maiden flight today. I did some modifications, but it just flies amazing. [See more pics 003-007.]
JannikLukat : Pete-E : 27/03/2017

I'm glad to see the Cirrus Graupner plan on Outerzone. Cirrus is from 1968, see picture, world champion 1968 [more pics 006]. Here are my three Cirrus gliders, two white and one yellow [more pics 007-009]. My three gliders, built in 1973, have more than 1000 flights, without one crash. The Cirrus flies 100 meters with a hand start.
JulienVermeire : Cirrus : 27/03/2017

This affliction, named model aviation, seems to infect primarily the male of our species, usually at a young age. I don't pretend to know the reason why. When a group of young boys plays outdoors one will invariably be looking up at the sky. His interest may be a passing bird, an aircraft or just a cloud. He will be your future aviation modeler! You have new insight on what drives us when we lock ourselves away in our work places for hours on end. We aren't hiding from you! We turn the flat, two dimensional plan into a three dimensional object that can soar into those clouds and fly with those birds. I bet you never imagined the power in the thousands of plans coming to your inbox? When our creations are complete the ultimate test awaits. Will it fly? After a forty year hiatus from modeling, termed life happening, I find modeling still holds the old thrill. The fingers and eyes don't quite work the same and the models take a bit longer to create but when they are done I am still that young kid again.
theshadow : Viewpoint 8 : 25/03/2017

Using CAD and assuming that the drawing for the Druine Turbulent is to correct scale, the wing span is 21.11". The wing panel on the right of the drawing is correct then add the center panel, and mirror the right, gives you 21.11". There are no material size callouts as if this were a reduction of slightly larger drawing resulting in odd material sizes. Making it difficult to build as drawn.
rchopper56 : Druine Turbulent : 25/03/2017

Please note that on this plan the port wing is shorter by one bay than the starboard wing.
anon : Druine Turbulent : 24/03/2017

Hi, after a few very busy weeks, I can send you some photos on this occasion of the Northrop F5 of Modelhob [more pics 004, 005].
AntonioRG : Northrop F-5 : 24/03/2017

Hi Steve. New model, Flying Fool [We've added one of Maciej's photos as 'more pics 004'. Click on his link to see more super pics of a lovely build.]
Maciej : Flying Fool : 24/03/2017

I have included a couple of (quite bad ...) flying shots of my Bluebird [more pics 007, 008]. Yes, I did managed to fly it, CO2 engine and all!
ArnaldoCorreia : Bluebird : 24/03/2017

Hi Mary, thanks for your Viewpoint article. It's a demonstration how modelling has different aspects depending on the viewer's eye. Ciao,
Pit : Viewpoint 8 : 23/03/2017

Photo of completed Cirrus model was found online at
SteveWMD : Cirrus : 23/03/2017

Hi Mary and Steve, please find attached a couple of photos of my Poppet [more pics 003-006]. I built it as a test to see whether adding a few 1/8 sq balsa cross-braces would increase the wing's rigidity, as I wanted to cover the model with plastic film, that does not give the structure the torsional rigidity given by doped tissue. The cross-bracing was successful, for a negligible weight increase. Powered by a .049 Babe Bee I only flew it in this configuration a few times, as I hated the idea of losing the model from an engine over-run! And yes, I did try measuring the fuel I injected on the integral tank ... A couple of years later, I converted it to single channel RC, using some quite unsuitable equipment! It was in the 1980s and the then-current 'micro' Cannon systems were totally out of reach financially-wise, as I was just a student! In that guise it was reasonably successful, as at least I had a 'fighting chance' of preventing it flying away! The model still exists, so I am toying with the idea of recuperating it, this time using electric power and mini RC gear - 'mini' gear that, as old hands know, is *smaller and lighter* than what passed as 'micro-gear' in Cannon's heyday! Best regards,
ArnaldoCorreia : Poppet : 22/03/2017

There were two KK Outlaws. The RC Sport/Trainer that you have [on Outerzone] is the second one. The earlier (first) Outlaw is the one Bill is looking for. I attach a photo of the original kit box top (one of my rarest kits!) [more pics 004].
BrianC : Outlaw : 22/03/2017

I think Mary's piece raises a really good point, (which definitely strikes a chord with me). Aero modelling has a history too. I've always loved full-sized aircraft and the stories that surround them, but by and large the stories are other people's stories who have often lived through a period (that mercifully most of us haven't had to). I'm never likely to be a skilled aero engineer or to know what it's like to fly a Spitfire or to be responsible for navigating across the oceans, but these stories from those that have are fascinating precisely because of that. I do know however just how much fun it is to have an idea and then to make a unique flying machine and see how the art, the building and the fun of flying it pans out! String a few experiences of this together over the years and the models and the characters that you have shared the interest with become history too - and now thanks to the chance of obtaining plans for pretty much everything old and new, the opportunities are almost limitless. Throw in affordable technology too and we're all winners. What a great hobby - there's something for everyone :)
MartinAppleby : Viewpoint 8 : 22/03/2017

Agree with your view. I love the older stories ... not that many books, sadly. A great read from a clubmate from my past ..."Tales from an Ancient Modeler". Adventures in transporting giant free flight models on overpacked NY subway and bus service ... to the early days of RC with its gimmicks and gadgets that annoyed models to turns and various akro's. Thanks for sharing the fun of aero modeling!
rtc : Viewpoint 8 : 21/03/2017

Hi Steve. Having built the KK Pirate and recently the KK Bandit, I would have liked to complete the trio with the original KK Outlaw.The design I remember is not the same as the one on your site.The design I remember has a polyhedral wing configuration. Please don't view this email as being critical as your site is beyond wonderful. Best wishes to all your team,
BillBollands : Outlaw : 21/03/2017

I am progressing with the Custom Privateer build and am beginning to get interested in powering it. I see some posts which talk about electric motors. I would like to get in touch with anyone who has successfully used electric to learn what they used. Never have done electric. Also, would like to communicate with anyone about the RC aspect - servo placement, push rods, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
DonBuck : Custom Privateer : 20/03/2017

Hello! I did some photos of the Comet's Security Sport 10 inch! [more pics 003-008] I never built something so small ... ;) It was more difficult than I thought because I never did a tissue covering in a airmodel with this size before. Thanks for the site and I will support you guys. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.
EldonMasini : Security Sport : 20/03/2017

Hi Steve, Here is a picture of my Carl Goldberg Jr Falcon I have just completed [more pics 003]. I used the original plan from Outerzone. Regards,
PaulBizard : Jr Falcon : 20/03/2017

Attached photos of Comet kit Aeronca K, built by me around 1980 [more pics 003-006].
Pit : Aeronca K Seaplane : 20/03/2017

i am just starting and it would be nice to have the build instructions if there is any.
jmccoulrc1 : Ultra-Fly : 20/03/2017

Ahem. Quote: - "Uses the Midwest foam Wing and stabilizer"
SteveWMD : Hoosier Hot-Shot : 19/03/2017

where is the wing plan?
anon : Hoosier Hot-Shot : 19/03/2017

El Camino box image [more pics 003], thanks to Pit.
Mary : El Camino : 17/03/2017

Thanks, fixed now.
SteveWMD : Little Plank : 15/03/2017

When printed at full size the 6 inch scale bar only measures 5 3/4 inches and the overall span is 54in. I suggest a further enlargement of about 1.0435 is required to achieve a full scale plan.
anon : Little Plank : 15/03/2017

The Whiz Kid is Owen's predecessor of the RCM Ace Whizard , but used a molded foam wing and stabilizer set that was made by Midwest Manufacturing. I think Midwest produced a kit of this plane for a time. Not 100% positive of that, but I know they made a couple of .049 size aircraft using that wing and tail.
dfritzke : Whiz Kid : 15/03/2017

Hi Steve, Looks like Joe Bridi's Super Kaos.
EhsanM : El Camino : 14/03/2017

Nice one Pat, that's a very pretty plane.
SteveWMD : Cessna Bird Dog : 14/03/2017

Model Aviation Magazine September 1979 Imitation article can be found here: and and a follow up on October 1979 here:
GeorgeAlbo : Imitation : 14/03/2017

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