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Hello Steve and Mary, I found the explosion view of the Lanzet [see supplementary file]. Found it here:
DriesNeyrinck : Lanzet : 20/02/2017

Here is a photo from my Veron Verosonic project [more pics 004]. It's me combining hobbies, photography and model airplanes. Used an old expired film, probably expired 10 years ago, and a cheap camera to make this photo. Aim was make a photo that looks like if I had done it in the early 70s, and it worked, it looks just like a print from those days. Did now what I did not do then, never seen this kit at the time and often did not make photos of what I did build. It's much fun to do it now like this.
Joost : Verosonic : 20/02/2017

Many thanks alcalaino :) Colin Usher's site seems to have disappeared. I have noticed that all our links to his site are broken. Does anyone know what has happened?
Mary : Mercury IV : 20/02/2017

I have attached a brief document by Colin Usher with a few building instructions [see supplementary 'Construction' file] found some time ago at (this link seems to be dead now). I hope Jim finds it useful.
alcalaino : Mercury IV : 20/02/2017

We have the original magazine article, but it doesn't contain any building info. Can anyone help Jim?
Mary : Mercury IV : 19/02/2017

Hello, I have the plan and a laser cut kit of parts for this model but was wondering if you had by any chance any building instructions for the lovely model.
JimHarris : Mercury IV : 19/02/2017

Here as promised on RC Groups is a 1200 dpi scan of the Brooks Biplane from Aeromodeller November 1952 [see supplementary file 'original_page_scan_1200dpi']. This is really just for completeness.
RogerC41 : Brooks Biplane : 17/02/2017

Hi - won my first power comp with the Dream Weaver at E.M.A rally in 1957 [more pics 006]. Still have the trophy.
JohnBorrill : Dream Weaver IX : 17/02/2017

I started building these from the 1929 Modern Boy Aeroplane plan last weekend while waiting for a snowstorm to clear [more pics 003]. Replacing the card wings with foam made the model lighter and fly more reliably. As soon as it warms up outside, I'll find out how long they can stay up for.
DougRobertson : 1929 Modern Boy Aeroplane : 17/02/2017

See my Ugly Stik currently under construction [more pics 010, 011], lightened up a little for electric power, still the same size as the original, built as a low wing tail dragger. Tail feathers are covered with Doculam at this stage, not yet painted, airframe weight at 1 lb 3 oz, hope to meet completed target weight of 4 lbs. I expect this version to last longer than my last Stik, which fluttered apart, unable to withstand the thrust of a honkin' Kraft 61. At the time this model was designed, few 61 engines were available, and the ones that were, weighed a lot less and had less power than the present crop. I think a good 46 would be ample power if the weight didn't get out of control. My electric motor should be about the same as an average 40 but able to pull a bigger prop. Stay tuned for more pix as the project continues.
DougSmith : Das Ugly Stik : 17/02/2017

I have an original RN Kit of the Avro Mk IV by Chuck West originally kitted by Peterson Products (which is how you show it on Outerzone). It included a two-page instructions as well as ... very important ... a sheet not on the plans with all the wire parts patterns. I also scanned the ribs and fuselage parts for you [see supplementary file].
JonPutnam : Avro Mk.IV Triplane 1910 : 16/02/2017

Following Don's request, Eduardo got in touch to share his construction photos. See Don's post above - but ignore the date. This all happened in December 2016, it's just taken me ages to get round to writing this post. My apologies to Eduardo for taking so long to say thank you and share his photos with the wider Outerzone community. There are too many (79!) to add all the pictures here, but I thought you'd like to see the following selection [more pics 008-026]. As you can see, Eduardo did a fine job: great photos of a lovely build.
Mary : Custom Privateer : 16/02/2017

Received the pictures from Eduardo! I just can't believe my good fortune in finding you folks and that you found someone who did such an excellent job of documenting his progress. Makes me so glad that I had not started this project till this fall. I had got that sheet out many times and wondered just how to go about it. Kept it with me during my several moves with my company. Computers and the internet have changed it all so much.
DonBuck : Custom Privateer : 16/02/2017

I think you're right. Checking to compare width and height of the main wheel, it does look distorted.
SteveWMD : Cessna Skylane 62 : 16/02/2017

This plans are manipulated in such way that the dimensions horizontally are good but vertically are wrong it needs to adjust vertically 10% bigger.
anon : Cessna Skylane 62 : 16/02/2017

Hi Steve, if you are keen, one/some of these photos could accompany the Lancer 45 plan we have recently added [more pics 003-008]. Hopefully some more of these great little models will be built. I notice other photos of the 45 I have found show the high thrust line version like my latest. The only low thrust version photo with the upright motor and like this plan seems to be my 60 inch one. The picture with the two of them side by side tells the story [more pics 008]. I have seen ads for the 49 showing an inverted high thrust version but the plan doesn't talk about it. It shows low only. The 72 plan shows high thrust line but says it can be low thrust line upright if you want. My conclusion is that Lancers were always intended to be high or low thrust line at the builder's discretion. In my case I prefer the low thrust line but it was not practical on my little Lancer due to prop clearance considerations so it has a more conventional looking high thrust line. They look great in whatever version.
AllanK1 : Lancer 45 : 15/02/2017

Gerne mochte ich meine Bilder von Plan ID170, Jupiter von Comet, mit euch teilen [more pics 004, 005]. Danke fur eure tolle Arbeit. [I would like to share with you my pictures of Plan ID170, Jupiter by Comet. Thank you for your great work.]
AndreasKoch : Jupiter : 15/02/2017

Hello - Super job you guys are doing. Have just built a Dream Weaver from your plan to copy one flown by a friend in the early 60s. His was ETA 29 powered whilst mine is electric and RC. Photos attached [more pics 003-005].
RichardS : Dream Weaver IX : 15/02/2017

Two better pics of the Miss 38 [more pics 008, 009].
patzpaint : Miss 38 : 15/02/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, I have included some pictures of my KK Scorpion, built in 2002 and still in one piece, albeit with loose U/C fittings and a rather oily front end [more pics 004-009]. In its time it has been powered by an ED series 2 "Bee", AM 10 and AM 15 engines. Although a bit of a "builder's" model it is well worth the effort and makes a great flyer.
DickEdwards : Scorpion : 13/02/2017

Right - the plan and the cutting sheet are from two different versions of the Veron model. The plan (same as mine) has only three longerons on the sides of the fuselage. I think a later, slimmer, version. If you look at the cutting sheet, the side formers ( f13, f14, f15) have five slots, there are two more longerons on this version. So, an apology, the widths are correct for the cutting sheet. But the plan is the wrong one - it matches my kit and is itself wrong because it doesn't take in the narrower, obviously cheaper fuselage. Anyway - I bought the kit from a charity shop for 2 pounds and have really enjoyed building my first model in 45 years!
RayWilkinson : Sopwith Triplane : 13/02/2017

Thanks Pit.
SteveWMD : Eoletto : 13/02/2017

This is the Italianized version of "37in Wing Span Glider" on OZ and originally from Model Airplane News 1935. The more about the saga of these plans in the near SAM Clarion newsletter article by me and Roy Tiller. Eoletto is the diminutive of Eolo, God of the Wind.
Pit : Eoletto : 13/02/2017

Hi Mary and Steve. Custom Cavalier 108 (ID:335) built in the "Escuela Central de Aeromodelismo", Madrid, 1947 [more pics 003-005]. OK Twin engine and homemade radio. This was one of the first RC models built in Spain. These photos were published in the Spanish magazine "AVION" (1947). The quality is not very good, but it is the best thing that I've been able to get :) Saludos from Spain.
JesusAbellan : Custom Cavalier 108 : 12/02/2017

Hi Mary /Steve, here is a photo of the Veron Verosonic for the plan page of the same [model photo and more pic 003]. I am restoring this one using the plan from Outerzone.
Anon : Verosonic : 12/02/2017

Hello again - two pictures. One shows the lower struts cut from the plan and laid on top of the corresponding strut on the plane. The other shows the plan laid on the centre section. They don't fit because the measurements are taken from the side view, not the narrower plan view which is not shown.
RayWilkinson : Sopwith Triplane : 11/02/2017

I have just built the model and the plan is incorrect. I didn't discover it until after had cut the lower cross struts using the plan. Try measuring the formers above - you'll see what I mean. The width of the centre section is dictated by the distance between the struts which are glued to the inside of the fuselage longerons just forward of the cockpit. Again, it is too wide by 6mm. The fuselage ain't square - which it would be if you used the cross strut lengths on the plan. Look at the pictures - I have just done it. Sorry to be a pain but if you want to prove it - build it yourself.
RayWilkinson : Sopwith Triplane : 11/02/2017

The bends are clearly shown in the isometric drawing, besides which it also says on the plan 'crack longerons here and re-cement' at F8. Not only that but the original post (from Ray) was saying that the front section had the problem and not the rear.
Daithi : Sopwith Triplane : 11/02/2017

Just viewed the Youtube video of the Shuttleworth Collection and about 11 minutes in is a video of the Triplane ( The long edge of the stab is to the rear. Just ahead of the triplane was the video of the Pup, and it had the long edge to the front. Both aircraft were flying ...
BillH : Sopwith Triplane : 11/02/2017

Herewith 2 photos of the Luton Minor for you, Eric Fearnley, ID 397 [more pics 003, 004].
BryanLea : Luton Minor : 10/02/2017

The problem comes from the fact that Veron do not show the fuselage from the top so it could become clear that there is not only a crack of the longerons at F8 but also a crack or bend at F11. This is clear on the top view on plan 3028 also a triplane. Then it is clear that the length of the lower cross struts are correct.
Karsten : Sopwith Triplane : 10/02/2017

Just for fun I opened the pdfs in windows and physically measured them (at 100%) - cross struts and former widths were identical, as was the 'rudder' from plan and printwood. There was no discrepancy that I could find. It's possible that the error crept in during printing. A quick check should have the printwood (the lower section does show the corners) to be exactly 12 inches long (all Veron and KK kits were made from a single sheet of 32" x 3" x 1/16" balsa). Comparing the 'rudder line' on both printwood and plan would also show up any discrepancy. As I said earlier, the original kit didn't have a problem so it has to be something that has come along in either the scanning or printing. Regarding the tail - the change was mainly a field modification. From Profile number 73 "...The revised tail surfaces were shorter in span by 2 ft. 1 in. and had a total area of 23.6 sq, ft. ...Some aircraft still had the original tail surfaces in June 1917...". As it's generally better to have a larger tail area, in this case staying as per the plan may be a better idea. Of course for anyone wanting something different, there's always the 'Sopwith Mouse' aka Alcock A1, which had the forward fuselage and lower wing of a triplane, the upper wing from a Pup and the tailplane of a Camel (with a home-brew fin and rudder).
Daithi : Sopwith Triplane : 09/02/2017

Hello to you up there from down here. My aeromodelling began around 1952 when I lived in the UK. My first attempt, an Auster Arrow flying scale series from KeilKraft. I always longed for the day I could afford to buy the larger kits but only managed to build the Pirate using a second hand E D Baby purchased by mail order from Bud Morgan in Cardiff for 26/-. Your site has been a wonderful discovery for me and I thank you beyond measure for it. I am sending you this recently completed Bandit photo [more pics 005]. It is electric powered and covered in the old fashioned way with fabric and doped. I have used the iron on stuff but I still like the satisfaction of watching the material shrink and the drumskin texture when complete. Regards from New Zealand.
BillBollands : Bandit : 08/02/2017

I have more photos that you may like to post [more pics 009-011]. First photo is one of scale just to show you how big the Horten 229 is. The second one is the underside of the Horten.
LarryWelle : Horten Ho-IX : 08/02/2017

I have attached a photo of my RCM Small Wonder [more pics 003]. It was my first scratch build. About 1985.
ScottBlack : Small Wonder : 08/02/2017

Excellent, thanks Pit. Have updated this listing now.
SteveWMD : Nibbio Lu : 08/02/2017

Nibbio Lu correct name, by Mario Fumagalli. The suffix Lu is short for Lugano (Switzerland), it's probably added to differentiate this model from other Nibbio plans (Nibbio is a bird, common name for Italian model gliders). Emilio Biraghi commercialized this plan, he was a modeller and small entrepreneur of modelling industry in relationship with the near Swiss towns. Probably Fumagalli was based in Lugano, where many Italian workers are employed still today.
Pit : Nibbio Lu : 08/02/2017

Thanks to Pit for help with this one.
SteveWMD : Movo M3 : 07/02/2017

Here is my Country Squire [more pics 006, 007]. Built about 1977.
ScottBlack : Country Squire : 07/02/2017

I built this in about 1962 and it was great. Now going to build another !!
BrianG : New AM Cabin Duration : 07/02/2017

Added photo [more pics 005] thanks to patzpaint.
Mary : Stampe SV4 : 06/02/2017

Added photo [more pics 007] thanks to patzpaint.
Mary : Miss 38 : 06/02/2017

Added photo [more pics 004] thanks to patzpaint.
Mary : Miles Magister : 06/02/2017

Added model photo [model scaled up 300%], thanks to patzpaint.
Mary : Stinson Model O : 06/02/2017

Added photo [more pics 005] thanks to patzpaint, who has built an impressive 5 OZ plans in the last 4 months!
Mary : Piper Super Cruiser 40 : 06/02/2017

Here are some photos of my Horten Ho-IX [more pics 003-007]. Reading some of the other comments, apparently either this is not scale or too difficult to build. I assure you this is not for the faint of heart. These drawings must've been from a kit that had possibly a fiberglass top and bottom plastic or something, because the center section is very vague and there's not enough ribs to plank it with balsa or so forth. So looking at a lot of photos on the internet, I got inspiration and here's the result. After initial assembly of the wing I did give it a glide test and it flew. Now trying to engineer power system with EDF Jets. I made it from dollar store foamboard mixed with some balsa pieces & spruce here and there, but this project was actually just for a test to see the feasibility if it would fly. I've read a lot of things on the internet and people were asking about this particular plan by Jack Lynn Bales. Well, a test glide on the hill was successful. However, the CG I had to place it back further than on plan.
LarryW : Horten Ho-IX : 06/02/2017

Hello, here again after nine days in the hospital I have found that one of the new plans incorporated has been the FRISCO KID. I have done it in scale for 1/2. Two - one for me and another for my son and this is the result [more pics 003-010].
AntonioRG : Frisco Kid : 06/02/2017

The snow is gone. Our flying field looks like a swimming pool. Here are some pictures of the first flight [more pics 010-014]. The plane flies very well.
BernhardDittmann : Kapitan : 06/02/2017

Many thanks Ray. Your attention to detail is appreciated and will no doubt help other modellers.
Mary : Sopwith Triplane : 06/02/2017

Fuselage width: Just measured it. Actual width on the model is 34mm, but on the plan the widest cross member and the wing centre section are both shown as 40mm. But what's 6mm between friends? You can take the lengths of the cross struts from the formers at the same point above them.
RayWilkinson : Sopwith Triplane : 06/02/2017

Hi, here are 3 black and white film scanned negatives for use on Outerzone [more pics 006-008]. It's a Smog Hog I have built from the plan on Outerzone. I changed a few things, the fuselage is now build up and not sheet, engine an older OS 35.
Anon : Smog Hog : 06/02/2017

I can recall building the original kit way back when I was in the RAF and I honestly don't recall any problems with the fuselage cross members or the wing center section - they all fitted as they should. My only 'problem' was one endemic to all KK and Veron WW1 types which was, even with a sheeted nose and a Cox 0.010 up front, it was still tail heavy.
Daithi : Sopwith Triplane : 05/02/2017

Yes - I knew there were two versions, hence the inverted commas round 'right' - I just saw most pictures this way round and liked the look of it better.
RayWilkinson : Sopwith Triplane : 05/02/2017

Hello Steve, I rig the Herky for the winter with a pair of skis [more pics 014-017]. Fly very nice and smooth, new powder today!! And no wind. Video clip:
JeanSkydive : Herky : 03/02/2017

Veron tailplane is the prototype and first production form (taken from the PUP). The other is final production form (information from leaflet PROFILE triplane).
Karsten : Sopwith Triplane : 02/02/2017

The internet knows both versions. Hard to say what is the right direction. The link below shows a vintage pic with the tail plane arranged as drawn on the plan. File it under 'alternative facts' ;)
Hubert : Sopwith Triplane : 01/02/2017

Hi - I made a comment about the Sopwith plans. Here are some pics of my attempt [model photo & more pics 003-005]. one picture shows the tailplane as drawn, the other two are after a tail transplant with a new tailplane the 'right' way round.
RayWilkinson : Sopwith Triplane : 31/01/2017

Hallo Mary, hallo Steve, the restoration has just finished in time. This year we are celebrating "60 years of Graupner Kaptain". I think my model is 25 years old [more pics 005-009]. When the weather is better, I send pictures in flight.
BernhardDittmann : Kapitan : 31/01/2017

Mary and Steve, I thought that I would send you a couple pics of the 1/16 scale Loening OL-8A that I just finished [more pics 004-006]. It has a W.S. of about 40 inches and is completely scratchbuilt, in Spencer, Iowa, USA.
RayLathrop : Loening OL-9 : 31/01/2017

Hello, I found on a second-hand site some pictures of a Stylus [more pics 003, 004].
DriesNeyrinck : Stylus : 30/01/2017

Hello, I found on a second hand site some pictures of the Sportster [more pics 006, 007].
DriesNeyrinck : Sportster : 30/01/2017

Here are a couple of photos of our new Square Bird [more pics 004, 005]. Not flown yet. 22 grams all up weight. 7" North Pacific prop. Thanks for bringing back all those childhood memories, affordably.
Linda&RandyWrisley : Square Bird : 30/01/2017

Have now renamed this plan to Nesselbeck (was previously misnamed as Mobius), with thanks to GerritLoubser for helping clarify this one.
SteveWMD : Nesselbeck : 30/01/2017

Doug, I have to thank you for igniting many memories from my youth. I also built the Parlor Pusher when I was a kid (now 73), to fly in my parents' living room in our rented apartment. The golf ball source of rubber gave me many years of rubber supply for many more models to come. I only built the one original size from the magazine but it was a great flier for my limited skills. It was probably one of the projects that kept me in this hobby for many years. I'm still actively involved in modelling building 1/4 scale and gliders as well as some float flying. This must be addictive but I guess I'll quit someday. This is one little model that you can't go wrong with. Long skinny elastic bands hooked together might be OK to power it with or you may have to enlarge it a bit to 12"-15". Best of luck to all who try this one.
PeterCary : Parlor Pusher : 30/01/2017

Wow! I had forgotten where this one came from, one of my first models that really flew, must have been about 1960. Being, as most kids were, generally without money most of the time, here was something I could afford. Of course, the model magazines were out of my 25 cent price range, but the library, reachable by bicycle, had stacks of Model Airplane News available to check out and pedal home. Picking up discarded pop bottles on the side of the road for the 2-cent deposit gave me enough income to build some simple models. A bicycle basket full made me rich. I didn't realize how small this thing was, probably because I instantly enlarged it after the first version, so small that no available rubber would fit. It's still too small. Back then, I cut apart an old golf ball to discover miles of tiny rubber strip, just right for baby models. That's what I used on my first version. All of mine were either red or green, the only available colors of dime store tissue. Later, enlarged to about 16 inches, they could be powered by 1/8" rubber strip, available at Poyner Seed Company, which had a small hobby corner, with Ambroid, crappy Testor's balsa and a few Comet kits. The real prize, however, was a selection of Kaysun plastic props meant for rubber power, the 5" size being just right for 1/8" strip. All sizes of these things flew off my card table building board, some being a *lot* bigger, with more rubber and props carved from apple crate pine, another vanishing skill. When you think about it, the steps it takes just to carve a prop are pretty big when starting with nothing as a kid. My Daddy didn't own a screwdriver, so I was on my own. You need a vise to hold your crate wood, a hammer to pull the nails, a coping saw to cut it out, and most important, a way to sharpen your pocket knife. But I was able to get past all these obstacles to build a bigger Pusher. One version stretched a full three feet, powered by a wad of rubber as large as a small snake, wound with an eggbeater drill. Its rolled balsa fuselage, wet formed around a broomstick, handled the brutal torque delivered by lots of 1/4" rubber strip. Don't remember what its fate became, probably lost in the trees, but I do recall strapping sparklers onto the wings and flying it at night from the local golf course, flames streaming from the wingtips. I'll have to build another, probably bigger so I can use the 1/8" rubber I already have, none available locally nowadays. In all, today was a nice memory trip on Sunday morning.
DougSmith : Parlor Pusher : 29/01/2017

Thanks Eduardo, have added text from article now, and updated this listing.
SteveWMD : Waco C-6 : 27/01/2017

Hi Mary and Steve, here are some photos of my Lazy Bee in winter configuration [more pics 003, 004]. My Bee is with 48 inch wing and converted to electric. The 2 inch floats are good for snow flying.
Gerd : Lazy Bee Floats : 25/01/2017

Chris, I really enjoyed your article, it had never occurred to me how you converted horsepower to watts. I've done similar conversions like you have of vintage designs, not all work out OK without changes. My most recent Ken Willard Roaring 20 turned out nose heavy and I had to cut some off the nose and still move the two tiny servos to the tail, finally balanced without any added weight. I was able to make these changes during construction, checking the balance at each stage, that way I didn't have to un-do anything after it was finished. It seems most all the vintage designs can benefit from weight reduction, no electric vibration means you can build lighter without problems. As an example, my Sig Kadet Senior (68") weighs exactly 4 lbs, with battery, about half the usual weight. A small-looking AXI 2820 pulls it just fine at about 400 watts, takes off in about 10 feet. It's good to see someone else contribute to Viewpoint, I thought I might be the only one. Gimme some more.
DougSmith : Viewpoint 6 : 23/01/2017

I built this glider many years ago and its flying ability was amazing. Flights in excess of 5 mins were normal on a towline launch with Lucifer landing a mile plus from the launch site!! Auto rudder was fitted but not auto descent ( fuse operated if I remember correctly) which probably would have saved me a lot of walking!!
HywelL : Lucifer : 23/01/2017

Hello Mary. Here's a little naked wood of my Ugly Stick by Phil Kraft, from RCMplans [more pics 006-009]. Well as you know, Mr. Cheapo - he had to paint on his own the multi crosses.
LarryW : Das Ugly Stik : 23/01/2017

I sent some photos of my latest project - a little bit more challenging this time [more pics 008-011]. This plan called for a lot of spruce and in the opening webbing is exposed cables with a pull pull system. Thank you again for your great site!
LarryW : Miss Vintage : 23/01/2017

My father's Stately Sadie [more pics 003, 004]. Built from Air Trails plans in 1961. (Small engine + heavy radio equipment = powerful hand launch...😀😀😀 ) Saludos from Spain.
JesusAbellan : Stately Sadie : 23/01/2017

I just read the article that accompanies this plan, and enjoyed the designer's account of how this model got its name (it helps if you know that 'Ten High' is a brand of American whiskey): "The remaining week was spent in frantic panic completing the model for a trim flight. During that week, my wife, who delivered my favorite spirits and water to the shop, remarked, 'You ought to call that thing 10 High.' 'Why?' I asked. 'Because you've consumed so much of it trying to build that wing', she retorted. An abbreviated version, which came out 10 HI, was adopted from her suggestion."
Mary : 10 HI : 22/01/2017

Attached are a couple of photos of a 10 HI I built about 10 years ago [more pics 003-006]. I converted it to 3 channels with a throttle sleeve Cox TD .049 by Milton Dickey. All up weight is 14 ozs. A very gentle flyer. Thanks, from Little Rock, Arkansas.
SteveStaples : 10 HI : 22/01/2017

Hi Mary and Steve; Here's my white POLO by Svenson, my favorite airplane [more pics 006]. Very cheap and yet the POLO can do everything as its big brothers. I have many children without a budget, let fly with my POLO. I have made a lot of kids happy with this aircraft. Nowadays no longer - with the advent of the computer, children are not outside more. But I still like to fly the POLO. Kind regards.
JulienVermeire : Polo : 22/01/2017

I built a Laird LC-DE designed by Walt Mooney. This was about 1978 or so. It flew right off the building board and I ultimately lost it in a thermal one sunny afternoon!
RobertK : Laird LC-DE Speedwing : 22/01/2017

Regarding Airspeed: one of their design team was Neville Shute Norway (better known as Neville Shute), the author of 'A Town Like Alice' and 'On the Beach', who was a qualified aeronautical engineer and had worked with De Havilland and, with Barnes Wallis, also worked on the R100 and R101 airships.
Daithi : British Airspeed Courier : 22/01/2017

Hallo - Aquila, scratch built from Outerzone plans [more pics 009, 010]. Greets
JJDeweerdt : Aquila : 20/01/2017

I just found these build photos sent to us by Larry Welle ages ago [more pics 010-013]. I put them in them in the wrong folder then forgot about them - sorry Larry! At the time, Larry said "Naked wood. Front of cab took some thinking, but this is my 2 on balsa build. Not half bad, if I may say so."
Mary : Waco AGC-8 : 19/01/2017

Two archive photos from Andy Coutts [more pics 013, 014].
Mary : Q-Tee : 18/01/2017

Added more vintage photos, thanks to Andy Coutts [more pics 006, 007].
Mary : Contender : 18/01/2017

Just added two more photos from Andy Coutts' extensive archives [more pics 004, 005]. Thanks Andy :)
Mary : Falcon 56 Mk II : 18/01/2017

Something more from the archives: two different models of the Live Wire Champ by Hal de Bolt [more pics 003-005].
AndyCoutts : Live Wire Champion Mk III : 18/01/2017

Hi Mary and Steve - My Ju-52 (ID:8333), built from Graupner kit, several years ago [more pics 004-008]. Silkspan covered and decorated with the colours of the Spanish Civil War. Graupner kit motorisation (3 Speed 400 and NiCad battery). Functional flaps. Hitec radio. Saludos from Spain.
JesusAbellan : Junkers 52 : 17/01/2017

George Mueller was our neighbor in Phoenix, Arizona. I remember visiting his shop where he also fabricated engines under the name "Stinger". George and his son were fixtures in UC speed. I on the other hand flew the more mundane free-flight in comparison.
TCunningham : Winder : 17/01/2017

Hello friends: some photos of the Gentle Lady [more pics 005-007]. I have lost three in thermal. I still have a kit to assemble and my son has another almost finished. When the spring allows us to leave to fly them, we will send more photos.
AntonioRG : Gentle Lady : 16/01/2017

Many thanks to Newt for finding the model pic for this one, in an ad from GHQ in MAN, March 1935.
SteveWMD : Northrop Gamma : 16/01/2017

Today I send you some new photos of our secondary activity: RC sailplanes. The Birds of Time are something very special for my son and I. We have won several National Championships and we do not stop to keep and fly a few [more pics 006].
AntonioRG : Bird of Time : 16/01/2017

From Popular Aviation Sep. 1935. It seems that in the same mag there is a plan for a 43in WS version too. I love this flying boat too and there is a nice 73in Ws engined plan in MAN Oct. 1942 if friends are interested.
Pit : Fairchild Amphibian : 14/01/2017

Wondering if someone has the "Popular Aviation" article to supplement this Fairchild Amphibian plan by Paul Lindberg? It was submitted by Planeman in 2011. Online attempts to find the 1935 issue have been futile. Thanks, Steve!!
DonT : Fairchild Amphibian : 13/01/2017

I finished off the replacement Caprice and it flew beautifully. I have to concur with Sundancer - this is one of the finest free flight towline gliders ever designed. Here are some photos of the Caprice, flying with the birds [more pics 018-024].
AndyCoutts : Caprice : 13/01/2017

Here with a photo of my first RC Model, a Pilot kit of the QB2500 sail plane [more pics 005]. Could only afford radio once I was a working man. Can promise you I don't look anything like that skinny policeman today.
AndyCoutts : QB 2500 : 12/01/2017

Hi Mary. As mentioned earlier, something from the archives. Our shop kit builder, Agustine, is holding a 25cc Big Stik he built for promotional purposes, in the photo [more pics 004].
AndyCoutts : Big Stik : 12/01/2017

Something from the archives: the photo is of the "Not-For-Sale", scratch built off plan from one of the mags [more pics 003]. We used to kit this when I owned "The" Hobby Shop, with my partner, Barry Hunt.
AndyCoutts : Notforsale : 12/01/2017

Compliments of the season to you all. I'm back at work after a Christmas break, was able to finish off the replacement Caprice and Marauder, and test fly them before the rains set in. Both flew beautifully, unfortunately the Marauder landed in a ditch/storm water drain. No damage thankfully. Sending over a few photos [more pics 009-015]. Ditch and all, Lindsay as usual did a great job.
AndyCoutts : Marauder : 12/01/2017

Hi my friends, this my Beaver built from plans by Ed Westwood [more pics 003, 004]. I changed the float for landing gear. Constructed in balsa, plywood, fiberglass, covered with Monokote and colors of Aerotaxi of Colombia in '60s years. It's powered by O.S 61 four stroke and futaba radio 7 channel. It is a beautiful plane and great flying model. Greetings from Colombia. Thank you.
CarlosAB : DHC-2 Beaver : 12/01/2017

Hi Steve & Mary, Since I was the one who begged for this plan on rcgroups I thought it right to share a photo of the resultant model [more pics 003]. I began cutting strips and constructing the model about 20.00 on New Year's Eve as a last effort to build a model to completion in 2016. By 23.00 it was done. Could have been quicker but I was using white glue! It hasn't flown yet but I foresee no issues.
SimonP : Delta Dart : 12/01/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, here's my yellow VICOMPTE by Svenson [more pics 008]. Equipped with 4cc OS FSR abc, it's a very good model with open hull. Covered with SOLAR FILM - very cheap stuff.
JulienVermeire : Vicomte 1915 : 12/01/2017

Here are my two yellow AZIZO gliders, 30 and 15 years old [more pics 007, 008]. Flew quite a lot in the French mountains.
JulienVermeire : Azizo : 12/01/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, here is my red POLO by Svenson [more pics 005]. This is equipped with a 2.5 cc OS FP. This engine is quiet, by his double room exhaust. The POLO is very lightly built, covered with ORACOVER, with my old 35 Mgz Graupner transmitter. Thank you for OUTER ZONE site.
JulienVermeire : Polo : 12/01/2017

Here are a few photos of my PB-2 electric, wingspan 84" [more pics 005-007]. Beautiful soarer, but also easy to fly exactly where you drive it. Tail very effective. Touch and go very slowly like a dream. Originally I covered it with Oratex Antique, but it was heavy and poor of spirit. Now I have re-covered it with nylon and it is more light. Weight now 2020 gr. ready to fly with battery.
Luigi : PB-2 : 11/01/2017

Thank you Ray, a very helpful observation. Be warned folks!
Mary : Sopwith Triplane : 11/01/2017

Hi - just building a replica of this kit from Vintage Models and your plan looks great. BUT there is an error on the original plan that make it impossible to build without reducing the lengths of the lower rear fuselage cross members (shown beneath the cockpit fairing) and the corresponding error on the upper wing centre section which is also too wide. The original designer took the lengths from the vertical members on the side view instead of the width of the fuselage as it narrows towards the tail. I'm sure anybody who is actually prepared to build it will realise, as I did, that it is wrong. Perhaps a little note with the download could help before any time or work is wasted.
RayWilkinson : Sopwith Triplane : 11/01/2017

Got it, have updated this listing now, thanks Don.
SteveWMD : FAI Hustler : 11/01/2017

Hi Steve - Have included some pictures of my 150% full-size Bugaboo, powered by the MP Jet 2.5cc Letmo replica [more pics 004-007]. We have flown Bugaboos in various sizes, from 50% upwards, for both electric and i.c. power. All have proved to be great flyers and the large one is a good alternative to the Junior 60 or Halfax Spartan, being simple to build. Regards,
DickEdwards : Bugaboo : 11/01/2017

The Hustler was first in the June-July 1962 issue of Flying Models. It was than known as the F.A.I. Hustler. It was designed by Sid Jepson and Willard Anderson.
Don : FAI Hustler : 11/01/2017

Darter was designed and used a Albon `Dart' O.5 cc diesel engine, not a Mills 0.75 cc engine.
anon : Darter III : 11/01/2017

I have probably spent way more time on it than Dad ever did at this point. Not much further to go though. The all up weight has me worried, I'll have to add another 10 ounces at the least for the motor, battery and radio, so 42-45 ounces AUW? She will fly like the real one did if it flies at all. I was happy with it until I saw the foam version coming to market soon that is just a little bit smaller and AUW is just 32 oz:
dfritzke : Gee Bee R-1 : 10/01/2017

I can add a few, e.g. most modern fighters and then the Vought V-173, the Libellula experimental, Martin XB-51, HL-10 triple fin (NASA Lifting body), Proteus by Composite Aircraft, to mention a few odd aircraft. There are more to be found like the B24 Liberator. Please enjoy these wonderful (contraptions) aircraft.
WernerSchubert : Custom Cavalier 108 : 10/01/2017

In Spain today January 6 is a party ... toys, drones and helicopters fly all over the house and I'm thinking of flying out when the cold and the ice stop. Meanwhile, a few photos [more pics 004, 005]. Greetings,
AntonioRG : Nobler : 10/01/2017

AFAIK it was single-channel with 3 *cascaded* (Bonner Varicomp) escapements, as mentioned in the plan.
UStik : Bi-Fli : 08/01/2017

Today the WINDY by SVENSON has flown, with my home built transmitter [more pics 003-006]. I built the transmitter in 1980, it still works perfectly after 37 years. Today it was really very nice weather. I chose the WINDY because it is a small model - if things go wrong, I lose a small plane. This transmitter works quite well. Thank you for the beautiful site OUTER ZONE.
JulienVermeire : Windy : 06/01/2017

Very interesting subject the Kleiner Uhu! From the very beginning it was sponsored by UHU-glues from Germany, their name is also the German word for eagle owl, so the Kleiner Uhu was nothing but a small eagle owl ... There was a big nation-wide contest with this small glider organised by UHU and Graupner, and the model was actually redesigned in 1964, 1967, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1999, 2014 and 2016 (!) For more information have a look at
ArminB : Der Kleine Uhu : 06/01/2017

Hi Mary, Steve. I was looking at the article for Jim Clem's Witch Hawk and noticed that page 3 is missing. So, I scanned it in and it is attached. It contains pretty important trimming info for anyone building this model. I have built several, both this size and the 500 version. The Witch Hawk 500 is the model for the One Design event at the 2017 U.S. Nationals.
SimonBlake : Witch Hawk : 05/01/2017

Hello Outerzone! I thought you might like to have the build article which was published a month after the plan was issued. At the end of the article it states that trimming and flying instructions would feature in the following month's issue of Aeromodeller, but I have not found another article on Ffoxy, so maybe it didn't happen.
DavidFoster : Ffoxy : 05/01/2017

Thanks to High_Start who posted the model pic of his completed QB2500 (built with ailerons) here
SteveWMD : QB 2500 : 04/01/2017

Welcome to the new year folks. Here are a couple of pictures of my Frog Junior Sailplane [more pics 006, 007]. Now we wait for spring to trim and fly. Between your site and the FROG site, I got all the info to build the plane. Thanks for providing an absolutely phenomenal site.
Mike : Junior Sailplane : 03/01/2017

Thanks Pit, got it.
SteveWMD : Piper Cub J-3 : 03/01/2017

This is not the Berkeley plan but the plan published in Air Trails Jan 1955, float on AT Feb 55 by Chuck Hollinger. Berkeley later kitted this plan (as for the PT19), but not all the parts are shown on the plan.
Pit : Piper Cub J-3 : 03/01/2017

Here are a few photos of my model MINI THERMALIST [more pics 003-005]. I have scratch built it from plans of Outerzone ID 3484. Building is more complex compared with MEDICINE MAN but it flies a little better. More complex because wing is a two pieces one.
LuigiCarlucci : Mini Thermalist : 03/01/2017

Aha, have relisted this one now as designed by Jack Laramie, thanks to Newt. Seems PDG was just the draughtsman on this one, not the designer.
SteveWMD : Zoegling : 02/01/2017

I send you a few photos of my new AIRBORN [more pics 003-005]. I have scratch built it from plans of OUTERZONE. I built it at 100 in. wingspan (250 cm.) and the total completed weight with battery is incredible, only 1.750 gr ! ! ! ! Very light ! ! !
LuigiCarlucci : Airborn : 02/01/2017

Here are photos of my TOMBOY [more pics 027-029]. I built the model scrap from plans of Outerzone.
LuigiCarlucci : Tomboy : 02/01/2017

I send you two photos of my PLAYBOY SENIOR 425 ELECTRIC [more pics 003-005]. I have built it scrap from plans in Outerzone. Wingspan 60 in; weight 470 gr.
LuigiCarlucci : Playboy Senior 425 Electric : 02/01/2017

This is SORT OF (it's somewhat enlarged) Paul Del Gatto's UC GeeBee from the MAN 1961 Annual [more pics 006-012]. My dad started building it one winter (around 1970?) and he got as far as framing up the wing and fuse, and covering with white nylon. Around 1990 I picked it up, got it to this stage. I do not have any kids of my own to finish this, so now it's up to me. Spans 42", weighs 2 pounds as you see it. Dad was not aiming for a UC model, but RC so what he had built was pretty light. I admire his plywood and 1/32" balsa cowl, but the nylon bowl I found is way more practical. The landing gear I built from lite-ply, Rohacell foam, basswood and balsa. All covered with white Solar film and painted trim. As a tribute to my Dad, I should finish this thing!
dfritzke : Gee Bee R-1 : 02/01/2017

Thank you for the C of G position, hope mine flys as well as yours.
Graham : Ethereal Lady : 01/01/2017

Some photos from the Star Modelhob meeting, June 2013 [model photo & more pics 003-007].
AntonioRG : Star : 31/12/2016

Mmmmmmme, again another nice Wilfried Klinger model plan... I love it... Cheers
Pascal : Hummel : 30/12/2016

Two photos of my last Burka Trainer for my granddaughter [more pics 009, 010]. Saludos,
AntonioRG : Burka Trainer : 29/12/2016

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Henry Haffke for bridging the gap in knowledge between the Granvilles and those of us today who hunger for accurate and useful info on this never to be seen again series of historic racers, and, of course, that debt extends to you for the same reasons. Carry on, and thank you.
JimOlson : Gee Bee Model D Sportster : 29/12/2016

Originally from MAN feb-1935, it was renamed VT-1 By Uberto Travagli of Aviominima (Roma) in magazine L'Aquilone 1938 and after war kitted as "Eoletto" and then a lightly modified (cabin) was commercialized by Movo under the name of M-27. In 1997 it was doublesized for rc and full size plan was enclosed in Modellismo magazine of Edimodel. Very unusual is the inverted lifting tailplane otherways it won't fly!
Pit : 37in Wing Span Glider : 29/12/2016

Thanks to both Pit and Pascal for checking and helping on this
SteveWMD : Bourdon : 27/12/2016

Empennage notes says that the tailplane is similar to the Mouche model tailplane, the rudders could be a little reduced, refers to the Mouche plan for tailplane info on bullettin of 16.2.1949.
Pit : Bourdon : 27/12/2016

Maybe not a missing sheet... what does the French text under the 'Empennages' heading say? Something like ...same as the 'Mouche' plan?
SteveWMD : Bourdon : 27/12/2016

Ah, good point. Funny I never even noticed there is a 2nd sheet missing from this one. Will have look and see if we can locate it. Thanks.
SteveWMD : Bourdon : 27/12/2016

Hi Mary and Steve...Wow,another fine model of the Great Mr Wilfried Klinger...Very very nice... Cheers
Pascal : Diabolo : 27/12/2016

Is tailplane and rudder coming later?
Karsten : Bourdon : 26/12/2016

Would love to see some pix of this model while under construction, if anyone should happen to have any. I bought this plan in 1955 and am now 86 years old but starting construction, mostly just for the fun of building. Don't expect to ever fly it.
DonBuck : Custom Privateer : 23/12/2016

Added Part 2 just now, thanks to Rudy :)
Mary : Eagle V : 22/12/2016

Thought I'd share this background info on Shawn's build, and link to his build thread, as sent to dfritzke: "I just wanted to send you a pic of my new La Stick that I built and say thank you for the excellent plans. It was a fun and relaxing build and I can't wait to to fly it. But I'm for the rx battery to come in. As you can see, it's pictured with a standard wing, but I got into cutting my own foam core wings within the last month and I made my first foam core wing with no dihedral and added ailerons so I can switch back and forth from standard 2ch or 3ch aerobatic flying. The AUW with battery will be 5.1 oz. less fuel. And with the foam core wing, it will be 9.1 oz. less fuel. The radio I will be using is a DX8 and the on board gear will be a Spektrum AR6100E rx, and E-Flite DS75H digital sub micro servos. Here is a link to a build thread that I did on RCGroups
Mary : La Stick : 22/12/2016

The model in the photo balances on the front wing spar and flies very well with an original mills 1.3 fitted, hopes this helps.
John : Ethereal Lady : 21/12/2016

Hi Mary - Here are a couple of photos of the Mercury Viper I built back in the '80s [more pics 005, 006]. Fun to build and fun to fly! All the best,
ChrisPinn : Viper : 20/12/2016

Here is another foto of my Sporty Forty [more pics 009]. It is an extremely well performing model.
LambertOosting : Sporty Forty : 20/12/2016

Nice to see some of these old Jetex models again, they were a popular way to build a jet powered aircraft, as long as it was small. The one I built, an f-102 delta, possibly by the same author, flew very well with a Jetex 50 motor. The main trouble I had was the humid Summer weather we enjoyed in LA (that's Lower Alabama) ruining the Jetex fuel pellets. They came in a small cardboard box that would fit in a wide mouth mayonnaise jar to keep them dry. Otherwise they would suck up moisture from the air and wouldn't light. Burn time of the fuel pellets was only about five seconds, which was plenty to get the model up pretty high once it got moving. As with all rockets, the faster it goes the better it works, and the last second of burn time built up some speed. I had to ride my bicycle to a nearby schoolyard to fly my F-102, no yard being large enough to contain it. Then I had a brilliant idea to soup up my Jetex with homemade rocket fuel, potassium nitrate melted in a pan with sugar, then poured into the Jetex housing. With the Jetex laid on a brick outside, I lit the fuse and stood back. Instead of launching like I intended, the housing spun around in a cloud of smoke, burning a hole in the side of the Jetex nozzle, too much power I guess. I don't know if Jetex is still available, haven't seen one in a long time, fun though a little messy.
DougSmith : X-15 : 19/12/2016

Does anyone have part 2? Would you be willing to scan and share it with us? We'll be very grateful :)
Mary : Eagle V : 19/12/2016

Do you have Part 2 of this article? Thank You.
spitfireflyby : Eagle V : 19/12/2016

Hello, herewith a (rather poor, I'm afraid) picture of the Aile Volante Oflag IVD [more pics 003] and a document telling some of the history behind it as told by Jean Simon [suppl. file]. It was designed and first built during WW2 by French prisoners in a German camp for officers. Also, it is known in vintage French modelling circles by the complete name "Aile Volante Oflag IVD" (Aile Volante merely means Flying Wing).
JMP : Aile Volante Oflag IVD : 19/12/2016

Hello - some fotos of my Westerly electric [more pics 012-014]. Span 1500, length 1050, 1800 gram, 34+7,7 wing area, 38 wing load, motor eflite 15serie840kv, ESC 40A, bat 3S4500, prop 11x8.
Marc : Westerly III : 19/12/2016

In reference to your plan ID 2146 - Martin B-26 from Air Trails, 49" span, the plan download page says "No model photo found for this plan". My late Father built an RC model from this plan in the 1970s. I have attached a couple of photos of the model [model photo & more pics 003-005]. If you wish to use them, please feel free to do so.
JimHoustonJr : Martin B-26 : 19/12/2016

The plan doesn't show the C of G do you know where it should be? Best Regards,
GrahamB : Ethereal Lady : 16/12/2016

Model photo taken by Steve Betts, found online at "Aeroflyte Scorpio. Built in 1978 from a kit, (that's 36 years ago). I still have the plane and the box it came in ! 48" wingspan .25 OS 4 channel"
dfritzke : Scorpio : 16/12/2016

This is all we have. In many cases, kit plans didn't show drawings of the ready-made parts that came in the box. Perhaps that was the case here. Can anyone shed any light on this?
Mary : Flying Fool : 16/12/2016

I am building a old Sterling Flying X Fool kit, but was missing the plans. I got them from your site, but it's only a part template sheet and the wing plans. Do you have the fuselage sections??
GaRy : Flying Fool : 16/12/2016

Hello Steve & Mary! I recently build one Model from your plans collection, the "Sharkface" by Eric Clutton. Here are some pics [more pics 009-011]. It flies very well and fast (around 110km/h) on a Dymond 2714 Outrunner using 3s 1000mA Lipos and APC 6x5 Prop. Current draw is 12 A on the ground. Mine got very tail heavy, so lengthening the fuselage by half an inch would be a good idea.
SebastianK : Sharkface : 16/12/2016

Here is a picture of my Pitts [model photo]. I used my printer to print the tissue paper and made a laminated prop form wooden business cards. Thanks for your great work.
JimBarber : Pitts Special : 16/12/2016

Hello, For this plan, I found this picture of Pierre Dupin (a truly great modeller and friend now deceased) with an electric powered "Surpriz" in his left hand and a regular rubber powered one in his right hand [model photo]. It shows what an elegant yet competitive design Rene Jossien could come up with. I think the Surpriz is a 1959 design of his. Best modelling regards.
JMP : Surpriz : 16/12/2016

I have to confess I have never actually built a model of any type, just watched admiringly from the sidelines as Steve builds his. One of my resolutions for 2017 is to scratch-build at least one plane. Maybe I'll make it the Phantom :)
Mary : Phantom MK2 : 16/12/2016

Hi Mary, Here are a couple of photos of the KK Phantom I built in the '80s with a PAW diesel [more pics 005, 006]. If you fit a big engine, they fly a bit faster. If you fit a small engine, they fly a bit slower. Whatever engine you fit, they just go round and round. But they will show you the fun of control line flying and you just HAVE to build one sometime.
ChrisPinn : Phantom MK2 : 15/12/2016

Latest project is a classic Ugly Stik, most popular model ever built, worldwide. Right now, I'm re-drawing the plans to lighten it up a bit for electric power, same size as the original, built as a low wing taildragger. As to how it got its name, when Phil Kraft showed up at the field with his first version, the guys present said, "Damn, Phil, that thing looks like it was beat with an ugly stick". The rest is history.
DougSmith : Das Ugly Stick : 15/12/2016

OK, the scan of the original CB-28 glider plan is now on Outerzone, here CB-28 oz8239
Mary : CB 28 : 15/12/2016

Fuselage former 7, is missing. There are also other parts missing. I have studied the plans I downloaded and printed, and there simply isn't a pattern for former 7.
anon : Boeing F4B-4 : 13/12/2016

I just added Shawn's pictures to the Gallery, as they were missing for some reason. Shawn's model is powered by a Pee Wee .020 and weighs 5.1 oz. ready to fly less fuel.
Mary : La Stick : 13/12/2016

Hi Mary and Steve... "Ailbass" or correctly written "Ail basse" is a French word and it means "Low wing" Cheers
Pascal : Ailbass : 13/12/2016

Hi Steve, Here's a photo of me and my Berkley Brigadier from plan 238 [more pics 003]. It is powered by a Forster .29 ignition engine and is surprisingly competitive in SAM competition. The photo was taken at the 2014 SAM Championships in Muncie, Indiana. I've also flown it in oldtimer competition at the U.S. Nationals and the Empire (NY) State Championships. It does tend to hang on the prop and needs about three degrees downthrust. SAM USA recently extended the Oldtimer cutoff date from 1942 to 1950, so I am looking at build a Super Brigadier which is basically the same model but with a polyhedral wing. It's easy to build and Hank Struck designed it, so you know it's going to be a good flier. Thanks for all the good work!
SimonBlake : Brigadier : 13/12/2016

Here are some pictures of my Super Condor [more pics 012-016]. I downloaded the PDF and redrew it in AutoCad. I had the parts laser cut.
JimKatz : Super Condor : 12/12/2016

Steve and Mary, I down loaded all three Excel files and they are large! It seemed like they had every drawing for every model ever published. There will be some gems for your site but many duplications.
Gene : Viewpoint 3 : 12/12/2016

Hello Steve and Mary, attached two pictures of my restored Chico [more pics 006, 007]. Airframe found for 10 pounds on a second-hand site. Electro setup with a NTM 3536 1800 kv engine. 4 s 2500 mAh lipo, 6,5x6,5 graupner speedprop, 60A esc and hs81 servo's.
DriesNeyrinck : Chico : 12/12/2016

The infamous BD-5. I have a little experience with this model. Sometime in the mid 70's, Ed Burquez, whom I worked with, bought a BD-5 kit after rave reviews in the full size aviation magazines. I saw it once while he was building the fuselage, all aluminum held together with flush pop rivets, not a a simple thing to assemble. I couldn't believe how really small it was, but Ed could just barely fit into the slim fuselage. Later, he discovered he would have to lose weight if he wanted to put gas in it without exceeding the maximum weight requirements. Ed's kit was incomplete, major parts like landing gear and controls were yet to be delivered. About that time the first kits were being completed, and the main problem was the engine, located deep in the fuselage just behind the pilot. They would run long enough to get off the runway, then quit, usually because of overheating. All the first engines were converted snowmobile 2-cycle models with a belt drive to the prop shaft. Cooling issues frequently caused overheating, resulting in a dead stick condition at the worst possible time. Ed never received the wings for his kit, having lost interest after all the early deaths. I think he sold the remains several years later, probably very cheap. About the same time Ed bought his kit, I took one of his 3-views from his brochure and built a small balsa glider to see how it would fly. I used the long wing version Ed had ordered, with a profile fuselage and wings carved to an airfoil section. It sure looked short. Flew that way too. A simple hand glide flew pretty well, but a stronger hand launch refused to recover from a stall, turning sideways and falling out of the sky like a leaf. I gave the unsuccessful model to Ed, which may have played a role in his decision not to finish his kit. I never saw a kit completed, the company having gone belly up soon after, but I did see one fly a few years later at an airshow held at the Bessemer Ala airport. It was the extensively modified jet version from the James Bond movie where they flew it through an open hangar. His flight didn't last very long because of the thirsty jet engine, but it was fast. If you build this model, consider lengthening the fuselage with a larger fin and rudder, maybe it will fly better than mine.
DougSmith : BD5 : 12/12/2016

Hello Mary and Steve, I have downloaded Vic Smeed's Mamselle and am going to build her as electric with a CF2822 and rudder and elevator. My original conversion to rudder only with throttle, about 30 years ago, ended in failure when she went into a spiral dive from about 100ft and ended up splattered. I built another Mamselle straight away but with elevator, and she was a real beaut. Made the wings in two halves so I could go flying with her when out on my motor bike. Must have some photos somewhere. Anyway, I have printed the formers on separate sheets so that I can paste straight on to the depron. I have put the plan through Posterazor and it comes out on 16 sheets with a 1" grid overlayed. I will stick the wing plan together separately from the fuselage so each part lines up properly. If I try to make one big plan like the Aeromodeller originals, alignment is always a problem for me.
MalcolmJ : Mamselle : 09/12/2016

The plane pictured is one I built from a copy of Scott's original sketches. Was able to fly it at a SMALL event in Little Rock, Arkansas as Scott flew his.
SteveStaples : Baby Boomer : 09/12/2016

If anyone out there has the original article pages to go with this drawing, that would be great. A photo would be fantastic, too.
SteveWMD : Flying Aces Sportster : 09/12/2016

Does anyone have build pics or a build thread on this plane?
Dan : Me 109 : 08/12/2016

I can confirm that a balance point of 4in back from the leading edge is what is shown on the magazine plan.
anon : Duellist MkII : 08/12/2016

Hi, Where are the wing ribs?
anon : Beech T-34 Mentor : 08/12/2016

Added a (vintage?) photo from Carlos AB [more pics 003].
Mary : Piper Tri Pacer : 07/12/2016

Here's a couple of photos of a Blue Pants I once owned. I didn't build it, but bought it from the model shop in Godalming. I fitted a Spanish ZOM 2.5cc diesel I had as it fitted the bolt spacing in the model and therefore avoided hacking into the front end. It flew OK until I tried the first loop at which point it came in on the lines and that was that.
ChrisPinn : Blue Pants : 07/12/2016

Antonio also sent us some great photos of his completed Burka Trainer [model photo & more pics 003-008].
Mary : Burka Trainer : 07/12/2016

This definitely builds into a really nice looking small field glider. I built one of these from a kit, believe it was by House of Balsa. I made a mistake of covering it all in transparent Monokote some 30 years ago. This model was designed to have its wing covered in lightweight silk or silkspan that is clear doped, balsa surfaces are clear doped too with dope color trim, which is light. The otherwise powerful Cox Tee Dee .020 had difficulty lifting it off the ground, even with the lighter weight Ace rudder only Pulse Commander system. It became a display, until broken in a move. Now I look back, I probably could have put a Baby Bee .049 and successfully flown it. Regarding comments on the spar, in the early 1960's, there wasn't any plastic iron on coverings. Covering of choice, silkspan or silk shrink drum tight, provided needed rigidity and strength. Knowing more now, with Monokote, I would have probably folded the wings flying on something more powerful like an .049 (even with the prop on backwards). The newer plastic coverings don't have that strength, hence the hardwood wing spar makes sense to beef up the structure. If I were to build again, I might consider a new lightweight tissue style synthetic covering like Polyspan / Coverite Coverlite or the new lightweight park flyer plastic covering like Coverite Microlite.
ghostler : Nomad : 07/12/2016

I think the article scan shows it as 4 inches back from the LE. But would be nice to have someone confirm that as correct. Strange it doesn't show on this plan.
SteveWMD : Duellist MkII : 07/12/2016

I can't find the distance from the wing leading edge to the CG but I can see that it was provided in the plans of the original magazine article; which, however is so dark that it can't be made out clearly! Do you have that info? Didn't want to use data from the other Duelist Plan # 5962 which was an earlier version and Platt said that he changed some of the parameters for the MK2, which could include the CG??. Thanks in advance.
NN : Duellist MkII : 07/12/2016

Added the missing article, thanks to Pit.
SteveWMD : Profile P-51 Mustang : 06/12/2016

Bearcat was built in June of this year 2016. I just noticed I never got around to sending you some photos of the finished airplane [more pics 003-005], however it's not power yet. I'm getting my graphics from Callie graphics in New Mexico, USA. It's on the opposite coast for me when I painted on some panel lines and rivets, and I'm happy the way came what you think?
anon : Grumman F8F Bearcat : 03/12/2016

JMP also sent us a scan of the original Chalange et Bonnet plan for the CB-28 glider. This will appear as a separate plan listing on OZ soon.
Mary : CB 28 : 02/12/2016

The CB-28 plan currently on Outerzone is a revised plan for RC adaptation by my good friend Jean Simon. His article is also attached, from MRA #669 (September 1995 issue). [See supplementary file]
JMP_blackfoot : CB 28 : 02/12/2016

Thanks Dave. According to the Jetex Hall of Fame entry for Del Gatto (, "Flying Models concluded their heart-felt tribute to Paul in these words: 'We will sincerely miss Paul's talents here at Flying Models, and to a still greater degree as a friend. We were proud to know this man. He was highly motivated toward all things aeronautical, creative, artistic, and full of laughter. May we express the sympathies of modelers from all lands to his [family]. This was a fine and clean-minded man, and by casting his teen-age children to this same high standard, he has fulfilled a high purpose here on earth.' "
Mary : Super Condor : 01/12/2016

The Super Condor plan appeared in the Dec-Jan 1965 issue of Flying Models. Sadly, it's the very same issue that noted the recent death of Paul Del Gatto on September 12, 1964 at the age of 39. And he had 4 kids, yet somehow he managed to publish, at the very least, 50 (but probably more like 100) model aircraft designs or articles.
dfritzke : Super Condor : 01/12/2016

Hi friends, I found this picture of Quaker Flash of Flyline models, 34 inchs, built with plans of Outerzone. Building with balsa and light plywood, covered with silkspan dope and paint. It's a beautiful vintage plane.
CarlosAB : Quaker Flash : 01/12/2016

Hello There! Just a brief note about my experiences with the Roy Scott BE2e. On the plan the indicated c/g position is just in front of the rear cabane strut. With the c/g in this position I have found the model to be extremely difficult to fly. I put up a post on RCU to benefit from the experience of others and if you click on the link below and scroll down to Post 15, you'll find a suggestion that the centre of gravity should be brought forward to a point 12.5 cms from the leading edge of the top wing, roughly atop the middle of the front cockpit: I am going to put some weight under the engine to bring the centre of gravity forward to the recommended position, either that or I will replace the existing engine with something heavier. I will report back my findings. Happy Landings
DavidDavis : RAF BE2e : 01/12/2016

If I remember right, this model was the last kit I ever built, sometime in the early '80s. As kits go, it was decent, nowhere near the perfection demonstrated by the Jensen 60 size Ugly Stik, but then nothing else was either. That's why Outerzone is such a pleasure, so many plans available for classics from years gone by, and I'm able to pick my wood instead of relying on the parts in the kit. I refuse to pay little Chinese fingers to do something I enjoy doing myself. I built my Sweet Stick upside down as a low winger with gear in the wing, a popular option at the time. A Super Tigre 46 pulled it just fine, one of the best engines I ever had, sorry I sold it with the plane. My brother was going to school at Auburn University at the time, and he mailed me two large tiger paw decals as a joke, knowing I was an Alabama fan. I called his bluff, sticking them down on the wingtips as insignia. Fuel would dissolve the water slide decals anywhere else, but they survived for years on the wing. Later, I enlarged the plans by 150% for a Webra Speed 61, flew every bit as well as the 40 version. Really a little too big for the Webra, the club member I sold the plane to installed an OS 90 which was what it needed all along. I did learn a valuable lesson with that larger model: Don't paint outside. I didn't have enough room to paint inside with a small spray gun, and so I waited until late in the afternoon to lay the wing on two sawhorses in the front yard, no wind by this time of day. Everything went fine as I sprayed a perfect coat of clear K&B epoxy on the wing top side, having coated the bottom the day before. While admiring my shiny handiwork, about 50 little black gnats made a carrier landing in wet epoxy, and that's where they stayed. Nothing left to do but let the whole sticky mess dry and sand the gnats out the next day. Another coat of K&B restored the shine but it never was quite as good as the first attempt. It's always something...
DougSmith : Sweet Stick 40 : 29/11/2016

Hi Mary. This is my KK Senator which I built in 1968 during my last year at the University of Southampton [more pics 004, 005].
ChrisPinn : Senator : 29/11/2016

This is my Graupner Cessna 150 that I converted to Round The Pole (RTP) flying in 1983 [more pics 004, 005].
ChrisPinn : Cessna 150 : 29/11/2016

Photo of completed Vantage model was found online (thanks Ray) at
SteveWMD : Vantage : 29/11/2016

Two more great pictures of Andy Coutts' Gypsy, courtesy of his talented wife, Lindsay [more pics 007-008].
Mary : Gypsy : 28/11/2016

Hi Mary - Was home this weekend and went flying with Lindsay on Saturday afternoon. Beaut weather for flying and Lindsay was able to take some photos. Please see attached bare bones of Mercury Marauder [more pics 004-008].
AndyCoutts : Marauder : 28/11/2016

The Custom Cavalier is a very rare model airplane because so few of them were built and received so little attention simply because of its size, 9 foot wingspan and possibly the fore runner of the twin tail shape that is so evident when three famous real airplanes display the same shape. They are: the Lockheed Super Constellation; the Lockheed P 38; the Aircoupe. Can anyone add to that?
EmilCost : Custom Cavalier 108 : 28/11/2016

Here are some photos from 1990 showing the maiden flight of my flying buddy Harald's Uproar [more pics 004-007]. The Uproar flew beautifully and this one went on for many years before an aileron servo failed just after take off and it rolled in to destruction. The young lad in the photo is my son Jonathan, now 44 years old, roughly the same age as I was when I took the photos! How time flies. Harald went on to build an Uplift oz6027 to replace the Uproar. Admittedly it was a nicer looking model, but it was a lot more work and really didn't fly appreciably better.
ChrisPinn : Uproar : 28/11/2016

Back in 1996 I built a Ford Trimotor from this plan, in Scadta's Livery, (later Avianca) [more pics 003-006]. Trimotors linked Colombian Andean cities at a time roads were rough. This particular model was second in stand-off scale local contest by that time. I enjoyed a lot building and flying it.
EnriqueAlvarado : Ford Trimotor : 28/11/2016

Steve and Mary, I just completed the Farman F. 400 from the Mike Nasisse plans on your site [model photo]. It is 16" span and weighs 12 grams. Thank you for your great site.
DavidWagner : Farman 400 : 28/11/2016

Stan Yeo is still designing and producing traditional kits under the name of Phoenix Model Products (UK) but Pedro is not among his current inventory. His site is full of down to earth advice and tips. Worth a visit. Regards,
Bill Newson : Pedro : 26/11/2016

Yesterday, after a Thanksgiving dinner with friends, I flew my Abe Bergman Zephyr, built from OZ plans, for them in their front yard under the street lamp. A new rubber motor gave the little model improved performance enough to outfly the boundaries of their small yard, flirting with trees and power lines One of them asked if I wanted to sell it. He wanted it for his son, which would have meant instant destruction. These days it's unusual to even witness a tiny model of this sort, nothing remotely similar available in hobby shops. Takeoffs from the driveway kept altitude under control. Only changes I made from the original 1936 design were a double prop bearing so I could add some downthrust and wheels laminated from two layers of 1/32" balsa. I used a 6" balsa prop with one loop of 1/8" rubber. Hand wound, the flight was good for two circles to the right, then a straight glide to a smooth wheel landing. Altitude was enough to get into danger from telephone lines. Doculam covering I used was too much for the lightweight structure, and so I pre-shrunk the film on a frame and just ironed it to the edges without more effort to shrink it tight, probably no heavier than tissue without dope. Reason for the Doculam covering was so I could fly it at night under the street lamp without fear of dew collecting on the tissue, causing it to warp like a Pringles potato chip. Guess how I know. The model was built a couple of years ago when I realized there was little activity in the Duck Works (my basement) because it was too chilly in the Winter. Yes it DOES get cold in Alabama. And so the UPSTAIRS AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY AREA was born, an unused bedroom with a banquet table building board, Zephyr being the first model built. Only problem I've had is running up and down the stairs to get tools needed above. It's always something...
DougSmith : Zephyr : 26/11/2016

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