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Since 2011 we've been collecting and sharing free vintage and old-timer plans at Outerzone. Thanks to you, there are now over 8,000 plans here for free download. We think that's pretty good going. Thank you for making Outerzone what it is. Three cheers for all of us!
We've added a new section for your thoughts, stories and photos: Viewpoint - a tribute to Don Dewey, editor of RCM and author of their Viewpoint column. This is the place for your longer articles or anything that doesn't relate directly to one particular plan. If you've something to contribute, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org We're starting with 'My First R/C', thanks to DougSmith ...more
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Here is another kit scan: Comper Swift, (The Scarlet Angel). I see Andrew Moorhouse did a lot of Co2 but this one is rubber. This really is a beautiful little kit. The detailed plans are very interesting, giving two colour schemes and two...
NicholasTucker : Comper Swift : 23/05/2017
Balance point is correct for a negative staggered wings biplane, make a comparison with other similar plans like Beech 17 (more than one) on Outerzone.
Pit : Beercat : 23/05/2017
I'd say it's rather nose heavy. Following the 30% rule of thumb you could move the CG back to nearly 50% of the lower wing. That's roughly what other staggerwings use. But maybe it's better to stay on the safe side and try the shown...
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
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 veryclose, but...
JohnKruger : Beercat : 23/05/2017
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...
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...
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...
Bernard_Petro : Bucker Jungmeister : 21/05/2017
23/05/2017 : PlanID=1968 : Biceps by Donald Yearout from American Aircraft Modeler : Added modern copy of article, thanks to GeorgeAlbo.
22/05/2017 : PlanID=8707 : Texan by Ron Young from Mercury : Added printwood scan, thanks to Bernard&Petro.
21/05/2017 : PlanID=8434 : Aero-Star 20 by Don Sobbe from Midwest : Added build manual, thanks to Josh O'Connor.
21/05/2017 : PlanID=7642 : Sky Car by Paul Lindberg from Popular Aviation : Article added, thanks to Pit.
20/05/2017 : PlanID=1658 : Jitter Bug by Paul Lindberg from Popular Aviation : Added article pages.
20/05/2017 : PlanID=5197 : Ant 25 by Pavel Bosak from Flying Models : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
17/05/2017 : PlanID=6773 : Gnome by John Lupperger from Midway Models : Added build instructions, thanks to RichL.
16/05/2017 : PlanID=480 : Smoothie by Bob Palmer from Air Trails : Added instructions, thanks to RonHopping.
16/05/2017 : PlanID=8709 : Sparkey by Ian Dowsett from Aeromodeller : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
15/05/2017 : PlanID=6251 : Kaos by Joe Bridi from RCMplans : Added left wing plan view, ready to print, thanks to Doug Smith.
11/05/2017 : PlanID=6627 : Lil Jumpin Bean from Carl Goldberg : Added PDFvector file showing parts templates, thanks to PaulBizard.
10/05/2017 : PlanID=2421 : Fox 107 by Joe Beshar from RCMplans : Added missing page to article, thanks to RFJ.
10/05/2017 : PlanID=4732 : Dormoy Bathtub by Walt Mooney from American Modeler : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
10/05/2017 : PlanID=6208 : Zue by Bill Wischer from American Modeler : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
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