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6 Years of Outerzone!

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!

Viewpoint

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 admin@outerzone.co.uk We're starting with 'My First R/C', thanks to DougSmith ...more


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RCLibrary - Free books

Visit our sister site www.rclibrary.co.uk for free vintage books, magazines and catalogues. It's basically Outerzone, but for whole books.

Air Progress, Air Trails Annual 1939 & 1940 - click to view RCLibrary page RCM 1973/02 February - click to view RCLibrary page Profile Publications No. 037: Curtiss JN-4 - click to view RCLibrary page
 
 

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Latest Plans Added 12 most recent plan thumbnails

Outdoor Flyer - 8742Outdoor Flyer
Rubber F/F
19in span
Plan Details
 
Comper Swift - 8741Comper Swift
Scale Rubber F/F
13in span
Plan Details
 
Simplex - 8740Simplex
Rubber F/F
18in span
Plan Details
 
Junior Commercial - 8739Junior Commercial
Rubber F/F
23in span
Plan Details
 
Flying Yankee - 8738Flying Yankee
Rubber F/F
20in span
Plan Details
 
Dracon - 8737Dracon
IC R/C
32in span
Plan Details
 
Zephyr - 8736Zephyr
Rubber F/F
42in span
Plan Details
 
Live Wire P-Shooter - 8735Live Wire P-Shooter
IC R/C
57in span
Plan Details
 
Senior Class D Stick - 8734Senior Class D Stick
Rubber F/F
40in span
Plan Details
 
Neutron - 8733Neutron
Glider F/F
36in span
Plan Details
 
Roter Adler - 8732Roter Adler
IC R/C
59in span
Plan Details
 
Conrad Connrod Glider - 8731Conrad Connrod Glider
Glider F/F
13in span
Plan Details
 

   

Latest Comments

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 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 veryclose, but...
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: www.youtube.com/watch It's a very nice flying plane. Thanks again...
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...
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

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Latest Site Updates

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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Latest Plans text listing

Outdoor Flyer - Bruse Lester, Roy Thomason -...
Comper Swift - Andrew Moorhouse - 13in Scale...
Simplex - Bruse Lester, Roy Thomason - 18in...
Junior Commercial - 23in Rubber F/F
Flying Yankee - 20in Rubber F/F
Dracon - David Boddington - 32in IC R/C
Zephyr - 42in Rubber F/F
Live Wire P-Shooter - Hal DeBolt - 57in IC R/C
Senior Class D Stick - George McLafferty - 40in...
Neutron - OFW Fisher - 36in Glider F/F
Roter Adler - Gunther Shafer - 59in IC R/C
Conrad Connrod Glider - Bill Dean - 13in Glider...
Joisey Hoister - Ted Grzesczak - 42in IC F/F
Bumble Bee - Paul Lindberg - 29in IC F/F
Flapper - Paul Del Gatto - 19in Rubber F/F
Gee Bee R3 - Beto Glaser - 61in IC C/L
Zephyr - 52in Glider R/C
Patriot - Stan Colson - 73in Glider F/F
Top 20 - Brian Peckham - 42in IC R/C
Step One - Geoffrey Sprawson - 48in IC R/C
Nebula - Dick Sarpolus, Arni Pedersen - 109in...
Soar-Cy II - Stan Yeo - 51in Glider R/C
Splinter - Bill Netzebrand - 39in IC C/L
Belle Air - Don Sinclair - 30in Rubber F/F
Halberstadt DII - 13in Scale Rubber F/F
Folkerts Toots - Hal Swanson - 16in Scale...
Farman F.170 Jabiru - Dave Stott - 13in Scale...
Nieuport 11 - 24in Scale Rubber F/F
Chester's Goon - Hal Swanson - 19in Scale...
Fairy Facula - SR Crow - 52in Rubber F/F
Fairey 17 - 20in Rubber F/F
Eaglet - MR Knight - 28in Rubber F/F
Leopard Moth - Virgil Sturiale - 24in Scale...
Sparkey - Ian Dowsett - 32in Electric F/F
Fancherized Twister - Ted Fancher - 49in IC C/L
Texan - Ron Young - 22in IC C/L
Ford Tri-Motor - Dennis Tapsfield - 59in Scale...
Monterey - RJ Boucher, RA Boucher - 100in...
Checkers - Jarold Schmidt - 64in IC R/C
Combat Trainer - Paul Del Gatto - 30in IC C/L
Chipmunk - Fred Reese - 36in Scale IC R/C
Bonanza - Fred Reese - 36in Scale IC R/C
Baron Knight II - Dave White - 39in Rubber F/F
Starider - MA Wright - 44in Glider F/F
Caliban - FT Houchin - 29in Rubber F/F
Boeing Kadet - BH Hamilton - 24in Scale IC...
Fokker DVIII - 15in Scale Rubber F/F
Hypodemic Nerdel - Dick Mathis, Tom Peadon -...
Jungster II - 20in Scale Rubber F/F
Hot Pants - Phil Greeno - 60in Glider R/C

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Vinplandex

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VinPlanDex is is an exhaustive and complete index of every plan that has ever been posted on the Vintage & Old-Timer Plans thread.

In comparison Outerzone is a slightly random collection of plans in PDF format. Outerzone does not include all the plans posted on the Vintage & Old-Timer Plans thread. At a guess, only about 80%. Some plans on here are not from that thread. Also, some are direct submissions.

That link again: VinPlanDex