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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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This is a random selection of just 4 of the photos you sent us. Click here to see the full Gallery
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...
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...
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...
SimonBlake : Playboy : 19/04/2017
21/04/2017 : PlanID=2359 : Gentle Lady by Carl Goldberg from Carl Goldberg : Doh. Have had a good look at this now thanks to Gene, and I think he's right, the previous plan was better. Switched them back again. The JJ plan is now available as a supplement alternate scan. It may be higher res, but it's not any clearer.
20/04/2017 : PlanID=8619 : Warlock by Richard Evans from Aeromodeller : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
20/04/2017 : PlanID=108 : Great Lakes Trainer 2T-1A by Cedric Galloway from Flying Models : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy on single sheet (also shows complete wing layout) thanks to dfritzke.
20/04/2017 : PlanID=7572 : Genesis-1 by Bob Hunt from Flying Models : Added alternate scan, thanks to JJ.
20/04/2017 : PlanID=2359 : Gentle Lady by Carl Goldberg from Carl Goldberg : Replaced this scan with a clearer version (at 400 dpi), thanks to JJ.
19/04/2017 : PlanID=6328 : Playboy by Bob Sliff from Leisure : Added rib templates, CAD-redrawn, thanks to n0bbyUK who very kindly drew them up from scratch.
19/04/2017 : PlanID=4539 : Electra by Vic Smeed from Aeromodeller : Replaced the hogalised plan with an updated, revised version, thanks to Al.
18/04/2017 : PlanID=2871 : Gaucho by Jose Ignacio Iriarte from Model Airplane News : Added alternate scan, thanks to JJ. This one is higher resolution, but has some small areas blanked out.
18/04/2017 : PlanID=8495 : Imitation by Ted Fancher from Model Aviation : Added Part 1 of the Model Aviation Imitation feature (Sept '79), thanks to George Albo.
18/04/2017 : PlanID=6328 : Playboy by Bob Sliff from Leisure : Added kit instructions, thanks to RFJ.
18/04/2017 : PlanID=2462 : Tee Dee Bird by Bill Siegel from Model Airplane News : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
16/04/2017 : PlanID=2543 : Blueboy by Hal Roth from Air Trails : Replaced this plan with a clearer scan, thanks to dfritzke.
15/04/2017 : PlanID=8600 : Herr Flick from AMI : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
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