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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 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...
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"....
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 awiatikforum.ok1.pl/viewtopic.php?t=611 [We've added one of Maciej's photos as 'more pics 004'. Click on his link to see more super pics of a...
Maciej : Flying Fool : 24/03/2017
I have included a couple of (quite bad ...) flying shots of myBluebird [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 hasdifferent aspects depending on the viewer's eye. Ciao,
Pit : Viewpoint 8 : 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-braceswould increase the wing's rigidity, as I wanted to cover the model...
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.
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...
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 AncientModeler". Adventures in transporting giant free flight models onoverpacked NY subway and bus...
rtc : Viewpoint 8 : 21/03/2017
25/03/2017 : General News : Have added a custom search page for the new RCGroups build-off TBD-2 at : http://outerzone.co.uk/search/custom/tbd-2/index.asp
25/03/2017 : PlanID=8539 : Starter from Svenson : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to JefLemmens.
24/03/2017 : PlanID=7326 : Easy 200 by Laddie Mikulasko from RCMplans : Added article, thanks to SteveB.
22/03/2017 : PlanID=2926 : Santanita by Stan Hill from Model Airplane News : Added article, thanks to PeterBecker.
21/03/2017 : PlanID=231 : P-51B by Earl Stahl from Model Airplane News : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, stitched together as single sheet, thanks to Pilgrim.
20/03/2017 : PlanID=1828 : Moth by JH Watters from Aeromodeller : Added article pages, thanks to Algy2.
15/03/2017 : PlanID=5163 : Little Plank by Chuck Clemans, Dave Jones from RCMplans : Have rescaled this one up to fullsize at just slightly over 56in, thanks to anon.
14/03/2017 : General News : I wrote a short piece for Viewpoint, called 'The Joy of Aeromodelling'. You can read it here. Mary
14/03/2017 : PlanID=1877 : Clwyd Queen by HF Wilde from Aeromodeller : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to Circlip.
14/03/2017 : PlanID=8505 : Solar by Howard Timlin, Craig Cusick from American Modeler : Article added, thanks to theshadow.
11/03/2017 : PlanID=8407 : K 8B by Leon Janssens from Svenson : Added PDF file showing all formers hand-traced, thanks to Julien.
10/03/2017 : PlanID=2317 : Swallow by Ian Dowsett from Aeromodeller : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
10/03/2017 : PlanID=5962 : Duellist 240 by Dave Platt, Morten Tanger from Pica : Added scan of complete kit manual, thanks to Bernd57.
09/03/2017 : PlanID=13 : Elf Biplane Senior by Frank Ehling from Model Aviation : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
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Did I miss your name? Then I'm sorry. Let me know. As far as scanning and posting plans on the RCGroups thread, there are just too many names to mention them all... but here are a few:
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