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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
Added lovely picture of completed model, thanks to Alf Britchford [more pics 010].
Mary : Phantom MK2 : 27/05/2017
Added nice picture of completed model, thanks to Alf Britchford [more pics 006].
Mary : Wanderer : 27/05/2017
Added nice picture of completed model, thanks to Alf Britchford [more pics 005].
Mary : Blue Pants : 27/05/2017
You should definitely get started on the build, Bob. We'd like to see the pics when you're done!
Mary : Thermic 50 RC : 27/05/2017
I have this kit that I bought at a garage sale. It cost 7 dollars. I built one of these when I was 12, almost 50 years ago. The box is falling apart, but the balsa is still good and it's straight. I should get started on it.
Bob : Thermic 50 RC : 27/05/2017
I just finished mine [more pics 003-006]. Looks great. Modified for electric with mechanical retracts. Total weight is right under 3 kilos. Motor is equivalent .60 size gas engine says the specs. Have yet to put the servos for ailerons...
Foad : Blue Angel 40-SR : 27/05/2017
I scratch built a 1/4 scale (51in span) Quickie back in the '70s from an Aeromodeller scale drawing, very detailed with a flat twin glow engine (I can't remember what one). It flew superbly and stunted well. It was on display at the model...
RichardMc : QAC Quickie : 27/05/2017
Some pics from Saab 37 Viggen [model photo & more pics 004, 005].
EkkehardVH : Saab 37 Viggen : 27/05/2017
Dear Outerzone-Team, I send you a photo of the Lil'Misery which I built over the winter from your plan [more pics 011]. It flies very well.
SimonMathys : Lil Misery : 24/05/2017
Dear Outerzone-Team - To your new plan, the QAC-Quickie, I send you some photos from mine [more pics 003, 004] and CAD-file with helpful changes (wing-ribs with stands). The model flies very well and looks very crazy in the sky :) By the...
SimonMathys : QAC Quickie : 24/05/2017
Original photo of the full size Beercat, which could be useful [more pics 003].
Pit : Beercat : 24/05/2017
It is a Piper J-4 Coupe. Two place side by side trainer. note the doors, there was one on each side of the aircraft.
FrankAllen : Piper Cub : 24/05/2017
27/05/2017 : PlanID=8746 : QAC Quickie by Ray Jennings from RCMplans : Added alternate scan of this plan (along with article) as it appeared in March 1981 RCME, thanks to RFJ.
27/05/2017 : PlanID=8157 : Easy One by Ted Strader from Flying Models : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
27/05/2017 : PlanID=8754 : Tinker by David Boddington from RCME : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
27/05/2017 : PlanID=8752 : Bristol Scout Type D by Martin Fardell from RCME : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
25/05/2017 : PlanID=4811 : Magna by Ron Young from Mercury : Replaced this plan with a much clearer copy, thanks to NicholasTucker who sent in new scans along with complete printwood scans, kit instructions, also two box art pics. Nice work :)
25/05/2017 : PlanID=8746 : QAC Quickie by Ray Jennings from RCMplans : Added CAD file (dxf), thanks to SimonMathys.
24/05/2017 : PlanID=8744 : Paragon by Safdar Qureshi from Aeromodeller : Article added, thanks to RFJ & Gerrit.
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.
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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:
30560, 50+airyears, algy2, avernon, bobkeller, bjrn, cougdave, daddyrabbit1954, danito69, dplumpe, geew, generock, gthunter, haydon55, irish_lord99, jmp_blackfoot, jpm, ka-6br, kenny_e, locktite401, modelholic, nibor, orange&white, pd1, perttime, planeman, ralphb, ratracer, scaleviews, spockangel, srfalcon, starcad, tri-pacer, wtool
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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.
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