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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 email@example.com 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
I built this when I was 13, it really flew great! Once I got the balance right it just seemed to glide forever!
PeterHiggins : Flying Sorceror : 17/08/2017
Proportional radio control apparatus was a dream for most of the modellers because at the period it cost about 4 x salary or half a small car. RCM started a project to made the dream come true, and after the series of articles they...
Pit : Digifli : 16/08/2017
The former outline marked A1 is incorrect as it should have engine bearer slots. Also the dihedral brace is wrong as the model has no centre section.
anon : Fly-Boy : 15/08/2017
Hi, Do the rib patterns match up with the plans? I have checked each one and it seems that they do not, being too long. Nice plan though and very interesting. It looks as though the centre section is untwisted. I have one on the board now...
MikeWhite : Searcher Flying Wing : 15/08/2017
Please find attached a pic of the beautiful Minerva free flight rubber biplane which appeared in the October 1941 issue of Aeromodeller. The cover shows an artist's impression of this model in flight [model photo & more pics 003].
alcalaino : Minerva : 14/08/2017
Giant mutant ants *and* model airplanes - what's not to like?! :)
Mary : Smarty : 14/08/2017
As a comment regarding the *Smarty* design, it was the model airplane featured in the classic 1950s science fiction movie *THEM!* Giant mutant ants ... [more pics 003]
AndrewTomasch : Smarty : 14/08/2017
Some more pics for Outerzone [more pics 008-010]. Junior Sailplane by Frog at 150% scale (30" span). Micro 2 channel RC with an AUW of 88g RTF.
Al : Junior Sailplane : 14/08/2017
I just took some pictures of the FOX MK II by Dave HORVATH [more pics 004-007]. I built this model from the plan you nicely put at the disposal of the readers on your site. This model is lightly modified (50" to 63"). Engine is a FS 56...
JeanDelattre : Fox Mk II : 14/08/2017
Not really a correction, but just be aware that there are no outlines for the wing tip ribs W2 through W4. You'll have to "wing it".
anon : Quaker : 14/08/2017
20/08/2017 : PlanID=4202 : P-51D Mustang from OK Model Pilot : Added scan of printwood parts (4 pages) includes all ribs, thanks to Desford99 on HPA.
17/08/2017 : PlanID=612 : Taurus by Ed Kazmirski from Model Airplane News : Added second article (one page, notes and drawing on modifying the Taurus for proportional control) thanks to davidterrell80, KraftyOne.
17/08/2017 : PlanID=9079 : Stearman PT-17 by Nick Ziroli from Flying Models : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy at 400dpi, thanks to theshadow.
16/08/2017 : PlanID=9081 : Southern Gentleman by Walt Mitchell from RCMplans : Added scan of original article, thanks to Gerrit.
16/08/2017 : PlanID=9081 : Southern Gentleman by Walt Mitchell from RCMplans : Added PDFvector plan tracing, thanks to hogal.
15/08/2017 : PlanID=9030 : Kwiksilver by Larry Rosenberg from RCMplans : Added PDFvector plan tracing, thanks to hogal.
15/08/2017 : PlanID=6209 : Wolfmeister LR-3 by Don Dewey from RCMplans : Added article, thanks to davidterrell80.
15/08/2017 : PlanID=12 : DQA 704 by Stu Babcock from RCMplans : Added scan of original article, thanks to davidterrell80.
14/08/2017 : PlanID=1350 : Q-Tee by Lee Renaud from RCMplans : Added PDFvector plan tracing, thanks to dfritzke.
14/08/2017 : PlanID=5011 : Focke Wulf FW 190D9 by David McClellan from Model Airplane News : Article added, thanks to Pit.
14/08/2017 : PlanID=8997 : Jex-Jet by Unknown from American Modeler : Complete article (including model photo) added, thanks to theshadow.
14/08/2017 : PlanID=9065 : Kamlet by MR Knight from Aeromodeller : Added second build article (Aeromodeller October 1941), thanks to alcalaino.
14/08/2017 : PlanID=9065 : Kamlet by MR Knight from Aeromodeller : Article (Aeromodeller September 1941) added, thanks to Gerrit.
14/08/2017 : PlanID=9064 : Tekfire by Barry Sims from Aeromodeller : Added article, thanks to Pit & Gerrit.
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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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