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This plan would be a good candidate for the built-up balsa version of the no-longer-available Ace wing cores Ace Foam Wing (oz8557).
KevinF : Simple P-51 : 17/11/2018

Hello, two photos of my model build from the Mustfire plan [more pics 004, 005].
Dietmar : Mustfire : 16/11/2018

Enclosed pictures of my Bluebird built from plan 8177 [more pics 009-013]. Converted to RC with brick and motor from a wrecked Dromida Voyager. Many hours of fun to date, although on the heavy side due to reinforcements in the control surfaces. Omitted UC for belly landings in grass surfaces. Many Txs for your inspiring site!!
EnriqueAlvarado : Bluebird : 14/11/2018

Here's an old Gremlin advert that has a small picture of the Navy Fighter that I sent the plan of [model photo & more pics 003].
TonyJohnson : Navy Fighter : 14/11/2018

Here is Juhani Kari with Nakke on the cover of Model Aircraft Jan '65 [more pics 003], also a photo of my Nakke at the 2000 Nats [more pics 004].
TonyJohnson : Nakke : 14/11/2018

Here's photo of my own Allen Brickhaus Arcturus from about 20 years ago [more pics 004].
TonyJohnson : Arcturus : 14/11/2018

I am now about to get started over delaying a build on the Nikolina for best part of 6 months. I started with the Propellor hub, and have balsa for two sets of prop. blades standing by (since this time last year)! I think I may do two prop hubs and see which is best/offers best strength to weight as I am not sure it will be robust enough with the pine centre. I have some harder Tulip Wood bits to try also. I have also given this part much forethought too, and have found some 16 swg brass bushes to put in centre of the pine hub maybe (instead of just a drilled hole through) - it is very old school. I did actually commence work on this model during my O levels (also old school GCEs!) in 1978. I got as far as most of the fuselage balsa construction before I finished the exams and spent the summer working in a carpet warehouse and pursuing an alternative athletics career. The latter effectively took over from aeromodelling for the next 30 plus years. Now I am using the same Aeromodeller/MAP free plan 40 years later. My Dad kept all this safe for me - plus the unflown Garter Knight I had meticulously built in 1979 for the winter French/English completion. After he died in 2012 I initially meant to build a KK Slicker as I inherited a photo from 1950 of him about to launch this. Instead I got round to a rushed refurb. of the Garter Knight using a Performer kit propeller assembly and entered the Coupe de Brum (at a windy North Luffenham) a couple of years later in 2015 I think. It flew all rounds great with no trimming, but to be fair with my old unadapted Stanley winder and first time helper, I was too scared to put too much turns on with the strange narrow rubber (I could not find the old stash of ?" dark tan Pirelli from Henry J Nicholls). The Garter Knight wing got dashed in half by the strong winds on way back from the last flight at the North Luffenham trip. I did not mind, it was a surreal experience after a 38 year delay and I was just a bit euphoric. I am hoping this little Coupe may make this contest for me again - this year ... or sometime in the future.
JohnWheeler : Nikolina : 14/11/2018

You have some pics of my 92" Thermal Sniffer already, but here are some of my latest project [more pics 011-013]. This version of the Sniffer, (Thermal Sniffer XLE ) has a 120" wing span. Weight is 6#-10 oz RTF. Powered by a Turnigy 3548 prop drive V2, 900kv motor and a 3cell, 4000 Mah Zippy Lipo and 12x8 folding prop. The center section of the wing is part of the fuselage, with two outer sections sliding onto wing tubes. This was its maiden flight, and the weather was a bit chilly. I was concerned that on its maiden flight the 3 cell wasn't enough voltage, but with full power, the Sniffer rose up and away. I also have a FPV camera mounted in the wing, but have yet to get any videos. There is so much wing area, the Sniffer cruises around with little or no power needed. A 20 minute flight took only 1400 mah of the 4000 mah battery.
RobertK : Thermal Sniffer : 14/11/2018

I have done the maiden flight on the Aeronca Sedan 15AC & she flew like an absolute dream. Powered by an OS FS90 ... which by the way is over the top ... I rarely went higher than 1/3 throttle & the take off was a 1/2 throttle. Awesome aero model ... and a must build scale project for those of us scale modelers. Attached a few shots from the maiden flight day [more pics 016-025].
Bernard_Petro : Aeronca Sedan 15AC : 13/11/2018

How are my friends from the United Kingdom!... a pleasure to make contact with you again. This time I send photos of a Pocket Rocket model from plans, to which I put a G-Mark engine .03 and has 4 channels [more pics 007-009]. I hope you like it. Engine G-Mark .03 R/C in action: Strong hug from Argentina.
MauricioBertello : Pocket Rocket : 13/11/2018

I have new photos of the glider almost finished [more pics 008-010]. In the new photos I am with my dog, Dana. Thank you. Regards from Argentina.
GJoseRosalesRuiz : Hi-Fly : 13/11/2018

Doh. My mistake. Turns out DBHL have only this one page scanned, and I myself put this plan up on Oz without even noticing the missing wing. So. Can anyone out there send us in a scan of page 2? Thanks all.
SteveWMD : RTP Spitfire : 13/11/2018

Spitfire is missing stabilizer & wing layouts.
anon : RTP Spitfire : 11/11/2018

Looks like a page two of the spitfire plan is missing. No details for the wing or tail surfaces are on page 1 TIA.
anon : RTP Spitfire : 10/11/2018

Have completed twin rudder configuration. Have ground test performance video. Have successfully flown it. Video documentation. Your viewers will like to see it. My date information: Built 1943 from Berkeley kit. In storage until 2016. New tail section and electric package installed. Maiden flight October 14, 2018 (3 weeks ago). Now in storage until 2019.
EmilJCost_NY_USA : Custom Cavalier 108 : 09/11/2018

More than 50 years ago I built my first Veron Sky Skooter. This plane was equipped with a 1.5 cc diesel engine and a self-built one channel radio control. This year I built my second Sky Skooter [more pics 010]. Now with an electric motor and radio control with telemetry and GPS. The Sky Skooter is flying great!
Nico_Steenbergen : Sky Skooter : 09/11/2018

Tim Hobbins of Hobbins Hobbies is doing a laser cut version of the Talisman - 36.5" or 40" span.
Annette : Talisman : 09/11/2018

Added some pics of the finished model [more pics 008-010] thanks to Fred Shipp.
Mary : Cessna AW : 09/11/2018

Fair point.
SteveWMD : Little Bug : 09/11/2018

1979 design, so no influence by Clancy's 1990s efforts!
anon : Little Bug : 09/11/2018

The ribs can be generated but hard to model for only one bulkhead is given.
rchopper56 : Zero : 08/11/2018

Added nice photo of the finished model, thanks to artee15 [more pics 006].
Mary : Bug HLG : 06/11/2018

Hello. As I'm shortly to start my third Bandit in 52 years, I thought you and your readers might just be interested to see pictures of my first two. The poor black and white image dates from 1966 [more pics 006]. This was my very first power model and rather unsurprisingly it flew well with the way too powerful A-M 15! At age 11, I hadn't quite understood the need to shape the lower cowling blocks. The second model is from 2016 and the image posed in the same way as 1966 [more pics 007] is after a few early encounters with stray bushes! This one has been flown very regularly and really performs well with its Indian Mills 1.3 [more pics 008]. The flying shot is from its first season [more pics 009]. The new one will again be pure free flight; I am lucky to have access to a good large flying site.
RichardScott : Bandit : 06/11/2018

Added nice pic of the Stepp Two at barebones stage, thanks to artee15 [more pics 006].
Mary : Stepp Two : 06/11/2018

Kloud King, from plans [more pics 003]. Wingspan 61 inches, O.S. 20- 4 Stroke power.
DougB : Kloud King : 06/11/2018

Added photo of the finished model - in a gorgeous blue colour - thanks to Mick Mislan in New Zealand [more pics 004].
Mary : Trike : 06/11/2018

Doh. Corrected spelling now.
SteveWMD : Gieseke Nobler : 04/11/2018

Very sharp looking model!
rchopper56 : Elf-16 : 03/11/2018

Doh. I have now put the DXF file where it should be, inside that previously empty CAD zipfile. My mistake.
SteveWMD : Mini Funtana : 03/11/2018

Way back in 1959 when I was a printing apprentice and a 'back garden flyer' (Frog and Keilkraft), I spotted Vern Schroeder's Waco 'Hadrian' in a borrowed 'Model Airplane News' and WANTED ONE! Now you have published it, my dream can come true. Happily, now I have a meadow a few minutes walk from my home so I can indulge myself but I suppose I should finish previously started models first!
AlanV : Waco CG-4A : 01/11/2018

What an absolutely superb job, in every way! A joy to look at and work with. I'm fortunate enough to have easy access to a wide format printer and laser cutter. The plan is printing right now, the laser will be fired up shortly, and building will start today. Thank you all!
DaveH : Mini Funtana : 01/11/2018

Excellent drawing!
rchopper56 : Mini Funtana : 01/11/2018

I got involved in a discussion many years ago about what was written on the wing of the original Leprechaun. The problem was solved by my better half who grew up in Ireland and learned Gaelic (which was, and still is, a compulsory subject). The text reads 'Tuama' which is the Gaelic version of 'Twomey', the designer's surname!
ChrisPinn : Leprechaun : 31/10/2018

Thanks to your website, I can build what I want with high quality plans. I built a TAUBE from the free flight plan, with pvc and bamboo, and made a twisted wing. It flies smoothly. Weighs 240g, span 900mm.
Anon : Taube Monoplane : 30/10/2018

Hi - some photos of my new built Leprechaun glider [more pics 004, 005].
PhilipHickey : Leprechaun : 30/10/2018

Hello, Outerzone. The missing bulkhead drawings from the ACE Seamaster kit plan are not a big issue, since they can easily be drawn from the existing info. The plan shows both the width and height for each station. And we know that the plane has tumblehome sides. However, the horizontal stabilizer is missing and that could be a bigger issue until you know the history. Mr. Willard states in his article on the Seamaster II oz5899 that it is identical to that on his Headmaster Sport 40 oz5877, for which the plan was published in RCM and the design was later kitted by Top Flite. So the solution is simple. That would be the same plan which you have listed, which has the stab.
MatthewStikeman : Seamaster : 30/10/2018

Hi, hope that these pictures are of use [more pics 005, 006].
DavidW : Delta Lady : 30/10/2018

Wing ribs are not shown.
anon : Mystic 30 : 30/10/2018

Doh. My mistake. Sorry for any confusion. Have replaced the (duplicate post) Waco glider plan that was previously in this slot with this Me163 plan. For the other plan see Waco CG-4A (oz9708) many thanks to Pit for help with this.
SteveWMD : Me 163B : 30/10/2018

Don is a good friend who worked with me at Bell Helicopter in the 1990s. He was a transmission designer for the V-22 Osprey and AH-1 SuperCobra and SuperHuey programs. He later moved to Lockheed and was instrumental in designing the F-35 vertical lift fan drivetrain. He has retired to owning a small airport in Texas. I will let him know of his page here, on Outerzone.
DavidTerrell80 : Rookie : 30/10/2018

Still fly this airplane. If you list YouTube links, here is some video:
RichardAdams : Tiger Moth : 29/10/2018

I have built the bones for the Gordon Rae Baby Gull from the plans on your fantastic site [more pics 006, 007]. I've modified it for r/c and have used the polyhedral wing detailed on the plan as opposed to the gull wing arrangement, in the hope that this will make the model turn better when under radio control. Other minor modifications have been plywood dihedral braces at all dihedral breaks and a small nose hatch for battery access held on with pins and a magnet. I'm aiming to get it all covered with tissue in the next few weeks and will send you photos of the finished job. Incidentally, the model was built on the small cork board seen in the photos. It's a fiddly build with the five piece undercambered washed-out tapering wing but it can be built in a small space and the structure when completed is very elegant. Keep up the great work with the site, I check in daily!
PeteT : Baby Gull : 26/10/2018

The other plan on Outerzone (by Hodgson) is an "Airacobra." At least it is specified as semi-scale.
DavidD : Focke Wulf 190 : 26/10/2018

The Kraft Super-Fli is one of my all time favorite aerobatic aircraft. Its clean, simple, elegant lines convey one purpose, and one purpose only - aerobatics! Besides, it's just a great looking aircraft. Designed by Phil Kraft, World Champion pattern flier and R/C model aircraft designer, the Super-Fli is the culmination of a model designer's dream to design a full scale competition aerobatic aircraft. Covered with Ultracote, its just about ready to go [more pics 006-009]. For a detailed build article go to
JohnnyB : Kraft Super Fli : 26/10/2018

This model was surely inspired by Small Stuff (oz10570) from Frank Ehling in MAN Sept-1944.
Pit : Swing : 26/10/2018

I think I'm right in saying that by 1943 the only Fw 190 in British (allied?) hands was that of Oberleutnant Armin Faber who had landed by mistake at Pembrey in Wales in 1942. That machine was examined by intelligence officers and passed to RAF test pilots for trials - but the general public still had only a sketchy idea of what it looked like. In 1943 its precise specs were still a military secret in Germany and known only to some allied personnel. Hodgson's model has outline faults, but few people in England could have done better at the time. An historical curiosity - perhaps there should be a new class for 'bad attempts at a scale model'?
SBurling : Focke Wulf 190 : 24/10/2018

I love it when you post a set of plans for a model that I've never seen or heard about before. The model had .35 sized motors. There is reference to plans from Hobby Helpers - Plan #963 - for this design also. Imagine putting something like this up in '63.... Wow!
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Gemini : 24/10/2018

Converted to electric three channel [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. Great flyer.
SteveStaples_Arkansas : Oini : 24/10/2018

I guess not many accurate details of the Fw 190 were available, in England in 1943? I agree this is one of those 'scale' model plans that seems quite disconnected from any actual details of the prototype subject.
SteveWMD : Focke Wulf 190 : 24/10/2018

sigh! Starting from the name and ending with the shape it's an insult to the real one! Another candidate for "name the plane" contest . Swept tailplane is the top.
Pit : Focke Wulf 190 : 24/10/2018

Ok, added 'tail' file(s) now, see supplementary files.
SteveWMD : Spacer : 22/10/2018

Attached plan article for Anon [suppl. file].
Pit : Spacer : 21/10/2018

The Spacer plan and the Spacer 600 plan are actually quite different. The Spacer is the original 565 Spacer that was published in Model Airplane News in, I believe, 1953. The 600 Spacer plan is a modified version flown by a number of people out in California these days. A while back I had a discussion with the author of that plan as we fly our Spacers quite differently. The 600 flies right/right, which is unusual for a model with an underfin. This is why it has six degrees of left thrust and the CG is much further back than on the original. I built my 565 from the original Model Airplane News plans and set it up just as Sal Taibi intended, with the CG at about 60 percent, 3/16 washin in the right main panel and about 1/8 washout in each tip panel [more pics 004]. Like the original, it flies right/left. I use anywhere from a Fox .19 to a Fox .25 engine depending on what class I am flying. It placed second in Class A Nostalgia gas at the 2018 U.S. Nationals in Muncie, Indiana, powered by the .19. I have the original MAN plan and I will see if I can get it scanned in and send it to you.
SimonBlake_Canada : Spacer : 21/10/2018

Thanks Pit, have updated this listing now.
SteveWMD : Spacer : 21/10/2018

The Taibi Spacer 66 ws is in Model Airplane News - Dec 1954, if someone can help.
Pit : Spacer : 21/10/2018

Fair point. This plan is indeed incomplete. Suggest referring to the alternate plan at Spacer 600 (oz6593) which does include all tail parts.
SteveWMD : Spacer : 20/10/2018

Needs stabilizer plan.
anon : Spacer : 20/10/2018

I'm not sure how easy it would be to find the article on RCGroups. I didn't find it, I just got sent it, in an email, by someone smarter than me. That's the easy way :)
SteveWMD : Blackbird : 19/10/2018

Attached, a couple of pictures of my brand new SVENSON Delphine [more pics 008-015]. Over 40 years ago, the Delphine was my first model plane. My current Delphine was built using the original plan. I drew most of the parts with a computer drawing program and had them lasercut. The canopy came from another model and was trimmed to fit the Delphine. The engine mount is removable, I also installed a towing hook. The fuselage used to be a bit too small for r/c equipment, but modern light electronics solved this problem. The Delphine is definitely not a high performance glider, but it still flies very well, with very honest flight characteristics.
PeterI : Delphine : 19/10/2018

Steve & EboPete, thanks a lot for your help. However, I still don't know why I couldn't find the whole article on RCGroups, so maybe you can help me to do better in future because I've only just started to use.
Gregg : Blackbird : 19/10/2018

I was very happy to see one of Bob Martin's Talon plans appear on Outerzone just a few days before the maiden of my own Talon [more pics 006-010]. Even if I've built it from a Dynaflite kit, I hope my pictures will be of some interest to people wishing to build it from plans. Martin himself 'liked' some pictures of this model when I posted them on a Facebook Slope Addict group. It was a great pleasure, the designer himself 'liking' my build!
RaffaelloB : Talon : 19/10/2018

Added some great photos of the Lark, thanks to Walter Kiernan [model photo & more pics 003-006].
Mary : Lark : 19/10/2018

Attached are some photos of my Hungerford Trimotor [modelphoto & more pics 003]. Mine turned out a bit nose-heavy, so I shortened the motor sticks slightly.
WalterKiernan : Hungerford Tri-Motor : 19/10/2018

Why not put all the measurements , on the plans, stab size, 20" x 5" or pylon size length of fuselage size of fire wall, and other bulk heads, cord of wing, like the length 54" . The plans need to be blown up but to what, 450 sq in , on the wing and that will make everything else work from the scale, on the the print? 1" to 10" , does that make the stab 22" X 5' 1/4, or 5" 1/2. The right size of the pylon top, would give you the right cord size, for the wing, I build scratch planes, but a scale never seems to work well, every ones plane always is a difference in size.
RM_Oregon : Pearl 450 : 18/10/2018

I built the Chigger back in 1971 after returning to the States from a tour in Greenland. Powered with a Webra .20, crashed and rebuilt (just the nose), before moving to Germany. The plane made the transfer almost intact but the case that I made for it was pretty much destroyed, needing only a new upper wing. A very nice flying model, tho heavy and aileron response was a bit weak. I still have the model, having gone thru another Webra Speed 3.5 and an OS.25FSR, two re-finishes and a few other dumb-thumb issues and it is now in the process of being electrified and a major diet (it was quite heavy originally). I'll try to find some photos of it and will make sure to get some new ones when it is again airworthy.
PeteBrecker : Chigger : 18/10/2018

Glad I found this's a great flyer with a peewee 020...flies even better than my Ebeneezer
BenC : Li'l Roc : 17/10/2018

Changed the modelpic on this. It now shows the pics from the review article.
SteveWMD : Bobcat : 17/10/2018

Hi Guys - I built this one and actually learned to fly with it. Pulling her into the sky with a long line made of rubber bands, one time I was almost killed by the metal hook I pulled out of the ground. Good flier, not the best glider but very strong, my big servos at that time just fitted in the hull. I fixed the stab with glue, later I had a Cox .49 on the wings and much later a 1.5 Webra. After a lot of landings and a lot of fun she just fell apart. Thanks for the plan.
EdVink : Dandy : 16/10/2018

Many thank to Alan for revised version of the CAD file, also to Miguel for feedback on this.
SteveWMD : Wanderer 72 : 16/10/2018

Can anyone put a date on when this kit first came out? Thanks.
SteveWMD : Trainer 40 : 16/10/2018

Got it, thanks.
SteveWMD : Blackbird : 15/10/2018

Full article can be found here: My dad and I built one of these when I was a kid.
EboPete : Blackbird : 14/10/2018

There you go Paul, Gene has drawn it out for you :)
SteveWMD : Wild Child : 14/10/2018

Um no, all the quoted text was lifted from the plan file. Anyone got the full article?
SteveWMD : Blackbird : 14/10/2018

I just realised that the quote below the plan includes some text which isn't in the plan file, so somebody must have the complete article.
Gregg : Blackbird : 14/10/2018

Steve & Mary, out of 91 plans for chuck gliders this is the only one based on one of God's flying creatures, thanks to Paul Del Gatto. I really appreciate Brner for uploading it, but I just wish that it included the whole article because the text is just as valuable as the plan as far as I'm concerned. I went to the source on RCGroups, but it's not there either. Maybe someone in the Outer Zone (not the Twilight Zone) can find it for me and others who might appreciate it too.
Gregg : Blackbird : 14/10/2018

Our club used to race Skooter II's. We'd cut out our own kits. (I think this was when they weren't distributed any more.) If memory serves, the airfoil is a NACA 015. We were using K&B Sportster 20's, which was a mistake, because only one guy knew how to make them run right. Actually, he told us how to do it right, but no one did. I had at least 2 different Skooter II's. I liked it best with floats, which seemed to actually help with the aerobatics. Also, with an OS FP40 and an 11 inch prop instead of the K&B. The 11 inch prop helped it get up on top of the snow when using skis.
Lincoln : Skooter II : 13/10/2018

Does anyone have the dihedral settings for this plan? I can't see any indication on the plan. Thanks.
PaulC : Wild Child : 13/10/2018

Added a third Voyager pic from Gunter [more pics 005].
Mary : Voyager 60 : 11/10/2018

A Voyager picture [more pics 004]. The model is from my friend Michael Binner and a picture (1988) where I can be seen with me and the model of Piotr.
Gunter : Voyager 60 : 11/10/2018

I asked Detlef if he knew why RCME magazine used the name Raab. His reply: "I can not explain why the wrong name was used. Maybe through the "R" in RW-3. Both designers, Fritz Raab and Hanno Fischer, designed the first glider respectively motor airplanes in Germany after the Second World War."
Mary : Raab RW3A Multoplane : 11/10/2018

The web address is I believe it appears under their heading of "Rubber powered scale models".
LeeRandall : Cessna L-19 Bird Dog : 11/10/2018

Here are some pictures of a Cloud Kitten built from an Outerzone download [more pics 006, 007]. An easy build for those wanting to start building from plans. It's powered with an Enya .15 and covered with Ultracote. For more information about the Kitten and its designer go to
JohnnyB : Cloud Kitten 15 : 11/10/2018

It's not an OZ fault, but I think the 4mm balsa former G5 (for the engine nacelle) should be marked G7. The original G5 former is made from ply is correctly marked. I'm really tempted to build this with two EDF's.
jbp : Me 262 A-1 Schwalbe : 10/10/2018

Added another nice pic of the Ziroli SE5, thanks to AlanDavis [more pics 005].
Mary : SE-5 : 10/10/2018

Just finished building the Megow SE5. Struggled a bit with so little structure in the wings! But pleased with the final result [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. Have actually now got an original kit thanks to E Bay in the States.
ChrisBlanch : British SE5 Pursuit : 10/10/2018

Pictures attached from a recent flyin we had [model photo & more pics 003, 004].
GarthA : Pilatus PC-9 : 10/10/2018

Attached are pictures of a Wedell-Williams racer built from plan oz364 [model photo & more pics 004-007]. I purchased an incomplete kit (missing the plans and some of the printwood) of this model and used the Outerzone plans to build it up. The model uses new wood for the fuselage formers but original kit wood for the flying surfaces, cowl, landing gear and stringers, and is built exactly per the plan except for peg location and noseblock opening. Best flight so far is 66 seconds on two 28" loops 3/16" rubber. One comment on the oz364 plan - it is oversize compared to the original. Printing the plan at 84% of the file's size exactly matches the kit printwood. Thanks for keeping all these plans available!
MikeKelly : Wedell Williams Racer : 10/10/2018

This is my version of Paul Del Gatto's Basic Trainer oz8692 from 1960 [more pics 004-006]. Shame it didn't have a proper name. My inspiration for building it came from the all sheet stunt models designed by Dick Sarpolus for the Cox TD049. A good example is the 1/2A Nobler oz2354 and it's well worth reading the attached article. At a time when most all sheet 1/2A kit models were around 20ins span, Dick Sarpolus was building stunters with a span of 26-28ins. I wanted to try one of these models converted to electric. For a long time I also wanted to build Paul Del Gatto's Basic Trainer as I really like the look of it. Fortunately Steve had enlarged the plan to full size rather than just publish the original small dimensioned drawing. Big thumbs up Steve!! So I printed out the plan at 87.5% giving 28ins span instead of the original 32ins. It's an absolutely perfect design for electric C/L with its long nose and big wing. And the wing and tailplane are on the fuselage centreline which avoids the unattractive trainer-like solution of the bellcrank on top of the wing. I built it exactly like the 1/2A Nobler using mail ordered quarter grain balsa for all parts to minimise the chance of warping. I used traditional balsa glue (UHU Hart) instead of my usual water based PVA as I recently had some problems with warping when edge gluing balsa sheets with PVA. The balsa glue worked brilliantly. The model is fitted with the fabulous CF2850-2840kV motor with the HobbyKing 7035 white prop which gives 105W input power and over 400g thrust on a 2S lipo. That must be very close to the 0.105 bhp (= 78W) output power of a TD049. I've ordered an Afro 20A ESC which is one of the new generation ESC's designed for racing quadcopters. Small, light and very capable of handling the power. The model weighs 160g as shown, on top of that will be the ESC, receiver for throttle and the 2S Lipo. Three coats of well thinned dope, a couple of stickers and my long defunct AMA number as it is an American design - a totally minimalistic finish to keep the weight down.
ChrisPinn : Basic Trainer : 10/10/2018

Now that I've read the article and seen the original drawings as printed, I can really appreciate what a beautiful drawing this plan by Harold Osborne is.
SteveWMD : Rearwin Speedster : 10/10/2018

Had quite a few of these over the years powered mostly by .45 engines. I never tire of this model - it can be flown mild or wild and even have undercarriages fitted if desired. Flies like it is on rails and extremely fun to chase others around the sky with streamers attached. Forget the .25 engines and fit a .45 and have some real fun.
Peter : Combat Gremlin : 06/10/2018

Pretty model. Very nice lines, even cleaner with electric up front.
IanByers : SST 40 : 04/10/2018

That's beautiful.
SteveWMD : Red Admiral : 03/10/2018

Photos of Red Admiral from your plan OZ 749 [model photo & more pics 004-006]. An easy build and a nice flyer. Well suited to smaller fields as it can turn quite tightly but still be stable.
TrevorT : Red Admiral : 03/10/2018

It appears that the scaling is off on this plan. The parts are larger than the working drawing. Interestingly this plan seems to be the author's attempt to rework the FROG model #731 FK with additions of a better nose block, 1/32 wing ribs, a built up rudder, etc. FROG models are great but they tend to be rather robust and are just ripe for modification and weight reduction and that seems to be the attempt here. The original FROG plan was 22" and this is 20" as it is now. For reference and verification see the web site for House of FROG.
LeeRandall_Arkansas : Cessna L-19 Bird Dog : 03/10/2018

This plan originally appeared in the November 1993 RCM (RCM #1156). I have not yet found a clear copy of that plan for submission.
Davidterrell80 : Simple Cap 21 : 03/10/2018

Smog Hog, October 1957 [more pics 012]. L-r: my Dad Gene (suffered a broken neck from H.S. Football), my little brother Ken, and me. Built from M.A.N. plans.
SteveNelson_CA : Smog Hog : 01/10/2018

If anyone can help out, we'll be very grateful.
Mary : BAC Drone : 01/10/2018

Would you happen to have a link to a build article for the BAC Drone? Or somehow direct me toward one? I teach a Flight class, and some of the students are building from some vintage plans :)
WT_Bozeman_Montana : BAC Drone : 01/10/2018

Hi, these are my Paragon pics [model photo & more pics 005, 006].
Shigeru_Ichikawa_Japan : Paragon : 01/10/2018

Can anyone help Serge with a scan of the instructions in French?
Mary : Cirrus : 01/10/2018

I'm a French modeler from Paris, France. I'm rebuilding an old Cirrus from Graupner. It would be super nice and very helpful for me (because the list of materials are in millimeters ) if you have the instructions for the Cirrus in French. They start at page 25. Merci beaucoup et bonne journee.
SergeB : Cirrus : 01/10/2018

All photos [model photo & more pics 003-008] thanks to Mike Halbrook.
Mary : F-65 : 01/10/2018

I have attached two photos of my SE5 from Outerzone plan by Nick Ziroli, not quite finished yet but I will finish off after the maiden flight [more pics 003, 004]. The model is powered by an outrunner electric motor, and 5000mah lipo 6s battery.
AlanDavis : SE-5 : 01/10/2018

Please let me know what compatible AutoCAD DXF format Turbo CAD 15 uses and I'll see what I can do. The current file is AutoCAD 2010.
AlanSinclair : Wanderer 72 : 30/09/2018

The CAD format files are really outside my expertise. I have to say I tried a few years back to use a couple of (older and cheaper) versions of Turbocad as a viewer, and frankly I struggled to open some files that came along. At the moment I open and view CAD files using the free version of Draftsight from Dassault (my version shows as '2018 x64 SP0'), works OK for me. Beyond that, I can't really speak on this topic. But maybe you could try open this file in Draftsight then export from there to a different format?
SteveWMD : Wanderer 72 : 30/09/2018

Hey Steve, Just a note to let you know that the DFX file will not open with Turbo Cad 15. Thank You for all you have done for the model airplane community, it is truly a gift to all of us.
JoeHayes : Wanderer 72 : 30/09/2018

I have built this model according to your plan, but with several corrections [more pics 007, 008]. This model was selected for our annual meeting at Rakovnik and it had to be in colours of WW1 fighters.
Drahoslav_Dvorak : Born Loser : 27/09/2018

Having written the above I had a look at the internet references and it appears that the 'real' Raab had quite a modest wingspan. The model was 90" wingspan for a 27" fuselage length and frankly looked ridiculous. I wonder if something wasn't lost in translation and the dimension shown for a single wing wasn't in fact the full wingspan ! Anyway reducing it by a foot or so might be beneficial.
RichardFalconer : Raab RW3A Multoplane : 27/09/2018

A straightforward model to put together - and to repair after a crash! I hollowed out the noseblock and put a cheap brushless motor in and there's plenty of room in the fuselage for a LiPo to drive it [more pics 003]. Good fun for teaching the kids how to fly!
TimG : Capella : 27/09/2018

My SVENSON SUNNY was built from a kit in 1978 [more pics 008-011]. It had a pylon mounted COX .09 engine. I flew it intensively for nearly 10 years. It had to endure a lot of misuse and abuse but it somehow survived. Too many repairs and damage caused by oil in the exhaust of the COX engine weakened the plane and it ended up in the basement for the next 30 years. During last winter I took it completely apart, cleaned and repaired it. A lot of parts are new, but I tried to keep it as original as possible. I made a new engine pylon, but this time for an electric engine. It made its second 'first flight' some weeks ago and it flies very well. Many thanks for Outerzone!!!
Peter : Sunny : 27/09/2018

Here is my version, not sure what it was supposed to look like [more pics 003].
DD : Chieftain : 27/09/2018

G'day Steve, well, how fantastic, this was well worth the wait. Jimmy glider from Pilot, OK Models flew very well and I will enjoy rebuilding another. Many thanks to yourself and Outerzone - and to the person who posted it.
JohnS : Jimmy : 27/09/2018

I built this model way back in the early '80s when I was a young fitter in the RAF. I can confirm this is a lovely little model given that I lived in single airman's accommodation. I use to slope soar it off one of the grassed roofed hangars on the airfield at weekends, it was a lot of fun. I'm just really sorry I don't have the rib profiles for you.
JBP : Jimmy : 27/09/2018

I have always thought this aircraft to be particularly good-looking. I found the plan to be a challenge, at least for my skills. Perhaps the model could be built as shown in the plan, but I have had to make these corrections: 1. The fuselage profile is incorrect. While there was an early development that superficially resembled the plan, the actual airplane has a different profile. The major issue is the shape of the radiator and the low position of the cockpit. Other model plans of this airplane are better drawn. 2. The fuselage formers are too cylindrical in the area of the wing. This makes the mating of the wing and fuselage awkward. The actual airplane formers were somewhat flat-sided in the wing region. 3. The wingspan seems excessive given the number of ribs shown in the plan. The airfoil of the wing root and remaining wing ribs is too ?thick?. 4. The construction method for the fuselage does not use keels or a box structure. Instead, the plan is based on pre-bending stringers and then mounting the fuselage formers to them. Unless the builder uses some sort of jig, this technique makes the construction quite difficult. I mounted the formers on a keel, attached the stringers, and then cut out the keel to remove unnecessary weight. 5. The motor mount method is typical of models from this period. A simple modification to today?s methods is recommended.
alfakilo : Dewoitine D-500 : 26/09/2018

This is a nice one. Does anyone have a tracing of the ribs for this? Or maybe can plot out the other 6 ribs, given the main rib is shown on the plan?
SteveWMD : Jimmy : 26/09/2018

Added to plan description now, thanks.
SteveWMD : Spectre : 26/09/2018

Power Plant: Glow Veco .61 as stated on Plan Sheet
BB : Spectre : 26/09/2018

Yes, this plan and these instructions are both for the version with the fibreglass fuselage.
SteveWMD : Bucker 180 Student : 26/09/2018

First of all, Shorts were an ENGLISH company (based in Rochester). The Air Ministry created 'Short & Harland' with equal shares held between Short Brothers and Harland and Wolff (the ship builders who built the Titanic) in 1938. The 'Empire' class boats dated from 1936 which was before the move. The Sunderland was based on the Empire design (but there were a lot of differences)and was awarded an Air Ministry contract in 1937. All of that happened BEFORE the Belfast factory was even thought of and they produced license built Bombays and Herefords. Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) Ltd merged with Short Brothers and Harland Limited in 1947 and moved completely to Belfast in 1948. My late mother was the personal secretary of the chief designer (and I was at the last Short's air show when the fourth protoype Seamew crashed killing the pilot who was the uncle of a friend of mine). I can also remember as a kid watching refurbished Sunderlands taking off from Belfast Lough. Incidentally, until the RNAS station closed in 1983 (it was jointly owned by the Ministry of Defence and Shorts) the Belfast Model Flying Club held a 'fun day' every Boxing Day.
Daithi : Shorts SD3-30 Commuterliner : 23/09/2018

I'm building this plan, and there are a couple of inconsistencies. First, the size of the fuselage is slightly different between the two plans, even if you print them off at the same scale. Make sure former 'F' is about 1cm further forward of where it should be otherwise the wing section won't line up. Also Former A has 4 stringer notches but the plan shows 6.
Carl : Lockheed U-2 : 23/09/2018

Is it me or does this plan download at the wrong scale? I get a wing chord of about 150mm which is clearly wrong though strangely the tailplane looks though it might be ok. Was it drawn wrong back in 1959?
Gavin : Pluto : 21/09/2018

Attached is the article for "Square Rigger" that appeared in RCM, June 1983 [suppl. file]. I noticed it was missing. I built one about a week after I received the June 1983 issue of RCM, and it was one of the easiest airplanes that I have built and flown. I gave it to a club member who has it and still flies it regularly to this day. I am building another currently and it will be electric. Keep up the really great work.
StevenWieczorek : Square Rigger : 21/09/2018

I learned to fly on a QB-15HII back in the '80s while stationed at RAF Upper Heyford. We flew off the antenna farm of RAF Croughton's nicely mown grass. When coupled with an Enya 15, this was a great flying model. I wish I could find another kit, building it from a plan would not be the same.
Revell_Walker : QB 15H II : 18/09/2018

This plan looked horribly familiar even after fifty years. I actually made one and it sort of flew. The problem was weight, not only was the construction heavy but the model needed a lot of ballast to counteract the weight of the tail mounted Babe Bee. These days I would minimise the thick sheet base to the fuselage, get the radio gear right up to the nose and use tissue covering. I threw away the fuselage years ago but for some reason I kept the Solarfilm covered wings in my basement and here they are ! [more pics 003]
RichardFalconer : Raab RW3A Multoplane : 17/09/2018

Here are some pictures of my recently completed Aspirante II [more pics 005-007] built from the plan I downloaded from your marvellous website.
TonyC : Aspirante II : 17/09/2018

I found the plans for the subject page interesting and did a little more web searching. I thought other builders might find this link useful; it has the most comprehensive information and the best pictures
TomSolinski_OklahomaCity : Raab RW3A Multoplane : 14/09/2018

I had these two photos in my files [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. Please note the "Formerly Bridi Hobby".
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Quickest 500 : 14/09/2018

Many thanks, Detlef. Have added "Rheinflug RW-3a" to the plan description now, so hopefully that will help anyone doing a search for this design.
SteveWMD : Raab RW3A Multoplane : 14/09/2018

This site has a brochure of this aircraft, was not an obvious find so you may want to post the link Very odd plane, that one. Apparently this plan was in the August 1968 Radio Models magazine (UK).
dfritzke : Raab RW3A Multoplane : 14/09/2018

Enclosed is a review of the Simple Staggerwing from Fred Reese and kitted by Ace [suppl. file]. This article is very interesting because it explains how to convert this kit in Electric powered plane. The article came from Flying Models 1997-05 Vol. 102 No. 5/677.
spitfireflyby : Simple Staggerwing : 14/09/2018

I built a similar model kitted by "Spirit of Yesteryear" and I would suggest moving the CG up to the spar ahead of where shown. Move it back later to suit your flying style. Mine was an excellent and fast flying model which drew much attention. It met its demise on a less than perfect launch. It will handle lots of power and use a high KV motor. Very exciting.
PeterC : Avro Arrow : 14/09/2018

Beautiful plan of a unusual airplane. Many thanks! But the name Raab RW3A is not entirely correct. The German designer Fritz Raab has nothing to do with this aircraft, the aircraft is a Rheinflug RW-3a, developed in 1955 by Hanno Fischer. The second prototype D-EKUM from 1957 still exists and is flown by Hanno Fischer (now 93 years old!) regularly.
DetlefKorsawe : Raab RW3A Multoplane : 14/09/2018

If making this model for scale authenticity don't forget to add the movie camera on the Fokker's back :-)) What a great film this was, three pilots actually died and producer/director Howard Hughes fractured his thick skull after acting stupid, against stunt pilot Paul Mantz's advice! Crazy times! Mantz himself died in 1965 during filming The Flight of the Phoenix. Please see the photo attached [more pics 003], you can publish at will as it is in Public Domain. Thank you all for the delightful site!!
MiguelMorao_Portugal : Hells Angels Fokker D-7 : 14/09/2018

I think the Yahoo group for the Lightninbug is this one:
SteveWMD : Lightninbug V01.D : 13/09/2018

The tailwheel is ok as for the scheme, the out of axis position simply change the angle of steering. That it's not bad sometimes. Remember what happened with the rudder link yoke of old escapement rc systems. Moving up or down the the fork against the shaft you increased the rudder travel. In fact the author explained in the text that he modified the plan for a bolt-on tailplane and his device is correct. It's on axis on the plan for glued tailplane version.
Pit : Miss America : 12/09/2018

Good point, I think you're right. They would both need to be on the same axis, vertically, for that to work.
SteveWMD : Miss America : 12/09/2018

I think there is an error around the tail wheel steering. See sketch [morepics 006] regards,
Karsten : Miss America : 12/09/2018

Alan V. sorry you missed the ride in the tri-motor. My son and I have been to Oshkosh three or four times, the last being in 2004 and we took a flight on the tri-motor at that time. Check out the EAA web site for the tri-motor tour listing. Looks like it will include the states of OH, IN, KY, IL, AR, TX, OK and NM from mid Sept to mid November. Well worth the $s for the trip and the fare.
LeeRandall : Ford Trimotor : 11/09/2018

Reading Stu Richmond's comments reminds me of when, in the 'happy' days when we had a timeshare, I persuaded my wife that a trip to the U.S.A. would be nice and especially Wisconsin. Driving into Oskosh (where?) midweek, I dropped off wife and daughters at the shopping mall and made my way to the EAA Museum. Chatting to a guide, on the way to the 'Vintage Hangar', he commented that I should have come at the weekend when 'Vintage Flights' were available. Being a born pessimist I asked, expecting nothing special, what the Vintage Flight might have been and came very close to banging my head on the wall when he casually said that trips in a FORD TRIMOTOR were available!
AlanV : Ford Trimotor : 11/09/2018

I wondered why I couldn't find any reference material on the original until the 'Rouble dropped' and I read the inscription under the cockpit which translates as 'April Fool'. Всего хорошего!
ChrisPinn : Ilyushin IL-1E : 11/09/2018

It seems the description is incorrect about the scale being 1/12. The correct scale is 1/24. The B-24 had a wingspan of 110 feet, times 12 => 1320 inches / 24 => 55 inches.
WH : Consolidated B-24D Liberator : 11/09/2018

The text refers to "..I have therefore drawn all the cut out bits on separate A3 sized sheets", These don't appear on the download, so there are no formers associated with the plan, currently... hope this is helpful.
anon : Ilyushin IL-1E : 08/09/2018

I decided to build another Veron Combateer after 40 odd years, and still having the original plan, I dug out a kit I bought about 25 years ago to copy the printed parts. I took a look at your site to see if you had a copy of the parts and instructions (something I do each time I build another vintage plane), and as you don't, here they are [see supplementary files].
AllanV : Combateer : 06/09/2018

I built the Miss America last summer from the Emil Agosta plan as published in Model Aviation February 1978 (OZ plan 10280) [model photo & more pics 003-005]. This plan is an updated version showing the addition of radio control actuated surfaces and a bolt-on wing from the originally designed model by Mr. Frank Zaic and kitted by Scientific Model Aircraft Co. I modified slightly for a bolt-on stabilizer assembly and a pull - pull cable system on the rudder. Added 3/8" sheet filler in between the nose area sticks to add nose weight and to help soak up engine vibration. (No additional nose weight was needed to balance model). Moved the firewall back to suit the added length of the Saito 45 four stroke. The Saito 45 four stroke is plenty of power for sport flying. Covered with Solartex. Flies very well.
MikeFoster : Miss America : 06/09/2018

Couple of pics of my P38 from your plan [more pics 004-006]. Engines are DC Sabres.
TrevorT : P-38 Lightning : 06/09/2018

"Stregone" is the Italian for "medicine man". Here is the ribs set found on internet construction thread [see suppl. file]. In the original plan, ribs are shown in their position on the wing elevation view. Not in the Italianized plan: uncommon. Please check for true ribs dimension. The magazine's "MAKE" site had the possibilities to download the plan, but it doesn't work for me, but construction article can be seen. What we would not do for Anon...
Pit_Italy : Lo Stregone : 06/09/2018

Lo Stregone is an Italian version of the original old-timer-looking glider Medicine Man, designed by Ryan Grosswiler in 2008 and later sold as a kit. There is a nice building article of a Medicine Man in the June 2009 issue of Radio Control Soaring Digest [see supplementary file], in which the wing airfoil is described as a 'Modified Selig 3016 at root, progressing to 15% Clark Y at tip', and very detailed building instructions can be found in Make Magazine Here's a pic showing the printwood sheet for the wing ribs [more pics 006]. By the way, all RCSD issues to date can be downloaded for free at
alcalaino : Lo Stregone : 06/09/2018

No wing rib template (or am I blind?)
RD : Ajax : 06/09/2018

Hi Steve, I just wanted to add some interesting info. The information on the B & W is correct as far as it goes. These 2 planes were made of wood. wire and linen. Interesting for a Usage Class of Seaplane. But further, the 2 planes were named Boeing Model 1. And each airframe received its own name as the first was named Bluebill and the second airframe was named Mallard. I can only assume those are the ducks on Union Lake. This is so interesting because it is the beginning of the Boeing Co as we know it. Take the time to read the Wiki on the Boeing Model 1. Thank you for all your work and I have now found a Fully Scale Model that really want to build on a large scale.
anon : Boeing BW 1916 : 05/09/2018

This is my Aileron, Elevator, Throttle (AET?) version of the Radian [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. The building log is here: Repaired and flown here:
Guizzo17 : Radian : 04/09/2018

Just added some great photos of the Push-Up, thanks to Guizzo17 [model photo & more pics 003-005]. Here's a link to his build thread on RCGroups:
Mary : Push-Up : 04/09/2018

Thanks Steve. I'm sure they will b more than close enough.
RogerG : Twin Ace : 04/09/2018

Doh. My mistake, I upoaded the older of the 2 ribs files. Have now replaced the supplementary file with the correct revised version from SteveB (this one includes landing gear cutouts).
SteveWMD : Twin Ace : 03/09/2018

This is one of the most fun planes I have flown in the last 40 years. Just keep full up elevator when on the ground.
GregMcCullough : RCM Basic Bipe : 02/09/2018

Excellent, thanks Pit.
SteveWMD : Malibu II : 31/08/2018

The Monterey (oz8705) was the evolution of the Malibu II, adopting a 100 in wing. Read the article of Monterey considering it's quite similar. R Boucher was the founder and owner of Astro Flight. You can read the interesting history of Astro Flight on Wikipedia.
Pit : Malibu II : 31/08/2018

Does anyone have the wing ribs for this plan?
anon : Lo Stregone : 31/08/2018

Boy do I remember this one. I was asked to test fly a Freshman for Dale (Cowboy) Leonard as his first airplane, a bad decision as it turned out. It was small, fast and heavy. The 40 K&B didn't help with the weight problem, and the tiny ailerons just didn't work. Trimmed out and flying at high speed, it actually did pretty well, but totally beyond a beginner's ability, it flew more like a Quickie 500 but not as well. Landings were something else, arriving a lot faster than any other trainer such as a Falcon 56 or Eagle 63. I'm sure any accomplished modeler could eventually get it to fly better, but it was too much for Dale. Later, he did very well with an Ugly Stik. The one thing Top Flite did well was write the ad copy, pushing the Freshman as the second coming of the Ugly Stik. And it wasn't all that easy to build either, with the hard-to-fit hatch and attached canopy over the wing. I never saw another one after Cowboy's experience, because it damn sure ain't no trainer.
DougSmith : Freshman Trainer : 30/08/2018

In the 70s/early 80s, I was a member of the Godalming model flying club. Cyril West was a good friend. He designed a number of models published by the old APS plans service. One was Bluebottle, and he still had the original model with a Frog 500 in it! We were good friends, and together with our wives used to dine and socialise together. Cyril sadly died due to diabetes. His wife asked me to have all his models, engines etc. Because they were valuable, Ron Moulton who was editor of Aeromodeller, put a big advert in for me, and we raised a considerable amount for Cyril's widow. Bluebottle I gave to Alwyn Greenhaugh, who at the time was trying to put together a museum of model aircraft. Don't know if he ever did? But I kept Cyril's original Bluebottle plans, plus a number of plans of models he never published. Sadly, many house moves later, they have disappeared!! Cyril West was a delightful man, he learned to fly P51 Mustangs in Canada during the war. He was a clever designer of models, including some wonderful engines he built in his converted coal house! RIP Cyril.
TimS : Bluebottle : 27/08/2018

I think that you will have to have a full size copy for you able to take measurements. You can see that the author did not give any more that what is shown on the faithful restoration by Hogal. There is also a plan view at RCGroups, Vintage & Old-Timer Designs, Vintage & Old Timer Plans Pre 1960 Plans Only.
rchopper56 : Leprechaun : 27/08/2018

Herewith I send you the German language building instructions for the Graupner Kwik Fly MK 3 (Kit No 4629), also for the Graupner RTF Kwik Fly MK 3 (Kit No 9393). In the German RC-Network forum were several requests for these instructions. [See supplementary files.]
Roland_Heider : Kwik Fly Mk3 : 26/08/2018

I thought you may want to see some pictures of the Wildcat I built from those Wing Manufacturing plans I scanned and you have now posted [more pics 005-012]. This is a seriously crazy plane to build these days, I lost count of how many discreet pieces of balsa are involved here, but it is in the many hundreds. The fuse is glassed, the flying surfaces Monokote. The installed motor is a Saito .56. The only servos installed are two low profile ones on the ailerons. I looked at the MAN plans for the retracts and said..Meh! I bought a cowl and canopy from Mr. Andre', so I do have that, and some appropriate wheels, a dummy radial, a pilot and a few other bits it will take to finish her off. I did most of this work many years ago - you can plainly see I was building this in 2002. It's built just like an overgrown stick and tissue plane. I hope to someday actually fly this beast.
dfritzke : Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat : 26/08/2018

Are there any dimensions available on the larger leprechaun?
John : Leprechaun : 26/08/2018

Couple of pictures of the 36 Copland Wakefield from your plans [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. Thanks for your great service.
TrevorT : Copland Wakefield : 26/08/2018

Over the years Skymaster Industries produced five versions of the Lazy Ace - Lazy Ace 76", Sporty Ace 47", Big Lazy Ace 84", Super Lazy Ace 96" and finally, in the mid 90s, Lazy Ace 62".
RFJ : Lazy Ace 62 : 26/08/2018

Does anyone have rib templates for this model? Even a tip rib would help. Thanks.
RogerG : Twin Ace : 26/08/2018

Just a few words about the Torino CL stunt name. Torino is an important Italian town and was the capital of Italy Kingdom from 1861 to 1864. It is considered the Motor Town of Italy, like Detroit in USA. The FIAT and Lancia car company started here, and here are also the most important car design studios (Pininfarina, Ghia, Bertone, Giugiaro, etc) that designed a lot of famous American cars. So Ford named one of his models in honour of this town - Torino. Ford Torino is the red car of Starsky and Hutch, it appeared in "The Great Lebowsky" and "Gran Torino" with Clint Eastwood. Jack Sheeks named this plane Torino after his friend Jim bought this car. Jack was one of the most prolific CL stunt designers with innovative layout.
Pit_Italy : Torino : 26/08/2018

Glenn Lee, well known back in the '60s and was Nats champion several times.
rchopper56 : Chopper 64 : 25/08/2018

The Curare 60 (oz5527) has a supplement file that shows all wing ribs, all formers.
SteveWMD : Total Chaos : 23/08/2018

Are the wing rib templates available? They are not shown on the Curare 60 either. Thanks,
JoeA : Total Chaos : 23/08/2018

Your wish is our command, Anthony, thanks to Jeff Green in Las Vegas :-)
Mary : Kaos 90 : 22/08/2018

LOL I was just looking for the plans for this glider the other night and lo and behold you read my mind. I had the earlier version of this plane that had a conventional tail assembly and after the first flight converted it to a V-tail to avoid damage. 6 months later they came out with a newer version of the Talon which now had a V-tail. I think I deserve some financial bonus from Bob Martin... "just kidding of course." This is a great fast flying glider, it is also pretty easy for a beginner, but it can be tricky to build. I lined the interior joints of the fuselage with fiberglass strips to give it a bit more strength. I found it helped immensely when I accidentally got too close to the base of the hill I was on and saw that the glider had cut off the tops of some cactus, yet it was still intact with only some minor cuts in the covering.
PaulAyala : Talon : 22/08/2018

Hi, I found another photo of the CL model ARCTURUS, with Allen Brickhaus [more pics 003].
Gunter : Arcturus : 22/08/2018

Congratulations on reaching the 10,000 plan milestone, what an achievement ! Please keep up the great work 🙂 I like the Kaos 90 plan and I'm just wondering if any of your readers would have a copy of the magazine article from MAN ?
Anthony : Kaos 90 : 22/08/2018

Hello, I had these photos in my files for the Goldberg Sky Tiger [more pics 005-007].
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Sky Tiger : 22/08/2018

I had this in my files for the Pilot Piper PA-18 Super Cub: kit label & decals [more pics 005].
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Piper PA-18 Super Cub : 22/08/2018

That was a great little story; it gave me a smile. I'm returning to the hobby at the age of 67, so I'm looking forward to many happy landings. Wish me luck!
Paul_Morayshire_Scotland : Viewpoint 15 : 22/08/2018

I see someone questioned the forward fuselage lines of the Keilkraft plan. They look about right to me but the place to check is - vintage gliders. This excellent site has all the info., you could want on early gliders.
AlanVernon : Kirby Prefect : 20/08/2018

I'm surprised no one has commented on the "Stunt Queen". I built one about 6 years ago after hankering after one since I was a kid (about 60 years ago! No suitable engine back then). I wish I hadn't waited so long - it's quite the nicest unflapped stunter I've ever flown, smooth and very manouevrable - it can achieve square loops with only slightly larger corner radii than a flapped model. Admittedly I powered mine with a 1960s Veco 19 so the model isn't encumbered with a lump like a Frog 500 and is probably not truly representative of an in-period version.
KenJones : Stunt Queen : 19/08/2018

From the book "Model Gliders" 1943 R.H. Warring
Pit : Zeus : 19/08/2018

Just need wing definition now.
rchopper56 : Komander Mk II : 17/08/2018

Your wish is our command, Daithi! We have Laumer's How to Design & Build Flying Models over on RCLibrary.
Mary : Twin Lizzie : 16/08/2018

He also wrote a book "How to Design and Build Flying Models" published in 1960 and revised in 1970, as well as having plans published in Aeromodeller as well as Air Trails, Model Airplane News and Flying Models. Now if anyone can scan a copy of the book, I'd love to see it
Daithi : Twin Lizzie : 16/08/2018

Thanks Chris - amended just now :) We love our eagle-eyed readers!
Mary : Piper Comanche : 15/08/2018

Hi Mary - a slight slip of the finger when entering the date. It was June 1961, not 1971. I remember drooling over the plan on the school bus when we lived in Yorkshire and that issue of Aeromodeller had just come out.
ChrisPinn : Piper Comanche : 15/08/2018

The immortal Lazy Ace, one of the all-time great model designs from the 70's. I test flew one of these for Allen Johnson at the Oneonta Al airport, sometimes used for model flying at that time, acres of runway. Allen did his usual impeccable job, that's why I didn't inspect it too closely before flight. It took off perfectly with almost no trim needed, but it gradually seemed to need more UP elevator trim as the flight progressed. Soon, I was holding almost full UP elevator just to keep it level, that's when I announced it was time to land. It had needed, by this time, a lot of speed to stay in the air, and I had to approach the 5000 foot runway with caution. It set down whistling with almost full speed and coasted a loooonng way down the field, ending up in the long grass. The problem quickly revealed itself, Allen had neglected to install the screws in the servo tray, allowing vibration to move the servos (and the elevator) way out of place. But it survived what for me was a learning situation, flying well for the next few years. Contrary to common knowledge, the Lazy Ace 62 was a smaller version of the larger Ace, appearing in RCM a few years later. The original model was a little too big for a 60 motor, but the 62 flew perfectly with a 60, while the larger one really needed a 90. If you want a truly nice-flying biplane, you can't go wrong with the Lazy Ace 62. Allen's Lazy Ace needed the landing gear moved back to the leading edge of the bottom wing for better ground handling, easy to do, just drill some new screw holes.
DougSmith : Lazy Ace 62 : 14/08/2018

For those who don't know, Keith Laumer was, as well as a prolific model designer, a popular author. I read many of his books back in the day, available in paperback, some made into movies. My favorite was "A Trace of Memory", shouldn't be too hard to find, can't put it down. His later works, after he suffered a stroke, were never quite as entertaining. Any of his titles from the 50's or 60's are stem winders.
DougSmith : Twin Lizzie : 14/08/2018

Here is a picture of my Twin Lizzie that you may wish to add to the Outerzone site [more pics 013]. I lengthened the nose to balance with a light motor and added ailerons for four channel electric RC.
DavidI : Twin Lizzie : 14/08/2018

Excellent many thanks, have added your name as designer on this plan listing now.
SteveWMD : Sorcerer : 12/08/2018

Hi, Just to add I designed the sorcerer when aged 19 in 1955. My club was Watford M.A.C. Saw several sorcerers decorated as Lady birds at All Herts Rally. Still flying in B'mouth.
JohnTaylor : Sorcerer : 12/08/2018

Curiosity: this model is actualy a semi scale cl. The full size Miss Dara was pylon racing Aircraft of 1950's. Dara means 'Dayton Air Racing Association (DARA)'.
Pit : Miss Dara : 12/08/2018

Harold Bunting was my mentor in the 1950s. I built the second Smarty and many more and was successful as a junior with this model.
AvonSmith : Smarty : 11/08/2018

What a neat little model (Weetabix Wonderplane) - thanks for posting this one. Bulkheads can be developed from the side and top view, but it would be nice if printwood scans were included, as there is no tailplane pattern on the plan. One could use the Veron Auster AOP 9 [oz 759] plan to approximate what is missing...
DaveD : Weetabix Wonderplane : 11/08/2018

For more on the Weetabix Wonder model, see
SteveWMD : Weetabix Wonderplane : 10/08/2018

Sorry for any confusion here. My mistake. Due to a duplicate listing, this new plan (the North Star) has now replaced the previous entry in this slot. For the previous plan (the Garcia Rubber Coupe), see the older listing at Garcia Coupe (oz10031), which was the same thing but listed under a different title and reference number. Many thanks to alcalaino for spotting this.
SteveWMD : North Star : 09/08/2018

Here is the original chapter by the author scanned from my books collection [see supplementary file]. As you can see your plan is a redrawn with little variants: wingspan measure, wingtip solution and shape, number of ribs, trailing edge dimension and so on. Probably it was adapted to modern construction materials. Building with spliced bamboo, curved on a boiling kettle, is a lost art today.
Pit : PEG 54 Twin Pusher : 09/08/2018

Although this was marketed and is still known as the 'La-17' , it's actually the La-15. The actual La-17 was the first Soviet UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle].
Daithi : Lavochkin 17 : 09/08/2018

Hi Steve and Mary - Thought I would send this shot of my current Chilli Wind [more pics 006]. It was built by my dad and the only real difference to plan is the builtup wing. Between us we've had about four or five of these designs (including the smaller version). A great model, brilliant mix of being easy to build, the distinctive looks and butter smooth flying characteristics. This one is electric, a 3548 900kv motor with 11x8 prop and a 4s 5000mah lipo whichgives 12 minute flights. Thanks again for your continued efforts!
NigelR : Chilli Wind : 09/08/2018

I asked Lincoln for a photo and he kindly sent the image at more pics 004, with this caveat: "I hope you'll forgive the dilapidated state of the model and the missing hatch. And please note that it's been modified, as described in my previous post." Thanks Lincoln :)
Mary : Skeeter : 09/08/2018

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