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A few pictures of my Oly 99, scratch built, electric [more pics 004-007].
JimS : Olympic 99 : 22/08/2017

Photo of completed Fly-Boy was found online at
SteveWMD : Fly-Boy : 21/08/2017

Hi - I just wanted to add a bit of info about the Fly-Boy as I learned to fly with one of these in the mid-nineties, flying it probably around a thousand times if not more. I also flew two others. Mine was powered by an OS.15 which was more than enough power, I also flew one powered by a 'hot' 25 and another with an OS.35 in the nose. With the OS.35 it was heavy and the most powerful version I flew was by far and away the worst handling of the three. The version powered by the OS.25 was also overpowered and more of a handful than the 15 powered example. As a primary trainer this is not a great design, it has a habit of snap rolling at any speed if excessive elevator is used (even with the prescribed throws), it also spins like a top. As a three channel aerobatic model it was very capable though, the only thing that it struggled with was sustained inverted flight but it would roll very well just on rudder, looped smartly and spins were easy to enter and recover from. It could be flown slowly but great care had to be taken with the elevator, if stalled at low speed and in any sort of turn, it would spin straight in. Structurally there are a couple of points that could be improved: The arrangement of the fuselage with plywood pre-cut panels featuring those big open areas aft of the C of G isn't great when covered with iron on film. There's too much movement in the structure and no matter what, the covering over those parts of the fuselage will sag and require re-tightening on a fairly regular basis. If building one, I would put in some diagonals to stiffen these areas up and provide additional area to stick the covering to. 1/8th square would be adequate and add very little weight. The undercarriage as designed is also a weak point. It will spread and splay. The version I flew with the 25 in the nose was the second example built by the owner and he had added a second undercarriage leg and a rubber band bungee arrangement. This was a massive improvement. Build this one as light as possible, don't overpower it and you'll find you've got a fun, if snappy, three channel sports model. If you want to learn to fly from scratch, build a Super Sixty (just beef up the centre section braces if you do go that route)! Hope this helps somebody.
PeteT : Fly-Boy : 21/08/2017

Had the best time building this one. Here are some photos [more pics 003, 004].
TonyM : 1911 Caudron : 21/08/2017

Added Super Ringmaster artwork, found online by dfritzke [more pics 006].
Mary : Super Ringmaster : 21/08/2017

Not the usual newly completed pristine models, but well used surviving veterans of 1/2 A combat with battle scars [more pics 003].
EdShearer : Baby Flite Streak : 21/08/2017

Two photos for Super Ringmaster [more pics 004, 005].
EdShearer : Super Ringmaster : 21/08/2017

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

Thanks to Pit, we've added the RCM Digitrio Construction Manual to our sister site, RCLibrary. It's a compilation of all the RCM articles about the Digitrio Proportional System, which was designed and developed by the magazine's Technical Editor, Ed Thompson.
Mary : Digifli : 16/08/2017

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 compiled them into a booklet.
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 which is 170 inches with a centre section untwisted. The outer section is twisted to 8 degs with a further 3 degs aerodynamic twist. It seems too much to me but I hope that my numbers are correct. I wonder if there will be a tuck under problem with all that washout!! The model is electric launched. Regards,
MikeWhite : Searcher Flying Wing : 15/08/2017

Added this fascinating 'colourised' version of the Ginger Lacey photo, thanks to Pascal. Copyright belongs to
Mary : Veronite No 1 : 14/08/2017

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 alpha OS. It flies very great and I enjoy to use it. Please send my kind regards to all the Outerzone team.
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

You already have a lot of Q-Tee photos, but I thought you needed some with bare wood [more pics 015, 016]. I just completed this one, August 2017, and it's ready for Monokote.
RobR : Q-Tee : 11/08/2017

Many thanks Milt (and Scratchie, the forum member who scanned the manual). I've added it as a supplementary file.
Mary : Spitfire IX : 09/08/2017

The Pica Spitfire manual and rib patterns are located here:
milt55 : Spitfire IX : 09/08/2017

Now I send you my photos, so you can put online with ATOMIZER plan ID=9033. I have built in 2015 the first model, as electric half Texaco, with span 60 inch (circa 150 cm) [more pics 003-005]. It flew so beautifully, so I decided to build another, much bigger, with span 100 inch (circa 250 cm), weight of 2000 gr. with battery [more pics 006-009]. It's a beautiful floater and landings are spot. They both fly beautifully. Never seen ATOMIZER at 100 inch, usually Texaco are scaled down, never seen half Texaco scaled up.... And yet is worth the job ! ! !
LuigiCarlucci : Atomizer : 09/08/2017

Attached a picture of the completed NotForSale [more pics 004]. First flight was Sunday and it's still in one piece :) Thanks!
AndrewGadsden : Notforsale : 09/08/2017

I've lusted after this design since I first saw it published in RCM. As a member of the USAF with but two stripes on my arm, there was no way I could afford the required radio equipment. The Digicon radio set it used sold for about $1000 in 1966 non-inflated dollars. Doug Spreng and his buddy Don Mathes were the creators of that system, the first in the world that used their revolutionary servo design, instantly copied by all the other radio makers. Problems doomed the Digicon to a short commercial life but others used the servo circuit with success. The exact same system is used today in the vast majority of current servos.
DougSmith : Thunderstormer : 09/08/2017

To be precise, IC F/F Hydrofoil.
Pit : Skippy : 09/08/2017

Hi Mary and Steve: First, congratulations on reaching 9K plan references, plus A LOT of books and mags! Yes, I know you have less than 9K plans on your Database these days, but that is really not your fault, is it? ... The other day I was scanning some old slides (yes, again) and I run across a few photos of the wonderful QB 20L [model photo & more pics 003-009]. I must say the QB 20L is a wonderful model, very stable yet responsive. I built one almost 30 years ago, in 1988 to be precise, from the kit. Powered by an OS 25FP it could do all the usual 'club' aerobatics - rolls, loopings and the combinations thereof. The only thing it did less well was the stall turn as, no matter what I tried, it would always 'snake' a little on the downwards leg - maybe it needed less dihedral/more fin and rudder area?? But the things I liked most were the take-offs and landings - with careful use of throttle, one could balance the model on its main wheels, not letting the nose wheel touch the ground for a couple dozen yards. In fact, one of the enclosed photos shows it doing that 'stunt'. I still have that model in my attic, so one day... Well, there you have it - another group of grainy photos from Portugal. All the very best to you both; thank you for your work - and for the joy you give us, true aeromodellers, every single day (yes, I make a point of getting my 'Outerzone/RC Library' daily 'fix'!).
ArnaldoCorreia : QB 20L II : 04/08/2017

Model photos & more pics 003-005 all thanks to Nicholas Tucker.
Mary : Southerner Mite : 04/08/2017

In France, this plane is a legend ... and it's the same for the SVENSON kit !
Yannick : Stampe SV.4B : 04/08/2017

Does anyone have the article for this one?
spitfireflyby : RCX-4 : 04/08/2017

I've built this one: it's complete. It looks a bit quirky on the drawing but once built it looks surprisingly attractive.
Hans : Dusty : 03/08/2017

Exactly it's a D.H. 83 Fox Moth, it seems no mention about engine size.
Pit : DH Fox Moth : 03/08/2017

I have just built from your plan an AIRKNOCKER to use at OT competition here in Sweden. Here are some images of my model [more pics 007-009].
OweCarlson : Airknocker : 03/08/2017

Sturdy? This was my first plane, printed wing ribs and all. Glide was fine .. (we did that in those days .. ) Sadly, the southerly wind blowing across the marsh was quite lively, but as a determined 14 year old , I was keen that my masterpiece should fly. And fly it did, the AM 15 howling, .. one gigantic loop, way above the tops of the pylons and very nearly starting another .. but terra firma intervened .. not by much, but enough .. I still have the diesel, thirty bob from the secondhand shop from a big save with my pocket money.
anon : Matador : 02/08/2017

I've never heard about a "1947 champion", but what was famous was the "1946 Champion" of 111 inch w/s. I think this is a reduced version of the 1946 version that was the final evolution of the "1943 Champion" There's more at
Pit : Champion : 01/08/2017

I have attached 2 photos of my WACO Coastguard for your website [more pics 003, 004]. Thanks for all that you do.
BryanLea : Flash : 31/07/2017

Hi Mary - here are two shots for the Voodoo plan [more pics 003, 004].
EdShearer : Voodoo : 31/07/2017

Built by Keith and Cole Bryant in Lancaster, Ohio [more pics 004]. Saito .80 for power.
Keith_Cole_Bryant : Kwik-Stik I : 29/07/2017

The RCM Stuka is quite similar: flaps travel - 30 degrees, aileron travel +20 degrees up and -20 degrees down, elevator and rudder not specified but as usual not more than 30 degrees up or down and left/right.
Pit : Junkers Ju 87b Stuka : 29/07/2017

I have built this JU-87 Stuka from your plans but I could not find the aileron, elevator and rudder movement in mm in order to get it ready for flight. I would be grateful if you could sent me the above details. Regards,
AnastasiosD : Junkers Ju 87b Stuka : 28/07/2017

Use the wing plan for the Dick's Dream oz5747, and build two constant chord center sections using the root rib. Easy. The Ace airfoil is usually considered to be a NACA 2414 but a 2412 is probably a better thickness to go with (12% vs 14%) Especially for a glider.
dfritzke : Ace High : 28/07/2017

This design was built around using the pre-formed Ace Foam Wing. You could build a replacement from balsa using the Ace Foam Wing (oz8557) plan thanks to AndyKunz, if you wanted to go that route.
SteveWMD : Ace High : 28/07/2017

Here are two photos of Scientific's American Boy, built by Phil Page [more pics 005, 006]. It originally was painted and decaled as per the box art.
EdShearer : American Boy : 27/07/2017

Hi Mary - An old well used model with a Fox .15 [more pics 003, 004]. Our club contest stunt flier wanted to fly it as he had flown both the full size Nobler from the kit and the Chinese ARF. After doing the pattern, he said "pretty good".
EdShearer : Jr Nobler : 27/07/2017

Here are a couple of photos of an old Mustunt II [more pics 006, 007]. It still flies well with a Fox .35. The cowling is lost.
EdShearer : Mustunt : 27/07/2017

Do you have any info for a built up wing. Ribs specifically. Or possibly a wing kit?
JohnL : Ace High : 27/07/2017

I am an experienced scratch builder and these plans showed fuselage former's and wing trailing edge were not the same as stated on the plans as used on the finished model , also lacking on wing to fuselage connection. I started this model then shelved for another day due to the inconsistencies in the plans. These plans should either be removed or amended to show the changes made that were required to complete the model. the author of these plans has a blog on rc groups showing these changes. thank you
JohnD : Hawker Tempest MkI : 27/07/2017

Hello, I thought I'd share a few pictures of the "Flash" I built from your website [more pics 003, 004]. The "Flash" is a fantastic flying model! I took a few liberties during the build, namely the wing and strut attachments. Great website for those who like to build!
ATelzer : Flash : 26/07/2017

Just a question: how big are the bottom bulkheads 1 to 8, as the download page doesn't say? Many thanks.
MichaelReed : Messerchmitt Me109 : 26/07/2017

For me the star is the man in the picture. A real legend of RAF Fighter Command and one of the "The Few" who saved Great Britain in 1940 and maybe the whole World. Greetings from Luxembourg.
Pascal : Veronite No 1 : 25/07/2017

The photo caption is "Lacey works on a model aeroplane in No 501 Squadron's dispersal hut at Colerne on 30 May 1941". Hard to believe that at this point, Flying Officer Lacey had already downed 23 enemy aircraft.
ColinBaxter : Veronite No 1 : 25/07/2017

A couple of people have been in touch to share this superb photo of with us (thank you Pascal & ColinBaxter). It's from the Imperial War Museums collection, and shows "Ginger" Lacey, one of the top scoring RAF fighter pilots of World War II. The model Lacey is working on has been confirmed as the Veronite No. 1 and I thought it would be nice to include the photo on the plan page. To find out more about Lacey and his career, his Wikipedia entry is a good place to start.
Mary : Veronite No 1 : 25/07/2017

Ah, my mistake. Have just checked the scaling again, I think this plan here is at incorrect scale. Looks like it was scaled down (for a smaller engine?) without any changes being made to the dimensions and the wood sizes. Certainly the 3-3/4in dihedral at each wing tip as shown (and the 3/4in wing TE) would translate to a corrected wingspan of... about 52 inches.
SteveWMD : Temptress : 25/07/2017

Even more confusion. The Lofty Lady is 52" span and the Temptress is 41". There is a YouTube video showing Vic holding the model which is the one I've got: About halfway through you'll see Vic with the new model. There is also a pic on Belair's site under Lofty Lady. See my pic of refurbished model with rudder only [more pics 003]. I've no idea where 41" has come from! Perhaps it was an earlier draft? We have a collection of unpublished designs by Vic but not this one.
AndyBrough : Temptress : 25/07/2017

Hi Steve, a few years ago I uploaded my Stuka plans to your beautiful website. I'm happy to tell you the Stuka has been maidened successfully! It's a very nice plane to fly! It flies easy and is just a lot of fun. The aileron throws were too much in the maiden flight (as can be seen 😉), but with lesser throws on the ailerons it's a real delight to fly! The maiden video: Attached some video stills made by a telephone, low resolution but it gives a good impression [more pics 006-013].
RamsesDeLooff : Junkers Ju 87B Stuka : 25/07/2017

Hi Mary /Steve - yet again another photo, my old Sunbeam, built winter 1979/80 [more pics 003]. It used to have a Cox Pee Wee on it at the time, made a few flights. Just now I converted it to 3ch radio with a small brushless motor. Its 1st flight showed a major disfunction to do something as simple as just that. Tried a few times more, its pattern was uncontrollable and making me feel "Oh wow, a challenge to sort this out to fly", which was not what I intended at all - hoped for a ready-to-go fun thing. But on the photo looks good though :)
Anon : Sunbeam : 25/07/2017

Hi Mary/Steve, here are a few photos of the Graupner Topsy [more pics 014-017]. This was built a few years ago, starting off as diesel free flight but now converted to electric rc. We've only just test flown it and made a video too, doing ROG on the beach:
Anon : Topsy : 25/07/2017

Interesting. This plan is not dated, I wonder if maybe it pre-dates the Lofty Lady? I just did a quick google for 'temptress smeed' and arrived at this Aeromodeller text entry : saying: "Lofty Lady from Belair is a Temptress! In the April [2015] issue of AeroModeller we ran a free plan of the 36in span 0.75cc powered Lofty Lassie, the smaller version of a design by Vic Smeed. At the time we thought that the larger original design was unnamed and unpublished, and as it was found in an attic it was named the Lofty Lady! Well an observant reader has pointed out that the Lofty Lady is actually the 'Temptress' which was published some years ago by Model Flyer. The good news is that Belair have now produced a parts set for the 52in Lofty Lady, suitable for a Mills 1.3 or similar engine in the range of 1 to 1.5cc (or electric!) and is ideal for FF or RC assist. The Vic Smeed design has been redrawn by Andy Brough and John Watters, and the laser cut set contains all the shaped balsa and plywood parts, such as fuselage sides, wing ribs, tip shapes, bulkheads, formers, dihedral braces, gussets and many smaller items required to build the basic airframe. The builder supplies stripwood and covering. A full size plan included." Can anyone out there confirm which came first?
SteveWMD : Temptress : 25/07/2017

From Jasco 1938 Yearbook, a 36 inch version too.
Pit : Ethy : 25/07/2017

The temptress eh! I helped to sort Vic Smeed's modelling effects and was given this original model. There was no plan and no name. I restored it and called it the Lofty Lady to be published in AeroModeller but it was considered too large so I reduced it to 36" and it became the Lofty Lassie. The Lady is kitted by Belair but the plane is the same as it was drawn from the original.
AndyBrough : Temptress : 25/07/2017

Attached box kit image [more pics 008].
Pit : Aeronca Sedan : 24/07/2017

Hello Mary and Steve - here's a few photos of my Quickie 500 [more pics 003-006]. I increased the size of the plan 20%. I have a Webra 61, mounted on the front. I plan on the maiden flight.
Larry : Quicky 500 : 24/07/2017

Hi Mary, here are a few photos of the Aeroflyte Invader I just built from the plan on Outerzone [model photo & more pics 003-005]. And even a link to video of its 1st flight: Mine uses an OS 10 LA engine.
anon : Invader : 24/07/2017

Hi friends, this is the construction article of this beautiful fighter [see supplementary file]. Maybe a next project on my work bench. Greetings from Colombia.
CarlosAB : A-7 Corsair II : 24/07/2017

I offer you some pics [more pics 005, 006].
Anon : Stunt Trainer 180 : 24/07/2017

Adam, it's your lucky day.
SteveWMD : Grumman F7F Tigercat : 21/07/2017

Additional colour pic for OZ 8724, Top 20 [more pics 005]
RFJ : Top 20 : 20/07/2017

Dear Steve and Mary - I'm sending for you some new pictures of the Nakajima Hayabusa, plan ID OZ 8806 [more pics 003-006]. This plane was a very nice project from Mr Sergio A Daeuble. Very stable, fast flier that used an excellent Thunder Tiger GP 15 engine as a powerplant.
CarloAM : Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa : 19/07/2017

Dear Steve and Mary, I'm sending you new pics of a Tupynike II [more pics 005-008]. This one built by Mr Alexandre Takeshi, excellent builder, very good pilot and friend from Florianopolis SC, using the plan downloaded directly from your website. The plane is powered by an Evolution 60 engine. The plane is awaiting its maiden flight yet, and the engine is still brand new. The final result was a very nice plane as you can see in the pictures.
CarloAM : Tupynike II : 19/07/2017

These photos [more pics 003, 004] are only worthy as an artifact to prove the kits did exist and were built and flown (at least once). Parts were scavenged and gone.
EdShearer : Douglas B-66 Jet Bomber : 19/07/2017

I've gotten a lot of compliments for these photos of my not-yet-covered Lazy Ace [more pics 010-012]. I thought you might like to add them to your site. I built this one with a 1/8" balsa top deck rather than the 1/32" ply shown on the photo, and with only a single cockpit.
RobR : Lazy Ace : 19/07/2017

Here is a photo of an old Sterling F6F [more pics 006]. It flies well with an old OS .35.
EdShearer : F6F Hellcat : 18/07/2017

Attached Antonov An2 paint scheme [more pics 003].
Pit : Antonov An-2 : 18/07/2017

Beautful work.
SteveWMD : Waterman Mercury Gosling : 18/07/2017

Kitted by Jasco (Junior Aero Space Company) founded by Frank Zaic.
Pit : 1936 Moffet : 17/07/2017

I really enjoyed built this plane! [more pics 003-006]
EldonMasini : Beech Musketeer : 17/07/2017

Steve, a couple photos for your site [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. This is my model of the Waterman Mercury Gosling by Dave Stott plan on your site. I enlarged to 16" span. It flies very well. Thank you for your work and great site. I visit it every day.
DavidWagner : Waterman Mercury Gosling : 17/07/2017

Looking at the front section it's ok because legs fairings are out of the cowl circle contour. The side fuselage show superimposed fairings to the engine cowl due to the perspective.
Pit : Sopwith Pup : 17/07/2017

The u/c fairings wont work the way they are drawn as the cowl/engine mount is in the way. They would have to be shorter at the top than shown.
anon : Sopwith Pup : 16/07/2017

Thank you Pit. This is great stuff. I shall pass everything on to Michael Smith
Mary : Viewpoint 9 : 14/07/2017

Hi Mary, here is another brick in the wall for the mysterious Bragg's model. It came from a book in my collection: "The Design of Model Aeroplanes" by F.J. Camm - London- Benn Brothers Ltd - 1919. In this book it's *clearly* specified that the model is covered by patent. In fact, while the other models depicted are well described and their plans published in the book, the Bragg's model remains a secret (for the writer/publisher). Also, it is written that the plane is 8 or 9 years old. I investigated the first contests for model airplanes in England and it's clear that V.E. Johnson participated at these meetings with great results with a Bragg (not always a winner). So Johnson knew Bragg's model very well but probably wasn't allowed to publish anything on this project. At the very early stage of aeromodelling, plans were different from today. They were something like a postcard (in dimension) with a sketch with quoted measures. As I said I remember a simple sketch of the model, unique for the bend lower wings and I will continue to search for it.
Pit : Viewpoint 9 : 14/07/2017

As a scale modeler, I don't like to get involved in measurement and shape arguments, but here goes. I knew Bill Galloway. He was a member of the now defunct Louisiana Scale Squadron. He was meticulous in his scale work and as I have a large reference library, he would ask at meetings if anyone had info on a particular aircraft, and use my as well as other sources. I remember he was concerned over a lack of accurate data on the Nate, as an example. Therefore, if there is a conflict of span vs fuse vs flying quality, there was a reason. As an aside, once at a club meeting, people were discussing their military service, and it came out when he arrived in France after Normandy, He was armed with an M-1 rifle which weighs 9 1/2 pounds. He was 5 foot 5 inches tall and weighed 135 pounds, so as soon as he could, He dropped the rifle and picked up an M-1 carbine.
EdShearer : Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero : 13/07/2017

Added new photo, thanks to AndyMac [more pics 004].
Mary : Jrs Pride : 13/07/2017

Hi - I have attached a photo showing this model (Fokker Pursuit 1938) nearly complete [more pics 003].
DerekW : 1938 Fokker Pursuit : 13/07/2017

Hello Mary and Steve, here are some pics of Yeabsley's beautiful "Revenge" [more pics 003-007]. I built it enlarged for rc a few years ago. One of the prettiest gliders I have. A plane not for the beginner in modelling, but stunning to see it in flight.
LazyGlider : Revenge : 13/07/2017

See also the Outerzone plan for Mitsubishi A6M2 by Bob Peck, which has the same problem. The fuselage depicts the A6M2, but the shorter wingspan is perhaps correct for an A6M5; a later version designed to improve speed and rate of roll.
GuyC : Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero : 12/07/2017

As you can see there is a great resemblance with Settebello, in fact this plan too was designed by Vittorio Bernacca and marketed by Aviominima. The rudder shape in real or model aircraft is always the distinctive signature of the designer. "Briscola" is one of the more popular Italian card games.
Pit : Briscola : 11/07/2017

Just an additional note to the history: Vittorio Bernacca was the unknown brother of Col. Edmondo Bernacca (AKA simply "Bernacca"), probably one of the most well-known TV faces of our TV era. He was an Italian Aeronautics Colonel of the Weather Forecasting Service that was consulted by the Italian television broadcaster to conduct the daily Weather Forecast program from 1968 to 1993. He was considered a real gentleman with the uncommon ability to make the complicated weather data (isobars and so on) accessible for ordinary Italian people of the post war period. For all the people of our generation Bernacca means "weather forecast", without any other explanation ... and suddenly the title track music comes to our mind. The weather forecast was very important for modellers in a period in which you had only 2 tv channels to know about the world. Here's a link to a forecast transmission from 1979:
Pit : Settebello : 11/07/2017

Thanks, but these are plans to make a flying model airplane, these are not 3-views. Comparing the two is useful sometimes, especially if say you are building for competition purposes, in which case scale fidelity would be crucial, of course. But this plan here just is what it is. It's a paper record of how a designer chose to make a flying model, and that includes all of the simplifications and compromises involved. Also, models vary from fullsize in some practical issues, so for example you mention fin offset. Generally on flying models this is replaced with a corresponding engine thrust offset, instead.
SteveWMD : Boeing F4B-2 : 11/07/2017

Hi Steve, 'Settebello' (something like WonderSeven) is the winning card in a deck of Neapolitan playing cards [more pics 006]. This name was given to fast trains, racing motorcycles and several winning machines. The playing card stenciled on the rudder represents the seven of gold (7 coins). This model was marketed by Aviominima of Uberto Travagli [more pics 003-005]. Giampiero Janni inked the plan but the foremost Italian expert on Italian models said it was originally designed by Vittorio Bernacca. It was also published in La Scienza Illustrata, Sept. 1951.
Pit : Settebello : 11/07/2017

vertical fin incorrect .had balanced top also fin was ofset 2 degrees to left.have 1/4 scale drawings if you would like a copy
anon : Boeing F4B-2 : 11/07/2017

Greetings Steve, I was intrigued by the multi cylinder co2 engine Joe Ott designed for his Ott Super Universal. I did some research and found Dave Kernel has built single and three cylinder versions using basic shop tools and readily available hobby metals. Here is a link to his website, which includes updated plans he produced as well as build photos of these fabulous engines: THANKS FOR OUTERZONE!!!!!
RoccoR : Fokker Super Universal : 10/07/2017

Hallo Mary, hallo Steve, the restoration is finished. I think the Ultra Fly is more than 30 years old. Last Saturday was the first flight [more pics 003-005]. The model flies very well.
BernhardDittmann : Ultra-Fly : 10/07/2017

Some pictures of the Blue Pants that I built out of "Svenson" nostalgia and in honor of the Belgian Henri Stouff, world champion stunt 1954 [more pics 006-011].
JefLemmens : Blue Pants : 10/07/2017

Hello Steve, here are some pictures of my beloved 5 years old Archangel [more pics 007-010]. Building this model is a little bit tricky for beginners. I scaled it to 130%. It is a very good thermal Glider and it is a real pleasure to fly it for a newcomer. I started piloting rc-gliders as senior citizen and I am proud of staying in the sky up to 32 minutes.
LazyGlider : Archangel : 10/07/2017

Very happy to see that the Nikolina Plan is up on the Zone. I built this one in the spring of 2015 from this same plan. It's a very straightforward build except for the prop hub. A homemade jig was a big help, along with a lot of forethought... then I had to "forethought" again! But, once I had it, I had it. It ranks right up there as one of my favorite models. I'm sending a few pics of the finished model [more pics 003-006]. Keep up the good work!
David : Nikolina : 10/07/2017

I built the President, with my father's help, when I was about 13! We got 3 flights then it flew away, never to be seen again! This fate was normal then, we just built another one!
JimT : President : 10/07/2017

Added superb photo of the Thermal Scout, thanks to AndyMac [more pics 003].
Mary : Thermal Scout : 10/07/2017

I have built the profile Pitts, but made from 2mm depron with a 1" wide fuselage and minium radio gear but using a syma X7 quadcopter motor, gear housing and prop [more pics 003. 004]. Flew well in a straight line but didn't like control inputs.
AndyMac : Pitts Special : 10/07/2017

Here is a photo of my unfinished airliner, the Boeing 707 [more pics 003].
AndyMac : Boeing 707 : 10/07/2017

Added new photo of the Ridge Runt, thanks to AndyMac [more pics 010].
Mary : Ridge Runt : 10/07/2017

I have spent many hours going through all the plans, looking for something new to build, and looking at different building techniques. Here's my Katie 30 inch free flight glider [model photo & more pics 003, 004].
AndyMac : Katie : 10/07/2017

I have built several planes from your plans collection, which I must say is an amazing achievement and a benefit for the future of modelling. Here are photos of the 56% KK Elmira, built from depron, brushless motor, 2x 3g servos, 7.4 v repurposed e-cigarette lipo cells approx 250mah. It is also shown with a 25% Elmira [more pics 003-005].
AndyMac : Elmira : 10/07/2017

A very nice plane for relaxed flying. I changed the airfoil to AG35. With 350mah lipo, 2x9gramm servos, 3ch transmitter and oracover finish its weight is 250 gramm. The perfect plane for my South Bavarian Homeland or similar terrain [more pics 004-006].
AndreasW : Zephyr : 10/07/2017

Photo of completed Sappo model was found online at
SteveWMD : Sappo : 10/07/2017

The original idea with the Aeronca project that was entrusted to us (@EAZE RC Hobbies & Gifts) by Rowan & Shirley was to finish it as a Sport Scale Model of N1491H pictured below [more pics 005-015]. Some background on the plane (provided by Rowan & Shirley): "The Aeronca kit was purchased by Peter Mantel from Topflyte Hobbies in Durbanville back in the year 2000. Peter, an accomplished RC modeler (since 1968) managed to complete the fuselage structure and partially complete the wings and tail feathers, before succumbing to cancer, early in 2001. The partially built plane was then passed on by Peter's widow, Shirley, to his best friend and colleague of 25 years, Ian Fraser, to complete. Ian completed all structural building and some of the covering, using the blue heat shrink material in the kit. Unfortunately Ian had other commitments which kept him from taking the project further, so it was decided sometime in 2008 that Rowan Pressley (Shirley's new husband) would take the project over. Rowan (not a modeler) soon realized that that he did not have the time needed to proceed. It was then (mid-2010) that Bernard of @EAZE was approached, on the basis that he could have the plane, provided that he complete it and bring it to a flying state, for Peter's family to see fly on its maiden flight." Browsing through pages highlighting the restoration of N1331H (another Aeronca Sedan based in Switzerland) an important decision was made... this KIT couldn't be completed to mere sport scale standards!!! It would have done no justice to an absolutely astonishing aircraft from the Golden Era of Aviation. Bernard & Petro decided to add some more scale detail and make a little more of the model than what was probably originally intended. The plane is finished and ready for her maiden flight. I will still do more detail work on the cockpit panel & interior after the maiden flight has been done.
Bernard_Petro : Aeronca Sedan 15AC : 05/07/2017

Hi Steve/Mary. Some pics of my new electric powered Aeromodeller Archangel glider for the Gallery [more pics 003-006]. Power is by a Hyperion GS 3032-06 outrunner driving a 14 x 8" aeronaut/CAM folding prop with energy from a 3 cell 2300 mAh A123 pack. Initial flights show great promise. I have just returned from the model field having completed a half hour flight with it, it flew very well under some heavy clouds, just need to fettle it a little.
MikeWight : Archangel : 05/07/2017

Dihedral on a Tipsy Nipper is 5 degrees 30 minutes on each wing panel.
anon : Tipsy Nipper Mk2 : 04/07/2017

The wing tip position is drawn on the elevation, therefore as long as the plan scales correctly at 1:1 (easily checked from the o/a dimensions printed on it) the dihedral can be measured directly.
Skippy : Tipsy Nipper Mk2 : 04/07/2017

Here are some pictures of the Minnie Glider that I built from plans downloaded from your site [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. With a little trimming I had the glider flying 75 ft from shoulder height. Great website keep up the good work.
EricPearson : Minnie : 04/07/2017

Hi, I have three images of the Mini Bird from Royal Marutaka [more pics 007-009]. I made some minor modifications to the control surfaces and added a cockpit. The plane is electric and has a flying weight of 450 gram. Thank you for your service, from the other side of the world - Tasmania, Australia.
ManfredWeihrauch : Mini Bird : 04/07/2017

About the dihedral angle: yardstick wing spar looks doubled at the central section, like for a dihedral brace. The correct angle could be traced following the bottom contour of F19 and F18 formers.
pit : Tipsy Nipper Mk2 : 04/07/2017

Here are two pics of a battered survivor with a Cox .15 Mk II [more pics 003, 004].
EdShearer : Jr Satan : 03/07/2017

No wing dihedral mentioned in the plan ?
AKNagar : Tipsy Nipper Mk2 : 03/07/2017

Hello Mary and Steve - pictures from my Model the Hot Canary from Topflight [model photo & more pics 003-005]. This Week is Maiden Flight. Greetings,
BerndLangner : Hot Kanary : 30/06/2017

Hi Steve, this Isis plan isn't only "from Aeromodeller"! It's a very well-known Wakefield designed by the late Alex Houlberg. Alex was Chairman of the SMAE for many years and was also President of the FAI Models Commission, i.e. the highest position in aeromodelling, world-wide. This plan is a link with the far-off times when members of the Royal Family were sometimes present at top aeromodelling events... Ah well... At least now we have Outerzone... Thanks for that!
BrianC : Isis : 30/06/2017

Much modified from Comet's 54" kit, this is a clipped wing (43" span) version of a T-Craft in Great Britain [more pics 003-004].
DaveBraun : Taylorcraft : 28/06/2017

Hi Outerzone - I built this beauty during the autumn 2016, and does she fly.... Powered with an old Saito FA-30 open rocker. [More pics 003-005, plus this link to Michael's excellent youtube film].
MichaelGibson : Gladiator : 28/06/2017

Hi Mary! This is the Culver Dart that I built! [model photo & more pics 003-006]. Best wishes!
EldonMasini : Culver Dart : 28/06/2017

We've heard from a reliable source that "part 2" of the Answer article is actually a plan and construction article for a different design which also used the Ritz wing and is called Hell Razor. We hope to be able to add the plan and article for this model to OZ in due course.
Mary : Answer : 28/06/2017

Tony made a comment - in reply to his comment some thoughts and photos [more pics 003-013]. The photos attached are actually of the Bee Bug that Tony built. I had the privilege of doing the maiden flight - such an honor. Tony did extremely well. About the images: People shown are Tony & Janine, Bernard & Petro and Jakes (who assisted us on the day). Janine congratulates Tony after the successful maiden flight and then they proceed to discus this little aero model. The maiden flight was done in the local Dutch Reformed Church's parking lot - it was only just wide enough. The Control Line fuel tank is one I made for Tony, and I assisted him in servicing & doing a test run on the OS Max .10 with the CL tank tested at the same time.
Bernard_Petro : Bee Bug : 28/06/2017

Can you remember what it meant for a 12 year old kid to get such a lovely designed Graupner box, open it up, touch the parts, play with the Record Elastic wheels, study your day through the leaflet, go through the engine options - and then turn it all tits up by breaking or false cutting the brittle ABS parts (what Smiley here ?) ? THX to all for your plans and articles :)
Hubert : Klemm KL 107B : 28/06/2017

Thank you so much for the upload of the Article featuring the "Answer". There is however a "Part 2" to this article that appeared in MAN the following month. Is it possible that someone might have this second part to the article? I think the "Answer" was one of the best flying Vintage FF IC Cabin planes I have ever had the privilege to fly (with RC assist).
Bernard_Petro : Answer : 27/06/2017

Satin Doll appeared in Aeromodeller too [see article 2]. I'm always happy to see a famous champion modeller like D. Platt playing with simple rubber powered or free flight model planes.
Pit : Satin Doll : 27/06/2017

I was looking for a plan of the Rambler gas model from Flying Aces, Sept. 1939 and came across this "modern redrawn plan," which takes a lot of liberties with a much thicker stab airfoil and modifications for radio control. If somebody has a copy of the magazine, it would be great to have a plan of the original model. It's very popular in North America because it was actually designed and built in 1938 and thus falls into the Antique class for SAM free flight. Please keep up the good work!
SimonBlake : Rambler Too : 27/06/2017

Hello Outerzone team, here is my newly finished RC Starter from Svenson kits [more pics 010-013]. It flies well and goes great with the motor. I haven't managed to get any thermal flying done as it's winter in Australia at current but will keep you posted. The model is scratch built and very easy to construct. I've finished it with traditional doped tissue.
MichaelRichardson : Starter : 27/06/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, the Baby is ready [more pics 018]. Now just a small auxiliary engine, and fly. I'm looking forward to it.
JulienVermeire : Baby : 27/06/2017

Photo of completed LS 3 model was found online at
SteveWMD : LS-3 : 27/06/2017

I'm very pleased to be posting this plan today. It's a complete and original version of the very first KK Slicker. Beautifully scanned, too. All I did was re-assemble the jigsaw of scanned pieces from A4, it only took me a day or so :)
SteveWMD : Slicker : 26/06/2017

Thanks, yes I think you're right. Does anyone have a good pic of the original Alpha?
SteveWMD : Alpha : 25/06/2017

Hi Steve: I think the photo 01 model is a 27 Alpha, which is different from the Alpha of the plan ...Saludos from Spain,
JesusAbellan : Alpha : 25/06/2017

Photo of completed Alpha-H model was found online at
SteveWMD : Alpha H : 25/06/2017

The original plan was by Paolo Vittori from magazine "Modellismo" n.24 dated 15th Feb. 1949. Paolo was a friend of mine and one of the most representative free flight and control line modellers. A real champion from the '40s to '60s, he died some years ago. Attached is the original plan [see article]. The plan you published is an enlarged Vittori's version for jumbo scale by Antonio De Nicola, a very skilled free flight modeller champion. In the '90s in Rome the category of scale rubber models was resurrected and De Nicola enlarged that plan, making an outstanding model that catches every little thermal forcing the model to fly by mandatory with an anti thermal device otherwise it will be lost out of sight. But it was built very, very, very, light - taking in account the glue weight too! I've seen it flying because I participated in these contests too, arriving second after the Macchi with my own design jumbo scale Turbo Porter. The Plan from De Nicola was published on resurrected "Modellismo" magazine in n. 21 May-June 1996.
Pit : Macchi Bazzocchi MB 308 : 24/06/2017

Hi Steve, Mary: I am just about finished building a Witch Hawk 500 for the special event at the U.S. Nationals this year. I built it from this Model Aviation plan, which I've had for years, and I realized a mistake on the plan, too late to do anything about it. If you use the formers as drawn on the plan plus the top/bottom view as shown on the plan, you end up with a fuselage that is a quarter inch too wide because the MA draftsman (person) failed to allow for the width of the 1/8" sides. This is very obvious when I compare my new one to the version I built back in the 80s from the National Free Flight Society plan. I will send photos of the "fat fuselage version" when I finish covering it.
SimonBlake : Witch Hawk 500 : 24/06/2017

Thanks Pit, it's great to see the original article pages to go with this one.
SteveWMD : Astor : 22/06/2017

Rudder is missing from plan which was on a separate page. See article.
anon : Quasoar : 20/06/2017

Glad you enjoyed the Fluttercopter, Randy. Everyone who built one had success, except for Virgil Simmons, not the sharpest pencil in the box, who built two identical props instead of ones with opposite pitch. As for the name, it wasn't mine, Irl Whitten named it after he built one from my plans. Irl's sadly no longer with us, passing away from his many medical problems a few years ago. He built good flying electric models back when cheap Mabuchi motors and heavy Nicads were the only way. His last published model (Model Builder), Electric Blues, now hangs in the Southern Museum of Flight here in Birmingham. He managed to install rudder, elevator, ailerons and flaps using only two servos, all connected with non-stretch braided fishing line. I still don't understand how but it all worked. Feel free to share the Fluttercopter with others.
DougSmith : Fluttercopter : 18/06/2017

Hi, I am building from this plan and have found an error. It states that the fuselage sides are 3/16, but measuring the plan view of the fuselage and former widths, the sides can only be 3/32 each. I am building mine with 3/32 sides and its going well. I can send you a photo once its done if you like? I have built several planes from your plans collection, which I must say is an amazing achievement and a benefit for the future of modelling. So far I have built the profile Pitts, but made from 2mm depron with a 1" wide fuselage and minium radio gear but using a syma X7 quadcopter motor,gear housing and prop. Flew well in a straight line but didn't like control inputs. Also built 56% KK Elmira from depron, brushless motor, 2x 3g servos , 7.4 v repurposed e-cigarette lipo cells approx 250mah. My friend supplies me with these. Also built Katie FF glider, thermal scout, many other chuck gliders as well. Keep up the amazing work. All the best, Andy.
AndyM : Boeing 707 : 16/06/2017

Thank you Randy & Linda. I love this photo & comment! I really must get on and build one of these :)
Mary : Fluttercopter : 16/06/2017

These things are a HOOT!!!! Very easy to build. Flew right out of our hands without adjustments of any kind! My wife Linda flies the orange one [more pics 006]. She just clocked a single flight of 2 minutes 6 seconds outdoors yesterday at the field. I installed the king post bracing because I didn't have any hard balsa on hand for the motor stick. More bang for the buck than anything we ever built !
RandyWrisley : Fluttercopter : 16/06/2017

Thank you for the lovely photos. The Outerzone stickers are a great idea! We'll look into it ...
Mary : Sportster : 16/06/2017

Hi - here are a few photos of my new Hearns Hobbies Sportster 50, build from the Outerzone plan [more pics 008-010]. A slightly larger version now 55", an OS 15 engine and normal 3 channel radio. It flies just amazing, very slow and stable. My old one - its photo is also on this site [more pics 003-005] - was lost last year around this time while flying in France in the Ardenne near Revin. If any one has found it please let me know. It flew so well, that's why I made a new one. Now all red, it could do with some cool stickers - perhaps make some Outerzone stickers ?
Anon : Sportster : 16/06/2017

Great scan, thanks. Nice to be able to see the detail on this plan, now.
SteveWMD : Answer : 16/06/2017

Added now :)
SteveWMD : Golden Oldie : 15/06/2017

Not yet, Dave. Can anyone help?
Mary : Golden Oldie : 15/06/2017

Is the magazine article available for this one?
DaveP : Golden Oldie : 15/06/2017

While I have no issue with someone building to a different size to fit their needs, I do have concerns when a design is copied to a different scale, renamed, the original designer is not acknowledged, and the plan is published. Dave Robelen does acknowledge Bill Winter in the build article for his Prophet, but in another of his plans he does not. Take a look at Robelen's Pipsqueak (oz6211). Looks very much like a scaled-down Don Parson's Esquire (oz384), and the Lil Esquire (oz621). There is a reference to an Uncle Don in California but I believe that is to Don Dewey of RCM, not Don Parsons. Just my 2 cents. For what it's worth, the guy who got me started in R/C back in the 1960s flew an Esquire, I had a Lil Esquire and the Pipsqueak, both on pulse rudder and Cox engines. Regards, and keep up the good work.
BillH : Prophet : 15/06/2017

Here are some pictures of my Gadfly [more pics 004, 005]. I live in La Habana, Cuba and it was built with Cuban balsa! It flies really well! Thank you sooo much for sharing all those plans!
IgorUrquiza : Gadfly : 14/06/2017

Added missing page to plan article just now, thanks to RFJ.
Mary : Prophet : 14/06/2017

Aha, seems this is a duplicate (by another name) of the older plan at oz4614 - thanks for the headsup Chuck. OK, will tidy up and remove the older (less clear) plan, at some point.
SteveWMD : Air Adventure : 13/06/2017

My latest project, a Kaos, is coming along. Once the wing is finished, every project moves closer to the first flight. I completed the wing covering last night with the wingtips, always a tough thing to finish [more pics 003]. Compound curves on the tips present a challenge for most any covering material, but Doculam handles it better than most. I got it all done with no wrinkles at all. Doculam on the wing is done but not yet shrunk tight except for the tips, will turn water clear with heat. Then I'll have to build the ailerons and hinge them before paint, using more Doculam for the hinges, no gap that way. The wing has to be finished before fuselage construction can begin because the RCM Kaos plans were not all that good, ribs didn't fit the fuselage very well. I'll have to re-draw the fuselage plan to fit the finished wing, not a big deal. Next time, I'll use the Great Planes plan and draw my own ribs. I'll use my usual spray can Rustoleum, best I've found for Doculam, trimmed with a second color masked off with vinyl shelf paper. Stay tuned for more pix as construction nears completion.
DougSmith : Kaos : 13/06/2017

I found a photo of the Fantrainer [more pics 003]. Best regards,
RichL : Fantrainer : 13/06/2017

Hi there, great site! I found a photo of the A-10 [model photo].
RichL : A-10 : 13/06/2017

That's an interesting point about the Rookie, Matthew. Can anyone help with the missing article page?
Mary : Prophet : 13/06/2017

Just saw this plane come up on your random selection of planes. Interesting in that the designer says the plane is "not a scale copy of some larger model". Really? It certainly looks like a reduced scale version of Bill Winter's original Rookie (oz7611), not the updated version published years later in Model Builder. Also, the supplement file appears to be incomplete. At the end of the last page, the article cuts off, with a lead to page 54. There is no page 54. Everything ends at page 53.
MatthewStikeman : Prophet : 13/06/2017

The full size, homebuilt Corbin Baby Ace was the plane I had always dreamed of building when I was young. Easy to build, a joy to fly and inexpensive to keep, this was the plane for me. Thanks to Outerzone I finally got to fulfill my dreams, and no need for insurance or hanger fees! Here are a few pictures of my homebuilt project and thanks for such a great service [model photo & more pics 003-005].
DaveBarber : Baby Ace : 13/06/2017

Hello Steve and Mary. Here is my Touchdown [more pics 006-010]. The model was built with the Outerzone plan. A "little customisation" like a 1930s fighter. Thank you for your works.
PatrickUrbain : Touchdown : 13/06/2017

Sterling changed the wing design as they did with the S-1/S-1A but continued to list the kit as S-5. Here is one of each [more pics 003, 004]. The black one {really dark purple} has the sheeted l/e and the maroon & white is the first style {built by Phil Page}, and has the first type Fox .19 while mine has the early Fox .15. Both are used every year for the world wide Ringmaster fly-a-thon.
EdShearer : Ringmaster Junior : 12/06/2017

Hi Mary and Steve, here are some photos of my Quaker Flash [more pics 004-007]. I've built this with the plan from your site. I've printed the plan at 138% to increase the wingspan to 47 inch (1.2 m) and converted it to electric. It flies best under 24,7 oz (700 g), so build it light and use a small Lipo!
Gerd : Quaker Flash : 12/06/2017

This model built by fellow club member Tony Atzenhoffer [more pics 003, 004].
EdShearer : Grumman F7F Tigercat : 12/06/2017

I changed the landing gear on this S-1 to wing mount and now I can make a decent landing [more pics 005-007].
EdShearer : Ringmaster S-1 : 12/06/2017

Does anybody have any information on this plan such as when and where it was published, an article perhaps? Regards,
SimonBlake : Max : 12/06/2017

This is an S-1 modified by long time builder Cliff Betz, with an I-beam spar and half ribs [more pics 004].
EdShearer : Ringmaster S-1 : 12/06/2017

I had the exact same Controlaire Mule transmitter shown in the pic, which I earned by making some catalog drawings for Jack Sabine, used in his plastics business. The Mule (a real kick) had a truly beautiful engine turned aluminum case, coated with clear lacquer for protection. Unfortunately, the humid conditions in LA (that's Lower Alabama) were too much for the coating, and corrosion ate the aluminum surface, creeping under that clear coating. It still worked fine, corrosion and all, but the matching receiver, one of the early superhets, didn't fare so well. It was sensitive to vibration induced noise from any metal-to-metal contact. A metal clevis on the throttle crashed three airplanes before I discovered the cause. At that time, plastic fittings were not available, so I made a clevis from an old toothbrush and my problems were solved. It wasn't until MANY years later with the advent of 2.4 radios that the noise problem was really eliminated. I did have lots of good flights with the Mule as long as the model used an escapement but no throttle. It paid its own way by using cheaper batteries. The Mule required one large 9 volt dry battery instead of the two 67-1/2 volt shockers my previous tube-type transmitter needed. They cost $8.00 each and they didn't last long, but the Mule would run all Summer. Sixteen bucks doesn't seem like much now but it was a lot for me back then. To give you an example, the next year ('66) I bought a new Datsun off the showroom floor for $1830, a lot nicer car than the VW I was driving, took me three years to pay it off. The Datsun had a heater that actually worked, made a pretty good aircraft carrier too, with a good sized trunk that didn't smell like gasoline.
DougSmith : Cessna Skylane : 11/06/2017

Thanks for pointing this out, Martyn. I've added the missing page to the article, thanks to RFJ.
Mary : Spectre : 11/06/2017

Indeed. That's what I said.
SteveWMD : Curtiss SBC-3 : 11/06/2017

Thanks Pit, got it now.
SteveWMD : Cruiser : 11/06/2017

Appeared in Frank Zaic's Annual 1939 within a 56 inch version too.
Pit : Cruiser : 11/06/2017

Sheet 3 is missing.
anon : Curtiss SBC-3 : 11/06/2017

Handsome design. There's a missing page, or pages in the supplement, between the last and the penultimate pages. It/they describe the fuselage construction which the designer describes as somewhat unusual. It's the concave sides - how are they assembled to the formers? There does not appear to be a full length fuselage crutch. Perhaps a jig of some kind is needed? Regards
MartynBriggs : Spectre : 10/06/2017

Enlarged to 1' to 1' [model photo & more pics 003-005].
EdShearer : La-7 : 09/06/2017

An ancient kit from early to mid '50s [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. The Waco still flies with its Ohlsson .23.
EdShearer : Waco SRE : 09/06/2017

I found another photo of the orange one in 1970 when it was nearly new [more pics 005]. Then with a McCoy .35.
EdShearer : Flying Fool : 09/06/2017

By chance I found this photo on the net at [more pics 003].
Karsten : Conrad Connrod : 09/06/2017

Thanks so much Steve and Mary, I've been looking for Windy Aint It for at least 10 years. Straight to the top of my Must Build list!
Warren : Windy Aint It : 08/06/2017

Winter has now arrived in SA which makes for lovely flying weather. We were out flying last Sunday and Lindsay took some photos of the finished Mini Super with our daughter Jessica [more pics 006-010]. Had a wonderful flying afternoon with the Caprice, Swallow and Stiletto. Keep up the great work on OZ it's such a treasure.
AndyCoutts : Mini-Super : 08/06/2017

This photo of Yak-3 was built by my late friend, Frank Landry, from the Musciano plan oz1937 [model photo]. The plan was enlarged to 1" to 1. The engines are o.s.40 with 3-line throttle control.
EdShearer : Yak-3 : 08/06/2017

This Mig-3 was built by my late friend, Frank Landry, from Musciano plan oz1935 [model photo]. The plan was enlarged to 1" to 1. The engines are o.s.40 with 3-line throttle control.
EdShearer : MiG-3 : 08/06/2017

Here's my Baby 1941 with the finished wing [more pics 017]. With surplus from previous aircraft, with this colour I see him well, very far. Now the tail assembly, and last the hull.
JulienVermeire : Baby : 08/06/2017

This is just beautiful. I want to build one.
SteveWMD : MS Sportster : 07/06/2017

Hallo Mary, hallo Steve - after 50 years I am just building a new one [more pics 006-008]. This time completely made of wood. The fuselage and tailplane are almost finished. As soon as I finish the wings I send new pictures.
BernhardDittmann : Weihe 50 : 06/06/2017

Hi Mary and Steve! It was, once again, with great joy that I saw you adding another creation of David Boddington (DB) to your Database, namely the Barnstormer. My dear friend Elias Silva built one in the 1980s and I was fortunate in flying it too, as he usually 'delegated' the test pilot functions onto me! He used two wings on his Barnstormer - first the plan one, later the wing from his Tyro Major (the dark red and black one on the photos) [model photo & more pics 004-008]. I seem to remember that the Tyro Major wing actually gave the model an even more benign flying behaviour! As the Barnstormer was to be a *training* aircraft as far as Elias was concerned, he wisely decided to change the wing's fixing method, incorporating rubber bands - I still think this is the best method to fix wings on a aircraft that might face its fair share of *arrivals*! One interesting characteristic of these Single Channel models from the great DB was the undercarriage fixed with rubber bands - a trait that was very useful when the landings became 'arrivals' as can be seen in one of the photos! In the 80s, we were naturally flying them as 3ch models with fully proportional radios, but good flying characteristics are always more than welcomed! I say '*Them*' because I mean not only the Barnstormer but also the Tyro, Tyro Major and Tinker that we flew in those days of yore. Thank You Mr DB, and Thank You, Mary and Steve, for preserving these treasures, while allowing us to enjoy them once more! I apologize for the 'less than average' photos' quality... they are slide scans and the model was rather small in most of those slides...
ArnaldoCorreia : Barnstormer 52 : 06/06/2017

Here are two fotos of the completed kit. One is stock [more pics 003], the other with increased fin and rudder area [more pics 004].
EdShearer : Flying Fool : 06/06/2017

My dear Mary and Steve - picture for plan ID oz6911 [model pic]. Illustration from an vintage catalog.
CarloAM : Pegasus : 06/06/2017

Dear Steve & Mary, please find attached a vintage catalog illustration of the Mobral Caracara [model pic]. This catalog is from circa 1978/1979.
CarloAM : Caracara 15 : 06/06/2017

Dear All at Outerzone, I think that this plane is a license build Morane by EKW in Switzerland which explains the "D-3801" name. The Morane "name" of this Swiss version was MS412. Regards,
Francois : Morane D-3801 : 06/06/2017

It's a pleasure to welcome Elvis to Outerzone! [more pics 005, 006]
Mary : Terrier : 06/06/2017

Steve/Mary, here are pictures of my Terrier [more pics 005, 006]. I just wanted to add my support for this great plane. O.S. FS.40, Polyspan covering.
JimHales : Terrier : 06/06/2017

Steve/Mary, you might want to add pictures of my Esquire to your wonderful collection [we did! - more pics 003, 004]. Hundreds if not thousands of people over here in the US learned to fly R/C with the Esquire. It made a great free flight with intermittent radio interference with our old single channel radio sets. The Esquire gained a new life in the late '60s and early '70s with the advent of digital proportional radios. Remove some of the incidence in the stabilizer and add elevator and you had one of the best trainers available. My latest model of the Esquire is about 10 years old and flown on both glow and electric. I am adding spoilers to the wing for something else to play with.
JimHales : Esquire : 06/06/2017

Added more pics 004-006, taken from Model Aircraft Sept 1960, World Championships Report - thanks to Pit.
Mary : Orion : 06/06/2017

Orion was considered a piece of history, the father of all modern aerobatic rc planes. The evolution of this design ended in the famous world champ Taurus, still in use today for vintage F3A contest. It was kitted by Top Flite too (what else!) of which manual is attached [supplementary file].
Pit : Orion : 06/06/2017

I've added the missing pages to the article just now, thanks to the Rather Fantastic RFJ :)
Mary : Yankee : 05/06/2017

Thanks. Have added "Boeing Kaydet" into the description text, so this plan will show up in a keyword search for that, now.
SteveWMD : Boeing Kadet : 05/06/2017

This was not your oversight as the plan is marked this way also, but the Boeing "Kadet" was actually the Kaydet. Boeing bought Stearman and the Stearman Model 75 became Boeing Model 75 (Stearman) Kaydet. It was the Primary Trainer for all Services. Check Wiki for further clarification. You and Mary make a great team and the site is really growing especially in the SCALE areas. Mags as well. Thank you very much.
anon : Boeing Kadet : 05/06/2017

Thanks for pointing this out, Joe. I'll see if we can find the missing page somewhere!
Mary : Yankee : 04/06/2017

It appears that pages in the Yankee article are missing. Page 93 ends with a full sentence, but is followed by page 96 which obviously had missing information from pages 94 and/or 95. Nice airplane, I'd love to see the missing page. Thanks for Outerzone!
JoeAnderson : Yankee : 04/06/2017

Hi friends, I send you a picture of my last project, the Grumman Bearcat from plans of Marutaka [more pics 04]. Coming soon pictures of this beauty plane finished. Greetings from Colombia.
cbgonzalez : Grumman F8F Bearcat : 04/06/2017

I loved this Dutch Taylor Cub!!! [model photo & more pics 003-007]
EldonMasini : Taylor Cub : 04/06/2017

Hi Steve and Mary, here's my last building work, the BABY, model from 1941 [more pics 016]. Very cheap to build, so much fun for little money. I built it with a square fuselage, more place for the radio, the triangle hull is not so good for radio installation. Also the wing profile I have replaced my own profile - after 52 years experience I chose for profile. 120 gram or 0.2646 pound, is the weight now, a perfect result. Building light yet strong is not easy, this you will learn after years of experience.
JulienVermeire : Baby : 02/06/2017

My cheeky Soarcerer for the site [more pics 005].
CharlesT : Soarcerer : 02/06/2017

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