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I know this is not a forum, but was hoping for advice or a contact on your side of the ocean with help. Today one of our club members brought his M.E. 1.5 to the field. Joe has it on a Baby Ringmaster but it has been mishandled and is so greasy it is not photoworthy. It had not been run for many years but we thought with new fuel we could unstick the contra piston. After much fiddeling and flipping, we finally got it to run with a 7x4 prop but it did not get hot enough to unstick the contra piston but was too hot to touch Can someone help so we don't damage the engine?
EdShearer : Baby Ringmaster : 22/05/2018

My Kwik-Stick III - built from Outerzone plans [more pics 005-007]. The span is 46 inches with a Clark Y airfoil and ailerons. The engine is a Thunder Tiger 15GP.
JimScott : Kwik-Stik I : 22/05/2018

I'd like to submit two photos of my Gryfalcon (Plan 10007) that I built in 2010. It was powered by a PAW .033 diesel with throttle and guided with rudder and elevator controls. I built it from the plan included in the Feb '51 FM magazine. I used the term "was" because about 2 years ago I experienced a receiver switch failure after launch. That little PAW would run for more than 10 minutes on the 1/2 oz of fuel in the tank.......never to be seen again. Please see attached photos [more pics 005, 006].
DougWeaver : Gyrfalcon : 22/05/2018

This is the Bellanca Aries that I built last month! [more pics 003-006] I did one modification in the structure of the nose!
EldonMasini : Bellanca Aries : 22/05/2018

Added image of Flying Models cover April 1962, featuring the DH 60 M Gypsy Moth, thanks to theshadow [more pics 004].
Mary : DH Gypsy Moth : 22/05/2018

I've attached 3 photos of my recently completed Scorpion, built for my 11 year old son [more pics 003-005]. It uses a Norvel .049 and is a fun and resilient trainer. I modified it slightly by adding a cheek to reinforce the front end and wing joint.
ChrisBayliss : Scorpion : 22/05/2018

Here is my rendition of Clive Smalley's P-47D Thunderbolt from his "Dog Fight Duo" Plan No. 4794 [more pics 003, 004]. Done up in scuffed Monokote with Kevin at the controls.
RayLathrop : P-47D Thunderbolt : 22/05/2018

I guess the plan and the instructions are all there is about the Progo, due to its high degree of prefabrication. IIRC a friend of mine used one of these for his first tentative steps into RC flying and the Progo was docile enough for this task. I think the wing had a bit of wash-out for benign stall characteristics, but I can not exactly say how much. So I guess the plans are just for nostalgia, but not for rebuilding. By the way, D-EMIL is the registration of a beautifully restored Focke Wulf Stieglitz pre-war biplane. Keep up your great work!
clouddozer : Progo : 22/05/2018

Built a 28.5" span 40mm EDF version of the John Bell P80 Shooting Star [more pics 003, 004]. The plan was enlarged a bit with some changes to the wing construction/mounting and a 1/32" sheeted fuse, while the fuselage was built using the plan formers. Build thread at RC Groups:
BillGaylord : Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star : 22/05/2018

I thought you might like to have a couple of pictures of my rendition of Stu Richmond's Buzz Bomb [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. It is an easy flier, but was underpowered with the cox Pee-Wee, now flying nicely with a Cox .020 Tee-Dee for which I carve wooden left-hand props. Best modelling regards.
JMP : Buzz Bomb : 22/05/2018

Here are two images for the plan [more pics 007, 008]. Most c/l models flown counter clockwise do slightly better with the front leadout up.
EdShearer : Lockheed P-38 Lightning : 22/05/2018

Model photo and more pics 003-005 came from Mike Halbrook.
Mary : Lockheed P-38 Lightning : 22/05/2018

Doh, the previous plan in this slot (North Pole) was a duplicate, see North Pole (oz6080). Have shuffled the files around now, and put a new plan here in this slot, the Little Twister.
SteveWMD : Little Twister : 21/05/2018

Thanks, got it.
SteveWMD : Ladybird Special : 20/05/2018

Plan is from 1950 Aeromodeller Annual.
SteveWMD : Ladybird Special : 20/05/2018

Thanks Howard. You're right of course. Let's call this one 20 inch.
SteveWMD : Hawker Hurricane : 18/05/2018

Hi Steve. At 1/24th scale (as were all plans in this book), the Hurricane wingspan must be 20in not 21in. Regards,
HowardF : Hawker Hurricane : 18/05/2018

Gene, that's an outstanding cleanup job. Many thanks.
SteveWMD : Blackburn Shark : 17/05/2018

Here are two pics of my very old KK Aeronca Ercoupe by Albert E Hatfield, OZ ref: 1317 [model photo & more pics 005, 006]. This was built from an original kit in about 1975. I got it to fly in small circles fairly well until one day a small dog grabbed it by the tail as it was coming in to land. When I ran towards the little dog, he dropped the 'plane and ran off but the tail (of the plane!) was badly damaged. I recently repaired the tail but not very accurately since I had sanded it down very thin and light when built ... and after 40 years in a box!! So it doesn't want to fly today.
NicholasTucker : Ercoupe : 17/05/2018

Many thanks to Nicholas for sending us this direct link to his RCGroups build thread:
Mary : Percival P.56 Provost : 17/05/2018

I'm building a 20 inch Black Bullet from plans downloaded from Outerzone. It's coming along very nice! Does anyone have a recommendation for a prop on the Black Bullet 20? I'm thinking about Peck Polymer 6 inch or 7 inch. Would sure like to hear other builders experience on this. Thanks!
DeeWaldron : Black Bullet : 16/05/2018

Boy do I remember this one. Spivey, notorious owner of one of the local hobby shops, sold one of these kits to a customer as his first airplane. He appeared at our field seeking help with the test flight, and I was selected. He did a real nice job with the construction and radio installation, even though it was a bit heavy with the shiny paint job applied by his buddy, an auto body man. A honkin' Enya 60, latest in their product line, ran well and produced tons of power, more than enough for the model. I ran it down the runway and gently lifted it off, whereupon it instantly tried to snap roll, all by itself. Somehow I was lucky enough to recover and get it leveled out and flying straight, but every time I so much as touched the elevator it tried to snap roll again. I gently flew it around until I could get it lined up for a landing and back on the runway, after a few more snap roll heart attacks. Then we started to look a little closer to find the source of the problem. I suspected too much elevator movement but inspection showed it to be about right, in the opinion of the assembled R/C'ers, a ring of tennis shoes surrounding the cooling model. When we looked closely at the severely tapered scale wing, the situation became obvious. Yes, you guessed it, he had built washin instead of washout into the wing, no way it was ever going to fly. The kit came with little shims to enable the wing to be built flat on the board, including the proper washout, but he had somehow done it backwards and ruined the whole project. Later I found out he had employed Dusty Shinn, long time club member to test fly it the week before, with similar results which he hadn't mentioned. I guess he thought Dusty just couldn't fly it. It was a truly beautiful model, so I told him to just hang it up and never fly it again, it would make a nice display piece. This is what happens when you try to build the wrong model as your first attempt. We never saw him again.
DougSmith : Bell P-39 Airacobra : 13/05/2018

I well remember watching these fly on Wanstead Flats back in the early sixties. I was just a teenager and was in awe as all I had was a free flight Veron Cardinal. Fond memories ...
bugsy : Bazz Bomb : 13/05/2018

Here is a pic of my KKPercival P56 Provost by Albert E Hatfull, your ID 1374 [more pics 003, 004]. There is a build thread on In the picture my Provost has the stock KK 5 inch prop which will soon be replaced by something better so that I can get a few reasonable flying seconds out of her!
NicholasTucker : Percival P.56 Provost : 13/05/2018

Ah, yes. Of course. Reading the plan for 5 seconds then googling the number A6906 even finds you a plastic Roden kit of this actual airframe which was a single seater. Of course.
SteveWMD : Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter : 12/05/2018

The type's long range and stability were good qualities for a home defence fighter and it served with three home defence squadrons, No. 37, No. 44 and No. 78 Squadrons. Most of the 1½ Strutters supplied to home defence units had been built as two-seaters but many were converted "in the field" to single-seaters to improve performance. Some of these single-seaters were similar to the bomber variant, but others were of a different type, known (like similarly adapted Sopwith Camels) as the Sopwith Comic. The cockpit was moved back behind the wings and one or two Lewis guns, either mounted on Foster mountings or fixed to fire upwards, outside the arc of the propeller, replaced the synchronised Vickers. And this is it.
Pit : Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter : 12/05/2018

Why? If you are unsure about the aviation history involved, maybe just taking 5 seconds to Google "Single seat strutter" would help. I found this straight away: "After the successful debut of the two-seat Sopwith 1½ Strutter fighter, RNAS ordered the Sopwith 9700 single-seat bomber among six new types for its own needs. At that time the Admiralty were planning great offensive air raids against Germany's industrial centers, but the lack of a suitable aeroplane delayed this idea. The first single-seat 1½ Strutter was delivered to the RNAS in June 1916, but official acceptance took place in August. At the same time the RFC also ordered the 1½ Strutter from Sopwith, and many subcontractors also began to build this type: Morgan & Co, Hooper, Mann & Egerton, and Westland completed 372 single-seat 1½ Strutters in total ...etc."
SteveWMD : Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter : 11/05/2018

If it's a 1-1/2 Strutter then this should be a two seater, of course.
anon : Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter : 11/05/2018

I test flew a lot of these back in the day, it being a popular trainer along with the Sig Kadet and Goldberg Falcon 56. Regardless of what the kit review says, it wasn't a very good kit, heavy wood and poor die-cutting. I much preferred Sig's method of printwood with no die cutting at all. But if you managed to finish it as your first kit attempt, it was a good flyer, especially easy to land. While most beginners installed a pretty hot .40 in the nose, it was a little too much for the Fledgling, making it entirely too fast if flown wide open. And wide open was what it got, full throttle on takeoff and don't back off until told to do so. And so, even if it wasn't all that suitable as a trainer, it was a delightful flying plane for someone with a little more experience. Ailerons were too small but easily replaced with wider wood for more authority. If you build one from the plans, I would add capstrips to the ribs for a smoother surface and easier rib construction. You won't be disappointed with its performance. A good .25 is plenty.
DougSmith : Fledgling : 11/05/2018

Added images of the Pilot QB 20S-II kit box and catalogue listing, thanks to Jeff Green [model photo & more pics 003-005].
Mary : QB 20S II : 09/05/2018

Added some photos of the Warlock 05 box and kit, thanks to Jeff Green [more pics 003-005].
Mary : Warlock 05 : 09/05/2018

Hello, I really never could find a good copy of the magazine article for the Stiletto, so I created a PDF of a "faux" article for my files [see suppl. file]. The text & images were taken from different sources found on the Internet.
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Stiletto : 09/05/2018

Added pics of the Pilot QB Cessna 20 kit and contents, plus catalogue listing for later version with '177' added to name [more pics 003, 004].
SteveWMD : QB Cessna-20 : 09/05/2018

Added images of the Tiger Moth box, decals and catalogue listing, thanks to Jeff Green [more pics 003-006].
Mary : Tiger Moth : 09/05/2018

Added pics of the Supermarine Spitfire MK II kit box, decals and catalogue listing, thanks to Jeff Green [more pics 003-006].
Mary : Supermarine Spitfire MkII : 09/05/2018

Added images of the Zlin 526 Akrobat box, decals & catalogue listing, thanks to Jeff Green [more pics 003-005].
Mary : Zlin 526 Akrobat : 09/05/2018

Added photos of the Sky Loop 404 catalogue entry and box art, thanks to Jeff Green [more pics 003, 004].
Mary : Sky Loop : 09/05/2018

Where is the CG?
anon : UMX Tristar EDF : 08/05/2018

Here is another Baby Ringmaster in construction [more pics 008].
EdShearer : Baby Ringmaster : 07/05/2018

Added two photos of the completed model, thanks to Davide [more pics 010, 011].
Mary : Olympic 650 : 07/05/2018

Hi there. See attached photo of my 3rd build of the MK Happy-20 [more pics 011]. Now electric and flown today. Many thanks.
Jono : Happy-20 : 07/05/2018

Here's our MaCann-ard 27 free flight converted to electric [more pics 004-007]. 4600kv motor, 2-cell 160mah lipo battery and a Brodak timer. Very easy to trim out. On only 68% power climb out is almost vertical and transition to glide seamless. Enlarged the plan to 36" for E-36 competition. Should be a "goin' concern"! Powered by Cricket Wireless.
RandyW : McCann-ard 27 : 07/05/2018

Thanks Pit. Have changed the listing now from "Gull" to "Low-Wing Petrol Monoplane".
SteveWMD : Low-Wing Petrol Monoplane : 06/05/2018

I Steve/Mary, attached a chapter on low wing monoplane of CE Bowden. The book (1949) from F.J. Camm (the Brother of the most famous Sir Camm who designed the British fighter Hawker Hurricane) edited by the same George Newnes that published Practical Mechanics magazine. F.J. Camm seems to had a close friendship with Col. CE Bowden and there is more material survived about the colonel on Camm's books rather than by colonel himself. To me this is the final words on the model name, it has no name. Probably this is the same article published on PM mentioned in your plan. It was common to realize a book with the past article from the magazines. In any case the plane looks obsolete for 1949 style, in fact it was originally published or draft in 1937. regards,
Pit : Low-Wing Petrol Monoplane : 06/05/2018

Possibly also known as the "Petrol Low Wing" or "Bowden Low Wing Monoplane" ...the title of this plan/design is not certain. Any help with this much appreciated.
SteveWMD : Low-Wing Petrol Monoplane : 06/05/2018

These are the photos I have in my files for the Pilot Rickey Rat [more pics 003-006].
JeffGreen : Rickey Rat : 04/05/2018

These are the photos I have in my files for the Pilot Supra-Fly 25 [more pics 004, 005].
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Supra-Fly 25 : 04/05/2018

Sorry to hear of your problems building the Airco DH2. They have clearly made you very frustrated! This is a published plan by a respected scale designer, Mike Roach. The photo is of the completed model, built and flying. Perhaps you could contact Mike via to discuss your difficulties further? Mike is active there and a really nice, helpful chap.
Mary : Airco DH2 : 04/05/2018

Have been trying to build this model.. Based on THIS plan. A Major frustration to be Blunt.'s grossly inaccurate .. pretty well everywhere. Nothing ! on it is trustworthy For reasons I don't even want to guess on. It's Distorted in Most everything. Seriously problematic / annoying. Best advise is to delete the damned thing . At least until it's Competently Corrected.
Anon : Airco DH2 : 04/05/2018

This is a brilliant fly-for-fun design. I remember being greatly impressed by its performance when I used to fly with Dennis Thumpston in Sutton Park in the mid-sixties; in fact it was the inspiration for my Mandrake (oz9577) design, which followed the same configuration. Twin Fin can 'turn on a sixpence' but is incredibly docile and will also fly in quite breezy conditions. I have built three versions over the years, two powered by an AM25 diesel as per the original and a slightly redesigned version for electric power (400 watt motor, 3s LiPo). All fly identically to Dennis' original. Definitely my 'go to' model if I want a bit of relaxed flying - visually it looks very much like a single-engined Lancaster in the air!
JeremyCollins : Twin Fin : 03/05/2018

Now that is simply beautiful.
SteveWMD : Elias Aircoupe : 03/05/2018

Good shot of Phil Smith with 1948 Queens Cup, OZ 6907 [more pics 004].
RFJ : Queens Cup Winner : 02/05/2018

In relation to the following plan (gratefully downloaded from Outerzone) I attach pictures of my Elias Aircoupe [more pics 003-006]. Weight is 6.5g.
MikeMulholland : Elias Aircoupe : 02/05/2018

Ridenti rebuilt a second Duchess [more pics 008] after the first (Pensacola winner) was destroyed in a contest by radio interference.
Pit_Italy : Il Duca : 02/05/2018

Here are some photos of DUCA-DUCHESS-DUCHESSA built by Giovanni Ridenti (his plans are on OZ too), first placed in Pensacola in 2000 [more pics 003-005]. Ridenti modified construction particulars like wing bayonet for splitted wings or reinforcements, but his plane was built on Larry's plan rather than Rodorigo's plan. Two photos with 1939 on the wing are from another modeller [more pics 006, 007].
Pit_Italy : Il Duca : 02/05/2018

The Duke-The Duchess: the original plan by Larry Eisinger was published in a Fawcett publication booklet titled "Model Builder's Handbook No.1" 1939. He made several similar models that culminated in the Duchess, the most elegant of all his previous models. When Italian modeller Giovanni Ridenti came to USA in the nineties for an oldtimer contest with this plane, all American modellers thought it was an Italian project due to the elegance of the design, and they didn't know or believe it's an American project. It was never published in a model magazine, only in this booklet of which he later became an editor. Only a few plans by Eisinger still exist and he probably ceased aeromodelling in the forties, leaving no trace. I don't know if he is still alive today. Probably this booklet arrived in Rome where foreign magazines were not so difficult to find. For the first issue of Modellismo magazine they reproduced the plan not mentioning Larry and changing the name to The Duke. The plan was reinked by Mario Rodorigo, one of the several Rodorigo Brothers modellers. The plan was adapted for Italian woods, in fact balsa arrived in Italy with the Allied Forces soldiers/modellers at the end of the WW II. The model was built in plywood, hardwood and cork bloc instead of balsa bloc! Italian boys used dried Agave plant fiber that was quite light and similar to balsa wood, called by them Agabalsa. When I was 13 I was fascinated by this model, having the original magazine bought by my father in 1945, and I decided to build it. I completed only the fuselage and I remember that there was an error in the first formers where the engine bearers are located.
Pit_Italy : Il Duca : 01/05/2018

I'd like to share some pictures of my rubber powered Tufnut which I built from scratch with the plan I found on Outerzone [more pics 003-006]. It was a nice winter project and I hope that my kid and I will have much fun during the summer!
BerndtB : Tufnut : 30/04/2018

Added photo of the box, thanks to Pit [more pics 003].
Mary : Boeing Flying Fortress : 30/04/2018

Added image of the original plan, plus two of Rene Jossien, thanks to Pit [more pics 004-006].
Mary : Le Veau Lent : 30/04/2018

Just a minor point. The new plan here is the one I built my Scram from. It's a good plan and works fine. The airfoil noted on the plan as Gottingen 549 is not. It is very close to Eiffel 400 which is all the better as the 400 has pretty good performance across a wider speed range.
AllanKnox : Scram : 28/04/2018

Mike Green, like myself, was a long-time friend of the late Rene Jossien. Mike wrote the Aeromodeller article, in 1989, presenting Rene's Le Veau Lent (1949), and showing a photo of a version that Mike had built. Rene was second in the French nationals, in 1949, flying Le Veau Lent. A drawing was published in MRA, in 1949 or 1950. Mike drew a plan up, from the MRA drawing I think, but he might have actually obtained a plan from Rene, and he built the plane, using a PAW engine. I don't think Mike made any design changes, apart from engine bearer spacing. Realising that no-one would have a Delmo engine(!), Mike showed the bearers spaced for a PAW engine. The reference to "3.46cc" on the drawing (implying an ED Hunter) is pure fantasy on the part of the Aeromodeller draftsman. I'm sure Mike didn't write that! There's no way you'd get an ED Hunter in that front end without considerable redesign. Until recently, I did actually have Rene's original (damaged) fuselage in my possession but, shamefully, it went with a "clear out", about 5 or 6 years ago.
BrianCox : Le Veau Lent : 28/04/2018

Here is a picture of the Wren from Flying Models 1976 [more pics 005]. A close friend of mine gave me this plane a couple years ago. He built it from plans. When I received it, both wings were transparent blue and I quickly found that when flown any distance away, it was difficult to maintain orientation. So I recovered the top wing in red which made it easier to fly. Nice little flyer!
TomComo : Wren : 27/04/2018

My son and I are currently building a 120% Phantom Mk2 with an HB25 for power. The original Keil Kraft design had the bellcrank attached to the top of the wing, which makes final assembly a fiddle. So I flipped the bellcrank upside down and attached it via two 8x8mm hardwood supports to the underside of the cockpit floor. The controls can be set up without the wing being installed and the bellcrank connects structurally to the engine bearers above the floor- stronger! I have left the bolt long so it will push into the wing thus supporting the bellcrank bolt at both ends. Stronger still! I thought that future Phantom builders could consider this alternative [see more pics 011]. It doesn't alter the appearance of the model, which is good.
ChrisPinn : Phantom MK2 : 27/04/2018

My new Charly photos [more pics 005-009].
IMadeSupena : Charly : 27/04/2018

The late Bud Caddell was a friend of mine, truly a master builder. I didn't belong to his club because it was the worst flying site I had ever seen, on top of an old slate dump, once active as a coal mine. Although the runways were asphalt, coal dust was everywhere, and all over your model when you got home. Near a bad neighborhood infested with redneck po white trash, situations with the neighbors were not enjoyable, some club members strapping on a pistol before arriving. I always met Bud at the hobby shop on Saturday mornings, where he would arrive after mailing his plans at the nearby Post Office. At that time (early eighties), Beech encouraged modelers to build their models by publishing nice scale drawings of their many designs. Bud would take the Beech drawing and lay it on the floor, then take a picture using slide film from a tripod mounted camera. When developed, he would insert the slide in a projector and focus it onto a clean wall with a large sheet of paper. By moving the projector, he was able to get an image on the wall exactly the size he wanted. Then he would trace around the image until he had enough detail to build the model. Yes it was crude but about all that was available to modelers at the time. Once the model was finished, Bud would turn the plans over to Pat Hollock, who would draft the most wonderful plans anybody had ever seen. Bud placed ads in the back of magazines and sold plans all over the world. He once came into the hobby shop, fresh from the Post Office, and announced, "Do you realize how much it costs to send a set of plans to New Zealand"? I'm sure it wasn't cheap, with the size and cost of the mailing tube he always used. I never flew any of Bud's Beech designs, but I did fly (and land) his FW-190 in Pat Hollock's back yard. It flew like a pattern plane. Later Bud bought some land and moved out to the country, and when I asked him why he did it, he replied, "I'm just tired of being evicted." Bud passed away in '01, but his son Jeff still has all his old plans.
DougSmith : Beechcraft Bonanza A-36 : 27/04/2018

Here is the old Mongoose patched and painted [more pics 004-006]. Combat kits were expendable and most did not survive. This old veteran exists, not because it was a winner, but because I lost early in the matches. They fly great.
EdShearer : Mongoose : 27/04/2018

Box art for Riley Wooten's Voodoo by Goldberg [more pics 005].
EdShearer : Voodoo : 27/04/2018

Box art for SPAD-7 [more pics 003].
EdShearer : SPAD 7 : 27/04/2018

While searching for a certain kit on the shelf, serendipity occurred. I found an old Sig Banshee box and wondered why it had not been built. Inside was a long lost club project to build the Mustunt I. I thought it gone long ago due to floods, hurricanes and a move. Around 1980 our club, the wanted to promote stunt flying among the members who were not flying stunt. Each club member manufactured one component of the plan. At the same time foam wings were becoming popular so the club cut foam wings for the model. I always knew where the wings were so once again it is all together [more pics 008].
EdShearer : Mustunt : 27/04/2018

Box art for Super Whirlaway [more pics 003].
EdShearer : Super Whirlaway : 27/04/2018

Box art for Combat Cat [more pics 003].
SteveWMD : Combat Cat : 27/04/2018

Box art for Jr. Nobler [more pics 005].
EdShearer : Jr Nobler : 27/04/2018

Box art for Zilch X-pendable [more pics 004].
EdShearer : Zilch X-pendable : 27/04/2018

Box art for Orbit Ace [more pics 004].
EdShearer : Orbit Ace : 27/04/2018

Box art for Guillows Mosquito [more pics 008].
EdShearer : DeHavilland Mosquito MK-IV : 27/04/2018

Box art for Buhl Pup [more pics 003].
EdShearer : Buhl Pup : 27/04/2018

I know he was an editor with Fawcett Publications, and I believe he is credited with 40 or 50 books. His aircraft were lovely designs, and I intend to make or have someone make his Streamliner which is sort of the peak in some respects, and doing that period. Take a look on Youtube for a glimpse of his personality, if it is the Larry E. I seek! Thank you for your effort and reply,
FredCulick : Republic P-47 Thunderbolt : 26/04/2018

This is my Senior Telemaster from RCM plans [more pics 007, 008]. It flies extremely well on an OS 91 FS.
TomComo : Senior Telemaster : 26/04/2018

Added model images, thanks to Pit [model photo & more pics 003].
Mary : Flying Wing Stunter : 26/04/2018

Added two images of the Fierce Arrow, thanks to Pit {more pics 003, 004].
Mary : Fierce Arrow : 26/04/2018

Added image of vintage advert for the Waco UPF-7 kit, thanks to Pit [more pics 006].
Mary : Waco UPF-7 : 26/04/2018

With your "Le Veau Lent" publication, I thought you might like this photo of the designer, the late Rene Jossien, sitting in my garden with the original 1949 Le Veau Lent fuselage (his cat destroyed the wing & tail!). Photo taken in 1994/5 [more pics 003]. A couple of interesting points. The propeller isn't broken. Rene used a single-blade prop, with counter-balance, in 1949, and that's what many of the top FF competitors use today... The engine is the very last model made by Delmo, and artistic Rene painted the engine black to match the fuselage (and why not indeed Sir?). The engine is now in my collection, absolutely perfect after the paint had been removed!
BrianCox : Le Veau Lent : 26/04/2018

Yes it is the same Larry Eisinger, the father of the U.S.A. Fawcett publication on do it yourself, about practically everything. He designed the most beautifull and elegant Oldtimer plane called the Duchess, of which there is on OZ the Italianized version, the Il Duca. The boy depicted on the Il Duca article is Larry [more pics 003]. Larry is a legend for American editors, an example of self made man and probably best known as editor rather than modeller.
Pit : Republic P-47 Thunderbolt : 26/04/2018

Perhaps you can help me find out if the Larry Eisinger who designed several gas models in the late 1930s is the same Larry Eisinger who is often cited as responsible for the 'Do It Yourself' craze of making things. I suspect he is, but I have seen no documentation. The Larry Eisinger of 'do it yourself' fame died a couple of years ago. His 92nd (?) birthday in the state of Vermont is documented in a clip on YouTube. If you can help me, please direct me to written evidence, or better refer me to surviving relatives. Thank you.
FredCulick : Republic P-47 Thunderbolt : 25/04/2018

I'll second the use of the Gorilla wood glue. The only drawback being the big bottle and nozzle. I "decant" the glue into a plastic syringe and apply the glue through a small curved point. This allows a more accurate delivery of the glue. Excellent stuff. The plastic syringes are available here in Ottawa, Canada at Lee Valley tools.
MarkWinstanley : Viewpoint 10 : 24/04/2018

As for the rudder, mine has has the original straight rudder, the triangle shape must have been added later. When in doubt, just use the big one and if it needs to be modified just cut it off.
DougSmith : Miss Martha : 24/04/2018

in order to have a clean appearance of tissue covered fuselage and avoid shrinkles at the cross point of stringer and notched formers. So only the first is notched to give the correct starting position. In fuselage with all notched formers you have to sand a scallop between the notches after stringers are glued to make the cross point invisible.
Pit : 1912 Blackburn Monoplane : 23/04/2018

Friends, I have built the model from a plan published on your page. It really is a beauty the flight that it has. I attached some photos to upload it to the page [more pics 017-021].
Nicolas : Q-Tee : 23/04/2018

I love my Miss Martha, built sometime in the early eighties from the plans before the kit became available. Lots of kit-built models appeared at our field, but mine was the first and is now the last. Nobody even remembers what it is. First powered by a light weight Fox 40, the engine developed a problem, it wouldn't quit using the throttle, just kept ticking along with the barrel completely closed. This presented a problem in the climb and glide event, so it was replaced with an Enya, plus tail weight to balance the heavy engine. I even won some events with old Martha, now enjoying a much deserved retirement, only flown maybe once a year. Untold engines and radios have experienced Martha's tender mercies, last test engine was an MDS 40. That stands for Mostly Dead Stick. One of those emergency landings was into the Black Hole, which wiped out the landing gear and I had to make some repairs. If this landing gear departs the plane, I'll have lots more problems than landing gear. Current test engine is an OS 46, maybe just a little too much for Martha. I had to add balance weights to the ailerons to prevent flutter. Wide open, she's now a little too much for me too, and I fly her mostly part throttle. Headed straight up, she will accelerate until quickly out of sight, however glide is like an F-104, so it doesn't take long to be back on the ground. I've since had to re-cover the wing, sunlight having turned the MonoKote brittle. Stars are from the first flight, which overshot the runway into the stubble, punching holes in the wing. Stars filled the holes. Your plans, later than mine, look accurate except for a larger rudder. Your version may need this, as mine is reluctant to spin. If you want a fun airplane, give Martha a try, a good 25 is plenty of power. [See more pics 005, 006.]
DougSmith : Miss Martha : 23/04/2018

I've been into model aircraft flying for over 80 years, at the last count. I was told of the OUTERZONE website by a fellow modeller, just over a month ago. Since then, I've spent many an hour, just browsing thru, and refreshing my early years of involvement with the subject. For some time now, I've been trying to source a plan of a Pylon Racer design, originated by its designer, Eric Rhodes. Eric now, unfortunately, suffers from poor health. Whenever I visit him, his first words are - Have you got my plan yet? Now, thanks to your good self, I can say - YES! The design in question is OLE TIGER, F1 Pylon Racer. Much admired in its day.
Ralph : Ole Tiger : 23/04/2018

Only former F8 is notched. Stringers lie on top of the rest. Could that be the answer?
Karsten : 1912 Blackburn Monoplane : 23/04/2018

I have not been able to find a photo with the rudder shape shown on the plan. What is correct? See pict. on plan details.
Karsten : Miss Martha : 23/04/2018

My Curare 20 photos [more pics 005, 006].
HoracioB : Curare 20 : 23/04/2018

Wish I had photos but back in the '80s our club (Gloucester Area Model Association) GAMA had a ball with Martha's as a club build!!!... Mine was modified to a T tail and shortened the nose 3/4" for a 4stroke .40... such a sweet flying plane!! a trainer a .20 would fly it... 45 2stroke with a pipe and it would accelerate vertically!!!
BillV : Miss Martha : 21/04/2018

I have this magazine somewhere and built this model around 2000. Unfortunately the radio set I had was complete garbage and the plane augered in. It is in around 5 bits and would not take much to get flying again. I remember it as being pretty easy to build with no hidden traps.
JasonHorn : SE5 : 19/04/2018

I'm reading Scott Essman's biography of the friendship between Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda and they told a story about building a Martin bomber out of balsa wood. Not clear if it was a kit like this or something more solid, as they speak about a room full of shavings, but the plans dated 1934 make this the likely candidate of the Martin bomber they were building. Thought you'd like to know the story.
Frank : Martin B-10 : 19/04/2018

Bob Dively kitted Jack Sheeks' "Sea Vixen", renaming the design calling it the "Vixen". I took the best old Dively kit label photo I could find & cleaned it some [more pics 003].
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Sea Vixen : 17/04/2018

Recently built a Chatterbox with electric power and 3 Ch radio [more pics 007]. Flies quite well as long as you treat it like a 1950s free flighter! Resists any aerobatics. Would suggest adding an extra wing rib bay each side for a bit more lift and stability and reduce dihedral a bit if you are going RC. I also sheeted the LE top and bottom back to the spar. Suggest a 50 or 60w motor is adequate on a 7x4 prop.
Tony : Chatterbox : 17/04/2018

Hi Steve and Mary. Find attached a few photos of my B.A. Troberg P-38s [more pics 003-005]. I am glad that you like old photos, as the B&W one was my first attempt in 1968 (London, U.K.), powered by 2 x 2.5cc Yin Yan (Silver Swallow) diesel engines. It flew quite well. I was still a teenager back then. After moving to Western Australia I built another P-38 a few years later, this time powered with a pair of Enya .19s. Wow, did that one hammer around the circle, even on one engine it was solid as a rock! I used to fly it at 'The Causeway', a smooth grassy area next to the Swan river in Perth W.A. One nice memory is that it attracted people, some of whom took up aeromodelling and who I still see at competitions today. One well known Australian aeromodeller came up to me at a Nats a few years ago and introduced me to his friends and family as "This is the bloke who taught me how to fly". Very humbling but also rewarding.
DannyMZ : Lockheed P-38 Lightning : 17/04/2018

The fiberglass fuselage is available from I purchased a fuselage from him a couple of years ago.
JimPurcha : Shrike : 17/04/2018

Congratulations, Tom!
Mary : Pylon Polisher : 17/04/2018

I was very fortunate this past weekend [more pics 008].
TomComo : Pylon Polisher : 17/04/2018

CG location will be about 45% behind the leading edge. The stab has a lifting airfoil so that accounts for the rearward lift point. Suggest starting about 40% back to be safe and gradually move the CG rearward as you trim.
BillH : Perris Special : 16/04/2018

I've a feeling that the current designation of 'BAM' is down to the existence of 'British Airways' which would account for a redesignation as the latter also uses the 'BA' abbreviation. I thought perhaps at first it was to avoid confusion with British Aerospace, but they use 'BAe'.
Daithi : BAM Swallow II : 16/04/2018

I added three pictures of my recently finished QB10L, that you are welcome to display on your website [more pics 003-005]. My modifications from the original plan are: (i) 2 separate servos for the ailerons instead of one central servo; (ii) Changing the fixed rudder into a moving rudder and tailwheel.
HansMeijdam : QB 10L : 16/04/2018

Doh, turns out the newly added B-24D plan in this slot was a duplicate of the plan at oz5357. Have now shuffled things around and replaced that plan here in this slot (oz9979) with the Miss Paranoia plan.
SteveWMD : Miss Paranoia : 15/04/2018

Is the CG indicated? I can't see it on the plans. Do you have any idea where it should be? Thanks.
DaveSurry : Perris Special : 15/04/2018

I've seen a couple of these flying lately as well as the 1/2 size Judge, which is nice. Both these models are brilliant flyers, ideal for either indoors or outside on a calm day. I remember that neither needed a great deal of trimming, both flew right off the building board (in right hand circles). The Copland is still up in the loft needing a couple of repairs after it has survived 5 house moves!! I will have to get it down and restore it.
MikeHollamby : Copland Wake : 14/04/2018

I bring over some new images of my Cmelak Z-37 from 2013 [more pics 006-009]. Drawing was found in a German model magazine. Some data: span 38" (980mm), weight incl. 800mAh 2S 800g, BL 2820, ESC 18A. Very steady to fly and has excellent lowspeed capacity.
OweCarlson_Sweden : Cmelak : 13/04/2018

Have added article text quote now. BAM was the British Aircraft Manufacturing Co Ltd, it seems.
SteveWMD : BAM Swallow II : 13/04/2018

I got a bit confused as I could not find anything on Youtube with BAM Swallow. It looks like it is actually BA Swallow. (No big deal btw). Looks great, I'm going to build one. I will put in a Saito FS .30. Thanks for the plan!
EdV : BAM Swallow II : 12/04/2018

Here are some photos of my recently completed Jimmie Allen BA Cabin for inclusion in the plan page and gallery if you wish [model photo & more pics 003-005]. Built from plan OZ700. 25" span, 39 grams. Thank you for Outerzone!
DaveB : Jimmie Allen BA Cabin : 12/04/2018

I have almost completed my replica of the model. I appreciate some of the minor modifications put on your updated plan, especially regarding the construction of the hub assembly and the dowel inserted to hold down the rotor mast. However I did not like the rear hook arrangement and I substituted a more contemporary aluminum tube. Will send some photos. I would also commend a simple design that appeared in The American Boy compilation by Frank Zaic. It is a baby ROG sized indoor autogyro which is very minimalist in structure and meant for indoor use. It is essentially wingless, except for small surfaces held some inches out from the motor stick, and covered only at the tips set to counteract torque from the six inch high pitched prop. set with washout right and washin left to counter act l torque. Very nice design and simple but very cleverly conceived. This is close to done as well. Thanks for your fine site.
PaulHelman_Illinois : Garami Giro : 12/04/2018

After the first flight of the restored Graupner Terry it seemed like a good idea to send a few pictures to Outerzone and to write a couple of lines to accompany them [more pics 005-007 and Viewpoint article "That old Terryific plane"].
Raffaello : Terry : 12/04/2018

Hi Steve and Mary - here is my yellow Piper, in the blue sky [more pics 007]. Built in 1982 and still flying. Photo is taken in '80s, I think 1984.
JulienVermeire_Belgie : Piper L-4B Grasshopper : 10/04/2018

I built one of these from the kit back in the late 80s. It's an absolutely gorgeous plane when done and the manual begs you not to power it with more than a .15 - .19. I had an OS Max .25 looking for a home so I used that but it certainly wasn't over powered. I expected it to fly like a pattern ship but it just droned around not that fast at all. Those long wings gave it a slow roll rate as I recall, even with a lot of aileron area. Gorgeous or not, I felt a bit disappointed and sold it after only a few flights.
SteveC : Bushwacker : 10/04/2018

Lovely plan, converted to 4 channel micro rc. It flies with control line dihedral setup and looks really scale [more pics 003, 004]. Most enjoyable build ever.
John : Fokker D7 : 09/04/2018

Regarding the missing CG location, I suggest downloading the August 1962 Aeromodeller. If you Google it, you will find a source. Look up 'Project Parasol' [more pics 004] and extrapolate the CG position of this model onto the Flexi Foil plan. It should be accurate as the sweep angles are the same on both models.
ChrisPinn : Flexi Foil : 09/04/2018

Box art for P-51H plan 4563 [more pics 004].
EdShearer : F-51H Mustang : 09/04/2018

Box art for Ole Tiger [more pics 003].
EdShearer : Ole Tiger : 09/04/2018

Box art for P-6E [more pics 003].
EdShearer : Curtiss P-6E Hawk : 09/04/2018

Box art for P-47N oz 382 [more pics 003].
EdShearer : Republic P-47N Thunderbolt : 09/04/2018

Here is a photo of my Sweet Stik plane built from the Midwest kit [model photo]. Power is a Fox .36 cu in glow engine. I have also built another Sweet Stik by modifying the plans and using an electric motor on 4s lipo's. The green and white Sweet Stik is the electric version [more pics 004].
EricP : Sweet Stik 40 : 09/04/2018

Just completed construction of this aircraft. When I get brave enough I will go out to the flight line. Used a Cal Aero Model kit that I have had for a number of years. I decided to go electric. A few photos are attached [more pics 005-008].
Jerry : Air Trails Sportster : 09/04/2018

The Royal photo was edited from a old kit box label and the Marutaka photo was pulled off the Internet [more pics 003, 004]. I'm pretty sure it was the label on the kit box. They make pretty good Desktop backgrounds.
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Beechcraft Baron 58P : 09/04/2018

Hello, I really enjoyed seeing Hal deBolt's Speed Wing once again :) I've been looking for those plans for a long time & it was really neat reading the article with my morning coffee.
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Speed Wing : 09/04/2018

The CG does not appear to be specified on the plan or in the article. Can anyone provide this information?
anon : Flexi Foil : 07/04/2018

Added box art image, thanks to EdShearer [more pics 003].
Mary : Me-109 : 06/04/2018

Added box pic, thanks to EdShearer [more pics 003].
Mary : Magician 15 : 06/04/2018

Added photo of the Mongoose box, thanks to EdShearer [more pics 003]. I really like how minimalist it is.
Mary : Mongoose : 06/04/2018

Here is my completed Pylon Polisher [more pics 005-007]. Fun Project! Thanks for all you do.
TomComo : Pylon Polisher : 06/04/2018

What a nice surprise to see the McCoy Tailwind plan posted here. Would you happen to know when and where it was first published? It was probably too large for inclusion in Doc Martin's newsletter, but I see it has a "MIAMA" pedigree.
DavidD : Wittman Tailwind : 06/04/2018

Here are a couple of photos of Wun Wing Gon from your OZ 8313 plan [more pics 005-007]. This one built as a "mirror image " to fly the more normal anti clockwise direction. I find flying clockwise with the model up the right way needs so much concentration to avoid incorrect control inputs that it is not enjoyable. Powered by a Mk 1 AM 15.
TrevorT : Wun Wing Gon : 06/04/2018

Official name was MOAR 43. MOAR is the acronym of MOzzarini ARve, the designer's name. Note the colour scheme of original model in BW photos with 1943 Italian Military Aircraft scheme: white cross on rudder, white band on rear fuselage, olive drab overside and light grey underside. Attached original article from L'Aquilone Dec. 1942 N.52., additional article and history from Italian newsletter [suppl. files].
Pit_Italy : Il Moar 1943 : 05/04/2018

In 2013 I built this pretty little scale model and here are some images of it [model photo & more pics 003-005]. Best EASTER wishes!
OweCarlson_Sweden : Cmelak : 05/04/2018

Hi, I have just completed yet another model using a plan made available on your excellent web site - the Veco Little Tomahawk. Attached are some photos which you may use on your site [more pics 003-006]. Finish is Isaki Tissue over Doculam for the wings and epoxy paint and clear coat. As for writing, it has yet to be flown but I am certain that she will perform quite nicely. Many thanks for making plans like these available. Please keep it up.
TonyLeong_Singapore : Little Tomahawk : 05/04/2018

Here are some pictures of my Pica Jungmeister built from plans and finished after Dave Platt's model in RCM [more pics 003-006]. It's now 10 years old and still flying.
mjb : Jungmeister 133 : 05/04/2018

This is the plane that started me off on a life long love of aviation, model building and flying. Got the kit as a Christmas present back in 1960 but never could get it to fly. It was always on the verge though. I'm tempted to have another go at it now, using these plans, 55 years later. Great site, brings back so many memories when I wander through it.
SteveC : Ajax : 04/04/2018

Ok, thanks, will check this.
SteveWMD : Kari-Keen Sioux Coupe : 31/03/2018

I was going to print this plan, but on close inspection it seems the 4 sheets do not seem to be the same scaling. Example, former 3 on sheet 2 is much smaller than on the side view, as are all the others. Are you able to calculate the discrepancy and make corrections?
PM : Kari-Keen Sioux Coupe : 31/03/2018

Beautiful model to build and fly but those square wing tips just ain't right. Could easily be altered for a more scale appearance.
RobG : Tiger Moth : 30/03/2018

Thank you for all these plans. I made the the Big John from these. The Big John has been made smaller to 1,4m and is electrified. Great flyer. Here are some pictures [more pics 005, 006]. Thank you again for all your good work!
RalfMuskens_Netherlands : Big John : 29/03/2018

Dear Outerzone, thank you very much for supplying all these lovely plans! I made the Lazy Ace from these, according to plans, modified the nose and stab a bit, Laser 155 [more pics 013, 014]. Great flyer!
RalfMuskens_Netherlands : Lazy Ace : 29/03/2018

Built in my kitchen from an Outerzone plan, converted to three channel lightweight RC and electric power [more pics 003-007].
RobG : Tiger Moth : 29/03/2018

You're right. Fixing this one now.
SteveWMD : Avro 504K : 29/03/2018

Measured wingspan is 7.5 inches. Measured plan sheet is 12 x 5 inches.
anon : Avro 504K : 29/03/2018

Thanks for publishing my picture. As you can see I have converted my Contestor to electric power and rudder only RC, perfect for windless summer evenings.
RobG : Contestor : 28/03/2018

The airfoil is incorrect. the comet Clipper, by Carl Goldberg, Has a under cambered rib at position 1, a flat bottom rib at position 9 and a full symmetrical at rib 18. The lower airfoil curve is designed to flow smoothly between rib 1 to rib 9 and smoothly from rib 9 to rib 18. The top airfoil curve, at maximum height is a straight line between rib 1 and rib 18.. i was a friend of Carls and produced the P&W Partial Kits. John Pond made a plan for the 10 foot Clipper Mk 1 that showed the airfoil under cambered from rib 1 to rib 18. This is not an accurate scale up!!
anon : Clipper : 28/03/2018

The article says 45" and the plan says 48" but the plan is actually slightly under 47" (that's measured using the actual plan that came with the magazine).
anon : Mini-Super : 28/03/2018

This plan has no formers or ribs. Neither is there a solid line drawing of either wing panel. Could it be missing one page or simply the sheet wood parts? Regardless of what's missing, it seems to be an incomplete plan.
David : Travel Air Mystery Ship : 27/03/2018

I am attaching some pictures of my "Mystery Ship" by Frank Haines [more pics 004-006]. I got the plans from your site. I increase the size to a W.S. of 16.5 inches, and it is 15 inches long. Weight came without covering to 15.4 gr, and after covering it with Japanese tissue the total weight was 20.3 gr (w/o motor). I reinforce the wing structure to increase the resistance to torsion and flexibility. All the construction was done using 1/16 balsa and probably will try 2-4 strands of 1/8 rubber for power. Now we must wait until the snow melts away to try some flying tests outdoors. Here in Alberta, Canada, it is still snowing, windy and minus 10 Celsius, but we have hopes that the weather will improve soon.
JavierSarango : Haines Mystery Ship : 27/03/2018

Some additional information. The model appeared on Children's Newsreel with designer, Harry Hundleby - then editor of Aeromodeller. It showed Harry building Sparky, installing the radio and then flying it. It was one of the very few items about radio control model aircraft. In those days very few people had television, so not many people would have seen this brief item - about 5 minutes. I had a chat with Harry back in 1996 - I phoned him at his newsagents shop in Douglas, Isle of Man.
MichaelJones_Gloucester : Sparky : 27/03/2018

Added picture of the completed model, thanks to RobG [model photo/ more pics 06].
Mary : Contestor : 27/03/2018

Here come some images of my Lil Esquire. First #42 from 2000, span 38" OS.10,W 0,8 Kg [more pics 007]. Second #142 from 2013, span 25", indoor made of Depron PEM (11g) W 98g [more pics 008, 009]. Both models were easy to fly and look nice in the air.
OweCarlson_Sweden : Lil Esquire : 27/03/2018

Hi Pat - in this house we pronounce it "Keel" but that may not be correct! Does anyone out there have a definitive answer for Pat?
Mary : Junior Endurance : 27/03/2018

I want to say "Thank You" for posting the Peerless Junior Endurance. I bought a redrawn plan of it from Model Builder circa 1975. Several houses later I have no idea where that plan is. I now have the image from Outerzone and hope to build it. Additionally, I've been wondering for years how to pronounce Keil-Kraft. Millions of you English modelers must know that, but I don't! "Keel," "Kyle," or some other pronunciation? I hope someone there can help me out.
PatJupiter : Junior Endurance : 27/03/2018

To Lou re P39 Airacobra canopy. Check out Hippocket Aeronautics Join the forum (it's free) and search "molding canopies". Lots of good info. I use the soda bottle method. Easy and cheap.
DavidBeazley : Airacobra P-39 : 27/03/2018

Added 4 nice images of the Delfin, thanks to an anonymous contributor [more pics 006-009]
Mary : Delfin : 25/03/2018

Here come the images from my Radio Princess/ Queen [more pics 005-008].
OweCarlson_Sweden : Radio Princess : 24/03/2018

Added some great photos of an original Denny Starling kit, plus one of the Reginald Denny shop on Hollywood Boulevard, thanks to Pit [more pics 003-008].
Mary : Denny Starling : 23/03/2018

To complement your plan, I'm sending pictures of my Diamond Demon 1938 model [more pics 004-012]. I built the model as planned on Outerzone. I installed the Super Atom diesel /1949/ replica engine.
KarelSlupsky : Diamond Demon : 23/03/2018

Here is a couple of shots of my recently completed Peacemaker [more pics 003, 004].
EricBoehm_NJ : Peacemaker : 23/03/2018

You might be interested to know that Harry Hundleby's 'Sparky' appeared on Children's television, BBC, way back in September 1957. That's how the model got its 'TV Sparky' name. I've got three Sparky models, so I know a bit about the design. But it certainly wouldn't make a good trainer, because it was designed as a RC stunt model.
MichaelJones_Gloucester : Sparky : 23/03/2018

Added interesting 'On Test' article from Aeromodeller August 1939, thanks to alcalaino [suppl. file & more pics 003, 004]. A model so easy to make, even a young lady can build it all by herself! ;) I especially like that Miss Mason added spots to the wings to match her dress.
Mary : Fairy Facula : 23/03/2018

Just wanted to drop this photo to you of a model I built from your OZ list [more pics 003]. It is the Fokker model of Ken Willard's Sunday Fighters, the other option was an SE-5. A keen observer might note Snoopy has 'switched sides'. Anyhow, there it is, thank you very much for all the work you put into OZ.
JimPolles_PA : Sunday Fighters : 23/03/2018

No clearance for aileron "cranks" behind wing trailing edge and fuselage "seat"
davidg : Miss Vintage : 22/03/2018

I have an old kit that I bought, but it was missing the plan. I had looked everywhere for a plan. Thanks Outerzone!
TS : Citabria : 21/03/2018

Aéronautique Condorcet (ca. 1940) L'aéronautique Condorcet, était une association (dont Jacques LERAT était membre fondateur) attachée au Lycée Condorcet (Paris) ayant pour objectifs la pratique de l'aéromodélisme mais aussi celle du vol en planeur. L'association avait pris contact avec Georges Sablier pour qu'il les aide ? sortir leurs plans et leur enseigne le dessin industriel..... L'Aéronautique Condorcet "achète ? Georges Sablier la liasse du planeur biplace ? poutre du même type que celui du CA Créteil avant-guerre [Sablier type 19] et Les membres de l'Aéronautique avaient commencé la construction avec le menuisier du lycée. Cela se situait fin 40, début 41
Pit : Benoit : 20/03/2018

It's good to hear you want to build the P-39 Airacobra, Lou. I'm afraid we can't help directly answer your question. We just give away the plans! Maybe some of our readers will have some helpful suggestions? You could also post your question on a forum like
Mary : Airacobra P-39 : 19/03/2018

I am new to building balsa models and I thought I would start with the P-39A. I have a question: How do you mold the canopy for this model?
Lou : Airacobra P-39 : 19/03/2018

I see the Skyrocket S-33 plan was just uploaded. I have some additional details and 3 photos [more pics 003-005]. I had built one a long time ago with a Bantam 19 engine as per original free flight. One of the photos shows aluminium tube I used as jig to build the fuselage, to be removed afterwards. Skyrocket S-33 dates from 1942. A Dutch petrol engine (3 to 4 cc) design by J. Smits, 1400mm wingspan.
Joost : Skyrocket : 19/03/2018

In 1953 the British free-fly competition team lost their models on the flight to Yugoslavia. During the night before competition started they managed with help to built two "Last Straw" gliders and attended the World Championship 1953. I found the drawing in Aeromodeler 1953/Nov and built my Last Straw #1 in 1954 to compete in the district winter comp at Norrkoping. I remember it came second place. 50 years later (2004) Last Straw #2 was born and added the OT-SM (Swedish Old-Timer Association) national champ. I had some problem with the starting line but the lasr start was max time 3:59. Two years ago I gave my Last Straw to a younger OT-friend because my feet is no longer strong for running the start-take off. Here are some images [more pics 003-005]
OweCarlson_Sweden : Last Straw : 19/03/2018

Added another picture of Owe Carlson's STOL [more pics 008].
Mary : STOL : 19/03/2018

Hello - model built according to plan from Outerzone [more pics 003, 004]. He 100 from plan Nick Ziroli.
VitPucher_CzechRepublic : Heinkel he 100 : 16/03/2018

Here's an image of my #23 STOL from 1984 [more pics 007]. Built from RCME plan, span 48", W 1,6 Kg, OS.25, 6ch (aileron, elevator, esc, rudder, flaps, door for parachute dropping).
OweCarlson_Sweden : STOL : 16/03/2018

Thanks Pit. RFJ has very kindly shared that article with us too, as well as the two from RCME. I've added it as a supplementary file just now.
Mary : STOL : 16/03/2018

STOL was also published as a plan/construction article in the November 1974 issue of Model Airplane News too.
Pit : STOL : 16/03/2018

Added photo of Dan Owen's completed model - see his comment above [more pics 004].
Mary : Taylorcraft : 15/03/2018

I'm attaching a couple of shots of my RM Trainer [more pics 007, 008]. It's recently built from the plan you hold on your site. It's a great flyer and a nice build. I have mine powered by a 300w electric setup which is just right. I made minimal changes to the fuselage to do the electric install - mainly replacing the tank floor with a liteply tray which extended back into the wing bay area and carried the servos as well. It came out at 3lb with battery and is real docile, it floats along at this weight and lands almost at walking speed.
Nigel : RM Trainer : 15/03/2018

Many thanks for helping to find the original Radio Rock and to Pit in Italy for mailing the book and drawing of RR. Yes, it must be the same model as my first RR (#2) and I remember that nose cowling was altered to be like Howard Bonner's Smog Hog. On both RR#2 and #141 the wing had /has anti-stall slots (this was omitted on MW drawing). My first RR had the trike gear arrangement as shown in the book.
OweCarlson_Sweden : Viewpoint 17 : 14/03/2018

Original plan dated 1939, taken from a pdf french newsletter special on Fillon's plan [more pics 003].
Pit_Italy : Fillon Wakefield : 13/03/2018

Attached article from original "Modellismo 1950 n.31" [see suppl. file]. Your plan is a redrawn 1999 version, published in relaunched Modellismo magazine year 2000 n.45.
Pit_Italy : Dardo EIK 40 : 12/03/2018

The model was sold rolled in a tube. Attached advertising and kit tube (from [more pics 004-005].
Pit_Italy : Skylark : 12/03/2018

Here are a couple of photos of the rubber powered Eddie Riding ABC Robin from your superb original 1946 plan number oz 6835 [more pics 003-005]. I hope to use the Robin in the Sam 35 Eddie Riding competition at Buckminster later this year.
TrevorT : ABC Robin : 12/03/2018

Here come some images from my Antoinette 1909 [model photo & more pics 003-006]. Built 2014 and been flying some calm evenings in summertime, very oldtimer visual flight indeed! Span 890 mm, weight incl. 500mAh 2S 250 , geard 1:3 B-motor 10"x4,7" GWS, 3 ch.
OweCarlson_Sweden : Antoinette 1909 : 12/03/2018

I have been working on a cad version of the 1912 Blackburn for about 4 weeks now. There is something wrong with the plan view. The upper aft formers are all wrong but the 2 ends and they all mach the aft longerons in width. All of the bottom formers forward do not match the longerons in width by as much as a quarter inch. 3D cad is showing these mismatches.
rchopper56 : 1912 Blackburn Monoplane : 12/03/2018

Wow - the power of the internet! I thought it would take a long time to clear that one up... Thanks to Pit for clarifying the issue regarding F.P. Sweeten, Comet, Tower and Mr Reder. So it seems Tower was indeed a brand name used by F.P. Sweeten Ltd and that they commissioned other companies to design kits for their range, amongst them being Comet (the Gloster Gauntlet) and Lancashire Model Aircraft Supplies of Bolton (the Hawker Hurricane). So one could make the case that both of these plans should be cross- referenced under Tower/F. P. Sweeten, as that firm commissioned both, but the situation is complicated by the fact that Comet obviously retained the US rights to their designs and applied their logo to the Gauntlet plan for sale (I assume) as part of a US kit. Both look pretty accurate for their day IMHO, so it would be nice to gather together the entire Tower range. Which begs the question: who designed the others? Perhaps we'll find out one day.
SB : Hawker Hurricane : 11/03/2018

I believe this is by Doug McHard (although it says 'Aeromodeller Staff'). It's obviously the one referred to in the September 1957 issue of that magazine. I did meet Doug at one time (in 1963) but he was working for Model Aircraft at the time.
Daithi : Junkers JU87D : 11/03/2018

Actually Pit, she posed with one of the drones (not the model) [see more pics 003].
Daithi : Skylark : 11/03/2018

Made one of these back in 1961. Cut out the centers of the formers to fit a Jetex 50 outfit in there. I see you have another plan of the same plane by another designer about this size (14") already planned for Jetex.
LarryV : F-86D Sabre : 11/03/2018

From Reginald Denny, Hollywood actor, aeromodeller and producer of the first drones for the US Air Force. A young Marylin Monroe posed for his model advertising too! See his history on the internet, searching for Reginald Denny and Dennyplane.
Pit : Skylark : 10/03/2018

Attached is a photo of my recently completed Windfreak from your plans [more pics 003]. Modified for electric power and dual elevator servos. It is an interesting build project and a great flying plane. Thermals well and has an amazing speed range. In hindsight I should have added spoilers; it just glides forever on landing. Thanks for providing the plans, I have built many planes from them and really appreciate all you do to make them available!
LorenB : Windfreak : 09/03/2018

Even with a Silver Swallow 2.5cc diesel this is still a quite potent design. So I built two! [more pics 004, 005]
DannyM : Dixielander : 09/03/2018

Here is a brief note on F.P. Sweteen Ltd, from "Sweeten (F. P.) Ltd., 38, Bank Hay Street, Blackpool, make kits of parts to build exact scale flying models of a number of the popular R.A.F. machines. The models include Supermarine Spitfire, Westland Lvsander, Hawker Hurricane and Gloster Gladiator. Others are in preparation. Foreign models will be included and the Messerschmitt Me. 109 will be ready before Christmas. The kit of parts includes full size plan carefully drawn as a working blue print; all parts are numbered and building sequence is easy to follow. The framework of the model is in balsa wood and is covered with special lightweight Japanese tissue. Kits include all parts and quick drying cement; the only tools needed are a razor blade, some pins, and a drawing board. The finished models are all good flyers with an excellent appearance. A fully illustrated catalogue of 28 pages will be sent on receipt of 3d."
Pit : Hawker Hurricane : 09/03/2018

Robert Reder was an American designer for Carl Goldberg and Comet. He was a co-founder of Monogram Co. F.P. Sweeten was a dealer and distributor for Comet kits in UK. As Comet was an American company that mainly produced American planes, probably Sweeten asked for British planes, more interesting for their customers. A Tower catalog page for this Hurricane model was sent to OZ [more pics 003].
Pit : Hawker Hurricane : 09/03/2018

Added photo of the Baby in flight at a Madrid SAM meeting, thanks to Pajariperro [more pics 019].
Mary : Baby : 09/03/2018

Sometimes I wonder if Helmut Kirschke, designer of this fabulous machine, will stilll live. Be a grateful gesture for the hours of happy flights and better construction of this small but great model airplane. I decided in October of last year to make two Babys, one in a scale of 1:1 and another one a little larger 1:1.5 (1m20cm and 1m80cm.) As faithful as possible to the original design except the pendular system of the horizontal plane of the tail. This was my job during Christmas and part of the month of January [more pics 010-018]. At the end of February, after the probe and after three great and sunny days with flights in some cases over an hour, I finished and prepared for a good spring. After the test flights, the color and fix ballast for the spring, I will send you pictures in flight and the times I get. Thank you for assisting me.
Pajariperro : Baby : 09/03/2018

These photos are especially dedicated to the Babys that the state schools of Aeromodelismo adopted as models of "second step" and all of us who attend these to build and fly [more pics 005-009] . The oldest photos correspond to Schools of the forties. I have also sent a picture with two RECORDS of distance, of 1945 and 1948: Cuatro Vientos (Madrid) - Toledo and Cuatro Vientos (Madrid) Yunquera de Henares (Guadalajara). The first made by the School of Loro?o and the second by Zamora with 68 and 89.5 Km. Both made with BABYS. The photos of the girl correspond to the version we built at the School of Toledo in 1972.
Pajariperro : Baby : 09/03/2018

Hi - I think the attribution of this plan may be incorrect. It is shown on your listing data as being by 'Tower', but it says at the bottom that it was designed for F.P. Sweeten Ltd of Blackpool, England, which I take to be the company that originally marketed it. Whether they used Tower Models or something like that as a brand name I don't know, but it seems unlikely as nothing like that appears on the plan. I think the Tower name is just an assumption based on the fact that a picture of Blackpool Tower is drawn on it. Incidentally, you have another plan which was also originally marketed by F.P. Sweeten Ltd.: Gloster Gauntlet plan oz5836. Interestingly, this plan carries the Comet logo and is dated 1936, although the plan also carries the accreditation: "designed for F. P. Sweeten Ltd, Blackpool, England" and the original designer, one Robert Reder, has signed and dated it '21st November 1935'. As this is such a very British subject I think it was most likely a British kit or plan marketed briefly by F. P. Sweeten Ltd. before being bought up by Comet and reissued under their own name - something they are known to have done with other companies.
SB : Hawker Hurricane : 09/03/2018

I love to see Antonio's "body english" while flying. We had a club member who always leaned right when flying upside down. Antonio did an excellent job on the model and flying.
EdShearer : Shark 45 : 09/03/2018

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