Recent commentsHello, on the Curare part list Ican't find the ribs W13 for the wing and S11 for the stab.
JosephFerrari : Curare 60 : 02/12/2020
I built one of these. It floated around very nicely indoors. The bamboo tips are a significant part of the weight of the wing, but it's still quite light if you use light balsa.
Lincoln : Parlor Fly : 02/12/2020
You can find the [later] R/C version from the Model Airplane News August 1997 here:
George Albo : Ringmaster : 02/12/2020
Greetings, I’ve got to say, this is a lovely model of one of my favorite aircraft. Cleanly built and finished, there is enough detail to suggest a real aircraft, without producing a confusing clutter.
Congratulations, this is really a beautiful job.
James Hickman : Fleet Trainer : 02/12/2020
I always wanted to send you photos of this beautiful machine [main pic, 003-008] that gave both my son and me, hours and more hours of very pleasant flights, at the time we could not publish the map, but I have already seen that you have done it, so it is the moment to send you the photos of ours. (Oz 3075) We used the same plane by adding the engine fairing and slightly changing the distribution of the side members.
A big hug,
AntonioRG : Playboy Senior : 02/12/2020
Recently I embarked upon the project of constructing Comet's Battle of Britain Trio, or a least that's what I've called it...Hurricane, Spitfire, and Messerschmitt. Just completed the last of the group, "Messerschmitt Me 109" (oz145), tweaked to represent an Emil, Bf109E4 [main pic, 003-007]. All three models are representative of Comet's dime-scale 16 inch wingspan offerings from that era, specifically 1941 in this case. This project has been a delight. The Emil is finished as an aircraft flown by Wilhelm Balthasar of 1/JG1. Thank you again, Steve and Mary, for your website, so many plans, and your inspiration.
Neal Green : Messerschmitt Me 109 : 01/12/2020
Nice looks, (therefore) it should be a fine flyer. Great CAD work too, and same for the website. I'd never seen a 'jigsaw puzzle' joint in air modelling before, in the event of a crash this should be the last part to break :-)
Miguel : Flippy 1000 : 01/12/2020
Looks remarkably like the “Tom Thumb” that was a kit from Galaxy models
Martin : Little Mulligan : 30/11/2020
I built one back in 93 or so, put a Webra 28 in and built it light. It was a screamer! Very fun to fly, another well designed dave patrick model
Kamlooper : Freedom 20 : 30/11/2020
No problem reading it on this side either, I suggest you try other DXF readers. If everything fails we can try something else as I'm sure the file is ok.
Miguel : Slow Poke 40 : 29/11/2020
How great to see this stylish compact profile model again, I built one back in the late 90's. Garnered much attention at the flying field. I might build another now seeing the plan (I gave away the original). Its a tough model too...someone was landing and yelled at me, their model flew under my legs as i jumped up to avoid contact , unfortunately I nudged my elevator stick forward in the process and it went in vertically from 10 foot high. It simply ejected the battery from the front wing sheeting - the only damage.
SteveP : Quock 3 : 29/11/2020
Opens fine for me. I'm using QCAD (free) to open and view DXF files. Issue is at your end, I guess. Try a different viewer app?
SteveWMD : Slow Poke 40 : 29/11/2020
Cannot open the DXF files. Downloaded the current viewer. What am I doing wrong?
Richard : Slow Poke 40 : 29/11/2020
A very lovely tribute.
Jan Novick : Spitfire : 27/11/2020
I have an obvious affection for Comet Model designs. That's where my roots began in this hobby many decades ago. Here's another design from Comet's 1941 catalog, the dime-scale Spitfire (oz163) [main pic, 003-006]. It's an easy build which stays true to the beautiful lines of the original aircraft.
The model is a salute to Ernest Derek 'Dave' Glaser, who joined No.65 Squadron RAF three days prior to the official commencement of the Battle of Britain. He was a very young and inexperienced 19-year-old Pilot Officer who ultimately ended the War as a Squadron Leader while holding various commands. Squadron Leader Glaser passed away not long ago at the age of 80...one of "The Few."
Thank you, Steve and Mary for so many opportunities to build.
Neal Green : Spitfire : 27/11/2020
This is about the article in oz11311. I have also built and tested something similar, see attached picture [pic 007] please. Testing not finished yet due to flying field not available. I use a 53 engine. Weight 1800 grams. wing area only 53 sq dm. (Tail area about 12 sq. dm.). Sharp corners available just like what the article says. But not possible to make a full lap with engine stopped. Theory says about deflected wing flaps usually having about 20% of the wing area when used, cause / make center of pressure to move backwards. This is the cause for increased longitudinal stability, corresponding to decreased maneuvrabilty. While at no flaps the center of pressure on a symmetrical airfoil does not change it's place when changing angle of attack.
About picture, landing gear recently changed with a carbon fibre one. Lighter and stronger. Regards from Bulgaria,
Ognyan Kumchev : Humbug : 27/11/2020
Hi! I haven't sent you anything for a long time, so I decided to send some old photos that already have a plan in OZ, first about the Strato Streak, oz 12623 [main pic, 003-005]. Years ago my son decided to build one with the idea of competing in Old Time 1/2A Texaco and got a fabulous model and long engine time of the Cox Babe Bee. As expected the model we lost it in height after having flown it many times. I climbed for more than five minutes, where would I be?
Take care, the Covid does not forgive, a hug,
AntonioRG : Strato Streak : 27/11/2020
Hello Outerzone team, here are the pictures of the Robbe Jumbo [pics 004-006]. It was finished after only three weeks of construction, and I've wanted to build the Jumbo for a long time. I've been looking for this plane since my youth. It is built exactly according to the plan. Plywood, balsa and pine strips are the building material. I bought an original nose landing gear on Ebay ... unfortunately not the 60s Enya. That's why an OS Fs 70 is now installed. The Enya is superior in terms of performance. With a Graubner nylon 12.5x6 propeller, the weight is about 4200 g ready to fly. The surface is in one piece with a 4 degree V-shape and only equipped with ailerons. The RC system is an MPX 3030 ..... . and in 35 MHZ ..... more retro is not possible ... and I'm sure it will work just as well as it used to. The finish will be like the one on the original box..Oracover Matt in Cream..Red and Schwarz..Pictures will follow when everything is finished. The construction was a lot of fun .. So folks, build something again from your early days .... less is often more.
Andreas Nagel : Jumbo : 27/11/2020
That sounds like a big job. You need someone with good CAD skills (and a bunch of spare time) to pretty much redraw the whole plan from scratch. Let's see if anyone jumps in. I wouldn't hold your breath.
SteveWMD : Piper Cub J-3 : 27/11/2020
Please can you add AutoCAD format for plan?
ygt : Piper Cub J-3 : 27/11/2020
This looks the perfect size for an electric conversion. I love the styling from that era and expect I will make one of these once I have finished a couple of other models first. This plan looks good!
Chris Hard : Mr Mulligan : 26/11/2020
Here is my 1/2 size "El Diablo" with Cox Black Widow .049 and covered with traditional silkspan and butyrate dope [main pic, 003-005]. The nice thing about Outerzone plans is that you can re-scale them to suit!!! Yes, the model is fast and nimble per video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IegNPMiM5l8. Flying photo (and video) by Bernie Helbling.
ChrisMoes : El Diablo : 25/11/2020
Yes. But see the supplement vector file.
SteveWMD : Chuco : 25/11/2020
Material measurements are missing.
Ariel Raul Quintero : Chuco : 25/11/2020
Hi, here are some pictures of my Midwest Zero [pics 005-007]. It's not in military colors but it does show the unique Zero airplane shape. Regards,
Reg Liebrecht : Zero : 25/11/2020
Here's a tribute to the brainchild of Sir Sydney Camm... his venerable Hawker Hurricane, constructed from the 1941 Comet Models 16" wingspan plan [main pic, 003-007]. The Hurricane needs no further history than to once again declare that had it not been available at a critical moment in time, the Battle of Britain would in all probability have had a completely different outcome. My model is representative of an aircraft that served with No. 43 Squadron RAF. Thanks so much, Steve and Mary.
Neal Green : Hawker Hurricane : 25/11/2020
Hello, Nearly 20 years ago I built a Lackey "Zenith" and I see that you do not have any modern pictures of the model. These may be of interest to your site [main pic, 006-009]. The engine is my own copy of the "Little Dynamite" ignition engine. The model is a beautiful and steady majestic free flight flyer.
Ken Croft : Zenith : 25/11/2020
Good day. Your site is very nice, I downloaded several plans and I built them. Here a photo of the Aristokrat model of U control [pic 003]. Greetings,
Gustavo : Aristokrat : 25/11/2020
Nice job, Mahesh. I like the color scheme.
JimHales : Butterfly : 24/11/2020
Hi Mary, Hope you are well. Here's some photos of my Veron Wagtail, designed by Phil Smith, that I constructed from your plans [pics 005-007]. Here's hoping that I can get to fly this at Old Warden next year. Regards,
LenBridge : Wagtail : 24/11/2020
My hand build Butterfly [pic 005]. This is 100% built by my hand. I'm from Sri Lanka. I've completed a lot of plans from Outerzone. I like to send their pictures. Thanks, regards,
Mahesh : Butterfly : 24/11/2020
Hi, I've built TWO models from your plans, AA1950 mm. They fly superb. Here in landing approach [pics 005,006]. This one is the plan: Macchi 202 (oz6255) by Dennis Bryant from RCMplans (ref: 221) 1967 61in span, + 25% increased.
Thanks, I love Outerzone :))
Angelo : Macchi 202 : 24/11/2020
Two pics of my Pacer model [009,010].
Avi : Pacer : 24/11/2020
The dates are correct on the plan. This was designed by my mother and father then sold to William Hannon. I've asked my father several times over the years. I just recently (July 2020) had 3 laser cut short kits made for my father, myself and daughter. Hopefully I'll have some new photos to submit in the near future. I intend on making mine a 3 channel electric park flyer.
shf : Sperry Monoplane : 24/11/2020
Hi Steve and Mary, The fuselage length works out as 18 inches [main pic, 003,004]. I reinforced the bottom of the fuselage with 3x1mm carbon and the leading edge of the wing with 0.06mm Spiderwire. To get the curved aerofoil, I soaked the wing in water and taped it on an old Ace mini foam wing core leaving it on a radiator overnight. The best glue I found to build the wing was good old fashioned balsa glue (e.g. Uhu Hart). First test glides show a beautiful floaty glide.
Chris Pinn : Indora : 23/11/2020
The first photo [pic 003] shows my original Sir Jasper built from Aeromodeller full size plans (on brown paper - remember?) when they were first published in 1970. Power was a Cox Babe Bee .049 and the wing was covered with silk. The R/C system was Heathkit (3 channel) on rudder and elevator only. This photo was taken after 13 consecutive flights, with half of the tailplane having parted company at some point along the way. It seemed to fly just as well without it - a testament to this brilliant design.
The indoor flying photos (by Peter Smith) show my 1/2 size electric version in 2011 - with Depron flying surfaces and a balsa fuselage complete with dummy .049 cylinder [pics 004, 005]. A superb flyer!
ChrisMoes : Sir Jasper : 23/11/2020
Here's a photo of my Trenton Terror [pic 007] at rest on the snow in the early 1970s. It was built from Model Builder plans, covered with silkspan and dope, and powered by O.S. Max .20 (2 stroke). It had a "Skyleader" (UK) R/C system controlling rudder, elevator, and throttle. It had a very light wing loading and flew exceptionally well. With those big Trexler wheels and undercarriage so far forward, if you ran off the runway into the taller grass (stubble) at the edge of the field - its was a simple matter to taxi back - or just take off again!
ChrisMoes : Trenton Terror : 23/11/2020
Photo of my Drifter II being held by Mireille - way back in 1980! [pic 006]
ChrisMoes : Drifter II : 23/11/2020
Here's my "Peanut Bucker Sandwich" built in 1972 from Mr. Mooney's plans published in Model Builder [pic 004]. It never flew. After a few years as a "display" model, it got crushed during a move.
ChrisMoes : Bucker Bu-131B Jungmann : 23/11/2020
Photo of my Gloster Gladiator [pic 006] built from Doug McHard's plans in Aeromodeller way back in 1972. It never flew much more than a powered test glide - typical for my rubber powered models of this era.
ChrisMoes : Gloster Gladiator II : 23/11/2020
Hello from SW France, You have a plan for the Harris designed "Dude" but no pictures of the model. I made one for free flight about 15 years ago and here are some pictures [main pic, 005,006].
Ken Croft : Dude : 23/11/2020
My Ajax model [pic 011].
RocketBoy : Ajax : 23/11/2020
Pics of my Hanger Rat model [005,006].
RocketBoy : Hangar Rat : 23/11/2020
Baby Mustang, just finished 23/11/20 with genuine K&B Torpedo .09 engine [pics 006,007].
Regards from Springton, South Australia
Trevor Jamieson : Baby Mustang : 23/11/2020
Miguel : Miss Stratosphere : 23/11/2020
Gosh if you are lucky, adding solar panels might give you at least an extra 10 seconds of flight ??
Keith England : 363 : 23/11/2020
Plane flies well, plans lack some detail. Wing rib detail has spar in wrong place compared to wing plan. No amount of washout showed on plan.
Jeff Jennings : Curtiss P-40 : 23/11/2020
Built 3 of these.Great flyer.
DH : PD Parasol : 23/11/2020
Hi Steve and Mary, I'm sending photos of a Piper PA15 Vagabound peanut built according to Walt Mooney's plan, downloaded from the Outerzone [main pic, 005,006]. Thank you for your work in the Outerzone.
Lada : Piper PA-15 Vagabond : 22/11/2020
Dear All, Just a quick note on Miss Stratosphere. I found this excellent page at https://dmairfield.org/airplanes/NC13W/, the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field Register, very interesting and a very good source of information.
I quote "The non-profit educational company Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. has offered aviation history through dmairfield.org since 2005".
A site well worth looking at.
Gnomelike : Miss Stratosphere : 22/11/2020
Pics of my model Stinson [pics 007-011]. It’s from this plan but not a real size. It’s printed at A4 formar size.
Ignacio Gil : Stinson Voyager 108 : 22/11/2020
Hello everyone, for those interested I have a mould of the fuselage of the Robbe Geier and will be soon able to produce some laser cut parts. I'm not equipped with a vacuum form machine for the canopy... If somebody can, please tell me...
Xavier : Geier : 21/11/2020
This 3mm Depron foam version of the Mercurian Mite [pics 004-007] was our first attempt at indoor C/L in 2011. Initially, we used a Parkzone "Vapor" type Rx/esc/servo module to control the gearmotor. The pit crew simply applied full throttle with the Tx, launched the model (first photo), and waited for verbal instructions from the pilot. This method worked very well, but seemed like "cheating" somehow, so the Rx module was replaced with a C/L timer and ESC (second photo). The model is surprisingly easy to fly, and many clubmates had a chance to try it. However, the lack of U/C ensures that every "landing" is basically a rollover crash - and the hardwood floor took it's toll on the motor mount, prop shafts, and propellers. From this time onward, all our indoor C/L models would have a proper undercarriage! Flying photos by Peter Smith.
ChrisMoes : Mercurian Mite : 19/11/2020
Little Toot was my first ever glow powered model, built from the Carl Goldberg kit when I was a kid in the mid sixties. It was doped blue and white and powered by a Cox Babe Bee .049. Like so many first models in those days, its one and only flight consisted of a graceful wingover followed by a less than graceful impact with mother earth. Little Toot would never fly again, but the Babe Bee went on to power many other models, until it was lost in a FF flyaway.
Thanks to Outerzone plans, I was able to build a new Little Toot recently - same colour scheme, but this time with a Cox Black Widow .049 up front [pic 007]. Note the needle valve extension which passes through a hole in the top wing. The cabane strut arrangement is a weak point, and has broken loose several times. An alternate arrangement using music wire and stronger attachment points might be a worthwhile deviation from the original design. The model is an excellent flyer as seen in the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2AQbcSS7Sc
ChrisMoes : Little Toot : 19/11/2020
I have scanned the manual, will send to OZ so it can be added to the listing.
TR : MiG-3 : 19/11/2020
The length of the fuselage is not mentioned in the text and the two sections of the fuselage drawn do not join up. The only way is to try and extend the tapers until they match, which is not very accurate. I think that there is a something like 70mm missing.
Chris Pinn : Indora : 19/11/2020
I built the Canard Stick [main pic]. It's powered with a Super Tigre 45 two stroke. It likes a long take off run but it flies rock solid. Thanks for making the plan available.
DaveP : Canard Stick : 18/11/2020
Here's a photo [pic 004] of my electrified micro R/C Flipper in 2014. It was terribly tail heavy and I couldn't get it to balance without adding lead to the nose (yuck!) or a use very heavy battery. Next time, I would use Depron for the tail feathers and/or extend the nose a bit. Either that... or install a Pee Wee .020!
ChrisMoes : Flipper : 18/11/2020
I built my first "Baby Mustang" in 1968. It was powered by a Cox Babe Bee .049 and would become my first successful control line model. One of my schoolmates also built a Mustang from these plans, and learned to fly with it as well. These photos [main pic, 003] show a more recent version built from Outerzone plans, also powered by a Cox .049. At a low power setting (running rich) it is very docile and easy to fly - an excellent c/l trainer.
ChrisMoes : Baby Mustang : 18/11/2020
Three photos of my Farman Moustique built in 1972 from Hurst Bowers' plans in RCM [pics 005-007]. It had three channel Heathkit R/C and an O.S. Max .15. The balsa dummy cylinder (with actual glow plug!) was quite convincing and I recall fooling many fellow aeromodellers that the motor was a twin - until they had a closer look. It was a fine flyer, but was eventually wrecked due to radio failure, a common occurrence in those days - especially with budget minded teenagers using "homemade" equipment. The happy young fellow in the third photo is my younger brother David - now a grandfather of two!
ChrisMoes : Farman F.451 Moustique : 18/11/2020
Re HPH looks superb ! Been on my build list too for at least forty years! Looks like Mr malomstrom had ran out of down thrust by the time he designed this one ??!
Tony Wright : Handley Page Herald : 18/11/2020
I'd like to offer you my wishes for Happy Landings, but it appears you require a more effective wish for Happy Takeoffs first :-)
Miguel : Handley Page Herald : 17/11/2020
Hi there, Wondered if you'd like a couple of photos [main pic, 005,006] of my recently completed Ray Malstrom Herald for Outerzone? Also a few notes?
I revisited my childhood and had another go at this one to see if I could get it to fly this time! I used light wood and cut some lightening holes to keep the weight down. Also replaced the Keil Kraft plastic props shown on the plan with IGRA 6" items cut down to 5", well scraped to save weight. Covering was Dilly Japanese tissue and finish is airbrushed enamel. Markings are cut from painted decal sheet, copying the markings exactly from the plan. Weight 53 grams without rubber. Not flown yet - will report back later on results.
Mike Stuart : Handley Page Herald : 17/11/2020
The Ansaldo SVA5 Italian bombing and recon aircraft of WWI. The original aircraft fuselage was constructed largely from plywood and quite robust. Although not as maneuverable as the Hanriots, Spads, and Nieuport fighters predominantly used by the Italians, it possessed a remarkable turn of speed for the era (147.9 mph), a service ceiling of 20,000 feet, and could remain aloft for 4 hours! With such abilities it was a natural for light bombing and photographic reconnaissance missions. It's ability to conquer the Alps into Germany and Austria played a significant role in the latter's eventual surrender in 1918.
Starting with the Sterling plan, I have reduced my model down to peanut scale [main pic, 003-006].
Thanks again, Steve and Mary!
Neal Green : Ansaldo SVA 5 : 17/11/2020
The peanut farmer sure watered this one! Nice job J, the lozenge looks particularly good!
Miguel : Fokker V.23 : 16/11/2020
Hi Steve and Mary, Here's a photo of my newly completed 'A' IHLG oz12593 [main pic, 003,004]. I didn't have any suitable springy wood for the fuselage, so I used the hollow tip section of a carbon fibre fishing rod. It had the additional advantage of being able to use solder for the noseweight looped back out of the carbon tube and secured with shrink tube. I also changed the leading edge from monofilament to 0.06mm Spiderwire which was very easy to glue on with white glue. The finger reinforcement was changed to a 20mm strip of 3x1mm carbon at the trailing edge and a touch of tailplane tilt added to encourage it to fly in right hand circles. Can't fly in our sports hall at the moment because of Covid restrictions, but it glides beautifully across the bedroom.
Best regards and stay healthy!
Chris Pinn : A IHLG : 16/11/2020
Fokker V.23 XXXL. Enlarged from the Walt Mooney plan [main pic, 005-007].
jgwuzdz : Fokker V.23 : 16/11/2020
The pontoon strut arrangement would need some more thought, that photo of the underneath aspect is really not one of the prettiest sights.
Miguel : Supermarine S-5 : 15/11/2020
Just some interest for the Trenton Terror. Originally built from a Ben Buckle kit back in 1992. I have removed the old OS Max 35 and replaced with an Electric (AXi 2820/12 990kv), 11x5.5 prop and a 3S 2200mA. With plenty of room to install the modern gear. Balance point comes out perfect just under 25 mm behind the front spar [pics 003-006].
Top tip: Double up the ribs, or similar, where the wing under camber is and use Balsaloc (or similar). Else the film will not stick well.
MarkS : Trenton Terror : 15/11/2020
Have changed the main pic and added pic 003 of the box and contents, thanks to Darren, who at the moment has a listing on ebay, see https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274574888612
SteveWMD : Alpha : 15/11/2020
Mary, Some pics of our Khamseen glider by Derek Illsley [main pic, 003-005]. Covering is mylar and fuselage is clear doped. We have been using a Bungee launcher consisting of 25 feet of 3/32" rubber strip and 100' of carpet thread. Kites up nicely and has a slow floating glide. Thanks for your great service!
Randy and Linda Wrisley : Khamseen : 14/11/2020
I've been flying the Cambrian Answer for several years. A little brushless motor and a 2S 1300 lipo are all it needs for long, leisurely flights. Mine's covered in tissue over mylar. One of my favourites!
Tim Hooper : Answer : 14/11/2020
Hi Mary, I found the Robbe Speeder E (oz12400) within your plans and I have built this model several times with e-motor (brushed and brushless) and also converted to i/c with an Cox Conquest. This plane is easy to fly and makes a lot of fun. Attached some pictures of my Speeders [main pic, 003-005].
DieterF : Speeder E : 13/11/2020
What a wonderful project! Such a fantastic idea from Eduardo & Doris. (Photos thanks to Carlo AM: model photo & more pics 003-008.)
Mary : Solaris : 13/11/2020
Your pdf files of the "Cannonball" are very good. Should you find some additional photos useful, here goes [main pic, 005 006]. Photos from 1979. They can also be found at http://tmfk.org/ under the "Nostalgia" heading in the menu. Sincerely,
Staffan Ahlstrom : Cannon Ball 1/2A : 13/11/2020
I spend wayyy too much time browsing your site. Anyway, here's a few more old-timer pictures for you [main pic, 003]. This is my 2nd Commando; the first carried a Magnum .15XL. That Commando was grossly overpowered but flew so well that I built an electric version. The second Commando has had a wide variety of motors and batteries over the last 15 years as the power systems have evolved. It has over a hundred flights on it now, including a mid-air and a dust devil that threw it into the side of a building, so it's not quite as pretty, but it's still a great little airplane and I'll likely build another. It's happiest when you trim it to fly in big circles, feed in just enough power to hold its altitude (about 1/4 throttle with my setup), let go of the sticks and just let it cruise around on its own.
Mark Miller : Commando : 13/11/2020
Hello, This is my control line version of Wicherek model, Wieslaw Schier design [main pic, 003]. It's called Wicherek 25U. One of many versions of this model. Very stable and "calm", ideal for beginer pilots. Hope you enjoy it, Best regards,
Wolnolotek : Wicherek U-25 : 13/11/2020
I’ve seen two versions of the RQ. One with an empennage with squared off tips and the other with rounded tips.
Buzz : Radio Queen : 11/11/2020
Not even Ziggy Stardust would wear those pants!
Miguel : Great Profile : 11/11/2020
Confucius said: "The prettiest of planes have two wings and a round engine". I believe Mr Confucius would be pleased to see this, at least I am :-)
Miguel : Grumman Gulfhawk : 11/11/2020
This is without doubt my favourite Walt Musciano photo, ever. From his 'late Vegas' period.
SteveWMD : Great Profile : 11/11/2020
A couple of photos of my recently completed Mercury Swan built from your downloaded plan and parts sheets [main pic, 008]. It has now been test flown and flies beautifully; it is very stable on a lightweight bungee launcher (1/8" rubber). Mine has a framed canopy.
Peter Sanders : Swan : 10/11/2020
A couple of flying shots of my "Lock Down" KK Senator [main pic, 012].
Peter Sanders : Senator : 10/11/2020
Hi Tom, Many thanks for your very prompt reply. I can now be confident to do a conversion from bipe to a low wing model.
Den : Avro Avian : 09/11/2020
Nice cleaning work, thank you.
Miguel : Broussard MH-1521 : 09/11/2020
Hello Steve and Mary! Another finished Model Airplane, a Riley Wooten VooDoo [main pic]. Thanks for your georgeous site. https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=3693
Sebastian : Voodoo : 09/11/2020
Hi there, Here are a couple of pictures of my Veron Fledgling [main pic, 006,007]. Cheers for the plan!
Sam : Fledgling : 09/11/2020
Comet Kit A4 1936 Farman Stratoplane (oz1626), also known as the Farman F.1000, was one of a kind... the actual aircraft being an attempt at a world altitude record during the early 30's. Seems the F.1000 was a test bed, reaching a mere 16,000'... then modified into a parasol version, the F.1001... which proved fatal for the pilot... although it did attain an altitude of 32,000'. Crash was due to a window bursting... rapid decompression... oops.
Model is of classic dime-scale genre, 16” wingspan with plenty of area to render its design into a very nice flyer [main pic, 003-007].
Neal Green : Farman Stratoplane : 09/11/2020
Hi Outerzone, Steve, Mary, I finally build the IGRA Letov S-239, I see I send in the plan in 5 years ago already did not build it at the time since i wanted to make it electric FF, but after having build a few other electric I am back to rubber power for these types of free flighters. Did a few flight test and yes it works as should [main pic]. Regards,
Joost : Letov S-239 : 09/11/2020
Attached are some pictures of the Double Trouble I built using your plans [main pic, 005,006].
Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Larry Nieman : Double Trouble : 09/11/2020
Hi, I started competing w free flight gliders at the age of 12 in 1963, starting w F1A in 1965. After having read MAN sept 1966 I used Harbingers in F1A competitions between 1967 and 1973. 5 Harbingers were built, I had V-tail on my 2 first ones but modified the following models with straight tailplane. Some other guys in my FF club in Östersund also used Harbingers. I enclose 3 photos:
1968 [main pic]: Aged 17, Karl-Gunnar Modin & Michael Borell placed 1st & 2nd in F1A at Swedish Nats. One Harbinger w V-tail and the other w straight tailplane.
1969 [pic 005]: Michael Borell with Harbinger #3 at Wiener Neustadt at WC-69. Placed 25th.
1970 [pic 006]: Michael w Harbinger #4 at European Champs in Homburg, Saar. Placed 17th.
I quit competing in Free Flight after WC-87 in France. Best regards from Sweden
Michael Borell : Harbinger : 09/11/2020
Bob, just email it in to us here, and we'll add it as a supplement file.
SteveWMD : RC Ringmaster : 09/11/2020
I don't know if this will be of any help to anyone but I put together an "RC Ringmaster .doc" of most of the instructions for easy reading, just in case part of these instructions are covered up or "messed up" during construction. I'm not exactly sure how these can be made available to anyone, besides myself?
It was just my idea to have most of the instructions all in/on one document.
Bob Blubaugh : RC Ringmaster : 09/11/2020
I built my first Harbinger in 1966, won my second Swedish junior championship with it in 1967. Totally 5 Harbingers were built, slightly modified (no V-tailplane). I qualified for the Swedish national FF-team in 1969 and 1970.
At WC-69 in Wiener Neustadt, at the age of 18, I placed 25th in F1A and placed 17th at EC-70 in Homburg Saar with Harbingers. I used Harbinger at contests until 1973. There were 3-4 other guys in my free flight club who also flew Harbingers with success.
Michael Borell : Harbinger : 08/11/2020
Bob, the only instructions are printed on the plans. It's an easy build.
Ray : RC Ringmaster : 08/11/2020
Den, Yes you could convert it. The dihedral will be almost the same but not enough to worry about. The C.G. would be 3-3/8" from the L.E.
Let us know how it works out.
TOM decker : Avro Avian : 08/11/2020
Thanks Jan, I wasn't aware of Bee Av Associates, I'd approach their products with disquiet and extensive and severe dieting :-))
Miguel : Honey Bee : 08/11/2020
I have made the avro avian biplane but I was wondering if this plane could be converted back to the avro avian low wing model you have on your plans as both wings on the models are 60 inch span. Also I am not sure what the dihedral difference - if any - would be from the bipe to the low wing.
Den : Avro Avian : 07/11/2020
Don't have that to hand right now, no. Maybe TonyJ will see this and we can put you in touch that way.
SteveWMD : Crusader : 07/11/2020
If you think that looks like a model of a model, take a look at another of Walt Mooney's creations, the WeeBee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beecraft_Wee_Bee and the homepage of Mooney's company, Bee Aviation Associates https://fraseraerotechnologycompany.com/Bee_Aviation_Associates.html. Has more pictures of the WeeBee as well as the Honey Bee, Queen Bee, Walt Mooney and Walt's wife, standing next to the Honey Bee.
Jan Novick : Honey Bee : 07/11/2020
Hello- would you by chance have the email details of Tony Johnstone the person responsibLe for re-drawing this Crusador plan OZ11902, I want to send a message of sincere thanks for doing so
JOHN DAVIDSON : Crusader : 06/11/2020
Ray, I built and flew a c/l Ringmaster after I got out of the US Navy back in 1968 and had a great time with her. She died when some young kids pulled a piece of cable up out of the ground and I hit it on a low pass, ripping off the outboard wing. The wife and I were getting ready to move and I gave the plane away.
Would sure like to get a copy of the instructions for the R/C model although I could probably build one by just measuring the plans (instructions would be better).
Bob : RC Ringmaster : 05/11/2020
Please note the original spelling for those searching for a plan, skygipsy spelled differently and one word.
derick : Skygipsy : 05/11/2020
A model of a real plane that looks like a model. That's so much circularity that I'm surprised this is a FF model and not CL!
Miguel : Honey Bee : 05/11/2020
More recent copies of the STOL plan from RCME /Sarik have been printed at 55 inch wingspan. Nobody knows when or why the printed copies changed, it just has! Worth checking before you build and arrange suitable power for the size.
kc : STOL : 05/11/2020
Your comment now forms such a note. Of course the words "Designed specifically for the beginner or newcomer to RC" were written in 1968 by the designer, and come from his article (attached). I'd say his meaning is clear. The next line details how the intended builder is a modeller with some building experience. He just means new to RC, not new to bulding, not new to plans. I don't think Bill Northrop ever 'redundantly stated' anything. Also, why try adding ailerons? Page 2 of the article explains at great length why this design does not use ailerons, and how for that exact reason it makes a better trainer.
SteveWMD : Apprentice : 05/11/2020
Please add Just a friendly note! The Apprentice redundantly states it is for the first-timer, beginning RCer. It is for a 1,2 or 3 Channel. No Ailerons. This being true, a Beginner would not be familiar with plans and not know the complexities of adding Ailerons if wanted.
ReKit : Apprentice : 04/11/2020
Beautiful! Takes me back to the English summers in the 50's
John Gray : Contestor : 04/11/2020
Hi everyone, I want to make a CATIA Model of an historical aircraft for my Final Project Master Degree. I would like to do it about the P51-Mustang one, but I need detailed plans of it. Could anybody provide me with them? If you have plans of another historical aircraft it could be good too. Thank you in advance. My mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
MariaMM : P-51 Mustang : 04/11/2020
Hello, For your consideration to post with your plans is an attached is an image of a Goldberg Skylark 56 built from plans [main pic] and a link to the build thread on RCG
Mike Dailey : Skylark 56 : 04/11/2020
The Blue Angel images posted here [main pic, 003] are from my Blue Angel build thread on RCU https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/classic-rc-pattern-flying-379/3973867-blue-angel-build.html
Mike Dailey : Blue Angel 60 : 03/11/2020
Flying photo for my Gym Dandy (by Peter Smith) [pic 003] and a video of two Gym Dandies here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vezUoP3cuWA ooops - just found this one - flying photo of Greg Farish's Gym Dandy (by Peter Smith) [main pic] - as seen in the video, together with my Gym Dandy.
ChrisMoes : Gym Dandy : 03/11/2020
The Hyannis Helio makes a fine micro R/C conversion. My model served as a test bed for different motor arrangements - including a single, twin (seen here) and even a trimotor! All variants flew well and had a slow stall speed thanks to the drooped LE and flaps. A clever design [pic 004].
ChrisMoes : Hyannis Helio : 03/11/2020
Some photos and a video of my KK Elf built from Outerzone plans [main pic, 005,006]. This model is covered with Japanese tissue and nitrate dope - with a generous amount of washout (both wings). It an excellent flyer indoors and out. Indoor photo by Peter Smith.
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLWdUH2g_nA
ChrisMoes : Elf : 03/11/2020
Some photos of my Peanut Scale Luton Minor built from Outerzone plans [main pic, 003,004]. It's a fine flyer, but a challenge to trim. Flying photos by Peter Smith.
ChrisMoes : Luton Minor : 03/11/2020
Here's a photo of my Bostonian Knight - built from Outerzone plans as a lightweight indoor model with pre-shrunk tissue on top surfaces only [pic 007]. An interesting model perhaps, but I couldn't get it to fly right...
ChrisMoes : One Knight in Boston : 03/11/2020
Hello, This is Reza Abdolahi from Iran. I recently built a 50% enlarged Major with a wingspan of 2400 mm. White Japanese silk brownished by coffee and hand made butyrate clear and red dope. With a FA 50 saito engine, I hope it flies well. Total weight is 3100 grams. Thanks for your very useful website. Keep up good work.
Reza Abdolahi : NL 544 Major : 03/11/2020
Interesting advert by Comet... labouring under the misapprehension that the Defiant had fixed forward-firing guns! Any American would assume that of a single-engined fighter, of course.
Simon C : Boulton Paul Defiant : 03/11/2020
Photo of the Earl Stahl Hurricane [main pic].
Colin Miller : Hurricane : 03/11/2020
Photos for you [pics 004,005].
Jack : Lancer : 03/11/2020
Hi Again. Here is my newly completed 3m span 'Paragon' oz5849 [pics 007,008]. I have electrified it and fitted spoilers. I am very happy with the result, although the spoilers really are not necessary. Regards from South Africa,
Torsten : Paragon : 03/11/2020
The model on your page for the BD-5 is actually not built exactly to the plan. I'll offer you this photo of the model built completely to the plan [main pic].
John Koptonak : Bede BD-5A : 02/11/2020
This was built by the late Gary Leopold [main pic, 005]. Brown Jr power.
SteveR : Thunder Bird : 02/11/2020
Hi, I have built a couple of models from Outerzone plans, and am currently in the middle of a PT-19. Thought you might like some pics of the Chico [pics 010-012] I built. Extremely fast in the air and gets the adrenalin going. I didn’t bother with the canopy and pilot, but still looks good I think. Many thanks for your site its great! Kind Regards,
Julian Wynne : Chico : 02/11/2020
Hello Mary, Here are a few photos of my most recent model from downloaded plans. This one is based on the Mongoose plans [pics 008-010]. Engine up front is an OS FP25 that should fly well on sixty foot lines. Completed this one today and plan it’s first flight in a couple of days time. The Mongoose is slightly larger than the Midi Slow that I completed recently. Regards,
Mal McKenzie : Mongoose : 02/11/2020
I built my "Burp" from the full size plans shortly after being published in Aeromodeller back in 1969. Even with a lowly Babe Bee, the model was fast. Remarkable as it seems, we actually flew it while sitting in a swivel chair! I still have the chair all these years later, but never tried this trick again.
My new "Burp" has a Cox Black Widow - and is even faster [main pic, 003]. It's rock solid smooth on the end of the lines - but some dizziness is training required!
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cur8MIzz4I8
ChrisMoes : Burp : 02/11/2020
Hello Mary, I am still enjoying the Outerzone web site. Here are a few photos [main pic, 006, 007] of my recent build of the Mini Slow control line model. Ready to fly again. Engine is an OS 15LA with a Taipan propeller. Flies well on the fifty foot lines. This is a simple plane to build and quite strong. Regards,
Mal McKenzie : Mini Slow : 02/11/2020
Attached are two photos of my Kwick Fli MK111 built from the plans as a tail dragger [pics 015,016]. Powered by an Enya 60111B. The fly to the left of the carb is used for additional take off thrust only on high density altitude days. Regards,
Mike Foster : Kwik Fli Mk III : 02/11/2020
Some photos [main pic, 003,004] and a video of the "Shark P-60" built by Andrew Reynaerd in the late 1950s. It is still airworthy after 60+ years, and was flown again recently (2018). Andy's model appears to have been scratch built from plans rather than the kit. There is a vintage "Sig" stencil on the inside of the upper fuselage sheeting! The faded tissue is very fragile, as one might expect. The colour trim is automotive paint - still glossy after all these years. The model has ground adjustable elevators & rudder but no means of control in flight.
Flying photo [pic 004] is by Peter Smith.
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5mccFHXdUQ
ChrisMoes : Shark P-60 : 02/11/2020
Hi Mary, another model built by my friend was the Goldberg 'Cumulus' pictures attached [pics 004-006]... Best regards,
Brian Austin : Cumulus : 02/11/2020
Hello everyone, A friend recently gave me an old westerly but without wings... Do anyone know if I can found this kind of wings somewhere ? I am not good enough to build some alone...
Thomas : Westerly III : 01/11/2020
Thanks for keeping the memory of these old designs alive. In 2005 I did an update to my original Cold Duck design and published a build thread on RCU at https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/classic-rc-pattern-flying-379/3092876-cold-duck-build.html
Mike Dailey : Cold Duck : 01/11/2020
Beautiful construction, Yannick! Here's hoping it flies as well as it looks!
Jan Novick : Eaves Cougar : 31/10/2020
This was my very first C/L model! I built it during my Christmas holiday in 1975 but it was very difficult to learn flying without help. I finally succeeded in the summer of 1979. No aerobatics, only level flight using full tank of fuel, but this was the beginning.
Mikko : Junior Pilot : 31/10/2020
Hi Steve and Mary, What a pleasant surprise! I've just discovered the plan on your site this morning. I've build this peanut during the first 2020 lockdown in France (March 17th to May 11th). Few pictures are attached [main pic, 005,006]. Not yet balanced, but will be flown when sports hall will reopen. Slightly modified to approach the N42KD Nesmith Cougar shapes (wheel pants, wingtips, cowl and nosecone). Colors will be applied after trimming...
Yannick : Eaves Cougar : 31/10/2020
I built this model in the early 1970s [more pics 003-006]. I was the only model builder/flyer in the area. My only contact with other modelers was an occasional trip to the hobby shop about 50 miles away.
Glenn Heeren : Nordic : 30/10/2020
I built the red Thermic 50 in the early 1970s when I lived on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon. I flew and repaired this sailplane for years [more pics 008]. I had no contact with other model builder/flyers except with an ocasional model airplane magazine and a hobby shop 50 miles away. I would fund my hobby by picking up discarded beer bottles at 2 cents each.
Glenn Heeren : Thermic 50 : 30/10/2020
Got it, have updated this listing now, many thanks :)
SteveWMD : Bird of Time Mk4 : 30/10/2020
The drawing was reworked by Giuseppe Ardit, and the article should have been published in n. 160 of the magazine see https://www.edimodel.it/387-edizione-digitale-160.html
Adria : Bird of Time Mk4 : 30/10/2020
Many thanks to JohnLaycock, who emailed in to say this plan drawing has some discrepancies. The plan view and side view do not match (at all). If the plan view is correct, then the fuselage side view is 2 in too long, also it shows a much wider-chord wing.
SteveWMD : Kan Doo : 30/10/2020
I'm building right now this model from a original kit [pics 008,009]. I don't have a problem between upper wing section and the rest off it. The wings are lineup properly. Mine is almost ready. I have to covering the fuselage and the top off the wings. I made a cowl off glassfiber 1,8 gram. Motorized wit a CO2 G 120 UL from Gasparin.
André Wind : Sopwith Triplane : 29/10/2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Wagner a few years back and carrying on a lengthy correspondence over the ensuing several years. His Dakota was the first successful FF model that I built back in the early 60's. Joe got me fired up to build another, which I did, and he even gave me a Joe Wagner "tuned" OK Cub .049 to power it with.
The day came to maiden her at a local FF field and everyone was impressed with its small field performance. I decided to do one more flight and as it happened the Dakota found a boomer of a thermal that wouldn't let it come down. I took off after it on foot and chased it into a lightly wooded area over fences and a railroad track. I worked my line for several hours without any sighting. I finally gave up, despondent over losing the plane and especially Joe's 049. I took the easy way back, down a road and as I came to the railroad tracks I glanced left and right and caught sight of what at first looked like a yellow flag waving in the top of a 20 foot high birch tree on the side of the tracks. It was my Dakota, not far off my estimated flight path, waiting patiently for me to retrieve it from its lofty perch. I doubt I'll ever fly her again. Sad, I know, but the thought of losing it and my connection to Joe is just too much to bare.
Dennis Hansen : Dakota : 29/10/2020
Built this as my first CL (big mistake!) it was heavy and (under powered) by a DC merlin nearly put me off C/L for good, spent hours trying to get the diesel to start............... But after some help from a club c/l flier I won!
Rich : Firefly : 28/10/2020
While looking for another Mode Zero project I noticed that your plan of Ken Willard's Breezy oz582 did not have a build article. I scanned the attached in from my very yellowed copy of Model Airplane News August 1955. The printers probably did not consider that someone would want to read the 35 cent magazine some 65 years later when selecting paper quality!
The most interesting part of the article is the flying technique used on these multi function single channel RC models back in the day. Hope they are usable. Regards,
MikeFoster : Breezy : 28/10/2020
Picture of an an old friend who sadly is in a care home now, of his Electric R/C Cloud Dozer, just one of the 145 models left in his collection [main pic, 005].
Brian Austin : Cloud-Dozer : 28/10/2020
Hi Outerzone, here are 3 photos of the Humbrol Wasp [main pic, 003,004] built from the plan on Outerzone, so my thanks also goes out to Adrian Culf who send it in, including decal scan and made it possible for me to build it. The Wasp flies very well, its nice to build and I had the Decals printed out and glued on the wing, the 3 photos are scanned 35 mm film and it flew quite a few times this summer - regards Joost
Joost : Wasp : 28/10/2020
Backyard Canard (oz6149) with brushless motor Hacker A05 [pics 006-008]. Short film on my model is available on YouTube see https://youtu.be/OxNLQ_aDmCY
TomasD : Great All American Backyard Canard : 28/10/2020
Hi Mary and Steve, I hope that both of you and family are staying safe and healthy. Here in the US, the COVID-19 pandemic is exploding. Attached, please find the article for the “RCM Classic” by H.L. Stroup. It is a much clearer and in color article than the one on your website. I hope you can use it. Best to you and stay safe,
StevenWieczorek : RCM Classic : 28/10/2020
Hello Mary and many thanks to you both for great efforts in maintaining Outerzone. Thanks also to Johann for latest Cirrus 75 plan. He says that the fuselage and canopy still available. Where are they available? Could I have details please?
Philip Lewis : Cirrus 75 : 28/10/2020
Hi, I've just been building the Sailplanes International Osprey 100 from a kit that has been lurking in my loft for the last 31 years, and noticed that on the site you did not appear to have the building instructions supplied with the kit. The attached pdf file contains these together with (at the end) a full materials listing [see supplement file in download section].
A few things I found building from the kit:
1/ The towhook position is shown to be virtually directly beneath the CG; in my previous experience this tends to cause instability on the tow so I have moved it forward by an inch.
2/ It is necessary to cut a shallow "V" at the top of formers 3 and 4 in order to get the wings to sit in the correct position; otherwise you are trying to balance them on the edge where the wing halves join and that just isn't going to work! However cutting the "V" reduces the wood in the formers above the retaining dowels so I have added a little reinforcement to compensate.
3/ Most of the materials in the original kit were of excellent quality; however the die cutting of the wing ribs appeared to have been undertaken by a blind man with a blunt penknife and leading and trailing edges of the ribs were both badly crushed (this might be why the kit finished up in the loft in the first place); I therefore finished up scratchbuilding replacements.
Thanks for the great resource; it's inspired me to look at building some of the classic designs from the past. Kind regards,
Geoff Hosking : Osprey 100 : 28/10/2020
Newbee (oz6005) - Slightly scaled-down to 90% with brushless motor EMax GT 2218/10, prop: 10 x 6. A nice model, both to build and fly [pics 005-007]. Short film on YouTube see https://youtu.be/1g-RPZJu75A
TomasD : Newbee : 28/10/2020
Hi Mary, Here are some pictures of the finished Druine Turbulent from RCM plan 872. Magnum .45 for power and covered with Sig Koverall and Supercoat Dope [pics 007-010]. For more pictures and build visit:
Keep up the great work! Regards,
JohnnyB : Druine Turbulent : 28/10/2020
This is a great scan, thanks to Mike, and the detail is really clear now compared to the previous version. I'm a great fan of the early P-40. Sometimes I can't resist a plan, so I have spent an hour fixing very minor issues on this one, removing the paper creases and doing a mini cleanup.
SteveWMD : Curtiss P-40 : 28/10/2020
R/C equipment installation in the Competitor [pic 013].
ChrisMoes : Competitor : 27/10/2020
Some photos of my KK Achilles built from Outerzone plans [pics 008-011]. A superb flyer with 8” plastic prop, 2 strands (single loop) of 1/4” x 14” tan super sport - 450 turns max.
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i6qD_9k1qM
ChrisMoes : Achilles : 27/10/2020
I realized this glider in 1965 and it flyed well. I can put you a photo of this achieved glider. See you soon, Yves
Missana Yves : CB 32 : 27/10/2020
Das Ugly Stik, by Phil Kraft from Jensen. Hi Steve & Mary, Hope all is well with you during this weird time in the world's history (Covid-19 related). Thank you for all that you are doing for the aero modelling family as far as Outerzone is concerned. This is a website I visit daily. Awesome.
After helping to plan a "Das Ugly Stik Day" at a nearby Aero Modelling RC Club, I proceeded to build oz1253. This all happened between Oct 30, 2017 & Nov 18, 2017. The Maiden flight was done on Nov 25, 2017 - at the "Stik Day" I attached a few images for your interest & possible use [pics 010-017]. Use as you see fit. You will note I have changed it to be a taildragger. Absolutely awesome aero model. Powered by a Webra Black Head 10cc & flown with my Spektrum DX9 BE gear. I covered the model with Solartex and simply
love flying it. As of Feb 2020 (just prior to the Covid-19 lockdown in our country) it has done close on 80 flights.
Kind regards, Bernard & Petro Odendaal (Albertinia - South Africa)
Bernard_Petro : Das Ugly Stik : 27/10/2020
I found this interesting as it was not one of my father's planes I knew anything about (my brother Nick obviously would know about it). It is so nice to see people are still building them after all these years - I gather that in their day they were quite high tech! I must ask Nick about it when I next talk to him. Victrace - what an odd name. The Vansteed was an anagram of his name created by my mum, Betty.
John Evans : Victrace : 27/10/2020
Got it, have changed the listing now. Many thanks.
SteveWMD : Bleriot IV : 27/10/2020
I apologize for any confusion regarding the proper identification of this aircraft. The responsible parties for this error would be Walt Mooney (not Model Builder) for identifying his plan as a Blériot IV and myself, for not properly researching the aircraft prior to submitting this plan to OZ. The type III and IV Blériots were biplanes with an elliptical tailplane configuration, quite different from this monoplane. This model almost certainly represents a type VII, circa 1907. Accordingly, the scale type should be changed from Blériot III to Blériot VII: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blériot_VII
Jan Novick : Bleriot IV : 26/10/2020
The airfoil is NACA 6409 as listed on the Jetco box.
Glenn Heeren : Nordic : 26/10/2020
Any one build this plane!? I cant find any video.
Pedram : Pink Piper : 26/10/2020
Dear All, I saw the comment on Outlaw oz10772 so I had a look see ( I may be barking up the wrong tree but ) and I hope the attached helps... [see pic 003 and supplement pdf file] Yours faithfully,
Gnomelike : Outlaw Delta : 26/10/2020
First two photos show my original Swamp Box built in 1971 [pics 003,004]. It had a SuperTigre 2.5 cc and O.S. Pixie R/C system for pulse rudder and cyclic three position throttle. It was a fine flyer despite the very unreliable R/C system. It was lost and retrieved several times, and actually lived long enough to succumb to fuel rot.
The next three photos [005-007] show my 1/2 size balsa & tissue micro R/C version built many years later - with rudder & elevator control, brushed gearmotor and dummy I/C engine (no muffler!). Also a fine flyer - indoors & out.
ChrisMoes : Swamp Box : 26/10/2020
Hi Steve and Mary, Hope everything is fine with you and your loved ones! Every now and then I look at the site, at “new” models, and more than once I fall in love with one.
But with a lot to build on the shelve I hardly come around to share pictures.
Then again this one I want to share! An Oly 650 [pic 012]. Nice to build, handtosses are fine, just waiting for fair weather to put her on a hi-start. And being dutch the red-white-blue is becoming a standard to me!
ErikP : Olympic 650 : 26/10/2020
The first photo shows a Live Wire Rebel built from the original kit way back in 1973 [pic 005]. It had an Enya .09 (removed when photo was taken) with proportional R/C for rudder, elevator & throttle. It was a clunky design (as described by DougSmith) but a fine flyer - and was shared and bashed up as a basic trainer by many members of our school club in Lakefeld, Ontario, Canada. The guys in the photo are Jamie & Don.
The other photos [main pic, 006-008] show my reduced size (36" span) electric powered version. It has flown from wheels, floats & skis - and is still flying - now in its seventh season!
ChrisMoes : Live Wire Rebel : 26/10/2020
Dear Oz! Hello from Russia! My name is Kirill Sukholenko. I would like to share some photos of Lobbit glider model. For more info: My version of Lobbit model is build from foam and plywood, has wingspan 110mm, elongated nose, bevel along the trailing edge of the wing and flight weight 0.54kg.
Link on flight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoxixRUe-RQ
Yourth faithfully, with best regards.
Kirill Sukholenko : Lobbit : 26/10/2020
Latest 'Lockdown' effort from your plans [mainpic, 005,006]. Very pretty Bostonian. As usual many thanks!
Chris Blanch : Boston Tea Partly : 26/10/2020
Interesting plan. Care though, the canopy (at least) is of odd, not scale shape. Given that basic error, it would be clever to check it all against a 3 view ...before cutting balsa.
fred : Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet : 26/10/2020
Here is a photo of my first ever RC model in 1969. I still have my original hand drawn plans on brown wrapping paper, but had long since forgotten the name or designer. Now I know!!!
In lieu of twin rudders and a monowheel, I made the bold modifications shown. It had a hopelessly unreliable O.S. Pixie on rudder only, a slightly more reliable Babe Bee .049 in the nose, but was an excellent flyer despite the odds. It came down once out in the middle of Lake Katchewanooka (look that up on Google!) and had to be retrieved by canoe before it sank. It was subsequently dried out, and flew again! The model was covered with doped tissue - yellow with black trim.
ChrisMoes : Pee Wee Pal : 26/10/2020
Hello Steve - Two photos of my KK Competitor built in 2018 [main pic, 012]. Rubber powered (as intended!) but with R/C assist using a sub-micro Rx/servo module (70 mAh LiPo) on rudder only to steer away from the trees during the glide. It has a 10" prop, and is covered with Japanese tissue and nitrate dope. The added mass of the R/C system is negligible on a model of this size. An excellent flyer 'natch...
ChrisMoes : Competitor : 26/10/2020
Here's my Korda Victory built in 2018. It is rubber powered freeflight with R/C assist using a sub-micro Rx/servo module (70 mAh LiPo) on rudder only to steer away from the trees during the glide. It is covered with "traditional" Japanese tissue and nitrate dope. The first photo [main pic] shows an 8" prop (green). This was replaced with a 10" prop (white) as seen in the flying photo [pic 007]. In the flying photo, taken during the glide, notice the slack (un-braided) rubber motor (4 strands of 1/4") laying in the bottom of the fuselage.
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDsreWusR3A
ChrisMoes : Victory : 26/10/2020
First photo [pic 006]: Three mini Robots with different style rudders back in 2012. All have some minor variations from the plan - including lighter wing structure! The model at the top flew very well for several years with a Cox Black Widow .049 and rudder only control (using modern R/C equipment). It was later converted to electric when the "Bumblebee" (lower right) was lost in the bush. It still serves today as a glider tug and has made hundreds of flights. Model lower right is (was?) the aforementioned electric Bumblebee. It was our glider tug for several years, but had an affinity for tall trees. We searched and searched, but still MIA. The model lower left is still a regular at our club field: Far Valley MFC, Ontario, Canada.
Second photo [pic 007]: Mini Robot #3 - after the electric conversion (and elevator control). It took a while to wipe all the slime off. :-)
Third photo [pic 008]: Mini Robot #4 - this model is still going strong as well - this pic was taken last Saturday - October 17, 2020
Video here (one of several): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPmxxA9z1fw
ChrisMoes : Mini Robot MkV : 26/10/2020
Pete-E built and flown by Pat Leonard - St. Joseph Island, Ontario, Canada from Outerzone plans. This was its first test flight, landing gear and canopy not yet installed [pic 008]. It's a fine flyer!
ChrisMoes : Pete-E : 26/10/2020
My Flying Fool built in 2015 [pics 018-020].
Al Ferree : Flying Fool : 26/10/2020
The plan opens as 2 pages. Page 1 says it's 105 inches wide but the scale of page 1 doesn't match the scale of page 2. Page 2 prints correctly as full sized, but page 1 parts are roughly 15% smaller. Page 1 should be roughly 120 inches wide.
CIC : Valkyrie : 26/10/2020
Whenever I look for the Bleriot IV on line, I get pictures that look very different from this model. OTOH, a search for the Bleriot VII, I get something very similar to this model. Perhaps someone slipped up, possibly at Model Builder??
Lincoln : Bleriot IV : 26/10/2020
Can a front view and rear view of this model be indicated, due to the anhydral setting?
ATJ : Outlaw Delta : 25/10/2020
I've got the complete manual. I'll try to get it scanned in next couple days.
Michael Glass : Big Bingo : 24/10/2020
Hello this is a great site, and Thanks so much.
Patrick Scanlon : Piper Cub Cruiser J5 : 23/10/2020
It flies well and there is another KESTREL flying in Europe.
Howard : Dowsett Wakefield : 23/10/2020
Lovely pictures from everyone and interesting comments too. I loved my Aquila because it flew very well. I tried just leaving the controls once it was going up in a thermal and the glider merrily kept to the thermal going up all the time without any input from me. I read about this in the building instructions and found that it really worked.
Ron Ashworth : Aquila : 23/10/2020
This was one of my favourite gliders. The kit went together very well and the final result was a very solid glider. It handled extremely well and had good penetration. I ended up building one with ailerons. The Sagitta 900 was a good introduction to a more advanced soaring experience. I highly recommend it.
Ron Ashworth : Sagitta 900 : 23/10/2020
This ASW 17 kit was my second glider after I built the Graupner HI-FLY. It was a pleasure to build. I had many satisfying flights with it. It had one shortcoming in the type of conditions I was flying in which was poor penetration due to the flat bottom wing section. Other than that it was a good upgrade from my first glider. It was a beauty to behold. Unfortunately, I can't find the photo of it.
Ron Ashworth : ASW-17 : 23/10/2020
Love this plane! Flown it a lot indoors and out. 3/32" for indoors and double that for outdoors. Been repaired a bit but I still have it flying after 5 yrs.
Dorme : Nieuport-Beech Bostonian : 22/10/2020
Great flyer...indoor or out. I built one out of the lightest balsa I could find. By the time I got it trimmed, it was junk. Built another out of stouter balsa and had great flights outdoors....easily a minute or 2.
Dorme : Hyannis Helio : 22/10/2020
Hi Steve, couple of pics of my build of the Miss Vintage (oz4746) [pics 012,013].
Robert Kibbey : Miss Vintage : 21/10/2020
Something other than a Stearman, a U.S. Army Air Corps basic trainer from between-the-wars, the Consolidated BT-7 [main pic, 003-007]. This model first appeared in Comet’s 1936 catalog, retailing for the grand sum of ten cents. It was part of Comet’s introductory offering of dime-scale models, all featuring an economical 16 inch wingspan. Here’s another “face” for a classic OuterZone plan. Thanks, Steve and Mary!
Neal Green : Consolidated Trainer BT-7 : 21/10/2020
Hello, here are some pictures of my KK Chief I made in lock down [008-010]. It fly's really nicely.
Ben : Chief : 21/10/2020
Here are some photos that you might like to use for the Aeroflyte Skylark plan page [main pic, 003-008]. The model is built as per plan, except for a balsa sheet cabin area (rather than the original's plastic glazing), and a remote d/t.
Mike Thomas, Tasmania.
Mike Thomas : Skylark : 21/10/2020
Hi there, the community of COBRA-builders grows world wide. I enclose some picture from my building activity. Greetings,
Reinhard : Cobra : 21/10/2020
I thought you might like another photo of the KK Falcon [pic 006]. 0.52 Four stroke in it. Futaba Fasst 2.4g. Flies beautifully.
Ian Easton : Falcon : 20/10/2020
in 1991 me and a friend made two of this. Mine was 2 channel rudder and elevator only, engined with a sturdy Mars 2,5cc Russian diesel. After many flight, due to a radio failure, it didn't recover from an high altitude spiral dive. Hitted the ground at full rpm... Engine crankcase broken in two, fuselage and wing without any damage!! A new engine and flown again.
pit : JAM Trainer : 20/10/2020
For anyone interested in the process of stitching and cleaning that goes into these old plans, here at Outerzone, to get them into better shape for posting online, I started a thread on RCGroups (using this scan of the Humbrol Mistral as the subject) at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?3726703-Humbrol-Mistral-Plan-Cleaning-Tutorial
SteveWMD : Mistral : 20/10/2020
I'm flying my 60 year old Black Tiger today on 60 foot lines after 55 years. I have a O. S. 40 powering it today. I built and flew it with a K&B .35 when I was 17 years old. Got into RC and back into CL about 2 years
Jeral Godfrey : Black Tiger : 19/10/2020
I've seen some terrific finishes here, but this puts many in the shade!
Miguel : Douglas DC-3 : 19/10/2020
After all the help from those great guys out there I finally finished my 1/12th scale Paris White DC3. Here are some pictures if you want to add them to the DC3 page [pics 007-010]. Kind regards,
Geoffrey Hall : Douglas DC-3 : 19/10/2020
The problem is at your end, Gary. Try again.
SteveWMD : Extra 300S 60 : 18/10/2020
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