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Richard Gates designed the C7D too, the version with inline inverted engine.
Pit : Fairchild 22 : 15/07/2018

Aha, fixed now.
SteveWMD : Model B2 Chummy : 14/07/2018

The photo and drawing is of the later Digby model from 1951 which Fred qualified 1st in the team trials if my memory serves me correctly. By that I mean that Pete Giggle used to indoctrinate me in the life and times of the brothers Boxall. Pete wrote a series of articles in early editions of Flying Model Designer and Constructor published in the early '90s. Good informative reading for anyone thinking of building this model (I think you should) or just a good insight of how a small group of guys did things back then.
MikeH : Fittleworth Flyer : 13/07/2018

Good question. I haven't seen it, so I can't say. Anyone out there?
SteveWMD : Model B2 Chummy : 13/07/2018

What is on sheet 3?
rchopper56 : Model B2 Chummy : 13/07/2018

Added some pictures of the completed model, thanks to Jeff Green [model photo & more pics 003, 004].
Mary : Astro Bipe : 13/07/2018

Box art for Comet Kit R 10, F-100 Super Saber [more pics 003].
EdShearer : F-100 Super Sabre : 13/07/2018

Here are a couple of photos of my electric version of the Metro Gnome [more pics 004, 005]. I built this little model in a couple of days for a 50 watt electric motor and rudder only R/C, to be flown with my 2.4 gig converted MacGregor transmitter. Observations: 1. It came out VERY nose heavy to the extent that I had to shorten the nose by 1 inch. 2. 50 watts is WAY too much power, half that is plenty. 3. Built as drawn there is either too much downthrust or not enough wing incidence. Mine flies very nicely now with +3/16" packing under the wing leading edge. First flights were conducted with the proportional transmitter in order to establish the correct level to set the throttle mid point on the single button Tx and the correct rudder throws. Rudder moves 30 degrees either way at full deflection and this is fine, throttle mid point is set at 50%, this is used for all normal flying, it is still controllable at full throttle, but climbs like a rocket! Now it is sorted it is a very pleasant little rudder only model to fly and ample reward for a couple of days building and a pound or two's worth of balsa.
Sundancer : Metro Gnome : 13/07/2018

I found an old photo of my Voyager (it's 30 years old), I hope the quality is enough to publish [model photo & more pics 003]. If I find a photo on which I am with Piotr Zawada, I will send it.
Gunter : Voyager 60 : 13/07/2018

Excellent. Thanks Pit, have grabbed that model pic now.
SteveWMD : Fittleworth Flyer : 13/07/2018

Thanks. This is done now.
SteveWMD : Revenger : 13/07/2018

As the designer of the Revenger I wish to have you make a change to the plans. There was a CG change that did not get incorporated before the plans became available. Please make the correction before you [release] any more plans. The aft CG should be deleted. A new forward CG symbol should placed forward of the existing forward CG on the same line as the Number 2 bulkhead. The original forward CG now becomes the aft CG... Dick Russ, Designer of the Revenger.
DickRuss : Revenger : 13/07/2018

F. H. BOXALL Top man in the 1951 Wakefield team. Lives at Fittleworth, Sussex, and is a member of the Brighton & D. M.A.C. A telephone linesman by trade, he has been an aeromodeller since 1937. 30 years of age, F. H. is half of a pair of aeromodelling twins, and still a bachelor. See Aeromodeller Aug. 1951 pages 476 to 478 for specs, photo and 3 view of this model.
Pit : Fittleworth Flyer : 13/07/2018

This one brings back a few memories. Back in 1993, when Pete Giggle first rediscovered this one, about five examples were built, mainly by members of the Brighton and district MAC. I can recall Pete's version was first, closely followed by John Minshull, Ken Rippengale, John Fox, myself and a couple of others. The design, although complicated to build, trimmed out and flew well. Its one big fault was prop stall as a result of the fearsome pitch on the prop (it was certainly an experts propeller). My prop was slightly less pitched and was the most consistent of them all. I even got it into the fly off at Middle Wallop. It's up in the loft now, sadly the old 8oz Wakefields are not flown much now, shame really.
MikeH : Fittleworth Flyer : 12/07/2018

Hello, I am from Argentina and I am building the vintage Graupner Hi Fly. Here are some photos of the building [more pics 004-009].
G.JoseRosalesRuiz : Hi-Fly : 12/07/2018

Here are two photos of my 40+ year-old Fokker D-8 [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. The "Red Baron" red is a bit faded now and looks almost pink.
NicholasTucker : Fokker D8 : 12/07/2018

Another oldie; a little glider, the Kirby Prefect [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. I found it in its box recently and my eldest brother, who was visiting, said he had flown one (not a model, a real one!) many years ago when he was in the R.A.F.
NicholasTucker : Kirby Prefect : 12/07/2018

Added colour pic, thanks to Pit [more pics 005].
Mary : Compensator : 12/07/2018

I have acquired an unmade example, and so here is the build manual in English [suppl. file]. And here is a scan of the decals included - they have discoloured a little with age, but I'm sure that anyone who may need to use them will be able to correct the colours [suppl. file]. As ever, keep up the good work!!!!
ColinBaxter : Fan : 12/07/2018

Hi Steve, Hi Mary, just some pictures for the site: Twinster, ID4886 [model photo & more pics 004-007]. Made for the 2018 Pontefract Single Channel & Retro Fly-in; I took a few liberties and added R/C on rudder(s), elevator & throttle and used electric power. It's a great flyer!
ColinBaxter : Twinster : 12/07/2018

The ribs and the formers are for the Mk 2 Clipper, not for the plan shown which is the Mk1 Clipper.
anon : Comet Clipper : 11/07/2018

Please find attached 3 pictures of Stan Yeo's Soar-Cy 11 built from Outerzone plan oz8721 [more pics 006-008]. The only changes I have made is to include 2 aileron servos in the wings and to include a D box leading edge to the wing and cap the wing ribs, simply to protect the wings from the gorse which proliferates our Devon flying sites. Not yet had its maiden flight, I will report back later.
MartinBright : Soar-Cy II : 10/07/2018

Here is our McCann-ard E-20 [more pics 010]. 20" wingspan free flight.
TeamWrisley : McCann-ard 27 : 10/07/2018

I recently picked up a Sterling Ringmaster Jr. When checking the box I thought it had the plans. It only had the instructions. So as a faithful OuterZone follower I checked and you only have the plans and not the instructions. So please find attached a set of Sterling Ringmaster Jr. instructions. Or page 2 to the plans. [See suppl. file]
TomSolinski_OklahomaCity : Ringmaster Junior : 10/07/2018

Completed mine yesterday night in time for a 'Build Off' in RC Groups. Finish is poor as dope blushed. Can't do another coat as as humidity is over 90%. Attaching two photo (one with wheels removed for test flying in the drawing room!) [more pics 004, 005].
KK_Iyer_India : Druine Turbulent : 10/07/2018

Two, not one, of course. But I take your point. Full set of rib templates would be nice.
SteveWMD : Moth Minor : 10/07/2018

There is only one wing rib shown for constructing this tapered wing.
anon : Moth Minor : 10/07/2018

There is an 8 page paper by davidterrell80 online at post #2 of the thread here with some useful details on the Midwest foam wing (many thanks for the link, Pit). But no actual plan, as such.
SteveWMD : Mini Sailor : 09/07/2018

Although we do have two other versions of the Seamaster plan, so maybe that helps. Three, if you count the Seamaster II. Maybe check this one against the others?
SteveWMD : Seamaster : 07/07/2018

This is all we have here. It was kit plan of course. Anyone got more on the formers?
SteveWMD : Seamaster : 07/07/2018

Are there no drawings for the bulkheads?
anon : Seamaster : 07/07/2018

Indeed. Also all the ribs are missing. We accordingly have this one tagged as incomplete. Anyone out there got more?
SteveWMD : Heinkel He 100 : 07/07/2018

Missing drawing of the frames 3 and 4 8, 13, 14
anon : Heinkel He 100 : 07/07/2018

"The wing is a standard Midwest 44 in foam wing" - Can someone supply the information of the Wing Profile so a full size PDF can be generated for the model? Many of the RCM designs use various "Midwest" foam wings, this would be very helpful. Regards,
Circlip : Mini Sailor : 06/07/2018

Ok, fixed now :) many thanks to RFJ and Circlip.
SteveWMD : Firehawk : 05/07/2018

Ah. Fair point. You know, I didn't even notice that. OK. Bear with me, I only have these 2 sheets here at the moment.
SteveWMD : Firehawk : 04/07/2018

Wing plan?
anon : Firehawk : 04/07/2018

Attached photo of Guido Fea with the Zigolo.
Pit : Lo Zigolo : 03/07/2018

Hi there, any idea what size of prop for this model? Thanks,
Colin : Garcia Coupe : 02/07/2018

Sorted now, thanks to SteveBailey :)
SteveWMD : Osprey 100 : 02/07/2018

Photo of completed Conqureor model was found online at:
SteveWMD : Conqueror : 01/07/2018

There's a main rib shown on the fuselage side view of course, but that still would leave you drawing out all the smaller ribs for the tapered section, from scratch. Anyone got more on this?
SteveWMD : Osprey 100 : 30/06/2018

Looking at Osprey as a potential build. However reviewing the file I find there is no information or details about the wing ribs? Can anyone provide that information? Thanks,
Ron : Osprey 100 : 30/06/2018

Me, I didn't notice that, at all. Anyone out there know why the fin is different? Were there 2 versions of the Miss Philadelphia 4?
SteveWMD : Miss Philadelphia IV : 29/06/2018

Steve, Does anyone know why the fin drawn on the plan is very different to that shown on all the photos AND on the Frank Zaic drawing (shown in one of the "more pics.")? Regards,
Brian : Miss Philadelphia IV : 29/06/2018

QB 20 extracted from your site, armed and already flying [more pics 012, 013].
Gus : QB 20L II : 28/06/2018

Attached is a photo of my Gnome 1.5 meter glider [morepics 003] I built from Outerzone plans.
EricPearson : Gnome 60 : 28/06/2018

Hello Friends, I am writing again from Argentina, this time to share images of my Pocket Rocket built from the plan published on your page [more pics 004-006 and]. Thank you very much!
MauricioBertello : Pocket Rocket : 28/06/2018

On Page 38 of RCLibrary's latest magazine - RCM 1977/09 September - there is a fabulous photo of a line up of 22 Q-Tees! Well worth showing on Q-Tee 'more pics' [021].
ChrisPinn : Q-Tee : 28/06/2018

I had this in my files for the Great Planes Slow Poke 40 [more pics 003]. Please note that this is not an exact copy of the kit box artwork. I've cleaned up an old label photo that had some wear and tear.
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Slow Poke 40 : 28/06/2018

Added photo of completed model, from RFJ's magazine archive [model photo & more pics 003].
Mary : Dallaire Sportster : 25/06/2018

Added photos of completed model, from RFJ's magazine archive [model photo & more pics 003, 004].
Mary : Judge Wakefield : 25/06/2018

Added photo of completed model, from RFJ's magazine archive [model photo].
Mary : Bantam : 25/06/2018

Here are some pics of my new AR-1, scratched from plans here printed at home and taped together [more pics 010-015]. Thank you for the plans.
John : AR-1 : 25/06/2018

The tops of formers 3 and 7, upper right corner of the plan, are truncated. Hopefully symmetry will allow accurate finished parts.
DavidP : RAF BE2e : 25/06/2018

Hi, a couple of pictures of Der Adler from your plan [more pics 003-005]. A nice flyer in calm weather but must be built light. The Arden unit not a ball of fire.
TrevorT : Der Adler : 25/06/2018

I have recently restored an old (very old) New Ruler for a mate to fly [more pics 007-012]. I love this design. Very whimsical with that impractical cockpit detail but really nice lines. We flew it this past weekend and it was delightful to fly. It meet its competition performance targets and handled really nicely.
AllanKnox : New Ruler : 23/06/2018

I've attached a few photos of my recently completed Super Kaos Junior [more pics 006-009]. In honor of the United States Fourth of July holiday, I've chosen a red white and blue scheme. Thanks for all you do.
LarryWelle : Super Kaos Jr : 23/06/2018

Added photo of a lovely completed model, thanks to DougKittle [more pics 008].
Mary : Quaker Flash : 23/06/2018

Attached is a photo of my "Not For Sale" that I built from plans downloaded from your site [more pics 005]. Power is a Irvine .40 glow engine. Great flying airplane.
EricP : Notforsale : 23/06/2018

Hello, I have a photo of my Midwest Lil Tri Squire I built from Outerzone plans [more pics 003]. This isn't my first Outerzone plan model and I'm sure it will not be the last. Thanks for publishing these plans.
JimWalton : Lil Tri-Squire : 23/06/2018

I'm sending you a photo that I just found inside a drawer in my parents' house... It is a picture of a Sterling Cirrus (planID: oz2869) that I built in 1978/1979 [more pics 004]. Even if the image's quality is bad, it may be of interest, given that the plane (originally F/F) was converted to two channels R/C, and in the picture a Futaba transmitter can be seen (sorry, don't remember the model). At the time the Cirrus flew for a very short time, but the slope flight virus had caught me (and I have not healed yet). I still love the graceful look of the Cirrus, and maybe late this year I'll try and build a new one from OZ plans...
Raffaello : Cirrus : 23/06/2018

Added box photo, thanks to EdShearer [more pics 006].
Mary : Vultee Vengeance : 23/06/2018

Added photo of box art, thanks to EdShearer [more pics 003]. I've also decided to use it as the model photo until something better turns up.
Mary : Republic P-47 Thunderbolt : 23/06/2018

Many thanks to ChrisPinn for correcting our mis-spelling of Ron Chidgey's name! Ron is better known for the Tiger Tail oz8522.
Mary : Tar Baby : 23/06/2018

Here's a pic of the Smoothie I just made [more pics 005]. It is a dream to fly. Evolution 36 power. 100% built to the drawing, except I added the foam wheel pants.
PatOD : Smoothie : 23/06/2018

I had these files in my collection for the Sig Liberty Sport (oz6112) [supp. file & more pics 005, 006]. The instruction manual PDF for this kit is kind of rare, it's not listed or comes up on Google search & such places and to be honest, heaven only knows where I downloaded it from or even when. The photos were pulled off a couple places on the Internet & have been edited for my collection.
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Liberty Sport : 23/06/2018

Here is a pic of the inside of the box of an Aamco "A-Ray" kit which I saw at a "brocante" i.e. jumble sale in the street in Vichy, France a few days ago. At 60 euros (about $80) it was too expensive for me so I came away with just the photo [more pics 005].
NicholasTucker : A-Ray : 22/06/2018

The name "Tinsydes" sounds like an allusion to the Martinsyde biplanes of WW.I. There are some marked resemblances to the Martinsyde G.100 / G.102 Elephant and it could probably easily be made into a neat stand-off scale model of it.
clouddozer : Tinsydes : 21/06/2018

Many thanks to RFJ for the article.
Anthony : Cessna L-19 Bird Dog : 21/06/2018

As well as buying Doug's Spitfire 1 at the RAF Museum auction, I also bought his Astral Beaufighter, a couple of 109s and the Hatful Zero. They are all carefully stored in boxes although I have flown the Zero. I am particularly keen to build the Typhoon which appeared on the cover of the Aeromodeller. I believe Ron Moulton was presented with the original. [Note: Richard is the designer of the 1985 Aeromodeller P38 Lightning, oz 2983.]
RichardFalconer : Spitfire LF XVI : 21/06/2018

Photo of completed Aeroflyte Falcon models was found online at
SteveWMD : Falcon : 21/06/2018

Photos of completed Airsail Chipmunk model were found online at
SteveWMD : DHC-1 Chipmunk : 20/06/2018

Photo of completed model was found online at captioned as "The Ying designed 4oz Wakefield. Built by Al Pardue."
SteveWMD : Ying Wakefield : 19/06/2018

Please check the formers. Starting with number 5 they are larger than the cross section of the fuse.
anon : Classic Ugly Stik : 19/06/2018

Hurray! RFJ has found the article. See supplementary file.
Mary : Cessna L-19 Bird Dog : 18/06/2018

Bill kindly sent us a link to his build log on RCGroups:
Mary : Zephyr : 18/06/2018

Added fab model photo, thanks to PatOD.
Mary : Basic Trainer : 18/06/2018

Added two great photos of the completed model, thanks to Russell Christensen [more pics 003, 004].
Mary : Thunderstreak : 18/06/2018

Here are some pictures of my model McCan-ard, Plan ID=4833 (with some modifications to RC) [more pics 008, 009] and 2 minutes of film
TomasDunker_Sweden : McCann-ard 27 : 18/06/2018

Can anyone help Anthony?
Mary : Cessna L-19 Bird Dog : 18/06/2018

I like the plan you have for a Cessna Bird Dog which appeared in the April 1995 edition of RCM magazine. Would you know of any contributors who may have the magazine article ?
Anthony : Cessna L-19 Bird Dog : 18/06/2018

I've just completed an Avro Avian using Tom Decker's plans on this site. I based mine on Bert Hinkler's Avian currently hanging in the foyer of the Queensland Museum in Brisbane Australia. Attached are a couple of photos of the model you may like to add to the "more pics" section of the Avian's page [more pics 007, 008].
GeoffCollins : Avro Avian : 18/06/2018

The plan for Lazy Bee had no image, but here come some from my #132 Lazy Bee built 2012/Nov [model photo & more pics 003-006]. It was built of Depron 3&6 mm sheets, frames by ply and balsa, spars by spruce & balsa. Some datas: span 40" (1050mm), weight including 2300mAh 3S 880 grams, motor DYS 2822-12(230W), 8"x6", ESC 18A, 3 chanels (T,E,R). It's a very nice model to fly when it's calm. A real slowflyer still going strong!
OweCarlson_Sweden : Lazy Bee Sport : 18/06/2018

Hello from California! I am sending a pic of the Lanzo Airborne, just a wonderful flyer! Her name is "Airborne Abigail" :) [Model photo & more pics 003].
DougKittle : Airborn : 18/06/2018

Model photo also thanks to Mike McCrabb.
Mary : Tempo II : 18/06/2018

Hi Mary and Steve. New latest model off Outerzone plan [model photo & more pics 003, 004].
Maciej : Commander : 18/06/2018

I recently had an interesting email exchange with Michael Jones, who's looking for information about, or scans of, the British aeromodelling magazine, 'Model Aviation'. According to Michael, "Ron Moulton had one of his designs published in it, so it must have been quite a respectable publication. The magazine seems to have been started just after the War in 1946, and the latest plan date is 1950 - so it was up and running for about 4 or 5 years. Publishers were Ian Allan Ltd, who also published the Model Aviation Planbook. Aeromodeller price at the time was 1/3, so magazine price would have been about the same. One control line plan was priced at 4/-. Magazine content was various - free flight, control line, jetex, rubber power, glider - but no radio control. Some of the plans are tracings or copies of US designs - Luscombe Silvaire, Cumulus, Hotshot. Some of the older modellers may have copies. If so, it would be nice to have some details." If anyone out there knows more, or has scans of any issues we could add to RCLibrary, please email me.
Mary : Airflo Mite : 18/06/2018

Greetings from NZ. I have been looking through the latest AeroModeller posted on your sister site ( and in it is an article on the Isis Wakefield. I have extracted the article and photos from the magazine and copies are attached if they are of any use to you [supplementary file, model photo & more pics 003, 004]. Thank you for a wonderful resource.
Skippy : Isis : 18/06/2018

Picture from 1990 of Thermal Charger: under construction, prior to sanding and covering [more pics 007].
GregoryMcC : Thermal Charger : 18/06/2018

It's nice to see the Gazariator plan on your site. Back in the late 1970s, a friend built one of these for his first R/C model. Being a typical Sterling kit, the balsa used was rock-hard and heavy. Because of this, the airplane ended up at somewhere between seven and eight pounds, but still flew well with an old OS Max .50 (non-Schneurle). It was surprisingly fast for the amount of power, and was extremely easy to land. The roll rate was best described as "leisurely", and we soon retrofitted 1-1/2"-wide ailerons in place of the stock items for a slightly improved roll response. It was still no pattern model, but at least we could keep our rolls inside the field boundaries. If a builder is careful with his choice of wood, I think the airplane could be built to come in under seven pounds, and would probably fly quite well with a good .45 and still be a lot of fun. Keep up the good work on the site!
Moeregaard : Gazariator : 18/06/2018

Beautiful building job on the Live Wire Senior. If I wasn't so lazy, I'd build it myself :)
James : Live Wire Senior : 15/06/2018

Many thanks to Yannick for the translation, added as supplement file now.
SteveWMD : Mohawk Pinto : 13/06/2018

Hi Folks, here are two pics of my 1940 design Red Ripper built from your plans [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. Almost. The plans were enlarged from the original 72" span to 84" span. That is a 32" span stabilizer. A fun build, easy as most old timer models are. Thanks for all your work with OZ!!
JimPolles_PA : Red Ripper : 11/06/2018

The plan states 37-1/4 inch span
anon : Timber : 09/06/2018

In the 1966 plans handbook, span is 36in.
Karsten : Timber : 08/06/2018

I can't read the signature on this, anyone know whose drawing this was?
SteveWMD : Lazy Bee Sport : 08/06/2018

For those that have never heard of the Gazariator it was Sterling's enlarged 'Fledgling', both of which were Sterling's head to head competition for the Goldberg Sr. Falcon and Falcon 56 respectively. Since it was a new design in the '80s it had some improvement in structures and fly-ability over the Sr. Falcon. I flew one for several years with an early .90 size four stroke on ironically, Goldberg Piper Cub floats. Great flyer.
TomSolinski_OklahomaCity : Gazariator : 08/06/2018

Dear Steve, you made my day! I was looking for a plan for a XF5 off and on since ? you wouldn't believe it ? 1956. I was in and out of RC modelling but never forgot the (ugly?) but unique airplane. Now I finally found a plan I could work from. I most likely will modify the unit into an electric bird. In order to save me a lot of head and heartaches I would like to ask you if you know anybody who produces a lasercut kit of this model. In any case you were a great help. With friendly regards.
Anon : Grumman XF5F-1 Skyrocket : 07/06/2018

I don't have to upload the 1:1 plans. You download the existing drawings, open with Autocad and then use the "scale" command to enlarge them to the size you want.
Athanasios : Stearman PT-17 : 07/06/2018

Any volunteers to translate the article from French to English? Thanks
SteveWMD : Mohawk Pinto : 05/06/2018

My Faultless Chick .09 OK Cub power [more pics 006]. A great free flight flier I built in 1992/3, and still have it.
HowardGostelow_Australia : Faultless Chick : 05/06/2018

Hello There! Please find attached pictures of my Baron ready for La Coupe Des Barons; the start line of La Coupe Des Barons which took place on Saturday 2nd June 2018; and my Baron with an aileron wing [model photo & more pics 003-006]. Happy Landings.
DavidDavis : Baron 1914 : 05/06/2018

Here are a few photos of a scratch built "Pica Waco YMF-3", the 60" version, a club mate and I have just finished building and test flown [model photo & more pics 003-006]. She is well behaved and has plenty of power on a 4000mAh 5S lipo pack, a 120 amp Yep ESC and a 50mm 600Kv motor turning a 14x6 EP prop. We used your plan oz3182. I have no problem if you want to publish them on your fantastic web site, either in the gallery or with the plan. The covering is Monocote. Many thanks.
DavidW : Waco YMF-3 : 05/06/2018

I does look like the plan was printed with this fault. It looks to me like the wig rib shown on the side elevation is about 1/4 inch too short in chord to match up with the wing plan top view. Fair point. That would mean that everyone who bought it from RCME had an issue with it. Or, at least, ended up with a bit less wing area than they were expecting.
SteveWMD : Storm Petrel : 05/06/2018

Addendum. Material list (even on 1952 plan) is incomplete. Ribs are 1/16" MEDIUM balsa and profile shown include LE & TE. "Shorten to dotted lines".
TheLurker : Walthew MkII : 05/06/2018

Some clarification of the blurrier text on the plan. Note above noseblock reads: 1/16" x 1/8" REST FOR DOOR Section above fin is "SECTION BB". 1952 copy of plan explicitly labels it as "FIN SECTION" Section below fuselage id "SECTION AA". 1952 copy of plan explicitly labels it as "TAILPLANE SECTION" Raw Materials List All strip and sheet HARD balsa STRIP 8 of 1/8" x 1/8" x 36" HARD BALSA 1 of 1/4" x 1/4" x 36" HARD BALSA 2 of 1/8" x 1/2" x 36" HARD BALSA SHEET 1 of 1/16" x 3" x 36" 1 of 1/4" x 1" x 12" BLOCK 1 of 1" x 1" MEDIUM BALSA SMALL PIECE OF 1/8" SHEET MISCELLANEOUS 1 of BAMBOO 1/32" x 1/32" x 14" 1 of PLYWOOD 1/16" x 2" x 4" 1 of 18 SWG PIANO WIRE PIECE OF LINEN/COTTON FOR HINGE SMALL PIECE OF TINPLATE.
TheLurker : Walthew MkII : 05/06/2018

Not Upland College. Upholland. 29" span not 28" The following quotes from, "The A.B.C. of Model Aircraft Construction" by Rev. F. Callon, Pub 1952 MAP "A few years ago a model aeroplane club was formed at Upholland College in Lancashire." "Most of the first attempts were rubber models, and the results were uniformly disappointing ..." "It was at this point that Roland Scott came to the rescue. He offered to design a glider for the club that would be easy to build and fly well." If you do build model this note well, "...the tailplane is constructed in such a manner that it is bound to warp if the tissue is tightened to in an yway whatsoever. It must not be water shrunk and it must not be doped. Use only a single coat of banana oil.
TheLurker : Walthew MkII : 05/06/2018

Anon, the difference might be in the printing, but if your print shows enough of a difference to be concerned about you can notch the trailing edge for the rubber bands. Cut out what you need to and fill the gap with scrap wood. Never be noticed once covered.
BillH : Storm Petrel : 05/06/2018

Many thanks to TheLurker for detailed corrections and addendum to this plan, I am away right now, will redo this listing ASAP.
SteveWMD : Walthew MkII : 03/06/2018

Beware! I bought the plan and found the wing chord on the fuselage side view is shorter than the chord on the wing view.
anon : Storm Petrel : 02/06/2018

Got it, thanks Howard.
SteveWMD : Rata : 01/06/2018

Hi Steve & Mary. Sorry but gotta challenge the 9 inch wingspan quoted. Full size = 29'6". Scale of model 1:12.5 (as per plan). Therefore model wingspan = 28.32". This seems to suit the wood sizes stated as well. Regards,
Howard : Rata : 01/06/2018

Thunder Tiger Eagle [more pics 006-009]. I built the green one 30 years ago to teach me to fly. I built the orange and white last year to teach my 2 grandsons to fly. I built this model with ailerons and open fuel tank.
RManning : Eagle 15T : 31/05/2018

Hi guys; please find attached some photos of my build of the Elf-16 as designed by David Boddington and made available as Outerzone plan 10032 [more pics 006-009]. I also have a build log on RCGroups: I can make a short kit of CNC parts available to anyone interested.
MarkWinstanley : Elf-16 : 31/05/2018

In 1944, the year I was born, my Daddy was a member of the US Army Air Force as a bombardier instructor, stationed at Greenville SC. As he tells it, one day a strange looking ship came in and everybody had to run out to the ramp to look at it, with the tail up front, pusher prop and all that. It couldn't have been anything other than the XP-55. The one item he remembered most was a bright red plaque riveted to the instrument panel, "WARNING. DO NOT STALL UNDER 10,000 FEET". Now we know why it never went into production.
DougSmith : Curtiss XP-55 Ascender : 29/05/2018

Corkscrew. Eduardo Barriga, Colombia [more pics 006, 007].
EduardoBarriga_Colombia : Corkscrew : 29/05/2018

Hi Steve: In looking for another project using your wonderful plans, I came across the Thermal Sniffer, designed by Chester Lanzo. I also read and saw the User Comments/photos from Larry Jolly (20-2-2018). I echo the nice words that Mr Jolly wrote and like him, wanted to build a version of the Sniffer. My design is to be flown by electric motor and radio controlled. I also enlarged Mr. Lanzo's 80" wing span by 115%, having a 92" span. I can only tell you that after the Sniffer cruises to a comfortable height, it floats around the sky in majestic beauty. The transparent colors of yellow and red, are spot on [more pics 008-010]. Using the set-up as described below, my first flight lasted about 20-25 minutes. My battery took 2130 Mah to come back to full charge. Wing Span- 92"; Lgth- 58"; Weight- 3#-10oz; Motor- eRC BL25 x850kv; ESC- 40 amps; Battery- 3 cell, 4000 Mah; Prop- 12x6 folding. Bench static test: Full power drew 28.5 amps producing 318 watts, or 86 watts/#
RobertK : Thermal Sniffer : 29/05/2018

Here's a pic of my Pulstar [model photo & more pics 003, 004].
Ron : Pulstar : 29/05/2018

Attached is a photo of my deBolt Live Wire Senior built from your plans [model photo]. Model was built in 2015 and flies several times a year at vintage RC events, in fact I just flew it yesterday. Thank you for the wonderful service you provide to model builders.
ScottWallace_NY : Live Wire Senior : 29/05/2018

Years ago long time friend, the late Frank Landry, wanted to build and fly a control line XP-55. He completed the model from enlarged Stahl plan to about a 40 inch wingspan (roughly to same as the French plan oz9798). The model refused to take off by flipping on its back on the t/o run. Eventually total destruction occurred. I have one of the main landing gear as a souvenir. I told him I could build and fly one. The challenge was accepted. I built a proof of concept 1/2A Cox powered version. It also had take off problems until it was realized the all flying stabilizer, as per the full size, was the problem. It should have been pivoted at the leading edge. To avoid major change, the stab was cut from tip to tip, the front section cemented to the fuselage and the rear pieces hinged as elevators. Now only balance was the problem. Eventually, after moving the engine as far to the front as possible without considerable structure change, adding 1 1/4 ounce lead to the front l/g strut, and installing a wire to keep the prop from hitting the ground it flew. It was difficult to control until the fuel ran out but then it smoothed out and allowed a nice glide and landing. It seems the center of pressure is too close to the c/g. [See model photo and more pics 003-005.]
EdShearer : Curtiss XP-55 Ascender : 29/05/2018

Model pic was found online at
SteveWMD : Landegren Special : 28/05/2018

Right. The G17 has a larger rudder and flaps on engine cowling bottom. See attached supplement ("Famous Biplanes no 32: Beechcraft 17" by GA Cox) which includes G17 drawings showing the same airframe with same registration number as on the Galloway plan (NC21934). Probably Bill Galloway used these drawings as a source. After World War II, approximately 20 G17 models were built and sold new for $29,000. They were fitted with enclosed gear fairings, cowl flaps, a longer windshield and a larger vertical fin, and the engine was moved forward 12 inches.
Pit : Beechcraft D-17 Staggerwing : 27/05/2018

Galloway identifies this plan as a Beech D-17, when it's in reality a G-17.
anon : Beechcraft D-17 Staggerwing : 27/05/2018

Got it, thanks Pit.
SteveWMD : G-5 : 25/05/2018

Designed by G. Gagetti of Monza (town), the plan was marketed by Emilio Biraghi, the model company
Pit : G-5 : 25/05/2018

Recently scratch-built using OUTERZONE plans [more pics 007-009]. Submitted a build page on RCGroups under the Handlaunch Forum banning in December 2017.
BillP : Zephyr : 25/05/2018

Here is a photo you may like to put in your fantastic website [more pics 003]. Me, when I was 9, on holiday in the Isle of Wight (Brighstone, Coombe Farm), 53 years ago. I bought the model, my first flying model, and made it at home, in Coulsdon, Surrey - I even remember making the thin card engine cowling. I flew it many, many times on Coulsdon common - a field that had very long grass in the summer (and summers lasted forever when we were 9...) - and so it survived many "less than perfect landings". I've been meaning to build another one, ever since.
VincentDay_Singapore : Piper Super Cruiser : 25/05/2018

I was just looking at the plan of the Fliegendes Waschbrett posted today. I can read and draw plans, blueprints etc, but I could not wrap my head around this fella. So I decided to take a look around the net and found a black and white picture which I am sending you [model photo]. Easier now to see the "Flying Washboard."
GeorgeAlbo : Fliegendes Waschbrett : 25/05/2018

If anyone wants to read the 1948 Aeromodeller Annual that so inspired Tony, you can download it for free here our sister site RCLibrary.
Mary : Viewpoint 11 : 25/05/2018

Added photo of the kit box & contents, thanks to Jeff Green [more pics 003].
Mary : Little Toni : 25/05/2018

Added image of catalogue listing for this model, thanks to Jeff Green [more pics 005].
Mary : Piper Cub J-3 : 25/05/2018

Added photo of the kit box & contents, thanks to Jeff Green [more pics 004].
Mary : Piper Tomahawk-20 : 25/05/2018

Added image of catalogue listing for this model, thanks to Jeff Green [more pics 004].
Mary : Piper PA-18 Super Cub : 25/05/2018

I had a rather similar experience to this. When I was ten years old I had built a few kit models without really knowing what I was doing and none of them flew properly. I was about to give up and perhaps try another hobby when my dad brought home a library book that he said he thought might interest me. It was the 1948 Aeromodeller Annual. Reading it inspired me to keep trying, and I built one more kit model - a Keilkraft Ajax. It flew, and from then on I was hooked.
TonyBrookes : Viewpoint 11 : 24/05/2018

I confess I don't know whether one wing was designed to be longer than the other. Seems theoretically possible though. So I asked on RCGroups, and the answer seems to be no. This looks to be simply a printing/scanning error. The plan scan is low resolution, too. Does anyone out there have a higher res scan that we can work on? Then we can fix it up with equal sized wings :)
SteveWMD : Phantom Flash ROG : 24/05/2018

I have built this lately and flown it a few times now, as a trainer for my first flights in over 50 years. Mine is Enya 19V powered.
PatOD : Basic Trainer : 23/05/2018

Disconnect the fuel line to the needle valve. Back off the compression screw a few turns. Turn the motor over till the piston exhaust ports are closed. With your fuel bottle give the engine a decent prime against the closed exhaust. Flick the engine hard. Repeat till it fires. A good burst off a prime almost always moves the contra piston upwards. Keep doing this until it works. Otherwise you will have to dismantle the engine and tap the contra-piston up the liner with a piece of wooden dowel. Good luck, those M.E.s are fine little engines.
RayF : Baby Ringmaster : 23/05/2018

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

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