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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I realized I made a mistake: Radio Rook photos shows a monogram C E B on the rudder. This was the abbreviation for Colonel C.E. Bowden. Every modeller designer made his plane design recognizable by the rudder shape. This is common for the real Aircraft Company too. In fact the rudder shape is typical of C.E. Bowden models (e.g. Meteorite oz7544). Honnest Redlich designed the radio equipment only, plan is from C.E. Bowden.
Pit_Italy : Viewpoint 17 : 08/03/2018

Hello, I've found some old pictures of my "glider DFS-230" [more pics 005-007].
BernhardDittman : DFS 230 : 08/03/2018

P.S. this time build it with anti-stall device and let us know.
Pit_Italy : Viewpoint 17 : 08/03/2018

Hallo Owe, I found your plane at first attempts. Reading your article on RC Model World I suspected the model was published in one of several books of the period on the growing field of r/c equipment I collected. I started with the rc guru's books (Honnest Redlich) but the plan was never published in his books. Instead the plan was from him but published in a F.J. Camm book of 1958 [download Radio Rook pages here]. Probably you simply changed the arrangement of the nose cowling making it in a cabin shape. At the same time probably you simplified the trike gear design, and eliminated the anti-stall wing slot device. Correct name is Radio Rook, but undoubtedly it's the same plane. I hope you will be able to give us (Outerzone) a full size redrawn of your youth's plane. There is nothing more emotional than finding a buried toy of our childhood. Regards,
Pit_Italy : Viewpoint 17 : 08/03/2018

A few more photos to publish [more pics 009, 010]. They are from the first SAM meeting of 2017 at the Club "Pica y Zumba" near Madrid.
AntonioRodriguezGarrido : Shark 45 : 07/03/2018

I love the KK Ace. This one is slightly modified [more pics 003-005], I added a few diagonals and a folding prop but it's still a KK Ace and it definitely requires a d/t. It's my 3rd one as 'Hung' (The God of thermals) seems to like this design! This one has a 'Button' d/t btw and flies sweetly. Easily good for over a minute in calm weather.
DannyMZ : Ace : 07/03/2018

I send you a picture of the Spanish National of 1985 (Autumn, in Calatayud Zaragoza). The model is my version of the Stiletto of Les McDonald small [more pics 005].
AntonioRodriguezGarrido : Stiletto : 07/03/2018

I would like to know if you could tell me the list of materials to build RCM Advanced Trainer II. Plan 1327.
ThomasA : Advanced Trainer II : 07/03/2018

Hi Steve & Mary, There's a surprising omission on this Strutter plan. I've checked the plan thoroughly (I think!) and also the article, and there is no mention of the undercarriage anywhere. It's not shown on the plan and not mentioned in the article. Perhaps you should add a comment suggesting hand launching! Best regards,
Brian : Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter : 07/03/2018

Oops! I have realised, somewhat belatedly, that I didn't give you the answers to the Christmas crossword and quiz. Apologies if you've been on tenterhooks ever since ;) I've added them as images, above.
Mary : Blog 4 : 05/03/2018

I'm sending an extra pic of the Condor stunt plane by S?rgio Ambrogi, ID oz6675 [more pics 006]. This picture was published in the '60s in a local hobby magazine.
CarloAM : Condor : 02/03/2018

I see you recently added Sal Taibi's StarBuster to your plans list. I built one back in the late '60s and used an old u-control Wen-Mac .049 as power, it was my first 'real' free flight, big step up from Top Flight Rangers and Dakota bipes. Fast forward 5 decades and the wonder of computer plans scaling. To relive the original this model was enlarged to 56" wingspan and r/c guided. You can see the extra elevator added on, I just couldn't get myself to cut up the stab. The sharp eye will also see some added structure in the wing, for longevity's sake. This version is a real honey. It couldn't soar better if the wings were helium filled, but anyone who builds one to the plans will also have a real beautiful performer. Feel free to use these pictures [more pics 004-006].
JimPolles_PA : Starbuster : 01/03/2018

I have a Civy Boy 81 [more pics 003-005]. With longer nose for easier balance.
Matthieu_Bichon : Civy Boy 74 : 27/02/2018

Hi, I just finished this plane and in the kit was a small drawing of all the formers. I saw these were missing on your site. [see supplement file]. I also added two pictures of my QB20L-II, that you are welcome to display on your website [more pics 011, 012]. Happy to give something back.
HansMeijdam : QB 20L II : 27/02/2018

I clearly remember getting the 1958 Aeromodeller Annual for Christmas and looking at this plan. I decided quite quickly that it was too big a project for an 11 year old, which was probably sensible. The model is a bit of a mystery. I've attached the photo from the VTH plans service that accompanies the Schnittke plan [model photo]. VTH states that ''the original was designed in 1936 and flown by famous pilots such as Udet, Riedel and Nitschke''. I assume that 'Rositten' on the plan refers to the gliding school in Rossitten (note different spelling). It was then Rossitten, East Prussia and is now Rybatschi, Kaliningrad. They definitely built gliders there in the '30s, and 'Motor As' translates from German to 'Motor Ace'. The registration on the plan photo is D-YGYF which records show to be a Gruse Bo15/1. Amazingly the Gruse is a dead ringer for the so-called 'Rositten-Motor-As'. So I am assuming that the 'Rositten-Motor-As' and Gruse are the same aircraft. Maybe someone has a better explanation? There's a YouTube video of a model Gruse (called GB 15/1):
ChrisPinn : Rositten Motor AS : 27/02/2018

Hi Steve and Mary, I have some photos of the Playboy Senior oz7836 [more pics 003-007]. I saw the red one in Ocalla, Florida in 2014 and decided I had to build one. I finally did and completed the white/beige one, and flew it today off the frozen lake at our home. Great Oldtimer that I have always loved.
mjb : Playboy Senior : 27/02/2018

Hello, the first photo is of the box label from the Marutaka kit, the second photo is one of the first Royal ads for the model, I can't remember what magazine it was in and the last photo is of the decal sheet [more pics 003-005].
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Lockheed P-38 Lightning : 27/02/2018

My tribute model for Eddie Slobod [more pics 004, 005].
JDK : Pierce Arrow : 26/02/2018

Looking at the wing fixing mount system sketch, apparently there were two versions, one for 1938 and another for 1939.
Pit : Fillon Wakefield : 25/02/2018

I'm proceeding with the realization of this project, sending you two photographs of the fuselage [more pics 005, 006]. As soon as I have finished the construction I will give you some pictures.
VinceC : J.M.34 : 23/02/2018

Here are several pictures of the RCM Scooter, Mk IV [more pics 003-005]. I built these back in the '90s. The blue one had a K&B .40 two stroke. The red one had a Graupner Speed 700 brushed motor running on 14 cells. Both flew extremely well. Outstanding plane for a leisurely afternoon of no stress flying. I liked the design so well, that I even made a mold in order to make epoxy/fiberglass fuselages. Thank you very much for your site.
BobSealy_Tennessee : RCM Scooter MkIV : 23/02/2018

Appears the prior commenter interpreted the vertical wing as printed as complete and the bottom rib as the root rib. That is not the case, the vertical wing panel with its five ribs is to be joined to the horizontal wing print on the far left. Once that is done, each wing panel has six ribs and is the mirror image of the other. Rib spacing also seems to match. Sometimes a variation shows up when printing. The Black Bullet is on my build list; finishing a Pacific Ace right now.
BillH : Black Bullet : 22/02/2018

I discovered an excellent set of instructions on how to convert the Scoot to electric control line. It just doesn't get easier than this!
ChrisPinn : Scoot : 21/02/2018

Publisher amended just now. Thank you!
Mary : Thermal Sniffer : 21/02/2018

I really liked how the Fuselage came out. I substituted 1/16" square basswood for the 3/32"square balsa. It might have added a bit of weight, but the results are worth it I think. The tail came out ok - I recommend building the horizontal in two halves - it'll make it easier overall. The wing, however, is entirely a different story. According to the plans, one wing half only has 5 ribs, the other has 6. The rib spacing of each wing half is different! T hat, and the short rib out towards the wingtip is in two DRASTICALLY different spots from left to right. I'd recommend just flipping the plans over and building the halves that way, other wise it comes out like a complete nightmare. Maybe I'm missing something? Still a REALLY sharp looking bird, though!
DavidStanley : Black Bullet : 21/02/2018

The Vintage RC Society database backs up rchopper56's assertion and records the Thermal Sniffer as being published by Air Trails in August 1949 so the publisher field here on Outerzone should probably be changed to Air Trails :)
SimonPlatt : Thermal Sniffer : 21/02/2018

Either the date is wrong or the magazine it was published in is wrong. American Aircraft Modeler did not come about until the late '50s. What is likely true is that it was published in Air Trails.
rchopper56 : Thermal Sniffer : 21/02/2018

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work. Living in California I awake each morning to see what new materials you have uploaded over night. While I cannot build them all I do enjoy reading the words of the luminaries in our Hobby that were the true founders of our sport. Thought you might enjoy some photos of my latest Outerzone project, Chet Lanzo's Thermal Sniffer scaled to 130% [more pics 003-007]. It is an excellent flier.
LarryJolly : Thermal Sniffer : 20/02/2018

Some pictures of my Air Warden build [006-008]. Build log at this Face Book Group:
Marco : Air Warden : 20/02/2018

Hi, three photos of the TT Eagle 25H kit box art attached [more pics 003-005].
SimonPlatt : Eagle 25H : 20/02/2018

Hi, three photos of the TT Eagle 15T kit box art [more pics 003-005].
SimonPlatt : Eagle 15T : 20/02/2018

Hi Mary! More planes! A big one and a small one! [more pics 005-010, also see Cub Coupe oz7865].
EldonMasini : Found Centennial : 20/02/2018

Added superb model photos [more pics 003-008], thanks to EldonMasini.
Mary : Cub Coupe : 20/02/2018

Well sir, that's a pretty brutal attack on Mr. Masters accuracy. You took the swipe then you ran for the door and left nothing to back up your statement. It looks to me (as unknowledgeable of this aircraft as I am) that Mr. Masters has provided multiple sources for the builder to decide for his or her self if this creation is actually "scale" or as stated in the write-up by Steve and Mary that this is a "stand-off-scale" plan. I don't know which it is nor do I care, I will never build this model as it far exceeds my skill set and most likely yours also. If you have something that will prove your remarks lets have it, if not, try to refrain from tickling the keyboard with so much vitriol and oh yes, don't be so ANON. Have a blessed day today sir, and many more going forward.
LeeRandall_K5AIR : Dornier 335 : 18/02/2018

Added a photo of completed model [more pics 003], thanks to OlafP.
Mary : Curare 60 : 17/02/2018

Hi again, found another photograph that I'd like to provide [more pics 003].
OlafP : Starlet : 17/02/2018

Despite Mr Master's claims to accessing 'Factory' drawings, the scale rendition of this plan is simply not very accurate, surprisingly so actually.
anon : Dornier 335 : 16/02/2018

Greetz again! [more pics 007]
OlafP : Jonny : 15/02/2018

Added another photo of completed model [more pics 005], thanks to OlafP.
Mary : T-45 : 15/02/2018

I am a RC modeller for more than 40 years. When I browsed your webpage, I felt being back in the '70s and I said to myself "let's contribute with some photographs" from the early years [model photo, also more pics elsewhere on OZ]. So many memories from my juvenile RC model flying attempts came back into my mind - that was great! Very warm regards from Germany.
OlafP : Super Tiger : 15/02/2018

Added nice image of finished model, thanks to OlafP [more pics 004].
Mary : B-25 Mitchell : 15/02/2018

With greetings from Germany :) [more pics 007].
OlafP : Delta X1200 : 15/02/2018

Added two great images of the Pacemaker 40, thanks to JavierGM [more pics 007, 008].
Mary : Pacemaker 40 : 14/02/2018

Hello, my name is Javier González and I am a modeler in Madrid. Please can you include these pictures in the gallery corresponding to the model Nadir OZ9510 [model photo & more pics 003-006]. Thank you very much for your great page of plans.
JavierGM : Nadir : 14/02/2018

Hola Mary and Steve. Another Ken Willard "great plane": PAGEBOY, ID: oz358 [more pics 003-009]. Electric version, powered by a AD-C5 micro outrunner (4.6 g and 3700Kv), 4 x 2, 5 prop, 6 Amp ESC and Lipo 2S 450 mAh. A very fun model, able to perform simple aerobatic figures possible with only two axes. Saludos from Spain.
JesusAbellan : Pageboy : 14/02/2018

Here's a picture of my Dakota C-47 that I built about 20 years ago from Paris White plans [more pics 005]. Power was a pair of OS .40's. Flew it for about 5-6 seasons without any mishaps. Flew very well on one engine out.
BobSealy_Tennessee : Douglas DC-3 : 14/02/2018

Photo of completed Partenavia Victor model was found online at
SteveWMD : Partenavia P.68C Victor : 13/02/2018

Added two great shots of the Ultimate Warrior, thanks to AdamE [more pics 003, 004].
Mary : Ultimate Warrior : 12/02/2018

Finally got round to dusting off some of the models I've made from plans from your marvellous website. The first three photos are of the RCM Scooter 0.49, OZ 5978 [more pics 003-005].
AdamE : RCM Scooter .049 : 12/02/2018

Hi Steve and Mary: first flight made today, very good airplane the Gypsy by KeiKraft [more pics 013, 014]. Will be even better if it's summer, now it's cold.
JulienVermeire_Belgie : Gypsy : 12/02/2018

I found a few pictures of my Korda Victory [more pic s004, 005]. This one is a great flyer.
WalterK : Victory : 12/02/2018

Hi, Steve & Mary. I send you pictures of the Old Timer, converted to electric: .25 rimfire motor, 3s Lipo [more pics 005-007]. As stated by the author, it provides smooth relaxed flying. Less than half throttle to keep her soaring. Txs for your great effort in providing us with this big jewel.
Enrique_Alvarado : Old Timer : 12/02/2018

Here are several pictures of a Randy Wrisley 1/4 scale Le Pou Du Ciel [more pics 004-007]. More commonly know as a Flying Flea. Power was a geared brushed 540 electric motor. This was in the late '90s. Long before brushless. The Flea was one of the easiest flying planes I have ever built. Basically rudder and throttle was all that was needed. Covering was Hobby Lobby Ora Fabric. Must have had over 300 flights on the Flea before I sold it. One of my all time favorites.
BobSealy_Tennessee : Le Pou Du Ciel : 12/02/2018

Here are a few pictures of a Joe Beshar design called the Fox 107 [more pics 003, 004]. Reference number 1004. I built this one in 1996. Had a Cox .049. Flew it for five seasons. Longest flight was about an hour. Very nice design.
BobSealy_Tennessee : Fox 107 : 12/02/2018

Here are some photos for the file [more pics 003-006]. I began this model in high school, 1959, with a classmate who had the plan. Because of the box-like fuselage, Joe built his R/C using a two tube radio available left over from his father's projects. The transmitter used a clockwise rotating control switch with neutral at 12 and 6, while right rudder was at three o'clock and left at nine. Therefore, if one had just used left rudder and needed it to turn left again, it was required to turn right before left . As the aircraft was rudder only and under-powered with two early cox Thimble drome engines, flights were entertaining and a challenge. One time it finally got some altitude and got in range of a radio controlled traffic light which tried to take over. Joe would frantically rotate the switch to make a turn and then the light would change. The plane was eventually freed from the traffic light, flown back and safely landed. This plan would still be a good R/C at double sized. As you can see, mine is control-line as per the plan, with two Cox Baby Bee engines - and still unfinished, interrupted by the Air Force, marriage, children and other projects. I hope to finish and fly it while I can still stand upright.
EdShearer : Chase C-122 Avitruc : 12/02/2018

Hi Richard: all the printwood scans are posted under "Download Supplement" (no.2). All formers, wing ribs etc. are there.
Mary : Southerner Mite : 10/02/2018

An answer for Wayne: this Bryce Petersen design was published in R/C Modeler Magazine, September 1971, plan #407. The kit would have been available around that time too. Sometimes the kit announcement coincided with the plan publication.
Rudy : AT-6 SNJ : 09/02/2018

Some photos of my friend's Divider [more pics 004-006]. This is truly an outstanding sport flier. You don't hear much about it nowadays. I never considered building it until my friend asked for a 20 size sport plane recommendation. I had never seen one, nor even heard of anybody building it, but I thought the plan looked pretty good, so we tried it. It turns out that it is a very good design. My friend has tried the 25 FSR, 25 FP, and Enya 19 on it, and it always performs well. The more powerful engines provide a stronger takeoff, and the lighter engines provide better flight performance due to reduced weight.
Balsaworkbench : Divider : 09/02/2018

Thanks for the Ribs, didn't see they were missing, but the parts that are missing are the Fuselage formers. There are quite a few, there are only a couple on the main plan.
RichardStitson : Southerner Mite : 09/02/2018

I have a kit for this plane AT-6 Texan. It states on the box: Design by Bryce Peterson, Aero Precision, Collins Industry Inc., 322 North East St, Tipton, Indiana, 46072. I would like to know what year this kit was made. I have built it but not flown it yet. Any info would be great. I have searched the net but to no avail. Thank you,
WayneMeyer : AT-6 SNJ : 09/02/2018

Here are some in-flight photos of Otto the Giro being piloted by Allan Perret [more pics 006-009].
EdShearer : Otto the Giro : 09/02/2018

Some pictures of my latest construction: Ken Willard's "Scorcher", ID:oz1184 [more pics 007-012]. Electric version powered by a TT OBL 2924/14 (1430 RPM/V), APC s 7 x 4 prop and 3S 2200mah lipo battery. The only modifications, on the original plan, has been the slight increase of the rudder and fin surface and the spruce spar. Covering with Ora-Cover. An excellent "Sunday Flyer"!!!! Saludos from Spain.
JesusAbellan : Scorcher : 09/02/2018

Hello, Outerzone people! My name is Wagner Aoki. I am from Brazil, Sao Jose dos Campos city. I would like to thank you for the site. I had downloaded a 2x4 glider plan. I finished the construction and I would like to share some construction pictures [more pics 003-007]. The maiden flight video: Thank you so much.
Wagner_Aoki : 2 x 4 : 09/02/2018

Volume 13/Issue 4 is equivalent to July 1997
anon : Fun Hawk : 08/02/2018

Hi Mary, you have garnered a few very astute observations about aeromodelling in such a short time. One thing that I have found at international competitions is that nobody cares about the colour of your skin, your race or religion as at the end of the day everybody congratulates the winners, commiserates with the unlucky ones and at such times I have realised that aeromodellers are the same the world over. No politics, no bs, just a bunch of people having fun, exchanging ideas and getting along. So should all politicians become aeromodellers or should all aeromodellers become politicians? Sure could solve a lot of problems!
DannyM : Viewpoint 8 : 07/02/2018

Hello, to complete your plan, I send pictures of my Rocketeer A, 1941 [more pics 006-014]. I built the model as planned on Outerzone. I installed the MP JET classic 0.6 ccm diesel engine. The cover is Airspan. The model is published at
KarelSlupsky : Rocketeer A : 06/02/2018

Veron Hawker Fury converted to electric [model photo & more pics 003]. Planning on making a few more if it flies ok. Thanks for the plan!
AlistairM : Hawker Fury : 06/02/2018

I built one of these and weighted it to put the CG at 30% of wing chord. It promptly took a nose dive. The model flew best with the CG located near the point where the rear fuselage joins the wing. I have no idea why, it just does.
Anon : Poullin JP-30 : 05/02/2018

I am sending photos of my Graupner Kapitan (Outerzone plan) flying with VARIOPHON (1964) reed transmitter, converted to 2,4G using Phil Green emulation encoder [more pics 015-017]. Regards from Athens, Greece.
Panagiotis_Siatounis : Kapitan : 05/02/2018

Here is my GYPSY, structural work done [more pics 011,012]. Now the remote control installation and finally cover with Japanese paper. The rubber band model weighs 8 OZS or 230 grams. I'm going to try to obtain this weight with RC. Of course, it will be impossible to get 8 OZS or 230 GRAMS, but 300 grams or 10 OZS should be able. It is very fun with so little wood to build a model that is also still RC flying. And it takes very little money.
JulienVermeire_Belgie : Gypsy : 05/02/2018

Hullo Steve, you may like to add these pics to your plan [more pics 006, 007]. I built it for 2 Enya 45,s, about 80 in span. Not from the Svenson kit, from a scale drawing in RCM models. Flew beautifully.
JeffBrowne_BrokenHill : Britten-Norman Islander : 05/02/2018

A most interesting subject and a good article at that. IIRC, this aircraft was heavily influenced by the sensational DH.88 Comet, which set the standard for long distance racers of the period.
clouddozer : Bellanca 28-92 Trimotor : 05/02/2018

Nice flyer I though the published plan has the c of g too far forward it should be 48 mm back from the wing leading edge or 1-7/8 inches in old money thanks,
StephenSmith : Woodpecker : 04/02/2018

Photos of my new, as yet unflown Impulse, powered by a Red Finn .06 twin [model photo & more pics 004-006]. Rudder only with a modern 2.4 ghz radio. If test flights are successful, I will install a vintage Controlaire single channel radio with a compound escapement.
DaveA : Impulse : 04/02/2018

I've forgotten where or when I pulled these photos off the Internet [more pics 006,007]. The first photo was saved as "Sal Taibi launches his newest design, the Perris Special" [more pics 005, also submitted by Pit].
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Perris Special : 04/02/2018

Added photo of "the guru Sal Taibi launching his Perris Special", thanks to Pit [more pics 005].
Mary : Perris Special : 04/02/2018

Saw this in RCM years ago but wasn't into electric yet. Just downloaded it for next winter's project. Can't wait!
ErnestP : Bellanca 28-92 Trimotor : 04/02/2018

Between 1955 and about 1958, I built several Dolphins. My chief memory of them is that, unlike many small towline gliders of the period, they towed straight - no weaving, no veering off to one side or the other. Note to builders: for the wing mainspars, choose the toughest balsa you can find - or preferably, for the centre panel at least, use spruce!
JohnP : Dolphin : 04/02/2018

Thank you to everyone who contacted us to say that Sal Taibi designed the Perris Special: Pit, Anon, Joost, Simon Blake, Mike Hollamby & Jeff Green. I'm only slowly catching up with email after our week away - I apologise if you were wondering why your name hadn't appeared yet.
Mary : Perris Special : 04/02/2018

I have 2 photos of the Perris Special plan just uploaded [model photo & more pics 003, 004]. It was designed by Sal Taibi in 1998(?), the date is on the wing. I know it's a 1990s design - an aeromodelling friend build it at the time. He corresponded with the designer, Sal Taibi, and so had gotten the plan from him after having met on a Middle Wallop flying meeting. The plan was just a sketch, and not published at the time or ever drawn up as real plan. The Perris Special was a simplified version of the Brooklyn Dodger by the same designer. The photos I must have made around year 2000, at the Raynes Park Model Aircraft Club.
Joost : Perris Special : 04/02/2018

I never got around to building this design but I sure wanted to. Robert Lopshire, who designed this plane, also wrote a great article, in the same issue, on how to choose colors and how to use them to lay out a color scheme. This was back in the day when an acceptable color scheme for most of us was yellow wings and stab with a red fuse and vertical rudder. I still have the magazine along with full size plans. I may do it yet.
Jamesf : Pronto : 04/02/2018

Stew Meyers, in issue 298 of the FAC Newsletter, writes that this isn't really a Comet plan, but a fake done by Dave Stott. It had me convinced for many years. However, the cleanest copy I've seen of this plan appears in issue 93, along with some silliness that implies it's some kind of fake. You can download issue 93 here: Unfortunately, the scan isn't QUITE as clear as the original newsletter I was fortunate enough to acquire. If fake, this is a masterful job of counterfeiting.
LincolnR : Curtiss Airmail Biplane : 04/02/2018

Hey thank you for the plan. I built this one in a couple months. 100 watt electric. I have included a couple photos [more pics 008, 009].
Tomv : Jr Falcon : 04/02/2018

Hi Mary and Steve. Here I send you a few photos of my old "Spinning Wing", ID: oz 9695 [more pics 003-005]. Built in 1967, was operating for several years, accumulating a lot of flights. Now, fifty years later, after a deep overhaul, again to be capable of flight. Saludos from Spain.
JesusAbellan : Spinning Wing : 04/02/2018

Hi Steve, For some reason, the comment link isn't working on my screen, for your HV450 page, and I have (what I think is) an interesting comment! The description text, from Aeromodeller starts by stating that the original model (shown in the photo) was powered by a Micron 5cc diesel... which isn't true. The article was written by Dicky (DJ Laidlaw) Dickson, whom I knew. He lived close to me. Seeing the photo, dear old Dicky saw a fixed compression diesel, and the only one he knew was the Micron, so it had to be that... and that's what he wrote. However, studying the photos, it's obvious that the engine shown isn't the Micron, but an Airplan Normandie 5.5cc, and this is confirmed by descriptions of the same plane in contemporary French magazines (MRA). I pointed this out to Dicky and Ron Moulton sometime during the seventies. However, while they agreed with me, the article had already been published for 25 years, so it could never be corrected, except when an occasion arises... Like now! Best regards,
BrokenEnglish : HV-450 : 02/02/2018

Appeared in first Perris (California) contest event in 2005, probably designed in 2004 for this contest.
Pit : Perris Special : 02/02/2018

Designed by Sal Taibi. Probably his last design, and named for Perris Field, where his club, the SCAMPS met weekly for fun flying, socializing and coffee and donuts.
anon : Perris Special : 02/02/2018

By the venerable Sal Taibi! For a Perris event contest Sal's newest model, The Perris Special, was designed with several Perris regular flyers in mind. Some liked a lot of ribs, some liked simple construction, etc., and Sal threw all the influences in to the model. What he came up with is a model with a fuselage that has the silhouette of a Brooklyn Dodger, the wing and stab of a Starduster, and a unique rudder. Put that all together and you have a darn high performing model.
Pit : Perris Special : 02/02/2018

Model photo & more pics 003-005 thanks to Jef Lemmens.
Mary : Mini-Multi : 25/01/2018

Model photo & more pics 003, 004 thanks to Jef Lemmens.
Mary : Senior : 25/01/2018

Model photo & more pics 003-007 thanks to Pajariperro.
Mary : Mustang P-51 : 25/01/2018

Thanks for putting the plan on Outerzone. I thought I would send you a couple of photos of Chris Strachan's actual model that he lent me to look at. You can see the C of G position on the under view of his model [model pics 004-006].
JohnWynn : Lil Plank : 25/01/2018

Excellent aircraft to build and fly. Doesn't take much to get it to fly for a minute+. Others will get it to fly longer.
FSG : Auster Arrow : 25/01/2018

Just a little correction to the above comment: Shute was actually the Managing Director of Airspeed, and didn't have much to do with the design of the Courier. Also, he never had anything to do with the R101: he was Chief Stress Calculator, and later effectively the Chief Engineer, of the R100. His autobiography, "Slide Rule", is a wonderful read.
JP : British Airspeed Courier : 24/01/2018

This is a fun design, actually Sept of '55. I built this model in the '80s for our C/L club's monthly contest. We had monthly member's contests to expose us to different disciplines of C/L flight such as carrier, racing etc. The month this flew was "the most unusual thing to fly". Rule was it had to take off, fly 7 laps without touching down. One member, an electronics engineer, insisted "it can't fly". It took off, had front rotor hub failure after two laps, and using full "up", completed the flight on the rear rotor in a 45 degree nose down attitude. Our engineer member repeatedly said "I saw it fly but it can't fly". Anyone building this needs to design a more substantial rotor hub. Also, balance the blades as I did not. We learned the lift forces are more than we expected and the advancing/retreating blade forces caused metal fatigue as in the photo. This model exists because it made only that one flight. There is new member interest in auto-giros as evidenced by gallery photos of your Otto the Giro plan, oz7346. I did not win that month either.
EdShearer : Tan-Giro : 24/01/2018

Dear Steve and Mary, here's my hull under construction: a small electric motor in place of the rubber engine [more pics 009, 010]. I hope to build as light as possible.
JulienVermeire : Gypsy : 24/01/2018

Hello, I found this manual somewhere online and it seems a little more recent than the current OZ one [see suppl. file].
Dries : Super Hots 60 : 23/01/2018

Here is a picture of my Ebenezer [model photo]. Cox Pee Wee .020 for power.
WalterK : Ebenezer : 22/01/2018

Added great model photo, thanks to WalterK.
Mary : Brooklyn Dodger 32 : 22/01/2018

I have seen this design in an old book of Soviet aircraft. It was an airbrushed artist's impression of what was purported to be a Russian interceptor. I've long since forgotten what book this was, but it was typical of those produced in the 1950s when information about Russian aircraft was scant to non-existent. The nearest I can find to it now, is a picture of the old Aurora kit of the 'Yak 25', produced around that time as a 'best guess' as to what the latest Yak may have looked like: It is very similar to the plan on OZ but for some reason Aurora added a Sabre-type nose cone. Note that this is known to be a fictional aircraft by today's plastic modellers, and I think it's pretty clear that the OZ plan is as well. Perhaps the design still has some nostalgic interest, however, as a remnant of the days when anything remotely plausible was accepted as gospel by an aviation-obsessed audience, fearful of the communist menace.
SB : Yak 25 : 22/01/2018

You're right. Just checked, will re-scale this one asap. Googling the box art shows a quote of 22-5/16in wingspan.
SteveWMD : Velie Monocoupe : 22/01/2018

The TE, according to the plans should be .25", but is showing closer to .39". I'm guessing this should be a 22" wing span, not 32".
Tri-pacer : Velie Monocoupe : 22/01/2018

Regarding the discussion about plan number 9693 Yak-25/ Ta-183, in the early to mid '50s the aviation media touted airbrushed "photos" as the latest from the Soviet Union, the new Yak-25. As later years brought more WW2 data, it was obvious that it was Kurt Tank's design. Look at Argentina's Pulqui II by Kurt Tank [JP Evans' Pulqui II scale model is here on OZ]. As an old person, then a young teen, I remember all of this. So, while it is really a Ta-183, the Russians had fun passing it off as their new Yak-25. The design does fly well as I have seen an R/C fly at a contest and nothing broke off.
EdShearer : Yak 25 : 22/01/2018

Does anyone have a copy of this plan that wasn't scanned at an angle? Thanks!
AdamJ : Curtiss F11C-4 : 22/01/2018

I know. That's what I said under "about this plan" :)
SteveWMD : Yak 25 : 21/01/2018

Look up the Yak-25. It's not this plane.
anon : Yak 25 : 21/01/2018

Here is Angelo Ghezzi with his model in the 1st engined model competition in Italy - Florence, August 1943 [model photo].
Pit : Ghezzi : 19/01/2018

Hi, I googled and could not find a Yak-25 but I found a Focke Wulf TA-183. Maybe rename to Yak-25/ta-183 see also
Karsten : Yak 25 : 19/01/2018

Added nice image of the Ringmaster S-1, thanks to Russell Christensen [more pics 013].
Mary : Ringmaster S-1 : 19/01/2018

Here is a photo of the classic Flite Streak built by my friend Pablo Cerezo [more pics 004]. And one of myself (when I was young) also of Flite Streak 1976 OS MAX III 15, Tenerife, Canary Islands [005].
AntonioRodriguezGarrido : Flite Streak : 19/01/2018

Here is the Scout (OZ1533) of my friend Jesus Ortega, with Spanish engine Paya [more pics 006].
AntonioRodriguezGarrido : Scout : 19/01/2018

Today I share a photo of my son's "Twinny" (OZ 5180), with OS 15 engine [more pics 007].
AntonioRodriguezGarrido : Twinny : 19/01/2018

This is the last that I built [model photo & more pics 003-008]. Thanks!
EldonMasini : Aeronca Champion : 19/01/2018

Hello Steve and Mary. First of all, my best wishes for 2018! In this thread (Dutch) user "Histone" posted a scan of the formers. While they're not the right scale it shows clearly the wingspar with the correct dihedral. The dihedral is not indicated on the plan though but this picture tells a lot.
Dries : Impuls : 19/01/2018

Designer Angelo Ghezzi - this model was the winner of the first Italian contest for engined model aircraft in Florence, August 1943. Engine 60 cu. in. Plan marketed by Emilio Biraghi.
Pit : Ghezzi : 18/01/2018

Attached is a picture of my second attempt at building John Hancock's Jubilee glider model [more pics 004], based on the plan supplied with my Bowman Models kit which came out in the 1980s I think. In marginal lift conditions on the slope it will sail serenely by while foamy flying wings flutter down like autumn leaves. It really is good to have, to avoid that 'wrong model' syndrome.
RussellH : Jubilee : 17/01/2018

I read somewhere the Wing Derringer was designed by John Thorp, of Thorp T18 fame and based on the T17 development of the Sky Scooter. There certainly is a family resemblance between the T18 and Derringer!
MartyH : Wing Derringer : 17/01/2018

Please find attached photo for your excellent web site [more pics 11]. I built this from the kit about 20 years ago. It still flies well, although I have replaced the tissue wing covering (not recommended) with Solartex.
RussellH : Ridge Runt : 17/01/2018

I'm Gilbert Morris, designer of the Kerswap. I'm now 92 years old but I and others still fly it (Class A and B with Ohlsson 19 & 23) in SAM sanctioned free flight events. Isaacks rendition is accurate except the top camber is reduced and bottom camber changed to flat bottom. Also, the firewall has been extended forward. For scale-like flying with a Cox .049 instead of the heavier and stronger Ohlsson 19 in the original, Bob reduced the drag of the wing by reducing the camber. Also, in order to get the correct CG he extended the engine forward somewhat. Both exceptions, I think, are justified for 1/2A Texaco fllying. The Kerswap was SAM Approved 1980 by the SAM Old Time Design Committee chaired by Bert Pond. I designed the Kerswap the winter of 1941 - 1942. I originally built three and lost all of them in contests 1942 having won many in the process. One of the three was found and returned.
GilbertMorris : Kerswap 490 : 17/01/2018

You have published the plans of the Chimbo OZ 9649, but nothing of its author, so I'm sending you some historic photos of our beloved aeromodelling professor, José Gogorcena Anzoategui, designer of many models. They may wake up memories among the most veteran European aeromodellers. Foto 1 1952: left to right Batllo, Gogorcena & Illan, standing up Severo Brusel. Foto 2: Gogorcena in Avión magazine. Foto 3 Gogorcena in the "San Isidro" contest, 1952 [more pics 006-008].
Pajariperro : Chimbo III : 16/01/2018

Added model photo, from Plans Handbook 1964, thanks to Karsten.
Mary : Unlimited : 16/01/2018

Many thanks, alcalaino, this is great :)
Mary : J.M.34 : 16/01/2018

The designer's name is José Marchesi. He was a well known designer and active aeromodeller in the forties and fifties in Argentina. For example, he placed fifth in Class A in the Argentinian competition 'Gran Premio Trofeo Presidente de la Nación' held in October 1949, and this is the way his name was printed in the November 1949 issue of the magazine 'Aeromodelismo' [more pics 003]. Regarding the original JM-34 design, the advertising for this model in the October 1949 issue of the same magazine reads: "J.M. 34. The already famous plane, winner of many contests. Easy to build and very easy to fly too. Complete kit, wingspan 1.80m [71in], price $23. P/P add $3.50" [more pics 004].
alcalaino : J.M.34 : 16/01/2018

I have built a couple of these from the original plans and the actual span is more like 65in. I ironed out the design's shortcomings on my second attempt by rounding off the fuselage corners and replacing the heavy sheet balsa tail with a Correx version.
RussellH : Jubilee : 16/01/2018

It was inspired by the twin hull Savoia Marchetti S-55, in the 30's Italo Balbo (Chief Commander of Italian Air Force) with 14 of these planes made a trans-atlantic expediton that ended in USA with a great echo and acclaim similar to Apollo 11 astronauts return! S-55 plans are on OZ too.
Pit : Barracuda : 15/01/2018

Concerning Walter Musciano, a quick check of Outerzone files [articles] gives photo proof of at least four in flight (oz2544, oz1939, oz5591, and oz8184) and two on the flight line. In my model mags, there are many more in flight shots. It is interesting to see his balding over the years as by the late 1960s he had a toupe which got longer by the '80s. He was still left handed throughout.
EdShearer : Barracuda : 15/01/2018

Many thanks to Devon Sutcliffe for clarifying a few details re: this plan. The plan description has been updated. We're still not 100% certain of the original designer's name. I'm fairly sure it's "Marchesi", but have also seen it spelled "Marchessi". If anyone can confirm either way, it would be appreciated.
Mary : J.M.34 : 15/01/2018

There should be one more page to the article. If that could be added, that would be a big help.
Simon : Sea Hawk : 15/01/2018

Hi Steve - a reaction to why no photos with the Barracuda. I would strongly suspect he did build it. Mostly in designing a model airplane the workflow is as follows: make a sketch of it, draw a simple plan to build from, build the model airplane and test it, make changes if needed, draw up a real plan for others incorporating final details. It does not explain why he has no photos. An editor publishing would surely like them for several obvious reasons. A designer doing the job with publication in mind will take photos; also this designer was prolific, it would not have taken long for him to build it. Many of his works are far more complex and perhaps even over-engineered for the builder that needs more time to do the job. I never met a designer of model airplanes that makes a full drawing first and then the model, but those may be there too. But also I have never seen a plan that was drawn up and has not been build and I have seen quite a few. An exercise in speculation on my part perhaps :)
Joost : Barracuda : 14/01/2018

Steve, I see you've gotten right to the heart of the problem, it was never built. Don McGovern was one of the repeat offenders of this practice, but Walter Musciano was the all-time champ. He would draw a beautiful set of plans, mostly scale C/L models but neglected to build the plane. Pictures of the real airplane would accompany his article but no model pix were ever published. He could get away with this because a C/L line model would fly even when poorly built, maybe not all that well but it would get around the circle. I don't think the magazines stoop this low in today's market, but Hell, they're too busy pushing the cursed ARFs to go to much trouble. I miss RCM.
DougSmith : Barracuda : 14/01/2018

I'm always curious with plans like this one that were published in a detailed article, but with no photo of a completed model - does that mean it was never actually built?
SteveWMD : Barracuda : 13/01/2018

Hi Mary - Here's a poor photo from 1976 of a Wing Ding (hanging above my head) [more pics 003]. However, it's quite informative and does prove that I actually built one! It shows that the area of fin marked 'Bend for Trim' on the drawing breaks off as it's unprotected. There's also the hint of some lead glued on underneath to correct nose heaviness. So I would suggest that the fuselage is extended rearwards to protect the trim tab area, which also puts a bit of weight in the right place. Apart from that, it's a fantastic fun model. I flew it many times at Aeromodeller Old Warden events.
ChrisPinn : Wing Ding : 12/01/2018

Please add the attached image of my Jubilee to your Jubilee page [more pics 003]. Many thanks for all your sterling work on these plans from yesteryear.
GeeW : Jubilee : 12/01/2018

Aha, thanks Pit. Ok, have added more pages to the article, it now includes drawing of tailplane, and also some notes on flying the model.
SteveWMD : Cloud-Dozer : 12/01/2018

Cloud Dozer fin is in Model Aircraft August 1946 issue. see Mary's page at
Pit : Cloud-Dozer : 12/01/2018

It seems the plans don't show the tail fin and rudder - many thanks to Ross for checking this. Does anyone have more info on this one? Thanks
SteveWMD : Cloud-Dozer : 12/01/2018

In case you're wondering, Bordertown is in Australia, in south western Victoria, just a bit east of South Australia. Lameroo is a little town in South Australia west of the Victorian border.
Mary : Viewpoint 14 : 11/01/2018

Hi Mary, please find attached a photo of the Lapwing built and flown by my late father [model photo & more pics 003].
LeighRichardson : Lapwing : 11/01/2018

Please find attached a photo of my late father's Boysterous model built from plans that I drew up from Howard's original photo as I didn't know a plan existed [more pics 003].
LeighRichardson : Boysterous : 11/01/2018

"Number Seven" is the name of the "lucky" considered billiard ball, it's a nickname for several things (race horsess too).
Pit : Number 7 : 10/01/2018

To me this is not from '20s. This is a common English design (typical is the undercarriage loop) for a Lightweight Duration Model category plane, in use from 1935 to 1947. A lot of similar plans can be found in books of that period and Copland, Boys, Warring and Rippon all made similar designs. In this category there was no restriction on weight and fuse size. The use of a 50 inch wing suggest an usage in Wakefield category too.
Pit : Lapwing : 10/01/2018

In case you, like me, were wondering abut Mad Jack's donkey - turns out that in the 1970s/80s American TV series The Life & Times of Grizzly Adams, there's a character 'Mad Jack', who has a donkey named 'Number 7'. Did Harry Stewart name his plane after the donkey?!
Mary : Number 7 : 10/01/2018

Please find attached the 1973, 1976 and 1979 Modelhob catalogues entries for the glider Cierzo [more pics 003-005]. First appeared in 1973, it's listed as an easy to build high efficiency A1 glider with an original wingspan of 1400mm (55in) up to the 1979 catalogue, in which it appears in a reduced size with a 1200mm (47-1/4in) wingspan.
alcalaino : Cierzo : 10/01/2018

The article is now available, Jeff [supplementary file]. RFJ to the rescue, once again :)
Mary : Baby Mixmaster : 10/01/2018

Hello, while searching around I found this plan and would love to build it, because it definitely looks like it's designed for a counter rotating prop system. Unfortunately there is no information about it on the plan. Does anyone have the July 1947 MAN article to go with it ? Thanks.
Jeff : Baby Mixmaster : 09/01/2018

Dear Outerzone, my download of your superb Super Constellation will be very useful to hand-manufacture the broken-off wing tanks of my Dinky-Toys France Ref. 60C = 892 1/190 scale model (1956-62), which I recently took from Paris to the West Indies, where I work twice a year, to photograph it on slide film in-situ on the approach trajectory to the runway, as I did two months ago in Fort-de-France. I may scan and send within the next few months. I visited the Concorde prototype at Toulouse-Blagnac in 1971, first flew on a two-seater glider in 1980 as a student, walked the Aberdeen, Scotland tarmac for my first passenger flight on an HS 748 in 1982, flew a few times to Berlin-Tegel with the wall in sight as the Rosinenbomber did during the blockade, and crossed the Big Pond for the first time on March 22nd on board the newly-delivered Airbus A350-900 of Air Caraibes. Quid of the future?
PeterDenimal : Lockheed Super Constellation : 08/01/2018

Hi, here are a few photos of Number 7 (not Mad Jack's donkey) built from the plan on Outerzone [model photo & more pics 003-005]. Mine is electric, easy build, easy fly, would take just hours to build this depending on how fast your glue dries.
Joost : Number 7 : 08/01/2018

I'd like to share my foto with you, it is the barebone Felix, Outerzone planID 1639 [more pics 003]. Thanks for your great sites, I visit them nearly every day.
AndreasK : Felix : 08/01/2018

Hello Mary - This is the last plane I built [more pics 003-009]. I did few changes in the construction and I really liked the final result! Thanks!!!
EldonMasini : Taylorcraft : 08/01/2018

I built two of these, one crashed at the first flight because I forgot to glue the outer Bowden cable. I remember that the leading edge was quite complicated to put together, lots of hands and pins. The second one I flew for quite some time and had a lot of fun, easy flying and beautiful landings. Gave her away to build a Telemaster that I still fly.
EdV : Snoopey : 08/01/2018

Hi - I made this one as my first build around 1969. It flew well but on the 5e flight, one of the 3 battery wires broke and she started circling down. Crashed in one meter of free space between a farm and a class house and was completely destroyed. I had made a parachute hatch in the bottom that worked quite well. Good glider too. Thanks for the plan!
EdV : Impuls : 05/01/2018

As predicted Storm Dylan and Eleanor have curtailed any thoughts of flight but that's okay since I had the chance to complete another model ready for Spring😏. This is a scaled down version of Leon Schulman's Wedgy by John Meaney [more pics 003, 004]. I have slightly changed the fuselage profile to account for 2 9g servos, 7.4v 2s lipo and parklite rx. Power is from a geared GWS turning a 180 by 145 EMI prop. I have also slightly altered the wing span: more dihedral and slightly stretched to 24".
AnthonyRoberts : Wedgy : 04/01/2018

The model in the photo is my current version, it's over 5 years old and still flying very well [model pic].
DannyMZ : Vespa : 04/01/2018

There's a short video of a Bernhardt B2, 70" scale(ish) model 3 channel on youtube: It ends rather abruptly! Again, thanks to Pascal for link.
Mary : Bernhardt B2 : 03/01/2018

Model photo was found online at, thanks to Pascal. Follow the link for more images.
Mary : Bernhardt B2 : 03/01/2018

I believe the Gemini in the photo was flown by me to a US Nat Record of 38 +- miles in the mid Eighties. (Standard Class free distance and Distance to a pre determined goal, approximately 4.5 hours and I know I got a low save from less than 10 feet.) The flight originated from Barstow-Daggett airport and landed in Ludlow CA. This model was lovingly referred to as "rent a wreck" and was flown by Alex Bower when he qualified the the US soaring team in 1982. The day of the X/C flight is the same as the day Gary Itner went 77 miles with "Little Pidgeon" to break the WR and set a new US Nat. record for X/C distance so all the pictures were of Gary and his model. There were 2 or 3 previous Gemini prototypes but the kit version would take a 12 volt winch launch with no problems. The 15% Bame airfoil also had the distinction of being un-stallable at the limits of the Balance (8 degree AOA if I remember correctly) in the Princeton Low speed tunnel. I maintain that it would fly as slow as the Paragon if you knew how to do it and with a couple of pounds of ballast. Alex made the first sub 20 sec 4 lap speed run in the US during practice for the team selection. Both Don Northern and Kieth Kendrick made larger versions of the Gemini and were very successful in contests with them into the nineties. It is a great subject for a NOS or Woody model. This is my favorite of all of Ed Slobod's designs and is simply an outstanding wooden sailplane.
JDK : Gemini MTS : 02/01/2018

Please find attached a pic consisting of Modelhob's 1976 and 1979 catalogue entries for the glider Dani, Plan ID 6609 [more pics 004]. Hope you find them interesting.
alcalaino : Dani : 02/01/2018

Hi Mary and Steve. Pretty Perfect, plan oz9333, is the control line model of the meet for Cowra Model Aircraft Club's Oily Hand Day 2018. Dennis Percival, Arthur's brother, has kindly redrawn the plan for us from sketches and disassembly of one of the original models. I have flown one of Dennis's models and can attest that it flies "pretty perfect". Build this model, you will not be disappointed. Here is a photo of the original model as built by Arthur Percival [model photo].
AndyLuckett_CowraMAC : Pretty Perfect : 02/01/2018

I was seeking inspiration for a new project and this reminded me I had built the Skyleada Comet 1 from a drawing downloaded from Outerzone. Photo attached [model photo].
BobPickernell : DH Comet : 02/01/2018

Ray - go have a browse on Hobbyking - they've got one if you feel like living dangerously LOL:
Daithi : Convair Delta Wing XF-92A : 02/01/2018

Hello Mary - new plane [model photo & more pics 003-008]. Happy Holidays!
EldonMasini : Heath Center-Wing Special : 02/01/2018

A fitting tribute as his death was announced at 100 years old recently.
MikeH : 1948 Wakefield : 02/01/2018

Just scaled to 1.1 Athnansios? Should be great to upload that 1.1 plans. I have a 7-35 waiting for a new plane.
WimVH : Stearman PT-17 : 31/12/2017

Added new images [more pics 006-010] thanks to RFJ.
Mary : Celestial Horseman : 31/12/2017

Added super model photo, and more pics, thanks to Warren Rigg [model photo & more pics 003-005].
Mary : Boeing 247 : 29/12/2017

This is my rendition of Frank Lasheck's XF-92A, plan No. 2144 [more pics 004-007]. Since I couldn't find a functional Dynajet, it is a static model. I bet that it would be a thrill to light it off though!
RayLathrop_Iowa : Convair Delta Wing XF-92A : 29/12/2017

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