Recent commentsWhat engine? I see 2T engine, but CC? I love Glow engines! Thanks,
Julien Vermeire : Tiger 2 : 09/03/2021
Hi Don. Excellent! The short answer is just email us everything you can, to email@example.com the longer answer is, for more details on how to submit stuff to Outerzone, see https://outerzone.co.uk/get_involved.asp
SteveWMD : Hercules : 09/03/2021
Dear Outerzone Administrator, I am the designer of the Hercules Clipper Cargo model featured in Airtrails Annual 1958. I have more pictures of this record setting model, including the model taking off on the record setting flight. Let me know if you want them, and how I should send them.
Don Gurnett : Hercules : 09/03/2021
The Easy Answer is extremely dear to me, it was the first RC aircraft I was given as a very young child - I spent a whole year building it by myself, all my previous experience was with models I made from junkyard foams and cardboard - it was the most amazing gifts I had ever gotten I was so proud of it. Sadly we never had access to a proper club and the best I could get was short hand launch flighs in the garden so it never flew the way it was designed to but it taught me the basics of RC, building with balsa (all those ribs!) and covering etc. I see classic gliders all the time on the web and at clubs but until now I never saw anything on the Easy Answer or any of the Global models which I think were really good models. Someone should revive the range and maybe sell ARF's like Goldberg did with the Gentla Lady
Darren : Easy Answer : 08/03/2021
Dear Outerzone Administrators, Thank you so much for curating and maintaining this fabulous repository of all the classic and old school RC-airplane plans and articles. I hope your eagerness and motivation will continue to keep this website around for years to come!
I would like to offer to share on your site, photos of my built Goldberg Tiger 2 [pics 004-007]. My admiration of RC-airplanes are the classic looking sport and pattern airplanes of the 1980s and 1990s. I built this last year from a kit that I was lucky to buy from someone in the US and it continues to be a fun and smooth flying airplane. Obviously, I made some modifications, the most obvious is the conversion to a tail-dragger (conventional) landing gear setup. Not so obvious are the slight enlargement of the rudder and a very reduced dihedral. The spirit of it being, that I wanted it to resemble a 1980s/90s pattern aerobatic airplane you would back in the days of glow engine fun-fly gatherings. It does some pattern aerobatics quite well and I think it looks sharp, for a boxy fuselage airplane.
Have a wonderful spring and keep on flying! Best Regards, from Montreal,
Ian San Agustin : Tiger 2 : 08/03/2021
Agreed - well spotted. Fixed now. Many thanks.
SteveWMD : Piper J3 : 08/03/2021
Hi Steve and Mary, As Miguel has pointed out, the wording on the plan is an art form in itself and it's great to see a rare human touch in our increasingly computer-generated world.
I suspect there is also a human error on the description of the centre section covering and it is the top sheeting that should be 1/16" balsa. If I am correct you may like to consider substituting the attached plan, which has been revised accordingly.
Skippy : Piper J3 : 08/03/2021
What a fine rejuvenation of a 70 years old design :-) Cad work is first class and the parts PDF files perfectly organised, no guessing needed. Well done Matthias, I hope it flies as well as it looks!
Miguel : Jupiter RC : 08/03/2021
Many thanks to you and other Outerzone supporters for the Humbrol Bronco plan. I will build one in balsa using my original undercarriage and Humbrol CO2 motor. Cheers,
Adrian Culf : Bronco : 08/03/2021
Here’s a rare bird, the Curtiss O-52A Owl (oz1504), a pre-war designed aerial reconnaissance aircraft [pics 006-013]. Considering its unique design features such as wing leading edge slats and a retractable landing gear, it should have been readily accepted for frontline service. Alas, it wasn’t. Like its contemporary of the time, the Westland Lysander, it was considered too slow and vulnerable. It didn’t take combatants long at all to realize that risky recon duties were better performed by actual high performance combat aircraft specifically modified for the purpose. The Owl was however, supplied to the Soviets under Lend-Lease, who had no qualms whatsoever concerning the risks of its application and readily accepted it for frontline use against the Wehrmacht.
I’ve reduced my model to half-size of the original plan but otherwise followed the plan in construction. The rudder did require some “reshaping” to better approximate a scale shape. Thank you to Outerzone, Steve and Mary,
Neal Green : Curtiss O-52 : 08/03/2021
Dear friends of small scale models, I am sending you another good flyer Wee Waco, oz2380 [main pic, 006]. This model is converted from CO2 to rubber motor, so the front parts of model are completely new.
Drahoslav Dvorak : Wee Waco : 08/03/2021
Hi Guys, Thought you might like some photos of my Thunderstreak [main pic, 006] for your site. Regards,
Otech66 : Thunderstreak : 08/03/2021
Hi Mary, These are images of Nick Neville with his Aristo-Cat [main pic, 006-012]. He still holds the record for the most points ever scored at an AMA sanctioned event: 1965, Nick Neville, RC Intermediate all ages combined, First, 174 pts. (MAN mag, 10/1965). This is a rebuild of his award winning plane. He added ailerons to this one. Mr Neville used a pingpong ball for a pilot. Mr Neville told me that he wore out a Veco .45 and burned a 55 gallon drum of fuel to prepare for this contest His score was so high because he learned how to do the rolls as if the plane was on a line… the judges told him it was not possible with a three channel to do a perfect roll with his plane, when he did the rolls the judges were shocked that he could do them so well with a three channel plane.
Eric Knieper : Aristo-Cat : 08/03/2021
Pics of Pizonia model [main pic, 011,012].
Peter Carter : Pizonia : 08/03/2021
Where are the cross section fuselage ribs patterns. Eg, F-2 thru F-11?
Bill : Tiger Moth : 08/03/2021
The Senior is a great model for relaxed flying in calm weather. It is ultra stable and on low throttle it flies itself with just occasional pushes of the rudder stick. A couple of changes I made were 1) a removable tail for easier repair and incidence adjustment and 2) undercarriage held in a slot in ply mount so it can be removed for bending it straight.
Fred Burman : Tomboy Senior : 07/03/2021
I purchased a partially built Sterling Super Cruiser kit (including the original box, plans and parts) from a modeling colleague in 1968 for $10.00 when I was a sophomore in high school. He was a chaplain in the USMC and was being transferred to Japan and he couldn't take the model with him. The fuselage was nearly completed, but I had to construct the wings and tail feathers, plus the usual covering and radio installation. After completing the wing, I noticed that it didn't seem that strong so I attached a medium weight fiberglass cloth with polyester resin across the entire sheeted center section. This greatly strengthened the wing and it hardly flexed when significant force was applied. After completing everything except for the radio installation, it sat idle for more than 20 years while I obtained an engineering education my career. I installed a 4-channel Futaba Attack radio and an Enya 60 in the early 1990's, and successfully fly it a number of times. I had previously tried various engines, starting with an Enya 29 and even an Enya 45, but they didn't have enough power to easily get it airborne on our grassy and slightly rough field. The Enya 60 handled it around easily and it could be nicely flown at 50 to 75% power once airborne. At full power, one could perform basic aerobatics. After flying it a number of times, I parked it and have not flown it since, which is more than 50 years after I purchased it. It now sits in one of my storage closets, and is still in great shape. All glue joints were done with Elmer's white glue and are still strong. The original silk and Aero gloss dope on the wings has gotten brittle, so I removed it, vowing to refinish the entire plane someday. I was looking at the plans and was thinking that with today's CAD software and supporting measurements, one could easily design the fuselage formers that are missing from the plans. Some of the formers located in the wing section are visible, and paper templates could probably be made. The others would have to be drawn using the plans as a guide and also direct measurements from the built model. I have the original metal cowl and made the wing struts as per the plans. I was thinking that a version which was about 50% larger (about 9 foot wingspan), would be perfect for one of today's gas engines.
Patrick Mills : Piper Super Cruiser : 06/03/2021
The plan is stick and tissue at his classic beauty but look at the quality of the handwriting. This goes above lettering, it's calligraphic art on a model plan.
Miguel : Piper J3 : 06/03/2021
Nice cad work!
Gene : Jupiter RC : 06/03/2021
Hi. I’ve attached some photos of my build of the Mini Peacemaker from plans downloaded from Outerzone which you may use as you see fit on your site [model photo & more pics 003-005]. It's just had its maiden flight today. Flies like a charm powered by a PAW 09 TBR-G diesel. Please keep up the good work preserving these wonderful plans which would otherwise be lost to obscurity.
Tony Leong, Singapore : Mini Peacemaker : 05/03/2021
Those kits look nice. But IMHO the best thing about them are the sappy descriptions. I had a big grin every time I read one. Cheers,
Martin : F6F Hellcat : 05/03/2021
I built the contender from the kit referred to here. Put an is 61 long stroke and spring air retracts. Doubled size of rudder and elevator. It was heavy but flew well except knife edge really pulled towards the canopy. The thick wing can carry spot of weight and it was a great plane to fly at our windy field right next to beach on atlantic ocean
Rc wingdinger : Contender Gold : 05/03/2021
Fair point. Have tagged this now as both FF and RC. Thanks.
SteveWMD : Tumbletot : 04/03/2021
Since the plans show hinged tail surfaces could it be tagged as RC also?
Douglas Babb : Tumbletot : 04/03/2021
Good afternoon Mary. Photos of a Mercury Mamba from your plan oz4409 [main pic, 004, 005]. Built without undercarriage for rough field flying. DC Merlin diesel fitted. Stay safe both of you. Very best regards,
Trevor Tabor : Mamba : 04/03/2021
Hi Mary, thank for your friendly answer to my e-mail. Today I found some more pictures. Now they are of my Pik As (oz 7580), built in 2012. Also built from a plan, but with some little modifications you nearly can´t see. I hope, the photos I send with this e-mail, are interisting for you. Many greetings from Aurich/Germany,
Sigi Janssen : Pik As : 04/03/2021
Surprised to see myself. Jack Simmons, Constellation Model Flying Club South Australia. I expect the late Don Howie supplied the photo.
I built two electric Arrows some ten years ago. One floated away never seen again, the other still flying in 2021. Great flyer it just likes to hang up there. Recommended.
Jack Simmons : Arrow : 04/03/2021
As a control line with two 049 engines on 30 foot lines it would do 90 mph.
John Laughlin : Douglas A-26 Invader : 04/03/2021
Regarding the horizontal stabiliser ribs, I think one can safely assume that King René used the same as he used on the Ailbass.
Jean-Marie Piednoir : Surpriz : 03/03/2021
Also (thanks Jeff) be sure to download and read through the supplement article file from here which is good and very thorough (at 15 pages), with lots of pics showing the stages of the model being built.
SteveWMD : RCM Trainer : 03/03/2021
Oh...wanted to add that the very first flight of my DH2 resulted in a smashed wheel. :-( That was a real "bummer." For greater durability...recommend scale wheels fashioned in a more-traditional fashion...from balsa discs.
Neal : DH 2 : 03/03/2021
Never too late, Jan! You'll have to show me that geared motor setup idea that you have...preferably with a build. What my mind envisions with a geared motor is more power...but not a longer run time. My DH2 is so old...my winder, as I recall, was a small hand drill...nothing purpose-built like everyone uses today. :-)
Neal : DH 2 : 03/03/2021
Bob, I'd suggest you and start a build thread on RCGroups, maybe in the Balsa Builders forum - there are many forums on there. Lots of wise and helpful people on RCG, I think you'd get useful answers as you went along that way. But you'd need to start an account first and then get up to speed with using the forum, of course.
SteveWMD : RCM Trainer : 03/03/2021
Bob, look up YouTube there is a wealth of information on that site.
John Green : RCM Trainer : 03/03/2021
Hello everyone, My name is Bob, and I’m building the Joe Bridi RCM Trainer oz 5306 in honor of my cousin Mike who recently passed away at the age of 83. Since it was his kit, I decided to take on this enormous task. The problem is that I’ve never constructed a balsa wood model plane before. I’ve looked at the pictures, and followed the kits plans, but I don’t know if I’m doing it correctly. I would appreciate if someone would give me a little direction, and guidance in order to complete this project, and get the plane up in the air in his memory Thank you. Regards, Bob Toboy
Bob Toboy : RCM Trainer : 03/03/2021
Added new pic now, from 1935 advert, many thanks to Pit.
SteveWMD : Fokker D8 : 03/03/2021
Good point. Removed that image now, as it's not helpful. Anyone out there got a model pic for this one?
SteveWMD : Fokker D8 : 03/03/2021
The accompanying image shows the "Struct-O-Speed" model and box, which was of sheet balsa construction and an entirely different kit from the stick & tissue design featured on the plan.
demrc : Fokker D8 : 03/03/2021
Your models are, as always, wonderful and inspiring. I'm reminded of my intent to build a DH.2 using two strands of rubber and gearing in the nose to overcome the limitations usually imposed by such a short fuselage. Yet another project that, alas, never came to fruition.
Jan Novick : DH 2 : 03/03/2021
Thanks Neil! I will pass the message on! Definitely an interesting build.
Marc : McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat : 03/03/2021
Ah, the Cloudbuster! I have fond memories of that plane. Like a lot of kids growing up in the sixties, I built plenty of Guillow’s planes but they were really designed more to fly off the hobby shop shelves that to fly through the air.
But the Comet Cloudbuster was a real flying model. Mine came with, as I recall, blue and white tissue, and I just used clear dope because that’s what the magazines always recommended. Man, did it fly well. It wasn’t just the design, but the plans included excellent trimming and flying instructions. I flew it for a while, then, after noticing that none of the contest planes in the magazines had langing gear, I clipped mine off. Big jump in performance.
Then about 25 years ago, in a futile attempt to interest my sons in model airplanes, I picked up 2 of the “4 in 1” sets. The box art did indeed swap the names of the Flyboy and Cloudbuster, but the plans were still the old Comet version with the planes still named as before.
That project didn’t get far- I think we got an HLG built but none of the rubber jobs. I did get a Flyboy built myself a few years ago, and started on a Cloudbuster fuselage, but that’s it. Might have to jump back in and build one. I still have 1-1/2 unbuilt Cloudbuster kits.
Regarding the year, I believe 1950 might be a stretch. One of my sets of plans, possibly from the plane I built as a kid, shows a 1964 copyright date. The plans that came with the sett aren’t dated but are later printing because they show Comet’s address with a 5 digit Zip code. The older set just says “Chicago 9”.
I’d be happy to scan the plans I have but really don’t know how to go about doing that. I assume I’d have to take them into an Office Depot or someplace like that? They obviously won’t fit on a regular home scanner.
Kingbee : Cloud Buster : 02/03/2021
Cute model. Article is not complete though, says continued on p113 but no p113.
Martin Hodgson : Y-Not : 02/03/2021
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
I posted this in the wanted section and my dream came true today. To show my thanks I will provide laser cutter files after I get them done.
Matt Foley : Y-Not : 02/03/2021
This plan and oz5692 appear to be the same plan.
Martin Hodgson : Cessna 170A : 02/03/2021
Just a couple pics of my 12" span Pageboy, I call the Pageboy Jr [pics 011-014]. Powered by Parkzone Champ gear.
Darren Raga : Pageboy : 02/03/2021
This model is nearly as old as the Great War itself… well, maybe that’s a stretch… but it is elderly [pics 008-010]. Constructed in 1977, with plenty of dust, nearly a half century… and faded tissue as proof of its vintage character. It was inspired by a number of RC designs of the period, most specifically the RCM DH2 (oz12700). I have always been of the opinion that a plan is a tool and only to be taken literally so far. A builder should always feel free to modify it to suit one’s skills and purpose. In this case, my model is rubber powered with an 18” wingspan. Motor winding was facilitated by removal of the nose block and using a winder while holding the propeller immobile. Motor run was necessarily short. Wire wheels are handmade. Booms consist of bamboo skewers. This model sat high atop a bookcase for many years, undisturbed, hence the dust. It never sat in direct sunlight, yet the tissue faded just the same. It’s the equivalent of a hidden relic of history, secreted away inside a barn.
I am very much an adherent of Major James T.B. McCudden, VC, DSO&Bar, MC&Bar, MM. McCudden began his RFC service as an enlisted mechanic in 1913 and at the time of his death (a flying accident) in 1918 had risen to the rank of Major, 60 Squadron Commanding Officer, and was arguably the greatest SE5a fighter pilot of the Great War. His aerial combat victories stood at 57 and included the famous engagement against German Ace Werner Voss. On eleven separate occasions McCudden claimed multiple victories. He has been called “the perfect soldier.” This superb fighter pilot began it all while flying a humble DH2 in 1916.
Neal Green : DH 2 : 02/03/2021
I see your nerves-of-steel spider was active at the time :-) A very nice tribute to E.R., who seemed to be quite a decent type too.
Flying model planes in 1957? I must have been in diapers at that time. And not talking either, which many think of as a blessed time :-))
A salute, Neal, that cupboard of yours must be a proud sight!
Miguel : Nieuport 28 : 02/03/2021
Does anyone out there have a scan of the original KK Mini Super? If so we could usefully split this one into 2 listings, the hogal redraw and the original kit plan.
SteveWMD : Mini Super : 02/03/2021
Added advert for original KK Mini Super [pic 006], thanks to RFJ.
SteveWMD : Mini Super : 02/03/2021
Tell your father-in-law, Marc...his Marvellous Moonbat puts a real smile on my face...outstanding! That's the spirit of modeling at it's best...go for it...don't hold back!
Neal Green : McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat : 01/03/2021
Thank you, Jan! Modeling is such a wonderful experience, whatever the subject and skill level. It's really an effort to reach out and touch history. As a small boy I was so enthralled with the exploits of "Captain Eddie" (Rickenbacker) that my Guillows "28" just had to be the best airplane in the world...no matter how humble my building abilities were at the time...and now this little peanut has taken me full circle back to my own history. The nuances of what Rick told me about are present...the offset guns, the ailerons on the bottom wing, and the tendency to shed fabric from the upper wing in a dive. That's what modeling is all about...the history, then and now...and sharing it with friends.
Neal : Nieuport 28 : 01/03/2021
Thanks, Steve. Looks great!
Jan Novick : Pioneer : 01/03/2021
Thanks for all your help
Shaun : Pioneer : 01/03/2021
Have split the plan and printwood into 2 files now. These look right to me :)
SteveWMD : Pioneer : 01/03/2021
Hi, I recently built a couple of variations of my Widget design (downloading my drawing from your site as I couldn’t be bothered to search out the original), one I called Widget Midi (PAW 2.49, 36” span) and another called Mini Widget, nominally 24” span for CD Merlin .75 cc but , as I left the tips off, actually 21” span [pics 005, 006]. The little one in particular is great fun, surprisingly quick considering the engine and, without the tips, rolling much faster than the other. One mod I did to both “new” designs was to fit elevon servos into the wings, only using the outer half for controls in a hope of improving the glide of the original, which wasn’t great, it hasn’t helped much. What I DID find though was that the smaller models seemed more critical of balance. Both came out nose heavy (the original had big, standard sized servos towards the rear, these have tiny micro servos in the wings). I flew the little one like that but it lacked elevator authority in the glide. Ballast to the C/G shown on the original drawing had the midi version tail heavy and very marginal on stability so the point shown on the plan seems to be the rearmost possible position, a little further forward would be better.
Pic 008 also shows a R/C version of a KK Gazelle (same span, PAW 1.49 as per my C/L job of many years ago but box fus for gear and stretched in length) but this had a carb problem on the day and has yet to fly.
John Rutter : Widget : 01/03/2021
Hello, thank you for your encouragement. I have an earlier model I made from the Towner collection. It was one of my first and has crashed quite a few times, but it might be good to illustrate it on the page. The plan I used was oz8687, and I attach a picture [main pic]. Thank you!
DownwindChecklist : Praga Air Baby : 01/03/2021
Dear Outerzone, I'm sending some pictures of my Golden Oldie 20 for plan page oz2040 [main pic, 004-007]. Thank you,
Francesco Fontani : Golden Oldie 20 : 01/03/2021
Hello, here are some pictures of the Moonbat my father in law recently built from your plans [pics 004-007]. Not an easy build with a lot of guess work due to lack of details in the plan. Definitely many unanswered questions left to the builder to figure out! Unique aircraft though!
Marc Henshaw : McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat : 01/03/2021
So why do i feel so incredibly inadequate whenever I look at pictures of another one of your models?
Jan Novick : Nieuport 28 : 01/03/2021
Hi Mary; here the finished Colibri [007-009], I still had to build the wing. Now just wait for the good weather, and then make the first flight. Colibri is one of the best model airplanes ever made. Kind regards;
Julien Vermeire : Colibri : 01/03/2021
I have attached some pics of my Big Lazy Bee built from plans downloaded from your excellent website [main pic, 005-007]. Two of the photos show the original bee on top of the big bee for a size comparison. Thank you again for the wonderful website.
Tatum Stewart : Big Lazy Bee : 01/03/2021
Just had its first test flights, flies great on 9gms of 3/32 rubber 400 winds [pic 007].
Colin Miller : Le Petit Knight : 01/03/2021
Got it, fixed now. 1953. Many thanks,
SteveWMD : Magna : 01/03/2021
Just checked the Mercury Magna was first mentioned in Trade Notes of the November 1953 AeroModeller. There is a Mercury advert for the Magna in the December 1953 Aeromodeller as well as a photo of the prototype in the Trade Notes. The date you have of 1965 is not correct. I was interested as this was the second power model I built as a 15 year old. Going to build another one now. Thanks for publishing all the these plans for us. From Northampton UK,
Paul Barford : Magna : 01/03/2021
Steve, Attached is a photo of my good friend's F-84 whip control line plane [pic 003]. Very similar to the plan posted. Joe Wagner built this plane many years ago and I was able to photograph it while at his house about five years ago. Joe is no longer with us having past away just a few months back. Thanks,
from Little Rock, Arkansas
Steve Staples : Whip Power P-84 : 01/03/2021
Hello, are both pages included in the pdf? Thanks
Denniford : Ultra Stunter : 28/02/2021
For some reason, the printwood (page 2 of the plan) did not reproduce at the correct scale. Please use the rib profiles on the fuselage side view for accuracy. I will try ro submit a separate, properly scaled, page of the printwood.
Jan Novick : Pioneer : 28/02/2021
John Green's suggestion will not work since the printwood is at a different scale than the rest of the plan. Page 2 would need to be printed at 72% in order to get the proper result. A corrected version of the plan has been submitted. This new version includes re-scaled printwood and complete rib profiles on the main plan. Please wait for it to be posted.
Jan Novick : Pioneer : 28/02/2021
Shaun, I downloaded PDF viewer and made it my default viewer. I then selected; 'poster printing', and it should give you the option of the tile scaling on the left-hand side of your 'print' control panel. Make sure it's set at100%
John Green : Pioneer : 28/02/2021
This big one builds just like the little one, except it takes a full sheet for one wing rib. I used 1/4" fan-fold insulation foam for the rib and the fuse sides. Takes a lot of covering also. I used Doculam and left over monocote for accents. I used baby buggy wheels in place of the ballon wheels. They certainly dont look or work as good as the balloon wheels, but they are what I had. I'm using an old LA40 with an 11x4. More than engough power. Not quite as nimble as the smaller version, but is a real floater.
Tatum Stewart : Big Lazy Bee : 28/02/2021
The print-wood was apparently scanned at a different scale than a the rest of the plan. Will be submitting a correction.
Jan Novick : Pioneer : 28/02/2021
Hi, when I printed out the rib templates they have come out much bigger than they should. Have I done something wrong??
Shaun : Pioneer : 27/02/2021
The Bird of Time is the most beautiful glider I have ever seen.
Pete : Bird of Time : 27/02/2021
Aha. 15 inch, ok got it now. Many thanks.
SteveWMD : Pageboy : 26/02/2021
Nice work! I'd love to know how she flies on three channels with the lack of dh.
John Green : Nieuport 24 : 26/02/2021
Hello, Here is the Feinburg 1931, built according to the plan downloaded from your site [pics 004, 005]. It has been converted to RC with a small brushless motor and two 9gr servos. See video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TmumBF1HwI. Thanks to Outerzone for the classification of all these plans.
Jean-Michel Baertschi : Feinburg 1931 Record Holder : 26/02/2021
Many years ago built this from a kit supplied by Marionville Models, Edinburgh. Good kit, great model. Subsequently built an number of modified versions, with a low mounted wing, as I found that when one crashed it did a lot of damage to the fuselage, but with the low wing the wing came free and did less damage. Even build a bigger version with a 60 Irving fitted.
Andy Greig : Maricardo : 26/02/2021
Seems I’ve spent at least half my life searching for reasonably accurate Bf109 kits and/or plans. Like most old kits, Sterling’s rendition required a bit of tweaking here and there in order to get things into tune…but it all came around in the end. Looks like the quintessential predator to me, a shark, lurking at the edge of darkness…. It's all in the finish.
Thanks Miguel and Jan.
Neal : Messerschmitt Me109G : 26/02/2021
Is there another sheet to the plans that shows the curved cross sections at the bulk heads, only one is shown in detail, F7. Thanks,
Joe : AT-6 Texan 500 : 25/02/2021
And a dashing sight it is, Gino! I always found Nungesser's badge good for morale :-)
Miguel : Nieuport 24 : 25/02/2021
Dear Mary, Thanks for the complement, I have another for you, built from original plans (see attached) the Nieuport 24, your oz11139 [main pic, 010, 011]
Gino : Nieuport 24 : 25/02/2021
The rudder illustrated as the optional rudder ( dotted line rudder ) is the original rudder to the MG-1. The drawn rudder labeled as "MG-2 rudder" is not legal for SAM competition when built on the MG-1 airframe.
Mike Salvador : MG-1 : 25/02/2021
Original Specs as per Mike Granieri for the MG-2:
Effel-431 Neg. Trailing Edge
Effel-431 Neg. Tips
Effel-400 Neg . Tips
Symmetrical Airfoil Stab
Lifting Airfoil Stab
Mike Salvador : MG-2 : 24/02/2021
Sorry, Neal, but I'm afraid I'll need to see a great many more examples of your work before I'm entirely convinced of your talents ;-)
Jan Novick : Messerschmitt Me109G : 24/02/2021
Wow photos !!!
Ali razavi : Eaglet x2 : 24/02/2021
Very good, the model that is in the snow has an electric motor or glow? Greetings from Argentina,
Gustavo : Hannover CL.111A : 24/02/2021
Beautiful model, Reza...and stunning backdrop!
Neal Green : Eaglet x2 : 24/02/2021
C'est tres bon!
Jan Novick : Y-F100 Super Sabre : 24/02/2021
Dear Mary, Here are few more pictures I’ve got today in flight [010-013]. The model flies great. Keep up nice working, I love your website. Yours,
Reza Abdolahi : Eaglet x2 : 24/02/2021
Hello, Enclosed is a picture of the Multiplex Biglift [main pic]. OS 90 old engine, wooden struts, Solartex cover with dope markings. 4850 grams ready to fly weight. Best regards,
Reza Abdolahi : Big Lift : 24/02/2021
Next model is by Mr. Hannan One Knight in Boston [main pic]. Very good flyer. The photo in the air [pic 008] is from our meeting for small scale models in Rakovník, held last year. Many thanks Mr. Hannan.
Drahoslav Dvorak : One Knight in Boston : 24/02/2021
Dear friends, I am sending you the photo of BA-4B in flight [pic 006].
Drahoslav Dvorak : Andreasson BA-4 : 24/02/2021
Hi Steve and Mary, Attached is a nice photo in the sun of my Monocoupe from oz12017. I decided to do away with the wheels and wing struts, so that I could access the cockpit from the top and bottom for battery access.
Rocket_rodeo : Monocoupe : 24/02/2021
Hi, Some pictures of my Le Petit Knight built from OZ plan 11706 [main pic, 006]. Thanks a lot,
Mark Grant : Le Petit Knight : 24/02/2021
Hi, I wrote the two build articles you referenced in your page on the Desert Duster under the name of rahtware. I have built 4 different DDs and really enjoy their scale like flight characteristics. The Desert Duster from the article is built extremely light and are best flown in calm conditions. Included is a picture of me and my first Desert Duster [pic 005] taken in the early 80's near Philo CA, USA. Thank you, Larry Costa/ rahtware (Real Airplanes Have Two Wings And Round Engines)
Larry Costa : Desert Duster : 24/02/2021
Hi, here are a couple of pics of my Veron Slingsby Prefect [005, 006]. Thanks,
Mark Grant : Slingsby Prefect MK.1. : 24/02/2021
I thought to myself "Such an old kit and yet these Yellow-6 photos are particularly convincing" then I saw "who dunnit" :-)
Miguel : Messerschmitt Me109G : 24/02/2021
Good day to you. I'm enclosing three photos of my recently completed Sharkface model [pics 012-014]. It's powered by an electric motor and has four channels. Even at 150% size, the wingspan is only 33 inches. It's not a light model, much like the original, but should be able to power its way through our Canadian prairie winds when need be. Looking forward to trying it out.
Tom Burkett : Sharkface : 24/02/2021
Ooh, that's nice work. Have grabbed a pic of the barebones framework too [pic 003] from your build thread. Many thanks,
SteveWMD : Y-F100 Super Sabre : 24/02/2021
I used the Skyleada plan do build a rubber powered pusher model of the F-100. I used a lost foam technique for the fuselage using the plans dimensions and Koutny style 1/16” x 1/32” stringers to keep the nice rounded fuselage shape. The complete build can be found on the Stick and Tissue Forum here’s the link: https://www.stickandtissue.com/forum/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1314322723/7. Enclosed find a picture of the finished model less the pusher prop [main pic]. Regards,
Sky9pilot : Y-F100 Super Sabre : 24/02/2021
Hello Outerzone team, My name is Sigi Janssen and I am a german airplane modelbuilder/flyer (since fifty years an more). Nearly every Day I am looking interested on your webside and I am finding lots of inspiration. So I read your questions for photos of airplane models. Some years ago I built Wilfried Klingers Tiger from a Plan and made several photographs of this beautiful biplane. It is flying very fine. Now I want to offer you some pictures of my Tiger [main pic, 003-007]. Many greetings from Germany and the "Modellbau Club Aurich Ostfriesland" - stay healthy to all of you,
Sigi Janssen : Tiger : 23/02/2021
Pics of my Saab Safari [003-005].
Peter Schmidt : Saab MFI-15 Safari : 23/02/2021
Got it. Electric, thanks.
SteveWMD : Miles M.20 : 23/02/2021
Greetings, A cute, if eccentric, aircraft intended to fill a need that never arose. Certainly the simplest WWII warbird that I can think of. Perfect for when you realize a week before the contest that your all singing, all dancing B-29 is just not going to come together.
I’m writing because you’ve got the plan listed as IC. Actually, an electric power system is called for.
James Hickman : Miles M.20 : 23/02/2021
Matt Foley : Jasco Floater Mk 2 : 23/02/2021
I remember drooling over these kits when I saw them advertised in RCM&E back in the mid 70's, they were way out of my price range as a kid. Thanks for sharing this plan.
John Green : P-51D Mustang : 23/02/2021
It will fly fine.. Like the real one, the models got bad press.. I have 2, the eFlite mini foamy and the Great Planes larger foamy.. They are both a blast but make sure your flying skills are "Current and Qualified" on something similar.
Al Robinson : Gee Bee R-1 : 23/02/2021
Very pretty. Especially like the two tone tissue and the red trim. Looks great!
Jan Novick : Curtiss Wright Coupe : 22/02/2021
Hi, It would be most helpful if you can publish the listing which shows the material specs and sizes. Best regards.
Richard : Miki : 22/02/2021
I did a build of this model using your plans. I thought I would share the finished photos [main pic, 003-005]. I made my own former patterns using the plan and all worked out well. Thanks,
From Burlington, KY
Archie Adamisin : Curtiss Wright Coupe : 22/02/2021
Thanks, Jan. I'm still in awe of anyone who could construct a model from Joe Ott's non-strategic materials kits. That would truly be a challenge. Every time I open a cardboard food container I'm thinking "This has got to have some application to modeling!" :-) Joe Ott/Ace Whitman was determined to keep business and the hobby alive throughout the war years...and succeeded! It's really wonderful that Outerzone has such a marvelous selection of those pioneer plans available.
Neal : Airabonita : 22/02/2021
You're discerning eye is so very much appreciated, Mary. As for the hexagon colors...those colors are for YOU. :-)
Neal : Aviatik D-1 : 21/02/2021
Got it. Thanks.
SteveWMD : Thermalnose : 21/02/2021
It’s a glider, not rubber!
K K Iyer : Thermalnose : 21/02/2021
Kaysun molding company still exist today see:
pit : P-47 Thunderbolt : 20/02/2021
Jan Novick : Hustler XD-7 Delta : 20/02/2021
Neal, when (if ever) are you going to disappoint us?
Jan Novick : Airabonita : 20/02/2021
I'm only 8 years late in replying to this comment. Not sure exactly when the facts of this changed, between then and now, but the instructions here now are certainly for the larger model at 40 inch span.
SteveWMD : Luscombe Silvaire : 20/02/2021
Hi, Just finished the old interesting Hustler DX-7. Would like to add the AUW with two 3s 2200mW batteries is 1.5kg. Just added some pictures of the build [005-011]. Might help some future modeller as the plans are not real clear nor adapted to modern equipment. Regards,
Mark : Hustler XD-7 Delta : 20/02/2021
Hello Mary and Steve, Just a little story concerning the Big Guff last Sunday.
Valentines Day dawned sunny and calm, perfect flying weather here in central France. I knew that I would have a few novices to teach this afternoon so I checked the 2200 3S Lipos which I use in a four channel foamy trainer. Three needed charging. I selected one, put it on a 1C charge and left the charger, a Hobby King X 120 to charge it up. At some stage later I noticed that two of the cells appeared to be nearly fully charged but that the third was still quite low.
I was busy deep cleaning the kitchen, the dishwasher was on and I put some dirty clothes in the washing machine. I had been stripping wallpaper in the hall and I thought I'd use the steam stripper to attack some grease which had built up on the tiles behind the hob. I thought that I could smell burning plastic but I paid it no mind and thought that it was probably something to do with me using all of that electricity. I went for a shave and a shower and changed into some nice clothes to go to Aigurande to buy a bottle of pétillant to celebrate St Valentine's Day. My beloved and I are in different countries but we had planned to talk tonight on Messenger and to celebrate St Valentine's Day with two bottles of fizz.
I picked up another battery feeling that the first would be charged by now and opened the cellar door to be greeted by *Thick Black Smoke!* I ran down to the underground garage which is attached to the workshop and opened the connecting door. I was greeted by the sight of thick smoke and several fires blazing away. I had some idea of what must have happened so switched off the power to the sockets and a few buckets of water soon got rid of the fires but my beautiful Big Guff has been reduced to ashes, fourteen months of work literally up in smoke, likewise the WOT 4 XL. That's two I won't be taking back to England.
I phoned Trish and told her what had happened. She said that we'd build a new fuselage together. I'm not that keen but just think what would have happened if I had gone to Aigurande. I would not only have lost some models I may have lost the house too.
I'll admit that I am not really that interested in electric flight, I much prefer the beat of a well-tuned fourstroke, and in the past I have been quite cavalier in my attitude to charging LiPos often leaving them on a 1C charge before going to bed but I'll be more careful in the future. I'll be getting rid of old LiPos too!
Trish has said that she will help me build a new tailplane and fuselage and a club colleague, Guy Auvieux has also offered to help.
Pictures of the Big Guff and WOT 4 XL in former times and what's left of them now [014-017]. Happy Landings,
David Davis : Big Guff : 20/02/2021
I’d always wanted to pay my respects to a real pioneer of our hobby, Joe Ott. His Airabonita (oz4076) seemed a nice challenge, but I’d always had a soft spot in my heart for the Airacobra. So here it is, the Airabonita metamorphosed into my heartthrob…the Bell XP-39B Airacobra [main pic, 004-008]. Ever since I was a child, it was the fighter with car doors that fascinated me, something I could identify with…just like Dad’s family Ford. And how about that tricycle landing gear! I named my model “Tin Man.” Every thoroughbred need to have a name. Turns out the lines resemble a Kingcobra more than an Airacobra, but no matter…this model is thoroughly Joe Ott. Thank you again, Outerzone!
Neal Green : Airabonita : 20/02/2021
Thanks Chris, OK am setting the date on this one to 1950 for now. If anyone out there can confirm the year it was first released, will re-set this.
SteveWMD : Cloud Buster : 20/02/2021
The "Cloud Buster" was the fourth in series of beginners models. These were available as separate "Build-n-fly" kits or together as a set, per attached clip from the Comet catalogue of the day [pic 003]. I'm not sure of the date, probably the 1950s.
I received my Cloud Buster as a gift in 1966 on my twelfth birthday, and it was my first ever tissue covered model. Having built many plastic kits previously, mostly Aurora monsters and AMT cars, I had no trouble assembling the model and covering it with tissue. Problem was, we had a very small hobby shop in Peterborough, Ontario in those days, with a very limited selection of model airplane supplies. If you needed a plastic kit or slot car stuff (they had two magnificent tracks upstairs), no worries. But if you wanted clear dope - no luck!
Thus, I applied colour dope directly onto the dry tissue. It shrank the tissue a bit, but weighed a ton! In flight, the model was capable of no more than a very short powered glide, but otherwise well trimmed! Lessons were learned, and I went on to build many more models. And found some clear dope. The coloured dope was blue and white "Pactra Aero Gloss", and it was by no coincidence, the same as my Little Toot (oz3347) of same era!
I have no doubt the Cloud Buster flies well, and I'd like to build another some day ... and hold the colour dope. So many models, so little time!
ChrisMoes : Cloud Buster : 20/02/2021
Photo of the Keil Kraft Orion needed for your page [main pic].
AndrewLonghurst : Orion : 20/02/2021
Hi, some pics here [009-011] if you like to show the Nitro-Version with Webra rear-Exhaust Engine.
Marc Holzhauer : Novi Arrow : 20/02/2021
I have in my collection a couple of "K-Sun" rubber power props. Anybody out there knows what happened to the company or the moulds?
Eduardo : P-47 Thunderbolt : 20/02/2021
Dear friends, I am sending you the photos of new BA-4B, according to plan oz2972 [more pics 004, 005]. This model flew first on our scale models meeting at Rakovnik last year.
Drahoslav Dvorák : Andreasson BA-4 : 20/02/2021
Hi Steve and Mary. Please find attached a photo of a Jetco Navigator kit [pic 009] that I recently purchased for $100 Au. More photos when I build it as it's a really graceful design. Regards,
DannyM : Navigator : 20/02/2021
I'm looking for the builders manual/instructions for the kit. Can this be uploaded too?
Helipilot01 : Cessna 500 Citation I : 20/02/2021
A great sportflyer and very detailed plans. I added transparent canopy and looks great. In the paintscheme of RDAF located in Denmark.
Peter Schmidt : Saab MFI-15 Safari : 19/02/2021
Note that the widest part of the strap-on “cabin” is immediately below the trailing edge of the wing. Chester flew all of his RC ships first as free flights to prove their airworthiness and also competitively. With the exception of 1940, which gave us the Kerswap, the early free flight period rules mandated a minimum fuselage cross section of L ²/100
TomRyan : Cabin Stick : 19/02/2021
Main picture and more pics 003-006 all thanks to CarloAM.
SteveWMD : P-51 Mustang : 19/02/2021
Wow, this is beautiful Neal! The hexagons of colour are stunning.
Mary : Aviatik D-1 : 19/02/2021
I have a super scorpion laser cut parts kit. The wing trailing edge and the wing ribs do not allow for the 1/16th cap strips. Do I forget the cap strips or trim every rib down to match?
terrry Masters : Super Scorpion : 19/02/2021
If memory serves, the Kaysun logo was a K in a circle of radial lines representing the rays of the sun. These were made of a relatively stiff plastic and the finish was pretty good. There were a lot of knock-offs of these props, which were often of a more flexible plastic and of poorer quality exhibiting things like molding flash, unequal blades, off center hubs, etc.
Jan Novick : P-47 Thunderbolt : 18/02/2021
Kaysun inc. Manitowoc- Wisconsin, produced plastic props since 1950's for rubber and ic engines. Used in Comet and Sterling kits too.
Pit : P-47 Thunderbolt : 18/02/2021
Looks like the Kayson prop from the 1970s.
Mike : P-47 Thunderbolt : 17/02/2021
The Senior , with the higher thrustline, makes a much nicer transition from climb to glide.
Max Washington : Scorpion Major : 17/02/2021
J. Eut Tileston was RC Grand Champion one year flying nothing but Lancer 45s, Gross Flying Wings, and several Scorpions. I don't think I ever saw an Old Timer climb the way his big plum colored Scorpion did.
Lance Farlow : Scorpion Major : 17/02/2021
I heartily echo Steve's comments regarding Eric's model and Eric's regarding Fillon's plans, which are always a delight.
Jan Novick : Fauvel AV 10 : 17/02/2021
The box contained a 5" dia white plastic propeller with a "k" logo molded into it. I don't have any way of telling whether this was the prop originally packaged with the kit, but I've seen similar props with the same logo in other post-war kits. I'll be doing something different for the build, as this prop looks way to small for a 20" model.
Mike Kelly : P-47 Thunderbolt : 17/02/2021
The tall fin was obviously carried over from the company’s rubber models, see https://plans.modelaircraft.org/product/super-scorpion/
Tom : Scorpion Major : 17/02/2021
There is very little history available for the land based Scorpions as freeflight models. I suspect that has to due with the large fin which gives it its name.
However, as an R/C assist model, famed competitor Eut Tileston was very successful flying ROG and ROW. The thin airfoil gives it very little induced drag and a climb performance unlike any other OT model. While the glide is not up to what one expect from a Lanzo Bomber, he used to get high enough to max with little difficulty. Then, he would perform all sorts of maneuvers to kill altitude, including flying inverted. That should make people reconsider the notion of switching the OT rules to make them altitude limited events!
Eut always removed the leading edge incidence and used a flying stab. As hot as his Scorpions were, they were quite docile and he often loaned them to the wives to compete against their husbands. He claimed that there didn’t exist a better R/C trainer than the Bunch Scorpion.
Danner Bunch was better known for his engines and taking his own life. Requiescat in Pace.
John : Scorpion Major : 17/02/2021
Beautiful model, Gino! The finish is spot-on! As for Miguel's fertile imagination, your "aileron cable" colors (servo cable) are just fine as well...think of it as a transitional aircraft, from Imperial rule into the Weimar Republic period...besides, I believe the aileron control cables came into the fuselage at the nose of the aircraft. Maybe Miguel's referring to an upper plane radiator hose? All things being said, Gino...your Hannover is a very nice piece of "work," and the contrasting snow likewise is a very nice touch.
Neal Green : Hannover CL.111A : 17/02/2021
Me too. Can't see any jigs.
SteveWMD : Howzat : 17/02/2021
What a beautiful model! I especially like the hex-pattern, the subdued colouring, the simulated engine. Two notes only: 1) It absolutely needs a scale propeller!, b) the II Reich national flag was black-white-red, not black-yellow-red as your aileron cable shows. Those were the colours of the Weimar Republic (and current too), sir, so please get a correct cable! :-)
Miguel : Hannover CL.111A : 17/02/2021
Just finished this marvel! Waiting to maiden so will see. I have made a few changes to bring it into the 21 century:
1. Converted to electric. 350W motor and 3s. 4s also possible.
2. Adapted the nose to fit electric and made the wing even more aerodynamically clean.
3. Made the fins removable. I think these are the weak point. So something replaceable is good.
4. Removed the undercarriage. Saved weight. Put a skid as recommended by a German modeller who has made several.
5. Modern coverings has allowed me to remove the bottom i intermediate cap strips. saving weight.
6. Importantly have only two elevons, mixing, rather than separate elevator and ailerons. Reduce weight and complexity.
Mark : Hustler XD-7 Delta : 17/02/2021
Holy Maxwell, this the largest fin in side area proportions that I've ever seen! Two possibilities are open here: a) terrific FF knife-edge flying, b) calculate the accurate bearing for great-circle navigation from say Singapore to Murmansk, adjust the orthodrome for expected trade winds, point it in the right direction and with enough fuel it will unfailingly arrive at said Murmansk, hopefully this century! By the way, flat-earth navigation is much easier than spherical geometry, that's why I'm a fan of the former!
I also liked the attempt at trussed structure, but the author says "Also give top of wing one additional coat from top center spar to trailing edge. This later to control tip to progressive decrease in incidence.". This contradiction makes me doubt the author's self confidence!
All in all a fantastic shape and this goes right into my collection of "to-build in Eternity". I wonder where I can get supplies in the Other World .:-)
Miguel : Scorpion Major : 17/02/2021
Hi Mary & Steve, I hope that you are well. I've sent you a few photos of my Chilton DW-1 built from oz7525 [main pic, 009, 010]. I hope that you enjoy them. Sincerely,
Eric Holmes : Chilton DW.1 : 17/02/2021
Bravo. Beautiful pics, of a great model.
SteveWMD : Fauvel AV 10 : 17/02/2021
Hi Mary & Steve, I've attached some photos of my latest quarantine project, the Fauvel AV-10 from the Emmanuel Fillon plans, oz1890. Though designed for rubber power, peanut scale (9" fuselage rule) it's short and voluminous fuselage and ample wing area made it a great candidate for CO2 power. So, I modified it to accept my Gasparin G-43BB motor. I haven't flown it under power yet, but I suspect that trimming will be interesting. Movable trailing edge surfaces are a must. Outerzone has a great collection of Emmanuel Fillon plans. The subjects of his designs are often very interesting aircraft not frequently modelled. His plans are a cross between artistic sketches and technical illustration. His structures often replicate the structure of the full scale aircraft and are on the light and intricate side, but make for beautiful models. If you want a break from the usual peanut subjects, check them out! Sincerely,
Eric Holmes : Fauvel AV 10 : 17/02/2021
Hello, I just finished my Eaglet X2 (in fact a few inches larger to suit my O.S FS20 old engine). All silk and clear + colored butyrate dope. 150cm span and 1310 grams weight [main pic]. Thanks for your wonderful website. Yours,
Reza Abdolahi : Eaglet x2 : 17/02/2021
Please find attached jpegs of my Hannoverana [main pic, 008-010], built from the Dereck Woodward plan (oz10694).
Gino : Hannover CL.111A : 17/02/2021
More pics of the Interstate [main pic, 007]. Finally got to fly it here in AZ. Lovely flier in the sunset.
FS : Interstate L-6 Liaison : 17/02/2021
Perhaps I'm missing it but I can't see any jig for the wing, let alone 4.
M Hodgson : Howzat : 17/02/2021
On the plan it shows 4 jigs for the wings . Can't see how they are intended to be used?
John Lacey : Howzat : 16/02/2021
Very nice! Am curious about the prop that came with the kit? Any info/specs
Dave D : P-47 Thunderbolt : 16/02/2021
Awww. One of the first 'serious' models I ever built back around 1960. Thanks to whomever it was that made these plans available - especially for free. Who knows, I might even make one (again) to remember what it was like all those years ago. Thanks again.
Mark in Chesham
Mark Crow-Stewart : Matador : 16/02/2021
Jan, in the contest between your word and my sputtering memory you take the prize :-)
Thank you for your informative post.
Miguel : Aviatik D-1 : 16/02/2021
I remember the photos of the model with the stunning paint scheme. It was a plastic model (from Flashback) at 1/48 scale, found it here on the Hyperscale site at: http://www.hyperscale.com/2009/galleries/aviatikbergd1hl_1.htm it's great inspiration.
SteveWMD : Aviatik D-1 : 16/02/2021
For more details, and pics of this kit actually being built, see Mike's current thread on RCGroups at: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?3827819
SteveWMD : P-47 Thunderbolt : 16/02/2021
Pics here [main pic, 003] show Cruiser model built by Bob Noll, painted as it was on the DMECO kit box.
SteveWMD : Live Wire Cruiser : 16/02/2021
A while back, I had submitted full color plans and the article, mostly reproduced from the January 1979 issue of Model Builder, including color pictures of a beautifully painted model (I don't know who made the model or the scale), to be added as supplements, hoping other modelers might find them of some value. My guess is that they got lost in the overwhelming barrage of e-mail that Steve and Mary receive.
It's regrettably true that most consumer inkjet inks are neither waterproof nor archival. Both Canon and Epson make truly archival inkjet inks but they are usually reserved for high-end printers. Electrostatic printers (e.g. color laser) produce prints that are permanent and colorfast. Unfortunately, most consumer and commercial printers of this type require that the substrate follows a convoluted print path that is not conducive to very light media, such as tissue. Flatbed electrostatic printers, which can handle virtually any kind of medium (thick, thin, paper, plastic, metal, ceramic, etc) also tend to be limited to the purview of specialty graphics shops. If you can find a professional print house in your area, they can probably advise you and may do small runs of tissue to your specifications. Finally, glass will block most UV radiation but will not guarantee against fading from other wavelengths, which may also have an effect on some inks and dyes. Perspex (acrylic) will not block UV unless it is specifically coated for this purpose.
Jan Novick : Aviatik D-1 : 16/02/2021
I like this one. Saw it on youtoob: http://www.thebuildingboard.com/2009/09/mb-dragonfly-part-ii.html?m=0
Ken Willis : Dragonfly : 16/02/2021
What a wonderful thing this is! As we say here "each spadeful a worm", I haven't seen one picture of yours I liked less. If this model is kept behind glass I suppose the printed hex-pattern will be in a decent state, with varnish on top and all that. UV radiation is very bad on unprotected inkjet print (as older charts on my office walls can attest!). I may be mistaken but Perspex is even better than common uncoated glass at blocking UVs.
Miguel : Aviatik D-1 : 15/02/2021
Dear Mary and Steve, I hope everything is going well for you. I found this advertisement [pic 004] for the Burbank Manufacturing, JohnsonBilt , “MADMAN” by J.C. Yates. This was found in the May 1948 Air Trails Pictorial Page 96. My father James K Jolly worked for Mr Howard Johnson in 1953 when he moved his manufacturing from Burbank to Fullerton California. The Company also had a name change to “Ken Hi Products”. As Ever,
Larry Jolly : Madman : 15/02/2021
“During 1918, a single Aviatik Berg D.I was forced down in an undamaged state on the Italian font; this undamaged example was later shipped back to the United Kingdom where it was subject to an extensive evaluation, which found it to be comparable to its various peers of the time, being particularly light, strong, and simplistic in terms of its construction. The captured aircraft was later put on public display in London.”
Many years ago I saw a full-sized reproduction of this aircraft at the International Fighter Museum (Champlin Museum) in Mesa, Arizona…and of course, the feature that literally jumped out at me was that enormous radiator. I’ve changed. Since then, this little fighter…the Aviatik Berg D-1 (oz4047) has become far more attractive to me. Maybe it’s all those colors, a veritable artist’s palette!
My model is of 18” wingspan, inspired by the Outerzone plan, available research materials, and a wonderful 3-view drawing [pics 006-010]. I’ve simplified Noonan’s plan to suit my temperament and abilities. Finish was achieved via computer graphics, i.e., printed “skins.” Be advised that most printer inks are water-soluble and therefore demand great care while applying and shrinking tissue. The end result has the potential of either being a great disaster or totally satisfying.
Thank you, Steve and Mary. I truly enjoy Outerzone.
Neal Green : Aviatik D-1 : 15/02/2021
Pics of my Popsie model [main pic, 003]. A cute little electric flyer.
Bob Jefford : Popsie : 15/02/2021
Steve and Mary, I taught myself to fly R/C with an Ace High Glider equipped with a Golden Bee .049 and 2 channel Sanwa radio. I survived and went on to enjoy years of soaring followed by decades of electric Parkflyers. The Ace High did not survive. Here at Santa Rita High School athletic field in Tucson Arizona in 1986 is Donald, my teenage friend, with my second Ace High Glider [main pic]. I was teaching him to fly. Notice the light poles in the background? Donald survived and went on to be a skilled R/C pilot and model builder and designer. Great memories.
Tom Binkley : Ace High : 15/02/2021
Hi, Some pics of my Veron Cardinal with MP Jet engine, TX is a 2,4 conversion of a Futaba single channel [pics 012-014]. Regards,
Jef Lemmens : Cardinal : 15/02/2021
Hello again, here is another picture of the Jumbo . Thanks,
Andreas Nagel : Jumbo : 15/02/2021
A few more close up pics of SkyDome's Dornier model [008-011].
SteveWMD : Dornier Do X : 15/02/2021
Hello, in the attachment you find a picture of the Mercury Magpie I recently built [main pic]. It's converted from free-flight to single-channel RC. Feel free to use it on outerzone. Greetings,
Volker Lisiewicz : Magpie : 15/02/2021
Hi Daithi, long time no wag-chin! Yes, the straight-ahead line of sight of this wasn't much worse than most of its other inline engine powered cousins, especially those with all cylinders in a single row. What I meant however is this visibility impediment taken a few notches up. See for example the Brandenburg C,1 or the others and please tell me if this pilot can see ahead more than a steam locomotive driver :-)
I'm sure you'll believe I have better and more egregious examples but they are in things called books, not online. Cheers!
Miguel : Phonix : 14/02/2021
Right you are, Dave...Albquerque, NMex...a long time ago in a land far away, etc. I was not long back from sunny VNam and trying to reclaim some of my lost youth. Check out the pics of my Sopwith Camel (oz4446), same location. Thanks.
Neal : Phonix : 14/02/2021
Master Sinclair wields a sharp mouse!
Miguel : Legion Air 100 : 14/02/2021
Who gets the credit for the nice images posted above (003,004,005)? I recognize the location as the NE ramp of the long gone, much loved "Coronado Airport" in Albuquerque!
Dave D : Phonix : 14/02/2021
Miguel, the forward view was no worse than any other inline power plant of the same era. Compare the Pfalz and Albatros engine installations which also had the top of the cylinders in front of the pilot. You also have to remember that it was only the tops of the cylinders, which were considerably narrower than the whole engine - in any front view they occupied less than a quarter of the fuselage width.
Daithi : Phonix : 14/02/2021
The Airspeed Envoy was partly designed by the engineer/novelist Nevil Shute Norway. The Envoy was chosen for the Kings Flight for Air transport of the British royal family and government, and by a variety of military and civilian operators.
James Fricker : Airspeed Envoy : 14/02/2021
As a note of reference: plans for the Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 are currently represented on OZ as the Brandenburg Sea Monoplane (oz1671).
Jan Novick : Phonix : 13/02/2021
Besides the W.29, I think its antecedent, the W.12, would make an exceedingly challenging project. Then there's the HB D.I, with its diagonal inter-plane struts, to really put one's teeth on edge! So many rare, enticing and seldom modeled aircraft. Such things as dreams are made on.
Jan Novick : Phonix : 13/02/2021
Be careful! The Brand. W.29 has the rudder in the wrong place and the pilot of the UFAC C.1 had to climb over the engine to see if anything interesting went ahead! I never understood why Austrian-Hungarian aircraft designers believed pilots should be kept in ignorance, I suppose the more aircraft crashed they more they could sell in replacement.
Miguel : Phonix : 13/02/2021
Thanks, Jan...we've been looking at the same aircraft. There's just something about the UFAG C.1 fuselage shape that really catches my attention. Another aircraft with a similar setup, the Hansa-Brandenburg W29 is also very unique. Another interesting model would be from the Joe Ott/Ace Whitman plan, Sea Hornet (oz8899).
A peanut Phonix DIII sounds delightful...get going. Again, thanks Jan. :-)
Neal : Phonix : 13/02/2021
My apologies if this is nothing to do with modelling, but look at the photos on this page and compare those at Tom's Heinkel He 64C (oz10949). How time flies out of sight.
Miguel : Douglas O-43A : 13/02/2021
Jack - I agree that the plan lacks the depth of detail you desire in regard to the front LG strut mounting. Few things can be less pleasurable than a build that is fraught with frustration. Don't let this potential problem deter you. One of the great joys of modeling is finding new ways of overcoming difficulties. In this case, I might suggest a couple of pieces of 1/8 sheet, running longitudinally, from F2B to F3B to serve as a mounting for the strut pivot. Alternatively, the illustrated design concept, utilizing a pivot and rubber band, could be abandoned and a much simpler design incorporating a co-axial coil spring could be employed. In this latter case, movement of the strut would be nearly vertical and the swinging action eliminated altogether. You needn't be a slave to the plan. Think of it as an underlying framework, a guide for your own creativity. Be inventive and have fun.
Jan Novick : Chrislea Super Ace : 13/02/2021
Neal, always delighted with your craftsmanship and presentation. I've found the Phonix an attractive subject, as well.
Several years ago I started working up a plan for a D.III in Peanut scale, also from a 3-view I had come across. That plan is now buried somewhere on my drafting table among the many other projects I've never completed. Nice to see that you actually brought yours to such wonderful realization. Another, similar, aircraft I've had my eye on for some time is the UFAG C.I. Maybe someday . . .
Jan Novick : Phonix : 12/02/2021
Got bored the other day and put a B-70 together [pic 003]. Neat lookin' ... powered w/ a Cox .020, we'll see how it flies when the weather improves.
Alrob : B-70 Valkyrie : 12/02/2021
Hi Steve and Mary, my latest project that I built [pics 003-005]. The BF-109 1/12 scale combat of Tom Stryker, this Warbird was built in balsa and the wings in foam core covered in 1.2mm balsa sheet. The finished is Brodak's medium silkspan, dope and Pintuco paint apply with airbrush. Powered by a Thunder Tiger .15 GP engine and controlled by Futaba 14MZ radio control. I hope you like it. Greetings from Bogotá Colombia,
Carlos Bolanos : Bf-109 : 12/02/2021
Hello, I have recently done an RC conversion of the Gloster Gladiator [main pic] with the plan from Harold Towner. Feel free to put it on the page if you think it is good enough for it. (It is not perfect as I am only just starting to do such complex models). Thank you,
DownwindChecklist : Gloster Gladiator : 12/02/2021
Aha. Got it, 70 inches. Fixed now. Many thanks.
SteveWMD : Sunday Flyer : 12/02/2021
To say that the wingspan of the "Sunday Flyer" is 35" would be wrong - this model used two sets of Ace wings & had a total span of 70". It was a really slow flying plane with all of that wing, etc. Think I'll build another after all of these years!
Flyer Mike : Sunday Flyer : 12/02/2021
Hi Steve and Mary, Here are the pictures of the finished Jumbo [main pic, 007-009]. The material is Oracover Cream in matt. This film has a very special look and I can recommend the retro models to everyone. With best regards,
Andreas Nagel : Jumbo : 12/02/2021
I truly enjoy modeling aircraft of World War One vintage. They are generally so boxy in nature and of simple construction that I often times find myself using a good (high resolution) 3-view as a plan to work from.
My first Phonix was eye-balled and hand-drawn for the simple reason that to my knowledge no plan existed, certainly no kit, and Outerzone wasn’t there to help me out. It was of course, a control line model and very hot…could stunt excellently. It’s only shortcoming was that short nose moment…had a tendency to ground-loop on landings every time.
The second version, literally 41 years later, involved considerable research into the actual aircraft, use of the ideas presented in the Outerzone plan, skills gained over many decades, and last but not least, an excellent 3-view drawing enlarged to model’s actual size (I do love working from good 3-view drawings). Propeller is carved and for display only. My real area of focus was the model’s nose-block and Hiero engine. As for rigging…I’m old…patience isn’t what it used to be…but if I’m ever want for something to do…. The model is unique and a real joy to construct.
Neal : Phonix : 12/02/2021
Had some interesting thoughts with ref the Chrislea Super Ace drawing, by Dennis Reece. The front undercarriage leg is shown suspended from nothing - with no details as to how it is supposed to be made. It needs a stop to prevent the leg from swinging forward against the tension of the band. There is no anchorage point shown for the pivots. Interesting though, any ideas?
Jack Shettle : Chrislea Super Ace : 12/02/2021
Honestly, I had to read the text to find the first model was a smaller version and not the original 66" size, my eyes were fooled. Nice propeller job in each, with a fine transition from the round hub outwards, the tail shield is a pretty work as well, especially on the earlier model. I suppose your spider was not on hand for the second model, she wasn't there to help you with the rigging :-)
Miguel : Phonix : 12/02/2021
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