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Hello I just wonder if it should be Slingsby T-21B Sedbergh instead of S-21B?
We have a T-21B in our museum which looks very familiar.
Pls follow link
Kind Regards,
Werner Schubert : Slingsby S-21B Sedbergh : 27/05/2020

I've built several models intended for different motors with good success. A model of this size would normally use a 40 size glow motor. The E-Flite site,
has some good information on motor sizes. Some of their motors have numbers similar to glow engine sizes. The E-Flite 46 looks like a good match for the Spitfire. E-Flite will tell you what prop and battery to use, has worked well for me. Don't even consider a geared 600 motor, even if it's free. This model is fully covered with sheet balsa, so pick out some light balsa to control weight. Good balsa is not easy to get these days, I always order about three time what I need so I can pick the best, hobby shops have little choice. Be careful about the spinner, don't even consider a plastic version, will (not may) be badly out of balance, will ruin your bearings. Ask me how I know. Use APC electric props only. And of course there are the Three Rules of Electric Flite.
Keep it light.
Don't let it get too heavy.
It shouldn't weigh very much.
The immortal Spitfire has a reputation for having a too-small tail. I would increase the size of both surfaces, keeping the same shape. No one will notice. They fly beautifully, having flown several. They tend to nose over on landing, consider moving the gear forward a little. I said a little, not a helluva lot. Retracts may not be your best choice.
Doug Smith : Spitfire Mk IX : 27/05/2020

The forementioned link of the buildlog (by SteveWMD august 2012) is not correct anymore.
Here is the new (and proper) one:
sysadm1 : Auster Aiglet Trainer : 27/05/2020

Hi, I made one of these years ago and after a few 'mishaps' hanging in my son's room, am renovating now. Mostly just recovering.
I'd be curious if you have the plans for the gun and torpedo If you have them.
Justin Owen : Fairey Swordfish : 27/05/2020

If you have a look at the modified alternate version of this plan by Won2Race here there is a drawing of a suggested modern brushless motor setup. He shows a 600W 3520 6 turn 840kV outrunner with a 3S 5.3 Ah lipo. Actually, that's such a good version (of this plan), it would make sense for us to add that as a separate entry over here on Oz.
SteveWMD : Spitfire Mk IX : 27/05/2020

This is a really nice design, lots of plywood so wondering about the weight :-). Does anyone know what is a 600 geared electric motor? Or has an example of one?
Kevin : Spitfire Mk IX : 27/05/2020

Dear Sir; Thanks very much for bringing out a design I believe I saw in one of my dad's old Popular Mechanics or Mechanics Illustrated magazines. When we would visit Grandpa's house, I would rummage through Dad's old magazines, which he kept from his youth. There were wonderful things to see in them for a five to eight year old. Rainy days were never boring! If I build it, I will send you at least photos.
John Peters : Koolhoven Pursuit : 27/05/2020

Hi, I found the quarantine days a good opportunity to make a model I always loved. These are the pics of my Dupli (Supra) Star I made from this plan [model photo & more pics 003-009]. I also have approximately 250 images of building from A to Z, I can share with any one who likes. We also have a lot of skilled modelers here in Iran who can share the images of their building projects.
EhsanMorshedi_Iran : Dupli-Star : 25/05/2020

Some pics of the great Lanzo Bomber! [more pics 003,004]
Alex : Lanzo Bomber : 25/05/2020

Added two photos of the finished model, thanks to Alex.
Mary : Ultimate Biplane : 25/05/2020

Yep. That's a handy shortcut too. Of course your mileage will vary depending on what software/plugin you use open PDF files, of course. And what kind of device/PC/MAC/mobile etc, you are using. But yes, for me, on PC with Reader DC, that works.
SteveWMD : Elmira : 25/05/2020

Quicker way is when you've opened the link and see the PDF, move mouse curser to bottom LH corner of plan and the frame size pops up. In this case 51 x 30 rounded up.
Regards Ian
Circlip : Elmira : 25/05/2020

Joe, see knowledgebase article 105 here: Checking the page size of a PDF plan
SteveWMD : Elmira : 25/05/2020

It would be useful to know the full size plan sheet dimensions are.
Joe : Elmira : 24/05/2020

A fine drawing from someone who knows his mettle, and a fine design from someone who knows how his model engineering :-)
If one wants to avoid gray printing it's easy to convert all colours to black, print away and then close the file without saving changes.
That French site is from the time before large format scanners and the most practical format for larger size models was DXF or DWG. A good time for developing those CAD skills.
There are still a few surviving places from the Triassic, one example is Dave Fritzke's own, a well-known name here ;-)
Miguel : Spitfire Mk IX : 24/05/2020

Here's a classic aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation, Lockheed's Vega, as flown by the great Roscoe Turner at the Cleveland National Air Races in 1929 [main pic, 003-007]. Model was constructed from the 16 " wingspan plan by Comet Models, Kit A18 Winnie Mae (oz175) and modified to represent NC-7954 as operated by Nevada Airlines Inc.
Thanks Steve and Mary for all you've done for our hobby.
Neal Green : Winnie Mae : 24/05/2020

There have been many modifications and many versions of the Bird of Time. This one is mine [pic 018]. It is built from the orginal plan, increased to 147 inches. It flys exactly like the original.
Dale Denton : Bird of Time : 24/05/2020

Hi Mary and Steve I share with you my little rubber powered Piper Pacer plan oz2034 [pics 006,007]. I hope enjoy this beautiful plane.
Greetings from Colombia,
Carlos Alfonso : Piper Pacer : 24/05/2020

Hi, Attached are a couple of pics [008,009] of a Jensen Das Ugly Stik I built from plans downloaded from your site. With the pandemic keeping me at home I got back to something I haven’t done in quite a while, actually build a model. This one is all old school even with a silk and dope finish. It was great reviving those skills though I did get a blushing in the last few coats of clear I’m still working on removing. The engine is an O.S. .61F-SR and radio is a Spektrum DX8. I did a complete build posting on my Facebook page and on the Balsa Builders page on Facebook. Thanks again for your site, I truly enjoy it.
Anthony Frackowiak : Das Ugly Stik : 24/05/2020

The plastic cowl is not from the Speedee built line but from the very short run of Lamilite models of which there were only three. Mr Mulligan and a shoulder wing Cosmic Wind racer were the other two. I have all three of these very rare kits. I am building the Walt Mooney clone of this model using the plastic cowl from a partially ruined kit.
MS : Bostonian Beaver : 24/05/2020

Very good restoration work, and the colour version is a blessing, congrats to the artist!
"scale drawings from the Argus Plans Dept" - I have a few I purchased in the Good Old Days, I suppose the originals must be awaiting another dig in the Valley Of Kings.
Miguel : Parnall Elf : 23/05/2020

I bought the kit of this many years ago and I'm sorry to say that it was truly dreadful . Thick , heavy , rock hard wood made assembly near impossible and it flew like a brick . A low point in KK quality control . Built with very thin , light wood , I daresay it might fly but hardly worth the effort really .
Rob Gibb : Sedan : 23/05/2020

Added pics of completed Mojo, thanks to Doug Forbes [model photo & more pics 004].
Mary : Mojo : 22/05/2020

Added a couple of shots of the completed model, thanks to Doug Forbes [more pics 007, 008].
Mary : Banana Fritter : 22/05/2020

Added some great photos of the finished model, thanks to Doug Forbes [model photo & more pics 005].
Mary : Arrowhead : 22/05/2020

Lovely photos of completed model are thanks to Doug Forbes [model photo & more pics 003, 004].
Mary : Little Pigeon : 22/05/2020

Added some nice pics of the finished model, thanks to Doug Forbes [more pics 003-005].
Mary : Swallow : 22/05/2020

Added super photos of the finished model, thanks to Doug Forbes [more pics 003, 004].
Mary : A-M Aircoach : 22/05/2020

This is a photo of my Dad with a Sunspot he built [more pics 003]. I think it was 1970, still have it in my garage. Dad liked painting the models, think it's rather more decorated now. All covered in tissue, doped and then painted in Humbrol enamel.
AndyG : Sunspot : 22/05/2020

Hello, hope you're all well during these strange times of a rare Vic Smeed control line design [main pic]. Found in one of his books in where else, the book section of this superb site. Keep well. Best regards,
Tony Wright : Shooter : 22/05/2020

Just kindly providing a couple of pics for Quaker Flash [pics 009,010]. Cheers!
Alex : Quaker Flash : 21/05/2020

Hi there! I built a Monsoon Clipper about 20 years ago shown here in a B/W shot [main pic]. It flew quite well but needed better carved props. I never had a chance to try it RoW however. Very interesting build.
PeteRea : Monsoon Clipper : 21/05/2020

If you have the magazine, M.A.N. August 1957 edition, would you please make a copy of the Wrecktangle article by Walt E. Mooney and upload it to here.
George Albo : Wrecktangle : 21/05/2020

Hi, I built a mambo in the 80s powered with an OS 20 FS, sheeted wing le with cap strips covered with nylon. Strong wing. Great airplane flew couple of years. Found the plans and plan to build another. Was underpowered and a handfull in the wind. have the paterns somewhere and have to dig them out.
Tom Coletta : Mambo : 21/05/2020

Included are some pix of my Sidewinder, built from plans on your site [more pics 008-013]. Mine has just completed its first test flights as of yesterday, flew very well, needing almost no trim. Pic was taken just AFTER its first flight, to avoid bad karma. You mean you never heard of the curse if take a picture just prior to the first test? How many models have you seen destroyed on the maiden flight? They all had many camera shots just before takeoff. Don't do it. You have been warned. Construction photos are OK, just avoid pics right before flight. The plans were beautifully, professionally drafted, old school, but not by the designer. Mine had errors with the ribs, two on each side had to be modified to fit, but I got it done. Another potential problem was the C/G position on the plans, not sure if it was correct. Soooo many plans have it wrong. I know how it's done because I've committed the same offense. I always draw my plans first, then make any changes while building. Sometimes I pencil in the C/G location but forget to change it after flying. Seldom does it remain where I first drew it. Plans show all sheet balsa over the entire model, but I used it only on leading and trailing edge, with capstrips in between, easier and lighter, 2-1/2 lbs ready to fly. My Sidewinder was a little tail heavy on the first flight, flew better after moving the battery forward about 1/2 inch. But during construction, I expected it to be tail heavy, with my lighter Rimfire 15 motor instead of the original Veco 19. She turned out badly nose heavy and I had to extend the battery waaaaay back to balance. You know the rule: "Nose heavy planes fly poorly, tail heavy models fly once". I still have some adjustments to make, elevons are too sensitive and more color needs to be painted on the top, yellow is harder to see than the blue on the bottom. Mine is covered with Doculam, painted with Rustoleum, easy and cheap. Sidewinder is slower than the Holy Smoke I flew years ago, but still pretty fast on a burner pass. Motor pulls 38 amps from a 3 cell 3000 battery with a 10 x 7 APC prop, dropped down to a 10 x 6 for lower speed. More than enough power for its 2-1/2 lb weight. Sidewinder is probably my last delta, construction hurt my back bending over the plan, too wide in any dimension for comfort.
Doug Smith : Sidewinder : 21/05/2020

many thanks for your interest in my problem. looks like it will be a build and try method, and hope for the best. The only thing that puts me off having a go at this one is the moulded canopy. I did the Auster AOP9 some time ago which turned out not too bad, Flew well.
Old Jack : Taylorcraft Auster : 21/05/2020

Very nice plan and well worth building. Many cougars have different engine cowlings and it would be nice if someone designed variants. I might have a go myself
Richard Skerrett : Nesmith Cougar : 20/05/2020

This is a surprisingly good performer, with the engine out-thrust shown one of its secrets to success. Will fly well with Atwood Wasp engine, but better with McCoy 049 diesel in my experience. 35 feet 8 thou lines - vintage stunt pattern then possible.
Maris Dislers : Snapper : 20/05/2020

Hi Mary, Please find attached photographs of yet another of the Frog Senior Series models, this time the Raven [main pic, 003,004].
Modifications from plan are built up tail surfaces, a few extra gussets around the cockpit and aft of the wing to prevent corner wrinkles, a pilot, laminated wheels, additional cowl top sheeting, hollowed lower cowl sheet, removable nose block and a carved 6.5 inch balsa propeller.
Covering is white Esaki and yellow Peck tissue with black Esaki trim, all sealed with cellulose dope. Weight without rubber and ballast is 22.54g (0.79oz). It was a quick and simple project and a builds into a very pleasing looking design when finished!
Pete Theobald : Raven : 19/05/2020

Hi again, Mary and Steve, thought I'd share with you one of my favorite modeling projects, a Bristol M1C Bullet [main pic, 003-007]. It seems that everything Bristol initially developed was "fast," and therefore all were labeled with the unofficial moniker "Bullet." In this case however, the Bristol M1 truly lived up to it's "press," registering in the range of 140mph in straight and level 1916! It could have been a real game-changer, had it been given the respect it deserved. Instead it was relegated to the Macedonian theater of operations owing to extreme bias by the Royal Aircraft Establishment toward monoplanes.
My model began life as a Walt Mooney peanut plan (oz3201) and was enlarged to an 18" wingspan - its present iteration.
Thanks once again to OuterZone for your outstanding services to this wonderful hobby.
Neal Green : Bristol M1C : 19/05/2020

Here's a couple of pictures of my 'Poppet', built during the 2020 lockdown [main pic, 009]. Made more or less totally from scrap (apart from the fuselage sides), this super-simple design will be a certain flier - whenever that might be! The colour-scheme is my variation on Vic's original and a late Goldhead 'Dart' provides the power. The model was featured again more recently in the December 2017 'Aeromodeller' and included the full-size plan.
Richard Scott : Poppet : 19/05/2020

Aha, good catch. Ok, so this is a redrawn (and uncredited) version of the Art Schroeder Eyelash (oz5499) design.
SteveWMD : Dardo : 19/05/2020

You might wish to compare this with OZ 5499
RFJ : Dardo : 19/05/2020

Here's a couple of pictures of my 'Pinky', built during the 2020 lockdown [pics 004,005]. I haven't been able to bring myself to cover the airframe yet as it looks so pretty in its naked state! It will ultimately be covered in lightweight pink silk. An early Allbon Greenhead 'Dart' is in the nose and I am hoping that it will prove rather more successful than my first attempt at this model more than fifty years ago (the wings fell off and it crashed to the ground!).
Richard Scott : Pinky : 19/05/2020

Here's a couple of pictures of my plan-built 'Snipe', completed just ahead of the 2020 lockdown, but as yet unflown [main pic, 007,008]. Hopefully, that will be later this year - but who knows! An early D.C. Merlin provides the power and the all coloured-tissue scheme is a nod to my elder brother Peter's original (see third picture), which he built from the KK kit and flew very successfully in 1963 when he was just 13 and I was nearly 9. Sadly, it was lost - complete with its A-S 55 (especially tragic!) - never to be seen again.
Richard Scott : Snipe : 19/05/2020

...and, further to my comments on the Filou five years ago, here it is in 1965 [pic 005]. Dave a friend, with his back to the camera and talking to my mother, so liked the model that he made his own twice-size version with rudder and elevator. It flew very well.
Richard Falconer : Filou : 18/05/2020

Doh! Have added the missing article file, now.
SteveWMD : Fillon Champion : 18/05/2020

There does not appear to be an article file
Ted Avey : Fillon Champion : 18/05/2020

Excellent, many thanks, have set the designer as Henry Haffke, now.
SteveWMD : Black Baron Special : 18/05/2020

Hi Mary and Steve, I hope that both of you are safe and healthy. In going through the Outerzone website, which both of you should be congratulated on, I noticed that the Black Baron Special (oz7212) is uncredited, as to the designer.
This really great advanced trainer was designed by Henry Haffke. If you take a look at his Sort-A-Scale Fokker (oz10447), both this model and the Black Baron Special are virtually identical.
In the last paragraph of the Sort-A-Scale Fokker, Henry writes: "If you would like to build a Fokker, but don’t enjoy making your kit, I have good news for you. Coverite is working on a kit of this model…" Both of these airplanes are spectacular flyers. Years ago, the Sort-A-Fokker met its demise due to radio failure. The Black Baron Special is still flying, now as a club trainer, restored, lightened and converted to electric. Also, compare the Special with Henry’s Giant Pea Shooter (oz8764). Revisiting the Special wants me to build an electric version of this trainer. Alas, too many projects, and my hands don’t work as well as they used to. Best to both of you for such a great job, and this spectacular website,
rocketpilot : Black Baron Special : 18/05/2020

Hello again from Oklahoma. Please find photos of my Showmaster, built by my late father F.J. Solinski in 1970 [main pic and 010-012]. Dad was a draftsman and drew his own building plans from the small sample plans found in RCM. We flew it with an 0.049 with an extended tank for a couple of years, then it sat hanging in dad's basement for the last 50 years. When he died in 2017 I brought it to my home for nostalgia. Converted it to electric in 2017, still flies quite well.
Tom Solinski : Showmaster : 18/05/2020

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
John : Fillon Champion : 18/05/2020

The main rib of both the wing and stab is shown. But since this is a kit plan, ie the plan arrived in the box along with all the kit parts, probably no, there was no further sheet. Kit plans often showed only the assembly, not the full formers. Anyone out there got printwood scans to add to this?
SteveWMD : Blazer : 18/05/2020

No wing or elevator rib profiles shown on single sheet. Is there more than one sheet of plans?
GST : Blazer : 18/05/2020

This is all text quoted from the magazine article, printed back in 1982. Safe to say that Micro-Mold can no longer help out with the supply of CO2 engines.
SteveWMD : Czech Mate : 18/05/2020

Joe, Do you have an email address and website link for the company you mentioned in the text, Micro-Mold, England, I have had trouble tracking them down! Thanks
Mark Robinson : Czech Mate : 18/05/2020

The way I read it, the fuselage sides that get built over the plan, are basically the aft end of the fuselage. The fuselage is built from the back forward. Build the two "aft" sides first, then you glue the cross pieces in next, assembling the two sides over the top view of the plan. You then have a "box" tailcone. You remove that from the plan; the bottom longeron will be very spindly, extending forward, unsupported until the formers get added. Then the cabin area gets built in, using the sheet formers. All of the diagonals in the cabin area get put in next, and they lay into the notches on the sheet formers. It helps to visualize that the center/cabin area of the fuselage is not flat sided or in the same "plane" as the aft/flat sides. The only part that is built flat over the side view, is the part that runs from the arrow (and the note you mention) back to the tailpost. I think the wording is poor, and it is not clear that the fuselage is built "rear to front" rather than "front to rear." Hope that helps!
Dave D : Taylorcraft Auster : 17/05/2020

Here is mine that I have made last week. It's wing span of 12" and 2.5mm balsa and 1/16 fuse. (it's what I had on hand) few crashes though and some damage (use the thickness on the plan unlike me. ) but I've got it trimmed up now and it goes Great!.
Thomas : F-18 Hornet : 17/05/2020

I'd say the shape of the front part of the fuselage is dictated by formers 5 and 6 not the side frames. So build up to the point indicated in the usual way flat on plan, but with full length lower longeron all the way to the cowling. Then separate sides and add cabin formers, stringers etc. Crack/reglue the lower longeron as it comes in quite sharply to the rear cowling. Or you could build the "Aeromodels" Taylorcraft Auster (oz5378); same sized model which seems slightly easier to build.
Pete : Taylorcraft Auster : 17/05/2020

It was not the first french plane to cross South atlantic, but the first french plane and crew to cross north atlantic from Old Orchard beach to Comillas (Spain) in june 1929. The crew was Jean Assollant (pilot), René Lefèvre (Navigator) and Armand Lotti (organizer of the flight). There was a stowaway named Arthur Schreiber!
vj : L'oiseau Canari : 16/05/2020

I made one change to the model after submission to the magazine that's relevant. Having discovered that once it left the ground the rudder worked in reverse IE left command gave a right turn, I gave the wing a bit of dihedral, about an inch under each tip if I remember correctly. This got the rudder working in the correct sense on the ground AND in the air and even made a small improvement to the water handling as it kept the tips well clear of the water on take off and landing. Much easier to do this before construction is completed.
John Rutter : Bertie : 16/05/2020

I did an update of this design in 2013 with modern miniature 2.4gHz gear and a Russian rear intake 2.5cc diesel with throttle (still no silencer though!) that goes even better. The one here "died" when a helper collected it after a failed launch and without telling me, switched the Rx off. As it was a diesel I just took it off him, flicked the engine to start it, adjusted the compression (the reason for the failed launch) and launched it again, only to watch it loop away, free flight, into the distance before eventually crashing on a local golf course within a 100 yards or so of the North Sea. Fortunately nobody was hurt and it was amusing to watch, though a bit of a long run to get the remains back.
John Rutter : Firebird : 16/05/2020

I bought this kit (£6.95) from the model shop on Railway Street, Nelson, in Lancashire. I was 12 years old and it was an impulse buy bought with money from my paper-round. As I only had a Cox Babe Bee .8cc I had to modify the beam mount to radial. The actual air-frame was built to a quite high standard - for me anyway - but the covering wasn't too good using an orange version the then new heat-shrink Humbrol brand (?) Modelspan. This model was unfortunately the start of some very bad behaviour on my part: I discovered that if both your parents worked, then one didn't need to actually go to school any more. The first round of truancy soon grew to a record five-week block. The trick was to return to school for one day after the prolonged period of 'MiA' absence and then take a further day off 'sick' with your mum's approval. This produced the requisite sick-note to give to teacher. Of course I eventually was rumbled. The 'I cannot remember even seeing Ian this term' on my report card possibly gave me away...
However, I spent my days at home learning all about aeromodelling, going out to buy things like a Telco CO2 motor and endless balsa kits. I still maintain that my self imposed home 'education' was beneficial to me as an adult in many ways...
Many years' later I gave a 70's Ripmax catalogue to one of my friend's son. In passing, I asked whether he'd ever looked at it. 'He hasn't put it down since you gave it to him!' It was 12 months later!
Try it with your own old modelling mags & catalogues on today's kids, you may well be surprised :-)
Thank you for posting these plans!
Tobytronicstereophonic : Sky Skooter : 16/05/2020

Great to see the original designer on here! In the hope that John will check back and see this I'd just like to say a big thank you - I did my first really successful R/C flying with this design and built several other of his all sheet models - all great flyers (Phantom Major, Spitfire 22 etc)! Thanks again John!
RMC : Teeny Trainer : 15/05/2020

Here are some photos of the Avro 560 [main pic, 003-005] which I built from plans on your site. I have not had a chance to fly it yet, due to both bad weather and the Covid-19 lockdown. I hope you can use them.
WalterK : Avro 560 : 14/05/2020

Hi , I have recently made a Supra star from this plan, it's a real devil in sky, just have to say wow. I also have step by step images of the build progress if any one is interested. Feel free to contact me. My email:
Ehsan Morshedi : Dupli-Star : 14/05/2020

Just added an article [supplementary file] which answers Tommy's question. Many thanks to RFJ :)
Mary : Mini Drake : 14/05/2020

I have just downloaded the plan for the Taylorcraft model from 1944 and am very puzzled as to the construction of the fuz. There is a note that says build the two fuz sides to the point which is just behind the cabin. There is no note as to what construction the rest of the fuselage is or how it is attached. I have been making models for more years than I care to remember and have never come up against this before. Does anyone have any ideas about this ?
Oldtimer 80 : Taylorcraft Auster : 14/05/2020

Not sure about the weight, Tommy. Maybe Bob's comment above will help?
Mary : Mini Drake : 14/05/2020

Hello. I can not see the Weight on the plan (Mini Drake) (OZ8094). Thinking most about the motor, which size I shall use. Is it possible for you to give me the approximate weight. Thanks in advance.
Tommy Hedstrom : Mini Drake : 14/05/2020

Hola Carlos Alfonso. Lindo te quedó el Pawnee. Yo estoy construyendo el de Britannia pero con motor de caucho. Translation: Your Pawnee came out very nice. I am presently building the Britannia rubber powered kit. Felicitaciones, Congratulations
EDUARDO, also from Colombia.
Eduardo : Piper Pawnee : 14/05/2020

I flew 2 KöC. Now I plan a third one. Try to improve wing torsion. Very familiar picture. The last flew away.
Erich Jedelski a genius.
Reinhard Stranz : Ko C : 14/05/2020

I tried some free online PDF->DXF converters this morning, I used both the locked and unlocked original files and the results were as follows: CloudConvert - both sheets superimposed, text converted to geometrical entities
AnyConv - did not 'see' a vector drawing, instead it did a bad bitmap interpretation - totally useless
OffDrive - exactly the same thing as CloudConvert,
After running Zamzar again with the unlocked PDF I got the same result as the previous day, fine vector reconstruction but no text. I may speculate that text was on some separate layer inaccessible to the program. If I decided I really needed the text annotations I'd ignore the text in a 1st phase and go with Zamzar for the drawing; then to get the text I'd use some separate OCR software, copy the outcome and paste it on the drawing. Life is good but it does not say it has to be simple.
Miguel : Fusion : 14/05/2020

Hi Steve... as it was published so long ago (September 1990 apparently) it might be that I was asked to devise a built up wing to suit the editor, (certainly this happened more than once with designs that used foam wings) but I can't remember doing so. It could also be that the editor got his draughtsman to draw a built up wing without telling me, modifications often happened that way if my ideas were not always the same as "convention" would have it.
John Rutter : Teeny Trainer : 14/05/2020

Hi John, I think the plan says on it "section for alternative built up wing" etc, but it's interesting that you as the designer see that as unhelpful, on the printed plan that went out. I mean it's interesting that magazine plans often went out after being printed in some way wrong (at the wrong scale etc) or just not what the designer intended. I guess there was no time, no system, for proofing and checking/correcting details.
SteveWMD : Teeny Trainer : 14/05/2020

Wonder why the drawing shows a built up wing. I built 2 of them, both with flat plate wings and they flew fine.
John Rutter : Teeny Trainer : 14/05/2020

Hi Pete, very pretty model! The colour trim looks very carefully applied, this is certain indication of the quality of construction, congratulations all around. And don't wind her too much.
Miguel : Heron : 13/05/2020

Hi Mary and Steve, Please find attached the product of my girlfriend Tímea’s first attempt at building a flying model, the Frog Heron (oz782). She had a little help with the awkward bits and a bit of mentoring but it’s all her own work. Modifications from the plan are as follows:
Built up tail surfaces, a few extra gussets to support the tissue around the cabin, the addition of a pilot, internally retained wheels, planking as opposed to block for the upper cowl and a 6.5” carved balsa propeller. Covering is Sam’s Superlite tissue finished with cellulose dope and the all up weight without rubber or ballast is 26.15g (0.92oz), with the centre of gravity being about spot-on as built.
She’s very proud of it as I am of her!
Pete Theobald : Heron : 13/05/2020

Hi, I'm new to the site but made use of your plans, here are a couple of pictures [model photo & more pics 003-005]. Amazing database. Keep up the good work,
Zeb : DY-14 Microbe : 13/05/2020

Dear Mary, I would like to send you photos of the Iota [model photo & more pics 003-007]. Thank you for every new plan :)
MartinHurda_CzechRep : Iota : 13/05/2020

Hello dear Outerzone friends. Again I want to congratulate you on the excellent website which is a great contribution to all scrachbuilders. I want to provide you with photos of my PEEWEE PAL model, converted to electric and two channels [pics 007-012]. It's a fun build-and-fly model with a great Old Timer look. Thank you very much for your great contribution.
Andres Buljevic : Pee Wee Pal : 13/05/2020

Hi Steve and Mary, I'm sending you my pictures of my latest project in quarantine, the Piper Pawnee of Don Mowrer plan oz3157 [main pic, 006-007]. This plan is very accurate in scale, but there are some problems with firewall and nose, is inaccurate, the same with the formers of stringers of rear fuselage are very shorts and no touch the stringers. This model was adapted for electric power and radio control with 4 channels. I hope enjoy this beautiful crop duster. Greetings from Colombia.
Carlos Alfonso : Piper Pawnee : 13/05/2020

Doh. My mistake - Model Aircraft not Aeromodeller. Fixed now, many thanks. For the HPA version of this (inc original printed drawing) see
SteveWMD : Scraps : 13/05/2020

Be aware that [in the Oz planfile] the LH wing plan has been stretched locally in printing between the 2nd and 3rd main wing ribs. it can easily be seen in the stretched writing and of course by checking against the RH wing.
Patrick Puxley : Big Stik : 13/05/2020

Text says it's from Model Aircraft December 1960 and not Aeromodeller as suggested in resume. HPA actually have the original MA plan on offer.
Howard Funnell : Scraps : 12/05/2020

Hi Steve and Mary, here is a picture of my Hegi Spassvogel (oz7457) [model photo]. The model was build from scratch about seven years ago. Most of the time I fly it with a powerpod and a homebuild reeds radio. About once a year I use a high-start. A nice little glider, well worth building it.
tiptipflyer : Spassvogel : 12/05/2020

Thanks to everyone who has sent in unlocked versions of this plan :)
SteveWMD : Fusion : 12/05/2020

Hello all! The file is indeed locked as described, this must be an oversight by the source as it is illogical to distribute a plan that cannot be printed. Perhaps a kind word to Mr. Pauley will solve this as the model is too pretty to remain forgotten on a disk.
Even so the file could be converted to DXF as I said, and I have emailed this to OZ already. I've used converter which took 20 seconds to do the job. Strangely it didn't catch all those annotations, I shall try a different converter soon.
This process has done well with a vector drawing, bitmap conversion to DXF may be problematic and to my mind it's better to import the image into the CAD package and redraw on top.
By the way, for my 2D CAD work I used Dassault's Draftsight but it ceased to be free, I'd suggest as a replacement, it's a brother to GIMP, philosophically at least.
Miguel : Fusion : 12/05/2020

Here is my first go at digitising a rib/ former set for the Giant Big Stik. These will be subject to checking once I have my hands on the printed set of plans. These are modified for zero dihederal and will in due course show a wing tube joiner. Choosing which sections and plans to use is critical, even within the same set, because sections don't necessarily match from one page to the next. Once checked I will post the digital files.
Patrick Puxley : Big Stik : 12/05/2020

Rescaling this plan at 86% you will obtain a Tiporare 40, complete build thread at:
pit : Tiporare : 12/05/2020

For me, GIMP is generally the answer to opening all files that won't open in Photoshop. But GIMP of course is a bitmap editor. If you want to do vector-based work on this, you need to ask someone smarter than me for help - maybe Miguel.
SteveWMD : Fusion : 12/05/2020

Indeed. This is how they released the document. The supplement alternate plan here in bitmap format is of course unlocked, and printable. We cover this in the text of the page, Greg.
SteveWMD : Fusion : 12/05/2020

The file is locked. It does not have permission to extract its contents. Printing permission is not available either.
Greg Potter : Fusion : 12/05/2020

Just wondering is there a cutting, sizes and thicknesses for the pieces to be cut...thankyou
steve millevoi : Pilatus Porter : 11/05/2020

Hi, some pictures of my Pascha [model photo & more pics 007-009]. I have made the middle part of the wings twice, an 0.5 ccm Schlosser Diesel attached to one. It is fixed to the fuselage using nylon screws instead of rubber band. The rudder area is enlarged, no other changes to the plan. The Pascha is an excellent flyer! Kind regards,
Dietmar Langenohl : Pascha : 11/05/2020

Hello, I live in Switzerland, this is my Skylane 62, it's a vintage kit [main pic, 004,005]. The engine is an OS Max 40 which is a little too powerful for the model. It was restored in winter 2019/2020, it is waiting for the end of the Coronavirus to make its first flight. It will fly with my Robbe (Futaba) Digital 6 radio from 1974, converted to 2.4ghz.
Jean-Michel Baertschi : Cessna Skylane 62 : 11/05/2020

I just completed and maidened my build of David Boddington’s Dracon, built from plans downloaded from OZ [pics 004-006]. Flies spectacularly on a 2205 2300kv motor, 5x3 prop, and 3s 1300mah battery. Thank you Steve for running this site!
Rob Heap : Dracon : 11/05/2020

Hello Outerzone team, Here is a photo of me from 1972 [more pics 006]. It is a Middle Stick with an ENYA 35 and a Multiplex Digitron 6 channel radio. The engine had been running for 100 hours, but it was only possible to start by hand. Setup on WEBRA 40, and ground takeoff and aerobatics were already possible. The model was in operation until 1975 and was disassembled when the balloon was pierced. Best regards,
Oskars Spridzans : Middle Stick : 11/05/2020

Hi Steve and Mary, here is a picture [pic 005] and the catalog pages [see supplement file] of my Hegi Auster with original Hegi floats (oz3235).
The model was build from scratch about six years ago, the floats are from the original Hegi kit. I never flew it from water, but it will fly from snow really well. A great airplane with wheels or floats. Well worth building it.
Best regards,
tiptipflyer : Auster Aiglet Trainer : 11/05/2020

I am at present digitising the plans for laser cutting. The warning on former dims is justified. I am getting differences between the main plans and "Uncle Willies" and, indeed even within a plan when checking the former dimensions against where they show in the main plan long sections. The wing rib profiles dont match when digitised and overlayed onto the plan sections, particularly the false ribs, unless I have misunderstood how they are located. I am therefore going to digitise/redraw the formers by reference to the dimensions obtained from the plans over which the model will be built. I will upload the files for free use in due course
Patrick Puxley : Big Stik : 11/05/2020

True. Ok have set this one as incomplete now.
SteveWMD : Spitfire Mk XIV : 11/05/2020

Hi, on this plan spitfire MK XIV . There are no formers for the wings.
cisco : Spitfire Mk XIV : 11/05/2020

There is also a radio controlled acrobatic Smousen, and it flies very well.
Mariano Valle Duque : Smousen : 10/05/2020

There is a variety of format conversion software floating in the Net, you might find one useful to you. If all else fails it's not the first nor the last time I import a PDF into my favourite CAD application and draw over to my heart's content, no weeping nor gnashing of teeth being involved.
Guess what, before writing this I set a trial of my usual converter with this Fusion model plan. I hadn't finished writing this brief comment when I got note that my DXF converted files, one for each page, were ready for download. Life is good.
Miguel : Fusion : 10/05/2020

Thank you Doug, I do believe a display of models of the quality and taste levels as yours has to be impressive. If this is the outcome then It must be a good rule :-)
Miguel : Olympic Mk VI : 10/05/2020

My Piper Super Cruiser made from the Sterling kit in 1968 [pic 003]. It had a Torpedo Greenhead .35 and an Orbit 6-12 channel radio with only three controls. no ailerons. Monokote covered. Unfortunately, the wings broke up and there was no more Super Cruiser. I recommend anyone building this beautiful model to reinforce the wing center section. Best wishes.
Eduardo : Piper Super Cruiser : 10/05/2020

Yes it's 1/10 and 44.5". Most Aeromodeller plan spans are 'rounded' up or down. It's a great model; I remember flying mine in formation with Eric's at Rissington. Got a bit close on take off!
bill dennis : BE.12b : 10/05/2020

I agree completely. Both models have in common only the fact that they are Piper Super Cruiser and that they were kits made by Sterling. After carefully checking the plans of the large version, I can see the formers can be developed because the fuselage section is not round but made with straight lines. Only the nose might be a problem, but this section can be taken from any three view plan of the aircraft. Anyone who can handle Photoshop or any other similar software, can develop the formers. Concerning the width, it can be taken from the wing center section, and the three view plan. I would do it but I am short on time despite the coronavirus lockdown. And yes, wingspan is 72 inches. The problem is that I was confused since the year in which I built the model was 1968. Stupid confusion. And finally, anyone building this model, YOU MUST REINFORCE THE WING CENTRE SECTION!!!!! My wings folded and that was the end of my SC. The original structure, was not designed for full house radio control. Just for free flight or single channel. Best wishes from Colombia.
Eduardo : Piper Super Cruiser : 09/05/2020

Hi Mary, I hope all is well. Please accept the attached photos of the Ted Strader Chicken Hawk biplane I built in 2018 [main pic, 007,008]. I fly it regularly. I currently sports a Cox reed valve .049 with a 8 cc tank with a Tee Dee piston and cylinder and an exhaust throttle. Thank you and keep up the good work! From Buffalo, NY
Doug Weaver : Chicken Hawk : 09/05/2020

Miguel, for the AMA control line precision aerobatics class the models are given appearance points plus a flight score for each round flown in the event. If I remember correctly 20 points is the maximum for appearance, the judges rank the models by appearance and line them up accordingly in a large room, it is a sight to see.
Douglas Babb : Olympic Mk VI : 09/05/2020

The plan just is what it is. If this plan is not useful to you... then don't use it. Also Greg you need to be more polite. Pointless is not appropriate language here. Nothing here is pointless.
SteveWMD : Fusion : 09/05/2020

This plan is provided in PDF Vector format but it does not allow conversion to DXF or DWG. That seems a bit pointless.
Greg Potter : Fusion : 09/05/2020

The E series Sterling Piper Super Cruiser is in no way identical to the larger FS-8 version. The number of fuselage bulkheads is different. The wing is different. The tail pieces are different. There is no simple interchange of enlarged parts from the E series plane with the FS-8 version. You will never get an F-8 plane by enlarging the E series plan. The result will be an enlarged E series plane, which is good.
MS : Piper Super Cruiser : 08/05/2020

I come late for the party but fine work Doug! These C/L aerobatic models all sport gorgeous finishes, is this some tradition for the class, is it rule mandated or what?
Miguel : Olympic Mk VI : 08/05/2020

This is an odd model because it’s spoilt by tiny inaccuracies. Although designated a Vb the nose is the right length for a Mk IX so twelve exhaust stubs and symmetrical radiators change it for the better. Use the Aeromodeller 1.72 drawing to improve the fin shape and it’ll be more accurate than 95% of published designs. Also making it a Mk IX gives a much wider choice of colour schemes.
Richard Falconer : Spitfire VB : 08/05/2020

I think Roger_harpenden_uk is correct that it is the Baloney. Attached is a scan of the RCM&E article which may be of interest [download Baloney Article here].
RFJ : Viewpoint 21 : 08/05/2020

Hello, I can't locate the C.G. position on the plans PDF. If anyone has built and flown the model or if you can calculate the C.G. would you please post that. Thank you very much for your help.
JeffGreen_LasVegas : Udet U-12 Flamingo : 08/05/2020

Bolkow Junior (oz7991) Built this with modern RC equipment. Components made with CNC equipment from China. See
Ivan Pedersen : Bolkow Junior : 08/05/2020

Can anyone put a date on this one? Thanks
SteveWMD : Hunter : 08/05/2020

Added some super photos of the Che, thanks to Jose Maria G.-Calatayud, who was one of Santiago Rodriguez's pupils [more pics 008-015].
Mary : Che : 07/05/2020

These photos are of my just-completed Comet Kit A20 1938, Howard's Mister Mulligan (oz2301) [model photo & more pics 003-007]. The Howard DGA-6, known as "Mister Mulligan" was designed by Bennie Howard and flown by Harold Neumann to wins in both the Bendix and Thompson Air Races during 1935, the only aircraft to accomplish this within the same year. Thank you, OuterZone!
Neal Green : Howards Mr Mulligan : 07/05/2020

Hi, Here is a pic of the Graupner Taxi, rebuilt from your plans [main model pic]. Fitted with an electric motor. Kind regards,
Willi Blick : Auster Aiglet Trainer : 07/05/2020

Hi, Here is a photo of the Taxi Graupner rebuilt according to your plans [main model pic]. Fitted with an electric motor. Kind regards,
Willi Blick : Taxi : 07/05/2020

Hi, Here some pics of my Twin Mustang in action. 78 inch, electric setup 2x 6s , flies geat on the symmetrical airfoil design from Art Johnson. Aerobatic, and very low stall speed. Best regards,
Tom Lesage : P-82E Twin Mustang : 07/05/2020

Dear Mary, Steve, hope you are doing well in these difficult times. We are trying to get the best of the forced stay at home; relax, reading, and trying to prepare for a way of life after the emergency is over - if possible- less stressful than before. And small gardening and, oh, yes, building airplanes.
Me and Laura had a good time buiding - one stick at the time- the little Dolphin (oz1333).
This is an RC conversion and I obtained it by adding a little movable surface to the h-stab, and splitting the v-stab in two. I have also reduced the angle between wing and h-stab to get a less 'nose up' attitude than required for free-flight, but I'm note sure it is a good idea. We don't know when we'll be able to fly it, but as for now we're happy of its outcome as static display!
Hope you may like the pictures I'm attaching of the tiny glider amongst Laura's beloved plants [pics 015-018]. We're very lucky to have this little home garden to pass time in during the lockdown; the gazebo, btw, has been handmade in England.
All the best and thanks
Raffaello and Laura : Dolphin : 07/05/2020

Thanks, got it. Have set the date on this one to 1978, now.
SteveWMD : Piece O Cake : 07/05/2020

Hello, hope you’re all well during these strange times. A few photos of of my latest build, the KK Ranger [pics 007-009]. Keep well. Best regards,
Tony Wright : Ranger Mk2 : 07/05/2020

Hi Steve and Mary, here are two pictures of my newly renovated Craft Air Piece O Cake (oz11286) [model photo & more pics 006]. I bought this Craft Air kit in the US in 1980. It is not from 1996 as stated in the specification. It was available already in the late 70s. (1978 or 1979). It is a great flyer, especially with electric power. On a 2S 2200 lipo every flight is over one hour. Best regards,
tiptipflyer : Piece O Cake : 07/05/2020

Hello guys take care, During this quarantine I have had time for those kits that have been home for years and were ignored, the coronavirus has caused them to come out of their hiding place and mount... but for now they still cannot fly [main pic, 012-017]. Take good care and be patient, all this will pass.
AntonioRG : Flying Fool : 07/05/2020

Hi Mary and Steve; Today 7-5-2020; the new Vicompte flown electrically for the first time at 9 am. He flies fantastic, a pleasure to see. He lands like a feather. A pleasure to see the wooden construction, seen through the Japanese paper. I see all my hours of work flying nicely in the air, with full sun in a heavenly blue sky. 25 minutes of flying pleasure; with 2 Batteries 2200 of 3 cells in parallel. I use a 40A ESC by Multiplex, and G15 by HK motor, prop 11 x 7. Kind regards from Belgium,
Julien Vermeire : Vicomte 1915 : 07/05/2020

Hi Ian. The printwood formers are in the supplementary file. You'll find it just below the main plan file download button.
Mary : Martin : 07/05/2020

I would like to build the Mercury Marten and have downloaded the plan, but find that the formers are not included as there appears to be no part 2. Perhaps I have simply failed to find the necessary documentation?
IanV : Martin : 07/05/2020

Please note rib 8 is too short. both on the original plan and the CAD drawn one.
MP : Leprechaun : 06/05/2020

Herewith sending photo of my model EXTRA 300 profile model, plan no oz3606 [more pics 004]. Made of Biofoam 8 mm thickness, spars of Assam wood and decorated with vinyl sheet. Electric motor. Does all aerobatics except hovering which I have still not learnt.
DrDineshKittur_India : Extra 300 : 05/05/2020

Dear Sir/Madam, herewith sending a photo of Buzzard Bombshell, plan no oz 2189 [more pics 005]. Constructed with Assam wood sticks, ribs of 2mm ply wing covered with plastic wrapping film and ironed. Decoration by vinyl sheet.
DrDineshKittur_India : Buzzard Bombshell : 05/05/2020

This article appeared in your Viewpoint section in 2018. I am curious, has anyone identified the mystery glider? Its shape is very intriguing to me and I am interested in seeing the plans myself. Thank you.
SteveAsher : Viewpoint 21 : 05/05/2020

Dear Sir/Madam - a photo of Miss Philadelphia, oz 8022 [more pics 003]. Constructed using Assam wood, wing ribs of 2 mm ply and covered with plastic wrapping film and ironed. A nitro model.
DrDineshKittur_India : Miss Philadelphia : 05/05/2020

Herewith sending photo of My O My, oz 5768 [more pics 003]. Constructed using Assam wood, wing ribs of 2 mm ply and covered with plastic wrapping film and ironed. Nitro model.
DrDineshKittur_India : My-O-My : 05/05/2020

Herewith sending photo of the Piper J 3 Cub which I have constructed using your plans [more pics 003]. Plans are very accurate, I must add. Models is made of 1. Assam wood sticks 2. Plastic wrapping film with ironing for the wing. With warm regards to your team
DrDineshKittur_India : Piper J3 Cub : 05/05/2020

Added photo of the kit, thanks to Pit [more pics 003].
Mary : Junkers D1 : 05/05/2020

Hi Mary. Attached are photos of my Quickie 200 airplane (oz7889) [more pics 003-006]. I have a lot of fun with it.
Diego Ochoa : Quickie 200 : 05/05/2020

Added photo of Neel's Mini Comet, built 1968-69 [more pics 003].
Mary : Mini Comet : 05/05/2020

The Fly Baby was/is a terrific, flexible design. The mentioned website shows the first ejection seat I've ever seen for a plane of this class.
Miguel : Fly Baby : 05/05/2020

Good Evening, Outzone Plans Administration! My name is Luis Pelossi from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I want to share to the archives of the page photos of my Glider made with the Keil Kraft plan from your website - its name is COMET, oz4401 [main pic, plus 005-009]. Thank you for the contribution you make to the Aeromodelismo!
Luis Pelossi : Comet : 05/05/2020

Dear Sir/Madam, Ref the captioned plan, I have recently built this one and submit these photos you might consider adding to the web page [main pic and 003-005]. Many thanks,
Nicholas Johnson : Fokker D8 : 05/05/2020

I have built 4 Zoot Suits (free flight only) and other copies built and converted to r/c have not shown any Dutch roll tendencies. If you let the model fly "free flight" with minimum control inputs you will find the problem disappear.
Peter Lloyd : Zoot Suit : 05/05/2020

Not as easy to build as I thought when I bought the plan in 1958. Have only just got around to building it now during Covid 19 lockdown. Doesn't seem to have got any easier. Hope to fly it once we are set free! Original Elfin 1.8.
Bob Taylor : Unlimited : 04/05/2020

Hi. I've just found out the name of this plane and thought I'd send you some pictures of the one I have [more pics 006-013].
Beck : Crackerjack : 04/05/2020

Under "lockdown" have just finished this 70% Caprice for Peterborough Hi-Start [more pics 027, 028]. Haven't built a glider for years but used to fly at Watton with Neville Wiilis many years ago so it was a natural choice. Hopefully we will be let out soon so I can start trimming. Pleased with a weight of 48gm so we shall see how it goes. Thanks for a fantastic site. I look every day and my "round to it" list grows ever longer. Stay safe and hopefully we'll be able to get outside fairly soon.
ChrisBlanch : Caprice : 04/05/2020

This is the Savoia S13 [main pic and 005-007], construction based upon the Lubomir Koutny 1995 peanut scale plan. Both the Italians and Austro-Hungarians used flying-boat fighter aircraft during World War I, so unsurprisingly, the Italians took the design concept a step further, stripping one of their fighters of all armament and entering it into the 1919 Schneider Cup competition. With minimal modifications, the resultant aircraft Savoia S13 was a winner.
This little model is equally a winner and is certain to be a real attention-getter wherever it is seen. Motor stick is removable for display.
Thank you Mary, for all your diligent efforts. You are a treasure.
Neal Green : Savoia S13 : 04/05/2020

Hello Mary, I hope all is well with you. With this Kovid 19 thing going on. I've decided it was time to build another airplane. Friend of mine gave me a SAITO 120 4 stroke so that kinda led me to look for a 120 size, so I decided to go with the 98 inch wingspan and I went askew on the plan and made a lot of the parts out of 1/8 plywood aka a door shell. My friend Jamie has a laser cutter and a program so I sat down and redrew it a bit any burned out the parts for me [pics 006-009]. So use any and all photos if you like. Thank you for what you do! Regards,
Larry : Cloud Dancer 120 : 04/05/2020

Hi here is a photo of the Humbrol Firefly [pic 006], just finished, took about 2 hours work, not counting glue-drying time. And a photo of the instructions part showing the 75 mm wing dihedral used, not shown on the plan [pic 007]. Next, covering it. Its really fun to build this one ! regards
Joost : Firefly : 04/05/2020

Please find attached photos of a Comet Models 24 in Ercoupe, I made years ago for my daughter's room - hence the pink trim [pics 004-006]. If you need more info, please let me know. Thank you very much.
ThomasCervenak : Erco Ercoupe : 04/05/2020

Hi, you can use this picture for the Simmers' glider on your website if you wish [main pic]. Cheers.
Box : Worlds Record Glider : 04/05/2020

I currently have this airplane. I built it in 1964 from plans from a magazine yellow wings and red fuselage and tail wings. I won first place in scale R C event that the Utah State Aeromodelers had at that time.It has only been flowen about three times with a KB 45
Duane Dietrick : Arado AR-68 : 04/05/2020

Discussion at
Pit : Magic 40 : 03/05/2020

Very good plans thanks in advance
Carlos : Comet : 03/05/2020

Coincidentaly, I'm building this one right now with my daughter. She said she wants to learn to build and fly : ) and it was the only one of all the project I have in queue that is at least somewhat adequate for a novice. Imagine our surprise when we saw it posted in OZ. Guess we'll submit some photos when its done.
RC Yeager : Sierra Trainer : 03/05/2020

Hi, Here some pics of my Dalotel [main pic, 008]. Built it in 1998 from plan David Boddington. Now she fly again with electric setup. Best Regards from Belgium,
Tom Lesage : Dalotel : 02/05/2020

With your graceful input I was able to locate that issue at
Thank you very much, sir, and to AMA as well.
Miguel : Sierra Trainer : 01/05/2020

Simitar Slow Motion was published in the January 1987 issue of Model Aviation.
RFJ : Sierra Trainer : 01/05/2020

'In a way, the Sierra Trainer is the high-wing version of my Simitar Slow Motion' - That's bad luck! OZ has six Simitar incarnations but the SM isn't one of them. Looking for it in RCG I saw a Simitar Psycobipe instead and that was when I fell off my walking frame :-)
Miguel : Sierra Trainer : 01/05/2020

Hi Mitch, to me it looks like that former in the front view is C. D should be easy enough to draw by yourself as a 1.2in radius circle with notches in their proper places for the fuselage stringers. Remember the 'hole in the middle' for the rubber motor :-)
Miguel : Morane Saulnier 221 C-1 : 01/05/2020

Hi Mary, Here are the photos and info for the outer cabane struts on the Avro Avian [pics 018-020].
Cabane Attachment: The larger wire is from the left over unthreaded end of a Dubro Threaded Rod 2-56 .072. This wire is easy to bend. The small wire is .039 piano wire .The strut is made from 1/8 x 1/2 bass with a doubler of 1/8 x 1/2 balsa. The wire's inner ends are bent 90 deg and go through the strut. Wires are held in place with copper wire and are twisted on the large wire side. This will be covered over with med or thick CA after the balsa doubler is attached. The smaller wire also gets a fillet of CA from the copper wire to where it goes through the strut. Do not go pass the copper wire as the wire must be able to open to allow the strut to attach.
TomD : Avro Avian : 01/05/2020

I downloaded the above named plan and after viewing it several times noticed the "D" former is missing, unless it is the former shown on the front-view of the aircraft? Thanks!!
Mitch : Morane Saulnier 221 C-1 : 01/05/2020

Here was I searching for the above plan/article this morning and it appears on the site in all its glory less than 12 hours later. You folks must be psychic, thanks very much for that it's much appreciated.
IanM : Candice : 01/05/2020

Good point. Have shuffled the files around now, moved the MB article across, to sit here with the MB plan now. Thanks.
SteveWMD : Dart 2 : 01/05/2020

It seems the name 'Grey' was misspelled throughout the printed article in RM, and the correct name is 'Gray'.
SteveWMD : Candice : 01/05/2020

That would be fun to add a horizontal stab with velcro. Then have it go tearing out of the runup stand.
Tom Solinski : Sierra Trainer : 30/04/2020

You also have this plan from "" with captions in german, and the article from MB was added there. So maybe a copy of the article can be attached here as well, where it really belongs.
RC Yeager : Dart 2 : 30/04/2020

hey, nice your building this one , I am building mine also , should be finished tomorrow. so easy this one . for wing ribs I placed rectangular strips of 1/16 in between le and te and when dry marked main spar on top and made cutouts ,glued spar in and later sanded it all to right rib shape ,took less than an hour to do so. oddly i found both wings on the plan are not exactly the same one is bit wider and this is an original plan. also If any one who collects kits has this one ,could he send a scan of the kit stickers I would than get a colour photo copy of that and use it on the glider as I did with my other humbrols in this series that would be very nice ,thanks and regards Joost (starfighter and what ever else ) :-)
joost : Firefly : 30/04/2020

Hello Outerzone, Please find the photos of a Bolero that I have just finished [pics 005,006]. I first made one forty years ago, purchasing the plan from the plans hand book. Thanks for saving all of these old masters, you provide a great resource. Regards,
Mike Sweet : Bolero : 29/04/2020

Good afternoon Mary, I hope you and Steve are still doing ok. Some pictures attached of my just completed Skyleada Cavalier [main pic, 003-005]. Looking forward to flying this one. What a lovely little model, should be
perfect for my small meadow. Thanks for your hard work on our behalf. Very best regards,
TravorTabor : Cavalier : 29/04/2020

Hi Mary; The complete finish of my last VICOMPTE [pics 013,014]. Today with Santa as the pilot. My cat is watching with argus eyes. Beautiful weather here in Belgium for weeks. Sorry, I can't fly it because of that CORONA. Kind Regards,
Julien Vermeire : Vicomte 1915 : 29/04/2020

Hi, I don't know if you want these photos of my version of the Roaring 20 biplane [main pic and 006,007]. Unfortunately my flying field isn't suitable for free flight so I've fitted rudder & elevator R/C. The dihedral shown on the plan looked a bit excessive for R/C, so I've reduced it a bit on the top wing to try and reduce "Dutch rolling". In retrospect it might have been better to do the same on the bottom wing to preserve the appearance of the original. The engine fitted is a PAW 55 and the all up weight, including a couple of ounces of extra at the nose, is 15oz (427g). Feel free to use the photos if you want them.
Thanks for your amazing site.
JohnT : Roaring 20 : 29/04/2020

Hi guys, l just finished making the 1946 glider from your plans [pics 003-005]. Having to wait till lockdown finished - well pleased with result. My third plane from you guys. Many thanks,
MarkI : Billy Boy : 29/04/2020

How about a ducted fan?
modelbuilder2011 : Convair Delta Wing XF-92A : 29/04/2020

This is all we have, at the moment. It's tagged as incomplete. Maybe more will come along in time.
SteveWMD : Travel Air Mystery Ship : 28/04/2020

Where are the bulkhead configurations?
MPD : Travel Air Mystery Ship : 28/04/2020

Hello, I really missed too much Santiago Rodriguez, he taught me a lot about model engines and free fligth hand launch gliders. I just built this amazing Che [more pics 008-015].
José María G.-Calatayud : Che : 28/04/2020

I’ve always been very fond of Brewster’s Buffalo, an aircraft that received a lot of bad press for all its heroics. Designed for another time, it found itself attempting to stem the tide at the outset of World War II. While not doing well in the hands of the US Navy/Marine Corps at Midway, it nevertheless performed admirably for the British over Malaya. In the hands of Finland against the Soviets, it proved to be a superstar.
This particular model is finished in the scheme as flown by Sergeant Geoffrey Fisken, 243 Squadron, RNZAF during the Battle of Singapore. Sergeant Fisken was fortunate to evacuate to Australia where he continued the fight, surviving the war as an ace fighter pilot with 11 victories, the British Commonwealth’s leading air ace of the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
This is a peanut scale model. Propeller is fabricated from a plastic food container. The Buffalo design is very much like that of a classic 1930’s racer, large on fuselage and power, very short on wing area. In order to fly successfully, the builder’s challenge is to construct as light-weight as possible… not my personal forte… but 'she' certainly is pretty.
Thank you to everyone at OuterZone. You’ve done so much in support of our wonderful hobby.
Neal Green : Brewster Buffalo : 28/04/2020

Hi, I have just finished my Zeus [model photo & more pics 007-009]. Engine is a 10 ccm FMO Boxer, made in the sixties. All up weight is 2460 g. Currently our airfield is closed due to that bloody virus, so maiden has to wait.
Dietmar Langenohl : Zeus : 28/04/2020

Dear Steve and Mary, Please find attached a few photo’s of my latest, yet another from the Frog Senior Series, this time the Linnet [mainpic and 003,004]. The only deviations from the plan were built up tail surfaces, a little extra 1/16” sheet on the top of the nose, laminated balsa wheels, a pilot, windscreen frame and a carved balsa propeller.
Covering is green Esaki and Sams Superlite in cream and red, sealed with cellulose thinners. All up weight without rubber or ballast is 21.8g or 0.77oz.
Best wishes to you both and thank you as always for the fantastic work you do for aeromodellers everywhere.
Pete Theobald : Linnet : 28/04/2020

That is a beautiful wing! Does it perform as well as it looks?
WimH : Windfreak : 28/04/2020

John, yours is an issue with some building plans from kits. The ribs, often bulkheads, and other parts are either printed out or die cut (crushed?) on balsa sheets and so were not needed to be shown on the plans.
You'll need to get creative here. The rib outline is shown as dotted on the fuselage side, called the 'butt rib'. You'll have to figure out where to trim for the leading and trailing edges and for the top and bottom spars. You'll have to do similar for the stab but at least it is symmetrical and the shape is shown.
Please share a couple photos of your construction progress and as completed. Good luck.
Bill Hibbets : Wanderer : 27/04/2020

Hi Steve and Mary, I thought I'd send you an email to say thank you for all the good work you're doing with plans at Outerzone. I have completed over six models now from Outerzone plans. It is also good to see the gallery and to see proper aeromodellers from around the world.
I am enclosing some photos of the first model I've built from Outerzone plans [pics 009-011]. It is in fact the third one I built having crashed the other two I'm afraid as I was training. The third RM trainer has been enlarged by 120% which is very easy to do nowadays! I passed my bronze medal awarded by the Scottish Aeromodellers Association, so that I can now fly by myself.
Once again thank you very much for all your work,
Chris Royce : RM Trainer : 27/04/2020

Hi, am new to scratch building and still learning to interpret plans, can someone point out the wing rib template on this plan
John Parker : Wanderer : 27/04/2020

Dear Steve, please find attached a few pics of a slightly enlarged Twin Fin Pusher [main pic and 003]. It has around 40in wing span and is converted to electric power and radio control. A build thread can be found on
Best regards,
Ronald Lehndorff : Twin Fin Pusher : 27/04/2020

Fixed the translation now, thanks to Eduardo.
SteveWMD : Juma 102 : 27/04/2020

If anyone has built this model I'd love to know its flying characteristics as mine is nearing completion.
John : Supermarine Spitfire VIII : 27/04/2020

Thanks. Does anyone out there have a photo of the completed model, built from this plan?
SteveWMD : Zipper : 26/04/2020

Hi Eduardo. Just the introduction really - I think that is the most useful part, so that people can read the description of the model and the thinking behind the design.
SteveWMD : Juma 102 : 25/04/2020

Here's a bit of 'eye candy', constructed from the 1976 Walt Mooney peanut plan, Nakajima KI27a Army Type 97 Fighter NATE [main pic and 003-006]. Thank you, Mary ...and the fine people at OuterZone!
Neal Green : Nakajima Ki-27 : 25/04/2020

Not many outside the Czech Republic and Slovakia might know who is behind that name J Pipek. Well J stands for Jaromir and JP is without doubt one of the most important and most innovative modelbuilders of former Czechoslovakia and now the Czech Republic. His constructions were often very simple and thus ideal for beginners. Many modellers started their career with a plan from Pipek. Soon his fame became known elsewhere in Europe. Influential modelbuilder-periodical Flug Modell Technik (FMT) for example sold Pipek plans in Austria and Germany. I don't know whether Pipek is still alive but if so he deserves a great big salute from every decent modelbuilder. Pipek acted also as an author, see:
RobertS : Rivale : 25/04/2020

I Have Photo of the Full Scale Zipper ..Would you like to add to plan comments
Craig Christensen : Zipper : 25/04/2020

Hello Steve, you mean translation of those instructions into English? Also plan captions?
I can do it but give me a little time. Internet translators are never precise. They can't be mostly due to cultural differences between countries where a particular language is used.
Best wishes
Eduardo : Juma 102 : 25/04/2020

The Spanish translation here is just from me running this through Google Translate. If anyone can improve it / submit a clearer version, that's great.
SteveWMD : Juma 102 : 25/04/2020

At the moment, this file is all we have.
SteveWMD : Big Bingo : 25/04/2020

Thanks. Fixed now.
SteveWMD : Hells Angels Fokker D-7 : 25/04/2020

Greetings, Slight mistake in the plan description. You reference an earlier plan. The reference is correct, but you typed “D-6”.
Let’s be careful out there.
James Hickman : Hells Angels Fokker D-7 : 25/04/2020

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