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Scale Glider R/C
Scale Rubber F/F
Scale Rubber F/F
Scale Rubber F/F
Scale IC C/L
Scale Rubber F/F
I build a V tail glider, very similar in size, back in 1974, plus or minus a year. Mine was covered with silk and dope on the fuselage and the wing. The wing had several more ribs than the current plan. Mine, unfortunately, never flew BUT...
Bob Blubaugh : Little V : 22/05/2019
Have added complete article now, thanks to Ray.
SteveWMD : Tarrier : 21/05/2019
This looks like a fun model. I see in the June 2019 Model Aviation that Eric Strader built a 3 channel e-powered version. Does anyone have the remaining pages of the construction article?
Keith : Tarrier : 20/05/2019
Thanks, have fixed this now.
SteveWMD : Lippisch Stork IX b : 19/05/2019
Please find a photo of my Geebee c/l model [more pics 005].
TonyWright : Gee Bee Sportster : 19/05/2019
Original RCG scan is the better one... I think
fred : Bristol M1D : 19/05/2019
Plan is 9" span size. major enlagement required to print it at intended 36" span. with some image quality losses.
fred : Lippisch Stork IX b : 19/05/2019
Thanks a lot Richo! my goal was to emulate the era
Fred Cesquim : Continental : 18/05/2019
I built a Dolphin glider back when I was 14 years old in 1955. Third flight off a 200 in button thread tow-line, it caught a thermal, (Of course, no D/T!) and I never saw it again.
Brian Templeton : Dolphin : 18/05/2019
Try a 20-30 size 4 stroke, I have one with a Forster .29 ignition for SAM events and it goes up at a 45-60 degree angle till I cut the engine, a .19 2 stroke is more than enough for sport flying.
Douglas Babb : Quaker Flash : 17/05/2019
Thanks for posting the plans for The Mercury - it was a fun build. Here are a few pictures of the build [more pics 010, 011]. Maiden flight will be posted on You Tube soon.
OldHippie_HillbillyAirRC : Mercury IV : 16/05/2019
Latest Site Updates
21/05/2019 : PlanID=843 : Tarrier by Ted Strader from Flying Models : Added article (complete) thanks to RFJ.
19/05/2019 : PlanID=2991 : Bristol M1D by Bill Dennis from Aeromodeller : Added article, thanks to algy2.
19/05/2019 : PlanID=494 : Lippisch Stork IX b by Al Backstrom from Flying Models : Rescaled this plan to correct full size at 36 in wingspan, thanks to Fred.
13/05/2019 : PlanID=4477 : 29er by Paul McIlrath from Sig Air Modeler : Added SIG kit instructions, thanks to wanderings-ds at https://wanderings-ds.jimdo.com/sig-ff-kits/. Note these are from the SIG kit ref FF-21, and show a slight variation from the magazine plan, with additional stringers to make a more rounded fuselage top decking. Printwood patterns appear on page 1.
12/05/2019 : PlanID=11137 : Junior Pilot from DMI : Added scan of ribs printwood, thanks to SigurdHMaehle.
12/05/2019 : PlanID=9243 : Doddger by Craig Grunkemeyer from Direct Connection : Replaced this plan with a clearer scan, thanks to PabloOliveros.
12/05/2019 : PlanID=4702 : Warlock 05 by Scott Christensen from Airtronics : Added kit manual, thanks to RichL.
12/05/2019 : PlanID=5303 : Mosquito by Eric T Walpole from Frog : Added scan of wing ribs, thanks to JedBond.
11/05/2019 : PlanID=4814 : Yankee by Sal Taibi from Model Airplane News : Added article, thanks to RFJ.
11/05/2019 : PlanID=3379 : Taylorcraft O-57 by Sidney Struhl from Model Airplane News : Added article, thanks to RFJ.
11/05/2019 : PlanID=11145 : Simoon MkII by E Dilley from RCME : Added article thanks to RFJ.
04/05/2019 : General News : Hello everyone! Steve and I are heading to the seaside today, for a few days R & R. We won't be answering emails while we're away, so please be patient if it takes longer than usual for a reply. We'll catch up with you all when we're home. Mary x
02/05/2019 : PlanID=2902 : One-Day Wonder by Jack Dietrich from American Modeler : Replaced this plan with a clearer scan, thanks to dfritzke, rchopper56.
01/05/2019 : PlanID=11120 : Seychelle by Sean Bannister from RCME : Added article, thanks to RFJ.
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Sunspot - Chris Lella - 32in IC C/L
Predator - Buzz Waltz - 72in Glider R/C
AMI Tutor - John Rutter - 52in IC R/C
Canus - Roy Foote - 66in IC R/C
Invader - J Richards - 28in Glider F/F
Stinson - 18in Scale Rubber F/F
Bronco - Jim Labarge - 40in Scale IC C/L
Pushover - Colin Rattray - 78in Electric R/C
Fike - RJ Dunham - 13in Scale Rubber F/F
Fifty Caliber - Dick Sarpolus - 58in IC R/C
Pushover - D Greenfield - 37in IC R/C
Bullet - Harold Coovert - 11in Rubber F/F
Alexander Bullet - Gene Thomas - 13in Scale...
Curtiss SNC-1 - Sidney Struhl - 21in Scale...
Begin-Air Trainer - Buzz Waltz - 55in IC R/C
Flying Tiger - Hal deBolt - 20in IC C/L
Heath Super Parasol - Gene Thomas - 13in Scale...
Canary - 40in Electric R/C
Poncelet Vivette - Van Hereford - 32in Scale IC...
Septalette - Stan John - 27in IC R/C
Curtiss Swift - 12in Scale Rubber F/F
Urchin - Eddie Black - 40in Rubber F/F
Piper J-3 Cub - Sergio Daeuble - 22in Scale...
Mongoose - Alec Delgado - 40in IC R/C
Jinx - NG Marcus - 72in Glider F/F
Vultee BT-13 Valiant - Sidney Struhl - 26in...
High Five - Mike White - 43in IC R/C
Buzzard II - CS West - 48in Glider F/F
Monocoupe 110 - 24in Scale Rubber F/F
Fairy Unltd - Reid Hull - 50in Rubber F/F
Focke-Wulf Ta 152 H-1 - Bryce Petersen - 59in...
Satu - JMG Bennet - 60in Glider F/F
Alliance Argo - Dave Stott - 16in Scale Rubber...
FC-23 - 80in Glider R/C
Hollywood Hamilton - Dave Stott - 20in Scale...
Lil Tri Squire - Vince Micchia - 40in IC R/C
Big Dipper - Peter Rake - 20in Scale Electric...
Simoon MkII - E Dilley - 58in Glider R/C
Mid-Wing Pursuit - Norman Kasiner - 21in Rubber...
Ryan S-C - Alan Booton - 39in Scale Rubber F/F
Stinson Voyager - 16in Scale Rubber F/F
Tailless Junior - Horst Winkler - 28in Glider...
Ostriz VB-48 - G Busek - 48in IC F/F
Nieuport 24 - David Boddington - 41in Scale IC...
Bostonian - Peter Rake - 17in Electric R/C
Junior Pilot - 22in IC C/L
Interstate Cadet - Peter Rake - 23in Scale...
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