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The wing measures at 75" on the pdf. I think the plan scaling is correct, as the items on the plan listed as 4" items (wheels, spinner) are exactly 4" on the pdf. Many thanks for the excellent site!
NigelR : Spitfire Mk I : 03/04/2020
The Editorial page of the February 1943 issue of Aero Modeller carried the following paragraph under the heading "Plagiarism . . . what's the great idea?"
' On page 589 of the Christmas issue we published plans for...
Ken Jones : Flying Wishbone : 03/04/2020
It must be pointed out that this model was plagiarised by E. H. Clark direct from the pages of the American magazine 'Mechanix Illustrated' issue April 1939. It was actually designed by Mr Alan Orthof. Suitable chastisement...
Stormin : Flying Wishbone : 03/04/2020
pit : Flying Wishbone : 03/04/2020
There was some hoo-ha about this plan at the time because it was a tracing from a Mechanix Illustrated mag of 1938 with no acknowledgement - plagiarism. I don't have the details but you will probably hear form others because the story is...
John Reid : Flying Wishbone : 02/04/2020
Greetings, The Skyrocket was modified over time with an extended nose. You would lose the snubbed nose we all love, but it would solve the weight and balance problem. Grumman also built a tricycle gear version for the US Army, the XP-50....
James Hickman : Grumman Skyrocket : 02/04/2020
DH 71 in Aeromodeller Jan 1945 if anyone has it.
Ted Avey : DH71 Tiger Moth : 02/04/2020
Scale Drawings Handbook was just a listing of all the scale drawings published over the years in Aeromodeller. #2959 was the reference number for the dH 71.
RFJ : DH71 Tiger Moth : 02/04/2020
Standard commercial plans collection. Argus Publications. That's what Google comes up with
Hubert : DH71 Tiger Moth : 02/04/2020
We're not sure which handbook it is, Rob. Does anyone out there know more?
Mary : DH71 Tiger Moth : 02/04/2020
In the description that comes with OZ8873, the writer says he used Plan num. 2959 from the "Scale Drawings Handbook". Can you tell me if it is possible to buy this book and if so where from? I would be most appreciative.
Rob Lee : DH71 Tiger Moth : 02/04/2020
Great upload. Thanks for scanning and hosting :)
Hubert : Pitts Special : 02/04/2020
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03/04/2020 : PlanID=12056 : Hast by Harald Storbeck : Added instructions (in German) thanks to Axel_VPF.
03/04/2020 : PlanID=12052 : Flying Wishbone by EH Clark from Aeromodeller : Turns out this plan was the subject of some controversy (see comments). If anyone has a good clear scan of the original Alan Orthof design, we'll add that as a new listing and link to there from this one. Steve.
03/04/2020 : PlanID=12051 : Bostonian Beaver by Walt Mooney from Model Builder : Added colour photos, thanks to David Terrel and David Scigs, of the original model as built by Walt Mooney.
02/04/2020 : PlanID=8873 : DH71 Tiger Moth by B Price from RC Model World : Added scale drawing, thanks to RFJ. This is a scan of the 'Aircraft Described No.225: DH 71 Tiger Moth' pages, as referenced in the text. These pages are from May 1974 Aeromodeller.
02/04/2020 : PlanID=12049 : Maltese Falcon by Ed Moorman from Model Airplane News : Added complete article, thanks to RFJ.
02/04/2020 : PlanID=12053 : Piel Emeraude by Bob Morse from American Aircraft Modeler : Added article, thanks to RFJ.
01/04/2020 : PlanID=4254 : Waco SRE by George Clapp from Model Builder : Added article, thanks to RFJ.
01/04/2020 : PlanID=4323 : Moon Dust by Jack Sheeks from Model Builder : Added article, thanks to RFJ.
01/04/2020 : PlanID=8753 : Curtiss Hawk P-6E by Bob Rich, Warren Komberger from Carl Goldberg : Added kit review from RCM, April 1980, thanks to RFJ.
01/04/2020 : PlanID=2359 : Gentle Lady by Carl Goldberg from Carl Goldberg : Added kit review from RCM, March 1981, thanks to RFJ.
01/04/2020 : PlanID=4192 : Eaglet 50 by Carl Goldberg from Carl Goldberg Models : Added kit review from RCM, April 1982, thanks to RFJ.
01/04/2020 : PlanID=3007 : Brians Bullet by Loren Williams from Model Builder : Added article, thanks to RFJ.
01/04/2020 : PlanID=9447 : FW190 D-9 by Dave Platt from Pica : Added kit review from Flying Models, August 1976, thanks to rocketpilot.
01/04/2020 : PlanID=11133 : Das Bipe Stik by Pete Frankenthal from Midwest : Added parts list and instructions, first posted by JimO on the RCuniverse site, with thanks to EliasR.
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