Phoenix (oz6101)


Phoenix (oz6101) by Frank Ehling from Air World 1947 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Phoenix. Free flight gas model.

Quote: "Meet the gassie that placed first in the Mirror's Class A free flight event in Beth Page, LI. Light as a feather in the breeze. Has folding prop. Rises straight off its tail to take first honors. The Phoenix, by Frank Ehling.

IN DESIGNING the Phoenix, my primary aim was to get a ship that would not only have speed but be able to climb straight up at as steep an angle as possible. This was the state of my reasoning after attending many model meets. I was convinced that a steep climb would not only keep a speed job from flying OOS but would also give it better gliding opportunities. This meant building as much lift as possible into the design of an airplane - a feat I accomplished by using a pylon to get the wing high plus a generous amount of dihedral.

But that wasn't all that was needed. It takes plenty of power, in addition to design, to send a plane zooming like a homesick angel and I selected the Arden .199 to supply it. Then, in order to get the .ship to climb steeply and not loop, I incorporated a lifting tail.

When I finally took the Phoenix out for tests, she lived up to my highest expectations. Over and over again she demonstrated; in a spectacular manner, her ability to climb. She virtually zoomed vertically when set on the rudder and released, and would continue to climb in the same direction as if as if jet propelled.

Now, if you want to build a contest winning Phoenix for yourself - follow the plans on the succeeding pages. Start first by enlarging them to the dimensions as shown. One side may be built atop the other to insure perfect duplication. While the sides are drying, your pylon can be constructed by securely cementing two sheets of 1/4 in stock at an approximate 60 degree difference from each other. This is the best way to obtain greatest strength from a given amount of wood. Be sure, however, that the cement has dried thoroughly before removing from jig otherwise the pylon will warp.

When absolutely dry, the pylon can be cemented into place. Here again, care must be taken to insure perfect pylon alignment. The top of the pylon should be cemented in place making sure that it is set perpen-dicular to pylon in T formation.

In cutting the wing ribs from the plan, note that their thickness changes. This is done for greater wing rigidity. Cut out wing tips and cement together. Then add wing ribs along with the spars and at same time cement gussets in place to maintain dihedral..."

Hi again, Steve - Another one - from the May 1947 Air World Frank Ehling's The Phoenix Class B free flight gas. Scanned directly from my issue of the 5/47 issue of Air World. Submitted by jeff mccammant story city iowa. thanks...

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Supplementary file notes



Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)? That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction

Phoenix (oz6101) by Frank Ehling from Air World 1947 - model pic

  • (oz6101)
    by Frank Ehling
    from Air World
    May 1947 
    50in span
    IC F/F Pylon
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 07/11/2014
    Filesize: 360KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: JeffMac

Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email

User comments

No comments yet for this plan. Got something to say about this one?
Add a comment



Download File(s):


* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.


This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.


Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2020.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.