Lil Nordnick (oz8235)


Lil Nordnick (oz8235) by Ted Strader from Flying Models 1958 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Lil Nordnick. Simple free flight towline glider model with all-sheet design.

Quote: "Right: Lit Nordnick's gull wing and droop snoot fuselage give it rakish sailplane lines which will please anyone interested in building towline gliders. What's mare, this 'un soars like a contest ship. This article tells how to build a simple glider from a few sheets of balsa wood and cement.

Contrary to first impressions our model's name was not a play on the word 'Sputnik' for it was flying a year and a half before Sputnik became a household word. It was, rather, a play on the Nordic glider class having been designed along similar lines.

Any similarity in performance was largely accidental because Li'l Nordnick was designed and built solely for a change of pace. We had hoped it would fly but weren't bent upon breaking any worlds records.

Use of sheet balsa throughout for ruggedness and speed of construction had a beneficial effect upon flight for the severe undercamber of the wing resulted in a very slow yet extremely high lift wing. The addition of the tabs to the outer wing trailing edges increase lift by acting as flaps.

A local modeller decided to build one after seeing ours perform and asked what material was required..."

Article by Lynn East, plan by Ted Strader.

Hi Mary/Steve - Here are two Ted Strader plans to fill out the tribute to him. The Joy Stick from Flying Models magazine issue 12-59 and Lil Nordnick FM issue 07-58. Regards, theshadow'

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Supplementary file notes

Article pages.


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

Lil Nordnick (oz8235) by Ted Strader from Flying Models 1958 - model pic

  • (oz8235)
    Lil Nordnick
    by Ted Strader
    from Flying Models
    July 1958 
    42in span
    Glider F/F
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 08/12/2016
    Filesize: 81KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: theshadow

Lil Nordnick (oz8235) by Ted Strader from Flying Models 1958 - pic 003.jpg
Lil Nordnick (oz8235) by Ted Strader from Flying Models 1958 - pic 004.jpg

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

User comments

I remember when these plans originally appeared in FM and had to make one.
Construction was straightforward and quick and it flew surprisingly well for something that cost almost nothing.
Tom Kieffer - 12/10/2020
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, 2011-2021.

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.