Curtiss Swift


Curtiss Swift - plan thumbnail image

Curtiss Swift - completed model photo more pics (2)

Curtiss Swift  
by NH Rambo
from Model Airplane News
May 1950 
48in span
Tags: IC C/L
all formers complete :)
got article :)

Submitted to Outerzone: 11/07/2017
Outerzone planID: oz8946 | Filesize: 399KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: PeterGregory, Pit


About this Plan

Curtiss Swift - Semi-scale stubt model for control line.

Quote : "Among U-control modelers there are those who are always striving to find the perfect stunt ship. But in trying to find this model, the various cliques of modelers have all bogged down in a rut. Either their models have no scale appearance and are good fliers, or else the planes are scaletype, but have few good flying characteristics. In my search for an ideal stunt model, I came across plans for a 1931 Curtiss Army fighter. In all aspects this plane looked like a fine subject for a semi-scale model. I knew that if I could combine this glamorous old fighter with the requirements of a good stunt ship, I would have what I desired.
My finished product was a semi-scale Curtiss Swift that filled the bill of a good looking, tight maneuvering, but smooth flying stunt model. Flying the Swift, I won the Philadelphia Flying Circus, took first in Stunt in the Pennsylvania State Championship Meet and flew to third place in Senior Precision in the 1949 Plymouth International Meet. The Swift's performance certainly vouches for its ability. The construction of this model is simple and clean cut. A few evenings are all that are required to construct a Swift. The fuselage is the best place to start..."

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 14/07/2017: Added article, thanks to Pit.

Update 14/07/2017: Have switched these two plans around now - the magazine print plan (thanks Pit) is clearer to read, so that is now the primary plan. Alternate supplement plan is larger but faded and harder to read.

Supplementary files

Article pages.

Alternate scan. Not so clear, but scanned from a full size drawing, so interesting to compare the two.


Did we get something wrong with this plan? That happens sometimes. Help us make a correction


User comments

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



* 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, 2011-2017.

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.