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Since 2011 we've been collecting and sharing free vintage and old-timer plans at Outerzone. Thanks to you, there are now over 7,000 plans here for free download. We think that's pretty good going. Thank you for making Outerzone what it is. Three cheers for all of us!
We've added a new section for your thoughts, stories and photos: Viewpoint - a tribute to Don Dewey, editor of RCM and author of their Viewpoint column. This is the place for your longer articles or anything that doesn't relate directly to one particular plan. If you've something to contribute, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org We're starting with 'My First R/C', thanks to DougSmith ...more
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Hello friends: some photos of the Gentle Lady [more pics 005-007]. I have lost three in thermal. I still have a kit to assemble and my son has another almost finished. When the spring allows us to leave to fly them, we will send more...
AntonioRG : Gentle Lady : 16/01/2017
Many thanks to Newt for finding the model pic for this one, in an ad from GHQ in MAN, March 1935.
SteveWMD : Northrop Gamma : 16/01/2017
Today I send you some new photos of our secondary activity: RC sailplanes. The Birds of Time are something very special for my son and I. We have won several National Championships and we do not stop to keep and fly a few [more pics 006].
AntonioRG : Bird of Time : 16/01/2017
From Popular Aviation Sep. 1935. It seems that in the same mag there is a plan for a 43in WS version too. I love this flying boat too and there is a nice 73in Ws engined plan in MAN Oct. 1942 if friends are interested.
Pit : Fairchild Amphibian : 14/01/2017
Wondering if someone has the "Popular Aviation" article to supplement this Fairchild Amphibian plan by Paul Lindberg? It was submitted by Planeman in 2011. Online attempts to find the 1935 issue have been futile. Thanks, Steve!!
DonT : Fairchild Amphibian : 13/01/2017
I finished off the replacement Caprice and it flew beautifully. I have to concur with Sundancer - this is one of the finest free flighttowline gliders ever designed. Here are some photos of the Caprice, flying with the birds [more pics...
AndyCoutts : Caprice : 13/01/2017
Here with a photo of my first RC Model, a Pilot kit of the QB2500 sailplane [more pics 005]. Could only afford radio once I was a working man. Can promise you Idon't look anythinglike that skinny policeman today.
AndyCoutts : QB 2500 : 12/01/2017
Hi Mary.As mentioned earlier, something from the archives. Our shop kit builder, Agustine, is holding a 25cc Big Stik he built forpromotional purposes, in the photo [more pics 004].
AndyCoutts : Big Stik : 12/01/2017
Something from the archives: the photo is of the "Not-For-Sale", scratch built off plan from one of the mags [more pics 003]. We used to kit this when I owned "The" Hobby Shop, with my partner, Barry Hunt.
AndyCoutts : Notforsale : 12/01/2017
Compliments of the season to you all. I'm back at work after a Christmas break, was able to finish off the replacement Caprice and Marauder, and test fly them before the rainsset in. Both flew beautifully, unfortunately the Marauder landed...
AndyCoutts : Marauder : 12/01/2017
Hi my friends, this my Beaver built from plans by Ed Westwood [more pics 003, 004]. I changed the float for landing gear. Constructed in balsa, plywood, fiberglass, covered with Monokote and colors of Aerotaxi of Colombia in '60s years....
CarlosAB : DHC-2 Beaver : 12/01/2017
Hi Steve & Mary,Since I was the one who begged for this plan on rcgroups I thought it right to share a photo of the resultant model [more pics 003]. I began cutting strips and constructing the model about 20.00 on New Year's Eve as a last...
SimonP : Delta Dart : 12/01/2017
16/01/2017 : PlanID=7719 : Fouga Cyclone by Nick Ziroli from American Aircraft Modeler : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
16/01/2017 : PlanID=7186 : Pacer by Owen Kampen from American Aircraft Modeler : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
16/01/2017 : PlanID=1661 : Waterman Aerobile by Terry Aldrich from American Aircraft Modeler : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy and also added article pages, thanks to theshadow.
13/01/2017 : PlanID=7718 : Messerschmitt BF-109 by Ivan Munninghoff from American Aircraft Modeler : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
13/01/2017 : PlanID=8023 : Avenger 35 by Don Shultz from American Aircraft Modeler : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
13/01/2017 : PlanID=8326 : F-8 Crusader by Vic Macaluso from American Aircraft Modeler : Added article, thanks to Pit.
13/01/2017 : PlanID=8325 : Phantom by Bill Suarez from American Aircraft Modeler : Article added, thanks to Pit.
12/01/2017 : PlanID=2423 : PB-2 by Thracy Petrides from Model Airplane News : Model Airplane news article added, thanks to RFJ.
12/01/2017 : PlanID=26 : FAI Hustler by Sid Jepson, Willard Anderson from Flying Models : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
12/01/2017 : PlanID=1832 : Eclipse by Hal Cover from American Aircraft Modeler : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
12/01/2017 : PlanID=7157 : Super Goose by Brent Reusch from American Aircraft Modeler : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to theshadow.
11/01/2017 : PlanID=7105 : Colt 35 by Alan Schwemmer from American Aircraft Modeler : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
11/01/2017 : PlanID=7510 : Mexi-Boy by Al Vela from American Modeler : Article added, thanks to RFJ.
10/01/2017 : PlanID=1255 : Sultan by Jerry Nelson from American Modeler : Have re-scaled this plan to correct fullsize. Still a low resolution plan, though.
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VinPlanDex is is an exhaustive and complete index of every plan that has ever been posted on the Vintage & Old-Timer Plans thread.
In comparison Outerzone is a slightly random collection of plans in PDF format. Outerzone does not include all the plans posted on the Vintage & Old-Timer Plans thread. At a guess, only about 80%. Some plans on here are not from that thread. Also, some are direct submissions.
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