Outerzone is a collection of old model airplane plans. Thousands, online, tagged and easily searched. The plans are all free to download. You don't need to register or log in. These free vintage, old-timer flying model aircraft plans are mostly in PDF format. So let's go; download, print, start building!
See my Cloud Tramp built from plans on your site [see more pics 003]. I made a couple of changes not shown on the plans, a simpler wing mount without rubber bands, and a dual bearing prop hanger so I could adjust the thrust line. The...
DougSmith : Cloud Tramp : 09/10/2015
Lovely plan but no rib sections shown :-/
Anon : Playboy Senior : 09/10/2015
missing all outer wing rib patterns, and all plywood patterns ,dihedral braces.
Stevek : Drifter II : 09/10/2015
Check the chord dimensions for each wing. I didn't and found almost a cm difference when mating the two sections. I'm going to do it again and use the reverse of the plan of one wing and ignore the other. Thanks so much for the site - it's...
anon : Bowlus Nelson Bumble Bee : 09/10/2015
Thanks Gerry, thats interesting. I guess the name was used twice - I suppose often the editor rather than the deisgner slapped a name onto a design, and the naming was maybe sometimes haphazard?
SteveWMD : Electro-Mite : 08/10/2015
Hi Steve, I'm a long time fan of Outerzone. Great site! I have a question about the most recent plan posted - the "Electro-Mite" by Paul Del Gatto. It is shown as a pylon electric FF, described in American Aircraft Modeller, December 1960....
Gerry : Electro-Mite : 08/10/2015
When I saw this plan in RCM I ordered it right away. I liked Al Clark's design philosophy and the look of the model. It was my first "scratch" built plane [see more pics 003]. Four stroke model engines were new and I had this...
MikeHausner : Terrier : 08/10/2015
Hi You are doing a great job keeping all these old plans available. I had analready built Frog Stardust given to me around 1955. It flew very well butneeded lots of rubber to turn that big prop. More than I could afford at the time.A bit...
RogerBowyer-Lowe : Stardust : 08/10/2015
Sheet missing? Wing ribs? Fuse templates? I just didn't see any so I thought I would ask.
anon : B-24 Liberator : 08/10/2015
Steve & Mary - I attach the article for Joe Tschirgi's Junkers D-1 from Nov., 1968, "American Aircraft Modeler", to accompany the plan you already have on Outerzone. I posted this on RCGroups at
08/10/2015 : PlanID=5735 : Corsair by JR Holt from Aeromodeller : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (patterned background removed) thanks to TonyP.
08/10/2015 : PlanID=4161 : Rocketeer by R Parker from Aeromodeller : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (patterned background removed) thanks to TonyP.
06/10/2015 : PlanID=5841 : Bucker Jungmeister by Dave Platt from RCMplans : Added 3rd sheet of the plan, thanks to StefanF. Not the plan as such, but contains very useful additional 3D sketches that illustrate how the model goes together.
30/09/2015 : PlanID=1630 : Pitts S-2a by Y Matsumoto from OK Model Pilot : Added 3rd sheet of this plan, construction guide with text and photos in sequence, thanks to PacoMdeB-1.
30/09/2015 : PlanID=7063 : Curtiss Robin by Bill Galloway from FSI : Replaced this plan with a cleaned up copy now, thanks to rchopper56.
28/09/2015 : PlanID=6363 : Vought SBU-1 by Bill Galloway from FSI : Rescaled this plan up to fullsize with corrrect wingspan of 35in, thanks to howard.
28/09/2015 : PlanID=3651 : Nakajima B5N2 Kate by Bill Galloway from FSI : Rescaled this plan up to fullsize with corrrect wingspan of 38in, thanks to howard.
25/09/2015 : General News : The eagle-eyed among you may notice the contact address for Outerzone has changed to email@example.com rather than steve@... I'm still here, I've just enlisted my wife, Mary, to help out with email while I get to grips with Outerzone's new sister site, RCLibrary at http://www.rclibrary.co.uk In a nutshell, RCL is a collection of old-time aeromodelling books and magazines for free download. A bit like Outerzone, but for books instead of plans. There is a thread on RC Groups at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2506576 where you can read more on this and add your feedback. Steve (and Mary).
25/09/2015 : PlanID=7063 : Curtiss Robin by Bill Galloway from FSI : This plan could do with some clean-up and TLC. I am so busy right now in betweeen everything else, that I don't have any time left to fix up plans like this, so I'm going to just upload them as they are. If anyone out there has the time to clean this up and submit a finished version, I'll replace this copy then. Steve.
18/09/2015 : PlanID=5795 : Hustler from Aeroflyte : Added file with scans and tracings of formers, thanks to glockie.
Outerzone is a listing of free vintage and old-timer flying model aircraft plans to download. The listing is free for everyone - you don't need to register or log in to download these plans.
You can view model plans by category tag (like say free flight, control line, radio control, scale, rubber, etc...) using the browse plans pages. Use the list all page for a full A-Z text listing. There is a keyword search on the search page, or you can try the advanced search page for more detailed searches. There is also an experimental area called the TagMatrix where you can view all the plans that match your own chosen combination of tags (and wingspan and year of origin).
Outerzone was designed to be maintained and updated by volunteers called Site admins who get involved but (perhaps predictably) it hasn't ever really worked out that way. So with the exception of a few good people who have helped out here in the past (see below) at the moment it's essentially just me. See the FAQ page for more details on how this site works, and why.
Outerzone is also (I hope) a secure repository for vintage model aircraft plans that may have historical significance.
Got feedback? Suggestions? email me. Really, feedback is what we need most.
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I want to list the names here of some people who have helped out directly with Outerzone:
aeromeddler, augustawest, bernd57, bobfripp, chukychez, derickscott, dfritzke, erikjohnson, flyerflorio, haydon55, hogal, hkarlson, hlsat, jj, johnosullivan, keven64, lincoln, mikenelson, mikestuart, mjh, monique, mooney_driver, patrickurbain, pit, reddragon, stickman, stormin, theshadow, vintage1, vloustalot
Did I miss your name? Then I'm sorry. Let me know. As far as scanning and posting plans on the RCGroups thread, there are just too many names to mention them all... but here are a few:
30560, 50+airyears, algy2, avernon, bobkeller, bjrn, cougdave, daddyrabbit1954, danito69, dplumpe, geew, generock, gthunter, haydon55, irish_lord99, jmp_blackfoot, jpm, ka-6br, kenny_e, locktite401, modelholic, nibor, orange&white, pd1, perttime, planeman, ralphb, ratracer, rchopper56, rfj, scaleviews, spockangel, srfalcon, starcad, tri-pacer, wtool
Click here to see VinPlanDex - the online index of RCGroups vintage plans thread 1265873. Complete with search facility.
What is the difference between Outerzone and VinPlanDex? Well...
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.
That link again: VinPlanDex