Total plans: 7,564
Happy birthday to us! Since March 2011, we've been collecting and sharing free vintage and old-timer plans through the Outerzone website. Thanks to you, there are now over 7,000 plans here for free download. We think that's pretty good going. Three cheers for all of us!
It's always great to see pictures of beautiful models built from these plans. When we started Outerzone we never expected you would all send us photos. But you do. We have hundreds! To celebrate our birthday, we put together a Gallery of just some of the photos you've shared with us over the last 5 years.
Thank you for making Outerzone what it is. Happy birthday everyone.
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Visit our sister site www.rclibrary.co.uk for free vintage books, magazines and catalogues. It's basically Outerzone, but for whole books. Latest 3 titles added:
This is a random selection of just 4 of the photos you sent us. Click here to see the full Gallery
Ted Strader was a prolific designer back in this time period. I built several of his designs back in the day. All of the ones I constructed, Nomad, Gypsy and Easy One, suffered the same design flaw, insufficient dihedral. With no...
DougSmith : Miss Keeto : 26/07/2016
Hi Steve, attached are two photos of my just completed Ringmaster Jr. Flash for you to add to the listing [more pics 003, 004].
EricBoehm : Ringmaster Jr Flash : 25/07/2016
John Bowmer designed this cracking little single channel model with the appearance of a mini-Orion multi channel aerobatic design and it was published as a free plan in the February 1966 Aeromodeller. I built one immediately, for a TD049...
Sundancer : Swannee : 25/07/2016
Hi Rick. For covering I use Natural Solartex and three coats of clearnitrate dope from Sig Manufacturing. For the fuselage bottom section,covering with 3/4 oz. fibreglass and resin. For painting I use automotiveDupli color in spray can,...
JeanSkydive : Custom Privateer : 20/07/2016
Brilliant story! I shall have to see if I can persuade Steve to build us a full size plane ... :)
Mary : Impuls : 19/07/2016
My daughter, now in her fifties. The model went out of range and was going up without power prior to a thunderstorm at Wildenrath in Germany. A German farmer sent me a postcard saying it had made a perfect landing in his field some 35 kms...
TerenceBull : Impuls : 19/07/2016
Great photos - I especially like the one with the child. Who is she?
Mary : Impuls : 19/07/2016
Thank you Hubert :)
Mary : Silver Lady : 19/07/2016
@Anon: Take the Graupner Topsy for reference and draw the missing formers yourself. It could be a smooth entry into designing or modifying your own planes.
Hubert : Silver Lady : 19/07/2016
Added a great photo from Josemar Varela [more pics 003].
Mary : California 28 : 19/07/2016
Does anyone have any helpful advice?
Mary : Silver Lady : 19/07/2016
I wish it had some formers on the plan. I downloaded and printed, but don't know what to do with it now ?
Anon : Silver Lady : 19/07/2016
26/07/2016 : PlanID=1983 : Lube Tube by Clive King from Aeromodeller : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
26/07/2016 : PlanID=2649 : Pazmany PL-1 by Nick Ziroli from American Aircraft Modeler : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
26/07/2016 : PlanID=789 : PZL Wilga 35 by P Hayward from Aeromodeller : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
26/07/2016 : PlanID=7900 : Mini-Super by Ernie Webster, David Boddington from Aviation Modeller International : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to DeeBee1.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=7431 : Kwik Fli Mk III by Phil Kraft from Model Airplane News, Uncle Willies : Replaced this plan with a more original version, thanks to JJ. This is the plan as it first appeared in the pages of MAN.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=6297 : Skyphonic by Mike Saponara from American Aircraft Modeler : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to theshadow.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=7897 : Klutz Bug by Gus Geissinger from Model Airplane News : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to theshadow.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=4785 : Grumman Ag Cat by Bob Adair from Flying Models : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to theshadow.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=7587 : Deception by Jim Kimbro from Model Airplane News : Added MAN 'Field & Bench Review' (November 1981), thanks to theshadow.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=7472 : Citabria Pro by Bob Godfrey, Jack Sheeks from Flying Models : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to theshadow.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=2304 : Alexander 1931 Flyabout by Al Wolsky from Flying Models : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to theshadow.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=6030 : Avanti by Donald Grassi from RCMplans : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=379 : Turtle by Henry Helmich from Aeromodeller : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
25/07/2016 : PlanID=5205 : Artist's Model by Harold Stevenson from American Modeler : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
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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.
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I want to list the names here of some people who have helped out directly with Outerzone:
aeromeddler, andykunz, augustawest, balsaworkbench, bernd57, bobfripp, chukychez, circlip, dannymz, derickscott, dfritzke, erikjohnson, flyerflorio, haydon55, hogal, hkarlson, hlsat, jeffmac, jj, joefergusson, johnosullivan, keven64, kraftyone, lincoln, mikenelson, mikestuart, mjh, monique, mooneydriver, ozrs, patrickurbain, pgregory, pilgrim, pit, poacher, rchopper56, reddragon, rfj, rottensox, stickman, stormin, sundancer, theshadow, tonyp, 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
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That link again: www.rclibrary.co.uk
Click here to visit 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