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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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This is a random selection of just 4 of the photos you sent us. Click here to see the full Gallery
Hi, Mary and Steve. I found a review for the trainer glider Gentle Lady in the Spanish magazine RC Model, issue no. 160 from 1994. So I have scanned it to add as a supplementary file to either plan ID
Now I know.
Anon : Albatross : 24/08/2016
Hi Mary and Steve - I've seen you don't have a photo of the Modelhob Dani, so here is one [model phoeo & more pics 003]. With a fragile and difficult to build structure, this was not a model intended for the novice. A great flier if well...
alcalaino : Dani : 24/08/2016
Photo of completed Kwik Fly E model was found online at http://www.rc-network.de/forum/showthread.php/362014-Graupner-Kwik-Fly-E-!!!
SteveWMD : Kwik Fly E : 24/08/2016
Hi Mary and Steve... Wonderful set of plans and instructions by the Great Karl-Heinz Denzin... So typically German... Cheers
Pascal : Kapitan : 21/08/2016
My point of view, this model need low angle of dihedral see in the photo, point of CG 50% , and 15% longer wing span. Regards, from Argentina
PabloCipponeri : Albatross : 20/08/2016
I'm in the process of building one of these from your plans. There is no left wing plan, the original was printed on the back side of the right wing view. You were supposed to turn the plan over and build the second half. I loaded the...
DougSmith : Mustang 40 : 20/08/2016
The C/G position shown is wrong. It should be at the wing root leading edge. This is due to the forward sweep of the wing. The original free plan shows the correct position at the l/e partly erased and a position relative to 25/30% of the...
AlanWhitworth : Slingsby T-53 : 20/08/2016
I suspect your glide problems with the Albatross were: it was just nose heavy. I noticed that the stabilizer was about 50% of the wing area, that means it probably needed to balance further back to glide well. I had the same problem with...
DougSmith : Albatross : 20/08/2016
I built this size Albatross back in 1989 as a electric powered plane. I don't know what I did, but could never get it to fly well. There was no problem with climb. It never did glide well. I still don't know what I did wrong! I got the...
Anon : Albatross : 19/08/2016
24/08/2016 : PlanID=2989 : Short Seamew by E Fearnley from Model Aircraft : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (patterned background removed) thanks to TonyP.
24/08/2016 : PlanID=2621 : Control Line Jet Trainer by RC Jude from Aeromodeller : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (patterned background removed) thanks to TonyP.
24/08/2016 : PlanID=1452 : Doohicky by John Swift from Aeromodeller : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (patterned background removed) thanks to TonyP.
24/08/2016 : PlanID=5961 : Gentle Lady by Carl Goldberg from RCMplans : Added review from Spanish magazine, RC Model, thanks to alcalaino.
23/08/2016 : PlanID=6296 : Air Cabin Jr by Al Sievers from RCMplans : Added article pages, thanks to davidterrell80.
22/08/2016 : PlanID=6811 : Don Quixote by Laddie Mikulasko from RCMplans : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to davidterrell80.
22/08/2016 : PlanID=6123 : Ultimate Kaos 60 by Joe Bridi from Direct Connection RC : Added scans of wing ribs and kit instructions, thanks to ReelDoc.
21/08/2016 : PlanID=6809 : Mongoose II 40 by Harold and Tracy Ackeret from RCMplans : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (also now includes 2nd sheet, shows formers) thanks to davidterrell80.
20/08/2016 : PlanID=3806 : Alpavia RF-3 by Owen Kampen from Flying Models : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to theshadow. Also added article pages.
18/08/2016 : PlanID=3291 : Movo M-39 from Domenica del Corriere : Replaced this plan with 2 clearer copies (in colour and black/white) thanks to alcalaino.
18/08/2016 : PlanID=7968 : Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 by David Platt from RCMplans : Doh. Replaced article pages with correct file, now. RCM plan, not Top Flite. Got it.
16/08/2016 : PlanID=6790 : Magnum 40 by Dan Santich from RCMplans : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to davidterrell80.
16/08/2016 : PlanID=7937 : Jetstream by Warren Kurth from Ambroid : Added plain copy plan, with building & materials list, from Argentinian magazine Lupin (Jan 1983), thanks to alcalaino.
15/08/2016 : PlanID=652 : Waco YQC-6 from Skymasters : Replaced this plan with a clearer scan, thanks to dfritzke.
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