Total plans: 7,735
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 Steve, I found these photos of my Vespa [more pics 004-009]. The old fuzz is me!! Hope you can publish them with the other Vespa photos you show.Best wishes!!
Eduardo : Vespa : 26/09/2016
Eric Clutton's famous Sharkface is a classic. Designed as a single channel model for an 049 glow motor, with modern equipment it makes an excellent rudder/elevator/throttle electric powered model, my version was built over a period of 30...
Sundancer : Sharkface : 26/09/2016
Ali finally managed to get some flying shots of the Size 9, a couple herewith [more pics 007, 008]. Looks like something from Star Trek in the air, but handles perfectly well now.
Sundancer : Size 9 : 26/09/2016
I built this model back in 1976 as a free flight model with the auto rudder and bungee launched it. It flies superbly straight off the drawing board and looks terrific.
Keir : Breguet 901 : 25/09/2016
Bill Evans died in 1982 and would be absolutely amazed that his model plane designs are available from a thing called the Internet. I have learned more about his life from others and the Internet than from him. He never spoke about...
kerrif : Super Champeen : 24/09/2016
I test flew one of these years ago, built by Bob Hamilton, it was beautiful. We took it to the acres of concrete on the ramp outside the Talladega racetrack, room to land anywhere we wanted. Powered by two K&B 40's, it had gobs of power,...
DougSmith : Piper Twin Comanche : 24/09/2016
Hi Steve,Here is a picture of my third Live Wire Trainer [more pics 003]. It started with the first in 1958. This one was built from scratch in 1982 and has the original covering. Mills 1.3 and Galloping Ghost radio. Thanks for the archive.
JimHales : Live Wire Trainer : 23/09/2016
Morning Mary and Steve, I am building the KK Hurricane, and just reached the point of putting the stringers on the fuselage formers. A bit confusing without a second plan to look at, as the plan detail is covered over with balsa wood, so...
MalcolmJ : Hurricane : 23/09/2016
Great new photos shared with us by Bernd [more pics 005, 006].
Mary : Das Box Fly 20L : 23/09/2016
Hi Mary, Attached are a couple of pictures of the Bowden in flight, as you requested a couple of weeks ago [more pics 009, 010]. This is the same plane that is in the earlier pictures, but when I converted it to electric motor, I also...
TerryBrown : Bowden Contest : 23/09/2016
Just wondered if you could use a picture to give scale [more pics 007].Fantastic site, thank you so much!
Charles : Aquila : 23/09/2016
Hi Steve, Due to increased Government intrusion into the RC Hobby here in America, I've taken up building rubber powered, stick & tissue planes. Again, thanks to your web site, there is no shortage of plans to draw from. I've attached a...
PaulS : Consul : 23/09/2016
26/09/2016 : PlanID=6220 : Big Bird Too by Dick Tichenor from RCMplans : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
26/09/2016 : PlanID=5136 : Aquila by Lee Renaud from Airtronics, RCMplans : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
26/09/2016 : PlanID=4348 : Staaken Z-1 Flitzer by David Boddington from AMI : Complete article added, thanks to RFJ.
23/09/2016 : PlanID=8055 : Oily Bird 6 by Bob Moore, Buddy Brammer from Model Airplane News : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
21/09/2016 : PlanID=1514 : Bonzo by Vic Harden from Model Airplane News : Complete article added, thanks to RFJ.
21/09/2016 : PlanID=6489 : Wildfire by George Harris from RCMplans : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
21/09/2016 : PlanID=3946 : Sun Fli 4 by Joe Bridi from RCMplans : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
21/09/2016 : PlanID=2489 : Faultless Chick by Jack Luck from Model Airplane News : Added original MAN article page, text & pics; also Spanish translation from Argentinian magazine, Aeromodelismo, thanks to alcalaino.
21/09/2016 : PlanID=1082 : Lulu II by J Barker from Aeromodeller : Added original Aeromodeller article page, text & pic; also Spanish translation from Argentinian magazine, Aeromodelismo, thanks to alcalaino.
20/09/2016 : PlanID=8004 : Vagabond by Bill Winter from Model Aviation Planbook : Added a PDFvector format (CAD-redrawn) supplement version of the plan, thanks to rchopper56.
20/09/2016 : PlanID=4999 : Rimfire by Jan Sakert from RCMplans : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
20/09/2016 : PlanID=5927 : Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate by Claude McCullough from RCMplans : Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
20/09/2016 : PlanID=6580 : Nieuport 11 by Bryce Peterson from RCMplans : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (fixed central band) thanks to davidterrell80.
18/09/2016 : PlanID=7958 : Professor by Chuck Cunningham from RCMplans : Replaced this plan with a clearer copy thanks to davidterrell80, Circlip.
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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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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