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Weeks Solution S1-WSIn 1982 Kermit Weeks (of Fantasy of Flight fame), a member of the US aerobatic team, flew the Solution to a World Aerobatic Championship in Spitzerberg, Austria. Weeks had designed and built the airplane as a successor to his "Weeks Special", with larger 300 HP engine. The 1:3 scale Miles Reed plans were inked in March 1990, and subsequently released as a "semi-kit" by Ray Killingsworth. Designed for 2.0-3.1 cubic inch engines (30-50cc), the little bipe builds out to a...
Updated: 24/09/21 01:09:36am by ocoee96
¨PIRANHA" (25-36)_MOBRAL´S former AMA Combat wing kit (1969) Vectorized by Eduardo Belmonte.Here we have another excellent work made by our friend and very competent builder and skilled pilot Eduardo Belmonte. He vectorized this plan in real size from the "PIRANHA", a former kit from our late Mobral Modelismo do Brasil hobby Company. This kit was from 1969 and was targeted around 25 to 36 engines, and has a wingspan of 93 cm. Its a very elegant design with very nice lines and high performance.
Our thanks to Eduardo´s by his excellent work in the plans, and also rescueing...
Updated: 21/09/21 06:25:58pm by stg61abc
Siemens-Schuckert D.IIIThe Siemens-Schuckert D.III entered the War in the Spring of 1918. Only 80 of these were delivered for combat use before being replaced by the SSW D.IV by the Summer of 1918.
Lou Perretti's 1:4 scale design of the SSW D.III was hand-drawn by wife Nanci and distributed by Aerotec Model Engineering in 1975. These are very serviceable plans - although not as good as those done by David Johnson for MAN 30 years later. One-piece wings. For 26-30cc gas power. Arizona Models offers an aluminum...
Updated: 21/09/21 02:51:08pm by ocoee96
Bee 25Bee 25 is a sport control-line model designed by P. W. Green for the ED Bee, a 1 cc diesel motor, about .06 cubic inches
displacement. The 25" span low-winger would be simple to build and flown over grass, almost indestructible if built and
flown with care. Electric propulsion would be a good propulsion option, be sure to use a miniature shutoff timer to limit
engine run times to avoid over-discharging the flight battery; an inexpensive Speed 400 brushed motor would have quite...
Updated: 18/09/21 09:47:30am by aeroastro
Supermarine SpitefulThis model is a straightforward controlline sport model of the Supermarine "Spiteful", a lesser-known follow-on to the better known Spitfire. Construction is balsa and plywood, and the model is designed for .09 to .15 CID 2-stroke engines. The wing's thin semi-symmetrical airfoil should provide quite "zippy" performance!
This reviewer notes that the single plan sheet shows the airfoil cross-section at the aircraft's center
but not the rib shapes for the tapered wing...
Updated: 13/09/21 08:52:33am by aeroastro
Slingsby T.29 Motor TutorThe SlingsbyT.29 Motor Tutor is a single-seat 'motor glider' designed and produced by well-known British glider company, Slingsby Sailplanes, using numerous components - wing, tail, struts - from the Kirby Tutor glider. The design objectives included suitability as a 'first' motorized aircraft for pilots with prior glider flying experience. The model presented here, designed by Eric Fearnley, has a fairly large 63" span wingspan, easing construction and providing excellent sport flight...
Updated: 02/09/21 08:20:30am by aeroastro
Piper P25 PawneeThe PA-25 Pawnee was an agricultural aircraft produced by Piper Aircraft between 1959 and 1981. It remains a widely used aircraft in agricultural spraying and is also used as a tow plane, or tug, for launching gliders or for towing banners. In 1988 the design rights and support responsibility were sold to Latino Americana de Aviación of Argentina.
This model of the Piper P 25 Pawnee has a wingspan of 25 1/4 inches and is powered by rubber. The downloaded plan appears to be clearly drawn...
Updated: 27/08/21 06:54:58am by kenb
Aichi 99 ValThe Aichi Type 99 "Val" was a Japanese naval aviation dive bomber that provided excellent service for Japan during WW2, participating in large numbers on the Pearl Harbor attack as one example. The design is quite distinctive and attractive with an elliptical wing planform and fixed "spatted" landing gear. The model presented here is a sport scale control line model designed by Peter Wheldon, and the plans and attached Model Aircraft construction article provide details for...
Updated: 24/08/21 09:47:48am by aeroastro
Radio RailcarHarry Stillings designed the Radio Railcar as a rugged, easy-building, and easy-flying trainer model for rudder-only escapement control, powered by an unthrottled 3.5 cc diesel - an ED 3.46 motor is cited on the plans. The plan has unusual design features: a large boxy pod-and-boom fuselage to deploy payloads in-flight using a timer, a four
wheel undercarriage, external wing struts to secure the 66" span wing, and rugged construction throughout. The plane would be an unusual sport model...
Updated: 08/08/21 08:36:22am by aeroastro
Bristol Beaufighter XWell...this plan is out of my range for control line! If you need a build and fly challenge, this is it.
I knew some flew multi-engine control line but eventually they all crash. At this size it may be a great hanger model? Some items/information on the plan or lack of leaves a lot to be desired.
The Bristol Beaufighter, often referred to as simply the Beau, was a British long-range heavy fighter modification of the Bristol Aeroplane Company's earlier Beaufort torpedo bomber design. The name...
Updated: 01/08/21 10:16:08am by CoMIYC69
P-40 WarhawkThe Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and...
Updated: 26/07/21 07:35:02pm by retired062907
Saab 18AThe SAAB 18 was a twin-engine bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, designed and built for use by the Swedish Air Force by Svenska Aeroplan AB (SAAB) in response to a 1938 design competition. Due to delays, it did not enter service until 1944, but quickly became the standard Swedish bomber aircraft.
The model, designed by Hoh Fang-Chiun, was created as an easy-build sport scale controlline aircraft suitable for novice to intermediate builders and fliers. The 40" span model is sized to be...
Updated: 09/07/21 08:29:36am by aeroastro
Nieuport 24 bisThe Nieuport 24bis is a WWI biplane fighter produced that served well flying in the service of the French, British, Belgians, Russians, and Italians. The plane, more streamlined than predecessor aircraft, was designed for robustness under wartime battlefield conditions. The model shown here is a 26" span sport scale control line model designed by Walt Musciano in the mid-1960s; a McCoy 19 glow engine is shown on the plans. It should be pointed out that this model is fairly small for the...
Updated: 27/06/21 05:46:29pm by aeroastro
WerewolfLarry Scarinzi, New Jersey's premier control-line model designer and flier, designed the Werewolf in
1959 for the AMA Combat event and its design features look quite attractive compared to the
more usual "Hershey bar" configurations seen since. Originally sized for a maximum .36 glow motor
for competition, the Werewolf would make a dandy sport control-line model powered by a high-revving
.15 to .29 glow engine today. Larry's modeling career is commemorated by his induction into...
Updated: 23/06/21 11:24:16pm by aeroastro
Art Chester's JeepIt's not very often, like hardly never, that a model designer is able to create a Nationals-winning glow-powered free
flight scale model of a 1930s era pylon racer, but Dan Lutz has done just that! Art Chester's "Jeep", aka "Chester Special
#1", was designed to race at the 1932 National Air Races during the "Golden Age of Air Racing" and raced quite respectably
during the 1930s and into the early 1940s. The original plane proved quite competitive and consistently...
Updated: 23/06/21 10:49:43pm by aeroastro
KondorThe Schleicher/Dittmar Condor was a series of high performance sailplanes, sporting a distinctive 'gull wing'
polyhedral configuration, designed and flown in the early 1930s by German aeronautical
engineer Heini Dittmar. Various upgraded versions were designed and flown with distinction in major
sailplane competitions, setting distance and speed records for the single-seat version. Condors were
manufactured initially by Dittmar then later by the noted German manufacturer Schleicher in the...
Updated: 23/06/21 07:50:50pm by aeroastro
Grumman WidgeonThe Grumman Widgeon was a family of twin-engine, five-place amphibian aircraft designed for military and civil use. Operated by the US Navy, Army Air Force, US Coast Guard, and Civil Air Patrol, a CAP Widgeon was credited with the depth charge sinking of a German U-boat in the early days of WW2, quite an impressive achievement! Legendary model aviation designer Paul Plecan has designed a 40" span sport free flight model for rubber-powered flying off calm ponds or small lakes. To allow the...
Updated: 23/06/21 05:15:11pm by aeroastro
Colonial SkimmerThe Colonial Skimmer amphibian depicted here is a 47" span sport scale free flight model, designed by Eric Fearnley
and published in the November 1956 issue of the British Model Aircraft magazine. Propulsion, as shown on the
plans, is provided by a Mills .75 cc diesel installed in a "pusher" position and mounted on a ply pylon over the
wing and fuselage. The model is designed for rise-off-ground flights using conventional fuselage-mounted wheels.
Conversion to electric...
Updated: 23/06/21 11:20:08am by aeroastro
Helio Courier 2Type Model: Free flight
Construction: Stick & Tissue
Wingspan:29 inches, high-wing, dihedral
Engine: single engine; rubber powered
Designer: Model Aircraft
Plan Language: English
This model of the Helio Courier (2) appears to be a relatively "simple" build with 20 similar under cambered wing ribs and a stick balsa fuselage frame. The model represented here is powered by a Allbon Merlin diesel engine of unspecified displacement. That the specified propeller...
Updated: 22/06/21 08:37:31am by kenb
SorcererI built a scaled down 11" one from depron and flew it on 1s Power with a toy plane controller and two motors. I didn't put on an engine extension like the plan, but was able to balance the plane with a 650mA battery at the front, or it will fly well with a 300 mA battery and some balast. The 300 mA battery gives around 10 - 15 mins flight, 25- 30 mins on the 650mA. It needed slightly bigger tail fins for straight line stability, so if going full size RC consider this.
Updated: 21/06/21 09:36:52am by Jockywilson11
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VbThe Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb was a variant of Supermarine's Spitfire series that saw tremendous service during WWII. With increased firepower and wing design improvements, the Spitfire Mk Vb had sufficient performance to combat the then-dominant German Me-109f. This model is a 31" span sport free flight semi-scale model designed by Stan Cole for Model Aircraft magazine in 1963. Designed for 0.5 cc engines (approx. .030 CID) - an Albion Dart diesel motor turning a 6x4 propeller is shown...
Updated: 21/06/21 09:29:33am by aeroastro
Minotaur MA FEB 51THE original 'Minotaur' so the dictionary tells us, was a 'fabulous monster' of ancient Greek times. This model being both noisy and monstrous (in shape though not in size), though far from fabulous; the name seemed appropriate.
This particular Minotaur, unlike the original Greek beast, was designed as a contest power model for the popular E.D. Bee 1cc diesel. It has proved satisfactory in every way and offers a change as well as a challenge to the larger model. The need for a cumbersome...
Updated: 12/06/21 08:34:14am by André
Miles M.14 MagisterThe Miles Magister is a British two-seat monoplane basic trainer aircraft built by the Miles Aircraft for the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm. Affectionately known as the Maggie, the Magister was based on Miles' civilian Hawk Major and Hawk Trainer and was the first monoplane designed specifically as a trainer for the RAF. As a low-wing monoplane, it was an ideal introduction to the Spitfire and Hurricane for new pilots. The model presented here is a 52" sport scale free flight model...
Updated: 10/06/21 12:24:04pm by aeroastro
Lightweight Duration ModelJ. P. Buckeridge designed this 34" span rubber-powered free flight model for extremely light weight; the polyhedral wing and horizontal stab are spar-less, for example. Controlling warps with the thin airfoils (undercambered for the wing) would be problematic with dope and tissue, but less so with a heat-shrinking synthetic covering such as Polyspan. A plane of this type would be restricted to flying in totally calm air and would reward the flier with impressive climbs and extremely long...
Updated: 09/06/21 01:07:59pm by aeroastro
NemesisProfessional pylon racer Jon Sharp designed the Nemesis in the early 1990s for the Formula 1 pylon racing event, an all-composite aircraft with laminar flow wing sections. Between 1991 and 1999, the plane won 45 of 48 air races entered, an amazing achievement that earned recognition from the National Air & Space Museum as the "...most successful plane in air racing history...". The original Nemesis is displayed at the National Air & Space's Udvar-Hazy Museum at Dulles Airport,...
Updated: 29/05/21 07:56:38pm by aeroastro
Northrop Gamma 2AThe Nothrop Gamma was a family of single seat, low wing monoplanes designed by Northrop Aviation for high speed, long distance travel. The "Texaco Sky Chief" 2A version shown here was commissioned for Texaco's Aviation Department's Lt Cmdr Frank Hawks to aid in the development of high speed mail-carrying aircraft, and flown by Hawks, established several impressive world records in the early 1930s for long range, including nonstop from Los Angeles to New York City in just under 13...
Updated: 29/05/21 07:28:42pm by aeroastro
BV P-170The Blohm & Voss P.170 was a three-engined fast bomber project by aircraft manufacturer Blohm & Voss for the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. This plane was based on the Nazi propaganda concept for a Schnellbomber, a bomber so fast that it would be far faster than any enemy fighter aircraft threatening it. Therefore, providing it with defensive armament was deemed superfluous. Eventually, owing to other war-related priorities, as well as the new possibilities offered by the...
Updated: 26/05/21 11:07:11am by skippydi
Texaco 13Frank Hawks was making a name for himself as the fastest man alive in the 1920sand 30s. He was hired by Texaco to oversee their Aircraft Division and build Race Planes, He started with Texaco 1, a custom built Ford Tri-Moter. He racked up 214 Point to Point points. This was unheard of back then. This particular plan is of his last before he retired. It is Texaco No.13. And it's "N" number was NR1313. It was designed and built after the Travel Air Corp planes of the day. Hawks took...
Updated: 26/05/21 10:34:41am by skippydi
Möller Stomo-3The Möller Stomo-3 was a German single-seater sport aircraft designed and flown in the
late 1930s. Although powere by a fairly small motor, the aircraft was aerodynamically
quite "clean" and the prototype aircraft set several class speed and distance records
early on. France's legendary model master, Emmanuel Fillon, has designed a rubber powered
free flight sport scale model, 27" wingspan, faithfully replicating the airplane's unusual
inverted gull wing arrangement. Thanks...
Updated: 27/04/21 04:01:48am by aeroastro
Martin Dive BomberThe Martin BM XTM5-1 was a twin-seater biplane designed by the US Navy in the 1930s with two companies selected to build prototypes. The Glenn L. Martin Company produced the XTM5-1, built to USN specs, that were flown and evaluated for operational carrier-based duty.
Legendary model designer Paul Lindberg developed this 41" span rubber-powered sport scale free flight model. Built carefully at this size, the model should return excellent performance if built to light weight with adequate...
Updated: 20/04/21 05:59:21am by aeroastro
Martinsyde G.102 ElephantThe Martinsyde G.102 was a single-seat military plane built for the Royal Air Force, first introduced in 1915 as a fighter
aircraft; the plane turned out larger and less maneuverable than its peer aircraft, thus its nickname :) The plane was reclassified
as a "day" bomber and photo-reconnaissance aircraft, serving well in the early years of WWI. Mike Smith has developed a "super scale" free flight scale model that, true to its ancestry, is also somewhat large at 46"...
Updated: 20/04/21 05:39:36am by aeroastro
BD-1Nick Ziroli BD-1 Mid_Wing Intermediate Construction, Intermediate to Advanced operation 4-ch RC Airplane. (Discontinued)
A real nice plane for persons with a few builds under their belt. A modern cowl not plastic or fibreglass made out of balsa looks great. Will fly and perform very well for this 1966 design. Look up Nick Zeroli plans you will find excellent builders for Sport, Scale, Giant Scale, Vintage. You may be able to contact the design company for NOS parts:
Updated: 16/04/21 08:34:44am by CoMIYC69
Kwik-Fli IIKwik-Fli II
Type Model RC Sport Pattern.
Engine Glow Veco .45
Control 4 channels.
Designer Phil Kraft.
Magazine RCModeler April1965
More info here https://rcbookcase.com/details.php?publication_id=116
After proportional was introduced the development of USA planes stagnated on Kwik Fly MKIII and MKIV IMO, all later USA planes were bad copies of older models or of European models of our champions!!.
Pictures represent MkIII still available but helpful for the...
Updated: 15/04/21 08:13:22am by hlsat
Double FeatureDouble Feature
Plan 9042 or 118
Small Aircraft guru Ken Willard designed Double Feature in 1964, a novelty aircraft with two 049 glow engines mounted pusher-style with thrust lines steeply angled, refer to plans for details; this alignment, presumably, minimized engine-out roll control problems. Double Feature was originally designed with the two unthrottled glow engines and escapement-controlled rudder and elevator. Starting both glow engines, in the cramped space between the wing and tail...
Updated: 14/04/21 10:21:36am by aeroastro
Cessna 182 SkylaneCessna 182 Skylane
Plan 9040 or 113
Type Model RC Scale Sport Civil.
Wingspan 72in. High wing.
Engine Glow O.S Max .49
Control 4 channels.
Designer Dale Willoughby.
Magazine RCModeler May 1964
More info here https://rcbookcase.com/details.php?publication_id=104
An excellent starter at any scale. Many Cessna RC high wing models fly extremely well for the beginner and the advanced alike. A new pilot may want to get advise from a skilled builder and pilot but it is very doable for all ages and...
Updated: 14/04/21 10:16:52am by hlsat
Type Model RC Sport Pattern.
Wingspan 66 inch Low wing.
Engine Glow S.T .56
Control 4 channels.
Designer Darryl Usher.
Magazine RCModeler Jan.1964
Watch the video of the modern RC F9F turbine engine version of this plane. Truly spectacular with a very skilled pilot on the radio control. Close call on nearly a 7 minute flight but the pilot saves the plane on the short runway. Looks, sounds and flies like it's the full scale jet plane. Watch as it blisters past other prop-planes...
Updated: 14/04/21 10:08:34am by hlsat
WindsongWindsong is a 74" span sport powered glider designed by well-known model designer Owen Kampen. Powered by a Cox 049 glow engine mounted on an over-wing engine pylon, the plane is rudder & elevator controlled - the original by an Adams magnetic actuator, two lightweight micro servos would be perfect today. The fuselage design consists of 1/32" ply rolled around basic formers to create a light, streamlined, and adequately strong fuselage. The remainder of the plane is an easy...
Updated: 14/04/21 02:58:47am by aeroastro
Fairey Delta 2 (FD2)The Fairey Delta 2 was a supersonic research aircraft in the early 1950s that provided invaluable experience and data on the then-new phenomenon of supersonic flight. Developed by British manufacturer Fairey, the FD2 was the first turbine powered aircraft to exceed 1000 mph in level flight, and in 1956, set an absolute speed record of 1132 mph. Much of the plane's research contributed ultimately to the design of the BAC Concorde supersonic transport, itself quite an engineering achievement....
Updated: 13/04/21 03:33:22am by aeroastro
Sparrow RPVRay Fredette and Dave Scully designed the Sparrow in the early 1970s, an Air Force R&D testbed for evaluating command and control strategies using a Sony television camera for airborne observations. The 80" span plane features flaps as well as ailerons, elevator, and rudder controls; a foam wing core covered with 1/64" plywood; a twin boom configuration with a center pod holding the pusher glow engine (a Ross multi-cylinder motor), payload, r/c avionics, and landing gear; and a...
Updated: 29/03/21 08:45:40am by aeroastro
Tiny ToniTiny Toni is a profile electric pylon racer for nominal 25 gram 1900kv brushless motors using a 500 to 1,000 mah 3-S LiPo battery. Wing span is 22.75 inches. Weight is 240 to 270 grams. With careful selection of battery and electronics, Tiny Toni can meet the FAA's 250 gram weight limit for not requiring it to be registered or require identification devices. This opens up more flying sites for American flyers. Requires full range receiver (minimum of 3 channels) and two micro (4 gram max)...
Updated: 19/03/21 10:38:56pm by VAMclubflyer
Pegasus Tow PlanePegasus Original plan:
This is the original Pegasus design as drawn by the designer. The plan was taken from a photo copy of some hand drawings posted on the NET. I redesigned the fin and rudder, but the original outlines are included for those who want to keep it stock.
The tail construction is updated to reflect standard building practices and reflects what last edition of the plane had. I took some liberties with the general appearance, but aerodynamically nothing has...
Updated: 19/03/21 12:00:47am by roamertop27
GimletBuilt and flew my 1st one about 63 years ago when in high school. Published in Model Airplane News, October 1956 with construction article. I don't have article but I think it's on the web if you search some.
Designed by Phil Kraft. Does anyone know if Keil Kraft is any relation? Plane flew BEAUTIFUL! I think I had an OK Cub 0.074 in it with a Citizen Ship 3VTR superheterodyne receiver and transmitter, clear dope over orange silk. A LOT of fun. Don't remember what killed it but about 50...
Updated: 17/03/21 07:02:33pm by Smudgie
Satellite 1000The Satellite 1000 - Series 70 - is the culmination of AMA gas free flight development starting in the 1950s by Bob and Bill Hunter. The "C" model shown spans 86.25" and was powered by a K&B Rear Rotor .40 running high nitro fuel on a pen bladder pressurized system.
Series 70 Satellites were campaigned in all the AMA gas free flight events - 1/2A, A, B, C, D - by the Hunters and the infamous Team Satellite free flight team. Performance of these highly evolved designs,...
Updated: 13/03/21 02:27:26pm by aeroastro
Mini FuntanaThe original Mini Funtana was an ARF from E-flite, introduced in 2004. It was designed for Pattern aerobatics and featured a re-positionable wing that, when placed in the forward position, makes it suitable for flying extreme 3D maneuvers. It has been discontinued for many years and parts are unavailable. I acquired a much-bashed model that needed rehabbing. There are no plans available anywhere, so I carefully measured my example, looked at the pictures in the Assembly Manual, and looked at...
Updated: 13/03/21 01:36:34am by DMorrisPE
StilettoThis is the famous and Control Line World Champion Stiletto by Les McDonalds. But let me tell you a little bit of me, my father and how we restored this plan. My father is a veteran from the 80's control line club of my country. he have years of control line stunts on his own but too much abilities to show.
About the plan: A plain bored morning we decided just to build this aircraft with a laser cutter on our hands and a pc with the necessary tools. We started to turn this plane in a monster. ...
Updated: 01/03/21 01:55:59pm by JF514
Rumpler TaubeThe Etrich Taube, also known by the names of the various later manufacturers, such as the Rumpler Taube, was a pre-World War I monoplane aircraft, the first military aeroplane to be mass-produced in Germany. The Taube was very popular prior to the First World War, and was also used by the air forces of Italy and Austria-Hungary. On November 1, 1911, Giulio Gavotti, an Italian aviator, dropped the world's first aerial bomb from his Taube monoplane over the Ain Zara oasis in Libya. This 13"...
Updated: 23/02/21 04:01:52pm by aeroastro
F-4 PhantomThe McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their respective air wings.
For power this F-4 Phantom uses a pulse jet engine....
Updated: 18/02/21 09:39:09am by kenb
Curtiss OspreyThe Curtiss Osprey was developed in the early 1930s as an "export" fighter/bomber aircraft derived from
the extremely successful F11C Goshawk developed for the US Navy. The Osprey had excellent performance and
proved quite popular in several South American air forces, a successful 'multi-role' aircraft. The Osprey model presented
here is a 22" span rubber-powered free flight sport scale model, suitable for flying indoors or outdoors in calm
weather. Construction is quite...
Updated: 29/01/21 04:33:35pm by aeroastro
A/Wonder A1Oregon's Bob Stalick designed the A/Wonder for the A1 towline glider free flight event. Bob, a lifelong leader in the National Free Flight Society, has utilized the Jedelsky approach for the wing: all-balsa construction with 1/4" balsa for the forward wing sections, 1/16" balsa for the rear wing sections, braced with triangular sheet balsa ribs that provide alignment and flow straightening on the wing's undersurface. This type of construction is surprisingly effective in free flight...
Updated: 28/01/21 08:34:08am by aeroastro
Me 262 AThe Messerschmidt Me 262A Schwalbe (Swallow) was the first operational turbine powered fighter aircraft, flown by the Luftwaffe in WW2's closing days, creating havoc against B-17 bomber formations with its exceptionally high rate of climb, cruise speeds, and heavy armament. The plans shown here were developed by John Bell Models fora free flight sport scale model using twin Jetex propulsion, and the 25" span model's structure is accordingly light and relatively fragile. The hand-drawn...
Updated: 27/01/21 02:19:37am by aeroastro
Taylor Cub F-2This is a cute mid-size model of a different Cub. Not only is it a Taylor Cub (named after a tiger cub not a bear cub) it was powered by an Aeromarine AR-3-40, a three-cylinder air-cooled radial engine which produced 40 horsepower at 2050 RPM. There were only 33 built in mid 1930's. The model was designed to free flight with a Cox .020 providing the power and two dummy cylinders providing the unique front view.. There is no reason a reasonably skilled modeler couldn't adapt this to 2-channel...
Updated: 15/01/21 08:37:25am by Lone Beagle
BicepsBiceps is Don Yearout's big control-line biplane, designed for aerobatics and flight demos at control-line meets.
The fully symmetrical wing airfoils are a tipoff that this plane is well-suited for inside and outside maneuvers,
powered by a big glow motor - a Fox .59 is shown on the plans and any sport 2-stroke .60 would be a suitable powerplant,
a four-stroke in the .60 to .75 range, or a large electric propulsion system. Thanks to "50+AirYears" and "JJ" for
Updated: 09/01/21 05:54:33pm by aeroastro
Bucks DuckBucks Duck is an original sport free flight model designed by A. J. Day for a fairly large engine (diesel, gasoline or glow) mounted
"pusher" style at the wing center, pointed to the rear. Originally suggested for a 5 to 10 cc engine (.30 to .60 CID), the model would
be suitable for a modern brushless electric motor in the 500 watts or higher range. Radio control for rudder, elevator, and throttle
would be another practical upgrade. Building this particular model "per...
Updated: 23/12/20 09:09:58am by aeroastro
Giant Scale Antonov AN-2This plan is for a Giant Scale Antonov AN-2 STOL biplane. It's not such a bad looking aircraft with the right paint, and a bit different to the usual scale models out there. Some of the info on the plans is in a foreign language but any serious builder knows what a part is called, and where it goes. Balsa & ply thicknesses are in millimetres and that doesn't change. There are plenty of photos on the web of full size aircraft so there are many different paint options. Wood kits are available...
Updated: 16/12/20 08:41:40pm by j.weel
PWS-10The PWS-10 was a 1930s-era high-wing "parasol" monoplane Polish-designed fighter, the first aircraft from that country to be produced in significant quantities. The plane's performance didn't meet original expectations, and the design saw limited service "between the wars" in the Polish and Spanish air forces for training and reconaissance missions. The model presented here is a 19" rubber-powered semi-scale aircraft designed by Michael Heinrich. The wing planform is...
Updated: 14/12/20 03:11:57am by aeroastro
Percy IIIPercy III is a high-powered rubber-powered free flight duration model designed by England's 'elder statesman' Ron Warring for competition, achieving quite respectable contest performances in its time. The structure is light and strong and the "Eiffel" wing section, although challenging to cover properly with its undercamber, will provide a flat and floating glide. A tip-up stab dethermalizer is strongly recommended to prevent flyaways either in a thermal or blown downwind by...
Updated: 06/12/20 10:34:33am by aeroastro
RAF S.E.5aThe RAF S.E.5a (Scout Experimental 5a) was one in a series of single-seater biplane fighter aircraft produced by the Royal Aircraft Factory during the WWI years. The plane had improved performance over predecessor variants due to more powerful and reliable motors, and fighter pilots appreciated its ruggedness, performance, and firepower. The model presented here is an 18" rubber-powered scale model designed by Mike Midkiff for sport scale use, indoors or outdoors. "Short"...
Updated: 22/11/20 02:50:31am by aeroastro
P-51D Precious MetalThe P-51D "Precious Metal" was a one-off "Reno Racer" aircraft, extensively modified from a P-51 Mustang airframe and eventually fitted with a 3200 HP Rolls-Royce Griffon engine and dual three-bladed contra-rotating propellers! The plane raced at Reno in the Unlimited class of the National Air Races starting in the late 1990s and although proving extremely fast around the pylons, suffered various engine reliability issues under racing conditions. Tragically, the plane...
Updated: 21/11/20 02:37:50am by aeroastro
RM Trainer with FloatsDavid Boddington, the extremely prolific British model aircraft enthusiast, designed the RM Trainer for the Flight Training Course setup by Radio Modeller magazine in the early 1980s. Spanning 52", the plane was designed to be easy to build and fly by low-time modelers. The plans offer several options. The model can be flown with rudder/elevator/throttle or with ailerons added; landing gear can be tricycle, two-wheel "tail-dragger", or floats for off- and on-water flight...
Updated: 18/11/20 03:45:21am by aeroastro
RingmasterThe Ringmaster profile control-line model was designed by Matt Kania in 1951 and kitted by Ed Manulkin's
Sterling Models. The 42" model soon became legendary for its excellent aerobatic performance and rugged
design, sized for a .35 glow motor; at one time, Sterling's Ringmaster was claimed to be the most popular model of its time with thousands of kits sold and built. Smaller and larger Ringmasters were also kitted, ranging in size from a 1/2A version to .15 powered and up to a .45...
Updated: 18/11/20 03:22:42am by aeroastro
SOLARIS (25_35) - by Eduardo BelmonteDear Fred and Aerofred friends, let me present you a very nice project called "Solaris", a profile stunt flapped trainer with a wingspan of 40.16 inches and fuse lenght of 28.25"
This plane is targeted around .25 to .35 engines, with a light .40 beeing a possibilty, but getting the plane in the strong side.
Engines tested and used in the "Solaris" were: Magnum 25, Fox 35 Stunt, Fox 36 X, ST G 21/29, Enya 25 SS, CB 25, Magnum PRO 36 and also an OS 40 LA, all with great...
Updated: 03/11/20 04:23:01am by stg61abc
RV-6FThe Van's RV-6F is Richard VanGrunsven's homebuilt kit upgrade to the popular RV-4, a two-seat single-engine low-wing design available in kit form for aircraft "homebuilders"; the RV-6's primary change, compared to the RV-4, is side-by-side seating for the pilot and passenger. The model shown here is Ed Westwood's float-equipped RV-6F variation, and the plans include details for conventional fixed landing gear as well as floats for off-water flight operations. Spanning 53 inches and...
Updated: 22/10/20 03:33:44am by aeroastro
RC Aero StarThe plans depict the RC Aero Star, a 48" wingspan, single channel sport model designed by the legendary John Zaic and kitted by Aero Models in the early 1960s. The model was originally sized for an unthrottled .09 engine and was controlled by an escapement-driven
rudder-only setup. The model would be an easy conversion to elevator and rudder control, ailerons optional, along with a
throttleable motor - glow, diesel, or electric, and its swept back flying surface planforms give the plane...
Updated: 18/10/20 06:24:12pm by aeroastro
Push-Up, 28inPush-Up is a 30" span sport free flight model, published by Keith Laumer in his book "How to Design and Build Flying Models", 224 pages, published by Harper & Row, 1960. The plane is powered by a Cox 020 Pee Wee or similar displacement diesel motor, and would be a simple airplane to build and fly. A mechanism to limit the motor run is recommended to limit flyaways if the plane is flown with the Pee Wee's integral fuel tank. Laumer was quite a multi-talented individual -...
Updated: 15/10/20 01:01:38am by aeroastro
RC RoamerRenowned model aviation draftsman and cover artist Cal Smith designed the RC Roamer in the 1950s, a 63" span single channel
rudder-only sport model powered by an Arden .199. The model has a distinctive appearance with its tricycle landing gear, scale-appearing fuselage layout, and horizontal stabilizer-mounted twin rudders. The radio equipment of the time was a tubed McNabb receiver driving a rubber-band actuated escapement linked to the rudders. The model would be an "easy...
Updated: 14/10/20 03:13:28am by aeroastro
RWD-8The RWD-8 was a Polish trainer produced for the Polish Air Force in the 1930s, proving quite popular for flight training with its tandem piloting arrangement and excellent handling. The plane has a distinctive appearance with its parasol wing mounting and swept-back wing layout. The model presented here is a 1/5th scale, 90" span scale model designed by Marek Klimczak, with excellent documentation of numerous scale details including shock-absorbing landing gear and external control...
Updated: 10/10/20 03:03:16am by aeroastro
RadartFran McElwee, model aviation designer, competitor and pioneer, designed the Radart in the late 1940s for competition in that era, using radio equipment then available - a tubed Airtrol radio system and rubber-band driven escapement for rudder-only control. The design is eligible for VRCS (Vintage Radio Control Society) flying or for sport flying. Modernizations could include elevator, rudder, and optional ailerons along with a throttle-able powerplant, glow or electric propulsion. There's...
Updated: 09/10/20 03:22:05pm by aeroastro
RadianKeil Kraft kitted the Radian in the 1960s, a 1/2A control-line model designed to fly the complete stunt pattern with a 1/2A
engine (.049) for power. Designed by E. J. Webster, the Radian features a fully symmetrical wing airfoil, a D-tube sheeted
leading edge, and flap/elevator coupling. Details are shown for beam or radial engine mounting, and supplemental drawings
provide details for the fuselage formers and other necessary parts. Built light and straight, this design would be a...
Updated: 09/10/20 02:38:17am by aeroastro
Sky FleaThe Sky Flea is Gordon Light's semi-scale rubber-powered free flight model of the Mignet Pou-du-Ciel (aka Flying Flea).
Developed by Frenchman Henri Mignet in the 1930s, the plane can best be described as a 'highly staggered' biplane with two
widely separated main 'wings', one wing panel placed at the airplane's rear. The Pou-du-Ciel, curiously, used 2-axis controls -
the front wing pivoted for pitch control and a large rudder provided yaw control. Although quite popular for homebuilders due...
Updated: 06/10/20 08:33:39pm by Submitted to AeroFred
Radio QueenThe Radio Queen was designed by Lt Col L.J. Taplin in the early 1950s and has a fascinating history, the first model
aircraft to cross the English Channel, September 1954. That particular model was powered by an ED diesel and guided
by an ED "reed" radio; a replica of this 'channel crossing' aircraft is displayed at the Academy of Model Aeronautics headquarters/museum in Muncie, Indiana. The Radio Queen was originally kitted by ED, then by Kandoo Products, and appears to be currently...
Updated: 06/10/20 04:46:29pm by aeroastro
Pilot QB Rainbow 30The Rainbow 30 is a high-wing 4-channel plane, suited for training and basic aerobatics, spanning 52 inches and
sized for a 19 to .25 glow engine, similar in many design aspects to the Sig Kadet Jr. The plane was kitted by Japan's OK Models and distributed under the Pilot Quick-Build series through Hobby Shack in the early 1970s. The plans are quite detailed and the model would be a fast building project. The wing is constant chord and the wing ribs are flat-bottomed, easing rib fabrication...
Updated: 01/10/20 01:48:37am by aeroastro
Rambler TooRambler Too was originally a Class C free flight model, powered by a Brown Jr. 0.60 ignition motor in the late
1930s, designed by Gil Shurman. Richard Bradford has re-engineered the design to produce a 72" span model for 3-channel radio control sport flying, powered by a .40 to .60 glow engine - a Fox 45 BB glow motor is shown on Bradford's nicely CAD'd plans. The model would be an easy build due to its straight-lined design and would easily handle the batteries for an electric...
Updated: 30/09/20 01:09:21am by aeroastro
Rascal 1948 WakefieldThe Rascal is a classic American Wakefield model designed for the FAI's F1B competition for the Wakefield Cup, one of the oldest perpetual trophies in model aviation. A young Claude McCullough designed the Rascal for then current F1B rules in 1948, and the plane features a simple rugged multi-stringer fuselage, light yet strong flying surfaces, and a single blade folding propeller. While not legal for current F1B competition, the Rascal would be a terrific entrant in Vintage Wakefield...
Updated: 29/09/20 03:23:59am by aeroastro
Raven and PreyDon McGovern designed "Raven and Prey" as a genuinely innovative sport model aircraft! "Raven" is a 52" span tricycle landing gear sport model, powered by a Fox .15, and controlled with rudder only. "Prey" is an all-balsa jettisonable flying-wing free flight glider that folds up fitting into the Raven's fuselage, then released at altitude! Suggested updates: electric propulsion in the 600-800 watt range; delete every other wing rib in the wing design; and...
Updated: 27/09/20 12:46:28am by aeroastro
Ray RacerHere's a really unusual flying model! Ray Racer is a sport free flight model with "jet" like styling powered
by a CO2 pressurized gas cartridge, the type used to provide the "fizz" in mixed drinks. Lightweight model construction and warp free assembly are essential as the metal gas cartridges are relatively heavy and the thrust
(and specific impulse) of the escaping gas are not that large. Two people are suggested for flights: one person to puncture the cartridge's sealing...
Updated: 27/09/20 12:27:03am by aeroastro
Ramrod 250The Ramrod 250 is Ron St. Jean's 1/2A version of his iconic AMA 'gas' free flight model, designed in the mid 1960s,
built & campaigned in sizes ranging from 1/2A (as shown here) to C/D (.40 and .60 glow motors). The Ramrod was kitted by Berkeley Models in two sizes: the 250 for .049 glow power and the 600 for .15 to .23 glow motors. Ramrods were consistent contest high-placers until the advent of Sal Taibi's high thrustline Stardusters in the late 60s. The 1/2A model design shown here was...
Updated: 26/09/20 10:34:13pm by aeroastro
Stewart HeadwindAl Wolsky designed this 48" span model of the aircraft that airline pilot Don Stewart created for EAA amateur
aircraft homebuilders. Al's standoff-scale model is sized for .09 to .15 engine power and would be a great candidate for electric propulsion. Although the original model was flown using throttle and rudder control only, elevator and rudder controls, ailerons optional, would be a simple modification for greater flying control. Thanks to "theshadow" for providing the plans...
Updated: 26/09/20 07:25:01pm by aeroastro
RamblerAs described in the included Model Aircraft article, Ray Booth assembled and flew the prototype Rambler models while stationed in Italy, serving in the British Army, in February 1945! The rubber-powered sport free flight model spans 29 1/2 inches and
is an 'easy build' suitable for low-time builders and fliers, as well as more veteran modelers looking for a sport model. The single-blade
propeller folds for reduced drag during the model's glide; builders & fliers should strongly consider a...
Updated: 24/09/20 03:57:35am by aeroastro
Aeronca Tandem 1942Designed by Ronnie Albert and published in Air Trails magazine, February 1942, the Aeronca Tandem model is a free flight scale model of the "tandem" seating (student in front, instructor behind) Aeronca Chief variant produced in large quantities for civilian flight training and sport touring, early 1940s. Spanning 48" and originally powered by an Ohlsson 23, this free flight model has lightweight construction leading to a 20 ounce flying weight despite the rather heavy ignition...
Updated: 10/09/20 03:22:28am by aeroastro
SaturnShown here are a modernized (digitized) set of assembly drawings for the Saturn, a sport free flight model, rubber-powered, kitted by the English company Frog in the late 1940s. The plane is fairly large, 30" span, which would ease assembly and flying as 'bigger planes fly better."
As the plans shown are assembly drawings for a kit, wing ribs and fuselage formers aren't shown but given the details shown, a moderately experiencedl modeler should be able to generate the necessary parts...
Updated: 05/09/20 09:38:45am by aeroastro
EagletKeil Kraft, a British model kit manufacturer, produced these plans to accompany their Eaglet kit,
a 24" wingspan rubber-powered sport free flight model. Sufficient detail, including full size
copies of all the key model parts, is shown here to allow a sport modeler to assemble an
Eaglet. Built true and light, the plane would be capable of many fun-filled flights using
rubber strip and a plastic propeller. A dethermalizer system, to bring the plane down
before it flies away in a...
Updated: 02/09/20 08:02:57am by aeroastro
Cessna 180Presented here are the plans and "trim" markings for Graupner's sport scale model of the venerable Cessna 180.
Spanning 44 inches and designed for glow or Diesel engines in the .049 to .07 range (an .06 CID diesel is shown on
the plans), Graupner designed the plane for sport free flight use and drew up the plans for "double duty"; the plans
could be used to assemble Graupner's kit, or a "scratch" builder could make his own model using the extensive...
Updated: 28/08/20 09:26:38am by aeroastro
Maxi Sport TrainerThe "Maxi Sport Trainer" is a Oktay Gulmez's redesign of Graupner's "Maxi", a high wing aileron/elevator/rudder/throttle model designed for .40 to .46 CID glow engines. The most obvious change: a built-up wing replacing the original kit's foam wing. The semi-symmetrical wing airfoil, a carryover from the original kit, promises higher maneuvering and aerobatic performance than the flat-bottom airfoils usually seen on planes of this type. The Vector plans are beautifully...
Updated: 26/08/20 09:26:37am by aeroastro
Kwik Fly Mk3Phil Kraft designed,marketed and flew the Kwik Fli competitively. Later the rights to the newly designed Kwik Fly 3 were transferred to Graupner. There is much discussion on some of the forums over the naming rights and origin and just generally arguing whether the Kwik Fly 3 is a offshoot of the Kraft designed Kwik Fli. To the Phil Kraft aficionados this is an important point.
The first page of the plan clearly shows the fuselage assembly as well the empennage parts construction. The second...
Updated: 26/08/20 09:08:24am by kenb
ChicoThe Graupner kit 4645 "Chico" plans directions and parts call-outs are written in German. As one who has no familiarity with spoken or written German this editor can only surmise some of the details of the plan. Doing some online German to English translation utility I was able to discern that the power source is schematically described it as a Cox engine. The wing span is 40 inches and the model airplane is constructed with balsa and plywood in a manner consistent with "the...
Updated: 26/08/20 08:50:40am by kenb
Auster Aiglet TrainerThe Auster Aiglet J/5 Trainer was a single-engine, four-seat high-wing monoplane designed and produced by the Auster Aircraft Company, Great Britain, in the early 1950s. Designed for training and general aviation touring, the plane proved popular with private pilots and flying clubs. The semi-scale model presented here was kitted by the German company Schuco/Hegi for rudder and elevator control, ailerons optional, powered by an engine (diesel or glow) in the .049 to .099 size range, and...
Updated: 26/08/20 07:33:48am by aeroastro
SnoopeyHegi is a German model airplane kit producer with Snoopey being one of many model airplanes they make. In order to read these plans (printed in German) I suggest using an online German to English translation program. Snoopy is single-engine high wing model aircraft with the wingspan of approximately 60 inches, a an approximate length of 45 inches. Because of the size of this model, I estimate that a glow.45 engine would be sufficient to comfortably fly this airplane. The plan sheet clearly...
Updated: 26/08/20 07:17:22am by kenb
Auster B.4The Auster B.4 "Ambulance" is a curiously designed multi-role airplane built to compete for a proposed British Army light aircraft support contract. With its enlarged pod-and-boom fuselage, the fuselage pod could be fitted to carry stretchers, cargo, or personnel. A single aircraft was built and displayed at the 1953 Farnborough Air Show but the design wasn't selected for further contract actions. A. A. Stowell has designed a 55" wingspan sport scale model of this unique...
Updated: 24/08/20 11:02:25pm by aeroastro
Hoosier Hot-ShotThe Hoosier Hot-Shot is a large (75" span) 'boxy' rudder-only model designed in the early 1950s by E.R. Foxworthy for a gasoline 'ignition' model airplane motor - a Dennymite is shown on the plans, note the battery and condenser required! Built today, the model would be a good sport model with either electric or glow motor propulsion (4-stroke recommended) in the .25 CID range. The twin rudders on the horizontal stabilizer give the plane a distinctive appearance. Rather than rudder-only...
Updated: 24/08/20 10:32:01am by aeroastro
North American F-51D MustangPlan is in excellent condition and parts are readily available.
ARF Kit notes:
Between 1941 and 1945, the AAF ordered 14,855 Mustangs which 7,956 were P-51Ds. During the Korean War, P-51Ds were used primarily for close support of ground forces until withdrawn from combat in 1953.
Kyosho has created this famous fighter escort model to look like the P51D with rounded fuselage edges and smooth wingtips while maintaining safe and easy flight characteristics in a tail dragger model. The P-51D...
Updated: 23/08/20 10:40:11am by CoMIYC69
North American T-6 TexanThis model was designed by Dale Willoughby in the 1960s as a sport scale rendition of the North American T-6 Texan, the 2-place single engine aircraft that was initially used for military pilot training, and is now very popular in air racing, air show flying demos, and for movie work. Dale's Texan, kitted by Kyosho, spans 54 inches and is sized for .29 to .50 CID 2-stroke glow engines; it would also be quite suitable for .40 to .65 CID 4-stroke engines. The design is quite straightforward to...
Updated: 23/08/20 10:12:38am by aeroastro
BD-4Jim Bede designed the BD-4 in the early 1970s and this design has the distinction of being the first home-built "kitplane" made available to general aviation builders and fliers. The plane was deliberately designed to be easy to build, suitable for novice assemblers using readily available equipment; plans and parts for the plane are still available and thousands of BD-4s have been built & flown, great testimony to its original design obectives. Fred Reese designed the model...
Updated: 23/08/20 03:34:42am by aeroastro
Curare 60Type Model: Radio Control, Pattern
Construction: Built-up balsa
Wingspan:64 inches,low-wing, dihedral
Engine: single engine; Glow .60
Designer: Hans & Hanno Prettner
Plan Language: English
This Curare is powered by a .60 glow engine although a lesser size engine will power this model very well but not competitively. The plan shows templates or cross-sections of the fuselage, but not much for the wing. Some ingenuity will be necessary to "fill in the blanks" for a built-up balsa...
Updated: 22/08/20 11:06:28am by kenb
Blue Angel YoshiokaJapan's T. Yoshioka and M. Kato designed the Blue Angel that was flown by Yoshioka to a World Championships win in
International F3A Aerobatics, 1973. The design features all-wood construction, mildly swept wing and tail surfaces,
mechanical retractable landing gear, and is designed for a strong .60 CID glow engine. This particular set of plans
appears to be the assembly plans for the Blue Angel kitted by Kato Model Aircraft and as these plans are signed by
the two designers, it's safe to...
Updated: 22/08/20 10:25:47am by aeroastro
Piper Tomahawk-20A very pretty plane in the air. I would reccomend flaps for better landing control. with todays gear, it'll be a snap. the elevator servo can be moved to the boom end as well as the rudder servo. Clearing up space in fuse compartment. Be careful on the decalage as I've heard a variety of issues concerning that and correct incidence. nothing really that complicated, just double check that stuff before the maiden flight. depending on avaliable runway and terrain. don't be afraid to put a larger...
Updated: 22/08/20 09:06:53am by guamflyer
Boston Speedster Model 1The Boston Speedster is David Collins' semi-scale model, based on the Rearwin Speedster, with the Rearwin's outlines 'tweaked' to fit "Bostonian" event rules for indoor flying scale model aircraft. Construction is light, requiring utmost care in materials selection, model assembly & covering, and flying. As per Bostonian rules, the Speedster's wingspan is 16", the maximum allowed. There are other design rules that are summarized here: ...
Updated: 22/08/20 03:15:19am by aeroastro
Super Sportster 40 mk2This plan is a modernization / redesign of the Great Planes Super Sportster 40 that was immensely popular in the mid 90's. My intent with the redesign/update was to convert the plane to electric and to modernize the parts so they are ready to go for laser cutting. I have drawn this up over the original Don Anderson plan, to keep the overall shape of the aircraft the same. The parts and build process are all new. I have not built this model yet, but am planning to build it over the fall. ...
Updated: 18/08/20 07:28:33pm by madmax7774
Bristol ScoutThe Bristol Scout was a rotary-engine, single-seat biplane flown by the Royal Air Force as a fast reconnaissance aircraft, or "scout", at the start of WWI hostilities. The plane was one of the first to be fitted with armament although not forward-facing as gun-propeller synchronizers hadn't yet been invented. The plane presented here is an all-balsa sheet, 13" span sport free flight model, rubber-powered, designed by John Blankenship for sport free flight and AMA...
Updated: 13/08/20 03:08:13am by aeroastro
Bristol BulldogThe Bristol Bulldog was a single-seater fighter biplane designed & produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company originally for the Royal Air Force in the 1920s, and which was substantially produced in substantial numbers for other countries' air forces including Australia, Finland, and Latvia. The model presented here is a 1/12th scale, 33" span free flight model designed by Toronto's Peter Allnut, sized for a 1 to 1.5 cc diesel motor. Building complexity is high due to the numerous...
Updated: 12/08/20 04:08:46am by aeroastro
XF4U-7 CorsairThe Vought XF4U-7 was the prototype of Vought Aircraft's last Corsair version produced, specifically intended for the French Naval Air Command, Aéronavale, as part of a Foreign Military Sales agreement. The XF4U-7 first flew in July 1952 with 94 F4U-7's eventually produced and delivered to the Aéronavale, serving well for the French during the First IndoChina War, mid 1950s. The model shown here was designed by noted model aviation writer and draftsman Paul Palanek, a 32" span sport...
Updated: 12/08/20 03:12:33am by aeroastro
De Havilland T.K.4The de Havilland T.K.4 was a British single-seat low wing monoplane racer, designed and built by students at the de Havilland Technical School in 1937; a major design objective was to create as small an aircraft as possible, built around a de Havilland Gypsy Major II powerplant. One aircraft was built and raced capably in its only race, but was destroyed a few months later while the pilot was attempting a 100 km Class Record flight. The model presented here was designed by Ron Moulton for...
Updated: 08/08/20 11:53:11pm by aeroastro
Folkerts SK-2 RacerThe Folkerts SK-2 was a single-seater racing aircraft designed by Clayton Folkerts for the 1936 National Air Races, racing quite successfully with three first places, two second places, and placed fourth in the Thompson Trophy Races. The planes in the SK series used thin-winged airfoils with spruce spars, manually retracted landing gear, and a variety of high performance engines. The SK-2 was also known as "Sky King Two" and "Toots" and was the predecessor for the more...
Updated: 07/08/20 04:08:49am by aeroastro
Week-enderNice little RC .049model.
This is a real find. There is very little outside of the magazine it appeared in about this modeller.
In my opinion this would be a great little plane to convert to two channel or even three with new little micro-servos and receiver. It should be easy enough for a novice to build may be a little help will be required for some minor shaping and engine mount. It would be a great experiment for an RC throttle.
Just fyi: The 049 used is includes the rear engine mounted...
Updated: 05/08/20 11:04:52am by CoMIYC69
Gee-38Gee-38 is a sport free flight model, designed by Beverley Dean Smith in the late 40s or early 50s, with a number of interesting design features. Loosely patterned after the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Gee-38 has a highly tapered 54" span wing planform, a center fuselage pod, and twin booms leading back to the horizontal and vertical tail surfaces. Propulsion is via an inverted pusher motor - Bantam and Ohlsson ignition motors are mentioned on the plans. Quite a bit of effort would be...
Updated: 04/08/20 04:08:08am by aeroastro
Doug's TrainerThis 4-channel, radio-controlled, trainer is built from pink Insulation foam board, and is electric-powered. By itself, the foam is lightweight but needs reinforcing for expected flight loads and stiffening to keep the wing, rudder, and elevator from flexing, so I have incorporated carbon-fiber tube (wing spar), and carbon-fiber rods (tail feathers). To further help with crash impacts and protect the foam from solvents found in common "rattle-can" spray paints, I have wrapped the...
Updated: 03/08/20 04:30:07pm by DMorrisPE
Polikarpov Po-2This model is a 1:6 rendition of a Russian utility aircraft produced from 1928 to 1959, and may be the most produced biplane ever with up to 30,000 aircraft claimed! The Po-2 fulfilled several roles including flight training, aerial reconnaissance, and ground attack as a light bomber. Perhaps its most unusual missions were nighttime attacks during WW2 against German ground troops - the plane would glide in at low altitude, engine at idle, and drop bombs on unsuspecting troops before powering...
Updated: 03/08/20 04:07:30pm by aeroastro
Gee Bee Model YThe Gee Bee Model Y was a high performance sportster aircraft designed by the Granville Brothers and which was developed in one- and two-seat configurations. The single-seater version shown here participated in several races and saw service as a support aircraft for the iconic Gee Bee R-1 and R-2 racing aircraft. The model is a sport free flight rubber-powered model with quite light construction throughout, spanning 25 inches. The model drawings shown are "working" drawings made by...
Updated: 02/08/20 02:05:58am by aeroastro
GerfautGerfaut is a glider named after the Gyrfalcon, the largest falcon species in the world. The plane, published by Les Belles Maquettes (Beautiful Models) has a French heritage and conveys uncommon elegance with its fully tapered wing, scale-appearance planked fuselage, and dihedralled horizontal stabilizer with twin tip rudders. Building "degree of difficulty" is moderately high but would reward a careful craftsman builder with an extremely charismatic model readily adaptable for...
Updated: 31/07/20 04:11:55am by aeroastro
1948 GliderAlan Barrister designed the "1948 Glider", a 48" span sport free flight glider launched by towline. The
plane would be an easy build with its flat-bottom wing airfoil and single wing spar (the overlapping
spars between the main and tip panels will ease wing panel joining). If built for sport free flight use
as originally intended, a tip-up horizontal stab dethermalizer would be a prudent measure to prevent flyaways
in thermals or breezy weather. The wing mounting shown has...
Updated: 29/07/20 02:44:27am by aeroastro
CLOUD WEAVERI designed this foam trainer after many attemps to fly other "trainers" all of which were not really trainers. After becoming more skilled recognized
from sites that neebies needed more direction in terms of building a
successful plane that would be forgiving and really fly.
Then there were the plans of those planes with no directions as to how to
build the plane, and where to get the parts. The plans for this plane are in pdf tiled with a 30 page step by step building manual...
Updated: 27/07/20 07:14:46pm by Lee3429
Boeing PT-17 StearmanFoam Built, easy and fun.
Length: 31.0in (787mm)
Wing Span: 38.6in (981mm)
Wing Area: 425sq.in (27.4dm2)
Flying Weight: 18oz (510g)
Wing Loading: 6.1oz/sq.ft (18.6g/dm2)
Receiver: 4 Channel
Power System: E-flite Park 400 Brushless Outrunner
Battery: E-flite 11.1V 1250mah Li-Po
ESC: E-flite 20A Brushless ESC
Needed to Complete:
1080 propeller (or equivalent)
10mm motor mount tube
2mm metal rod (for...
Updated: 27/07/20 06:51:39pm by iubitahp2000
Great-Lakes-TrainerThe Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer was a two-place biplane designed in the 1930s for sport touring and aerobatics, proving to be an excellent performer quite popular with civilian sports fliers. Out of production for many years, a modernized version is presently available from WACO Classic Aircraft, sporting up-to-date engineering in structures, powerplants, and avionics. The model presented here is a 24" span rubber-powered scale model designed by Avrum Zier with assistance from...
Updated: 25/07/20 11:07:21pm by aeroastro
MermaidMermaid is G.F.P. Forster's sport free flight "flying boat", spanning 70 inches and powered originally by an ignition engine installed on an overwing pylon, an inverted Baby Cylone engine is shown on the plans. The plane has interesting design features: a) a 'full planing' fuselage/hull, b) a small lower wing, making this plane a 'sesquiplane',
a biplane whose lower wing has smaller area than the top wing, c) a removable rear fuselage to ease transportation, and d) fixed outboard...
Updated: 21/07/20 11:46:36am by aeroastro
Grey GhostThe Grey Ghost was a sleek prototype pylon racer designed in the 1940s by Ed Allenbaugh for the Goodyear racing series. Several of the plane's design details are quite unusual: the pilot flies the plane from a 'prone' position in the slim fuselage, the 'pusher' propeller is driven by aor extension shaft from a mid-mounted engine, and the underslung vertical stab also serves to hold the tail wheel. The plane crashed during its development, killing its pilot, terminating the project. The model...
Updated: 21/07/20 03:19:48am by aeroastro
Grumman F3F-1The Grumman F3F-1 was a carrier-based fighter aircraft designed and produced for the US Navy in the "between the wars"
time period, 1934-1941. The F3F had the added distinction of being the last biplane design delivered to any of the US military
services and was ultimately replaced by the extremely successful F4F Wildcat. The model presented here is a sport scale
control-line model designed by noted model aviation writer/draftsman Paul Palanek, spanning 32 inches and sized for a .15...
Updated: 18/07/20 11:46:09pm by aeroastro
Brown B-3 SportThe Lawrence Brown Aircraft Company, Montebello, California, designed a series of high performance low-wing single-
seater aircraft in the 1930s, the most prominent being the Brown B-2 "Miss Los Angeles" that raced in the National
Air Races, 1934 to 1938. The model presented here is the Brown B-3, a "one-off" designed as a high performance
"sportsman" aircraft based on the B-2 racer series. Although tragically destroyed in a hangar fire in 1943, the original
Updated: 18/07/20 12:35:43am by aeroastro
Super CondorType Model: Free Flight - or - Radio Control
Construction: Stick & Tissue
Wingspan:72 inches, high-wing, polyhedral
Engine: single engine; .020 to .049 or equivalent
Designer: Paul E. Del Gatto
Plan Language: English
The construction plan page credits "America's Hobby Center" as the publisher of this plan but the article credits "Cleveland Model & Supply Co.". One thing for sure. It's a great looking glider/soarer. To have the option of power & RC mentioned in...
Updated: 16/07/20 09:54:47am by kenb
Curtiss Scout SO3C ObservationThe Curtiss-Wright SO3C Seamew was a low-wing monoplane aircraft designed in the late 1930s to replace the US Navy's then-standard float plane observation aircraft, the biplane SOC Seagull. Seamew development was plagued by in-flight stability and engine performance issues and the plane was eventually removed from naval service by 1944, replaced by upgraded Seagulls! The model presented here is the landplane version of the SO3C, published by the Ace Whitman Publishing Co. in 1940. The plans...
Updated: 11/07/20 10:42:56pm by aeroastro
DianaDiana is a 36" span sport free flight glider designed for towline launching or slope flying, kitted by
Frog Models in the early 1950s. The model's construction is suited for low-time builders and the plans
have outlines of all the needed parts. The plan presented here appears to have been photocopied in
multiple small prints from the original plans, and a much more convenient 'single' sheet plan can be found at
Updated: 11/07/20 09:10:06pm by aeroastro
Gotha Go 145The Gotha Go 145 was a 2-seater biplane, wood and fabric construction, developed for the German
Luftwaffe as a trainer aircraft and introduced in the mid-1930s. The design developed an unusual
role as a "harassment" bomber on the Eastern Front, flying night missions against Russian forces
until the end of hostilities. The model presented here was designed by France's 'grand master' of
modeling, Emmanuel Fillon, and is a semi-scale, rubber-powered free flight model for the...
Updated: 11/07/20 08:24:26pm by aeroastro
PZL P.24The PZL P.24 was an all-metal, single-seater monoplane fighter aircraft designed and produced in Poland by the PZL (Panstwowe Zaklady Lotneize) company, derived from the predecessor P.11 aircraft, with the P.24 intended for export. Its most unique design feature is, without question, its "gull" wing configuration with a sharply tapered wing planform. The P.24 was flown by the Greek and Romanian air forces at the start of WW2 but was quickly found to be underpowered and too lightly...
Updated: 11/07/20 10:28:40am by aeroastro
Miles Hawk BW PrintThe Miles M.2 Hawk was a 1930s British two-seat light monoplane designed by Miles Aircraft Limited.
The Hawk was designed in 1933 by F.G. Miles. The Hawk was a low-wing cantilever monoplane with wings designed to be folded. It had an open cockpit for two in tandem. The prototype powered by a 95 hp ADC Cirrus IIIA engine was built by Philips and Powis Limited at Woodley Aerodrome and first flew on the 29 March 1933. A number of one off variants were built, including a cabin monoplane (M.2A),...
Updated: 10/07/20 06:34:20pm by hogal
Fokker Trimotor F.VIIbThe Fokker F.VII was a three-engined civilian passenger & cargo carrier aircraft, designed and produced by the Dutch manufacturer Fokker, and built under license in the US by Atlantic Aircraft Corporation. The "Fokker Trimotor" accomplished numerous impressive flight operations during its time, including Richard Byrd's reaching the North Pole (May 1926); and setting numerous world records with a 150 hour continuous flight using aerial refueling from jury-rigged "tanker"...
Updated: 10/07/20 10:10:26am by aeroastro
Avro AvianThe Avro Avian was a series of British light aircraft developed by Avro in the 1920s and 1930s, two-seater biplanes with different aircraft versions equipped with sporting class motors. The model presented here is a 36" wingspan sport free flight scale model, sized for a .75 to 1.5 cc diesel motor. The model's construction faithfully replicates the full-scale version's intricate construction of the fuselage and flying surfaces, as well as flying wires interconnecting the four detachable...
Updated: 09/07/20 10:01:13am by aeroastro
Jumping JiminyJumping Jiminy is Ron Moulton's autogyro sport free flight model, powered by a small diesel motor with "wing lift" provided by a freely rotating mast-mounted overhead rotor. As provided in the 1952 Aeromodeller Annual,
a detailed article provides notes on autogyros' design and engineering, including helpful notes on a robust rotor attachment approach. The photocopied article includes a reduced size print of Ron's Jumping Jiminy plans, not a full-size "build to" print, so...
Updated: 05/07/20 01:22:43pm by aeroastro
Hawker HartThe Hawker Hart was a 'light bomber' aircraft designed for the Royal Air Force in the mid-1920s, a 2-seater biplane. The
Hart was active in the 'inter-war' period but was obsoleted by higher performance monoplane designs by the onset
of WW2. The model presented here is a semi-scale sport control-line stunt model designed by Walt Musciano, spanning 28 inches
and sized for a 2.5 cc to 3.5 cc glow or diesel engine. Construction is simple and straightforward and as is true for all biplane
Updated: 25/06/20 03:21:12am by aeroastro
Wee-Will-Jr-1A really popular model to build this is the little Peanut scale plan. Sticks and tissue hold it all together.
The pdf needs some help but most likely it will require some scaling. Meticulous attention to detail and a lightweight build are always the keys to building a real flying model. The low wing model is definitely not a good trainer to start with. Experienced pilots will have a lot of fun building and flying.
"The Wedell-Williams Model 22 was a racing aircraft, two examples of which...
Updated: 19/06/20 03:49:31pm by bluebird1
B-25J MitchellOne word: "Astonishing"
The guys at 3dLabs listened and here it is, the new B-25 is a spectacular warbird, it´s big, it´s easy to build, it flies really well, it sounds menacing, just watch the video! What a spectacular design!
From the 3dlabprint presentation release: "The really first 3d printable bomber plane. This even bigger evolution including some revolutionary features. For the second time this model uses new method of joining parts, really, now on most of parts -...
Updated: 16/06/20 08:28:49am by 3dlabprint
WeeWacoAnother nice to build craft cabin style cockpit.
The first page of the article in the prints pdf is included but searches for page 52 where the article continues is difficult to find. Perhaps someone who collects old modeller magazines may be able to dig it up.
The really cool thing about this plane is that it was one of the then first planes to use what was brand new at the time, a CO2 engine. CO2 power is still in use today or you can find an old antique one.
This plane will take some...
Updated: 13/06/20 03:25:05am by bluebird1
Hill SpecialRobert Hill has clearly put a lot of thought into the design of the Hill Special, a control line 'speed' model from the mid-1940s. Some of the outstanding design features: the wing planform blends smoothly into the fuselage and horizontal stab; the spark ignition motor (glow motors hadn't been invented yet) is totally enclosed inside the wing/fuselage and is installed at the model's center-of-gravity to minimize total weight; the motor is fitted with a custom design extension shaft due to its...
Updated: 12/06/20 03:08:56am by aeroastro
Turner SpecialTop notch design! Based on a real world champion flyer. Straight forward build but requires top knowledge and building skills if you actually want it to fly ;) Flying not for beginners or low wing flight beginners. This model is meant to handle solidly at high speed but inexperienced pilots will have their hands full without an instructor's help.
The attached YouTube video is twice this sport scale model size so you can see how well it flies.
The article has the original pdf document from...
Updated: 08/06/20 01:32:47pm by bluebird1
Wedgy halfThis model may appeal to artists and old timers even younger ones that really like the odd and unusual. Look it up on Google pictures and you may find the whole class interesting!
(The parts of the plan which appear to be missing in the updated pdf I included in the article.pdf. Drawn by Gordon Murray
Well personally I always liked the unusual and that's definitely what this plane is. There is a whole class of these and they run on CO2 engines.
It will take some skill and finesse to put this...
Updated: 08/06/20 11:58:13am by bluebird1
Henschel Hs 123 A-1The Henschel Hs 123 A-1 was a German single-seater biplane, designed as a dive-bomber and close-air support military aircraft.
First seeing service in the Spanish Civil War, the plane flew for the Luftwaffe through the mid 1940s, serving with distinction
on the Eastern Front against Russian forces and gaining good marks for reliability and ruggedness despite harsh operational
conditions. The model presented here is a 1/5th scale model designed by Justin Cork, spanning 82 inches and suitable...
Updated: 08/06/20 03:17:40am by aeroastro
Heath ParasolThe Heath Parasol was a home-built design that proved quite popular in the late 20s and early 30s, being the only home-built aircraft in those times approved by the FAA. The 1:16th scale model presented here was designed by Normand Charlebois and is a rubber-powered sport free flight model spanning 37 inches, a size big enough to construct easily and that flies well at this size. The model would be a 'natural' for electric propulsion and rudder/elevator/motor control. Builders should be...
Updated: 30/05/20 03:44:45am by aeroastro
PZL P-11c (30% Scaled up)This is a scaled up version of the PZL-11 Model that can be found here:
As with all scaled versions this one will also require adjustments on your side to fit the servos and motor, on this one probably the next size servos will work fine (9-11grams) but the motor mount will have to be adapted possibly with an adapter plate (a disc with holes to match the holes on the plane and the holes on the motor)
Highly detailed scale model of the pre WWII...
Updated: 29/05/20 03:20:09pm by 3dlabprint
Honza 2Honza 2 is a sport control-line model designed by Radoslav Cizek, a Czech model designer who excelled in model design for free-flight, control-line, and radio control; his XL-59 F1B Wakefield free flight model was flown by a Czech competitor to a 1959 World Championship win in 1959. His Honza 2 is an attractive sport model whose semi-symmetrical wing airfoil should provide excellent aerobatic performance in inside, outside, and inverted flight maneuvers, powered by a .15 to .25 glow, diesel,...
Updated: 13/05/20 12:28:40am by aeroastro
Inland Sport R-400The Inland Sport R-400 was part of a series of 'light' general aviation aircraft designed and produced
in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The R-400 is a two-seater aircraft with a 'parasol' wing arrangement.
A good picture of a restored R-400 can be seen at:
The detailed plans presented here were drawn by Herb Clukey for a sport scale model kit, by Herb's Flyline Models,
spanning 37 1/2 inches and...
Updated: 07/05/20 04:02:49am by aeroastro
MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 F or H3D Printed on PLA bioplastic MESSERSCHMITT BF 109 F or H
The F Version is 89cm wingspan and cannot have landing gear.
The H version is 103cm wingspan and has a fixed landing gear. Please choose the one you prefer from the options at the ordering page.
Wing area: 16.1 dm2
Wing loading: 51.0 g/dm2
Airfoil: aircombat modificated
Print weight: 410g(14.5oz)
Takeoff weight (6s 1300 lipo): 821g(28.9oz)
Max takeoff weight:...
Updated: 02/05/20 02:25:16pm by 3dlabprint
Interstate Super CadetThe Interstate Cadet was a two-seater high wing monoplane designed for the civilian market in the early 1940s, with 320 aircraft produced by Interstate Aircraft & Engieering Corporation, El Segundo CA. The design proved to be quite robust and popular with its users, and the basic airframe and powerplant were modernized to create a "bush" aircraft, the Arctic Tern, in the mid 1970s. Presented here is a 35" span sport scale model designed by Paul DelGatto and kitted by...
Updated: 28/04/20 03:32:25am by aeroastro
Mitsubishi J2M RaidenThe Mitsubishi J2M Raiden, code-named "Jack" by the Allies, was designed by Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the iconic A6M Zero, as a single seater high performance fighter for homeland defense against high altitude Allied bombers, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress primarily. Development problems with the Raiden's turbocharger limited its utility and only limited numbers were produced and used 'in the field". The model presented here is a 15" wingspan rubber-powered free flight...
Updated: 24/04/20 02:44:52am by aeroastro
Jasco Thermic 100Thanks to restoration by Roland Friestad and publishing by Cooperative Plans Service, presented here are the plans and assembly instructions for Frank Zaic's classic vintage towline free flight model, the JASCO Thermic 100. Its design features include an elliptical wingtip planform and "Wolf-Hirth" outlines as popularized by, among other designs, Dave Thornburg's Bird of Time. The fuselage features a pod-and-boom layout, and a lightweight composite tube could replace the original...
Updated: 18/04/20 04:09:36am by aeroastro
Mini CatThe objectives for the Mini Cat were the same as those for the Aristo-Cat - basically simple to build, rugged, and above all, a ship that flies well. The Mini is this, and more. Made small to handle the pulse system, it is still large enough to take full-house propo gear. The Mini Cat takes a 15 to 20 engine, using a Tatone or Midwest T mount. Tests were made with a Webra 20. The ship could be called a 'scat cat!' The Webra really wheels it around! A 15 is milder and would be better for the...
Updated: 14/04/20 09:19:48am by André
MXS-R3D printed version of Nigel Lamb´s MXS-R.
This is a versatile model that can be used like as sports, race or aerobatic plane, compatible with PLA/PETG or LW-PLA, by choosing one or the other material the flight characteristic will be different. In the case you choose LW-PLA the airframe will be more optimized (read more), you will get the same wing loading, therefore the same agility and in general the flight characteristic of an equivalent model made with balsa wood or foam, but of course...
Updated: 13/04/20 03:21:53pm by Eclipson
Curtiss JN-1 JennyPresented here are the plans for a 22" span, rubber-powered free flight model of the iconic Curtiss JN-1
Jenny biplane trainer, produced by the thousands to train military air cadets in the 1930s. The model was designed by Connecticut's Henry "Hank" Struck, the plans and construction article originally published in Flying Aces magazine in 1938, then cleaned up by Richard Dowdy and re-issued in Model Builder magazine, May 1987 issue. Struck was a legendary and prolific model...
Updated: 10/04/20 01:01:31am by aeroastro
Tomboy"Tomboy" is a cabin fuselage sport free flight model designed by noted British model designer and flier Vic Smeed. The plane is designed for beginners and is thus quite easy to build and fly. Recommended power plants are .5 to 1.5 cc diesels and options shown include enlarging the stock 36" wingspan to 44" and adding floats for rise-off-water fun. The Tomboy would be easily converted to radio controlled rudder and elevator as well as electric propulsion. The model shown in...
Updated: 05/04/20 12:03:38pm by aeroastro
Laird LC-RMatty Laird designed the Laird LC-5, a racing biplane first flown in 1928 by Charles "Speed" Holman, an extremely talented professional pilot of the times. The LC-5 was part of a development series culminating in the LC-DW300 and LC-DW-500 Super Solutions that flew and raced quite successfully in Bendix and Thompson Trophy races during the early 1930s. The model presented here is an 18" wingspan, rubber-powered free flight model intended for indoor flying, or outdoors in calm...
Updated: 04/04/20 02:56:27am by aeroastro
B-24 LiberatorB-24 Liberator R/C Clutton, Eric two .03 diesels 62" WW II bomber model powered by two PAW .03 diesels (two Cox .049s can be used also) using 2-3 channel system. weighs 34 ozs. Can also be built as G, H or J model.
If you want to know more about Eric Clutton: http://cluttonfred.info/eric#.VgP9RdJVhHx
The plan is readable but a lot of bleed is noticeable. This one may be easier to build than the 55 inch but uses only two motors. At this 1:20th scale and fairly large it is still more of a...
Updated: 01/04/20 09:37:27am by CoMIYC69
Miss FarnboroMiss Farnboro (shortened from "Farnborough", the legendary British aircraft development center), was designed by G.W.W. Harris to compete in free flight duration events for engines in the 3.5 to 7 cc size - approximately .25 to .40 CID size for glow or diesel engines! Spanning 72 inches and featuring plug-in wing panels and a moderate-height wing cabin placement, the plane was reputed to handle high power quite well in competition. Now eligible for vintage r/c assist competitions run...
Updated: 01/04/20 07:58:18am by aeroastro
Lanier Paraplane Commuter 110The Paraplane Commuter 110 was an experimental aircraft, one in a series, by Edward Lanier who was awarded several patents in the 1930s for his innovative wing design concepts - that featured slots, louvers, and vacuum-assisted flow apertures on the upper wing surface, all to promote Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) performance.
Several aircraft were built and flown and evidently, flight results were inconclusive. The model presented here represents a two-seater version that flew in 1958...
Updated: 01/04/20 12:29:45am by aeroastro
Lockheed SaturnThe Lockheed Model 75 Saturn was a twin-engine short-haul airliner designed to carry passengers and cargo on regional routes. Designed in the mid 1940s, the plane generated enough interest for several hundred advance orders and two prototypes were built and flown. The end of WW2 hostilities however flooded the civil air market with surplus C-47s available at a fraction of the Saturn's proposed costs, and the Saturn program was cancelled in 1948. The model presented here, designed by S. Richard...
Updated: 29/03/20 04:04:46am by aeroastro
KometKomet is a competition engine-powered free flight model designed to the International FAI F1C rules that mandate a maximum engine size of .15 CID (2.49 cc), alcohol/castor oil (no nitromethane) fuel, timer-controlled short engine runs, and a hefty minimum ready-to-fly weight. Designed in the early 1950s by G. Schmid, Komet is evidently a testbed to evaluate the VHTL (Very High Thrust Line) design approach where the motor is located well above the wing center section. Various VHTL proponents,...
Updated: 28/03/20 04:17:52pm by aeroastro
Kaman HelicopterThis plan is for a unique free flight model: a semi-scale model of the Kaman utility helicopter, powered by an .049 glow engine with integral tank - Cox Babe Bee, Golden Bee, or similar. The motor is mounted on a free-spinning mechanism that also holds the rotor blades. When the engine is started, turning its own small propeller, the motor's reaction torques "spin up" the 24" rotors, providing lift for the helicopter's flight. Rotor and rotor mast construction takes some care but...
Updated: 28/03/20 09:54:16am by aeroastro
Lockheed VegaPresented here are Peerless Models' extremely detailed drawings for a 24" span rubber-powered free flight model of the Lockheed Vega, the 6-person high wing monoplane designed in the late 1920s, and which was eminently successful setting long distance transcontinental and trans-oceanic records when flown by Amelia Earhart and Wiley Post, among others. Construction is moderately complex and would reward the careful builder and flier with an extremely realistic model. The model would be...
Updated: 28/03/20 12:16:03am by aeroastro
Loening M-8-0The Loening M-8 was a two-person (pilot and rear gunner) monoplane fighter aircraft designed in the 1910s by Grover Loening, with a 5000 plane order approved for the US Army Air Corps - but subsequently cancelled when WW1 hostilities ended in 1918! The M-8-0 model shown was evaluated by the US Navy, just one of a small handful of planes built to contract specifications. The drawing shown are the 'work drawings' of master scale modeler Dave Rees for a lightweight rubber powered model, 27...
Updated: 26/03/20 11:28:45pm by aeroastro
Luton MinorThe Luton Minor was a single-seater 'ultra light' monoplane designed in the early 1930s and initially produced by the Luton Aircraft Co., then with revised plans, released to the homebuilt aircraft community where it provied to be extremely popular. From Herb Clukey's long-gone, but greatly missed, Flyline Models, presented here is a sport scale Luton Minor model designed by Col Hurst G. Bowers, spanning 34 inches and featuring a 'parasol' mounted wing with sturdy wing struts holding the wing...
Updated: 22/03/20 04:18:06am by aeroastro
MatchStickMatchStick is a 24" span sport r/c model, a small-size model of Phil Kraft's iconic Ugly Stik design. As shown in the plans, the model is powered by a high-revving Cox TD .020 with only aileron and elevator controls. The plane is an ideal candidate for a 100-150 watt electric propulsion system, and an inexpensive Speed 400 brushed motor would be more than adequate for this lightweight model. The plane would be a 'quick build' with its simple structure, and the wing is built 'flat' without...
Updated: 20/03/20 02:27:38am by aeroastro
MercuryMercury is R. H. Smith's 'rather large' cabin fuselage-style sport free flight model, designed in the early 60s for a Super Cyclone ignition spark engine. Mercury spans 96 inches with elliptical planform flying surfaces and has a modest flying weight of just five pounds. More modern powerplant options would include a 4-stroke glow or 2- stroke glow engine, .50 to .70 CID, or electric propulsion. 3 channel radio control of rudder, elevator, and motor would be easy to fit into that gargantuan...
Updated: 19/03/20 02:50:49am by aeroastro
MustfireMustfire is a classic FAI pattern model designed in the early 1960s by Sweden's Jesper von Segebaden. The 67" low-wing model, powered by a .45 to .61 glow engine, performed quite well in European competition, including strong performances at several World Championships when flown by Per Eliason of the Swedish F3A team. This design, kitted by Swedish model manufacturer SEMO as well as later by England's Frog, is a classic aerobatic model of that era with a passing resemblance to Fred...
Updated: 14/03/20 12:33:35am by aeroastro
New AM Cabin DurationThe model presented here, designed by Bill Dean, is a 1952 followup to the original "AM Cabin Duration" model whose free plans were included in the then-new Aeromodeller magazine, 1941. Reportedly, thousands of this particular rubber-powered free flight model were successfully built & flown over the years by 'beginner' builders and fliers, the intended audience for that design. The "New AM Cabin Duration Model" is Dean's 1952 update of the original design, featuring...
Updated: 13/03/20 12:59:40am by aeroastro
Piper PacerThe Piper PA-20 Pacer was a four-seater, fabric-covered, general aviation aircraft produced in the early 1950s for the post-WW2 civilian flying market. The Pacer was moderately successful for its intended market, but was superseded by the "viral" marketing success of Piper's PA-22 Tri-Pacer that outsold the Pacer by 8:1! The Tri-Pacer's tricycle landing gear, plus a broader range of higher performance engine options, were the keys to its success. Regardless, Earl Cayton has...
Updated: 12/03/20 02:03:34am by aeroastro
Piper PacerPiper Aircraft developed the Piper PA-20 Pacer in the early 1950s for the post-WW2 civilian flying market. The Pacer is a four-place high- wing 'tail dragger' monoplane that was moderately successful in its intended market, but was soon 'outclassed' by the iconic PA-22 Piper Tri-Pacer which outsold the Pacer 8:1! A large variety of higher performance motor options is credited with the Tri-Pacer's much greater popularity with civilian fliers, but many Pacers continue to fly today for their...
Updated: 11/03/20 11:04:23pm by aeroastro
CourierBritisher Brian Cracknell designed Courier as a sport free flight, 42" wing span and sized for small IC engines, but with an emphasis on
a more attractive appearance than is normally found on models of this type. The fuselage features twin "faux" exhaust ducts to simulate
a turboprop engine's ducting, and the motor is cleanly cowled for streamlining and looks. While the Courier may require slightly more work than
a "boxy" fuselage model with constant chord wings, the...
Updated: 04/03/20 10:59:12am by aeroastro
Westland Lysander Ver.4To avoid confusion I retitled Ver. 2.2 and page 2 of this plan will be Ver. 2.2.2. This is a little larger version of the 1/72 scale model. Plans are for 1/10th scale!
The original blueprint is 72 x 36 if you need to re-scale the pdf.
This one really is not for beginners. It's a real scale kit with super attention to detail. There is a lot of wood in this size plane which could make it very costly in some countries. But, if money is not the object this is one of those plans that will...
Updated: 28/02/20 08:32:02am by CoMIYC69
British Sopwith TriplaneThe Sopwith Triplane was a British single seat fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during the First World War. Pilots nicknamed it the Tripehound or simply the Tripe. The Triplane became operational with the Royal Naval Air Service in early 1917 and was immediately successful. The Triplane was nevertheless built in comparatively small numbers and was withdrawn from active service as Sopwith Camels arrived in the latter half of 1917. Surviving aircraft...
Updated: 27/02/20 11:16:16am by skippydi
Sopwith CamelType Model: Scale Powered Free Flight
Construction: Built-up balsa
Wingspan:28 inches, Biplane, NO dihedral
Engine: single engine; .020 - .049
Designer: D . M. Collin
Plan Language: English
Top wing is FLAT (No dihedral), bottom wing has dihedral. The fuselage has 1/16" sheet sides with stringers (ala stick & tissue) top and 1/32" sheet bottom.The horizontal stabilizer and elevators are 3/32" sheet while the vertical stabilizer and rudder are...
Updated: 27/02/20 10:04:11am by kenb
Republic RC-3 SeabeeThe Republic RC-3 Seabee was an all-metal, pusher motor amphibian produced in the 1940s by Republic Aircraft. The Seabee's development is unusual since it was designed for sport general aviation and was subsequently purchased by several military services for air rescue services. The 54" model presented here, designed by noted British model designer H. J. Towner, is a free flight sport scale model powered by a small diesel or glow engine in a pusher configuration. Construction is rather...
Updated: 27/02/20 09:54:25am by aeroastro
EBW-160 UAVEWB-160 also known as “The Blackwing” is a state-of-the-art 3D printed UAV. The latest technologies and innovations have been used to achieve a unique aircraft with spectacular performance. 3D printed design freedom allowed us to create an aircraft that is both very aerodynamic and lightweight. For instance, the airframe structure weighs in at only 500gr for an airplane with a wingspan of 1.6 meters. The Blackwing has been designed to carry a HD/FPV camera, flight controller, GPS, vTx,...
Updated: 26/02/20 07:35:59pm by Eclipson
EBW-160 R/CIf you just want a great flying wing, without the FPV equipment, the R/C (Radio Controlled) Version of your Eclipson EBW-160 will suit your needs.
This model is extremely easy to print, build, transport, and fly thanks to the inherent simplification of the flying wing configuration. Another distinctive characteristic of this design is its longitudinal stability which is equal to the stability achieved by a classic airplane design. This characteristic makes it very easy and safe to hand...
Updated: 26/02/20 07:35:53pm by Eclipson
Miles M.5 SparrowhawkThe Miles M.5 Sparrowhawk was a low-wing 1930s British single-seat racing and touring monoplane designed by Miles Aircraft Limited. The prototype M.5 Sparrowhawk was developed from standard Miles Hawk components as an entry into the King's Cup Race of 1935 piloted by F.G. Miles. The standard Hawk fuselage was shortened and accommodation was for only one pilot, sitting as low as possible. The model presented here is a 36" span sport free flight semi-scale, designed for a .75 cc diesel - an...
Updated: 26/02/20 08:59:46am by aeroastro
Hanriot HD-1The Hanriot HD-1 was a single-seat biplane fighter aircraft designed by the French Hanriot Co. as their proposed substitute for Nieuport 17s then being flown by the French Armée de l'Air, early WW1 time period. Hanriot's proposal was rejected in favor of SPAD S.7s and the HD-1 aircraft design was subsequenty transferred to the Belgian and Italian Air Forces, quickly becoming their 'preferred' fighter aircraft, accumulating respectable wartime results for both Air Forces. The model...
Updated: 25/02/20 07:50:17pm by aeroastro
LVG C VILVG C.VI was a German two-seat reconnaissance and artillery spotting aircraft used during World War I.Designed by Willy Sabersky-Müssigbrodt and developed by Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (LVG) in 1917. The C.VI was a further development of the C.V, which Sabersky-Müssigbrodt had made for his former employer DFWdesigned by Willy Sabersky-Müssigbrodt and developed by Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (LVG) in 1917. The C.VI was a further development of the C.V, which Sabersky-Müssigbrodt had made for...
Updated: 25/02/20 11:20:56am by aeroastro
Loening OL9The Loening OL, also known as the Loening Amphibian, was an American two-seat amphibious biplane built by Loening for the United States Army Air Corps and the United States Navy. First flown in 1923, the OL was a high-performance amphibian with a large single hull and stabilising floats fitted underneath each lower wing. The model presented here is a 47" wingspan scale free flight, designed for a small diesel or glow power plant; a Mills 1.3 cc diesel is shown on the plans. Construction...
Updated: 25/02/20 09:21:29am by aeroastro
Edgar Percival E.P.9The Edgar Percival E.P.9 was a 1950s British light utility aircraft designed by Edgar Percival and built by his company, Edgar Percival Aircraft Limited. The pod-and-boom Percival was designed for agricultural use and its roles included crop-dusting as well as transporting workers, fuel barrels, wheat bales, and other supplies. The model presented here, designed by George Woolls, is designed for free flight sport scale, spanning 44 inches and sized for .5 to .8 cc diesels. Airframe...
Updated: 22/02/20 10:46:34am by aeroastro
Bristol ScoutThe Bristol Scout was designed in 1913 as a high performance racing biplane, performing
well enough in competitions to be considered by the British for "fast reconnaissance"
or "scout" service. Machine gun armament was then added, one of the first armed aircraft
to see service, and Capt Hawker earned the Victoria Cross in 1915 for downing two
German aircraft. Gordon Whitehead's semi-scale model is a 24" span semi-scale sport
free flight model, all balsa, originally...
Updated: 19/02/20 09:09:20am by aeroastro
B.E.12bThe B.E.12s were single-seat biplane fighter aircraft produced by the Royal Aircraft Factory for the Royal Flying Corps during WWI, with over 600 aircraft produced. The B.E.12 "b" version shown here was a night fighter variant designed to defend the British homelands from Zeppelin attacks. The model was designed by Eric Coates, master British scale modeler, as a 1:12th scale free flight model, spanning 46 inches, and powered by a 1.3 cc Mills diesel. This model isn't intended for...
Updated: 18/02/20 09:22:20am by aeroastro
Bucker JungmeisterBeautiful 1/4 scale model. Plan quality is exceptional. I would definitely recommend this build for anyone with the room to build this outstanding biplane. Even the flaps are controlled on both upper and lower wing. It flies amazingly well and fast. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Definitely this model will put as dent in your wallet.
The Jungmeister is all wood traditional construction and the parts set includes laser cut parts in plywood and balsa for the basic airframe including...
Updated: 08/02/20 08:58:42am by CoMIYC69
Simple CubThe Simple Cub is Fred Reese's 'schoolyard scale' sport rudder-elevator airplane, deliberately easy to build and powered by an .049 to .10 glow engine - a TD 049 is shown on the plans. The Simple Cub was designed to use the once-readily available Ace constant chord foam wings, consequently wing details aren't shown on the plans. For sport use, a builder could readily build a simple constant chord wing using hobby shop balsa wood stock.
Jan 2020 update. Eureka Aircraft is a custom wing core...
Updated: 03/02/20 12:26:49am by aeroastro
Cessna 170Cessna Aircraft produced the Cessna 170 civil aircraft between 1948 and 1956, with over 5000 built. The 170s featured metal construction
with fabric covered wings and tail surfaces, seating four. The 'tail dragger' 170 was eventually superseded by the tricycle gear 172,
one of the most popular and successful general aviation aircraft ever produced; thus the 170 can rightfully be called the "father" of the 172 or alternatively, a "tail dragger 172"! Connecticut's model...
Updated: 02/02/20 10:41:11am by aeroastro
Das Ugly Stik - JensenPhil Kraft's Ugly Stik is possibly one of the most-flown r/c sport aerobatic designs ever, shown here as a 60" span model powered by a .45 to .61 glow engine, but also replicated in smaller (down to Cox .010 power!) and larger sizes (up to 50 cc engine size!). The plane is rugged, easy to build, and possesses excellent sport flying performance. The plans shown here depicts the version kitted by Salt Lake City's Jim Jensen, a kit legendary due to its superb kit engineering and high quality...
Updated: 01/02/20 05:08:40pm by aeroastro
EyelashEyelash is a fast 1/2A "pattern/aerobatic" mini-stunter designed by Art Schroeder, veteran aeromodeller whose accomplishments include Editor of Model Airplane News as well as being inducted into the AMA's Hall of Fame. Spanning 37", Eyelash sports a mid-wing layout as well as use of Ace tapered foam wing cores. The TD 049 powerplant is unthrottled and only elevator and aileron are needed for control. For lightness and lower drag, there's no landing gear, the plane is...
Updated: 23/01/20 04:09:06am by aeroastro
Grumman F4F-3S Wild CatfishThe Grumman F4F-3S Wild Catfish was a pontoon-equipped F4F Wilcat fighter, developed late in WW2 in response to the Japanese
Navy's success with similar planes. Although a contract was approved for 100 float sets and a prototype's first flight occurred in Feb 1943,
the changing pace of the war effort obsoleted the effort and no further float-equipped airplanes were built. Model master designer Earl Stahl designed a rubber powered sport free flight model in 1942, and the plans shown here were...
Updated: 22/01/20 02:42:59am by aeroastro
Java Joe"Java Joe" is a single channel (rudder only) all-balsa sport model, 34" span, designed by Fred Angel for the Cox .010. An innovative design approach, and the source of the plane's name, is use of styrofoam coffee cups to create a tapering cylindrical 'shell' fuselage! The plane is all-balsa construction, so selection of light balsa and careful use of adhesives, is needed to minimize the airplane's final weight. Although the plane was originally designed for the Cox .010 and an...
Updated: 22/01/20 01:59:06am by aeroastro
KK Super 60In the early 1960s, Keil Kraft kitted the Super 60 designed by Ernie Webster. The plane spanned 63 inches, was sized for a .29
to .40 glow motor, and was designed for 3 channel control - rudder, elevator, and motor. The airplane's design is large and light,
well-suited for low-time modelers tackling a 'big' model build that's easy to build. Additional notes from the web: a) two ribs
are shown on the plans, hand-drawn, and they're not right for this model; use the rib shown on the fuselage...
Updated: 21/01/20 02:01:14am by aeroastro
PelicanPelican is Ken Willard's sport free flight amphibian, designed for Rise Off Water takeoffs, powered by a 1/2A engine, glow or diesel; a Torpedo 049 is shown on the plans. Construction is all balsa, so pick light wood throughout and sparingly use adhesives. For covering and waterproofing, iron-on
'lite' film covering makes more sense than using paint. Suggested upgrades: electric propulsion and miniature radio control equipment for control of rudder, elevator, and motor. Thanks to...
Updated: 07/01/20 08:49:43am by aeroastro
Paddy's WagonPaddy's Wagon is Pat Tomasulo's 1/2 A competition free flight designed in the mid 1950s for robustness in a small size model. The model features a high wing pylon mount, NACA 6409 wing airfoils, and constant chord planforms for easier building. The wing has 1/32 balsa LE sheeting on the top surface for additional strength and stiffness. The model would be a good 'vintage' sport free flight design today but prospective builders should keep in mind the power output of the 1950s .049s for which...
Updated: 07/01/20 08:27:23am by aeroastro
PAAckhorseIn the 1950s and 1960s, Pan American Airways sponsored a payload lifting competition for free flight models, and Santa Barbara's Dr. Stan Hill designed PAAckhorse for the 1957 rules. Powered by a .15 CID glow motor (a K&B .15 is shown on the plans), PAAckhorse was designed to carry a one pound payload, executing a rise-off-ground takeoff to fly a two minute flight with a timer-limited engine run. Sadly, the PAA payload event was discontinued in the late 1960s but PAAckhorse would be an...
Updated: 06/01/20 10:03:54pm by aeroastro
P-63 King CobraThe P-63 King Cobra was designed by Bell Aircraft in the 1940s to rectify the
performance deficiencies of the P-39 Airacobra. Featuring a mid-fuselage mounted Allison
powerplant driving a three-bladed propeller via a prop shaft extension running through the cockpit,
the King Cobra wasn't able to achieve stringent performance goals established by the
US Army Air Force and subsequently wasn't approved for production and use. The
King Cobra however found more favor with the Russian air forces and...
Updated: 02/01/20 05:08:47pm by aeroastro
Lockheed P-38 LightningLockheed P-38L Lightning is a World War II American fighter aircraft. Developed to a United States Army Air Corps requirement, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a single, central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. Named "fork-tailed devil" (der Gabelschwanz-Teufel) by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot" (Ni hikōki, ippairotto?) by the Japanese. First flown in 1938, 10,037 were built between 1941 and 1945.
This model marketed by Royal Products Corp. is...
Updated: 27/12/19 05:49:00pm by kenb
Bi GoneIdaho's Vern Clements designed Bi Gone, a sport free flight biplane with lots of "charisma" and personality
in its stylish lines. Spanning 28 inches and powered by a moderate power .049 engine, the plane reputedly
flew so well that it took a 1st place at a major Pacific Northwest free flight contest, handily beating out
"real" 1/2A competition free flights! Bi Gone would be a great model to build for sport radio control, using
small servos for rudder and elevator control...
Updated: 05/12/19 03:59:59pm by aeroastro
AngelMike Poorman of the Baltimore Aero Craftsmen designed the Angel in the early 1960s as a competitive "gas" free flight for
the international FAI F1C free flight event, power limited to a single .15 CID internal combustion motor and a model minimum
weight of 26.5 ounces. Distinctive design characteristics of the Angel include a "high thrust" engine location on the
fairly tall pylon and extensive trusses and cross-braces on the wing to provide stiffness and strength. The model...
Updated: 05/12/19 11:27:01am by Submitted to AeroFred
AmericanoVirginia's Woody Blanchard - NASA aeronautical engineer and lifelong designer and flier of competitive free flight models -
designed the Americano in the late 1950s to compete in the US Team Finals for the World Championships for
F1C "gas" free flight models. Designed for either the K&B or OS Max .15 glow engines, the plane flew well in the Finals,
just missing securing a US Team placing for Blanchard. The design is sound and would be a good competitor
Updated: 05/12/19 11:24:31am by Submitted to AeroFred
Rearwin Speedster MooneyThe Speedster was a high-wing strut-braced monoplane of conventional design with an enclosed cabin and fixed, tailskid undercarriage. Developed during the Great Depression, work was suspended between 1934 and 1937. By the time it was resumed, the ACE Cirrus engine that had powered the two prototypes was out of production, and Speedsters produced in series had Menasco C-4 engines.
Originally designed in 1934, this modern-looking airplane was narrow and impressive looking. However, it was...
Updated: 03/12/19 03:18:38pm by kaschimer
Fairchild F-24KFairchild Aviation Corporation designed and produced the F-24 series of light utility aircraft starting in the early 1930s, and the plane was used by numerous military and civilian groups around the world. A four-seater plane, the F-24 was rugged, had good performance, and served well in rugged wilderness missions. The "K" version was a fairly late series update with more performance than previous F-24s. Renowned model designer Paul Del Gatto designed this 28" span all-sheet...
Updated: 02/12/19 09:28:01am by aeroastro
Nikitin-Schevenchenko IS-4The model presented here is the Nikitin-Schevenchenko IS-4, a single-seat, high wing monoplane that at first glance, has a quite ordinary appearance and functional design. The "backstory" of the N-S IS airplane series is however, a stunning "eyeopener"! Historians report that the Soviet military in the 1940s had differing opinions on whether a monoplane or biplane configuration was best for their future fighter aircraft. As a result of this dilemma, the N-S design bureau...
Updated: 26/11/19 10:46:30am by aeroastro
Morane Saulnier 221 C-1The Morane Saulnier C221 was a unique French fighter aircraft produced to compete for the "Jockey" lightweight fighter program of the early 1930s, a program that has striking similarities to the USAF's 1970s 'Light Weight Fighter' program that pitted the General Dynamics YF-16 against the Norththrop Grumman YF-17 in a competitive development and flight test program. "Jockey" program entrants were incentivized to develop fighter concepts with good performance - high climb...
Updated: 24/11/19 04:45:20pm by aeroastro
One One OneOne One One is a competition free flight "Wakefield" model, designed in the early 1950s by Austin Hofmeister. In his hands, the model performed quite well in US FAI F1B team trials, earning a trip to FInland to compete in the 1952 FAI Free Flight World Championships. The model sports a most unusual technical feature, a gearbox to handle the torque of dual rubber motors, that worked well with the F1B motor limits of that time. The model would be a good sport free flight model if built...
Updated: 22/11/19 04:30:13pm by aeroastro
MiG-3Earl Stahl was renowned for his ability to design terrific flying rubber-powered free flight models, and the MiG-3 Soviet fighter/interceptor, from the late 1930s, is a good example of Stahl's work. The low-wing model spans 23" and all the formers and ribs are shown on the Model Airplane News plans, circa early 1943. To save the effort of carving a balsa propeller, a plastic propeller from an Internet specialty supplier would be a good substitute. As is true for free flight models of...
Updated: 22/11/19 10:29:38am by aeroastro
gee bee QEDvery old plan, and very rare to find. Pete Fusco plan
The Gee Bee Q.E.D. ("Quod Erat Demonstrandum"), aka Gee Bee R-6H, aka the "Conquistador del Cielo" (Sky Conqueror) was the last in a series of racing and touring aircraft from the Granville Brothers. Unlike the other Gee Bee aircraft, the Q.E.D had the distinction of never finishing a race it was entered in.
The Gee Bee Q.E.D. shares the same general shape as the Gee Bee R1 racer, but is nearly 10 ft (3.0 m) larger in...
Updated: 09/11/19 07:18:26am by Marcdeklerk
Mach OnePublished in Model Airplane News in June 1973, Norm Page developed the Mach One substantially different from other Pattern aircraft of that time: a larger airframe powered by a strong glow .60, a balsa covered foam wing, and aerodynamics carefully tailored for predictable and precise handling in critical Pattern maneuvers. One hallmark of the Mach One was its ability to fly maneuvers smoothly at fairly high airspeeds, hence its name. "Short kits" of the Mach One are available...
Updated: 06/11/19 08:25:10am by aeroastro
KK_eagletSerbest model uçak kategorisinde yer alır pervaneli bir modeldir.
Keil Kraft dan
Kauçuk F / F Kabin
tüm formülleri tamamlandı :)
Çevrimiçi 25.06.2011'de şu
adresten bulunabilir : http: //www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php? T = 126587 ...
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Credit *: aeromeddeler
Keil Kraft dan
Kauçuk F / F Kabin
tüm formülleri tamamlandı...
Updated: 05/11/19 10:33:34am by Uzay1798n
Wonder Wings bipeType Model: Radio Control, Rudder only
Construction: Built-up balsa
Wingspan:44 inches, Biplane
Engine: single engine; O.K. Cub .14 - or equivalent
Designer: Cal Smith
Plan Language: English
There isn't much information about this model aircraft but it has an O.K. Cub .14 shown on the plans from the 1950s. The radio indicated on the plans is a pulse system that operates the escapement. e.g.: one click = right, two clicks = left, three clicks = center. The horizontal stabilizer is unusual in...
Updated: 01/11/19 12:18:50pm by kenb
Stinson SThis model is a semi-scale model of a 1930s era Stinson high wing monoplane produced by the Stinson Aircraft Company. Designed by Chester Lanzo, the 72" span model is carefully designed for scale looks and also, for high performance sport aerobatics - check out the distinctively non-scale airfoil!
This report wouldn't be complete without a few words about Chester Lanzo. "Chet", a member of the AMA Hall of Fame, was a talented designer and competitor in several free flight events...
Updated: 11/10/19 09:14:55am by aeroastro
Schweizer SA 1-30The Schweizer SA 1-30 was the first powered aircraft designed and produced by the Schweizer brothers, long-time sailplane manufacturer based in Elmira NY. Although the 1-30 uses the same wing and tail surfaces as the 1-26 sailplane, the 1-30 was developed in the mid 50s not as a motor glider, but as a powered aircraft for general aviation sport use. Berkeley Models kitted a 1-30 free flight model designed for .020 engines, relatively small and light. This particular 1-30 was designed by...
Updated: 11/10/19 09:05:15am by aeroastro
MACCHI MC.200 “SAETTA”MACCHI MC.200 “SAETTA”
The Macchi MC.200 “Saetta” is not a very common plane on RC model scene. Creating very detailed replicas of less known planes is a speciality of PrintBeat team, that’s also behind a previously published Polish fighter PZL p.11 or engine replica for F4U Corsair.
This model has a wingspan of 1.33 m and features all the functions like split flaps and retractable landing gear. The scale look is underlined by a large number of beautiful details: plating, radial...
Updated: 09/10/19 06:05:36pm by 3dlabprint
Nieuport 12The Nieuport 12 was a French biplane reconnaissance, fighter aircraft and trainer used by France, Russia, Great Britain and the United States during World War I. Later production examples were built as trainers and served widely until the late 1920s.
Model Airplane News Nieuport 12 plan was designed and drawn by Martin Irvine. The wingspan is 68 inches, a wing area of 1250 square inches, with a flying weight of 7.5 to 8.5 pounds and powered by a 400 to 500 watt belt driven electric motor....
Updated: 03/10/19 08:49:13am by kenb
Morane Saulnier Type N Semi-Scale Slope SoarerThe Morane Saulnier type N, commonly known as the “Bullet” due to the shape of its spinner, was an early French-built monoplane which utilized wing warping technology for maneuvering. Used by the French, Britsh and Russians, the design, though sleek, was difficult to fly.
Perhaps the most notable features of the Bullet were the metal deflector wedghes mounted on the back of the propeller blades. These deflector wedges were aligned with the machine gun barrel and were an early, though...
Updated: 03/10/19 08:42:09am by Bas La Bois
Micro P-51 MustangWith the current popularity of "micro" sized radio control foam planes equipped with lightweight electric propulsion and radio equipment, Dave Robelen's "micro" P-51 Mustang would be perfect for that equipment after the foam airplane has been "used up". Dave's 18 incher was designed and flown
at only 2.2 ounces, and matching or beating that weight, with modern gear, shouldn't be a problem.
Controlled by ailerons and elevator, the "micro" Mustang would be...
Updated: 02/10/19 10:37:56am by aeroastro
Bellanca AircruiserThe Bellanca Aircruiser was a single-engine transport aircraft that was designed as a "workhorse" to carry substantial cargo or
12 to 14 passengers. First designed and produced in the 1930s, it was capable of carrying cargo tonnage than its empty weight,
a feat unmatched by its rivals. Joseph Kovel, who later collaborated on the iconic KG-3 Kovel-Grant free flight design, designed this 30" rubber powered scale model of the Aircruiser, complete to its streamlined wing struts and...
Updated: 29/09/19 11:20:48am by aeroastro
P47 N-15 THUNDERBOLT3D Printed P47 N-15 THUNDERBOLT
This is a very well designed P-47 Thunderbolt with rudder and retractable landing gear.
I know the pictures don´t make justice to this model but printed in silver with a sky blue canopy and the scale markings this plane is a superb model, one of my favourites.
Lenght: 970mm (38.2in)
Wingspan: 1160mm (45.7in)
Wing area: 24.5 dm2
Wing loading: 51.0 g/dm2
Airfoil: aircombat modificated
Print weight: 740g
Takeoff weight (6s 2200...
Updated: 30/08/19 04:07:54pm by 3dlabprint
Sunderland IIThe Sunderland was a large four-engine flying boat produced by the Short Bros with over 700 manufactured, providing decisive anti-U-boat service for the Royal Air Force during WWII's Battle of the Atlantic. The model presented here, the Sunderland Mark II, was a variant in the Sunderland series, and the CAD plans (thanks to "great_plans") depict a 136" span radio control model that would require four large glow (or gasoline) engines in the .60 to .90 CID class, or equivalent...
Updated: 28/07/19 08:27:41am by aeroastro
Bowlus Baby AlbatrossThe Bowlus BA-100 Baby Albatross is an American high-wing, strut-braced, open cockpit, pod-and-boom glider that was designed by Hawley Bowlus and introduced in 1938. The model depicted here is 1/5th scale, spanning 108 inches, and faithfully replicates the full scale glider's design attributes. The two-piece wing attaches to the fuselage with plywood tongues fitting into slots built into the wing panels. Controls are rudder and elevator. A tow hook location for winch launching isn't shown but...
Updated: 23/07/19 07:44:14pm by aeroastro
Bellanca ScoutThe Bellanca Scout is a two-place high-wing civilian utility aircraft that has proven successful for a variety of uses: "bush" flying, agriculture, pipeline inspections, and glider & banner towing. Larry Kruse designed the 30" model for free flight AMA Scale, placing second at the 1980 Nationals with this design. The airframe is straightforward to build and with careful attention to details, Kruse's Bellanca Scout would be a great model for low-stress sport flying! Thanks to ...
Updated: 18/07/19 07:03:01pm by aeroastro
Bellanca SkyrocketThe Bellanca Skyrocket is a six-place utility aircraft produced in the 1930s, with civilian customers the primary users with a handful acquired by the US Navy for radio navigation research and other liaison support. The plans presented here are for Herb Clukey's Flyline Models kit, designed by Col Hurst Bowers, and the model is designed for Cox .020 radio control or free flight; or rubber power free flight. At 35" span, the model is well-suited for carrying the scale details shown on the...
Updated: 18/07/19 06:30:12pm by aeroastro
Messerchmitt BF 109 H (ScaledUp)Same as this one:
But scaled to 1.4m span
Print weight: 950-1000g
Issues with the scaling up:
1. Mini servos will fit but may need some adapting plates, in wood probably
2.The motor will also fit, rear mount and some washers may be needed to tighten the motor X mount into the supplied printed motor mounts, extended motor mounts can be custom made if necessary.
3. Landing gear is not a problem and this plane uses a fixed LG and we...
Updated: 17/07/19 08:40:26am by 3dlabprint
Bellanca SkyrocketDave Boddington designed this "micro" model of the Bellanca CH-400 Skyrocket utility aircraft, back in the early 80s when lightweight radio equipment was first introduced to r/c modelers. Spanning 26 inches, Dave's mini-plane could be powered by Cox .010 or .020 engines, sported rudder and elevator control, and weighed 8 ounces ready to fly. With modern equipment that's significantly lighter, replicating this model and using electric propulsion (50 watt system would be sufficient)...
Updated: 17/07/19 01:43:22am by aeroastro
Berballa 2000Berballa 2000 is a good basic 4-channel aileron trainer, spanning 48 inches and sized for a .15 to .25 glow engine; diesel engines or electric propulsion would be suitable propulsion choices as well. The plans and notes presented are, unfortunately, badly smudged but would be usable for modelers with one-two models prior building experience. The fully symmetrical wing airfoil, coupled with the constant chord wing, is an easy-building route to a zippy sport airplane that'd be comfortable doing...
Updated: 14/07/19 03:54:40am by aeroastro
Boeing P-26AWalt Musciano designed numerous 1/2A all-balsa control line sport models for Scientific Models starting in the early
1950s, and the drawings presented here are the assembly instructions for one such, an 18" span sport model with "sorta-scale"
appearance of the Boeing P-26A low-wing naval fighter and designed for small glow engines such as the Cox .020 and .049
reed valve engines with integral tanks. Although the assembly instructions are shown in detail, outlines
of the wing...
Updated: 10/07/19 11:40:50pm by aeroastro
Boeing XP-940The Boeing XP-940 was an experimental fighter developed for evaluation by the US Army Air Corps in the early
1930s. Although the plane didn't achieve full production, its flight test results were instrumental in improving follow-on Boeing fighter designs leading to the successful P-29 fighter aircraft. This model, designed by legendary free flight designer Paul Lindberg, spans 26 inches and would definitely be an "out of the rut" model in indoor and outdoor model competitions. Thanks...
Updated: 09/07/19 10:34:51pm by aeroastro
BomarkBomark is a 16" span hand launch glider that has performed well in both indoor and outdoor competitions. The plane has an attractive appearance with elliptical planforms for wing and horizontal stab, and using a lightweight carbon tube for the fuselage would add a high degree of robustness. For modelers looking for a challenge, consider the flight regimes: the plane launches at a high speed and needs to gain maximum altitude, then transition into a slow and efficient glide with minimum...
Updated: 09/07/19 03:08:00am by aeroastro
Bonnie LassBonnie Lass is a prototype of a proposed 1/2A control line "team racer", fostered by Les McBrayer in the early 1950s to promote a new
control line racing event. A lead member of the Southern California FAST (First All Speed Team), McBrayer proposed the following
basic rules for multi-pilot racing: realistic appearance with full fuselage and pilot; fixed landing gear; limited volume fuel tanks;
and long multi-lap "straight line" races with several pit stops required for...
Updated: 09/07/19 02:43:38am by aeroastro
BouzineAnd the winner of the-most-model-airplane-information-packed-into-a-small-drawing - is Jacques Lerat's Bouzine ("hooker") sport free flight towline glider. By looking at the drawing several times, I've finally convinced myself that all the required information to build the model is there! The plane spans 62 inches, has generous V-dihedral, and has an unusually deep forward fuselage transitioning to a fairly thin aft fuselage. Construction notes are in French but the structure isn't...
Updated: 09/07/19 12:17:35am by aeroastro
All AmericanAll American is a control line "stunt" model kitted by Harold deBolt through his model company deBolt Model Engneering Company (DMECO) in the early 1950s. After the success of the company's control line kits, deBolt turned his attention to the new field of radio control models, creating several classic designs and developing numerous innovations, all which gained him recognition & acclaim in the AMA's Hall of Fame in 1976. The All American design presented here spans 36 inches...
Updated: 08/07/19 03:42:28pm by aeroastro
American EagleAmerican Eagle was a general aviation biplane produced in the mid 1920s and which was produced in reasonable numbers with a variety of powerplants. The plans presented here are for a semi-scale sport aerobatics model, 54" span, designed by Tom Collins for a .40 glow engine.
The model is straightforward to build with its constant chord wing panels, and the symmetrical airfoils and "barn door" ailerons promise
good aerobatic performance with a strong glow motor or electric...
Updated: 08/07/19 03:41:05am by aeroastro
Canadair CL-215 76inI saw pictures of this plane on TV and the real thing up towards the Ontario/Manitoba border North of Ear Falls. This plane makes an excellent model albeit large. Candidate for 3.3 to 4.1 cc engines. Would also be a great model to convert to electric. The plans are clear and readable. Maiden flight of this model in the video section. Pilot was obviously very nervous and there's some pretty wacky flying. :)
The Canadair CL-215 (Scooper) was the first model in a series of fire-fighting flying...
Updated: 06/07/19 06:00:01pm by CoMIYC69
AndromedaAndromeda is Britisher Frank Knowles' .60 powered pattern model that competed and placed high at several major competitions in the mid 1960s. Spanning 70", the plane is a 'no tricks' aerobatic plane designed for 'groovy'
performance with its symmetrical airfoil and straightforward design. Keeping weight down are the wing's 'eggcrate' slotted ribs and main spar; this design would also be well-suited to having foam wing cores sheeted with lightweight balsa, and would be an excellent model...
Updated: 05/07/19 04:51:08am by aeroastro
AquariusW. B. Heginbotham, then an aeronautical engineering student, designed the Aquarius, a 52" wingspan sport free flight "flying boat" with a 2 cc motor (E.D. Bee diesel shown on the plans) mounted pusher-style behind the wing. The Aquarius is technically a 'sesquiplane', a biplane variant where one set of wing surfaces (usually the lower) is installed with less than 1/2 the wing area of the main wing panels. The fuselage is fairly complex to build and to mitigate the risks of...
Updated: 04/07/19 04:38:31am by aeroastro
AspisAspis is Pete Fisher's 36" span sport free flight, cabin-style fuselage, designed for a 0.3 to 0.8 cc diesel or glow motor. Construction is simple and basic, and the elliptical wing planform lends a distinctive appearance rather than more common linear designs. Electrical propulsion with an S-300 or S-400 brushed motor, or equivalent brushless motor, would be a good option. Whether internal combusion or electric, be sure to put install a reliable engine run cutoff device on the plane, as...
Updated: 02/07/19 03:11:22am by aeroastro
AlizéAlizé ("trade wind") is a model designed in Paris by the Chalange & Bonnet design team. This model is designed as an
aileron trainer sport model, spanning 59 inches and sized for a .19 to .29 glow engine; a diesel motor or electric
propulsion would be good options. Construction, with the wing having a constant chord "Clark Y" airfoil, is quite
straightforward although the fuselage could be simplified quite readily - fuselage structure, as shown, appears to...
Updated: 01/07/19 03:51:25am by aeroastro
Aero-Flyte AvengerFrom Australia, the Avenger is Aero-Flyte's kit for a .29 to .35 powered sport control-line 'stunt' model. The model design is quite
straightforward, with the usual coupled flaps and elevator, and the model would be a fairly easy build for modelers with previous experience with this type of control-line model; electric propulsion, increasingly popular in control-line stunt models, would be a good propulsion option to consider. The Center of Gravity shown on the plans appears to be unusually...
Updated: 01/07/19 03:32:25am by aeroastro
1911 Voisin CanardFor those up to a modeling challenge, here's a good one! The Voisin Canard was a French aircraft designed in 1910, a pusher biplane canard aircraft with a "full flying" forward-mounted elevator. Despite its unorthodox design approach, the plane flew well enough to attract French Government interest and the plane was successfully flown as a landplane (as shown on the model plans) and as a seaplane. Designed by Martin Maloy, the 1:10th sport scale model is designed for .40 CID glow...
Updated: 29/06/19 08:17:37am by aeroastro
AresAres, named after the Roman war god, is a classic control-line competitive stunter designed by Bill Werwage in the late 1950s. The 52" span plane racked up numerous high-level wins including three AMA Nationals and a Walker Cup victory. The design features coupled flaps and elevator as well as 'sliced' ribs overlying a stout main spar. The plane was kitted by Ambroid in the early 1960s, and a full kit - suitable for either glow or electric propulsion - is available from the Brodak company...
Updated: 28/06/19 03:39:56pm by aeroastro
Aviatik Berg C-1The Aviatik "Berg C-I" two-place biplane was an armed observation aircraft produced by the Austrian Aviatik company for the German Air Force during WWI, with 548 produced overall, quite impressive. The C-I aircraft had good performance as it was based on a pre-existing D-I fighter airframe. The model presented here, designed by Maj E. F. Heyn, is a 13" span rubber-powered semi-scale plane designed for the "Peanut" indoor rubber flying event. As is true for indoor...
Updated: 27/06/19 10:57:37pm by aeroastro
Baby Flight StreakGeorge Aldrich, designer and flier of the iconic Nobler control-line precision aerobatics aircraft, designed a family of "Flight Streak" control-line airplanes that were kitted by Top Flite Models. The Flight Streaks were profile-fuselage aircraft designed for training, aerobatics, or combat, and a local flier from this editor's hometown won Combat at the AMA Nats held at Willow Grove, PA in the early 1960s, flying a .35 sized Flight Streak powered by a Fox Combat Special. The...
Updated: 25/06/19 02:26:13am by aeroastro
CheechakoCheechako is an entry-level boost-glider designed by Larry Renger and kitted by Estes Models in the 1970s. The model is designed for a small Estes 1/2A6-2 motor and boosts vertically from a launch rod, and when the motor burns out, the forward-facing charge
ejects the now-depleted motor from the model which is free to glide, freed of the heavy motor case. Note: present NAR rules require ejected motors to trail a streamer, which would be difficult in this small model, so this model wouldn't be...
Updated: 24/06/19 02:51:17am by skippydi
Beat On 50KThe "Beat On 50K" is a sport aerobatic model distributed by Pilot Models spanning 52 inches, sized for a 2S .30 to .40 engine or 4C
.50. Originally available in kit form or as an ARF, the plans are unusually detailed and would allow intermediate experienced modelers to produce an excellent model for sport flying. Speaking of which, the plans show control surface outlines for both sport aerobatics or for more aggressive 3D flying. The plane has an attractive "F3A-like"...
Updated: 21/06/19 02:27:33am by aeroastro
1/2A NoblerThe Nobler is a truly iconic control-line aerobatic aircraft, designed by George Aldrich in the early 1950s, with a seemingly perfect combination of airfoils, moments, coupled flaps and elevator, powered by the venerable Fox 35. The Nobler dominated control-line stunt competition for many years, and Top Flite produced kits for the following Nobler variants: the original design, kitted as the "green box" Nobler; a slightly smaller control-line Nobler 15 <this editor's build in high...
Updated: 21/06/19 01:40:52am by aeroastro
36in FloatsShown here are Don McGovern's design for twin floats to allow water takeoffs and landings with sport
r/c models. The floats are 36" long and the plans specify use for models with up to 40" long fuselages. A key point,
the flying weight of the model, isn't given, but a reasonable guess is that suitable planes would be powered by
a .25 to .40 engine and weigh 3-4 lbs. The floats are designed to be easily retrofitted to existing aircraft, then removed to return to
Updated: 21/06/19 01:19:30am by aeroastro
AF RamblerAustralian model company Aero-Flyte kitted the Rambler, the model shown here, a control-line "B" class team racer designed for a .20 to .29 CID racing engine. In this event, several pilots race simultaneously to cover a minimum number of laps in the shortest time, with pit stops for refueling required along the way. With a high-revving glow engine in the engine compartment, coupled with a small and light airframe, the Rambler would be brutally fast, not a plane for novice...
Updated: 20/06/19 01:33:44am by aeroastro
Acro-FuryRobert Munn has suggested an interesting & original design upgrade to the Acro Star sport biplane, 54" span, designed by Don Dewey (RCM publisher) and Lee Renaud (noted designer and Airtronics CEO). Bob has suggested the slight changes shown here - 'tweaks' to the outlines of the wingtips, horizontal & vertical stabilizers, wing rigging - to make the Acro Star have a "sorta scale" resemblance to the Royal Air Force's Hawker Fury biplane fighter. The plans for the Acro...
Updated: 20/06/19 12:31:33am by aeroastro
Edge 540 (64in)Beautifully redesigned larger and 3D flight capable version of the classic and extremely popular 3DLabPrint Edge 540
Can use printed landing gear or a CF one.
Length: 1620 mm / 64 inch
Wingspan: 1620 mm / 64 inch
Height: 548 mm / 21.6 inch
Wing area: 48dm2 / 5.2 sq ft
Wing loading: 75.3 g/dm2 / 28.6 oz at sq ft
Center of gravity: 95mm / 3.7 in from LE
Airfoil: 3DLabPrint symetric 02
Weight of printed parts (w/o wheels): 2115 g / 72.7 oz
Takeoff weight (6s 3300mAh Li-Pol): 3630 g / 130.5...
Updated: 17/06/19 09:22:48am by 3dlabprint
BrigidierPresented here are the plans for a 1940s era cabin free flight 'gas' model, spanning 56 inches and designed for a .29 to
.35 CID ignition engine. The plane was originally designed by Bill Effinger and kitted by Berkeley Models, and these plans
were subsequently redrawn from the Berkeley plans as part of the Ben Buckle line of kits produced in Great Britain.
The plane would be easy to build with its v-dihedral, constant chord wing panels, and flat-bottom wing airfoil. Conversion to
Updated: 14/06/19 02:26:13am by aeroastro
Boeing F4B-4Presented here are extremely detailed plans for a rubber-powered free flight scale model of the Boeing F4B-4 Navy biplane fighter aircraft, evidently also the basis for the Army P12-E pursuit fighter. The plans, produced by the Toledo Model Airplane Supply Co. (TOMASCO) are very detailed, perhaps overly so for a flying model - note the wing ribs' spacing - reducing the number of ribs would greatly ease construction as well as reduce weight; similar structure simplification could also be...
Updated: 12/06/19 04:08:49am by aeroastro
Cessna 172Peter Holland designed this 1:6th scale model of the venerable tricycle LG Cessna 172 as a sport free flight model, spanning 72 inches and sized for .15 to .25 diesel power. A fair amount of 'scratch' building experience would be required to build this model, aided by the excellent 'blueprints' for wing ribs and fuselage formers. Upgrades to radio control and electric propulsion would be extremely worthwhile to protect the investment in materials and buiding time, controlling...
Updated: 12/06/19 01:49:43am by aeroastro
Fleet Model 1The Fleet Model 1 was the initial production version for a long series of two-place biplane trainers and sport planes produced in the United States and Canada in the 1920s and 1930s. The Fleet biplanes served well in both civilian and military roles, quite a testimony to their basic design integrity. Paul Mantz, ace stunt pilot, set a record in 1930 of 46 consecutive outside loops (!) in a single flight with a Fleet Model 2, a record that stood for over 50 years. The model presented here was...
Updated: 25/05/19 05:22:57am by aeroastro
Kwik Stick I and IIIThese Kwik Stick plans show two different model configurations designed by George Chabot: a KS I for a .45 to.60 glow motor, and a smaller KS III for a .15 to .19 glow motor. For both configurations, fuselage and stab design is dead-dumb simple: two white pine longerons running fore and aft, and plywood side panels bolted to the longerons to hold the wing. Horizontal and vertical stabs are simple balsa sheet cut to shape, sanded to final contours, and hinged. Wing panels aren't shown! ...
Updated: 23/05/19 04:14:34pm by aeroastro
Fokker DVIII VeronVeron's kit design of the Fokker DVIII has an interesting design philosophy. Although appearing quite
true-to-scale initially, the designer has 'stretched' and 'tweaked' the airplane's airfoils, moments and stab areas to provide increased stability sufficient for free flight or single-channel (rudder only) use with an 1.5 to 2.5 cc engine, diesel on the original models. With the short nose moment, care should be taken during construction, final assembly, and equipment installation to minimize...
Updated: 23/05/19 03:55:49pm by aeroastro
Hurricane VecoBob Palmer, legendary control-line aerobatics model designer, created this Hawker Hurricane semi-scale 'stunt' model kitted by Veco Model Engineering in the 1950s, the model spanning 54 inches and powered by a .35 glow engine - a Veco 35 is shown on the plans. Full size plans templates and extremely detailed assembly instructions are provided for this moderately high degree-of-difficulty build. Careful parts 'kitting' and assembly will reward a patient craftsman with an extremely...
Updated: 22/05/19 01:44:38am by aeroastro
PIPER J-3 CUB - MOBRAL - RUBBER FREE FLIGHT SCALE MODELHi Fred, this time we are sharing a very well made work made by our friend, competent pilot and skilled designer Sergio Daeuble. He took out an vintage heliograpic plan from a former Piper J3 Cub rubber powered scale model and vectorized it in CAD, resulting in a very nice work. This Piper J-3 was a former kit from MOBRAL (Mobral stands for Modelismo do Brasil) from circa mid 70´s/beggining of 80`s. MOBRAL was a model company from Sao Paulo that closed the dooors ins the mid 80´s that had an...
Updated: 21/05/19 09:44:43pm by stg61abc
Junior 60 KKThe original Junior 60 was a free flight model designed by Albert Hatful in 1946. This is the later version converted to RC in 1955, and has a much wider fuselage than the free flight original.
I built the original from the Aeromodeller plan, about 30 years ago and because RC gear was much smaller then, it all fitted in the 1946 fuselage very easily. A beautiful flyer and great thermaller as well.
I have built an electric powered version of the Junior 60 recently using Depron. As I could not...
Updated: 21/05/19 03:27:49pm by aeroastro
Kawasaki Ki-61 TonyThe Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (flying swallow), code-name "Tony", was a single-seater fighter designed for offensive air superiority, operated by the Japanese Army Air Service during WWII in Southeast Asia, China, and Okinawa, also protecting the Japanese homeland from attacks by high-flying B-29 Superfortresses. The Ki-61 had formidable combat performance, outclassing Curtiss P-40s, and was unusually robust with armor plating and self-sealing fuel tanks; over 3000 were produced. The...
Updated: 21/05/19 03:02:06pm by aeroastro
Spirit of St. Louis 3/16" scaleBeautiful 2 page clipping from Model Airplane News, March 1959. I would have been 2 year's old then.
These plans came from a collection owned by my friend David's father. An avid builder long before I was born.
Very detailed 3/16"= 1 foot drawing done by Bjorn Karlstrom. See notes on the plans, they indicate that Bjorn used materials provided by the Smithsonian Institute.
The details are wonderful, I especially appreciate the instrument layout with notes indicating what each one is....
Updated: 21/05/19 10:20:17am by 1979mgb
RimfireRimfire was designed by Jan Sakert, winning 2nd place in RCM magazine's 1968 Design Contest. The 30" span low-winger
is reported to have excellent aerobatic performance, powered by a .07 glow motor as shown on the plans; the design should
be capable of handling glow (or diesel) engines up to .12 CID. Construction is quite straightforward and clearly shown, and
would be a good build project for low-time "scratch" builders. Suggested upgrades include a semi-symmetrical airfoil...
Updated: 17/05/19 02:41:04am by aeroastro
Short ScionThe Short Scion was a high-wing, twin-engine light transport aircraft sized to carry 5 to 6 passengers, designed and manufactured by Short Bros. in the mid 1930s. The planes served well in a variety of roles and various models continued flying well into the 1960s. The model presented here is a 42" sport scale model, quite neatly CAD-drawn, and using two small electric motors for propulsion. Controls are aileron, elevator, rudder, and throttle. Wood thicknesses aren't shown but modelers...
Updated: 17/05/19 02:13:20am by aeroastro
Spin glider"Spin" is a basic "primary" glider design suitable for beginners to build and fly as a free flight towline glider.
For those of you who don't read Dutch, search the Internet for a Dutch to English translator website. This could be very helpful reading the plans. (But that's just me.) For instance, "Modelzweefvliegtuig" = model glider.
The spin glider was designed and signed by A.J.C.J. DeJong, Amsterdam in September '45. The wingspan is 720 mm or roughly 28 inches....
Updated: 16/05/19 02:50:32am by aeroastro
MinnowThe plans and drawings shown are for the assembly of the Minnow pylon racer, model designed by Paul Plecan, engineered by
Bill Effinger, and kitted by Berkeley Models in the late 40s and early 50s. Spanning 28 inches, the model is sized for glow motors in the
.09 to .29 CID range for control-line sport use; conversion to radio control is a logical progression with ailerons added for
greater control. An aspiring modeler will need to conduct a minor amount of 'reverse engineering' to generate...
Updated: 01/05/19 02:58:11am by aeroastro
Miss America 500Miss America 500 is Norm Rosenstock's scaled-down version of Frank Zaic's classic Miss America free flight design of the 1930s, kitted by
Scientific Models at the time. With a span of 62 inches and 500 square inches wing area, Norm's airplane is sized for "A" class Texaco competition, radio control assist, under rules established by the SAM (Society of Antique Modelers) Old Timer flying community. Powered
by a modern glow engine (diesels and electric propulsion are good propulsion...
Updated: 30/04/19 02:59:44am by aeroastro
Petrol Duration ModelRay Monks designed this competition ignition engine-powered free flight model, winning the prestigious SMAE (Society of Model
Aeronautical Engineers) Duration Contest in 1946. The design of the plane follows the evolving trends for this type of
duration flight model, with a moderately high pylon faired into the fuselage and moderate aspect ratio.
The model appears to be sized for 2.5 to 3.5 cc engines, spark ignition engines on the original. Of particular note: the wing design is
Updated: 30/04/19 02:24:13am by aeroastro
Mono-BipeBernard Schoenfeld's "Mono-Bipe" is a 47" wingspan sport free flight model, rubber-powered, with unusual engineering features! It features ingenious, and patented, internal mechanisms that allows the plane to take off in short distances as a biplane, then pivot and fold the lower wing panels flat against the fuselage sides, allowing the plane to then cruise efficiently as a monoplane. The lower wing's pivot/retract mechanism is actuated by a tension mechanism linked to the...
Updated: 29/04/19 03:48:22am by aeroastro
1932 MonocoupeThe "1932 Monocoupe" was a refined version of the two-seater, fabric and steel tube civil aircraft first flown in 1927. With slight
refinements and a more powerful motor than previous versions, the 1932 "Model 90" Monocoupe was well-received by the
general aviation community for its excellent performance and handling. The model presented here is a fairly large (64" wingspan)
sport free flight semi-scale aircraft with plans published in the Sept 1934 issue of Mechanix...
Updated: 28/04/19 03:53:34am by aeroastro
BostonianBostonian is a competition Wakefield (FAI designation F1A) rubber powered free flight model, designed in the early 1950s by Ed Dolby, founder of the prestigious NEWG free flight club, the New England Wakefield Group. The plans, drawn by Lee Renaud, are quite detailed and show details of the wing construction, single-bladed folding propeller, and tip-up horizontal stab dethermalizer. Dolby was the founder of FAI Model Supply, a supplier of specialty free flight items that are otherwise hard...
Updated: 24/04/19 05:48:42pm by aeroastro
Monocoupe 110 SpecialPresented here are detailed drawings to build a 26" span model of the Monocoupe 110 Special, the racing version of the standard
Monocoupe 2-person cabin aircraft designed and produced in the 1930s and 1940s. Greg Thomas has done a masterful job designing an extremely sophisticated and lightweight sport free flight scale rubber-powered model. Close examination of the drawings reveals a high building degree-of-difficulty best tackled by expert modelers with prior scratch-building...
Updated: 19/04/19 01:21:55am by aeroastro
Monocoupe L-7AThe Monocoupes were two-seater, 'cabin' light aircraft produced in several versions in the 1930s through the 1940s. The L-7As were produced in the early 1940s for the US Army Air Forces for export to the Free French Forces, and twenty were produced and delivered; usage included basic flight training, liaision, and squadron support. The plans were prepared for Mercury Models' 40" span L-7A sport free flight model, designed by Ron Young with copyright by Henry J. Nicholls. The model was...
Updated: 18/04/19 04:00:32am by aeroastro
Monocoupe Model 110The Monocoupe 110 was a sporting and racing aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s with replicas and variants popular today, flown
by Monocoupe enthusiasts. Presented here is a 22" span rubber-powered model based on information supplied by the Monocoupe
Corporation. Joe Ott provides detailed building information in the original article from Popular Aviation magazine, February 1933
issue. Interested modelers should be aware of the following. The three-views, published in the magazine, need to be...
Updated: 17/04/19 03:11:34am by aeroastro
McDonnell XP-67 MoonbatThe McDonnell company was awarded a contract in the early 1940s to build two prototypes for the US Army Air Corps, for a high-speed long distance fighter aircraft. Their XP-67 is a twin-engine single-seater with a pressurized cabin, powered by two contra-rotating Continental V-12 turbocharged water-cooled engines. The highly contoured fuselage and engine nacelles, designed to minimize interference drag, gave the plane a futuristic appearance and the nicknames of "Bat" and...
Updated: 13/04/19 01:23:31am by aeroastro
Moonco & CrossbowMoonco and Crossbow are two John Kay designs for CO2 motor sport free flight models. Both span 24" and are all-sheet, using modified "Jedelsky" wing design to provide camber and airfoils. Moonco is a high-wing cabin free flight design while Crossbow is
a flying wing with the CO2 motor in a 'pusher' arrangement. Both designs are suitable for beginning modelers and light balsa
should be used throughout; painting should be kept to a minimum, just enough for sealing against wet...
Updated: 11/04/19 03:11:39am by aeroastro
Morane Saulnier 225The Morane Saulnier 225 was a limited production military fighter produced for the French navy and air forces in the 1930s, produced in limited quantities (75 aircraft total) as a transition aircraft between prior year biplanes and more advanced monoplanes. The MS 225 served well between the two world wars but didn't see wartime experience in WW2. The model here, presented by Reduit Modele Avion (RMA) is a 33" span sport free flight semi-scale model (1:12.5), rubber powered. The plans...
Updated: 11/04/19 12:52:22am by aeroastro
Das Liddle StikThe "Das Liddle Stik" is a smaller version of the famous Ugly Stick.
It flies really well as you can see on the videos and it´s a perfect ailerons trainer.
The landing gear can set as a taildragger with a free rear wheel or as a tricycle with a controllable nose wheel for more control on the tarmac.
If you are looking for a first 3d printed sport trainer the Liddle Stik is one of your best options.
This 3d printed version was modelled from an RCM plan by designed by Phil Kraft...
Updated: 09/04/19 07:06:34am by derfred
Focke-Wulf MoskitoThe Fock-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito was FW Chief Designer Curt Tank's proposed aircraft design responding to the wartime success of the British de Havilland Mosquito, a fast twin-engined fighter bomber and night fighter.
With an emphasis on "the need for speed", the performance of the first Moskito prototypes was excellent, with top speeds approach 400 km/hr, but performance of later aircraft, loaded with armament and radars, was disappointing and the program never achieved full production....
Updated: 06/04/19 02:58:26am by aeroastro
AICHI M6A Nanzan3D Printed AICHI M6A Nanzan
This is the Seiran without floats.
4 different length motor mounts
Lenght: 910 mm (35,8 in)
Wingspan: 1070 mm (42.12 in)
Height: 380 mm (14.9 in)
Wing area: 22.8 dm2
Wing loading: 66.6 g/dm2
Center of gravity: 74 mm (28,9 in)
from leading edge
Print weight: 718 g
Empty weight (w/o battery): 1000 g
Takeoff weight (3s 3000 lipo): 1320 g
Max takeoff weight: 1800 g
Never exceed speed, VNE: 170 km/h
Design maneuvering speed, VA: 150...
Updated: 26/03/19 04:51:33pm by 3dlabprint
NavionThe Navion is a single-engine, 4-place, low wing general aviation aircraft designed by North American Aviation in the early 1940s, with later varianta and production by Ryan Aeronautical Company. A small number were ordered by the US Army Air Force for use as liaison, trainer, and cargo use, and over 2600 were produced with the majority in the civilian market.Paul Plecan designed this sport semi-scale 33" span control-line aircraft for an .09 to .19 engine, and the plans and construction...
Updated: 21/03/19 03:27:43am by aeroastro
WattsnameAnother Control Line flight plane. Easy build, easy fly electric...
The only scale to use is the width of the wing. 3" Scaling up I got about a 16" wingspan.
Back to somewhere in the 20's or 30's every kid grew up with either a Meccano set or an Erector set. Meccano started making build your own toys and by late 60's early 70's there was enough development for more kit-like sets. I actually inherited my dad's set from the 40's. I spent endless hours building cars, planes, trains,...
Updated: 20/03/19 01:10:37am by CoMIYC69
Curare 60This is a remix of various version of the legendary Curare as it appeared along the years.
The idea is to provide a clean drafting of this model incorporating most of the original design as well as some alternatives.
Two main sheets and parts layout are provided. The main sheets show standard built-up wings.
One sheet shows:
- The standard thick wodden turtledeck
- Original horizontal stabilizer, with semi-spars.
- 0 - 0 thrust firewall and plywood doublers.
The other sheet shows:
Updated: 17/03/19 11:49:08pm by Mlucena
Neptune P2V-7The Lockheed P-2 Neptune (designated P2V by the United States Navy prior to September 1962) was a Maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. It was developed for the US Navy by Lockheed to replace the Lockheed PV-1 Ventura and PV-2 Harpoon, and being replaced in turn with the Lockheed P-3 Orion. Designed as a land-based aircraft, the Neptune never made a carrier landing, although a small number of aircraft were converted and deployed as carrier launched stop-gap nuclear bombers...
Updated: 15/03/19 09:51:58am by hogal
Piper Pawnee (Dusty)The famous Dusty from the Disney movie "Planes" will now have many brothers and sister in all the colours of the rainbow (or 3d print filament :)
Another surprising creation from Stepan of 3dlabprint, very well designed, as always!
The motor mount is printed in PET-G
Length: 968 mm / 38,1 inch
Wingspan: 1240mm / 48.8 inch
Height: 380 mm / 14.96 inch
Wing area: 26.66 dm2 / 2.87 sq ft
Wing loading: 82.5 g/dm2 / 26.8 oz at sq ft
Center of gravity: on the joint of wing parts
Updated: 15/03/19 07:47:13am by 3dlabprint
F-4 PhantomThe McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their respective air wings.
This model uses a large (.77 to .81) nitro engine...
Updated: 15/03/19 07:21:44am by kenb
Curtiss R3C-2 Navy RacerPresented here are Comet Model's plans and assembly instructions for the floatplane racer version of the R3C racing aircraft, developed by Curtiss Aircraft in the middle 20s to compete in landplane and seaplane pylon races.
The R3C-2, the floatplane version, was flown by Lt Jimmy Doolittle to win the 1925 Schneider Cup, the last biplane racer to win the Schneider cup outright; the same plane also set world records for maximum airspeed in straight line flight. The original R3C-2 aircraft has...
Updated: 10/03/19 03:38:21am by aeroastro
Neiuport 17 CLPresented here are Modern Modelcraft's assembly plans for their 1:12 sport scale control line model of the French Nieuport 17C.1
biplane fighter. The 27" wingspan model doesn't incorporate very much scale details and is intended to be a 'quick build' sport model;
the upper wing is sparless with a flat bottom airfoil, and the bottom wing is 5/16"sheet balsa sanded to airfoil shape. Although
a Bantam 19 ignition engine is shown in an inverted position, the model would fly...
Updated: 10/03/19 02:41:36am by aeroastro
NighthawkAlan Palfrey designed a 22" span sport free flight, semi-scale model of the Nieuport Nighthawk, a military biplane fighter with a fascinating history. The Nighthawk was designed and manufactured by the "Nieuport and General Aircraft Co., Ltd." , a British organization that produced Fremch Nieuport aircraft under license towards the end of the First World War. The company was taken over in 1920 by Gloster, who generated an impressive number of military and civil aircraft based...
Updated: 09/03/19 12:12:03am by aeroastro
Neuport 17 C-1The Nieuport 17C-1 was one of the Nieuport variants, produced by the French Nieuport factory, that were the pre-eminent figher aircraft in the early days of WW1, flown effectively by fliers from France, the UK, the US, Italy, and Belgium, among others. Ironically, the German air forces were so impressed by the Nieuport 17 series that they commissioned a 'clone' fighter based on the Nieuport! The model presented here is a 1:16 scale, 16" wingspan rubber-powered sport scale free flight...
Updated: 07/03/19 03:40:43am by aeroastro
F-4U CorsairProbably the most anticipated model from the 3dLabs guys has landed, behold the mighty (enormous, astounding, unbelievable...) Corsair :)
This one blew my mind, no wonder it took so long to design, its a massive undertaking for a team of two, it´s a beautiful work of art and aeronautic engineering, 3d modelling and 3d printing, I´m out of words... This is without a model that again will be in history.
Please have a look at the video in the videos tab, this model flies really well and it...
Updated: 06/03/19 09:26:40am by 3dlabprint
Neuport 11The Nieuport 11 was a French design fighter/scout single-seater biplane that was pressed into service, at the start of WWI, to counter the "Fokker Scourgez", German fighters that were claiming air dominance at the time. The Nieuport 11 had "teething problems", notably with its non-synchronized machine guns, but served extremely well for the Allied air forces. G. E. Whitehead designed this 24" wingspan sport free flight model for .3 to .8 cc diesel engines (.02 to...
Updated: 06/03/19 03:01:34am by aeroastro
Boulton Paul DefiantThe Boulton Paul Defiant is a British interceptor aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II. The Defiant was designed and built by Boulton Paul Aircraft as a "turret fighter", without any forward-firing guns, also found in the Blackburn Roc of the Royal Navy.
In combat, the Defiant was found to be reasonably effective at destroying bombers but was vulnerable to the Luftwaffe's more manoeuvrable, single-seat Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. The lack of...
Updated: 06/03/19 01:40:30am by André
New Taylor E-2 CubEd Taylor's first production design was powered by a 27 HP "Tiger Kitten" engine that didn't have enough power to properly fly the plane; its first flight in September 1930 was aborted when the plane couldn't climb higher than 5 feet! A year and a half later, the redesigned airplane now powered by a 37 HP Continental, flew successfully, dubbed the "new" Taylor E-2 Cub - as a cub is (ta da!) a 'tiger kitten'!
Comet Models kitted this design, a 16" rubber-powered...
Updated: 04/03/19 12:24:33am by aeroastro
Messerschmitt Bf 109The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is a German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. The Bf 109 first saw operational service in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II in 1945. It was one of the most advanced fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. It was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12...
Updated: 03/03/19 01:22:14am by André
Antonov AN-2It seems like this aircraft had so many variants as it was used in several different countries. Conversion to RC and a larger engine is definitely plausible. Here are the specs for the actual aircraft:
Capacity: 12 passengers
Length: 12.4 m (40 ft 8 in)
Wingspan: ** Upper wing: 18.2 m (59 ft 8 in)
Lower wing: 14.2 m (46 ft 7 in))
Height: 4.1 m (13 ft)
Wing area: 71.52 m² (769.8 ft²)
Empty weight: 3,300 kg (7,300 lb)
Updated: 03/03/19 12:46:42am by CoMIYC69
North American A-36 ApacheThe A-36 Apache was North American's ground attack/dive bomber aircraft developed for the US Army Air Forces in the early 1940s. Over 500 Apaches, from which the iconic P-51 Mustang was later developed, were manufactured and served in exemplary fashion during WW2 in Africa, Italy, the Mediterranean, and the China-Burma-India theater for the US and British air forces. Legendary free flight model designer Earl Stahl has designed a 32" wingspan rubber-powered free flight semi-scale Apache...
Updated: 02/03/19 03:41:14am by aeroastro
Northrop A-17A NomadThe Northrop A-17A was a light attack bomber, two-person crew, that was produced for the US Army Air Corps in the mid 1930s; the export version was known as the Nomad and was operated by numerous allied air forces. J. A. Wilson designed this 47" wingspan model for competitive control line scale and the plans are extremely high quality. Sized for a .35 to .45 glow engine, the model can be built either with fixed or retractable landing gear, as were A-17 variants. Thanks to 'dfritzke' for...
Updated: 28/02/19 01:52:20am by aeroastro
Northrup GammaThis "Polar Star" rendition of the Northrop Gamma cargo aircraft flew several missions over Antartica in the mid 30s, an amazing technical
and logistical achievement by explorer Lincoln Ellsworth, and is now property of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
The model is a 34" wingspan sport scale rubber-powered free flight model, designed and drawn by Australian Lloyd Willis for the "Flying Aces Down Under" rubber scale group. The drawings appear to be...
Updated: 28/02/19 01:15:25am by aeroastro
B-25 C MitchellIt's a beautifully designed true scale model of the famous WW-II B-25 "Mitchell" Bomber. Mike Midkiff designed this model primarily for Electric R/C. In addition it can be built for rubber power (!), or competition exhibition. The plan is in good shape and it includes some instructions from Model Flier.
You can choose to build either the B-25C, D, G, H, or J model from this one Dare kit. This is perhaps the nicest B-25 kit ever offered. It will build into a stunning static display...
Updated: 27/02/19 12:34:23am by CoMIYC69
Number Nine"Number Nine" is, presumably, the ninth in a development series of canard "tail first" sport free flights designed by
British modeling guru J. D. "Doug" McHard. Number Nine is a biplane configuration, a perfect choice for modelers
not content to build "just another boring monoplane" design! Suggested mods would include electric propulsion, rather
than a 1/2A sized diesel engine as shown; and radio control to provide assurance of safe flight! Aileron...
Updated: 25/02/19 02:58:29am by aeroastro
North American Aviation O-47The newly formed North American Aviation produced 238 O-47 'observation' planes for the US Army Air Corps in
the 1930s, a 3-person low-wing all-metal aircraft with retractable landing gear. The model represented here
incorporates stunning scale details and is intended, after all the complex building is complete, as a motorized
free flight model! A pragmatic approach to reduce risks would be the following: electric propulsion and miniature
radio control equipment for control of motor,...
Updated: 25/02/19 01:43:03am by aeroastro
Out O Sight (OOS)Out O Sight (OOS) is a vintage 'gas' free flight model, deisgned for class A/B competition with either an Ohlsson
19 or 23 ignition engine, standard equipment for the late 1930s. It appears that the high pylon and elliptical wing & stab
planforms are influenced by Carl Goldberg's classic Zipper design series. The OOS is fairly small at 43" span and 18 oz
flying weight (with a clunky ignition engine, condenser, and battery!) so a modern rendition should 'go easy' with
Updated: 24/02/19 01:07:51am by aeroastro
P-51BFlying Aces' Tom Nallen produced this nice CAD drawing of the P-51B Mustang, an export Mustang version notable for its "Malcolm" canopy that provided superior rearward vision for the pilot, important for air combat! The CAD drawing is clear with fully detailed ribs and formers. However, materials sizes and propeller diameter/pitch aren't shown, so these plans are best used by rubber scale modelers with previous experience, or access to information, to produce a suitable flying model. ...
Updated: 22/02/19 03:30:17am by aeroastro
P-51D MustangBob Buragas, Technical Editor at Flying Models magazine in the 1950s, designed this 48" span sport scale model of the venerable P-51D Mustang for a glow engine in the .09 to .15 range, Controls are rudder, elevator, and motor and ailerons would be an extremely good upgrade providing better handling and performance. The
elevator is shown as 1/8" balsa sheet but a thicker, built-up section is shown onthe plans and is recommended.
The airframe is relatively large and light and would...
Updated: 22/02/19 01:25:55am by aeroastro
PAA Payload WinnerHerb Kothe, who later went on to secure several US World Team slots in the Wakefield event, designed this payload competition free flight design shortly after the event's sponsorship was initiated in 1948 by Pan American Airways. In this era, a suitable model was powered by an engine in the .20 to .299 CID range; and carried two passenger replicas, each weighing 8 ounces, aloft on a rise-off-ground flight with a timer-controlled engine shutoff. The PAA Payload event is no longer exists but...
Updated: 21/02/19 04:53:03pm by aeroastro
Aeronca L RCRadio control scale model.60 power glow engine. A scale of 2 inch to the foot was chosen. This result is a 72 inch wingspan and a model ideally suited to a .60+ engine. It has a very thick symmetrical air-foil, which is scale, and a well positioned landing gear. Thus only one half wing is shown on the highly detailed plan. The tail was enlarged slightly although the tail movement limits were not changed. Simple to build and easy to fly.
As with most the Aeronica models the L version has...
Updated: 12/02/19 09:56:10am by CoMIYC69
Palmetto BugPalmetto Bug is a 28" wingspan free flight model, designed for a small diesel motor by Dave Platt who moved to Florida from Great Britain
in the 1970s - he's a well-known world-class scale model designer and flier, kit manufacturer (at one time), and also as evidenced by this plane,
an avid sport free flight model designer and flier! Palmetto Bug is an attractive design with twin rudders, and would be a good sport flier
with electric propulsion and miniature radio control equipment. The...
Updated: 12/02/19 02:45:42am by aeroastro
P-38 LIGHTNING3D Printed P-38 LIGHTNING
The 3DLabPrint P-38 is a superb model airplane designed by Stepen Dokoupil from the Czech Republic and flown by hundreds, if not thousands of modellers around the world.
Flite Test has produced a video review of this model with inboard cameras and a drone carried camera buzzing around the Lightening, in this video you can see how the model behaves in flight and how the thinnest printed parts like the horizontal stabiliser and the rudders hold on almost without...
Updated: 08/02/19 08:37:10am by 3dlabprint
DHC-2 BeaverThe de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engined high-wing propeller-driven short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft developed and manufactured by de Havilland Canada. It has been primarily operated as a bush plane and has been used for a wide variety of utility roles, such as cargo and passenger hauling, aerial application (crop dusting and aerial topdressing), and civil aviation duties.
Shortly after the end of the Second World War, de Havilland Canada made the decision to orient...
Updated: 07/02/19 01:42:09pm by André
BG44 BW PrintENTHUSIASM and originality of design have marked the progress of post-war Yugoslavia's model movement. It was therefore no surprise to those of us acquainted with this movement when Bora Gunic carried off top honours at the 1952 A/2 sailplane contest.
Gunic originally flew the familiar long-straked-fin models that we first saw at Eaton Bray when the Yugoslays came over in 1950, eventually breaking away from this design trend with the B.G.43. This prototype, although the forerunner of the...
Updated: 06/02/19 12:21:30am by André
Tracer 60Tracer 60 - Sport .60 powered tailless model.
Note the Tracer 60 RCM-974 and Tracer 40 (oz8121) RCM-973 plans both appeared in the same article, in RCM August 1986.
Quote: "The Tracer 40 and 60 add up to 100. Actually, either one of them is a 100 percent pattern ship. After the first glance of the Tracer you may reason that I finally relented and built the Simitar as a conventional aircraft. Well, look again, no stab! No need to worry, it flies great without.
Experience with the many...
Updated: 04/02/19 11:19:16pm by André
Troop Glider and Tug C-46 (Two plans in one.)A most unusual scale CL project, the once-common Curtiss C-46 Commando twin-19-powered profile model for towing a true-scale replica of the infamous CG-15 glider. Troop Glider and Tug, by Frank Scott.
SOME CALLED THEM 'Whisper Ships' and others knew them as 'America's Answer to the Kamikaze.' The troop-carrying glider provided a unique chapter in military aviation.
Widely used by both sides in WWII, the troop glider filled a void in transport design. Through their hinged noses they could...
Updated: 03/02/19 01:18:36pm by André
Twin Pond Master RCMTwin Pond Master - Electric twin sport seaplane model. For 2x Speed 400 motors and 4 channel radio.
Electric Seaplane For 2 x Speed 400 Motors by Bob Hoey and Bill Warner.
My good friend Bill Warner lives on a small lake. Several years ago I built an Ace 'Puddlemaster' and Bill built a 'Pond Side' (both are the same airplane, designed by Scott Hartman). Both airplanes flew just fine and we quickly learned the fun of seaplane flying. We also learned some of the advantages of electric powered...
Updated: 03/02/19 12:32:02pm by André
Twins SpecialThe Twin's Special is unique in that it was designed to fly with a monoline or two-line control system depending on the conditions of a particular meet. At least 45% of the contests in the East Coast are held on grass fields. Too often the take-off strip for proto-speed event is 15-20 feet further out than is practical, considering that the flier must be on the pylon within one short lap and that the time involved in this first lap is three to four seconds. The result is a mad dash with little...
Updated: 03/02/19 12:51:16am by André
Wittman Tailwind W8rresistible - if the appeal of this living room flying scale can be resisted then model building, both free-flight and 'round the pole, has lost its hold on all of us. Wittman Tailwind by Walt Mooney.
Steve Wittman, one of America's greatest racing pilots, designed and built a small two place airplane for efficient cross-country flying. This design has such impressive performance that there have been a great many of them built by home builders all over the country. While not the most attractive...
Updated: 01/02/19 11:05:21pm by André
R/C Paramotor WingIn the world of R/C, there is little to no information about building paramotors - until now! This 1.1 square meter wing is capable of both slow and relaxing flight as well as mild aerobatics such as wingovers, loops and barrel rolls.
Made from actual paraglider ripstop fabric, this single-skin design is a whole new experience in building. I have created a ten-part build series for this wing at:
Updated: 01/02/19 04:12:16pm by rcairadventures
A-HoyI wanted a reasonably large aircraft, powered by a .61 engine, and with good wing area. I wanted it to be acrobatic to fly, allowing the pilot to do something more than just shoot touch and goes. I wanted it to be rugged to take the banging around that happens on the rocks and broken obstacles found along most lake shores. I wanted it to be easy to build and maintain and, above all, I wanted it to be fun to fly.
The A-Hoy does all of the above. When I set about designing the A-Hoy I used the...
Updated: 31/01/19 11:44:54pm by André
All StarThis eye-catching 34in span model is a minature composite of the EAA homebuilt biplanes. Using two Ace foam wings, it is desgned for two or three channels and a .10 engine. Easy to build and easier to fly, proptotypes have been flown with engines from .049 to .15
The Biplane nut knows who he is! Anything that flies turns him on. If it has two wings he goes into an inverted spin. Even a Dragonfly will attract a second glance. I'm one.
Way back in the Summer of '42 and the adjacent years, I...
Updated: 31/01/19 11:31:07pm by André
Antique Old-Timer FloatsDerived from Illustrated Plans Guide page 07-005. Published in RCM May 75. Designed to complement the Playboy Sr (oz7835) design, RCM-597.
Flying R/C old-timers falls into two categories, that of contests with various and sundry rules and Sunday Flying. After trying a loop, a few touch and go's, you get way up there, cut the engine and see how many thermals you can catch. But, you find you want something else to slip in-between. Wait until you put floats on old faithful!
There are floats...
Updated: 30/01/19 11:29:26pm by André
Pay DirtPay Dirt is a ]free flight design by Bill Effinger, kitted by Berkeley Models. To meet the then-current motor limits for
the Pan American Airways-sponsored payload event, a Cox Pee Wee .020 is shown on the plans. Design-wise, Pay Dirt is a conventional
pylon wiing-mount design with light and strong structure throughout. An interesting option on the plans: the wing can be built either
in 36" or 48" span, the longer span intended for the PAA Payload event, the smaller span for general...
Updated: 30/01/19 04:17:59pm by aeroastro
PenumbraPenumbra is J. S. Osborne's free flight competition towline glider, a "tail-less" flying wing design that doesn't need horizontal or vertical stabilizers to achieve high performance. The 80" span glider features an aluminum 'tongue' to fit the two wing halves to the pod fuselage, greatly easing transportation and handling, needless to say. Designed for competition in the International F1A (Nordic A2) class, the plane should be equipped with a dethermalizer to prevent flyaways in...
Updated: 29/01/19 02:22:33am by aeroastro
Percival Mew GullBritisher Capt Edgar Percival designed the "Mew Gull" in the mid 1930s, a low-wing single-seat racer loosely derived from the "Gull" racing aircraft series. The Mew Gull was in fact a signficantly new design and raced quite successfully up until the outbreak of WW2. The model presented here is a 16" span rubber-powered sport free flight best flown indoors or outdoors in calm weather. Originally drawn up and released by the Whitman Publishing Co. in 1937, this...
Updated: 24/01/19 02:46:29am by aeroastro
Aeronca C3 1949 50inThe Aeronca C-3 was a light plane built by the Aeronautical Corporation of America in the United States during the 1930s. Its design was derived from the Aeronca C-2. Introduced in 1931, it featured room for a passenger seated next to the pilot. Powered by a new 36 hp (27 kW) Aeronca E-113 engine, the seating configuration made flight training much easier and many Aeronca owners often took to the skies with only five hours of instruction—largely because of the C-3's predictable flying...
Updated: 23/01/19 02:39:41am by retired062907
PerigeeMichigan's Tom Brett designed his pattern airplane, the 61 inch wingspan Perigee, after winning a place on the USA's 1962 FAI Pattern Team at the 1961 Philadelphia Nats. Analyzing the new FAI pattern requirements that placed more emphasis on vertical performance, Tom redesigned his previous aerobatic design, with the Perigee deliberately smaller and lighter, powered by a K&B 45RC glow motor. The changes were quite successful as Tom won the 1962 FAI Pattern World Championships with this...
Updated: 19/01/19 03:28:24am by aeroastro
Peter"Peter" is a vintage rubber-powered sport free flight design, from the 1940s, designed by R. V. Bentley. The plane has a straightforward design
and although the plans are 1/2 size, a full size wing and stab rib are provided to guide the builder. The propeller diameter is 7" but there's no other details on propeller blade shape or pitch; a plastic propeller ordered from a mail-order free flight supplier would suffice. A pop-up tail dethermalizer is strongly recommended to prevent...
Updated: 15/01/19 04:15:59am by aeroastro
Pine NeedlePine Needle at first looks like a typical "gas" free flight model from the 1940s and up to a point, that would be correct. Designed by long-time West Coast modeler Dick Everett, the 50" span Pine Needle was designed and built entirely from pine wood, due to (evidently) shortages of balsa wood during the second world war. Further, the model was designed to compete in both the Class A and Class B engine classes, using suitable size Orwick ignition engines. A nice flying sport...
Updated: 15/01/19 03:55:46am by aeroastro
Pinocchio IIPinocchio was designed by Frenchman Gabriel Martin in the late 1940s, a sport free flight biplane, spanning 23 inches and sized for 0.7 to 0.9 cc diesel (or glow) engines; a Micron 0.8 cc diesel (approximately .049 CID) is shown on the plans. The original construction article was printed in the French model magazine Le Modele Reduit Avion (RMA) and the construction notes on the plans and in the article are written in French. The overall design is straightforward and would be suitable for...
Updated: 15/01/19 02:48:04am by aeroastro
Fournier RF5INDOOR FLYING SCALE models must be very light, and this means that usually only a minimal balsa structure with tissue covering can be employed. Except for certain very early aircraft prototypes, scale appearance usually suffers if a reasonable performance is required, as few modern aircraft have translucent coverings, and metal and plywood covered prototypes are really impossible to simulate.
Because of local competition rules (scale placing plus flight duration placing; lowest mark wins) I...
Updated: 14/01/19 11:58:33pm by André
The Real Thing"The Real Thing" is an iconic sport model designed by Bob McVicar and distributed by Hobby Shack in the 1970s and 1980s, spawning a cult-like following of modelers entranced by the plane's goofy appearance! Spanning 46" and designed for glow power in the .049 to .10 range, the plane is described on the plans as an "Almost- Sort-Of-Genuine Stand-Way-Off Scale" model! Available originally in kit form and later as a limited production ARF, the plane would be easy to...
Updated: 13/01/19 04:22:15am by aeroastro
Golden Oldie FloatsGolden Oldie Floats. A Float Design For 5-8 Pound Aircraft, by Fred Reese.
Last month we featured Fred Reese's Golden Oldie vintage type sport biplane for .40-.45 four cycle engines. It flew so well, he added floats. These floats will also work well on other .40-.60 powered aircraft weighing up to eight pounds.
For three years I have been building and flying off of water with a variety of aircraft and float designs. With each new design I learn something new because some new problems occur....
Updated: 11/01/19 10:59:13pm by André
Gym DandyINDOOR R/C flying has always been a tantalizing thought. You know - sitting in your living room, with a little six inch job buzzing around at your command. Maybe we'll see it one day - in fact, we probably will, in some modified form not in existence. Meanwhile, we have to settle for what is currently available. And it's not too bad, either.
Several years ago I published a design, called 'Warpy' (for obvious reasons) which was reasonably successful for that time. Since then, the .010 engine...
Updated: 10/01/19 11:45:51pm by André
2T Ace RCRon Jacobsen designed the 2T, a 2 channel (rudder and elevator control) sport model sized for a .049 to .07 CID glow engine; a Cox
Golden Bee with integral tank is suggested on the plans. The model was kitted by Ace R/C and used Ace's foam wings - one
constant chord section, two tapered sections, for a 51" wingspan. Ace foam wings aren't available commercially these days but the 2T's design
approach - a simple light and easy-building structure - would be well suited for a low-effort...
Updated: 10/01/19 07:16:22pm by aeroastro
IntimidatorA few nerve-wracking lessons are a part of every designer's life and the R/C Intimidator handed Marty some to remember. it's a well-tested, capable stunting machine. Intimidator, by Marty Meyer.
When I first started working on this design back in 1969, I had but one thought in mind. I wanted it to look sleek, yet built from a minimum number of parts. I wanted to get away from that usual boxy square look that you find in so many of today's multi airplanes. I was striving for a durable, light and...
Updated: 09/01/19 11:21:31pm by André
IsobarA classic looking sport flier for a geared 05 electric. Isobar by Norm Weis.
It seems that most electric kits are of powered gliders or converted gas model designs. The few that have been designed lately, especially for electric power, are either variations of scale, or boxcar ugly. Every electric kit, it seemed, was designed ignoring the inherent advantages & limitations of battery power.
Observing the flight of my friends' kit built electrics, and a couple of my own, I formulated a few...
Updated: 09/01/19 11:02:56pm by André
Transavia PL-12 AirtrukThe Transavia Airtruk was built by Transavia Corporation, a subsidiary of Transfield Limited, which was actually a heavy steel construction company. A bit left field to have an aviation branch, eh? Years ago I climbed all over their last production unit, took all the measurements and about 100 detail photos, then 90 percent finished a set of plans. I left the hobby for a while and sold all this Airtruk gear along with my other gear. Very regretful. For years following re-entry into the hobby I...
Updated: 08/01/19 02:24:06pm by halihome
Jester AMThis Class II contest biplane is capable of out-pointing the one wingers, yet is an excellent sport job. It flies easily inverted and does perfect axial rolls. Ken suggests: Try a bipe, the change of pace airplane. Jester, by Ken Bonnema.
It never fails that whenever I finish a flight. Someone comes up to me and says - Boy, the bipe is really something, have you got the ailerons in the top wing or the bottom wing? Even after I've told them and they've examined both wings carefully, they still...
Updated: 08/01/19 01:59:16pm by André
Air SkimmerAl Culver designed this stand-off-scale model of the Pereira Osprey 2, a 2-person amphibian sport aircraft designed for amateur
aircraft builders with limited building space using non-complex equipment. The model, capable of either land or water-based flight operations, spans 47" and is sized for a .19 glow engine installed, pusher-style, on a engine mast extending vertically from the fuselage. Due to the motor's positioning above the fuselage, builders should be careful to incorporate 2...
Updated: 07/01/19 06:56:51pm by aeroastro
Bingo!Oklahoma's D.B. "Doc" Matthews, a well-known and long-time designer of excellent sport aerobatic aircraft, designed the Bingo! with a wide range of design and propulsion parameters. Wingspan can be chosen at either 62" or 70" to suit flying preferences, a 2-stroke powerplant can be used between .35 to .60 CID, or a four-stroke motor in the .45 to .90 CID range. The plane features light yet strong structure and has been extensively flown and evaluated with the design and...
Updated: 07/01/19 04:18:45am by aeroastro
Cloud NinerLegendary "MAN At Work" Bill Winter designed Cloud Niner as a sport model with design themes back to the classic DeBolt DMECO
Live Wire models of the 1950s. Designed in 1991 with John Hunton, Cloud Niner is a big plane, spanning 71 inches, and designed to be powered by a .60 to .65 CID glow engine; a K&B 65 Sportster is shown on the planes and the plane would be well-suited for a 4-stroke engine in the .60 to .91 CID range. Optional features provided by Winter and Hunton: inboard...
Updated: 07/01/19 01:28:02am by aeroastro
Dickie BugDickie Bug is an original design novelty sport aircraft designed by Dick Tichenor, longtime staffer at RCM magazine. The plane is designed with
a dragonfly in mind, sporting two wing surfaces, one behind the other and slightly separated vertically, with conventional rudder and elevator controls on the bug-like tail surfaces. The fuselage is made of two large plastic canopies to emulate a dragonfly's bulbous forebody. The original plane was flown with an unthrottled Cox 09 Medallion, and...
Updated: 06/01/19 08:01:17pm by aeroastro
Eagle IIEagle II is John Sullivan's sport aerobatic plane, spanning 59" and shown powered by an OS Wankel rotary engine; a .25 to .40 CID two stroke glow engine would be sufficient power. Shown with floats, the design features a thick symmetrical wing airfoil, constant chord, that would be easy to build and promising good sport aerobatic performance. The Eagle II's basic design is similar to the Phil Kraft "Stik" design series and could be easily modified to incorporate taildragger or...
Updated: 06/01/19 06:29:10pm by aeroastro
Ramrod 250 BerkeleyThe Ramrod series of competition AMA "gas" free flights was designed by Ron St. Jean in the 1950s, drawing upon design approaches refined from other high performance designs. Flown in different class sizes, the Ramrod was kitted by Berkeley Models in the 1/2A "250" size (shown here) and the A-B "600", the basic design racking up enviable contest records when flown by many different modelers. The Ramrod 250 holds special memories for this editor as it was his first...
Updated: 06/01/19 06:11:08pm by aeroastro
Republic P-47NRalph Schellenbaum from Albuquerque New Mexico (USA) designed this sport scale version of the classic Republic P-47N Thunderbolt, one of the most effective fighter-bombers in World War II. The model is large, spanning 64 inches, and powered by a strong glow motor - a Torpedo 45 and Fox
59 are recommended. The attached article, from the original Oct 1965 Model Airplane News writeup, provides tremendous insight into the design 'tweaks' used by Schellenbaum to provide sparkling aerobatic...
Updated: 06/01/19 03:48:45am by aeroastro
Ring LeaderRing Leader is a vintage control-line 'speed' model, designed in the late 1940s by Bernard Schoenfeld for the extremely powerful McCoy 60 glow engine. The plane is small with a fully-cowled engine and attention paid to aerodynamic cleanliness. The plans, in addition to showing the model itself, also provides details on the wheeled takeoff 'dolly' carriage that allows the model, without landing gear, to accelerate to flying speed before lifting off from the 'dolly' to start its official timed...
Updated: 05/01/19 02:48:17am by aeroastro
Rocket MonoplaneBritisher H. E. Hervey was a prolific model designer in the 1930s and 1940s, and the Rocket is a good example of a sport free flight model, suitable for beginners, from that era. The plans sheet, hand-drawn by Charles J. Gordon, is missing key information and a suggested listing of updates is as follows: V-dihedral isn't listed, 20 deg would be adequate; fuselage, rib and stab wood thicknesses aren't specified, 1/16" balsa suggested; the 3 1/2" rib spacing is too wide, suggest...
Updated: 03/01/19 11:51:19pm by aeroastro
MayflyMAYFLY was designed and built primarily with a view to providing a model of pleasing semi-scale lines which would serve well for general sports flying. Things, however, did not altogether work out as planned, as the model ultimately proved itself as possessing a performance closely approaching that of a contest model! Powered by a Mills 1.3 cc (Mk I), it has a climb which is quite remarkable for this type of model; spiral and longitudinal stability of a high order; and a very satisfying glide....
Updated: 03/01/19 10:35:06pm by André
Miss Denver.I would like to introduce you to Miss Denver - a very welcome companion at a Class C stunt event or an open pylon race.
If you have already looked at the plans you will see that this is a plane that is made to look like a stunt flyer and not the latest military weapons system, or, on the other hand, some box with a wing attached. Miss Denver was designed to look like an airplane used in stunt events or sports flying while utilizing the latest and fastest method of construction possible...
Updated: 02/01/19 09:31:20pm by André
Professor RCM-335The Professor has been designed to satisfy the need of the newcomer to R/C who wishes to start with a large engine and a large model aircraft. This ship will take engines in the .45 to .61 range, and has been flown with a Ueda A5, a Fox .59, an Enya .60 and a Webra .61. It is docile at almost any power range. It has been flown both on proportional and 10 channel reed gear and has much the same flying characteristics with either type control. It is not the greatest airplane in the world - it...
Updated: 27/12/18 10:55:38pm by André
Grumman F-3F 1The Grumman F3F was the last American biplane fighter aircraft delivered to the United States Navy (indeed, the last biplane fighter delivered to any American military air arm), and served between the wars. Designed as an improvement on the single-seat F2F, it entered service in 1936. It was retired from front line squadrons at the end of 1941 before it could serve in World War II, and was first replaced by the Brewster F2A Buffalo. The F3F which inherited the Leroy Grumman-designed retractable...
Updated: 21/12/18 01:50:01pm by André
Boulton Paul OverstrandThe Royal Air Force's last biplane 'heavy' bomber, the Overstrand is so ugly it is beautiful. The last few remained in service until 1942, mostly used for gunnery training. Although slow (150 mph was considered the max) they could be looped, rolled and spun and often were at airshows. It is said their pilots loved them.
The Overstrand was fitted with the first RAF example of a powered gun-turret, since handling and aiming twin .303 machine guns in a 150mph breeze was found to be impossible,...
Updated: 16/12/18 10:03:01am by Alan Smith
AICHI M6A Seiran3D Printed AICHI M6A SEIRAN
4 different length motor mounts printed in PET-G
Lenght: 910 mm (35,8 in)
Wingspan: 1070 mm (42.12 in)
Height: 380 mm (14.9 in)
Wing area: 22.8 dm2
Wing loading: 66.6 g/dm2
Center of gravity: 74 mm (28,9 in)
from leading edge
Print weight: 918 g
Empty weight (w/o battery): 1220 g
Takeoff weight (3s 3000 lipo): 1520 g
Max takeoff weight: 1800 g
Never exceed speed, VNE: 170 km/h
Design maneuvering speed, VA: 150 km/h
Stall speed, VS: 34...
Updated: 07/12/18 09:55:17am by 3dlabprint
Mig-15This Mig-15 is an engineering wonder and a true work of art. The most complex model from 3dlabprint guys so far.
This plane uses retracts and can also take off on his belly on grass, this is shown on one of the model videos
Links for the landing gear and 90mm ducted fan are on the pdf manual.
The Mig-15 is also supplied with several ducted fan adapter rings and I can print one for your custom needs, just need a few measures.
Several adapter rings to fit several types /models...
Updated: 07/12/18 09:54:48am by 3dlabprint
QTrainerQB20 inspired trainer. Or a very close copy :)
This is a spectacular model that will fly well and resist the hardest landings from a beginner pilot.
It can be printed on one single colour or in a color combination at your choice.
If you´re looking for an entry level, fun to fly 3d printed model the QTrainer is a good choice.
Please have a look at the manual for power sets and landing gear configurations, it can be set to taildragger or tricycle, none with control on the wheel.
Updated: 07/12/18 09:54:32am by 3dlabprint
Mig-15 Bis3dlabprint listened to their customers suggestions and updated their Mig-15, it is now bigger, stiffer and with more features.
This one is 15% larger, has flaps and the gear compartment was redone to accommodate larger battery packs.
Also has a carbon fibre tube running along the wing for increased stiffness and a cooling intake in the front and an hot air exhaust to keep the electronics compartment cool.
Length: 1385mm / 54.5 inch
Wingspan: 1385mm / 54.5 inch
Height: 505 mm / 19.7...
Updated: 07/12/18 09:53:11am by 3dlabprint
F-86 SabreAccording to 3DLabPrint this is the most requested model of all time!
I´m starting to repeat myself here but the truth is that each plane they design is better than the previous one and the Sabre is no exception, this plane flies beautifully and it´s just gorgeous in the air, really one of my favourites so far :)
Here are the specs:
Length: 1427mm / 55.7 inch
Wingspan: 1427mm / 55.7 inch
Height: 560 mm / 21.8 inch
Wing area: 45,76 dm2 / 4.92 sq foot
Wing loading: 104 g/dm2 / 28 oz at sq...
Updated: 07/12/18 09:52:47am by 3dlabprint
RocketeerRocketeer is R.A. Parker's lightweight rubber powered free flight model, designed for sport or competition usage. The model has several interesting design features, the most prominent being the 'split rib' layout - with internal spars - of the wing and tail surfaces. The wing is mounted above the fuselage on a 'parasol' stand for increased aerodynamic efficiency. The fuselage features diagonal truss arrangements of the structural members for stiffness and strength. Careful building will...
Updated: 05/12/18 12:43:24am by aeroastro
Rodney RiserConnecticut's modeling legend, Henry "Hank" Struck, designed the 35" wingspan Rodney Riser as a moderately high performance rubber powered free flight model designed for easy building by beginner modelers. The constant chord multi-spar wing and tail surfaces, with a slightly undercambered wing airfoil, will yield light and strong structures if built with care. With the suggested rubber motor and 14" diameter 'free wheeler' propeller, the power climb will be quick and...
Updated: 05/12/18 12:14:17am by aeroastro
Northrop F5The Northrop F-5A and F-5B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E and F-5F Tiger II are part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Being smaller and simpler than contemporaries such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the F-5 cost less to both procure and operate, making it a popular export aircraft. The F-5 started life as a privately funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The design team wrapped a small, highly...
Updated: 03/12/18 11:15:45pm by André
Zivko EDGE 540 Hannes Arch3D Printed Kit on PLA Zivko EDGE Hannes Arch.
This is a great scale model of the famous Zivko Edge. This model is very well designed and flies well. Thanks to its large control surfaces it can deliver fast manoeuvres and at the same time be very controllable.
It requires 4 sevos and a 40 amps esc.
Two landing gears are included, one in PLA in the same colour of the rest of the plane and one in PET-G in grey. PET-G is extremely resistant. It is not necessary to flue the landing gear, it will...
Updated: 03/12/18 03:14:28pm by 3dlabprint
RouletVeteran Swedish model designer Hoh Fang-Chiun designed the 54" wingspan Roulet as an easy-build high performance trainer suitable for low-time builders and fliers, sized for a .15 to .29 CID glow engine; a Veco 19
motor is shown on the plans. The constant chord wing, boxy fuselage, and conventional tail surfaces shouldn't present any building problems for modelers with one-two models' building experience. The 1/8" music 'parasol' wing suspension arrangement will take care to...
Updated: 01/12/18 03:04:30am by aeroastro
Rudder BirdShown here are construction drawings and assembly notes for Sterling Models' Rudder Bird, 52" span and billed as an "advanced trainer" for
rudder only or rudder + elevator controls, along with throttle control and a steerable nosewheel. Sufficient details are shown for easy 'kitting' and assembly of the plane with its constant chord wing and boxy fuselage. Rudder Bird is sized for an .09 to .19 CID glow engine - a Fox 15 R/C motor is shown on the plans. The escapement controls...
Updated: 30/11/18 02:55:01pm by aeroastro
Grumman Guardian U/CThe Grumman AF Guardian was the first purpose-built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) carrier-based aircraft to enter service with the United States Navy. It consisted of two airframes, one for detection gear, the other for weapons. The Guardian remained in service until August 1955, when it was replaced by the twin-engined Grumman S-2 Tracker. The Guardian was the largest single-engine piston-powered carrier aircraft ever to see service.
Role Anti-submarine aircraft
National origin United...
Updated: 26/11/18 10:55:45pm by André
Sad Sam 7Sad Sam 7 is a competitive "gas" free flight model created by Bill Dunwoody of the Brooklyn Skyscrapers, a free flight club based in New York City!
The model is designed for the FAI F1C event that dictates .15 CID max powerplant, a minimum weight of 26 ounces, alcohol/castor oil fuel (no nitromethane), extremely short engine runs (typically 7 seconds), and fairly long flight times for the plane to score a "maximum" flight round score. Significant design features include...
Updated: 25/11/18 02:02:09am by aeroastro
SaintSaint is a free flight Nordic A-2 towline glider designed in 1948 to meet the then-current FAI rules for the F1A International towline glider event. The rules have changed since then so the design wouldn't satisfy current rules, or be competitive against modern composite gliders with 'circle tow' capabilities, it instead would be a good sport free flight glider. Distinctive design touches include a detachable two-piece wing mounted to the fuselage with plywood tongues, and twin vertical...
Updated: 25/11/18 01:42:05am by aeroastro
Tigercat Aircraft Carrier (by Jan Odeyn)The Grumman F7F Tigercat is a heavy fighter aircraft that served with the United States Navy (USN) and United States Marine Corps (USMC) from late in World War II until 1954. It was the first twin-engine fighter to be deployed by the USN. While the Tigercat was delivered too late to see combat in World War II, it saw action as a night fighter and attack aircraft during the Korean War.
Designed initially for service on Midway-class aircraft carriers, early production F7Fs were land-based...
Updated: 24/11/18 11:00:04pm by André
San Diego Flaggship F-15Claude Flagg was an ardent aircraft designer who decided in the mid 1930s to design and build a pylon racer for the Thompson Trophy races. His "San Diego Flaggship F-15" low-wing racer was completed in time to be taken to the 1937 Thompson Trophy races in Cleveland, Ohio but had not been flown beforehand to work out the usual problems of an unproven and untested racing plane. The first flight was piloted by Tony LeVier and despite his best efforts, the Flaggship F-15 was...
Updated: 24/11/18 04:28:33am by aeroastro
Kingfisher Aircraft Carrier Competition.The Vought OS2U Kingfisher is an American catapult-launched observation floatplane. It was a compact mid-wing monoplane, with a large central float and small stabilizing floats. Performance was modest because of its light engine. The OS2U could also operate on fixed, wheeled, taildragger landing gear.
The OS2U was the main shipboard observation aircraft used by the United States Navy during World War II, and 1,519 of the aircraft were built. It served on battleships and cruisers of the US...
Updated: 23/11/18 11:45:13pm by André
Martin-MO-1-Aircraft Carrier CompetitionThe Martin MO was an American observation monoplane built by the Glenn L. Martin Company of Cleveland, Ohio for the United States Navy.
In the early 1920s the United States Navy became interested in a thick airfoil section, cantilever wing, United States military observation aircraft, developed by the Dutch company Fokker. The Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics designed a three-seat observation monoplane to use a similar wing. Production of the aircraft, designated the MO-1, was contracted to the...
Updated: 23/11/18 11:26:04pm by André
Santa MariaThe Aermacchi-Lockheed Santa Maria was a civil aircraft, originally designed by Mooney Aircraft, that was briefly considered by Lockheed Aircraft for US manufacturing. After reviews, Lockheed made a marketing decision not to produce the aircraft in the US and licenses were granted for other countries to manufacture this plane; Aermacchi was the Italian producer of the AL-60 "Santa Maria" aircraft that served well in a variety of utility roles. The model depicted here is a semi-scale...
Updated: 23/11/18 05:47:01am by aeroastro
Mustang U/C Class I Navy Carrier.The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission. The Purchasing Commission approached North American Aviation to build Curtiss P-40 fighters under license for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Rather than build an old design from another company,...
Updated: 22/11/18 11:07:20pm by André
ScorpionTed Strader's Scorpion was designed in the mid 1960s as a sport aerobatic plane, powered by a glow engine in the .15 to .35 CID range, and controlled either rudder-only or rudder + elevator. Scorpion would be a fun and easy build with its constant chord wing, slab-sided fuselage,
and flat-plate built-up tail feathers. The wing's semi-symmetrical airfoil is a tipoff that the plane would be comfortable flying moderately aggressive aerobatic maneuvers! This editor notes that the fuselage width...
Updated: 22/11/18 02:51:25am by aeroastro
Piper PacerThe full-scale Piper Pacer appeared in 1949 and falls into the Short Wing Pipers category which started with the Piper Vagabond in 1948, and continued with the Clipper, Pacer, Tri-Pacer, and Colt. They are referred to as Short Wings because Piper deleted three feet from root of the basic Cub wing, giving these aircraft a 29.3-foot wingspan.
The Pacer was the most handsome of these Short Wings, although the Vagabond has the cute charisma of a scaled-up model airplane. I was 15 years old when...
Updated: 21/11/18 10:57:19pm by André
FIAT CR 42 Falco plan (with balsa leaves)The Fiat CR.42 Falco ("Falcon", plural: Falchi) was a single-seat sesquiplane fighter developed and produced by Italian aircraft manufacturer Fiat Aviazione. It served primarily in Italy's Regia Aeronautica both before and during the Second World War.
The CR.42 was an evolutionary design of Fiat’s earlier CR.32 fighter, featuring a more powerful supercharged Fiat A.74R1C.38 air-cooled radial engine and aerodynamic improvements to its relatively clean exterior surfaces. The aircraft...
Updated: 21/11/18 10:24:14pm by André
Supermarine Attacker Keil KraftThe Supermarine Attacker was a British single-seat naval jet fighter built by Supermarine for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA). The type has the distinction of being the first jet fighter to enter operational service with the FAA. Like most other first-generation jet fighters, it had a short service life due to the rapid development of increasingly advanced aircraft during the 1950s and 1960s.
Role Naval fighter
National origin United Kingdom
First flight 27...
Updated: 16/11/18 11:11:36pm by André
ShuftiShufti is a curiously-named sport control-line model, kitted by Astral at one time, spanning 28" and designed for a 1.5 cc
diessel motor, appr. .09 CID. The design with its constant chord wing would be simple to assemble, well suitable for novice builders for either training or aerobatic flying. Suggestions: first, the fuselage is shown as full-length 1/4" plywood, and 1/4" lite ply, or a 1/4" balsa with 1/16" plywood doublers at the front, would be lighter and...
Updated: 13/11/18 04:38:11pm by aeroastro
Chief Keil KraftThe CHIEF is an advanced contest design to the A-2 Nordic specification. Good looks combined with outstanding performance were the main object in mind when the model began to take shape on the drawing board. Three features which were felt to be essential were as follows: - plug-in wings, for ease of transport, 'knock-off-ability' in crashes and good lines. An auto rudder, to ensure that whilst the model went up straight on the line, a turning flight would result when it was released. A safe,...
Updated: 12/11/18 11:14:50pm by André
SiriusSirius is a 'vintage' free flight duration model, circa 1949, designed for ignition power, possibly glow. The wing design is fairly conventional with a thinned Clark Y airfoil and elliptical surface outlines. The inverted engine poses starting problems and the underslung vertical stab would definitely cause problems with rise-off-ground takeoffs as well as landings, being vulnerable to ground damage and for takeoffs, limiting the plane's ability to rotate nose-up during takeoffs. The plans...
Updated: 11/11/18 05:15:35am by aeroastro
De Havilland Venom Keil Kraft.The de Havilland DH 112 Venom is a British post-war single-engined jet aircraft developed and manufactured by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. Much of its design was derived from the de Havilland Vampire, the firm's first jet-powered combat aircraft.
The Venom entered service with the Royal Air Force (RAF), where it was used as a single-seat fighter-bomber and two-seat night fighter. A dedicated model for aerial reconnaissance was also operated by the Swiss Air Force. The Venom functioned...
Updated: 10/11/18 11:22:33pm by André
Ercoupe Keil Kraft (printwood)The ERCO Ercoupe is a low-wing monoplane aircraft that was designed and built in the United States. It was first manufactured by the Engineering and Research Corporation (ERCO) shortly before World War II; several other manufacturers continued its production after the war. The final model, the Mooney M-10, first flew in 1968 and the last model year was 1970. It was designed to be the safest fixed-wing aircraft that aerospace engineering could provide at the time, and the type continues to enjoy...
Updated: 09/11/18 10:55:00pm by André
Fairey Gannet Keil KraftThe Fairey Gannet is a British carrier-borne aircraft of the post-Second World War era developed for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA) by the Fairey Aviation Company. It was a mid-wing monoplane with a tricycle undercarriage and a crew of three, and a double turboprop engine driving two contra-rotating propellers.
The Gannet was originally developed to meet the FAA's dual-role anti-submarine warfare and strike requirement. It was later adapted for operations as an electronic...
Updated: 08/11/18 10:29:41pm by André
Keil Kraft Fokker D8 (with balsa leaves print)The Fokker E.V was a German parasol-monoplane fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz and built by Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. The E.V was the last Fokker design to become operational with the Luftstreitkräfte, entering service in the last months of World War I. After several fatal accidents due to wing failures, the aircraft was modified and redesignated Fokker D.VIII. Dubbed the Flying Razor by Allied pilots, the D.VIII had the distinction of scoring the last aerial victory of the war.
Updated: 07/11/18 10:54:16pm by André
Grumman F9F Panther Keil KraftThe Grumman F9F Panther is one of the United States Navy's first successful carrier-based jet fighters, as well as Grumman’s first jet fighter. A single-engined, straight-winged day fighter, it was armed with four 20 mm (0.79 in) cannons and could carry a wide assortment of air-to-ground munitions.
The Panther was used extensively by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in the Korean War. It was also the first jet aircraft used by the Blue Angels aerobatics demonstration team, from 1949 through...
Updated: 06/11/18 05:33:10pm by André
Hurricane Keil KraftThe Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s–1940s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although overshadowed in the public consciousness by the Supermarine Spitfire's role during Battle of Britain in 1940, the Hurricane actually inflicted 60 percent of the losses sustained by the Luftwaffe in the engagement. The Hurricane went on to fight in all the major theatres of The Second World...
Updated: 06/11/18 01:10:00pm by André
Hawker Hunter Keil KraftThe Hawker Hunter is a transonic British jet-powered fighter aircraft that was developed by Hawker Aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the late 1940s and early 1950s. It was designed to take advantage of the newly developed Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet engine and the swept wing, and was the first jet-powered aircraft produced by Hawker to be procured by the RAF. On 7 September 1953, the modified first prototype broke the world air speed record for aircraft, achieving a speed of 727.63...
Updated: 05/11/18 10:30:56pm by André
Slicker Mite Keil Kraft."With the introduction of miniature diesel engines, a turning point in the history of model aviation has been reached. It is now possible to build powered models of even smaller dimensions than the average Wakefield rubber model. The "Slicker' has been designed around the Mils 1.3cc - which gives the Slicker the amazing climb rate of 1,500 feet a minute. Much thought has gone into making the constuction of this model as simple as possible and a careful study of these notes and the...
Updated: 05/11/18 10:17:37am by André
ME109 Keil Kraft.The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is a German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. The Bf 109 first saw operational service in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II in 1945. It was one of the most advanced fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. It was powered by a liquid-cooled,...
Updated: 03/11/18 11:55:22pm by André
Mig 15 Keil KraftThe Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-15; USAF/DoD designation: Type 14; NATO reporting name: Fagot) is a jet fighter aircraft developed by Mikoyan-Gurevich for the Soviet Union. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful jet fighters to incorporate swept wings to achieve high transonic speeds. In combat over Korea, it outclassed straight-winged jet day fighters, which were largely relegated to ground-attack roles, and was quickly countered by the similar...
Updated: 03/11/18 12:02:41am by André
Nieuport Keil Kraft.The Nieuport 17 C.1 was a French sesquiplane fighter designed and manufactured by the Nieuport company during World War I. An improved development of the Nieuport 11/16, it was a little larger than its predecessors, and better adapted to the more powerful engine of the N.16. It also incorporated a number of recent innovations, such as the newly-developed Alkan-Hamy synchronization gear, which permitted the use of a fuselage-mounted synchronised Vickers gun, which could safely fire directly...
Updated: 02/11/18 11:37:50pm by André
SkylarkSkylark was Ed Southwick's competitive control line Precision Aerobatics (aka "stunt") model with which he secured a place on the USA
team for the control-line World Championships in the early 1960s. Skylark is a conventionally designed model of that period, with a fully symmetrical wing airfoil, coupled flaps and elevators, and clean lines throughout. What is unusual is that Southwick campaigned his model, and won major competitions, with a "red head" McCoy 35 in an era...
Updated: 02/11/18 02:02:00am by aeroastro
SkyraiderDesigned by Douglas Aircraft's Ed Heineman, the A-1 Skyraider was a single-seater light bomber that served well in the Korean conflict as well as the Vietnam War for US air forces (Navy, Marines, Air Force), and also serving in several Allied countries' air forces. Don Typond has created a really neat trick here: his 50" span control-line Skyraider model may look like an ordinary sport scale flying model, but his Skyraider features a fully symmetrical wing airfoil plus coupled flaps and...
Updated: 30/10/18 03:21:47pm by aeroastro
Slicker 50Presented here is Bill Dean's classic gasser, his 50" span Slicker competition free flight model designed for "A" displacement engines; a .19 CID ignition Bantam is shown on the plans and a modern glow (or diesel) engine in the .09 to .21 CID range would be suitable. The "crutch" fuselage design eases construction of the fuselage and high wing pylon mounting. The fully elliptical flying surfaces will take more work due to the varying rib chord lengths.
The design looks...
Updated: 30/10/18 02:57:38am by aeroastro
SwordSword is a British style control-line plane designed for combat or sport flying, powered by a 2.5 cc (.15 CID) or larger engine, glow or diesel. The design is pure British with the horizontal stab and elevator attached to the wing trailing edge. Construction should be fast and easy, usually the case for combat models due to their normal "expendability" in competitive matches. The long nose moment is perplexing as all the "heavy stuff"
- the engine and tank - are ahead of...
Updated: 27/10/18 05:34:32am by aeroastro
Desert RatDesert Rat's exposed engine mounting, large engine (Fox 35 shown), thin wing, fixed landing gear, and small size marks it as a control-line "Rat Racer" designed and flown by Don Yearout in the early 1960s to the then-current AMA competition specifications. Although some tech details have changed over the years, the intent is still the same: three pilots, racing simultaneously, to cover a large number of laps in the minimum amount of time. A pit stop is mandatory, and the planes are...
Updated: 27/10/18 05:26:37am by Submitted to AeroFred
TadpoleThis Tadpole is a free flight glider designed by Peter Law for the FAI F1A "Nordic A-2" towline glider event. The plane has an unusually high 13:1 aspect ratio and is reputed to perform well in windy as well as calm air conditions. While a nice design to consider for sport flying, this editor notes that the plans shown are a scan of the original Aeromodeller article, and thus the 1/6th scale plans aren't full size and would have to be enlarged to full-size for construction work; the...
Updated: 27/10/18 02:30:40am by aeroastro
ThunderboltThunderbolt was designed by Britisher Bill Morley in the mid '50s following then-current control line aerobatics design trends established by Bob Palmer with his Smoothie and Thunderbird designs. Morley's Thunderbolt spans 49 inches, sports flaps and elevator coupling, and overall has looks quite similar to Aldrich's Nobler. Thunderbolt is sized for a 3.5 to 5 cc motor, diesel shown on the plans, and a glow .25 would also be a suitable powerplant. Construction is quite orthodox and the plane...
Updated: 27/10/18 02:14:57am by aeroastro
Sabre Keil KraftThe North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, is a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as the United States' first swept wing fighter that could counter the swept-wing Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights in the skies of the Korean War (1950–1953), fighting some of the earliest jet-to-jet battles in history. Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in that war, the F-86 is also rated highly in...
Updated: 27/10/18 12:44:12am by André
Tadpole RCEric Clutton designed Tadpole, a 31"span tail-less rudder-only sport plane powered by a powerful Cox
TD 020. The plane's all-balsa construction is really simple: a simple swept wing sanded to shape, v-dihedral and retained by rubber bands; and a balsa "box" fuselage to hold the motor and contain the electronics, a compound escapement for the original. Suggested modernizations include a small electric propulsion system to replace the Cox TD 020; and two micro servos for elevator...
Updated: 26/10/18 08:24:31pm by aeroastro
TravelerKen Willard, small model-meister, designed Traveler in 1957 as a small r/c sport plane that could be disassembled and stowed onboard a commercial airliner of that era - Douglas DC-6's and DC-7's - under a passenger's seat, allowing an ambitious modeler to have a flyable model airplane at the final destination. To eliminate need for a starting battery, Willard's 34"span all-balsa sportster was powered by an .049 diesel motor, and the plans show a custom carrying case for the airplane....
Updated: 26/10/18 08:05:53pm by aeroastro
S.E.5 Keil KraftThe Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 was a British biplane fighter aircraft of the First World War. It was developed at the Royal Aircraft Factory by a team consisting of Henry Folland, John Kenworthy and Major Frank Goodden. It was one of the fastest aircraft of the war, while being both stable and relatively manoeuvrable. According to aviation author Robert Jackson, the S.E.5 was: "the nimble fighter that has since been described as the 'Spitfire of World War One'".
In most respects...
Updated: 26/10/18 12:44:01am by André
UproarUproar is Britisher Chris Olsen's aerobatic radio control airplane, developed in the late 1950s, highly competitive in aerobatic competitions of that era. Powered by a glow engine in the .29 to .40 class, the 72" airplane features a fully-symmetrical wing airfoil, the key to its performance. The original airplane weighed 88 ounces and with modern equipment, should weigh much less for control of motor, ailerons, elevators, and rudder: Olsen's airborne radio equipment weighed 2 1/2 pounds!...
Updated: 24/10/18 03:03:59pm by aeroastro
Eclipson YDesigned by Alvaro Trespaderne from Spain, the model Y is a nice little high wing highly efficient trainer/sports plane. It´s simple construction and nature inspired solutions make it an easy build for beginners and an interesting option for those wanting to step into the printed planes scene...
Here are the specs:
Wing area: 12dm2
Aspect Ratio: 7,2
Airfoil : NACA2412
Print Weight: 400gr
Takeoff Weight: 740gr
Stall speed: 28kmh
Maximum speed: 70kmh
Updated: 24/10/18 09:18:09am by Eclipson
Sopwith Camel Keil KraftThe Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It was developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and became one of the most iconic fighter aircraft of the First World War.
The Camel was powered by a single rotary engine and was armed with twin synchronized machine guns. Though proving difficult to handle, it provided for a high level of manoeuvrability to an experienced...
Updated: 23/10/18 01:08:49am by André
Northern PikeRequired RC Parts:
Motor: Emax 2306-2400kv or equivalent. This motor weighs around 34 grams and puts out 1700 grams of thrust.
ESC: 35A for the recommended motor
Prop: 6045 HQ Style Prop
Servos: 2x 9 gram. Metal gear recommended, but cheapos will probably work.
Battery: 2200mAh-3000mAh 3-4 Cell Lipo
Pushrods: ~.040 - .060"
Elevon Hinge Wire: 1/16" wire or ~1.7mm
Hatch Magnets : 4 - 10x2mm round or smaller (amazon has them cheap)
Optional: This plane is built for FPV, so there's an...
Updated: 22/10/18 08:12:48am by localfiend3d
PiranhaPiranha is a high performance non-motorized glider, and two separate wings are shown on the plans. The first wing spans 73 inches and is designed for aerobatics, either on the slope or launched from an aerotow. The second wing is 87 inches span and is designed for multi-task FAI F3B competition - speed, distance, and duration - launched from electric winches or high starts; this larger wing features flaperons (combined flaps and ailerons from a mechanical
'mixer'). In either version the plane...
Updated: 22/10/18 02:45:21am by Soleilius
Civy Boy 24Paul Gilliam's Civy Boy was a very successful powered free flight design through the early 1950s, replicated in several different sizes to compete in the various engine-classed competitive events. The Civy Boy's distinctive design features include a high pylon, elliptical flying surfaces, and a long tail moment. This version, Civy Boy 24, was designed for the then-new K&B Infant Torpedo .020. If built and flown today, a Cox Pee Wee reed-valve .020 would be adequate power, a Cox Tee Dee...
Updated: 21/10/18 05:37:21pm by aeroastro
Flying Aces Twin PusherHere's a real "golden oldie" that may not be familiar to most modelers today: from the 1930s, a rubber-powered twin pusher-propeller free flight model! Model layout is extremely simple. The fuselage is an "A" frame made from 1/8" x 5/16" balsa sticks; the front and rear wing surfaces sit on top of the "A" frame, made from sheet balsa with slight dihedral. The key to the model's performance is having two propellers - one normal pitch, the second with...
Updated: 20/10/18 10:19:19pm by aeroastro
Forney AircoupePresented here are the assembly instructions for a 1/2A sport control-line aircraft of the Forney Aircoupe, a low wing civil aircraft from the 1930s. Designed by Walt Musciano for a 1/2A engine, the instructions are lacking dimensions and other information to "scratch build" a replica. Nevertheless, the design approach employed by Musciano for this Scientific Models kit would be readily "repurposed" to make a sport control liner without too much effort. One suggestion would...
Updated: 20/10/18 09:57:02pm by aeroastro
GnatClaude McCullough designed the Gnat in 1947, a competitive "gas" free flight spanning 40 inches and sized for a .19 to .21 spark ignition motor. McCullough was a native Iowan and accomplished tremendous achievements in model aviation including excelling in numerous Scale competitions at National and International levels; designing numerous models as well as kits for Sig Manufacturing; and serving in multiple leadership positions in the Academy of Model Aeronautics, including being the...
Updated: 20/10/18 09:51:04pm by aeroastro
Happy MediumDetroiter Ernie Shailor designed Happy Medium in the early 50s to compete in free flight powered-model endurance contests in that era; the plane now qualifies as an "Old Timer" suitable for flying in vintage design contests sponsored by SAM, the Society of Antique Modelers. Spanning 70 inches and sized for Forster 29 or 31 power, the 'cabin' plane should be easy to build with its constant chord flat-bottomed airfoil wing and horizontal stabilizer. Although designed for free flight...
Updated: 20/10/18 04:54:53pm by aeroastro
Stunt King Keil Kraft.THIS purely functional design has been developed especially for the Yulon 30, one of the hottest motors for stunt flying yet produced. The original model, which won the Gold Trophy at the '49 Nationals, was built in November 1948 and at the time of writing is still in good flying order. The construction has been kept ultra simple for easy maintenance and to enable minor repairs to be made easily and quickly on the field.
For transport convenience, the wing is detachable, and this feature has...
Updated: 20/10/18 12:28:37am by André
Hooptee CL RacerDetroit's resident "control-line speed merchant" John Kilsdonk designed the Hooptee to compete in the AMA's Event 311, "Rat" Racing. The event rules have evolved over the years but in the 1960s, the racing event featured the following: .40 CID engine displacement maximum, 70 and 140 lap racing 'heats' with three pilots racing simultaneously, and at least one mandatory refueling stop. The models were small, high-powered, extremely fast, and built ruggedly to withstand the...
Updated: 20/10/18 12:26:14am by aeroastro
KunstvliegKuntsvlieg ("artificial fly", "fly") is a high performance control line plane designed for a .15 CID (2.49 cc) motor - a 2.49 cc diesel is shown on the plans and a .09 to .20 glow motor would be a suitable range. Spanning 36" with a constant chord wing and simple construction, the plane promises sparkiing performance with its thin symmetrical wing airfoil and generous elevator surface areas. The designer, C.P. M. Bouter, harks from Antwerp Belgium and the plans are...
Updated: 18/10/18 03:01:22am by aeroastro
Mile MasterMile Master was designed by long-time control line 'speed merchant' Larry Grogan to compete in the "B" Proto Speed control line speed event, AMA Event 306. There are significant differences between a Proto Speed model and other control line racing models: the Proto Speed entries must have a fixed landing gear, a semi-scale appearance with a fully cowled motor, and for B Proto, the engine displacement is limited to .1526 to .3051 CID dispalcement. From a standing start, the model is...
Updated: 17/10/18 02:51:00am by aeroastro
Miss San DiegoMiss San Diego was an ignition engine-powered free flight model designed by Elbert J. Weathers in the late 1930s. The 48" span wing is fairly high aspect ratio and is suspended above the fuselage in a "parasol" wire arrangement that would take care and attention to rig properly with the correct wing incidence angle. Aside from the parasol setup, the remainder of the plane's structure is straightforward and should yield a lightweight airframe; the original model's all-up-weight,...
Updated: 17/10/18 02:07:57am by aeroastro
Nor-EasterNor-Easter is Jim Daly's competition-proven Nordic A-2 towline glider, flown in the FAI F1A class with the plane launched from a 50 meter long towline. Jim developed the plane to fly in typical New England weather conditions that during a contest day, can range from calm to 30 mph winds. In particular, as is typical of most Nordic A-2 designs, the wing airfoil is thin and requires excellent craftsmanship to build warp-free and true. The 72" span wing breaks down to two sections to ease...
Updated: 16/10/18 10:32:39pm by aeroastro
Nervous NellieRoy Clough is renowned for his original and innovative approach to model aircraft designs, and Nervous Nellie is a great example! The plane at first glance looks like a 'vanilla' high-wing sport control line model designed for .049 to .10 engines; a McCoy 09 diesel is shown on the plans. Upon closer inspection however, some Clough-inspired features emerge. First, the wing airfoil is a fairly thick fully symmetrical section that promises good aerobatic performance upright or inverted at low to...
Updated: 16/10/18 09:56:03pm by aeroastro
Palla d'OroThe stylish model presented here, Palla d'Oro (Gold Ball), is a 1/2A version of the larger free flight model designed by Uberto Travagli in 1946. Beautifully rendered in CAD by Turi Russo in 2005, the 52" span design is exquisitely drawn with a Cox .049 reed valve engine shown for propulsion. Elevator and rudder control surfaces are shown on the plans so presumably the plane can be flown either as a free flight or as a 2-channel radio control sport model. Detailed notes are shown on the...
Updated: 16/10/18 06:08:19pm by aeroastro
SL16 BongoBongo was designed by Spinelli Lucio in the mid 1940s and subsequently kitted by the Italian Modellisimo company. Spanning 67 inches and sized for a .29 engine - gasoline ignition, glow, or diesel are present-day options - the plane is large and light for its size. The wing appears to be designed as a two-piece affair, bolted together in the center. The fuselage has a fairly broad cross section at the front, tapering to rear using a series of 'shell' type formers. Although there are detailed...
Updated: 16/10/18 05:37:51pm by aeroastro
Sky FlyerSky Flyer is an interesting design from the late 1940s, a racing-style model designed by Bill Patterson to be flown while tethered by a strong wire attached to the fuselage and inner wingtip, a style of flying also known as "round-the-pole" or RTP. The model is fairly big at 24 inches span and powered by a "B" sized ignition engine of that era, a Thor "B" ignition engine. The plane has a stylish appearance with an elliptical planform "Jedelsky" wing, twin...
Updated: 16/10/18 05:21:25am by aeroastro
Sandy Hogan 70Designed in the late 40s for the then-new glow motors, Sandy Hogan 70 was Dennis Davis' potent "B" class gas free flight model designed for 0.29 CID glow engines. Kitted by Berkeley Models, the Sandy Hogan spanned 70 inches and with 700 square inches wing area, was capable of scorching climbs and soft, thermal-catching glides. Its construction exemplified many good design practices seen in other gas free flight models thereafter: high pylon to control power, a D-tube planked wing...
Updated: 16/10/18 04:57:43am by aeroastro
The "Eagle"This is a really interesting model, plan and article. In November 1995, Don Knight 'revisited' the very first model aircraft design published by Aeromodeller magazine in November 1935 by a Mr. Burchell! The "Eagle" is a basic design, rubber-powered, and was definitely "old school" all the way! The primary building material was birch plywood (!) nailed together at joints, with sparse use of balsa. While not worth duplicating with plywood as was done by Mr Knight and clearly...
Updated: 20/09/18 02:35:04am by aeroastro
Dummy LifterDummy Lifter is a 36" span free flight model designed for the payload event sponsored through the late 1950s by Pan American Airways. Models were limited to .049 CID maximum and had to carry a pilot figure - of a specified shape and weight - from an ROG takeoff to achieve a flight 'maximum' with a limited engine run. The plane would be great fun as a free flight or radio control sport aircraft, powered by a .049 glow or Diesel engine, or by a suitably chosen electric propulsion unit....
Updated: 18/09/18 12:11:22am by aeroastro
ExcaliburExcalibur is the irrepressible Ray Malmstrom's semi-scale, sport free flight, Jetex rocket motor model of the Douglas twin engine bomber designed and produced for the USAF as the B-66 Destroyer, and the USN as the A-3 Skywarrior (the heaviest carrier-based aircraft ever, and without ejection seats!). Construction of this 20" span sport plane is suitable for beginners, but as Jetex rocket motors are no longer available, discontinued several decades ago, the model is either destined for...
Updated: 16/09/18 11:07:01pm by aeroastro
Floridian A2Bill and Betty Bell were a husband-and-wife team who were extremely competitive and successful in free flight events, including several AMA Nationals, in the early 1960s. Bill designed the Floridian for the FAI F1A "Nordic A2" towline event, and his wife Betty used this design to win a place on the USA Free Flight team that competed in the 1961 World Championships in Austria - a substantially impressive achievement for a female aero modeller! The Floridian features a 66"...
Updated: 14/09/18 09:46:31pm by aeroastro
Fly SnatcherFly Snatcher is a 1/2A sized control line sport biplane, 18" wingspan and all balsa, designed in the early 40s for the then-new gasoline ignition Atom engine. Sporting a "sorta Pitts" appearance, the plane would be fun to fly with a sport .049 engine, glow or diesel - thus eliminating the weight and bother of the Atom's points, condenser, and on-board motor battery. The plane would be easier to build with the following suggested changes to the original (and 1/2 sized) plans:...
Updated: 14/09/18 09:21:42pm by aeroastro
FrescoFresco is a control line racer designed for the FAI F2A Team Racer event. The competition rules are strict and demand the utmost in design and flight operations for the fliers to be successful. Engine displacement is limited to 2.5 cc (.15 CID), fuel is an alcohol/castor oil blend (no nitromethane), the plane's fuel tank is extremely limited capacity thus requiring "NASCAR-like" pit stops to refuel and relaunch during a round; several pilots and models fly simultaneously during a...
Updated: 14/09/18 02:41:15am by aeroastro
GH 20The model presented here, GH 20 designed by G. Elsegood, is a 1/2 size version of G. W. Harris' rubber powered free flight Wakefield design from the early 1940s. Spanning 20", the Elsegood version would be much easier to build and transport compared to the 2X original design, perfectly adequate for sport free flight flying. A single blade folding propeller is shown on the plans, but a conventional 2-blade propeller, plastic or folder, would be perfectly suitable. A dethermalizer isn't...
Updated: 14/09/18 01:42:44am by aeroastro
Cessna 310The Cessna 310 is an American six-seat, low-wing, twin-engined monoplane that was produced by Cessna between 1954 and 1980. It was the first twin-engined aircraft that Cessna put into production after World War II. a military version was introduced in 1957. Initially it was called an L-27A a which was later changed to U-3A.
This model was designed by Bud Nosen who is a well-known model airplane designer, builder and flyer. This is a large model at 120 1/2 inch wingspan powered by two .60...
Updated: 12/09/18 11:56:22pm by kenb
Spitfire MK IX3D Printed 1.7 meter/67in span Spitfire MK IX
This Spitfire MK IX is a work of art and an engineering marvel... And it flies so well.
I thought that after seeing the Mig-15 I had seen it all but no, this Spitfire is beyond imagination, so many details, so many new and intelligent solutions like the new sliding canopy or the new motor mount and firewall system, just to mention a few.
This model is supplied with two front sections so you can use a longer or a shorter motor and has no logos...
Updated: 12/09/18 11:10:43am by 3dlabprint
P38 Lightning (Scaled Up)This is a scaled up version of the 3dlabprint P-38 with 183cm wingspan and 2300g of bare print weight.
Apart from being a huge model and probably a great flier, the original is so this one can only fly better, scaling up these planes doesn´t come free of problems, minor problems in this case:
1. Finding retracts to suit at 100% may not be easy, you may have to adapt, which should not be that hard with adapter plates with holes for the airframe fixing positions and holes for the retracts you...
Updated: 12/09/18 11:09:41am by 3dlabprint
Eclipson ZThe Eclipson Z is an evolution from the model Y, the same stream lined fuselage but low wing. The low wing with curved wingtips give this model great stability and controlled flight making it a good choice for beginner to intermediate pilots looking for a small flier.
Here are the specs:
Wing area: 13dm2
Aspect Ratio: 9,8
Airfoil : NACA2412
Print Weight: 475gr
Takeoff Weight: 770gr
Stall speed: 27kmh
Maximum speed: 80kmh
Wing loading: 59g/dm²
Updated: 29/08/18 08:47:04am by Eclipson
GullieGullie is a sport free flight model designed by C.E. Read that has a number of eye-catching design features. The 50" span model, sized for a 1.5 cc glow or diesel motor, sports a "gull" type dihedral arrangement - check the plans for the ply dihedral brace and you'll get the general idea. The longish fuselage is laid out in semi-racing plane style and the tail has twin rudders on the ends of the horizontal stabilizer. The plane would be a good candidate for micro radio control...
Updated: 22/08/18 08:30:50pm by aeroastro
Pop-CornLe "Pop Corn" is an antique-styled, small, electic powered, Parasol RC design featuring a triangular fuselage cross section, with sheet sides in front and open structure in back. None-the- less, construction is fairly conventional, featuring standard "stick-building" technique for the fuselage and a sheet wing with ribs to provide the airfoil, with the exception of some wire-rigging which is structural... The wing is attached only at the centerline and requires the...
Updated: 22/08/18 08:01:21pm by JVESPER11
Hi Tee 13Ireland's John O'Sullivan, a master free flight model designer and flier, designed the Hi Tee 13 as a competitive 'gas' free flight model using well-proven design features: a moderately high wing pylon and aspect ratio, lightweight and stiff construction, and the vertical stabilizer installed behind the horizontal stabilizer. Spanning 46 inches and sized for a high-revving Cox TD 09, the model would be well-suited for the competitive free flight class using a high performance electric motor. ...
Updated: 22/08/18 03:05:08pm by aeroastro
Indoor ChampionThe model depicted is an extremely specialized competition model: Merrick "Pete" Andrews' microfilm covered, rubber-powered ' cabin' model designed for duration competition in absolutely calm indoor flying sites. Specialized skills are required to design, build, and fly these lightweight models - the 26" span model shown has a structure weight of 0.051 ounces! Pete was a long time free flight competitor in the indoor and outdoor events, was a member of several US teams, and...
Updated: 22/08/18 03:50:39am by aeroastro
STEARMAN PT-17 KAYDET3D Printed STEARMAN PT-17 KAYDET
/// This model was reviewed on RCM&E July 2018 ///
The article can be downloaded below or you can purchase the magazine that is currently on sale.
This is a very detailed PT-17 Kaydet. Includes a 3D printed radial engine that you can paint with chrome acrylic paint, seats and even instruments dashboard and landing gear with telescopic legs.
Can be printed in yellow and blue as in the pictures or one one single colour, natural (transparent),...
Updated: 20/08/18 11:49:30pm by 3dlabprint
BeeThe Bee is an old-time Free-Flight model, originally powered by a classic spark ignition model engine. Displacement is not specified on the plans but, given the size, my guess would be in the .15 to .30 range.
The model has an exceptionally short nose moment, which could lead one to expect to need a lot of nose weight. It also features a simply huge rear stab at 92 sq "
The plans are a single page, specifying wood thickness, but not material. Significantly, it does not include...
Updated: 15/08/18 08:16:41pm by JVESPER11
Cessna 1523d Printed Cessna 152 Kit
Includes a mod (an extra part) to allow you to fix the motor from the back side so it does not gets too hot and also includes an extra cowl that instead of the motor fixing has a wide opening to allow air to get in and cool the motor.
It´s also advisable to secure/lock the wing with a nylon screw on top. The wing is attached to the fuselage by a sliding rail, this works pretty well to secure the wing but it may slide back so the screw is just a security...
Updated: 13/08/18 12:56:27pm by 3dlabprint
3d Printed "Ugly"StickThis is my version of the classic "ugly" stick RC planes it has 1166mm wing span (46 inch) and is Fully 3d printed using PLA plastic.
The printed weight is about 1200g(2.7lbs) & all up flying weight should be around 1500 to 1650 grams (3.3 to 3.6 lbs.) using : https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-d3530-14-1100kv-brushless-outrunner-motor.html with a 9 X 6 prop, a 2200mAh 60C battery, a 40A ESC, and 4 X Tower Pro MG90S servos or similar
All my printing for this plane was done on...
Updated: 09/08/18 02:32:02pm by tfrancis
Curtiss P-6 Type III HawkThe Curtiss P-6 Hawk was a single engine, single-seater biplane fighter-bomber originally developed for the US Navy in the early 1930s. There were several variants in this "Hawk" family, and the model presented here represents the XF11C-3 and XBF2C-1 'Goshawk' prototypes for the production versions that were manufactured in small numbers for the US Navy, including carrier squadron duties, proving to be moderately successful as an export aircraft for China, Thailand, Turkey, and...
Updated: 05/08/18 03:47:13am by aeroastro
Excelsior 720Excelsior 720 is an AMA "C gas" free flight model designed by Dave Rounsaville, a member of the legendary Brooklyn Skyscrapers, an extremely dedicated free flight model club based in New York City (!). The Excelsior is sized for a .40 CID high performance glow engine running on pressure with the engine runs terminated by a timer; a K&B .40 is shown on the plans. The wing is mounted on a fairly high pylon to control the engine thrust during the quite rapid powered flight phase, ...
Updated: 27/07/18 11:37:23pm by Submitted to AeroFred
Stinson SR-9 Reliant 1-4 scaleStinson SR-9 Reliant 1/4 scale by Dick Barron. A real beauty drawn out on 6 sheets including formers and ribs. This is a fairly difficult model to find. Scratch builders will want to have several builds under their belts before attempting a model of this scale and detail.
While this model is difficult to find Top Flite makes a very similar 1/3 scale kit which may be better served for the less experienced builder that may want to try their hand at large scale models. The video shows this...
Updated: 23/07/18 01:34:46am by CoMIYC69
Loffler L-8 Wakefield WinnerEast Germany's Joachim Loffler competed in the 1963 Free Flight World Championship, held at Wiener-Neustadt, Austria, with his L-8 Wakefield rubber-powered free flight design, and emerged as the World Champion flying two similar models, one of which is shown here. The design is elegant with its elliptical planform flying surfaces, a fairly long tail moment, and a relatively small horizontal stab area. Compared to today's state-of-art Wakefield (FAI class F1B), the L-8 design isn't cluttered...
Updated: 18/07/18 04:03:27am by aeroastro
Little JoeLittle Joe is a 'cute' low-wing 1/2A sport control-liner designed by Carl Snyder in the early 1950s. The 21" span plane has a attractive racer-like appearance and would be well suited for a Cox reed-valve engine or equivalent power motor, not a high-revving competitive motor such as a TD 049, Holland Hornet, or a CS 049. This editor notes that the plane is built with substantial amounts of 1/32" balsa for wing and fuselage planking. Working with balsa sheet this thin requires extra...
Updated: 16/07/18 10:27:03pm by aeroastro
Little SabreLittle Sabre is a 1/2A sport control-line model, a "sorta scale" of the F-86 Sabre jet, designed by Walt Musciano for Scientific Models in the early 50s. Common to Musciano's numerous other similar aircraft, the 18" span Little Sabre is all-balsa with a hollowed out "balsa log" fuselage and all-sheet flying surfaces. A more practical, and lighter, fuselage would easily be created using a simple 'box' construction or a simple sheet balsa profile fuselage. The drawing...
Updated: 16/07/18 03:50:07pm by aeroastro
Magee "Challenger"The Magee "Challenger" is Peter Miller's whimsical sport free flight model of a 1920s era aircraft, not scale by any means but having a certain pixie-ish personality with its single parasol-mounted wing configuration looking similar to a monoplane wing Jenny biplane. Span is 23" and power is a GM 120 CO2 engine and extremely light building materials are needed to produce a good performing model. The attached Aeromodeller construction article has a delightful (and evidently...
Updated: 14/07/18 11:40:13pm by aeroastro
O-High-OO-High-O is a rubber-powered free flight model designed for the FAI F1B "Wakefield" competition class. The designers, Joe Elgin and George Reich, are legendary free flight modelers from the Cleveland (Ohio) Balsa Butchers club, and O-High-O was designed to provide novice free flighters with competitive performance using conventional (for the model class!) building techniques. The plans are quite detailed and show details of the folding propeller and tip-up horizontal stabilizer...
Updated: 14/07/18 01:44:51am by aeroastro
Denight SpecialDenight Special
The full scale Denight Special was a competitive pylon racing aircraft, and this model is Joe Martin's rendition, published in 1965 when the first model aircraft were being designed and flown for the then-new NMPRA (National Miniature Pylon Racing Association) pylon racing event. With the new emphasis on scale-like appearance, these planes were much more attractive with realistic flight appearances compared to previous pylon racers. The model's designer,...
Updated: 30/06/18 09:54:36am by aeroastro
Blizzard(...) [To make the Blizzard] My first step was to adapt a version of my HI-Tee and Executioner open power models from the 60's. I rescaled them to 36 inches projected and this is what I came up with. The fuselage is of 1/16" triangular section with carbon longerons. The wings are based on the Hi-Tee planform with Executioner semi Geodetic structure.
Hardware is coming from Hobby King (various Escs motors and batteries).
Fuselage is complete but I left it with a bit of nose overlength to...
Updated: 20/06/18 05:29:11am by André
OptimoOptimo was designed in the mid 1950s by Czech modeler Z. Tucek for competition gas-powered free flight use. The plane has a classic look with a high fuselage pylon, elliptical shaped flying surfaces, and slightly undercambered NACA 4409 wing airfoil; in many respects, the Optimo has a strong similarity to Carl Goldberg's Sailplane gas model that was designed and flown in that same era. The model was later modified to incorporate radio-controlled rudder & elevator control, plus throttle...
Updated: 05/06/18 12:28:15am by aeroastro
SPITFIRE MK XVI3D Printed SPITFIRE MK XVI
This Spitfire is a 3 channel plane (throttle, elevator and ailerons) and requires something similar to a Turnigy D3530/14 1100KV (or a 3536 about 1000 kv), a 30A ESC and a 2200mAh 3S Lithium Polymer battery pack.
This plane has no landing gear, it has to be hand launched and land on its belly, it needs a little speed and its very controllable and a joy to fly.
There are a few power set suggestions below and in the manual but I´ve flown it with the 3530 3s...
Updated: 04/06/18 02:45:34pm by 3dlabprint
P51-D MUSTANG3D Printed P51-D MUSTANG
This plane has two possible front sections, the one you see in the images above and one with the inner structure pulled back about 2.5cm. This second front section allows the use os a longer can motor like a D3530 that will be fully enclosed in the fuselage.
A D3530 1200 kv with a 3s 2000/2300 mA/h battery is more than enough to fly this plane pretty fast.
Lenght: 807mm (31.8in)
Wingspan: 992mm (39.1in)
Height: 226mm (8.9in)
Wing area: 17.1 dm2
Updated: 04/06/18 02:45:06pm by 3dlabprint
MESSERSCHMITT BF 109T3D Printed MESSERSCHMITT BF 109T
This Me-109T is a great scale plane, 4 chanels and includes 3d printed gauges to make the bent piano wire landing gears.
Also includes two front sections and two spinner sets to allow the use of short and long can motors as suggested in the manual.
Lenght: 771mm, 30.35in
Wingspan: 978mm, 38.5in
Height: 170mm, 6.7in
Wing area: 17.5 dm2
Wing loading: 51.0 g/dm2
Airfoil: aircombat modificated
Print weight: 410g(14.5oz)
Takeoff weight (6s 1300...
Updated: 04/06/18 02:43:37pm by 3dlabprint
EasyMaxThe EasyMax is an easy to fly and easy to assemble "warm liner". You will need 3 servos, one for each half wing and one for the elevator and a 10mm carbon fibre tube, around 46cm long.
If you´re thinking about a low cost 3d model simple to setup and fly you have this one or the QTrainer.
All parts can be printed on demand and replaced on the ready built model.
Lenght: approx 1033mm (40.7in)
Wingspan: 1527mm (60.1in)
Height: 177mm (7.1in)
Wing area: 29.6 dm2
Updated: 04/06/18 02:42:52pm by 3dlabprint
SandowSandow is Cal Smith's 1/2 free flight design for the payload lifting competition sponsored through the early 1950s by Pan
American Airways (PAA). Spanning 36 inches and powered by an .049 glow engine, the objectives included carrying a
set-weight pilot figure in an enclosed cabin, rise-off-ground takeoffs, and achieving a target flight time with a timer-cutff
engine run. The plane is straightforward to build - suitable for a first model - and would be an excellent candidate for free flight...
Updated: 03/06/18 06:01:38pm by aeroastro
Ultimate Kaos 60The Ultimate Kaos 60 is a large aerobatic plane designed for competition by Joe Bridi and spanning 62", featuring all-balsa construction and powered by a .45 to .61 2-stroke or .61 to .91 4-stroke.
The plans show mounting details for both a tricycle or tail dragger landing gear setups. This particular
Kaos version was kitted by Direct Connection R/C in the 70s and 80s and isn't available today. Similarly sized Bridi pattern model kits are available from www.bridiairplanes.com at extremely...
Updated: 02/06/18 04:36:07am by aeroastro
PayeePayee is Woody Blanchard's "PAA-Load" free flight model, .049 glow engine powered, designed for the 1955-1956 rules established by the event's sponsor, Pan American Airways. For those rules, the model had to perform a Rise-Off-Ground takeoff carrying a 1 oz payload and a "dummy" pilot figure inside an enclosed cabin structure. The flight objective, with a timer-cutoff limited engine run, was to fly a "max" time by catching a passing thermal. Payee was kitted by...
Updated: 01/06/18 03:37:29am by aeroastro
Arrow 60Type Model: Radio Control, Speed/Racing
Construction: Built-up balsa
Wingspan:63 inches, lw-wing, no dihedral
Engine: single engine;10cc ).61 cu in)
Designer: Wolfgang & Gunther Matt
Magazine: Model Airplane News
Plan Language: English
This "Arrow" model airplane is/was the 1979 World Champion I'm assuming for a speed oriented event. The plans don't say. The wings and horizontal stabilizer are balsa covered foam. While the fuselage is typical balsa slab-side construction. The...
Updated: 30/05/18 12:24:18pm by kenb
HeraldHerald is a free flight powered model, designed in the early 1940s by Gene Chaille for an O&R 23 ignition motor. Spanning 52", the plane featured a high pylon for wing mounting, a pod-and-boom fuselage reinforced by a 3/8" OD aluminum tube, and twin rudders. First published in 1941 Air Trails magazine, the design was redrawn by Al Patterson and republished in the June 1982 issue of Model Builder. The design qualifies for Old Timer competitions hosted by the Society of Antique...
Updated: 29/05/18 03:46:59am by aeroastro
Fairey Swordfish Mk IThe Fairey Swordfish was a biplane torpedo bomber designed by the Fairey Aviation Company and used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during World War II. Initially operated primarily as a fleet attack aircraft, during its later years it was used as an anti-submarine and training craft. This 37" span model is a beautifully designed free flight scale model designed for small diesel motors in the .75 to 1.3 cc range. The plans are quite detailed and a nice design touch is having the wing...
Updated: 04/05/18 04:49:02pm by aeroastro
Mig-3This is an excellent set of plans and one BIG airplane! While it may not be perfectly scale, it is close. It is 1/4 scale which makes for a an unusually large airplane for only a 3 cubic inch engine. I am downloading the four pages of plans and it is on my list of things to do. I think it will make an excellent scale airplane capable of some mild aerobatics.
The full-scale Mig-3 was not considered "successful" as far as fighters go, but we must remember this was the era of the...
Updated: 26/04/18 07:46:28pm by granddadr
Avia B-534In 1932, the Czechoslovak aircraft company flew a first prototype of a single-engined fighter biplane, the Avia B-34, designed by František Novotný. After modification, the Czechoslovak Ministry of Defence placed an order for B-34s. A second prototype, the Avia B-34/2, was built, which was intended to be powered by a 600 horsepower (450 kW) Avia Rr 29 radial engine instead of the Hispano-Suiza 12N V12 engine of the first prototype and the initial production series. This engine proved prone...
Updated: 25/04/18 06:10:20pm by derfred
Lil Tri SquireThis plan is from a Lil Tri-Squire 1/2A RC trainer kit designed by Vince Micchia in the 1970s. It has a 41 inch wingspan with an approximate ward of 8 1/4 inches. The plans call for Cox TD or medallion.049 glow engine. The plans contain ample information to build this model airplane as the fuselage is rectangular cross-section built of 3/32 sheet balsa with balsa formers. The wing being constant cord of 8 1/4 inches requires one template to trace the wing rib outline onto 3/32 sheet balsa. It's...
Updated: 20/04/18 03:31:53pm by kenb
Stylus Glider RCMThe Stylus was designed for hand launched thermal flight. Launching is a little different, however. Since the Stylus has such a low wing loading, it is harder to get a high launch than with a heavy glider. But once up in the air, the Stylus flies slower and has a lower sink rate. Flight times in still air seem to compare closely with the other hand launch designs I have seen.
Thermal flight is a joy. The slightest wisp of lift is enough to keep Stylus airborne. Turns are very tight and flat....
Updated: 03/04/18 02:42:20pm by CoMIYC69
Sr Falcon 69inThe history making Sr. Falcon ARF is a sharp, sport airplane built from the blueprints of the classic Sr. Falcon kit. Back in the 60 s & 70 s, the Sr. Falcon was a 60 size airplane. With today's engine technology, the Sr. Falcon performs better than ever with most 40 size engines. For true tracking, smooth control response and predictability, nothing has ever topped the Sr. Falcon. Its light loading puts things in slow motion for beginners, but its semi-symmetrical airfoil and airfoil...
Updated: 07/03/18 02:17:54pm by CoMIYC69
Zipity-Do-DaZipity-Do-Da is a 64" span flying wing sport aerobatic model designed by Bill Evans, prolific designer of the 'Simitar' flying wing series with offerings in a wide variety of sizes. This particular aircraft is designed for a .40 CID glow engine and features a foam wing with overlaid sheet balsa LE and TE sheeting as well as capstrips. Controls are motor, ailerons, and elevator and although a sliding tray is shown for aileron/elevator mixing, most modern radios can handle...
Updated: 26/02/18 03:50:58pm by aeroastro
Playboy Senior LeisureThe Playboy Senior produced by Leisure Electronics Company is scaled (according to the plans) from the 1940 – 1941 Playboy Senior which in its day was state-of-the-art. His 1981 rendition of the Playboy Senior was designed and drawn by Bob Sliff. This 1981 version of the Playboy senior uses a brushed electric motor with a reduction gearbox with no indication of the gears ratio. The general consensus on the RC groups website is to use a brushless electric motor and appropriate ESC and a 3S...
Updated: 23/02/18 09:23:33pm by kenb
Das Ugly StikFrom time to time a model comes along that just hooks everybody into building it, Das Ugly Stik is one. A classic designed by 'Phil Kraft' a model builder, pilot and pioneer of proportional radio control equipment. Phil, designed Das Ugly Stik, as a workhorse that was cheap and quick to build. There are many variants of Das Ugly Stik this plan is from the Jensen Enterprises kit. There are other plans for bigger or smaller ones, wood, or foam, the only size not built is fullsize. They are all...
Updated: 20/02/18 06:36:14pm by ramblejeff
HiperbipeSorrell SNS-7 Hiperbipe - Scale model for Radio control. A bigger Hyperbipe .40-.60 size scale biplane of the homebuilt EAA type.
"It has that name for a very good reason. I saw my first one at an air show back in the 70's and it was awesome! It was the first plane to do a knife edge loop and yes the model will scare the poop out of you if you're expecting something docile, or somewhat docile."
Not a beginners best choice but a real challenge to complete and pilot.
Watch the video...
Updated: 20/02/18 03:10:23pm by skippydi
MACCHI M39The Macchi M.39 is a Hydroplane "sea-plane" with a configuration developed by the firm Italian Aeronautica-Macchi Aeronautics for participating in the Coppa-Schneider Cup of 1926. The fuselage was entirely built with a wooden structure, dressed in scale and in the sections in proximity of the motor, in metal. Also the wing used the same principle: two longerons set in fir on which the wing was inserted into the fuselage relief supporting a covering in scale. The wing was strengthened...
Updated: 20/02/18 03:09:11pm by PepitoM
ScavengerDon McGovern's "Scavenger" is yet another of his humongous "flying boats" for amphibian lovers. Designed for a .30 to .56 glow engine installed over the wing on a fuselage-mounted central pylon, the Scavenger can be rigged to operate from a hard surface using the tricycle landing gear, or from water with the landing gear removed. This editor notes with astonishment that the Scavenger could be flown as a free flight (!!) or as rudder-only(!), but the best controls...
Updated: 26/01/18 02:57:11am by aeroastro
Back to FrontK J Wallace has designed a really unique rubber-powered free flight model to fly in the P-30 event: his "Back to Front" model features a swept-forward main wing, a swept-back forward canard flying surface, and a pusher propeller! The P-30 event, for which Back to Front was designed, is a low-key free flight rubber-powered event that specifies maximum linear dimensions and requires flyers to use a commercially available plastic propeller. A summary of the P-30 rules can be found...
Updated: 17/01/18 02:40:19am by aeroastro
Kenhi BadgerHoward "Hi" Johnson designed the classic Badger competition gas free flight model while a production engineer at Kenhi Models, Anaheim, California, in the mid 1950s. The Badger featured a high pylon for the 72" span wing and strong & light multi-spar construction for the wing and tail surfaces, and proved to be an extremely successful competition machine when powered by .19 to .35 CID glow engines in free flight classes A, B, or C. Johnson made many contributions to model...
Updated: 16/01/18 03:21:32am by aeroastro
Bartlett's BulletWarren Bartlett designed "Bartlett's Bullet" in the early 1950s, a control line racer powered by a .29 CID glow engine to compete in the "B" Team Race event. Event requirements included a scale appearance, totally enclosed motor, and wheels to allow refueling stops while covering multiple laps at high speed while flying against other team racers. In a nutshell, a Team Racer can be described as a "wheeled control line speed model" with a limited size fuel tank,...
Updated: 16/01/18 01:22:28am by aeroastro
Breezy JuniorDick Schumaker designed the Breezy Junior in the mid 50s to exploit the capabilities of the then-new 'compound escapement' - rubber band powered actuators, connected to a 'stepper motor' that could provide single-channel rudder and elevator control. The model was kitted by Babcock, producer of escapements, and published in the 1954 AeroModeller Annual. The 42" span plane, designed for a 1/2A engine, would be
an excellent choice for a first-time DIY build, using modern radio control...
Updated: 13/01/18 06:13:50pm by aeroastro
Cessna L-19 Bird DogPresented here are Don McGovern's plans for a sport scale version of the Cessna L-19 "Bird Dog" aircraft that saw service in Viet Nam as an aerial Forward Air Controller platform. The 22 1/2" model was originally designed for either sport free flight or control line, powered by an .020 to .049 CID glow engine. While the wing is fairly easy to construct, the fuselage is more complex and requires more building TLC. Considering the effort required to build this model, a pragmatic...
Updated: 13/01/18 01:47:40am by aeroastro
Cirro-SonicKitted by Veron Models, the Cirro-Sonic is a sport towline free-flight glider suitable for beginner or novice modelers. Although the plans were intended to accompany the Veron kit, sufficient details are shown for a modeler to recreate this model, a good one for a first-time "scratch" or DIY build. This editor notes there's slight undercamber on the bottom surface of the main wing ribs, necessitating cutting the under camber on each rib, and additionally, jigging up the trailing edge...
Updated: 13/01/18 12:51:39am by aeroastro
Belly DancerBelly Dancer is a competition rubber-powered Wakefield outdoor free flight model, designed by George Xenakis
and winner of its event at the 1964 AMA Nationals in Dallas, TX. The model follows traditional Wakefield design
practices with one notable exception - it's "low wing" installation on the fuselage undersurface, hence its name.
A member of the Detroit Balsa Bugs in his youth and later, the famed Oakland Cloud Dusters, George made
substantial contributions to free flight...
Updated: 12/01/18 05:48:26pm by hatte
DFS Reiher IIIThe Reiher III was the third in the Reiher competition glider series, single seat aircraft, developed by the German DFS design bureau in the early 1930s. The Reiher's design objectives included extensive streamlining, camber-changing flaps, low camber airfoils, and exploitation of high wing loadings to achieve success in International gliding competitions of the times. As is evident from the plans, building the 124" span 1/6th scale model of the Reiher III is a complex task best tackled...
Updated: 12/01/18 12:43:11am by aeroastro
DemoiselleThe Demoiselle ("Damselfly" or "Damsel") was created by Brazilian aeronautical pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont
in the early 1900s as one of the first heavier-than-air, powered, human-carrying aircraft. The fuselage was made
of bamboo poles with a wire-braced fabric-covered wing, and the design proved to be quite popular and
successful. The model presented here, designed by S. MacPherson, is a sport free flight model powered by
a Cox 049. Prospective builders should notice that...
Updated: 11/01/18 06:07:25pm by aeroastro
Double DiceDouble Dice is a class "B" control line team racer, .29 CID glow engine powered, that was quite successful in Great Britain competition during
the mid 1950s. The rules specify a cowled motor, max engine displacement, and a limited capacity fuel tank. The objective was for the pilot and plane to speedily complete a large number of laps, with other aircraft flying simultaneously, with refueling stops required along the way.
Three West Essex modelers - Pete Dremel, Chas Taylor, and John...
Updated: 11/01/18 03:16:18am by aeroastro
ZoomerangZoomerang was designed by Keith Laumer for Flying Models August/September 1961 as a 1/2A glow- powered free flight model aircraft. (Mr. Laumer also notes the option to build the Zoomerang as a control line model aircraft.) The wingspan of this Zoomerang is 29 3/4 inches with a 5 1/2 inch chord, the length of the fuselage is 20 1/2 inches. The construction of the wing is simplified somewhat by having a constant chord wing i.e. one rib pattern. The free flight version of the Zoomerang has one and...
Updated: 11/01/18 02:30:09am by kenb
Douglas F4D-1 SkyrayConnecticut's Henry Struck designed this ducted fan model of the Douglas F4D-1 Skyray carrier-based naval fighter, the model kitted by Berkeley Models in 1957. The model spans 25" and was originally designed for a half-A (.049 CID, 0.8 cc) glow engine turning a multi-bladed
impeller - aka "fan". "Planeman" has done a terrific job of scanning in the Skyray's assembly instructions and plans, as well as providing outlines of the original die-cut structure parts....
Updated: 10/01/18 06:10:13pm by aeroastro
Dove Nordic A-2Bill Schieman designed the Dove, a competition free flight towline glider, for the F1A - aka Nordic A-2 - towline glider event. These planes are designed to a minimum weight and launched using a 50 meter (approximately. 164 feet) long towline. Timing starts when the aircraft is released from its towline and the flight objective is to make a minimum flight time that's most readily attained by flying in uprising thermal air conditions.
Bill's plans clearly show details of the two position rudder...
Updated: 10/01/18 05:49:23pm by aeroastro
Show Off 550Show Off 550 is an AMA Gas free flight competition model designed by Ron St. Jean with unusual flexibility. The 69" span model is sized to compete in two AMA Gas classes: Class A with a glow engine in the .15 to .19 CID size, and Class B with an engine in the .201 to .32 CID size. Additionally, the plans show the installation of optional "sled " floats to compete in free flight rise-off-water (ROW) events. Whatever the options chosen, the ops concept is similar in all cases - a...
Updated: 10/01/18 03:19:08am by Submitted to AeroFred
Starduster 350Sal Taibi's Starduster design is one of the most competitive and successful AMA Gas free flight designs ever, replicated in sizes from
the 1/2A/A 350 (as presented here) to Stardusters in sizes up to the 900 powered by the most powerful nitro-burning glow engines of the time. The high pylon and engine location proved to be reliable ways to achieve stable, fast, and high-reaching power climbs from a tail-sitting VtO (vertical takeoff), followed by excellent transitions (without recourse to...
Updated: 06/01/18 03:47:37am by gkraemer
FMA IA58 PucaraThe Pucara is a ground-attack and COIN (counter-insurgency) 2-seater all-metal twin turboprop fighter-bomber, designed and manufactured by Argentina's Fabrica Military de Aviones (FMA). The plane saw service in the Falklands War against British SAS troops, a feared Argentinian capability as the Pucara was designed to attack ground infantry and was based in the Falklands, easing response and logistics issues. The plans presented here were designed by Argentinian modeler Charlie Armonti and...
Updated: 05/01/18 01:17:25am by aeroastro
Falcon 56Presented here are the assembly instructions and plans for the Carl Goldberg kit, Falcon 56 Mk II, that superseded the original Falcon 56.
These two designs were widely available and extremely popular sport fliers back in the late 60s and through the 70s, due to Carl Goldberg's
brilliant design and the airplane's great versatility. The Falcon 56s could be flown with three-channel radio gear for rudder, elevator, and throttle control; or equipped with four-channel radio gear to add aileron...
Updated: 04/01/18 03:19:54am by aeroastro
FeatherPresented here is a most unusual model: a two-channel control (rudder and throttle) lightweight model designed for duration flights in an indoors flying site. Designed by John O'Sullivan and spanning 18", Feather competes against other aircraft with, presumably, the same capacity battery pack for all. The plans show sufficient details to build this specialized model but important details are missing: propeller diameter and pitch, motor type and gearing, lightweight receiver, covering...
Updated: 04/01/18 02:57:22am by aeroastro
Grumman F7F TigercatThe Grumman F7F Tigercat was developed as a twin engine "heavy" fighter and served the US Navy well in various conflicts, both as a carrier-based and land-based aircraft. The model presented here was designed by Ray Randall for the AMA's "Navy Carrier" competitive control line event. The models are judged on scale appearance, then are required to take off from a limited length "aircraft 'carrier' deck, execute a series of high and low speed runs, then make an...
Updated: 01/01/18 12:22:28am by aeroastro
Douglas A-4 SkyhawkDouglas Aircraft's Ed Heinemann designed the A-4 Skyhawk, a small and lightweight single-seater carrier-based fighter aircraft. "Heinemann's Hot-Rod", one nickname the plane picked up, served the US Navy well in several conflicts including the Vietnam War and the Battle of the Falklands, and the plane is still operated by several foreign air forces today. The plans presented here show the overall planforms, wing ribs and fuselage formers in quite good detail, but the hand-scribed...
Updated: 31/12/17 08:41:33pm by aeroastro
Half WaveNew England's modeling legend Harvey Thomasian designed the Half Wave in 1954, a rudder-only sport aircraft spanning 36" and designed for a 1/2A
engine - a McCoy 049 diesel is shown on the plans. The control system of the times, a rubber-band driven rudder escapement is very "old school" and
rudder and elevator control using today's small servos would be a much better solution, as would electric propulsion. The plane has an appearance reminiscent of the Good brothers'...
Updated: 31/12/17 08:21:18pm by aeroastro
FMA IA-58 PucaraThe Pucara is an Argentine ground-attack and counter-insurgency aircraft, an all-metal two person military aircraft with twin engine turboprop engines and a high-mounted "T" horizontal stabilizer. Capable of carrying a wide variety of munitions, the Pucara was flown by Argentinan pilots in the Falklands War as well as in campaigns against insurgents. The model presented here, spanning 32", was designed by Hernan Bravo for Techno Balsa, an Argentinan model company. Bare details...
Updated: 31/12/17 02:41:10am by aeroastro
The KeyThe development of high revving, high performance , nitromethane-fueled glow engines in the late 1940s opened up new competitive modeling possibilities not feasible with the spark ignition motors with their comparatively low power outputs, heavy condensers and batteries. Keith Storey, founder of the First All Speed Team (FAST), a speed-focused Southern California control line team, designed The Key as a "proof of concept" control line racer using high performance a .29 CID glow...
Updated: 30/12/17 03:27:59am by aeroastro
Martin B-26 MarauderThe Martin B-26 Marauder was a World War II twin-engined medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe. Pres Bruning, a prolific designer and flier of rubber scale models and charter member of the Flying Aces model club, designed this twin engine rubber scale model for indoor flying. Spanning 36 inches, Bruning's Marauder plans are masterfully detailed...
Updated: 29/12/17 01:36:44am by aeroastro
Mac's MinnieMac's Minnie is Howard McEntee's sport single-channel, rudder-only, sport model spanning 24 inches and powered by a Cox Pee Wee .020.
The plane has a Goodyear racer-like appearance and features all-balsa construction. Picking lightweight balsa is strongly recommended, as well as "going easy" on use of adhesives! The original rudder-only escapement would be easily replaced by modern miniature r/c equipment for rudder and elevator controls, ailerons optional, as well as electric...
Updated: 28/12/17 02:31:42am by aeroastro
MutalatorDon McGovern, founder of Berkeley Models, designed the Mutalator in the early 60s as a "throwback" to really
"old school" control line stunt models: fairly small, powered by a fairly large motor, sturdy construction. While
not as 'polished' and sleek as modern competitive control line "stunt" models, the Mutalator was designed for
fast, wide open sport aerobatic maneuvers with its biplane planform and thin semi-symmetrical airfoils. Spanning
(only) 36 inches and...
Updated: 27/12/17 05:18:48am by aeroastro
NirvanaDesigned by Britisher Vic Smeed, Nirvana is a sport free flight 'floatplane' with a semi-scale cabin appearance, spanning 48" and powered by an .099 CID diesel. Only a small plan of the model, not full size by any means, is presented along with instructions for scaling the details to the proper size; not a problem for a reasonably experienced "scratch builder". A really valuable "goldmine" of information, though, is Vic's extremely complete summary of lightweight...
Updated: 27/12/17 04:57:29am by aeroastro
Wee BeeWell at first this little French designed model looks like a little engine-powered plane which would just be a nice little project for fun.
Second look it's a little glider which you will have to tune and try. Over sixty years old this plan and plane are difficult to find because of the modern uses of 'Bee' in modern design and movie making.
Construction looks fairly straightforward but a couple builds under your belt would be a good time to give it a whirl.
The wing is fairly simple but it...
Updated: 24/12/17 11:09:45pm by CoMIYC69
Slicker MiteSlicker Mite is Bill Dean's gas free flight model designed in 1947 and kitted by Keil Kraft. With its high pylon and "teardrop" cross
section fuselage, the Slicker Mite has an appearance similar to Carl Goldberg's Zipper models, credited with being the first
to effectively control increasing engine power with a wing-mounted fuselage pylon. Dean's Slicker Mite is an excellent model
of a vintage free flight "power" model design and would be a good sport model for electric or...
Updated: 24/12/17 10:21:52pm by aeroastro
Veco TomahawkThis model plan brings back many memories for this editor! The Veco Tomahawk is a sport and combat trainer control line model, sized for a .19 to .35 CID glow engine and designed by "engine man" Clarence Lee for Veco Models (aka Henry Engineering Co.) then based in Burbank CA. My Tomahawk was powered by a Fox 35 stunt engine and provided many hours of fun control line flying in the early 60s, one of my first "big" engine powered models. The model is quite straightforward...
Updated: 20/12/17 01:12:31am by aeroastro
Sukhoi SU-26 MXThe Sukhoi Su-26 is a single-seater aerobatics plane from the former Soviet Union, powered by a single radial reciprocating engine. The Su-26 has mid-mounted straight wings and fixed landing gear, the main gear mounted on a solid titanium arc.
The Sukhoi Su-26 made its first flight in June 1984, the original four having a two-bladed prop. The production switched to the Su-26M, with refined tail surfaces and a German-made MTV-9 3-blade composite propeller. Further refinements were made, and the...
Updated: 19/12/17 11:51:11am by derfred
Douglas SBD DauntlessThe Douglas SBD Dauntless was a World War II American naval scout plane and dive bomber that was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft from 1940 through 1944. The SBD ("Scout Bomber Douglas") was the United States Navy's main carrier-borne scout plane and dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944. The SBD was also flown by the United States Marine Corps, both from land air bases and aircraft carriers. The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese...
Updated: 10/12/17 01:14:45am by Dad3353
Bizzy BeeBizzy Bee is a novel 1/2A sportster, 27" span, powered by a throttle TD 049 glow engine. The "novelty" is
that the designer, Albert Oda, linked the throttle to the elevator! The plane is small and admittedly
overpowered, so presumably, the plane flies in level flight at low to moderate throttle, then loops
when high throttle is commanded and simultaneously feeds in up elevator! In conjunction with
careful use of rudder, outrageous maneuvers should be possible! A suggestion...
Updated: 09/12/17 10:14:11pm by aeroastro
Betty Jo"Betty Jo" was the name of Col Bob Thacker's F-82 Twin Mustang, a twin fuselage Mustang designed and tested in the closing days of WWII to provide long range bomber escort duty. While the F-82 performed well in testing, it didn't see active service due to the sudden end of the war. In late February 1947, Col Thacker flew "Betty Jo" nonstop - and not mid-air refueled - from Hawaii to New York City, a distance of 5051 miles, in 14 hours, 32 minutes! To this day, that flight...
Updated: 09/12/17 01:56:27am by aeroastro
Handley Page HP42 HannibalA 64.5inch/163.83cm wingspan of Imperial Airways 1930's aircarrier. Powered by .049 or smaller engines this is designed for FF/CL flying.
The H.P.42 was designed for the long-range Eastern routes. H.P.42E (E for "Eastern" routes - India and South Africa), the H.P.42W (W for "Western" i.e. European routes). The H.P.42W seated 18 forward and 20 aft, with reduced baggage capacity.
Imperial Airways wanted its airliners to land safely at low speed, which meant a large wing area...
Updated: 08/12/17 10:46:14am by ezflyer
Brooklyn DodgerFree flight legend Sal Taibi designed the Brooklyn Dodger in the late 30s, a competition "B" free flight model
powered by a Forster 29. The model had excellent power and gliding performance, serving Sal well in
numerous regional free flight contests as well as several AMA Nationals. The plane has a streamlined
cabin fuselage and modern-looking planforms for the wing and horizontal stabilizers. The Dodger is
a popular design in Society of Antique Modelers (SAM) Old Timer...
Updated: 07/12/17 03:30:25am by aeroastro
Buccaneer B SpecialBill Effinger designed the Buccaneer series of competitive powered free flight models starting in the late 1930s, and the design was iteratively improved over the following years. This version, the Buccaneer B Special, featured anti-stall leading edge "slats" and an elliptical planform
horizontal stabilizer. The plans show a Forster 29 engine installed and a modern IC glow engine of .15 to .19 CID, or electric propulsion of suitable wattage, would be a good match. This editor built...
Updated: 05/12/17 03:56:14am by aeroastro
BusterGerald "Jerry" Zeigenfuse is one of the most prolific designers of well-engineered free flight models, and his "Buster" is a 30" span
rubber-powered free flight model designed for a beginner's entry into rubber powered model duration aircraft. The plane is
built using conventional rubber model techniques with various details well shown in the plans. The wing airfoil is a flat-bottom section for ease
of assembly, and the wing's polyhedral provides stability in both...
Updated: 05/12/17 03:32:06am by aeroastro
Huntington H-12Howard Huntington was an aviation pioneer in the early 1900s, closely involved with Alexander Graham Bell and Glenn Curtiss in the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA). His 1919 original design, the H-12, is touted as the "first home-built" aircraft with plans and parts available for serious homebuilders. The H-12 looks surprisingly "ahead of its time" with side-by-side seating for its pilot and passenger, shoulder wing (not a biplane!) and cutouts in the fuselage sides for...
Updated: 01/12/17 04:19:01am by aeroastro
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