Scratch Builders Small Plans - FREE

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Scratch Builders Small Plans - FREE

Unread post by saboo » Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:36 am

This site has many free downloadable plans for scratch builders.

The rubber powered ones as-is or enlarged would be suitable for small indoor R/C.

There are a selection of sizes on the various pages.

A unique feature is the iron-on T-shirt transfer images to colour some of the planes. Others he prints directly in his ink-jet printer.

The links to these techniques are here.

Iron on ... _paper.htm

Ink Jet ... _Balsa.htm

Nothing like the smell of electrons in the morning ;-)

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Re: Scratch Builders Small Plans - FREE

Unread post by JohnOSullivan » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:01 pm

There has been a concerted effort in the past couple of years in a systematic gathering of plans for vintage and old time models of free flight, control line and R/C.
Paul Bradley is one of the modellers who has realized that unless these designs are preserved, that the early history of model aviation will disappear into oblivion.
I have since the early 60's kept original drawings of my designs and have re-drawn more than 30 of them in CAD.
I have been working on compilation of plans of my old free flight designs since 6 am. I have contributed about a half dozen or more to a very significant plan collection located at
There are over 3,600 plans (mostly full size pdf) of a variety of designs. I will be adding another half dozen today. This does not even include any of the RC models that I designed in the last 30 years (except for a couple of micro stuff).
As years go by, I am building less and relying on "buy 'em and fly em" models, which give me more air time. With the vast array of commercially available models of higher quality than my construction, I don't feel the slightest bit embarrassed about doing so. I"ll still build some specific models when I feel they are worth it.
The satisfaction of flying your self constructed model gives a thrill that no commercial model can match.
One of the sad parts of the trends of modelling today is that people never learn the skills of proper construction techniques and consequently do not know what makes the difference between a poorly designed model and a good one.
The good thing is that there is a wealth of well designed and constructed models available which ensure that the new modeller has at least a fighting chance of achieving success in flying. In the old days it is doubtful if one in five of first time fliers managed to get the model built and flying successfully.
We've never had it so good.
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