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VINTAGE R/C RESOURCES


Compiled by Bruce Tharpe - Last Updated January 2017

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Information Websites and Online Forums

Vintage R/C Society - Click on "Eligible Airplane List" to see if your favorite design is listed. Don't be too upset if you can't find it - the list is not totally complete or up-to-date. If you know your design was published, kitted, or flown in 1978 or earlier, that's good enough for us! Members-only area features past newsletters and a small plan archive.

RC Groups - Vintage and Old-Timer Designs Forum. Features a monster thread dedicated to online plans, which ultimately served as the inspiration for the Outerzone website listed below.

RC Universe - Golden Age, Vintage, and Antique RC Forum. Fairly active.


Traditional Plan Services provide printed plans to you through the mail. A reprint of the article is usually provided. Prices vary depending on the size and complexity of the plan.

Model Aviation Plans - Sorted by year, which is helpful to determine VRCS eligibility.

AMA Plan Service - Over 18,000 plans from Model Aviation and John Pond's collection. You need to know what you are looking for, there are no photos of the models.

Model Airplane News - MAN seems to have trimmed down their list of plans over the years, but you can still find their most popular designs.

Flying Models - After a short hiatus, all plans are once again available. Click on any plan for details including the designer's name and issue date. Fast shipping!

Bill Northrop's Plan Service/Model Builder Plans - Now Available from AMA Plan Service. Find plans in the Model Builder Plan Catalog, then order by phone or mail.

Update: RCMplans.com is now totally defunct, but many can be downloaded for free from Outerzone.


Online Plan Services provide plans as an electronic file which can be downloaded from the web, or in some cases via email. Some sites charge for their plans; some are totally free. Once the file is downloaded, you will have to get it printed. If the file is a PDF, you can print it in tiles (with Adobe Reader X) or take the file to a print shop and have it printed full size for a few bucks.

Outerzone - An amazing collection of over 7000 plans, all free to download. The focus is on old time and vintage F/F, C/L, and R/C designs, although more recent plans have been posted lately.

AeroFred - Outerzone rival is a bit more cluttered, but claims to offer over 20,000 plans.

Co-op Plans Project - Roland Friestad's collection of about 7000 plans. Most are F/F, but you will find some early R/C designs as well. You cannot download directly from the site. First, you must request a plan list (which is a Microsoft Excel file), then you can request plans to be emailed to you. Requesting more than three plan files is frowned upon. The plan files are free, but donations are requested.

Dave Fritzke - Just a few vintage R/C designs, but they are all classics. Free downloads.


Kit Manufacturers - There are still a few small companies out there making some famous kits.

Balsa USA - Their Nostalgic Line includes the Smoothie, Excalibur, and Moonraker.

Bluejay - Joe Bridi designs like the Sun-Fli 4 and Dirty Birdy.

BMJR Models - Half-size versions of the Astro-Hog, Taurus, Orion, and Perigee.

Eureka Aircraft - Lots of vintage pattern planes like the Banshee, Beachcomber, Cutlass, Eyeball, Kaos, Mach 1, Sun-Fli, Trouble Maker. Also scaled-down pattern plans, plus sport models like the Ugly Stik and Strikemaster.

Great Flyer R/C - Current manufacturer of the Florio Flyer .60 and Florio Flyer .40.

House of Balsa - All of their 1/12-scale models qualify. P-51, ME-109, Chipmunk, P-47, Bonanza, FW190A.

Proctor Enterprises - Located in Oregon, they still manufacture the Antic and Antic Bipe kits.

Sig Manufacturing - Makers of "Craftsman Kits" like the Astro-Hog, Kougar, Smith Miniplane, 1/6-scale J-3 Cubs (regular and clipped-wing), Kavalier, Rascal RC, Citabria, Kadet Mk. II.

Top-Flite - Just re-introduced the Contender as a Gold Edition Kit.

Lazer Works - Not complete kits, but they do laser-cut parts for many vintage R/C designs like the Kwik-Fli III, Taurus, RCM Basic Trainer, School Girl, Daddy Rabbit, Top Dawg, Das Little Stik, Fledgling, and many more.

Laser Design Services - Short kits for Lazy Ace, Kwik-Fli, Flea-Fli, Honker, Super Kaos, Ugly Stik, Kirkland Intruder, Smog Hog, Mighty Hog, Fledgling, Cessna 170, Piper Tri-Pacer, more.


Eligible ARFs - The quick way to get your hands on a vintage R/C model and join the fun!

Top Flite Mini Contender, Great Planes Big Stick 40, Great Planes Big Stick 60, Hobby Express Telemasters, Tower Kaos 40, Tower Kaos 60 GP/EP, Airborne Models Intruder, Sig Rascals.

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THE GREAT VRCS KIT LIST FOR 1981


Compiled by Bruce Tharpe - Last Updated January 2017

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The Vintage RC Society has a rolling cutoff date for eligible models. To fly in the Open category at a VRCS event, the model must have been designed at least 35 years prior to January 1 of the current year. For 2017, that means the design must date back to January 1, 1982 or earlier. The fun part of having a rolling cutoff is that a bunch of new planes become available to us every year. For guys in their mid-fifties, like me, the early 80s was an exciting time in the hobby, so I look forward to seeing what's "new" each year. That takes a little research.

By my logic, at least, if the cutoff date is 1/1/1982, then any model that appears in a 1981 magazine is fair game. I happen to have a complete set of RC Modeler magazines from 1981, so that's what was used to compile this list. At first, I just wanted to present the newly-eligible designs for 2017, but it was hard to tell for sure on many of them. Plus, a list of newly-eligible designs could leave readers wondering about other designs from the same time period. So as I flipped through magazines, the task evolved into making a list of all the available kits that were advertised in some fashion in 1981. It's certainly not 100% complete, but the vast majority are on the list. I did not include sailplanes or very obscure designs from short-lived outfits. Most of the kits are American made, but there are a few imports that were sold by major distributors. The list does not include the published designs that appeared as construction articles each month (a complete list of those would require all of the different magazines from that year).

In the end, I think at the very least the list should be a fun memory-jogger. You might see a plane listed and realize that you have one up in the rafters, or that you have one of those kits stashed away and had no idea it was vintage. Oh, and you will see a few kits marked with an asterisk (*). To the best of my knowledge, these kits were introduced in 1981 and are newly-eligible VRCS designs for 2017.

ACE R/C
Pacer
Super Pacer
Mach None
GLH II
Upstart II
Whizard
Dick's Dream
Shrike
Guppy
Nomad II
Alpha, Alpha 15
All Star Bipe

AIRTRONICS
Q-Tee
S-Tee
Gere Sport
New Era III
Acro-Star Bipe
Cadet
Cessna Centurian
Sportavia Gas
Sportavia Elec
Piper Arrow
Warlock 05*
Warlock 40

ASTRO FLITE
Astro Sport
Super Monterey
Super Malibu
Fournier RF4
Bushmaster
Electra Twin
Electra Fly
P-68 Victor
Monocoupe 1/2A
Californian
Porterfield Collegiate*

ANDREWS AIRCRAFT
Aeromaster Too
S Ray
H Ray
A Ray
Sportmaster
Trainermaster
Big H Ray
Quick Ray
X Ray

BALSA USA
Phaeton Biplane
Tempo II
Moonraker
Taube*
Fly Baby Biplane*
Sopwith Pup

BILL EVANS
Simitar 540
Simitar Sport*
Hot Rock

BOB DIVELY
Christen Eagle 1
Skybolt
T.B. F-1 Avenger
H.S. 1182 Hawk

BOB SMITH
Patricia
T2-A 40, 60
Sea Breeze

BRIDI HOBBY ENTERPRISES
Trainer 05, 10, 20, 40, 60
Basic Trainer
GLA 40
15-500
Sun Fli 4-20
Quickest 200
Quickest 500
Kaos
Super Kaos 40, 60
Dirty Birdy 40, 60
Tweedy Bird
UFO
Deception
Aerocommander Shrike
P-51 Mustang
Lockheed Sirius
Brown B-2
AT-6 Texan
Chipmunk
Kraft Super Fli
F-7F Tigercat
T-28
Cosmic Wind
Corben Ace
Rearwin Speedster
Dalotel DM-165
Cap 20L

BUD NOSEN
Aeronca Champ
Cessna 310
Champion Citabria
Mr. Mulligan
Gere Sport
Piper J-3 Cub
P-51 Mustang
F-4U Corsair*
Trainer
Big Stick*

BYRON
ORIGINALS

Pitts Special
Beechcraft Bonanza
Beechcraft T-34*
P-51 Mustang
MiG-15
F-16

CARL GOLDBERG MODELS
Falcon 56 MkII
Sr. Falcon
Jr. Falcon
Skylark 56 MkII
Jr. Skylark
Skylane 42, 62
Curtis Hawk P6E
Eaglet 50*
Ranger 42 ARF

CASS ENGINEERING
Pulsar Bipe
Super Skybolt

CRAFT AIR
Bull-Pup
Viking I-II
Butterfly II
Piece of Cake
Cowboy 1*
Cowboy 2*

COVERITE
Gee Bee Sportster*

DAVE PLATT
Spitfire*

EXECUTIVE DESIGN
Dragon Fly

FLITE LINE PRODUCTS
Skooter
Scat Cat 500*
EZ Trainer
EZ Fli

FLYLINE MODELS
Great Lakes
Fairchild 22
Bucker Jungmeister
Travel Air
Curtis Seagull
Stearman C3B
Kinner Sportster
Curtis RobIN
Megowcoupe
Farman Moustique
Spirit of St. Louis

GEE BEE
Dreamer
Tiger Moth
Mallard
Islander MkII
Sea Hawk

HOBBY LOBBY
Senior Telemaster
Junior Telemaster
Telemaster 40
Papillon

HOUSE OF BALSA
P-51 1/2A, 40
Me-109
P-39
P-47
Fw-190
Chipmunk
Bonanza
Pietenpol 1/2A, 40
Pitts S2
F-86 Sabre

JACK STAFFORD
Tom Kitty 15, 40
Weekender
EAA Acro Bipe
Sperry Messenger
Aircoupe
Piper Comanche
Twin Comanche
Super Buccaneer
P-39 Cobra
B-24 Liberator

JEMCO MODELS
AT-6
PT-19
Me-109
Fw-190D-9
Zero
Dauntless
F4U Corsair
F6F Hellcat
P-47D Thunderbolt
P-51D Mustang
P-51 Fun Scale
P-39 Fun Scale

JET HANGAR HOBBIES
F9F-8 Cougar
Mirage III / KFIR*

JOHNNIE CASBURN
Minette
Funette
J.C. Trainer
Super Tex 40, 60
Super Lucky Fly II
Little Lucky Fly II
LFX V Super Delux

LANIER MODELS (ARFS)
Jester C
Caprice
Cessna
Pinto
Transit
Comet II
Rebel Bipe

MARK'S MODELS
Bushwacker
Sunny
Scorpion IV
American Eagle 50
Honker 1/2A
Honker Bipe
Lil' Gypsy

M.E.N. MODELS
J-3 Cub
Trainer 20, 40
Minimousetang

MICHIGAN
HOBBY HANGAR

Aerotique

MICRO-X
MODELS

Exeter R/C
Stinson 125 1/2A*

MIDWEST
Das Little Stik
Sweet Stik
Sweet n' Low Stik*
Twin Stik
Tri Squire
Lil Tri Squire
Super Esquire
Cardinal Squire
Cessna Cardinal
Super Chipmunk
Pitts Special
Piper J-3 ARF*
T-Craft
Easy Flyer 60 Trainer
Strikemaster
Attacker
Love Machine
Performer
Beercat*
A4 Skyhawk
Heinkel He-162
Jetster 20
Pattern Master

MILE HIGH MODELS
Super Duper Joy Stick*

MK KITS
Mattlas 20, 40
Happy 20
Blue Angel 40, 60
Curare 40, 60
Arrow 40, 60

MODEL
MERCHANT

F-4 1/2A
Ricky Rat 1/2A
Hobby Commander
P-63 King Cobra
P-40 Warhawk
Super Atlas
Revenger
Bootlegger
Compensator
Tiger Tail III
Jet Hawk
F-15 Eagle

NORTHEAST AERODYNAMICS
Sport-Air 40*
Bel-Air 40*

ORLINE MODELS
Tomahawk
Fokker D7
Sopwith Pup
Deweyville Special
Bonanza V-Tail
Victory Stick
Liberty Stick
Polycraft Trainer

PICA MODELS
Rapier II*
Waco YMT-3
Spitfire
T-28B
Fw-190D
Duelist
Cessna 182
Bucker Jungmeister

PILOT
Ace-20H, 20S, 20L, RF
Ace-40S
Baby 1/2A
Trystar-15, -40
Shell Fly 20S
Big Rainbow
Decathlon 1/4-scale
Citabria*
Piper PA-18 Super Cub
Pitts S-2A
Pitts S-2A Giant Scale
Piper Tomahawk
Cessna 150
Cessna 152
Cessna 177
Christen Eagle
Lake Buccaneer 20
Akromaster
Zlin Akrobat
Piper J-3 Cub
Q.B. 15H
Fw-190A*
Me-109
A6M3 Zero
Spitfire MkII
P-51D Mustang
Fairchild PT-19
Bucker Jungmeister 20
Bucker Jungmann

PROCTOR
Antic
Mini Antic
Antic Bipe
Nieuport 28
Parasol

PRATHER PRODUCTS
Pole Cat
Panther
Little Toni F1, QM

QUALITY LINE
Arrow
Minaire
Super Curare

RC KITS
T-38 Talon
Super Hunter II
Acro-Master
Acro-Master 1/4 scale
F-7F Tigercat
F-100 Super Saber
F-106 Delta Dart
Acro Trainer (2 sizes)
Maxi Acro Trainer
Chipmunk 1/4 scale

ROYAL
Pitts S-2
Pitts Special
Pitts Lil Stinker
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-25 Mitchell
C-47/DC-3
F8F Bearcat
Fw-190
P-51 Mustang 20, 60
Corsair 40, 60
P-38 Lightning
Hein SR
Zero 20, 60
Stuka Ju87
Spitfire
K-143 Oscar
P-51 Mustang 1/2A
Corsair 1/2A
Zero 1/2A
F-4 Phantom
Cessna 172
Cessna 182 (20, 60)
Cessna 206
Cessna Skymater
Cessna 310
P-68 Victor
Piper Colt
Staggerwing
Bleriot
Spirit of St. Louis
Aquarius

SIG MFG.
Piper J-3 Cub 1/4-scale*
Clipped Wing Cub 1/4-scale*
Zlin Akrobat
Ryan STA
Citabria
Bonanza
Smith Miniplane
Liberty Sport
Skybolt
Kadet MkII*
Kadet Jr.
Kougar MkII
Kavalier
Komander
Kiwi
Klipper
Super Sport
Colt
Scamp
Doubler II
Hummer*
450 Mustang
Kwik Bilt Cessna 150
Kwik Bilt Cessna Skyhawk
Kwik Bilt Super Chipmunk
Kwik Bilt P-51 Mustang*

SKY MASTER INDUSTRIES
Lazy Ace
Miss Fort Worth
Sporty Ace
Miss Texas
Lucky Lady

SPICKLER MODELS
Quickie 500
Quickie 200

STERLING MODELS
PT-17 Stearman
Fokker D7
S.E. 5A
Waco SRE
Stinson Reliant
Citabria
F4U Corsair
Black Widow
B-17 Flying Fortress
Ford Trimotor
Tiger Moth
Cherokee
Lancer
Lancer SL62
Fledgling
Mini Fledgling
Rimfire
Gazariator
Puddle Jumper MkII
Piper Tri-Pacer

SURE FLIGHT MODELS
Cessna ARF
J-3 Cub ARF
Spitfire ARF
Sport Fire
P-39 Airacobra*
Howard Pete

TOP FLITE
J-3 Cub*
S.E. 5A
P-39 Aircobra
P-40 Warhawk
P-47D Thunderbolt
P-51B Mustang
F4U-1A Corsair
F8F-2 Bearcat
A6M2 Zero*
Headmaster II
Headmaster Sport 40*
Schoolmaster II*
Contender 40, 60
Freshman Trainer

VK MODELS
Nieuport 17
Fokker Triplane
Cherokee Babe
Corben Ace
Sopwith Camel

WESTCOAST R/C
F4 Phantom*

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