Looking for places around the internet to find free RC airplane plans? Here are some of the best.
Here at Flite Test, we've designed a lot of RC airplanes. From the early FT Twin Twirl to the latest FT Goblin, we love creating free plans that allow our community to build amazing aircraft with just some foam, hot glue and some good old imagination. As well as FT airplanes, though, there are hundreds of plans out there for all sorts of models ranging from simple trainers to high-performance EDF jets. This article aims to help you find some of them.
A Tornado pusher jet design from www.parkjets.com
Park Jets is a website specializing in, as the name suggests, park-flyer jets! Unfortunately, not all of the designs on there are completely free. There is an option to sign up to a yearly membership for a small fee as well as having some plans for sale. A small number of aircraft are free to download though. Check out the website here.
A Polaris designed by Steve Shumate
AeroFred is almost the Thingiverse of the RC planes. It has an enormous collection of over 23,000 model plans available for download. These range from all sorts of foam board models to great big balsa wood airplanes. There are also a lot of 3D printed aircraft on there. If you like the sound of this, and fancy a browse, here's the site.
Sky High Hobby
This website is another place you can visit to view a ton of different airplane plans. These ones are almost all foam, be it foam board or depron. Sky High Hobby mostly links to other places on the net, such as RC Groups, where you can download nearly all of these plans for free - so it's definitely worth a look.
One of our own community members Unrauv, who is very active on the forums, has set up his own website for all of the many fun-scale foam board models he has made over the past few years. There's all sorts of historical aircraft on here, including muti-engined bombers from several different nations. All of the plans are available on the site, so what are you waiting for? Check it out!
For scratch builders who prefer balsa, Outerzone collects and shares thousands of vintage model plans on their website. All of these are free. Even if you don't fancy building with this delicate and time consuming medium, these balsa plans can be used as inspiration or modified to create foam board versions of classic airplanes. Take a look here.
Article by James Whomsley
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