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1906- Santos Dumont 14-bis
With it's boxkite-like wings this bizarre canard became the first plane to fly in Europe. This great looking peanut scale plan, by Larry Kruse and Don Srull, first appeared in the July 1987 issue of "Model Aviation".

Don Srull also made a far larger model of the 14-bis. It had a 56" wingspan, a 0.15 engine, and 3-channel RC. A good article about the model, featuring reduced-scale plans for it, appeared in the December 1981 "Model Aviation" magazine. A photocopy of the article can be ordered using this form.

A Zip plan for a semi-scale peanut model can be downloaded from this Argentinean page.

 


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1907 - Bleriot VII Monoplane

A very modern looking aeroplane and the one that helped set Louis Bleriot on the right design path. Benno Sabel's plans for a very detailed peanut scale model can be purchased from Peck Polymers (reference BHP463).

Walt Mooney plans for an all-balsa peanut model (which he mistakenly calls the Bleriot IV) were featured in the May 1975 "Model Builder". Reprints can be purchased from Bill Northrop.

NEW!! Plans for an 18" balsa-and-tissue model, suitable for flying outdoors, can be purchased through the Flying T Model Company (ref FTMC-7), or through the SAMS catalog (reference K1706) or from Carlo Godel (reference R15-4).

Carlo Godel also sells a 3-view of the plane.



1907 - Voisin Delegrange Biplane
The classic early aeroplane design, and which made many of the early powered flights in Europe. Online Zip plans for a peanut scale model can be accessed at this French site.


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908 - Bleriot IX Monoplane
Even though it was the predecessor to the plane that Louis Bleriot flew across the Channel, this craft actually failed to fly! You will have more success with these pistachio model plans from Paul Boyanowski.



1908 - Goupy No.1 Triplane
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One of the world's first triplanes, this machine only flew a few times. Detailed plans of Benno Sabel's peanut scale model appeared in the January 1985 "Model Builder" and can be purchased from Bill Northrop.



1908 - Wright Model A
The definitive Wright Brother's biplane, Wilbur and Orville demonstrated this plane to much acclaim in both America and Europe.
Nowlen Aero sell both kits and plans of their sophisticated peanut scale model, which came second at the 1985 Indoor Nats.

The Nowlen Aero (ref G153) kitset can also be purchased online from the SAMS website



1908 - Etrich Flying Wing
The first true flying wing, this Austrian monoplane was only able to make marginal flights. No model plans as such exist, but using the 3-view available from Carlo Godel, along with the photos of his own CO2 powered model, should be enough for you to progress with.



1908 - Astra Kapferer Tandem
This obscure design was made by a French airship manufacturer and probably never flew. Detailed plans of Benno Sabel's peanut scale model appeared in the August 1988 "Model Builder" and can be purchased from Bill Northrop.

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1909 - Santos-Dumont Demoiselle
A small and natty plane with huge charm, this monoplane is often considered to be the first ultralight. Plans for
Walt Mooney's 10 3/4" wingspan model can be bought from Peck Polymers (reference BH108) or through the SAMS catalog (reference K1440).

Plans for an 8" version of Walt Mooney's model, along with an article and photos on the Demoiselle, appeared in "International Peanuts & Pistachios" Vol 6, put out by Hannan's Runway, but which is currently unavailable.

Plans for yet another version of Walt Mooney's model (8 1/2" wingspan, dummy engine, tilted wheels) appeared in the August 1986 "Model Builder" magazine. Copies can be purchased from Bill Northrop.

Darren Bos designed an RC 30 inch Demoiselle model equipped with micro-electric motor and servoes. 30 inch wingspan, 7 oz weight.  Article and plans are available from the RC Microflight site, though you'll need to become a subscriber in order to view them. 

A 44 1/2" kitset model, suitable for indoor RC use, is produced by Sig Manufacturing (the product code is SIGRC90).



1909 - Bleriot XI Monoplane
The airplane that took Louis Bleriot across the English Channel and into the history books. Two Zip plans for peanut scale models, both of which are lacking in detail, can be downloaded from this French site.

R/N Scale Models have produced a 26" model of the 1909 Bleriot XI. The SAMS catalog sells both the kitset (reference G353) and the plans (reference K1674).

K & W Models Airplanes offer an expensive 1/5th scale flying model of the Bleriot XI. A listing of the retail agencies for this company can be found within their site.

More reasonable is the 1/8 scale free flight model of the Bleriot XI that was showcased in the August 2002 issue of "Flying Scale Models". This magazine contained several articles, 1/40th scale drawings and over 50 colour photos of a museum-bound Bleriot. Plans for the model need to be purchased separately.

David Boddington designed a scale Bleriot XI. Plans, etc, for it can be found in the Dec 1979 and Jan 1980 issues of RCM&E magazine. Also plans for David's 1914-era Bleriot XIb model, which spans 103", can be purchased the DB Sport and Scale website

Plans and an article for a 24" indoor free flight electric model can be found in the April 2002 issue of the British "Model Flyer" magazine. The model is of a WWI-era Bleriot XI, but it's very similar in appearance to the 1909 version. 

NEW!! Thierry Bachellier has created some very nice plans for an equally nice peanut-scale model of the Type XI. Best time so far, for a ROG flight is 36 seconds. Thierry's plans can be downloaded from here for free!  NEW!!

Roger Teagarden also has plans for a 1/24th scale model of the 1914 version of the Bleriot XI, this can be ordered through the Flying T Model Company (ref FTMC-023).

A static model of the Bleriot XI, made from card, can be downloaded from the Fiddler's Green website.
 



1909 - Antoinette VII Monoplane
Large and delicate, one of the most graceful planes ever built. Bill Hannan's excellent plan for a rubber-powered 23" wingspan model is available either from Peck Polymers (reference BH133) or through the SAMS catalog (reference K1414). 

The same plan, but printed at reduced scale, is included in "Models & Methods International" put out by Hannan's Runway.

NEW!! Roger Teagarden's plans for a 21" model can be ordered through the Flying T Model Company (ref FTMC-13), or through the SAMS catalog (reference K1713).

NEW!! An article about a 45.5" control line version appeared in the July 1989 "Model Aviation" magazine. A photocopy of the article can be ordered using this form. Plans can be obtained by using this form.

A 50" kitset model, suitable for indoor RC use, is produced by Sig Manufacturing (the product code is SIGRC91).

K & W Models Airplanes offer a 1/5th scale flying model of the Antoinette. A listing of the retail agencies for this company can be found within their site.

Also in the "Models & Methods International" mentioned above, are plans and building instructions for the "AM/FM" - a simple stick model patterned to look like the Antoinette. A free plan can be downloaded from David Livesay's site

 



1909 - Hans Grade Monoplane
The first all-German airplane, this prize-winning craft has the appearance of a modern day ultralight. Benno Sabel's plans for a peanut scale model are available from Peck Polymers (reference BH461) or through the SAMS catalog (reference K1503).

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1909 - Clerget Monoplane
An unattractive monoplane, apparently unsuccessful. Benno Sabel's plans for a peanut scale model were based on a single photograph. The plans are available from Peck Polymers (reference BH461) or through the SAMS catalog (reference K1498). 



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