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Check out the ten most popular plans featured in Model Aviation.
The top ten is a good mix of aerobatic, warbirds, seacraft, sailplanes, scale, and one airplane that falls into a category by itself.


10 - Golden Era 60 Bipe

Designed by Fred Randall

Two wings are as much fun as one. With its 900 square inches of wing area, this model can cruise around comfortably at 65% power. Coordinating the turns is unnecessary when the speed is kept up, but in the wind it likes slight rudder mixed in the same direction as the aileron input. Elevator in the turns, whether they’re inside or outside, can crank the bipe around as tightly as the pilot wants, given that the power in the engine is willing.

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9 - Hughes H-1 Racer

Designed by Jim Young

In 1935, the world’s fastest single-engine, land-based aircraft belonged to Howard Hughes. The H-1 Racer had many new features for its time, including the first use of hydraulically actuated landing gear, and Hughes achieved his goal of setting the world speed record in it, at 353.322 mph. Build and fly your own version of the Hughes H-1 racer.

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8 - Al Clark's Mysterion

Designed by Al Clark

When designing the Mysterion, Al Clark stated, "I spent much time trying to come up with the best combination of weight, size, aerodynamics, and equipment. I believe the result hits the sweet spot."

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7- Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior

Designed by Ernie Heyworth

A Golden Age classic turns out to be a natural for electric power. This airplane was developed during 1929 and the early 1930s, during the Great Depression. The Junior was easy to fly, it had a low stall speed, it could land in small farm fields, it had a metal frame, and it had good visibility for photo surveying. Air-show pilots loved this airplane; the large wing let them park it into the wind.

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6 - eCobra

Designed by Dan Grotzinger

Build this electrified version of a Vintage RC design. It is a very pleasant airplane to fly, agile in maneuvers and fast at high throttle. It slows down nice for landing with no bad habits.

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5 - Kingcobra

Designed by Mark Rittinger

Relive the excitement of post WWII racing. With a top speed of 426 mph, it was one of the fastest aircraft of its time. Add in the cannon’s firepower, and it was also deadly. Following WWII, there was a surplus of wartime aircraft. A leftover fighter could be bought for $1,500 and some still had full fuel tanks! With the return of air racing in Cleveland, many chose to “hot rod” WW II fighters like the P-63 Kingcobra.

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4 - Mark Rittinger's Super Sportwin

Designed by Mark Rittinger

A sleek twin-motor electric that is build for speed. This Super Sportwin is not merely a scaled-up rendering of the original Sportwin. It's an entirely new model, designed from the ground up, using the general shapes of the Speed 400 version.

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3 - Terry Dunn's Parallax

Designed by Terry Dunn

Exploring asymmetry with an unconventional configuration. The parallax's asymmetrical design was inspired by the Blohm und Voss Bv 141 and Rutan Boomerang. Both of these designs are proven successes, yet their unconventional configurations make one question how they can even fly in a straight line. Watch a video of the Parallax to see how well it performs.

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2 - Dick Sarpolus’ Thermix '13

Designed by Dick Sarpolus

Build your own thermal hunter with a nostalgic flare. Based on Frank Zaic's Thermic series of gliders and sailplanes, Dick Sarpolus introduces a fun and enjoyable soaring aircraft.

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1 - Grumman Goose

Designed by Paul Kohlmann

Starting life in 1936, the first Goose was built to transport wealthy businessmen from Long Island, New York, to New York City. By the onset of World War II, these “flying yachts” were serving more pedestrian roles with commuter airlines, the U.S. Navy, and the Coast Guard. Gooses, as Grumman called them, were flown by many nations during the war, including Japan. Grumman stopped production in 1945 after 345 were made, but the Goose lives on. The Goose has been a staple of island-hopping, whether that is along the rugged coast of Alaska or the sunny Caribbean.

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Honorable Mention - RC Space Shuttle

Designed by Luther Hux

While you may not be able to fly a space shuttle like fellow AMA member and Shuttle Commander Hoot Gibson, you can build and fly your own model version of NASA's Columbia.

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I built this plane 2 1/2 years ago, but made the wing panels plug in to the center section, which is a permanent part of the fuselage. I also powered it with a RimFire .10 electric motor, and used Williams Brothers cylinders for the dummy engine. It is a good flier, and it attracts a lot of neat attention at the flying field. It has been featured in MA's "Focal Point" column.

I built one of these several years ago when the plans appeared in Model Aviation, but it wasn't the greatest flier. My second version (all foam) turned out a lot lighter and was easier to land. We showed our model to Henry Hartsfield, one of the original Columbia pilots and told him ours didn't fly very well. He said, "Well, it's just like the real one because it's a dog too." I cheated on the second model and made the wing twice as big as scale. Even then, the guys at Huntsville that worked on the Columbia project thought it was dead on accurate.

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do you have kaos 60 plane

My Kaos has a fox 60 eagle engine with airtronics servos ( the older ones,) plugs will have to be changed to work with the new recivers. was last flown spring 2017. have it for sale for 100.00 or make me a fair offer. I will not be able to ship but can be picked up at my place.

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