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Old Apr 13, 2009, 10:15 PM
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Printable Airplane Plans

This thread is where people can either tell some websites that have free printable airplane plans or if they have some scan them in and share them with every one.
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Old Apr 14, 2009, 01:30 AM
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Check out the 4th thread down in this forum called 'Useful Links For Modellers' - lots of free plan websites already listed, as well as a load of other good stuff for scale modelling.

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Old Apr 14, 2009, 10:40 AM
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Just be sure the plans you scan in are not copyrighted. For example, if you have a Guillows kit do not scan in the plans and distribute them. It is not ethical and may not be legal. Even 'free' plans from magazines are not yours to distribute. They are not really free. The magazine has included them as part of the purchase price of the magazine.

If the person who owns the rights to the plans agrees to share, then that is fine. Like our distribution of the Peter Rake 24" EIII. We paid for the design and decided to share it with whoever wants it. All you have to do is go to the web site and download it.

'The Free Plan' page is the most commonly referred to site. But, I contacted the person who runs it and he did not obtain permission for posting any of those plans. Most will not be a problem since the original owner is out of business. Earl Stahl is not, so I contacted him. He is OK with distributing his plans.

Basically, if you have plans drawn by someone else, they are not yours to post on a site. If you really want to share them, contact the designer or publisher for permission. It isn't hard to do. These days the internet and email make it a one or two hour process. Sometimes a letter by snail mail. Almost always get a good response from the owner.

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Old Apr 14, 2009, 11:28 AM
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Yeah i figured it was illegal to post copyrighted plans. I have a Guillows Spitfire and I was going to scan in the plans and share it but then I noticed it was copyrighted.
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The second something is written it is copyrighted. Copyright has nothing to do with any "registration". You design something on a cocktail napkin and it's copyrighted. there are lots of places the will charge you a fee to "register" a copyright,.. but that means really nothing. The second you drew it, it was copyrighted, so unless something states explicitly that it's OK to share,..it isn't.
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Old Apr 14, 2009, 05:42 PM
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Okay, just to rock the boat, here is a downloadable plan for my Morane Saulnier type L at IPS size. This one has been around a while but the published version was not from this plan, it was a hand drawn effort. Consequently, I am the copyright holder and give the plan freely.
Should you want laser cut parts, contact Charlie at Manzanolaser.

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Old Apr 14, 2009, 09:03 PM
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Thanks for the plans PETERRAKE.


If anyone has any more plans that they want to share please post them.


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Just be sure the plans you scan in are not copyrighted. For example, if you have a Guillows kit do not scan in the plans and distribute them. It is not ethical and may not be legal. Even 'free' plans from magazines are not yours to distribute. They are not really free. The magazine has included them as part of the purchase price of the magazine.

If the person who owns the rights to the plans agrees to share, then that is fine. Like our distribution of the Peter Rake 24" EIII. We paid for the design and decided to share it with whoever wants it. All you have to do is go to the web site and download it.

'The Free Plan' page is the most commonly referred to site. But, I contacted the person who runs it and he did not obtain permission for posting any of those plans. Most will not be a problem since the original owner is out of business. Earl Stahl is not, so I contacted him. He is OK with distributing his plans.

Basically, if you have plans drawn by someone else, they are not yours to post on a site. If you really want to share them, contact the designer or publisher for permission. It isn't hard to do. These days the internet and email make it a one or two hour process. Sometimes a letter by snail mail. Almost always get a good response from the owner.

charlie
Good points. I have resized plans for use in scratch builds, and then had requests for the plans. I would tell them to simply go where I did, get the plan, and resize their own. Out of laziness, they would still request mine. I wish folks understood the ethics of this. My little EDF30 262 was build using a resised plan, derived from a publically posted plan by PND. Being a novelty, I would get the spontaneous requests of the "gotta have that" types. Just becase it was publically posted, does not mean that I neither can, nor should distribute resized versions.
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Old Apr 15, 2009, 06:54 AM
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Very generous of you offering the Morane L, Pete - I've replaced my magazine version with this nice crisp CAD one

Nicholas - if you want to build one, I've added a pic of mine; thoroughly recommended if you like slow, scale flight. A bigger one is still on my 'to-do' list.

Steve
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…and here's one in flight. Tissue and dope finish.
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Old Apr 15, 2009, 02:56 PM
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Lovely BE2e drawings in there, Mike...almost a construction manual

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beginnerRC-ist, just some thoughts here:

First, the rc building community loves to see new, motivated builders, especially given the foam RTF trend. In my case, I regret giving away plans in the past, since only 1 guy ever built from one. (No, other's did not build without my awareness either) Not a coincidence that the guy who actually built from one of my plans wanted to pay, although I sent it free. The dead requests are why I'm sure folks here don't get too exited about plan requests. I personally would be embarrassed to ask for plans, and never have, although I have wanted them. I have a plan I'd like to find now, but won't ask, since I personally would consider it spamming the forums, given all the dead requests.

All that said, Peter Rake enjoys seeing his designs built. Build what you like, but if you built the Moraine for example, the building community would take notice. After that, you would have folks take much more interest in any of your requests, including plans.
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I think he does have a good idea. There are a ton of folks in here who have designed their own planes and have no desire to kit them or have the plans published. They can post their designs in here and folks can download them.

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Old Apr 15, 2009, 09:10 PM
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It would be nice if there was a place at the site to actually post the file types, besides just PDF. Otherwise the person has to have a site, or email them. I just saw the 182 thread the other day, with something like 30, 50 or whatever pages of people asking for plans to be sent via email.
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