We've all asked several times for 3-views of
this or that aircraft. In this respect, I am a pack rat. I
collect links to sites offering 3-views and plans whether or not
I ultimately use them. This is a collection of my favorite
sources. I don't pretend to have "discovered" them, but
I share them with fellow hobbysists. If you have a source that is
not listed here, feel free to send me an e-mail.
Typically, I have three sources for my
collection of plans and three views:
NOTE: this listing is by no means
complete. Also, this page is directed towards sources of
plans and 3-views. There are many other books, sites, and
magazines that provide with excellent resources as to colors,
camouflage, and other information.
Since my aviation interests tend towards
"vintage" civilian and military aircraft so you will
find that the sources in this initial listing lean in that
http//www.aviacherteg.narod.ru-index.html -If you understand Russian, this is one of several Russian language
aircraft plan sites, covering WW1/Interwar, WW2, and modern/post WW2 military
aircraft. These sites have detailed scale plans and camouflage/colors.
Magazine - This magazine dropped the excellent column "A View
from Here" that included a short history and a scale
plan of a (usually) vintage aircraft. This and other r/c magazines may include usable scale plans from time to time.
Flying Scale Models
Model Aviation - Official Publication of the Academy of
Model Builder - Out of publication, but if you can get
some of the old copies, they're gems.
Flying Colors Wm Green G. Swanborough. Barnes &
Noble Reprint 1999; ISBN 0 7607 1136-4
Yearbook 3-View Drawings- 936
drawings of American aviation, airships, autogiros, balloons, biplanes, flying
boats, gliders, civilian light planes, civilian commercial, military - all
with orginal captions. Mail order from J W McDonald PO Box 23, Windom,
Kansas 67491 USA - US$35+US$4. shipping (US) + US$8/other.
Complete Book of Fighters- An illustrated encyclopedia of every fighter built and flown.
Wm Green.Gordon Swanborough; Barnes & Nobles Books; 1998. ISBN 0-0707-0904-1
Paul Matt Scale Airplane Drawings (2 Volumes)
- Available in book or CD from Aviation Heritage.
Detailed scale drawings of a wide range of aircraft. Aviation heritage also
contains other aviation books.
Squadron/Signal Publications "In Action"
and "Walk Around" Series - good source
of history, information, photographs and three views.
"All the World's Aircraft", "Fighting
Aircraft of World War I", "Fighting Aircraft of World War 2"
- The source for things aviation. "All the World's
Aircraft" comes out yearly, it's expensive, but it's the authoritative
source. The WW1 and WW2 editions indicated are reprints, in the WW1 case of
the 1919 issue of "..World's Aircraft".
Aircraft Recognition Guide - A
small, thick softcover book put out by Jane's It is a collection of three-views
and sparse information on current aircraft both civil and military
Flugzeugtypen - by Modellsport Verlag GmbH (Baden-Baden), 1999. I bought these
two softcover books on a trip to Germany in 2000. I wish I had bought others.
Vol.3 contains detailed scale plans of several jet fighters. Vol.4 contains
detailed scale plans of several WW2 fighters.