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
Magazine - This monthly magazine will usually include
scale model plans, and an excellent column "A View
from Here" that includes a short history and a scale
plan of a (usually) vintage aircraft. Their website has a
"3-view of the month" feature.
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.
Complete Book of World War 2 Combat Aircraft
- Angelucci/Matricardi/Pinto ISBN
World Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft - from
Leonardo da Vinci to the Present Enzo
Angelucci, Chartwell Books, Inc. ISBN 0-7858-1389-6
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft -
1914 to the Present, Enzo
Angelucci, Chartwell Books, Inc. ISBN 0-7858-1359-4
The Encyclopedia of Modern Warplanes Bill Gunston, Metro Books (2000), ISBN
Flying Colors Wm Green G.
Swanborough. Barnes & Noble Reprint 1999; ISBN 0 7607
Aircraft 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.
The 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
Modern Commercial Aircraft - Endres/Green/Swanborough/Mowinski Salamander
Books Ltd. (London) 1998. ISBN 1 84065 022 2
The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft:
Barnes & Noble Reprint 1998; ISBN 0
7607 0592 5
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.
"In Action" and "Walk Around" Series
- good source of history,
information, photographs and three views.
Jane's "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".
Jane's 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
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.