Peanut Scale Plans
by Michael A. Morrow

What's a "Peanut Scale" model?
A Peanut Scale model is a rubber-powered flying scale model with a maximum wingspan of 13 inches. Peanut scale models were made popular in the 70's and 80's when the late Model Builder magazine (RIP) published a Peanut scale plan in the centerfold of almost every issue. They continue to be popular because of the limited amount of materials, building space, and storage space they require, and because they can be flown both indoors and outdoors.

Vought V-173 "Skimmer"
This unusual aircraft was the test-bed for the Vought XF5U-1 "Flying Pancake". It's a challenging project requiring laminated parts, rolled balsa tubes, and a vacuum-formed canopy/nose assembly. NOT for beginners, but it does fly. Large 24" x 36" plan shows full cockpit detail and sequenced construction sketches for more difficult parts of 13" span Peanut.
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Price: $9.00
to order, see the
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section.
Vought V-173 Canopy Set
A canopy set is now available for my Peanut Scale V-173 Skimmer plan. It includes the upper canopy and nose section (one piece), and the lower clear center section of the nose along with the adjacent windows on the bottom of the wing leading edge (one piece).

Price:
$8.50

POST-PAID when ordered separately.
$5.00
when ordered with plans ROLLED (can NOT be shipped with a folded plan set!)
Flying Flea (Le Pou-de-Ceil)
A model of the Shuttleworth Collection Flying Flea. These scale plans were prepared from Henri Mignet's own book "The Flying Flea". Another challenging project requiring laminated parts and careful building. Not for beginners. Really cute, and a very respectable flier!
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Price: $8.50
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Staaken Z-1 "Flitzer" homebuilt
Lynn William's fictional German Zeppelin-launched aircraft is one of the cutest little biplanes ever to take to the skies. Bright red paint job, exposed VW engine, and wire-spoke wheels ooze character. A big 24" x 36" plan shows detailed markings, scale instrument panel, engine construction, and scale bungee-cord suspension landing gear. Makes a very detailed and colorful Peanut. A must-have for biplane lovers!
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Price: $9.00
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section.
Koolhoven FK-55 Fighter
For more information on all of Frederick Koolhoven's aircraft, check out the comprehensive
Koolhoven Aeroplanes Foundation
web-site on the Cool Links page.
In 1936, the Dutch Koolhoven company debuted the stunningly sleek retractable gear, counter-rotating props, mid-engined FK-55 fighter at the Paris air salon. It was the hit of the show. The actual flight-test version of the FK-55 wasn't nearly as sleek, but it flew briefly before being canceled in the rush to get a conventional fighter flying before WW II started. Here's a Peanut Scale model of the flight-test version of the FK-55. It's a good flier for a fighter - my single prop version does 30-40 seconds outdoors, has done 61 seconds. Standard construction techniques.
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Price: $5.00
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section.
Moraine-Saulnier M.S. 1500 trainer
A long-nose peanut with excellent proportions. Small flying surfaces make it tricky to fly though, so it must be built lightly!
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11" x 17" plan
Price: $3.50
to order, see the
How to Order
section.

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