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F3a World Championship Pensacola 1983 in USA. Canadian competitor Ivan Kristensen with his two competition ‘Citation’ aircraft. It was a design by former world champion Yoshioka. The aircraft had a wingspan of 1.68 metres and a flying weight of 3.68 kg. Equipped with an OS 61 VR ABC, he flew to an excellent 4th place. His radio control system was a Futaba PCM. #ivankristensen #citation #osmax #futaba #pensacola83 #f3a #rc1 #fai #ama


Kurt Bauerheim – One of the best R/C aerobatic pilots of the sixties


Kurt Bauerheim, weltweit in der R/C Kunstflugszene durch seinen dritten Platz bei der FAI R/C Kunstflugweltmeisterschaft in Korsika 1967 und sein damaliges Wettbewerbsmodell Kompromiss:

Graupner`s Caravelle


Today, we present photos from the Graupner family archive for the very first time. We would like to thank the Graupner family for supporting us in our future research into the history of model aircraft. …

Benito Bertolani – A live for R/C flying


Benito Bertolani, born in Sorbano del Giudice (Lucca) on the 2nd July 1938. The premier veteran of Italian model flying.  At the tender age of 9 years little Benito found his way to model flying. …

TOC Cult Decals!


Between 1974 and 2002 the legendary Tournament of Champions (TOC) in Las Vegas took place 18 times. The founder and sponsor of this famous competition, Mr. William G. Bennett, invited the 20 or 21 worldbest …

Aerobatic world championship 1975 Bern / Suisse


Aerobatic R/C Airplane World Championships BERN, 8.-13.Sept. 1975
THE World Radio Control Championships for aerobatic model aircraft came home for the ninth successive competition for the King of the Belgians trophy at Bern, Switzer-land, September 8th-13th.

Seyer Brother`s Diabolo


Review of Seyer brother`s Diabolo – In mid-70s, as a child, Thorsten Seyer learned under the guidance of his big brother Bernd how to control model aircraft. The initial spark came during a demonstration flight …

F3AX Neckartalcup 1982


Review, Tübingen, 3th July, 982: The competition in Las Vegas has inspired the model pilots to a new class: For quite some time now, but now this class has been coming into its own, with …

10. Retroday in Pfäffikon/Schweiz


Pfäffikon, 4,july 2020 Review: Despite Corona, the annual retro meeting of the Swiss model flying club Pfäffikon took place. Sun laughs, pure models. The model pilot’s heart beats faster than ever before.
More than 30 participants, …

Toni Clark`s Cap 21


Review 1987: As the interest in models suitable for the F3A-X program is growing, I would like to report on my CAP 21. This model is produced and directly distributed by Toni Clark.
This plane is an exact …

Gustav Sämann `s Feuervogel


Gustav Saemann was a German model aircraft designer. As early as the 1950s, he designed various free flight models, the very first being his Taifun (1951) or the A2 glider model Bussard. One of his …

Ivano Garzena Memorial 2020


Review: The Italian retro meeting took place from 10-12 July 2020 in the Acquqrossa Park in Gualdo Cattaneo / Perugia. The date of the meeting was actually fixed for June. For months the accommodation in the …

Aerobatic World Championships 1967 Corsica


THE 5th World R/C Championships was held 21st-25th June, at Ajaccio, Corsica, organized by the Federation Francaise d’Aero Modelism. Meeting point for competitors and official parties was at Nice on the 21st from where we …

8. F3A Retroday in Pfaeffikon / Switzerland 6. July 2019


On Saturday July 6 we participate in the 8th edition of old aerobatic models from the period to 1980, This meeting is base of the 2010 Retro day in Dubendorf the meeting was held in …

F3A World Championships 1973 Gorizia / Italia


 F3A World Championships 1973 Gorizia / Italia, 15 new pictures!
The 8th World Radio Control Championships for aero-batics (F.A.I. Class F3A) was a cliff-hanger to the end. It was also the largest ever of the series …

Visit at Xoar Factory


Just weeks ago a friend of us visit Xoar factory in Henan. It`s very impressive, a very big hitech  factory. Grupp-Modellbau / Germany is now the main Europe Dealer. His warehouse is amazing! Here are …

1. Aerobatic World Championships 1960 Switzerland


NEW Updated with full–color amazing images! We have revised and updated the review of the first aerobatic world championship of 1960 / Duebendorf Switzerland. Our photos were “colored”. Take a look yourself, some of them are …

1.CMAF Classic Aerobatic competition in Japan


From October 13 to 14, 2018, the 1st CMAF Classicpattern Aerobatic Competition took place in Ogaki-Shi, Gifu Prefecture (near the city of Nagoya). Organizer was the Seino R / C model flying club together with …

8. F3A Retroday in Pfäffikon 7. Juli 2018


On Saturday July 7 we participate in the 8th edition of old aerobatic models from the period to 1980, This meeting is base of the 2010 Retro day in Dubendorf the meeting was held in …

The Seyer CAP 231


In the mid-seventies, during his childhood days, Thorsten Seyer learned how to fly model aircraft under the guidance of his big brother Bernd. The desire to learn to fly  was triggered following an air show …

ARF Aerobatic Arrow


The R/C Aerobatic WC 1979 und 1981winner plane
Available as either glow powered or EP
We are proud of the Arrow and offer to you after our Marabu as second way to fly your own world …

F3AX Neckartalcup 1981



Review: On 4-5 July 1981, the first large-scale aerobatic competition of the new class F3A-X took place in Tübingen. Bernd Enenkl, president of the Bavarian R/C Club Erding, supported the competition organization team with help …

Gerald`s Prettner Constructions


Gerald Zikulnig is the organizer of the Annual Classic Pattern competition hosted by the Austrian Jauntal Model Flying Club. This is held close to Hanno Prettner’s hometown of Klagenfurt, about 30km ESE of Klagenfurt in …

F3A Aerobatic plane Papillion


This F3A model Papillon was developed in 1981 by the German F.Grützmacher and manufactured in small series. It could be operated with side exhaust engine as well as with rear outlet and integrated resonance tube. …

Tournament of Champions 1994


The world best aerobatic pilots compete for the largest purse. THE CROWD stood motionless, eyes staring, Jaws dropped low In disbelief. The eerie silence was broken only by the incessant buzz of propeller blades slicing …

Fly Classic Pattern Planes on your desktop computer


Fly your own Kwik-Fli! This is the Graupner KWIK FLY MK3 in the REFLEX XTR² model flight simulator, flown at Hanno Prettner`s club airfield (MFG Klagenfurt / St. Johann im Rosental) in Austria.

Manitu – the new Sky Aviations ARF kit


Manitu – the Eye Catcher
In the 1970s, the Bavarian Harald Neckar was Germany’s best F3A pattern pilot. He was multiple German national champion, and on the 1973 world championships in Gorizia, Italy, he won an …

Project Classic Pattern Plane Banshee


BANSHEE WC73 Gorizia Edition – BANSHEE is an aerobatic airplane construction designed by American Top-R/C pilot Jim Martin. Jim used this design at the Aerobatic Model World Championships 1973 held at Gorizia in Italy.

Tournament of Champions 1988


DATELINE, LAS VEGAS, Nevada, November 10-13, 1988: The ninth edition of the International Tournament of Champions took place under the benevolent aegis of Circus Circus Enterprises at RC Model Airfield in the North Las Vegas Regional …



The multiple former Bavarian and German R/C aerobatic champion of 70`s Harald Neckar competed for the first time at the 1973 Aerobatic World championships in Gorizia Italy.  At his first attempt he  achieved 4th place …

Past Aerobatic Competitions


All about the pattern contests of yesteryear. By liaison with former protagonists, promoters, and various model aviation magazines, we cover the past world championships from the first, that is from 1960 on. As well covered are …

7. F3A Retroday in Pfäffikon 8. Juli 2017


On Saturday July 8 we participate in the 7th edition of old aerobatic models from the period to 1980, This meeting is base of the 2010 Retro day in Dubendorf the meeting was held in …

A Legend is reborn


Dalotel DM-165 – built according to original documents of Hanno Prettner from the 80`s – Update

Inspired of the building and flying of our Classicpattern kit Komet our Austrian friend Alfred Trettenbein starting building Hanno Prettner`s …

2017 Retro Cup of the MFC Jauntal Austria


The 4th Retro Cup Flying Meet for retro pattern models was held on the flying field of the Model Flying Club Jauntal/St. Stefan in Austria.

R/C Aerobatic World Championships 1983


HANNO PRETTNER (Austria) won the 13th World Championships for Radio Control aerobatic model aircraft in Pensacola, FL an October 10-15.

Engine collectors accessories


The perfect engine stand for your model engine collection.
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Bruno Giezendanner`s Salamandre


Practice day is always the time to study the contestants’ flying form and to seek out model design innovations, and there were quite a few interesting ones this time. Big talking point of the contest …

Letter from USA


Today we got a letter from Duane Wilson, SPA newsletter editor. He is very lucky to own one of our Marabus. I have never built or flown an electric plane. As I’ve been writing in the …

New Aerobatic pattern plane free screensaver


We put many pictures of last 3 years Swiss Retro meeting together and offer this now as a screensaver for free download. It`s the perfect PC tool for every Classicpattern enthusiast.

OS Engines 10cc Timeline


For engine collectors, As a passionate collector we put the timeline of ever produced 10cc OS Max engines since 1963 together. (and collected)

One day – 2 Komet Victories!


The weekend 27/28.August 2016 us at the same 2 victories at 2 Classicpattern competitions on 2 continents! 2 x successful Komet…

6. F3A Retroday in Pfäffikon 9. Juli 2016


On Saturday July 9 we participate in the 6th edition of old aerobatic models from the period to 1980, This meeting is base of the 2010 Retro day in Dubendorf the meeting was held in Pfaffikon …

Aerobatic R/C WC 1969 Bremen-Lemwerder


By DEBORAH MARTIN … as you can see from the byline we pulled a switch with a member of the distaff side reporting the activities at Bremen! As a qualitative report of the bi-annual World …

MK Aurora, built by old F3A warhorse Bruno Schiffler


Damn close?
It was 1985.
It was the time when RC-1 stood for the crowning glory of model flying skills and the only source of information was catalogs and specialist magazines memorized every month …

1979 FAI F3A Aerobatic World Championship


Many thanks to the South African Len Salter for this terrific report, many thanks also to Phil Stevens and Gerard Werion for the unique photos.

Bella Italia RAC 2018


Review 6.-8.July 2018, RAC Raduno Aeromodelli Classici 2018. At last, it’s starting again! After a two-year break and as requested by the Foligno historical organiser, we have put our beloved old stuff back on the …

RC1 Aerobatic Plane Trouble


Chris Teuwen about his ‘Trouble’, the R/C plane he used in the F3A World Cup in Sweden.
First a sleek hull was drawn, which offered little resistance and two prototypes built have been build, one with a …

Seyer Cap 231 Fantasy colors


This is also a Seyer Cap231, but with a fantasy painting scheme.