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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 …

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Find out more about the F3A World Championships. F3A is the name of a model airplane competition class. » read more

Clubs and Associations

All the news about associations, clubs and other interest groups that organize retro aerobatic meetings and competitions. » read more

Engine tests

Yes, today the vast majority of us fly the pattern planes powered electrically. This is not only practical, but many of the old structures unfold electrically modernized their real potential. » read more

Retro Classics

Infos about the famous airplanes of that time, which were built and flown a lot, or wich have been particularly successful. Reviews of earlier pictures and lots of information. » read more

Sky Aviations

Sky Aviations News / From the board. Its about new products and activities. » read more

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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 …

R/C Aerobatic WC Sweden 1965


New Update: Original Video of the WC!  A piece of history – a comprehensive documentation of the World Cup 1965 in Sweden with lots of detail and background information. In the gallery at the end …

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.
You search a display solution for your engine collection?

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)

3rd Carinthia F3A Classicpattern meeting and competition


Sankt Stefan / Austria
Saturday 27th, and 28th, August 2016 was on Airfield of Modelflyingclub Jauntal (Austria) the 3rd Carinthia F3A Classicpattern meeting and competition.
Invided was all friends and Fans of Classic Pattern planes of the …

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…

2016 Bill Johnston Memorial SPA Championships


Prattville, AL, August 27-28, 2016 was on Airfield of Modellflyingclub Prattville the 2016 Bill Johnston Memorial SPA Championships.
Invited was all SPA Members. 18 Pilots follows the SPA invitation.
Flown was in 5 different competition groups:
SPA Novice
SPA Sportsman