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1935 Corben Superace Flying Model Plans

amphibThese plans will build the rubber powered flying model of the 1935 Corben Superace as shown at the left.

The wingspan of the finished model is 17 inches, and the total length is 11.5 inches. As can be seen, the construction is tissue covered balsa, using 'stick and tissue' construction for the frame, ribs and formers.

These plans are a particular favorite of mine, being what can only be called one of the first homebuilt, experimental aircraft. It used a Ford Model A engine for the power source, and was built by following serialized directions in several issues of Popular Aviation magazine through the mid 1930s!

My father and uncle started building the full size version of this back in the 1930s, and photos of their attempts can be found on my web site at Click on the picture of the Long EZ to go to the history of my interest in aircraft.

Dad also built the model, as shown at the left. A color photograph, as well as other photos of the actual plane and a history of the design written by Mr. O.G. Corben, the designer, are included in the plans.

The plans are complete and highly detailed, and can be used to construct and finish the model exactly as shown to the left.

As can be seen below, the plans are in booklet form, inserted into plastic sheet protectors that can be used to store the templates that are cut from the plans, as well as the plans themselves.

Multiple templates are included for the formers and ribs, and are included on separate pages from the plans themselves so that the plans won't be damaged if your method of construction includes cutting out the templates.


These plans were originally published in 1930s aviation magazines and were not necessarily complete, in that they sometimes had to be scaled to fit the magazine's pages, and some pieces left out to comply with space constraints. It was left to the builder to construct parts or rescale the drawings where needed.

The plans that I am offering are scanned from the originals, but then, using the computer, are rescaled, corrected and redrawn where needed to combine split components, correct errors and add missing parts.

Unlike the originals, the plans are all printed on only one side of the paper, so that cutting one side doesn't damage something you may need on the other.


The corrected, rescaled plans are then printed full size, including complete instructions as originally written, both added to the plans sheets themselves, and on separate pages for step-by-step help. A booklet of generic hints, is also included that aids in building, covering, painting, balancing and flying the model when completed. It also includes hints and tips to make your finished model an item to be proud of. Plans are also included for a scale propeller for display, and a flying propeller for... well ... flying!


This last close-up is part of the front view, and shows some of the detail that is present in the construction.

This detail is present throughout the entire model, so the builder can choose any level of finishing.

The drawings and dimensions for the plans were taken originally in the 1930s directly from the full size aircraft, and reflect the original very accurately.

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1935 Corben Superace Flying Model Plans ....$9.95

Plans will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering, and I will notify you by email at that time. For destinations in the United States, the shipping will be $2.00 for the first set of plans and .50 for each additional set.

For international orders, the shipping will be higher. Also be aware that your country MAY charge custom charges on arrival. These can vary considerably. If concerned, please contact your local postal service for this information.

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