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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.

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 can be printed on only one side, so that cutting one side doesn't damage something you may need on the other.

Instructions are included to enable one to print the corrected, rescaled plans full size on ANY printer, to the scale mentioned above, including the complete original instructions. I have added to the original instructions, both on the plans sheets themselves, and in a file of generic hints, 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. The plans not only include instructions for printing FULL SIZE plans on ANY size paper, but the details for a scale propeller for display, and a flying propeller for... well ... flying!

These two photos to the left are of the actual completed model, covered and uncovered.


These last close-ups show some of the detail that is present in the plans. These scans shown here are not representative of the quality of the plans themselves. These are reduced in resolution and size to make smaller files for downloading. The plans themselves are clearly printed, highly detailed, full size drawings to the scale mentioned above.

The plans include the markings and information on several paint schemes. This detail is present throughout the entire model, so the builder can choose any level of finishing that his skill and patience dictate.

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


These plans are totally free, but it would certainly be appropriate to consider donating something to help pay for the effort and work I've put into converting and updating these 80+ year old plans.

Most builders donate $10 or more, but you can select as little as $1 or as much as you want.The choice is up to you. Just click on the DOWNLOAD button below. If you do not have a PayPal account you may pay with a credit card. If you feel these plans are not worth the effort I have put into them, then by all means, you do not have to donate anything. But in either case, please enjoy the plans, and the flying model you can build from them! Thanks for your interest...

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