Building remotely controlled airliner model planes since 1971 I started with a 1/23th scale Vickers Super VC-10 and a 1/13th scale Fokker F-28. Both planes were built using foam and balsa only. They were powered by two .40 glow engines each.
It became clear that a common scale would give a better look when a number of these planes were standing side by side. Choosing an 1/16th scale made it possible to build most of those days’ airliners at reasonable sizes. After my first planes I knew that the nose and tail cone of the fuselage were very difficult to build so I decided to make moulds. These devices could now manufactured much easier as fibreglass parts. For the engine nacelles and the vertical stabilizer I made moulds too. The center fuselage can easily be built with foam and balsa giving a much lighter structure than a full fibreglass fuselage. Wings and horizontal stabilizer are also built with foam/balsa.
Those fibreglass parts are (illustrated by DC-10 / MD-11):
Nose section of the fuselage Tail section of the fuselage with Engine nacelles
From early on other modellers were interested in building these airliner models. With the fibreglass parts supplied by me and a small drawing they were able to build their own models. Foam cores of centre fuselage, wings and horizontal stabilizer are provided by Manfred Köster. Retractable landing gears for these airliners are produced by Hawe-Modelltechnik. Of course building and flying of this kind of model aircraft requires a well-experienced pilot.
In the beginning all models were designed to use glow engines with propellers but now all of them can also be equipped with ducted fans (electric or glow engine) or turbines. Well known are the planes of Peter Michel who had built a large number of my designs using all variants of suitable powerplants.
During the last decades a large number of 1/16th scale airliners has been built not only by me but also by many other modellers. The following pages show some of these planes. For the quality of the pictures please keep in mind that I had to scan photographs aged up to 40 years.
Sud Aviation: Caravelle
Airliner-related links: Carsten Scharf