Plans Service has been bestowed the entire inventory of Bill Northrop's Plans Service, according to a story
in the February 2015 edition of
Model Aviation. Stretching back to Model Builder magazine's publication era (1971
through 1991), AMA Hall of Famer
Bill Northrop amassed
a collection of more than 800 plans, including free flight, radio control, and control line airplanes as well as
a few boats. Bill's wife and business partner, Anita, was instrumental in making arrangements for the transfer,
so thanks to her.
sources of 'free' versions of plans are available on the Internet while legitimate copies can still be purchased
from the copyright owners. The plans I post here on Airplanes and Rockets were
scanned from copies of magazines I own and are meant
to be just detailed enough to determine whether you want to purchase a set of plans for your building project. I
always provide a hyperlink to the AMA Plans
Service website in an effort to promote the organization of which I have been a member since the early 1970s
(AMA #92498). If nobody sells a legitimate copy of a plan, then I will offer so send
my higher resolution scan version. I never charge for other people's work. Per the biography of Bill Northrop
on the AMA website, "A year or so after we discontinued MB[*], we rescued all of the
original MB plans from bankruptcy court (it wasn't cheap!) and started a new plans book, entitled 'Scratch Builder's
Almanac.'" People deserve to be compensated for their time and materials.
* MB = Model Builder magazine.
Posted January 29, 2015