Vintage stunters   The control line aerobatic model aircraft favourites of past years are remembered through Vintage and Classic Stunt competitions in Australia.

The rules for Vintage Stunt specify designs dated pre 1960 as being eligible.
The rules for Classic Stunt specify designs dated pre 1965 as being eligible, so models eligible for Vintage are also eligible for Classic, although in some cases they may be at a disadvantage if they do not cope as well with the flight pattern for Classic, which is based on the Australian stunt rules of the era, and contains no square manoeuvres but more of the round ones.

Plans for a wide range of eligible designs are available via our plans page, and at several other websites.   There is even an almost ready to fly kit of the Nobler available now, providing an easy entry to the experience of flying old-time aerobatic models.  An Australian online discussion forum now exisits for discussing Vintage Stunt issues (and more) at The Australian Alternative Control Line Forum.


1.  Robin Hiern's example of a Super Zilch, a 1947 American design by Jim Saftig.  These planes were typically powered by 10cc spark ignition engines when flown in Australia during the early 1950s.

2.  This is the Nobler Doug Harlow used to win open aerobatics at the 1960 Australian Nationals. Designed by George Aldrich in about 1950 the Nobler was first published in a Model Airplane News of 1952, and makes a formidable choice for vintage stunt competitions more than 50 years later.

3.  The smart colour scheme of Peter White's example of the All American disguises its otherwise rather ordinary appearance.  The Dmeco kit for this plane first appeared in 1951.

4.  This Thunderbird Mk1 is Tony Farnan's example of the Bob Palmer design that first appeared in 1955.  Farnan won open aerobatics at the 1959 Australian Nationals with this plane, after Bob Hyde had used the same design to win in the previous two years.

5.  Gary Odgers example of the Coy Lady, an English design first published in Aeromodeller in 1959.  This design was good enough to win open aerobatics against all comers at the 1999 Australian Nationals in the hands of Mark Batty.

6.  Ken Taylor's beautiful replica of a Yates' Madman, flown in vintage stunt at the 2001 Australian Nationals.  The Madman design dates back to 1947 and, like many early stunters, features a wing having dihedral.

In April 2007, Fred Pearson sent these images of a photo and plan for the Rimfire, an Australian design published in Model News of 1959.  Fred intends building a Rimfire for his GloChief .29.

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Developed April 2007 by David Kidd