Thursday, May 05, 2005

The Basics of Finding Plans

(or "The Wonders of Search Engines", "Forums are cool", and "Planapallooza")

"Short kits do not come with plans. We do not sell them. For a nominal fee, we can acquire them for you if they are available from a verified plans service. "

While this is posted on every page of the site (the 'we don't sell plans' part) in some form or fashion, there are still questions. It's understandable. That's why, to save time (for me and you in the long run), here are some sites and methods of finding plans services to get your plans.

1.) Search Engines: This is the main method of finding plans. You can narrow down your search by using some simple additions.

  • Quotation marks ("")- Use these around your intended phrase ( e.g."RCM Plans") to just have the engine find keywords that only have "RCM Plans" in them.
  • AND- Use this with your quotation marks if your search comes up short. (e.g. "RCM" AND "Plans") This widens the field a little, as some sites use different terminology.

Popular search engines: Google, Yahoo! , Dogpile

2.) RCUniverse.com: The mecca of all things radio controlled. You can post what plans you're looking for in the forum. If somebody knows, they'll tell you. You'll need to sign up for a membership for this one (if you want to post in the forum), but it's worth it. It's also a great place to just do some general RC related discussion.

3.) The Plans Manufacturer: It's hard to find the website of the actual plans manufacturer, so here're some of the sites.

Flying Models: http://www.flying-models.com/

Model Activity Press:
http://www.modelactivitypress.com/fs_frameset1.htm

RCM:
http://www.rcmmagazine.com/

Model Airplane News:
http://www.rcstore.com/

Nexus:
http://www.hhc.co.uk/pages/nexusdirect.cgi

RC Scale International:
http://www.rcscaleinternational.com
(or)
http://www.traplethouse.com/index2.html


Now for something completely different...

Bored? Just wanting to put off doing...whatever?

The Procrastionator's Aid: http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/1915/

(To be safe, we'll categorize the site at PG13ish.)