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

                                                                         vertical stabilizer

 

 

 

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. For most of my planes 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.

 

For the build of these planes there are “Basic Instructions” on each of the following sites. Click on the image to enlarge it. Drawings of all templates for cutting the foam cores of centre fuselage, wings and horizontal stabilizer come with the fibreglass parts. So it’s possible for everyone to hotwire these cores by himself.

 

 

Airbus:                                A300          A310          A320          A330          A340

 

Boeing:                                707           720B            727            737             757

 

Ilyushin:                              IL-62

 

McDonnell Douglas:         DC-8         DC-9         DC-10        MD-80        MD-11

 

Sud Aviation:                     Caravelle

 

Tupolev:                              154

 

 

 

Buildlogs:                          B727    MD-11    Caravelle

 

 

 

                     e-Mail:   info@rauch-airliner.com

 

 

Airliner-related links:      Bülent Deveci

                                            Adi Pitz

                                            Mikhail Karasev

                                            Bruno Choquel

                                     

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