After some behind the scenes work, we are getting much better numbers and a more accurate count of the most popular plans from month to month, November has some shake-ups throughout the Top 10 list. With winter fully settled in across most of the county, now is a great time to browse our Parkjet's extensive catalog of free plans (137 total) and find that next build to put together for spring flying. The Top 10 list is a good place to start looking for what other pilots and builders are putting in their digital library to build later. So without too much blabbering, let's get to the Top 10 plans downloaded in November, 2014!
10. F-14 by Steve Shumate – The F-14 is one of the all-time most popular downloads on Parkjets. In fact, for years, it was number one. The simple build process, coupled with real swing wings, kit availability, decals, and other features means the Tomcat is always at the top of builder’s lists when they want a scale foam flyer.
9. SU-37 by Steve Shumate – The SU-37 by Steve Shumate really pushed the envelope when he first dropped the dual thrust vectoring monster on the RC community years ago. Today, it remains a popular download. It has a lot of parts, but just like the F-14, it is available in kit form, has some accessories available, but really, as a scratch build, it just takes time, not particularly any great skill. Anyone can do it.
8. F-14 by MDC – The F-14 designed by MDC is popular for many of the same reasons the Steve Shumate version is popular, swing wings and ease of build. However, MDC took the design one step further, going with a simple profile model while still keeping the swing wings.
7. Super Bandit by Steve Shumate – The Super Bandit is a great place to start if you are looking for a rock solid platform, many different size and power options (EDF or pusher) and want a design that just looks fast sitting on the table.
6. F-15 MK2 by Jamie Rothwell – The designer has lots of popular plans on Parkjets, but the F-15 clocks in at number 6. The F-15’s construction is totally different than the typical box and wing designs, it features a score and fold method that gives you some scale while cutting down on your build time. The Eagle is always popular with large delta wings, twin vertical stabs and classic looks.
5. Hydro – What would you do if you wanted a half-boat, half-plane RC thing? Download the plans for the Hydro. It’s that simple.
4. YF-23 Grey Ghost by Craig Clarkstone – Looking at this beautiful design, the YF-23 is no doubt one of the best looking jets out there. The RC version is faithful to the original design with scale features and killer looks.
3. Mermaid by Marcel du Plessis – The Mermaid stays popular despite its pedestrian looks. It must be all go and no show. A water and land loving design, the Mermaid can take off from your local pond or swimming pool and do it in style.
2. SU-37 by Jamie Rothwell – The SU-37 model here is a great example of blending scale, building options and a fast bench to air time. With score and fold methods baked right in, the SU-37 is a great option.
1. F-22 by Steve Shumate – The F-22 Raptor stays on top for another month. It’s scale design and killer thrust vectoring set up make it an obvious choice if you want to really impress your flying buddies at the field.