OSMW Fifty Six Airplane Kit

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Your Dad raved about it. So did your Uncle, your Grandpa, and most of the members in your club.
Now you can experience one for yourself.

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Your Dad raved about it.

So did your Uncle, your Grandpa, and most of the members in your club.

Now you can experience one for yourself.


Since the early 70's, more of these have been built and flown than most any other R/C design. It's an all-time favorite R/C trainer and sport design. It's fondly remembered because it's so easy to build and to gentle to fly.

Our version of the Fifty Six keeps all of the iconic look and great flying characteristics, and introduces new, simplified building features, as well as laser-cut precision - making this all time favorite even better.

Building the wing and stab are a snap as all of the ribs include tabs which allow you to quickly and precisely align them on your building board. Did we say stab ribs? Why yes we did, as we integrated the original airfoil shaped stab into our design as well.


The fuselage is built around a self-aligning, light-weight box for added strength. Surrounding this is the outer balsa skin that is strong, light-weight and twist resistant. Overall, this balsa/ply airframe is uncomplicated, lightweight, easy to build, and features precision laser-cut parts that fit together quickly and accurately.

The wing is removable the old-school way - using rubber bands (which are included). At first, you might think this is a bit old-fashioned, but it's simply the perfect way to hold the Fifty Six's wing in place. What's more, doing it this way keeps it faithful to the original design and since the Fifty Six is also a trainer, it gives the wing that extra bit of movement needed to help avoid breakage during those not-so-perfect landings.

Power can come from glow or electric powerplants. We've designed the fuselage with a magnetic top hatch so you have quick access to either your fuel tank or batteries.


In the air, the Fifty Six is a gentle and forgiving design that makes it the perfect trainer. When flying at slower speeds, it's a great way to relax, shoot touch-n-goes and enjoy low passes down the runway. But throttle it up a bit and the Fifty Six is just at home as a barnstormer. Loop it. Roll it. Flip over for some inverted flight. Throw in some hammerhead turns for fun and you'll enjoy every minute of it.

For value and features in a great-flying, rugged airplane, your best bet is the OSMW Fifty-Six.

Our Old School Model Work's Fifty Six is a Vintage R/C Society legal design for enjoying vintage fly-ins and contests.



Premium USA Hardware
Included in each Old School Model Works kit is a premium hardware package. We only source our hardware from brand-name, USA manufacturers to guarantee the best quality.


Interlocking Construction
There's nothing else like it. Our interlocking construction allows you to assemble the entire airframe with a minimum amount of fuss.


Front hatch
Securely held in place with magnets, this hatch gives you easy access to batteries or fuel.


Glow or Electric power
Power the Fifty Six with either a glow or electric powerplant.


VRCS legal kit
Our Fifty Six is a Vintage R/C Society qualifying design making it eligible for vintage/retro events.


Design your color scheme
Download this sheet to design your Fifty Six's color scheme.


Want to see more?
Click the "My Build" button to bring up a Flickr photo album of our customer's Fifty Six builds.



  • Wingspan: 56 inches
  • Wing Area: 560 sq. inches
  • Length (airframe only): 41.5 inches
  • Weight: 3.5-4.5 pounds RTF

Radio: 4 channel



  • Glow (.19-.35 engine, 4 ounce tank, fuel tubing)
  • Electric (equivalent brushless motor, 40+ amp ESC, 3-4S LiPo)

Additional items needed to complete the Fifty Six kit:

  • Propeller
  • Engine/Motor mount & mounting hardware
  • “Y” servo harness (for ailerons)
  • Pushrods (two 5” for ailerons, two 26” for elevator & rudder, one 14" for nose gear, one 10” for throttle if glow powered)
  • Clevises for the pushrods (10 if electric, 12 if glow).
  • Wheels: one 2.25" nose, two 2.5” mains
  • Covering (typically 2 rolls)

Recommended Power Systems



C-2826/8 1130Kv Motor, C-60A-ESC, APC 10x5 or 10x6 Prop, 4S 3300mah LiPo Battery

APC 10x5 Prop = 14.8v, 48.48A, 718 watts, 12,829 RPM, 84oz Thrust, 61mph Speed
APC 10x6 Prop = 14.8v, 50.14A, 742 watts, 12,646 RPM, 89oz Thrust, 72mph Speed




TEM-2826-1140Kv Motor, TEM-60A-ESC, APC 10x5 or 10x6 Prop, 4S 3300mah LiPo Battery

APC 10x5 Prop = 14.8v, 54.46A, 806 watts, 13,297 RPM, 89oz Thrust, 63mph Speed
APC 10x6 Prop = 14.8v, 59.69A, 883 watts, 12,964, 91oz Thrust, 74mph Speed




BA-2826-1030Kv Motor, BadAss Rebel V2 80A ESC, APC 10x5 10x6 10x7 or 10x8 Prop, 4S 3300mah LiPo Battery

APC 10x5 Prop = 14.8v, 45.04A, 667 watts, 13,008 RPM, 84oz Thrust, 62mph Speed
APC 10x6 Prop = 14.8v, 50.62A, 749 watts, 12,774, 88oz Thrust, 73mph Speed
APC 10x7 Prop = 14.8v, 58.36A, 864 watts, 12,413, 92oz Thrust, 82mph Speed
APC 10x8 Prop = 14.8v, 64.27A, 951 watts, 12,148, 92oz Thrust, 92mph Speed




Want some ideas on how to finish your Fifty-Six?

Click the image below for some customer build photos.


Please Note:  All of the Old School Model Works Kits on our website have a $5 Oversize Package surcharge included in the price shown.  This will cover the additional shipping cost while still allowing you to choose our economical Flat Rate Shipping option.  This makes the delivered cost of the kit the same as ordering it directly Old School Model Works. 

We are sorry, but due to the size of the kits and high International shipping costs, we cannot ship them outside of the United States.

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