About this project
If you would like to pledge for more than one reward please contact me. Kickstarter does not have the ability to do this automatically.
Also Kickstarter is not able to add the shipping required to Canadian orders by itself. You have to add the shipping to your pledge yourself if you are in Canada.
I got some more work done on my website. It has specifications of the planes and some information on their development.
I love to design and build things that fly. As a kid I put wings on everything ... matchsticks, Popsicle sticks, hockey sticks ... you get the idea. Kites, paper airplanes, Frisbees, ornithopters ... you name it, if it flies, I like it. Radio controlled airplanes have always been my favorite flying things. Especially scale models of old racing planes.
I built quite a few R/C planes as a hobby but the ones I really wanted to build and fly weren't available as kits. So I designed and built my own. Some of these came out so well that I had them published as construction articles in R/C airplane magazines so others could build them from my plans. Lots of people did and it evolved into me selling kits of my designs.
I had a great time selling kits of my model airplane designs by mail order. My designs were very popular and I was (and still am) highly respected in the hobby. I turned to other projects for a while, but because of hot demand in the form of regular requests for my kits, I have decided to begin making them again. I really miss hearing from happy customers who just test flew their shiny new, hand build models! Some of them even sent me videos and pictures of their finished planes!
So ... I need to make some kits! I contacted several kit cutting firms for quotes and discovered that laser cutting has gotten very expensive. Too expensive to have my kits made at an affordable price.
The only solution to total kit affordability is for me to buy my own laser cutter and take control of production costs myself. This Kickstarter campaign will help fund my purchase of a laser cutter and allow me to resume production.
What's a "short kit"? A short kit is a set of laser cut parts required to build a model airplane. The short kit does not include stock wood like wing spars, sticks or fuselage sheeting. You supply those yourself. The short kit includes the laser cut wood parts required to build the plane. It also includes a full size plan and the plastic cowl, windshield/canopy and wheel pants if applicable.
You build and cover the plane yourself. The motor, battery, wheels etc. are not included ... just the laser cut wood, plan and plastic parts.
I also have complete, step by step instructions with colour photos for each plane available as a PDF for you to download.
Here are some links to build logs of the planes:
Here is a video showing the 1/5th R2 flying like the pylon racer it is:
This is the 40" Super Cub built from the short kit. The laser cut parts kit includes a plan, laser cut wood parts to build the plane and the plastic cowl and cabin windows only. You build and cover the plane yourself. The motor, battery, wheels etc. are not included... just the laser cut wood, plan and plastic parts. A $60 pledge gets you one of these kits
This little guy is called the Newbee. I fly mine with a OS .26 4 stroke in it. It also works well as an electric. Great fun to fly! It is a very forgiving sport plane. 40" wingspan. A $75 pledge gets you one of these kits.
This is the 80" Super Cub built from the short kit. This model is designed for electric power but can also be glow powered. A $150 pledge gets you one of these kits.
Here is the prototype of my 1/5th scale Gee Bee Z. The Z has a 57" wingspan. I have all the decals and markings available for this plane on my website. A $170 pledge gets you one of these kits.
This is the 1/5th scale Gee Bee R2 prototype. The plane has a 60" wingspan. I also have all the decals and markings for this plane available. A $180 pledge gets you one of these kits.
This is my 1/4 scale Gee Bee R2 prototype. The plane has a 75" wingspan. The fuselage has a diameter of about 15". A $270 pledge gets you one of these kits.
These are the decal sheets you can choose from for a $15 pledge. (Z decal on the left, R2 decal on the right) A $25 pledge will get a decal set for the 1/4 scale Gee Bee R2.
I am working on my new website (which is online already) and I will have full specifications of the models on there shortly. You will be able to download the manuals and see how the planes go together.
This is my good buddy Michel bringing in the 1/4 scale R2. Michel was flying so I could get some nice in flight shots of the plane. This was my favorite.
This is me and some friends enjoying a gorgeous day flying our Super Cubs. When you build your own you get to customize it. Michel's is the transparent, clipped wing, aerobatic crazy thing! How he can tell which way it's going is beyond me.
"If you want the best, you have to build it."
Risks and challenges
I have a very nice heated workshop with plenty of room to make and pack up the parts. I have my vacuum former that I designed and built specially to make model airplane cowlings and wheel pants. The plans are drawn, the prototypes are built and tested and the laser cutting files are ready to go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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