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I thought I might die of old age waiting for this, but I finally signed a contract to sell my home. We will be spending the month of March 2024 packing a bunch of stuff for my business, my wife’s business, and our household, and moving to our new home. I’m turning my web store off March 1, and it’s scheduled to turn back on April 4.  During March I will not be taking any orders.

When I come back I plan to have some new products, including adhesives and a new Garage Sale section featuring old hardware packets and other odd bits that I’ve collected over the years, which you might find useful in your building projects.

So, I’m signing off for now and I’ll be back in April from the new HQ.


While you’re here check out the Balsa Sticks and Balsa Sheets.

Here’s an explanation of what a short kit is, with pictures.  You’ll have to complete the kit by buying your own sheet and stick wood from a balsa dealer.  Here’s my best shot at explaining how to do this.  Plans are available at

On some of my kits I have incorporated my own modifications, which I think the average builder would like.  If you prefer your kit cut to original standard specs, let me know.

If you find a mysterious piece of wood in your kit that looks like this, it’s probably a dihedral gauge.


If you find an error in your kit, please let me know so I can fix it.

You can click the name of a category to get a catalog listing of kits in that category.

I’ve added a new product tag: Rob’s Favorites.  These are planes that I have built myself some time between 1985 and now, which I found enjoyable either to build, to fly, or both.

Ace RC

David Boddington

Joe Bridi

Flying Models

Carl Goldberg

Great Planes

Dick Mathis


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