Buy Laser Short Kits

While you’re here check out the Balsa Stick Store.

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.

For whatever reason, a lot of people ask me “Are you still cutting kits?”   Yes, I am cutting kits.  That’s why I have this page on the website with a big list of kits.  All kits are available and are cut to order.

The next most common question is about plans.  My work is done on the computer, and it does not involve paper, so you do not need to send me a copy of the plan.  I won’t be sending you a plan, either.  I live out in the boondocks and do not have a printer.  So neither of us will be mailing the other a plan.  If you want a plan, you’ll need to get it from a plan website such as www.outerzone.co.uk or other online plan archive and have it printed at an office store, or you can have it printed by a guy named Dennis who goes by the name Hemikiller on RC Groups.

You will not send me any wood.  I’ll cut the parts from my wood and mail them to you.

A laser cutter does a good job on lighter woods, but not so good on dense and thick woods.  All 1/4″ ply parts will be cut twice from 1/8″ ply, to be laminated by the builder.  Sometimes I have 3/8″ balsa that will cut nicely, but sometimes not, in which case the parts will be cut twice from 3/16″ balsa, to be laminated by the builder.  In some kits, the 3/8″ balsa parts are simply omitted from the kit, to be supplied by the builder.

Due to your tax dollars being handed out like Halloween candy to the alternative energy industry, Chinese windmill companies are currently buying almost the entire balsa crop from Ecuador, leading to short supplies and increasing prices.  In an effort to minimize costs I buy balsa collections whenever I can.  Some of these collections include pieces that are yellowed by sunlight or have brown stains.  Don’t worry.  It all flies.

If you have a set of cutting files you want me to cut out, make sure they’re in a usable format such as DXF or vector PDF.  I can cut your parts, but I’m not responsible for mistakes you may have made.

If you want me to cut parts for an existing plan, scaled to 150% or 40% or whatever, please look at the FAQ page when I’ll tell you why this is not the greatest idea in the world unless you know what you’re doing.

SHIPPING COSTS, AND HOW TO PAY

Find the “Send Rob an email” link on the main menu.  Tell me what you want and your ZIP code, and I’ll give you a total with shipping.  Buy multiple items at the same time to save shipping costs.  Paypal, checks, cash, money orders are all acceptable.  Look at my FAQ page for detailed info.

OTHER INFO

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

dihedral

Some of my kits include parts for bolting the wing in place, where the original plan shows rubber bands.  This is not true in all cases, but there are several with bolt-on kits included.  Here’s a link for more info.

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

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.


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Midwest

AIRCRAFT NAME WINGSPAN ENGINE SIZE PRICE
Aerostar 20 53" 20 $60
Aerostar 40 62" 40 $70
Das Liddle Stik 46" 20-40 $70
Esquire Esquire 10-15 $50
Flea Fli Plus Ten 42" 20 $50
Li'l Esquire 40" 049 $40
Super Hots 60" 60 $70
Sweet Stick 54" 40 $60

 

Model Airplane News

AIRCRAFT NAME WINGSPAN ENGINE SIZE PRICE
Baby Bipe 33" 20 $60
Canadair CL-215 76" 2 x 20 $60
Chandelle glider 79" N/A $50
Coin Foo 121% 44" 10-15 $35
Douglas DC-3 Dakota 63" 2 x 15-20 $60
Duster 67" 45-60 $75
Extra 325 47" 20 $40
Flea Fli 39" 10 $45
Kaos 90 74" 90 $100
Kwik Fli Mk III 59" 60 $70
Kwik Fli Mk IV 61.5" 60 $70
MAN Trainer 60 Senior 60" 60 $75
Taurus 70" 60 $75
Windy Joe 54" 049-09 $37

 

Model Aviation Plans (AMA)

AIRCRAFT NAME WINGSPAN ENGINE SIZE PRICE
4-40 57" 40 $55
Commodore 72" 40 $80
Drake II 48" 15 $60

 

Model Builder

AIRCRAFT NAME WINGSPAN ENGINE SIZE PRICE
Big Stik 100" 35-50 cc $90
Paskey 42" 20 $50

 

RCM Plans

 

Top Flite

AIRCRAFT NAME WINGSPAN ENGINE SIZE PRICE
Headmaster 48" 10-20 $55
Hot Kanary biplane 38" 40 $50
RC Nobler 51" 40 $60
Top Dawg 40" 049-15 $50

 

Miscellaneous

AIRCRAFT NAME WINGSPAN ENGINE SIZE PRICE
Baby Birdie 36" 049 $40
Birdie Ten 48" 10-20 $50
Curare 20 47" 25 $45
Curare 40 58" 40 $55
Das Not Ugly 31" 049 $35
Das Not Ugly 129% 39" 049-15 $40
Duellist 116% 80 2 x 45-60 $85
Eagle 25H Trainer 46" 20 $60
Eaglet X2 46" 049-09 $40
ET-20 50" 20 $50
Fournier RF-4D 87" 15-30 $60
Jetfire 40 52" 40 $55
Longster III 35" 020 $40
Mach Mini 33" 049 $35
Magic Fly 48" Electric $40
Musketeer Standard 72" 25-40? $35
Outlaw Delta 36" 40 $40
QB10H 39" 10 $45
Piper Tomahawk 80" 90 70
Playmate 50" 15-25 $55
Royal Mitsubishi Zero 35" 049-09 $40
Saab 37 Viggen 32" 20-25 $40
Scorpion 44" 20 $40
Sea Cruiser II 60" 40 $65
Splash-E 43" Electric $40
Sunday Fighters 39" 10-15 $40 each
Super Trident glider 98" N/A $55
Twinny 40" 20 $60
Ultimate 28% 64" 35cc $75