These are answers to questions that frequently come up.
Q. Can I order by phone or mail?
A. Sorry, we cannot accept phone orders. You can order by mail. Contact us first by email first to get the total dollar amount for your order.
Q. Who supplies your wood? What quality balsa wood do you use?
A. We buy wood from several suppliers including Bud Nosen Models, National Balsa, and Midwest. Our balsa wood usually is Nosen's "contest balsa". Note that it is not always blemish-free. From time-to-time we are able to offer blemish-free wood - contact us for pricing.
Q. What is a 'short kit'?
A. There is no industry standard definition of a "short kit". Our typical short kit includes only those parts that need to be cut from a sheet of wood (balsa, bass and ply). It may also include vacuum-formed parts such as a canopy or cowl. The builder still has to supply all sticks, wire, sheet, glue, covering material necessary to finish the model. Some people prefer short kits so that they can hand pick the sticks and sheet wood they will use to finish the build. We do not have build lists for many of the short kits. Some short kits will seem more complete than others, i.e., they will have many more parts laser cut. That is up to the designer and how the plane is assembled. For example, a stick type fuselage takes a lot of extra wood, whereas a kit like Rob McKellar’s GeeBee Z has almost every part cut. If you are unsure about the content of a specific short kit in our catalog, please email us for more information.
Q. I want a xxx with ailerons but you only offer one without. Can your kits be converted?
A. Yes. Many of our customers have converted a 3 channel plane (rudder/elevator/throttle) to 4 channel (aileron/rudder/elevator/throttle). It does take a bit more modeling skill and time, but, is fairly easy to do. Most of the wing sizes allow a micro or nano servo to fit within the wing, or, links can be used for a central mounted servo.
Q. Can these kits be flown with gas/glow engines?
A. Short answer is No. But, many of the Peter Rake designs can be converted to fly with IC. The limiting factor will be the prop size as most glow engines will not swing a larger enough prop. It looks like a .09 diesel is the minimum for most of the WWI airplanes due to the round cowls. For the 54" SE-5A and SPAD XIII a .52 4 stroke or similar size diesel would work. Again, the forward fuselage would need some added strength to withstand the starting load and vibration. The conversion of Adrian Britton's PA-12 to an .06 PAW diesel was really nice. It only took addition of fuel tank, throttle servo and a new firewall (along with fuel proofing where applicable). His C170B and Silvaire would also be good candidates for conversion. The WACO YMF was designed to use either IC or electric and flew very well on a .90 diesel.
Q. What about the details, such as pilots and machine guns for detailing your kits. Are they included?
A. The AerodromeRC kits usually come with balsa/ply fake motors, machine guns and pilots. The Peter Rake models do not. The detailing of WWI planes especially is a personal choice. I tend to be a 'minimalist' making my MG's out of a piece of dowel and a block of balsa. Others will make small handles, and other small details. So, we leave all the detail on the Rake models, including rigging, up to the builder. All of Rake's 1/9 scale WWI biplanes (36" span) and the SRE can fly without rigging. The 1/6 scale planes should have functional rigging.
Q. I have a plan of a xxx. Can you cut parts for me?
A. Normally we cannot due to the time involved. Send an email with a picture of the plans and we can determine if it is a job we can do. The conversion is not a simple one and will be quite costly, a minimum of around $200 and can be as much as $500 just for converting the files for cutting. Parts would cost extra. If we decide to do a job we require permission from the author or copyright holder to do cutting.
Q. The xxx kit lists a Speed 400 for power. What kid of brushless motor can I use?
A. First, unless you use an inrunner with a gearbox you will need to modify the motor mount. It is simple to do, but, the alternate mount is not included in the kits. Second, brushless motor nomenclature is confusing at best. A good replacement for the Speed 400 is the EFlite Park 400. There are so many others to choose from that a complete list is not feasible in this space. A typical Speed 400 would put out about 90W, so any brushless motor of that size would work. Be aware that many WWI planes have larger cowls so a large prop is needed to clear them. Typical on the Speed 400 size planes would be a 9" or 10" prop. You can find a replacement for the Speed 300 or Speed 600 in the same way.