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International Shipping Cost Increases

We have been analyzing our business over the last few months and we now must face the reality of the external factors that affect our ability to continue to supply a quality product into the marketplace. Covid-19 has brought many challenges to everyone’s lives and businesses, but the major change we have seen is to the freight rates. This not only impacts the importation of our raw material (balsa, ply etc) but seriously impacts out export shipping rates. We are totally dependent on the International Courier Service of NZ Post to get our product to you. This has presented some challenges in the last few months with unprecedented disruption to the airline business and to various countries postal systems. We are seeing signs of improvement, but it is slow. The main issue, of course, is the increase in price of airfreight and in the cost of Balsa wood.

We must pass the cost of freight on to the customer to remain in business, we can no longer afford to subsidize it within the kit price. To that end, as of today, all our freight prices will change to reflect what we are charged by our postal service. This is passed on to you at cost – there is no margin in it for us.

We are constantly looking at the costs within our kits, balsa costs are only going one way. We are trying to mitigate the increased costs through better use of the material and looking at different alternatives (light ply vs balsa , reduction of 1200 wood from our kits to reduce the package sizes for instance).

If you are concerned about the freight component, please consider just buying the basic laser cut short kit and source the additional wood from your local hobby shop,we are sure they will appreciate your business.

UK Customers:

There are some changes coming soon for our UK customers as the country exits the European Union. We are trying to understand the implications of the UK government wanting to collect the VAT from the supplier for orders under £135. This may mean we will need to register with the UK government – more costs. The orders over this value will continue to have the tax collected by the Postal System as is the current practice. Watch this space.

The world of air freight is not a nice place at the moment for small businesses.

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Taurus 70" Classic Pattern

Re live the 1960’s – even if you weren’t there!

Ed Kazmirski’s Taurus is a classic design of its era. He was world champion in 1960 with his own designed Orion and then flew the Taurus in Switzerland in 1962, finishing 3rd overall. The strength of this design was evident in that 16 of the 38 competitors flew a Taurus.

(Thanks to Evan Pimm for the photo).

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Spook 72

The Spook design first appeared in 1940 as a 48” and a 72” wingspan model. It appears to have been a very successful model and has all the characteristics of models from that era – lots of wing area, large tail surfaces and a high lift wing section.  

We have taken redrawn the wings and tailplane to create a full-size builders plan for the 72" model, to allow easy building of this gorgeous vintage model. The plan and kitset include information and material to build functional rudder and elevator for RC.


Dixielander 60"

Fly a 1950's Classic.

An enlarged version of George Fuller’s 50”2.5cc free flight model. This was designed in the late 950’s and was a consistent top three finisher in competitions of the era. We have based our model on the original Yeoman drawing but have added a tailplane modification to allow the model to be converted to radio control. The model has been scaled up to 60” to enable it to compete in New Zealand vintage competitions.

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Calypso (Retro) 64" Classic Patternship

The Calypso, a design from Hanno Prettner was an exercise in simplifying the growing complexity of F3A aerobatic models. It is still a fantastic F3A aerobatic model that won the 1983 World RC Aerobatic Champs. Here's your chance to fly a retro version of the model.

The Calypso performs amazing aerobatic routines with a 60 size two stroke, 90 four stroke or 10cc petrol, or 5 cell electric motor.

Model photo coming soon but enjoy the painting of its namesake by Jan Styka.

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Comet Clipper 96" 91 Size Vintage

The Comet Clipper was a classic free flight design by Carl Goldberg from 1938.

We have taken those classic lines and re-drawn a completely new plan for a 96" 91 four stroke RC version of this classic. Classics like this, especially at 96", make for the most enjoyable and relaxing flying, perfect for the Sunday morning at your club, They almost levitate off the ground and stooge around the sky.

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Titan 62" 60 Size Classic Pattern Ship

The Titan, designed by Clive Weller in 1978, was a new design of pattern ship for the tighter and more difficult manoeuvres being proposed in pattern flying at the time.

At the time the Titan featured a larger, thicker wing and tailplane, resulting in a model which decelerates more rapidly, making the high entry manoeuvres and vertical downward parts a great deal easier.

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Tiger Tail 64" 60 Size Classic Pattern Ship

Another classic pattern ship, the Tiger Tail was originally designed by Ron Chidgey, and was a two times US Nationals winner!

The original Tiger Tail plan was drawn around a foam core wing. We have re-engineered the wing into a built up balsa wing that anyone can construct with standard tools, and drawn a new plan to compliment the built up wing. 

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Deception 63" 60 Size Classic Pattern Ship

Our second new kit in a week is the classic pattern ship the 63" 60 size Deception.

Our kit includes a re-engineered built-up balsa wing, and we have drawn a new wing plan to compliment the build. The kit also includes a 1.5mm HIPS White Canopy.

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Cessna L-19 Bird Dog 87" 90 - 120 Size

We are very proud of our latest kitset which is our own in-house design, the Cessna L-19 Bird Dog! With it's 87" wingspan for 90 to 120 four strokes it builds into a beautiful scale model.

It also includes an extensive array of laser cut metal fittings and vacuum formed parts, including cowling and all window pieces.

This is a very extensive scale laser cut kit.

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Southerner 60" 30 Size

Originally produced by Keil Kraft, The Free Flight Southerner was first drawn up in early 1947, but it wasn't until the Mills 2.4 Diesel became popular that the design was revised and updated in 1949.

The wing can be built in a dihedral or polyhedral format. We have modified the original Free Flight design and included in our kitset an additional plan and laser cut parts for a new tailplane with elevators, and fin and rudder for RC use.

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The 93" Super Sinbad

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Hi Pete. Thanks for your prompt attention to my kitset order, it arrived without a mark on it. The laser cutting is the best I've seen, even better than the SIG kit sets I have. I will pass the word around our club over here.

John Grant, New Zealand

Hi Pete. I have finished the Buzzard Bombshell from your semi kit. The accuracy of parts  along with extra strip wood were of top quality. Have finished model in Solarfilm, powered by a Scorpion electric motor, came out all up at 4lbs. 8ozs. Test flew yesterday with only down thrust needed. A great project and a worthy addition to my vintage stable.

Harvey Stiver, New Zealand

Hi Pete. The Slingsby kit has just landed (pun intended). I haven’t had the chance to unpack the laser cut parts yet but going by Darryl’s comments they will fit like a glove. Also the plans are the best I have seen in a long time and I have been modelling for more than 50 years!!

Ian Thompson, Australia