Still in play as the State and National Sci-Oly events wrap up: The Osprey is designed for this year's Science Olympiad rule--8 grams, 50 CM, plus a few other specs to think about. The kit includes everything you need except for adhesives and a small sanding block: propeller, rubber, HDPE covering material, tissue for the 10% bonus, hook & hanger, o-rings, photo-illustrated instructions, and of course--laser-cut wood parts. Main construction is balsa with a few strategic plywood pieces for strength in the right places. Building the Osprey isn't trivial, but it's well within the abilities of an on-the-ball high school science student. For those with a box of props left over from years gone by, there's a no-prop version available for $5 less. Check it out in Kits.
Need a new group-build idea? The Mountain Lion Mark II boasts even simpler construction than its predecessor, smaller structures for covering, a slightly larger wingspan, updates to wing geometry and engineering, and still provides that great first-flight reliability that's made it a favorite in classrooms, group build settings and summer camps! Purchase singly ($8), as a six-pack($30) or at the $4 per plane group-build price. Builds with Titebond, CA, Ambroid--you name it--and best of all: No knives or pins required. Tax-Free purchases available for public institutions. No-Cost shipping available for bulk purchases in the Colorado Springs area.
Don't forget to check out the Wood Prop Twist Jig and the Pennyplane Wood Prop Conversion Kit. See them both in Props and Essentials.
I recently received an email asking about my kits, and it contained a line something like, "so I guess your kits are just plans and sticks and laser-cut ribs?" Hardly. Here's a shot of a typical wood-cut for an LCP kit--in this case some parts from the Binomial.
For starters, there are no plans (Mountain Lion excepted)--because they're not needed! All parts are laser-cut and assembly is done by following the photos and guidance in the instructions. Even parts you'd normally imagine must simply be sticks--wing spars--aren't. Spars are cut with integral gussets that capture and align each rib. Then there's the ribs themselves. They're not just a bunch of airfoil-shaped cuts in the wood that you have to measure & cut to length. Each rib is shaped and cut properly for length, foil and height. The instructions? As much energy goes into the photos, writing and editing as into the designs themselves.
Indoor FF has a reputation as being only for those with the patience of the pope and the touch of a surgeon, but that's hogwash. I'm convinced that a well-designed kit can make free flight not only accessible, but enjoyable to a whole lot of new fliers. Rookies especially--you have just as much right to a well-flying airplane as anyone, and you don't have to march barefoot across the Himalayas for the privilege! Live a little--try a kit from Laser-Cut Planes.
Clubs--If you'd like to conduct a one-design contest using any of my kits, please let me offer you a 20% discount for a group order--6 or more of the same kits. Shipping per kit would be less, also. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Inquiries from dealers are always welcome.
Finally, should you have trouble trimming or building one of my kits, please let me help you. They'll all fly well--I guarantee it. Check out some hints on the Support page
All the best,