Pat's Custom Models: Short Kits
All Designs by Pat Tritle

In resent years, modeling has seen a tremendous increase in the number of  “Short Kits”
in the market place. As a result, the two most frequently asked  questions are, “What is a
Short Kit”? And second, “What are the advantages of building a Short Kit”?

So, what is a Short Kit?
The Short Kit is the next best thing to Scratch Building, but without the hassle of having to
cut out, or fabricate the parts. The Short Kits contain Construction Plans and all the “pre-
shaped” wood and complex plastic parts where applicable. In most cases, the plans are
CAD drawn, and the wood parts are laser cut, insuring good parts fit, making the model
much easier to build then when using hand cut parts. As a Short Kit, the stock, readily
available wood and wire sizes are not provided.

So what’s the advantage to building a short kit?
The main advantage to building short kits is the availability of less mainstream modeling
subjects. In today’s world, ARF’s have come to dominate the market place, and in most
cases have forced kits out of the mainstream of modeling altogether.

Due to the availability of ARF’s, it’s no longer economically feasible for the larger
manufacturers to offer full kits of the more popular subjects when an ARF is available for a
lower price, and with less time required to complete the project. As a result, kits of popular
modeling subjects have all but disappeared form our hobby shop shelves.

So here’s the advantage; A small “Cottage Industry” has stepped up to offer Short Kits for
some of the more unusual, yet well known modeling subjects that can be offered in very
small numbers. There is still a significant number of “modelers” out there who build the
kind of models the Cottage Industry has to offer, but are too small in number to support the
larger companies with much higher cost of operation. Also, for the newcomers who have
built a few ARF’s, but are now looking for something more, the Short Kit is a great place to
start. And too, it allows the more discriminating modeler the option of hand selecting the
sheet and strip wood used to build the model.

As a result of these type offerings, those of us who still love to “build” the models we fly
don’t get left out in the cold, in spite of the changes the industry has undergone in resent
years.

Pat Tritle
High Wing Monoplane -- Civilian and Military
The Aeronca Chief spans 54", with a flying weight of 15 oz. and is is set up
with 4 ch. R/C. Power is provided by a Himax 2812-850 Outrunner motor, a
Thunderbird 18 ESC and a 1320 mah 2 cell Lipo. The model also features a
hatch on the fuselage bottom for easy battery access.

Price; $84.95                                                                                    
The Aeronca Champ spans 53", with a flying weight of 15 oz. and is is set up
with 4 ch. R/C. Power is provided by the low cost 1000KV Outrunner motor and
20A ESC  1320 mah 2 cell Lipo. The model also features a hatch on the
fuselage bottom for easy battery access.

Price: $84.95
The C-120/140 spans 48” Wing Area;  335 sq. in.  Length; 30.8”  Flying weight;
12 oz. Power; Hacker A20-30M, Thunderbird 18 ESC w/ BEC,  APC 10-3.8 SF
Prop and a Thunderpower 1320 mah 2 cell Lipoly Battery. Guidance is 4 ch.
R/C with 4 servos: 1 ea. Rudder and Elevator, and 2 Aileron, using the
Spektrum DX-6 radio.

Price: $79.95
The C-180 spans 53.7” Wing Area;  396 sq. in.  Length; 38”  Flying weight; 23.7
oz.
Power; E-Flight 890 KV Park 450 Outrunner, E-Flite 20A ESC w/ BEC,  APC 12-
6E Prop and a Hyperion 2500  mah 2S Lipoly Battery. Guidance is 5ch. R/C with
6 Sub-Micro Servos: 1 ea. E-Flite S-75 Rudder and Elevator, and 2 ea. S-60
Aileron, and 2 ea. S-60 Flap using the Spektrum DX-7 radio.

Price: $94.95
The C-172 spans 53.5” Wing Area;  396 sq. in.  Length; 38.75”  Flying weight;
25.6 oz.
Power; Suppo 2217 Outrunner, 20A ESC w/ BEC,  Xoar 11-5 Prop and a
Hyperion 2000  mah 2S Lipoly Battery. Guidance is 5ch. R/C with 6 Sub-Micro
Servos: 1 ea. E-Flite S-75 Rudder and Elevator, and 2 ea. S-60 Aileron, and 2
ea. S-60 Flap using the Spektrum DX-7 radio.

Price: $94.95
The J-3 Short Kit can be build as either a 3, or 4 channel model with no
modification required by the builder.

The J-3 Cub Spans 40"    Length: 25.5"    Wing Area: 230 sq. in.     Flying
Weight: 7.2 - 7.9 oz. Power: GWS 4:1 IPS drive w/ a 5A ESC w/ BEC. GWS 8-6
prop and an E-Flight 430 mah 2S Lipoly Battery. Guidance: 2 - 4, Dymond D-47
Sub-Micro Servos and a Spectrum AR6100E Rx

Price: $54.95
The L-4 Grasshopper spans 53" with a Flying Weight of 15 oz. Power is a
Himax 2808-980 Outrunner with a GWS 9-5 DD prop and a Thunderpower 1320
mah 2S battery for flight durations over 20 minutes. Guidance for the 15.6 oz.
Model is 4 ch. using 4 sub-micro servos.  

Price: $79.95
The Super Cub spans 52.7", with a Flying Weight of 17 oz. The model is set up
fot  5 ch. R/C, and includes operating flaps. Power is provided by the low cost  
Outrunner motor and ESC Package and a 2100 mah 2 cell Li-Poly. The model
also features an opening side door for easy battery access.

The Super Cub can easily be modified by the builder to the Bush Plane
configuration with the larger cockpit windows and sky lights.

Price: $79.95
The Tri-Pacer spans 50”   with a Flying weight; 26 oz. Power; E-Flight 920 KV
Park 400 Outrunner, Thunderbird 18 ESC w/ BEC,  APC 11-5.5E Prop and a
Hyperion 2500  mah 2S Lipoly Battery. Guidance is 5ch. R/C with 6 Sub-Micro
Servos: 1 ea. Rudder and Elevator, and 2 Aileron, and 2 Flap using the
Spektrum DX-7 radio.

Price: $94.95
The Pacer spans 50” with a  Flying weight; 26 oz. Power; Suppo 2217
Outrunner,  20A ESC w/ BEC,  APC 11-5.5E Prop and a Hyperion 2500  mah 2S
Li-Poly Battery.Guidance is 5ch. R/C with 6 Sub-Micro Servos: 1 ea. Rudder
and Elevator, and 2 Aileron, and 2 Flap using the Spektrum DX-7 Radio.     

Price: $94.95
The Pilatus Porter spans 60" with a Flying Weight; 24.9 oz. Power:    Suppo
2217 or E-Flite Park 450 Outrunner Motor w/ a 20A ESC and an APC 11-4.7
Slow Fly Prop with a 2650 mah 2S Li-Poly Battery. Guidance:    5 Ch. Control is
provided by 2, 9 gram Servos for the Rudder and Elevator and 4, 4.3 gram
servos (2 ea.) for the Ailerons and Flaps.

Price; $96.95
The Stinson Reliant spans 56.8” with a Flying weight; 27.8 oz. Power; Super
Tigre ST-10 Outrunner, ST-30 ESC w/ BEC,  APC 11-5.5E Prop and a Hyperion
2500  mah 2S Li-Poly Battery. Guidance is 5ch. R/C with 6 Sub-Micro Servos: 1
ea. Rudder and Elevator, and 2 Aileron, and 2 Flap using the Spektrum DX-7
radio.

Price: $96.95
   
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The Clipwing T-Craft Spans 34”  Wing Area; 195 sq. in.  Length; 24”  Flying
weight; 8.2 oz. Power; GWS IPS 4:1 Drive w/ Medusa 4000 kv In-runner,
Thunderbird 18 ESC w/ BEC, GWS 8-6 or 8-4.3 Prop, and a Kokum 700 mah 2
or 3 cell Lipoly Battery. Guidance is 4 ch. R/C with 4 servos: 1 ea. Rudder,
Elevator and 2 Aileron, using the Spektrum DX-6 radio.

Price: $39.95
The C-170 spans 53.7” Wing Area;  396 sq. in.  Length; 39”  Flying weight; 23
oz.
Power; E-Flight 890 KV Park 450 Outrunner, E-Flite 20A ESC w/ BEC,  APC
10-5E Prop and a Hyperion 2500  mah 2S Lipoly Battery. Guidance is 5 ch. R/C
with 6 Sub-Micro Servos: 1 ea. E-Flite S-75 Rudder and Elevator, and 2 ea. S-
60 Aileron, and 2 ea. S-60 Flap using the Spektrum DX-7 radio.

Price: $94.95
The Luscombe Silvaire spans 52.6” Wing Area;  330 sq. in.  Length; 30.4”  
Flying weight; 13.5 oz.
Power; E-Flight 1080 KV Park 370 Outrunner, E-Flite 20A ESC w/ BEC,  GWS
EP 9050 Prop and a Thunderpower 1320  mah 2S Lipoly Battery. Guidance is
4 ch. R/C with 4 Sub-Micro Servos: 1 ea. E-Flite DS-76 Rudder and Elevator,
and 2 ea. DS-35 Ailerons, using the Spektrum DX-7 Radio.

Price: $89.95
The J-3 Kitten Spans 28", Wing Area 103 Sq. In., Length 15.75" with a Flying
Wt. of 2 oz. Power and Guidance is provided by the electronics Package from
The Beast using the Park 180 Outrunner and 120 mah 2S Battery w/ 3 ch.
Control (Rudder, Elevator, Throttle) The model is suitable for indoor venues,
but also flies well outdoors in calm conditions.

Price: $29.95
The J-3 Cub Spans 60", Wing Area 518 Sq. In., Length 38.3" with a Flying Wt.
of 22 - 23 oz. Guidance is provided by 4 sub-micro servos to guide the Rudder,
Elevator, Ailerons & Throttle. The J-3 is powered with a Suppo 2217 Outrunner
Motor w/ a 20A ESC & 2S 1320 -2000 mah battery. The Short Kit includes
Plans, Laser Cut Parts, and  Plastic cowl w/ Dummy Engine. The All New Design
also features plug in wings and opening cockpit doors for easy transport and
battery access. And, there's room to add full cockpit detail too.....

Price: $98.95                                                         
The Super Cub Spans 60", Wing Area 518 Sq. In., Length 38.3" with a Flying
Wt. of 24 - 25 oz. Guidance is provided by 6 sub-micro servos to guide the
Rudder, Elevator, Ailerons, Flaps & Throttle. The Cub is powered with a Suppo
2217 Outrunner Motor w/ a 20A ESC & 2S 1320 -2000 mah battery. The Short
Kit includes Plans, Laser Cut Parts, and  Plastic cowl. The All New Design also
features plug in wings and opening cockpit doors for easy transport and battery
access. And, there's room to add full cockpit detail too.....

Price: $98.95       
The Just Aircraft Highlander Spans 60", Wing Area 440 Sq. In., Length 37.5"
with a Flying Wt. of 22.5 oz. Guidance is provided by 6 sub-micro servos to
guide the Rudder, Elevator, Ailerons, Flaps & Throttle. The Highlander is
powered with a Suppo 2217 Outrunner Motor w/ a 20A ESC & 2S 2200 mah
battery. The Short Kit includes Plans and Laser Cut Parts. The All New Design
also features plug in wings and for easy transport and battery access. And,
there's room to add full cockpit detail too.....

Price: $94.95