TONS of RARE TOOLS Available in the Basement!

I’ve been gathering rare Free Flight tools from several estates.  I have now uploaded them to the Basement.  There are winders, winders, and more winders.  Also rubber strippers, torque meters, CO2 motors and more.

Check them out here:

ChainGang WilderLRG Wilder20-04 Thermik Telco TanII StripperCZ Sidewinder-4 Oppegard-03 Modela27 Jones-03 GG-03 winder131 WilderTorque30 BlazF1G BlazF1B-2

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TWO NEW Volare Products KITS!

Finally, I can release two new NoCal kits that I’ve been working on.  As you might know, one of my “production requirements” is that the design must prove to be fly-able.  This is a carry-over from my days of selling plans – nothing gets sold if it can’t fly.

Within the last month, we have been able to test and fly these two NoCals:  The Cessna Centurion and the Aircraft Designs Turbo Stallion.  When I look for a subject for NoCal, I look for a few things and some of these are:  High Wing (for stability), Retract Landing Gear, and no Wing Struts (both for simplicity and weight savings).

Both the Centurion and the Turbo Stallion meet these requirements.  I’ve designed laser-cut parts for all of the “curvy” parts.  This leads to rapid construction.  And both kits have proven to be stable fliers.  They are designed for Outdoor flying – that is, they should be strong enough to take out into a little bit of a breeze.

They are $10 each; you get full sized plans, a laser cut parts sheet, and you can find them in the Basement.




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24 Days Later…

No, this isn’t a zombie story…or maybe…

Back in Mid April, I wrote about my Peanut Tailwind that got caught in a tree.  Near the end of the long post, I said: “At least I can go visit its final resting place.”  Indeed, I went by the tree nearly every day.  We’ve had violent winds, thunderstorms, beautiful days, and even an earthquake (yes, in Michigan!) – and the plane remained stuck in the tree (except for one wing panel which had blown down about a week after).

Well, today, I dragged my dogs out there and looked up – the plane was not there!  So I started looking on the pine-needle covered ground…nothing.  It took a couple minutes, but then I saw it – it was now about 10 feet up and just sitting on a branch.  I got a stick and coaxed it loose and it fell right to the ground.  Another quick search located the noseblock and prop.

The model is really iin pretty good shape – the tissue suffered the most.  Red Esaki is notorious (to me) for fading.  Well 3-plus weeks of sun and rain really drained the color.  There are also loose and missing patches of tissue.

Now…what to do.  Well, for me, the choice is clear:  repair and recover.  This wouldn’t be too hard of a job if it weren’t for those tissue stripes – AND the gold letters.  ~sigh~  Those letters were a pain to install.  I am not good at lettering and these were particularly troublesome the first time around.  So, do I leave as much of the original tissue as I can and recolor it – or do I strip it completely and start fresh, including new stripes and letters?

Stay tuned…


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A Busy Time

It’s been a busy week or two.  With the trip to Kent behind us, I had to catch up on orders; by customers and by me for re-stocking.  Kent also resulted in repairs to most of the planes I took (one reason I dislike Indoor flying).

While repairing one, we had the idea to create a How-To on repairing and re-covering.  That will come later.

I’ve got a few new short kits in process, but an event has put a halt to many things around here.  No, it wasn’t the 4.2 earthquake that happened about 10 miles from here yesterday (that was a surprise – they don’t happen in Michigan!)  Six months or more ago, my printer for mailing labels went out.  I have been printing labels on my large-format printer.  This has been no issue, except it is upstairs and the packages are packed downstairs (consider it exercise).

Well, yesterday, my main printer stopped working.  That puts a LOT of things to a halt around here.  I think both early ends were due to corners I cut in the ink supply area, but I cannot be sure.  So, yesterday, I ordered a new large format printer and purchased a new small one for labels.  With the large printer out of commission, so are things like plan testing, plan printing, and other aspects of my business.  Oh well, the new one is on the way and will be here soon enough.

While this is a hiccup and unplanned and a distraction, I am not too worried.  There are other things to life.  For one, the sun is shining today and it is beautiful outside – I thank Mother Nature and appreciate every day.

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200 Friends and Model Eating Trees

We reached a milestone yesterday, 15 April 2015:  200 Facebook Likes for our Volare Products Facebook Page.  That’s something small, but it made me ponder a bit – 200 different people, all with some degree of interest in Model Airplanes, have decided that I offer something significant enough that they would like to follow my posts.  200 isn’t many, but at the same time, it is a lot of people.  Thank you everyone; I hope I continue to live up to your expectations.

Coincidentally, here is a little story.  The other day, Tuesday I think, I was trying to test fly a new model without much success.  I tried in my small side yard for roughly an hour.  The little Peanut shows “some” promise, but has provided more frustration than promise at this point in time.  More on that plane another day – maybe.  After this length of frustration, I wanted to partake in what my friend, Chris Boehm, has called “evening therapy” – just get some flights in with something that flies.  I didn’t want to get one of my contest models out, I just wanted to have some fun in my larger back yard with a model that wasn’t important and hasn’t shown much capability.

The model I chose was my Occhipinti’s Tailwind Peanut.  This was the first model I drew up and built after my 10+ year layoff from the hobby.  I was seeing if I could “still” draw and build; an attempt to get back into the groove.  The model turned out nicely, but it never really flew well.  In fact, I doubt I hit a minute on it ever – and a high wing, retract gear, light weight Peanut should be able to do a minute!  So this model was often dragged around to contests for 3 years, but rarely flown.  I have better flying Peanuts.  But it would be good for an evening of tossing something around in the back yard.

As I walked out to the yard with it, I tried to recall what I need to do to get it to fly.  I know that it failed completely before, but something recently had been giving me hope (by “recently” I mean sometime last summer).  I put about 400 turns in the long loop of 3/32″ rubber and gave it a toss into the calm air.  It climbed, proving  my recent memories of potential, but was quite stall-y.  I recalled that early failure was likely due to a nose-heavy condition and I had removed all added nose weight from the model.  Now it was clearly tail heavy.  I added a pea of clay to the spinner and gave it another toss.  This one was much better, especially in the glide, but still stalling under power – shim that nose block!

So I did.  I used some of Mother Nature’s on-field shim material, in this case the stem of one of last fall’s maple leaves.  I gave it down and a little left and the same 400 winds.  Well, that did the trick, the plane climbed up and circled and got higher and higher, now it was above the height of the evergreens that surround my back yard.  No worries, there was only light drift and I had started far enough away that the plane should spiral down shortly within the yard.

Well, not quite.  The pea of clay on the nose and the long motor laying in the fuselage must have been just right…the glide slope was very flat – this was good news for the future of the model – for about 10 seconds.  As the plane circled and slowly descended, it drifted east into the evergreens.  It got stuck about 30 feet up deep within the tree.  I went to find my retrieval stick, but knowing it was too high.  When I got back to the tree, I noticed that a breeze was picking up.  I saw the model shift; it actually fell about 2 feet.  The weather forecast called for a couple of nice days with some 7 mph winds, surely the wind would bump the model out of the tree.  As of last night, the model was still stuck in the same place.  The weather is turning to rain; it has already sprinkled some today, with a projection of real rain later in the day.  At least I can go visit its final resting place.

It is strange…this model has never been a favorite.  I rarely have flown it in contests – it wasn’t competitive – in flight or as a high wing.  It should have been, but never was.  But, I want it back.  So why has this affected me more than the fly-away of my Chambermaid Dime Scale last Sunday?  That plane was a proven winner and would have continued to serve me well.  This plane…maybe it is because I can see it…maybe because I overcame the problems with it…maybe because it was its turn (having sat in the box and now ready to perform)…maybe because…   I don’t know, but that’s the hazard of Free Flight.



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Contest Report: It Was a Good Day for Volaré Products!

April 12th – Yesterday was a good day.  Spring is finally here and our contest day weather was “not too bad”  it was chilly in the morning, but it warmed up to 60+ degrees and it was sunny all day.  The wind was about 10-15 mph, so that was the down side.

Out of 7 events yesterday, brand new Volare Products planes took TWO first places!  John Jackson got a chance to put his new Chambermaid Peanut (built from our short kit) through its paces.  His plane rockets up, grabbing all kinds of altitude before power runs out.  He took first in Peanut by a large margin.  He gave up the model for lost, until we found it looking for another lost model.

My son, Jack Bredehoft, built up a prototype NoCal Cessna Centurion, finishing it the night before the contest.  He tested it on 3 flights and then started flying for officials.  On his second official flight, the little 6 gram plane caught a boomer and flew Out Of Sight.  His two flights were good enough for First Place.  As soon as I finish up the plan and make a couple wood corrections, this will be a NoCal Short Kit (maybe even a full kit later).

Here are winners John and Jack with their planes:

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It’s April 1st and There’s No Fooling Free Flighters!

April 1st, 2012 – the first official day I took over this little business.  Yesterday was the end of the 3rd year.  Today is the first day of the 4th year of operation.  I’m still happy we took over Shorty’s Basement and I’m also happy we took over Superior Props.

I want to (again) thank everyone for their continued support.  AND…I want to remind you that, as a small token of thanks, the Customer Appreciation 10% Discount is still going on (through 12 April).  Read the previous blog post for specific details, but just fill your cart, check out, and apply the special code during checkout.  The code is 4thYEAR

By the way – there are two short kits under final testing and they should be released this spring.  I am also working on a plan for the Cloudbusters.  Last of all – it’s under two weeks before we – up here in the frozen north – get back outside and onto the flying field!  I can’t wait.


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April 1st marks the start of the 4th year of our ownership and operation of this Free Flight Business.  For many years prior, I had haphazardly sold plans through Volare Products, but in 2012 we took the big jump into the Small Business arena with the purchase of the old Shorty’s Basement.  The effective date was 01 April – April Fools Day.

I have had great support from customers over the past 3 years.  This has allowed me to expand into kit production and allowed us to save Superior Props and resurrect them from the brink of extinction.  I know our customers appreciate our presence and now I want to return that appreciation.

This will be our 1st Annual Customer Appreciation Sale.  To celebrate the start of our 4th year of Free Flight sales, I am offering 10% off our entire inventory (and your entire order).   This will run for a limited period of time:  from Saturday 28 March – Sunday 12 April (2 weeks).  You may use the coupon ONCE – so load up that shopping cart!

During checkout, on the Step 2 of 3 – Payment Information page, A Redemption Code area will appear before the Payment selection area.  In this space, enter 4thYEAR in the block.  This will trigger the subtraction of 10% off of your merchandise purchase (not including Shipping).

Thank you all for being loyal customers.  (No joke!  This is really a thing!)


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New Propellers – OT and Plastic

We’ve been hard at work scouring Old Time plans for props so that you can have accurate, as the designer intended, Old Time propellers to match your models.

The two latest Superior OT Freewheel props are for a couple of popular models:  the JETCO Eaglet designed by Hank Struck and the ever-popular King Harry, right off the Aeromodeller plan.

As will all our OT props, we make our props using the same dimensions as on the original plan.  The relevant pitch is calculated and the blanks are cut from the proper block size with the helical pitch template to insure accuracy.

The third prop is one filling an empty spot:  an Orange Chinese 11″ prop.  Now I have them in all inch increments from 6″ through 12″ with 9.5″ thrown in for P-30s.












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March Props

Here is a photo of the latest shipment to me from our Prop Factory.  Most of the supply is restocking on-hand stock, but there are some interesting items here.

The props shown are:

10″ freewheelers
a pair of 10″ right-left props
Jimmie Allen Bluebird
Jimmie Allen Sky Raider
Jimmie Allen Sky Chief
Jimmie Allen Thunderbolt
Jimmie Allen Skokie
Lanzo Cabin
Casano Stick – 1- and 2-blade folders


a pair of 12″ folders with custom 3″ hubs for the Berkeley Scale Series

a 22″ folder for Herb Kothe’s 50s Nostalgia Wakefield

These – and more – are available from us.  We have these dimensions from original plans now and know how to make them.  If you have other props that you want built to follow original specs, jsut send those specs in and we will see what we can do!

oh…Happy Pi Day!


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