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    Pilot kits

    I have tried many times to find a list of kits released by OK MODEL COMPANY, especially PILOT series. PILOT kits are
    considered , even by today’s standards, among the best kits ever produced. This is why they are still so popular.
    It must be known that OK MODEL COMPANY is still in business, expanding their kit range, producing mainly
    ARF kits. Their home page is www.okmodel.co.jp . Who knows, we may persuade the company to re-release all those wonderful kits from the golden era!

    PILOT KITS
    R/C TRAINER MODEL SERIES
    CODE KIT WS ENGINE CATALOGUE
    APTM 001 12062 JUNIOR-100 44in-112cm 0.09-0.15 17,19,20
    APTM 002 JUNIOR-200 52in-132cm 0.15-0.20 17,19
    APTM 003 FIGHTER-100 44in-112cm 0.09-0.10 17,19
    404 SERIES
    AP44 001 12073 FORSTER T-2 56.5in-144cm 0.30-0.45 4st 17,19,20
    AP44 002 12074 SKY LOOP 404 56.5in-144cm 0.30-0.45 4st 17,19,20
    R/C SPORTY MODEL SERIES
    APSM 001 12060 TWIN ACE 61-3/8in-156cm 0.19-0.25X2 17,19, 20
    APSM 002 12061 BABY 36.5in-93cm 0.049-0.06 17,19, 20
    12077 SUPRA STAR 25K 49in-124cm 0.20-0.35 20
    12086 SUPRA FLY 25K 47.25in-120cm 0.20-0.35 20
    R/C HIT KIT SERIES
    APHK 001 CALIFORNIA-28 52in-132cm 0.19-0.25 17,19
    APHK 002 12024 RAINBOW-30 52-3/8in-133cm 0.19-0.25 17,19, 20
    APHK 003 12025 ATTACKER-28 52in-132cm 0.19-0.25 17,19, 20
    R/C QUICK BUILT SERIES
    APQB 001 Q.B. 10L 39in-99cm 0.09-0.10 17,19
    APQB 002 Q.B. 10H 39in-99cm 0.09-0.10 17,19
    APQB 003 12031 Q.B. 15HII 49-3/8in-126cm 0.15 17,19, 20
    APQB 004 Q.B. 20LII 52in-132cm 0.20 17,19
    APQB 005 Q.B. 20SII 52in-132cm 0.20 17,19
    APQB 006 Q.B. 20HII 52in-132cm 0.20 17,19
    APQB 007 Q.B. 40S 59in-150cm 0.40-0.45 17,19
    APQB 008 Q.B. 60 MONSTER 83in-211cm 0.60 17,19
    APQB 009 Q.B. 40T CENTURION 59.5in-151cm 0.35-0.45 0.45-0.65 4st 19
    R/C SUPER Q.B. SERIES
    12087 SUPER Q.B. 25H 47in-119.4cm 0.20-0.25 20
    12090 SUPER Q.B. 25S 47in-119.4cm 0.20-0.25 20
    12091 SUPER Q.B. 25L 47in-119.4cm 0.20-0.25 20
    MULTI PURPOSE AIRPLANE
    12038 LOADSTAR 76.75in-195cm 0.40-0.45 0.60-0.90 4st 20

    Two more parts are followed...

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    Second part...

    R/C SCALE MODEL SERIES
    APMP 001 12026 LAKE BUCCANEER-20 59in-150cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 001 12039 AERONCA CHAMPION-20 52.75in-134cm 0.15-0.20 17,19,20
    APQX 002 12040 CESSNA-177 20 53.5in-136cm 0.20 17,19,20
    APQX 003 12041 AKROMASTER-20 53.5in-136cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 004 12042 PIPER CUB J-3 20 55in-140cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 005 12043 FAIRCHILD PT-19 20 52-3/8in-133cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 006 12044 ZLIN AKROBAT-20 56in-142cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 007 12045 PITTS S-2A 10 33in-840cm 0.10-0.15 17,19,20
    APQX 008 12046 PITTS S-2A 20 41-3/8in-105cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 009 12047 CITABRIA-20 53.75in-136.5cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 010 12048 PIPER TOMAHAWK 56.75in-144cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 011 12049 JUNGMEISTER-20 42in-107cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 012 12050 F-16A 35.5in-90cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 013 12051 ZERO SEN MITSUBISHI A6M3 52in-132cm 0.19-0.35 0.30-0.40 4st 17,19,20
    APQX 014 12052 CESSNA-152 20 55in-140cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 015 12053 MESSERSCHMITT Me109E 47.5in-120.6cm 0.19-0.35 0.30-0.40 4st 17,19,20
    APQX 016 12054 SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MKII 49in-124cm 0.19-0.35 0.30-0.40 4st 17,19,20
    APQX 017 12055 DeHAVILLAND TIGER MOTH 47in-119cm 0.19-0.35 0.30-0.40 4st 17,19,20
    APQX 018 12056 P-51D MUSTANG 48in-122cm 0.19-0.35 0.30-0.40 4st 17,19,20
    APQX 019 12057 STEPHENS AKRO 49in-124cm 0.19-0.25 17,19,20
    APQX 020 12058 FOCKE WULF FW 190A 48-3/8in-122.8cm 0.19-0.35 0.30-0.40 4st 17,19,20
    APQX 021 12059 HAWKER HURRICANE MK-1 50-3/8in-128cm 0.19-0.35 0.30-0.40 4st 17,19,20
    AP4X 001 12066 SPINKS AKROMASTER-40 65in-165cm 0.40-0.45 17,19,20
    AP4X 002 12067 CHRISTEN EAGLE 40-60 49.5in-126cm 0.40-0.60 17,19,20
    AP4X 003 12068 BELLANCA DECATHLON 67.25in-171cm 0.40-0.45 0.60 4st 17,19,20
    AP4X 004 12069 PIPER PA-18 SUPER CUB 74in-188cm 0.40-0.45 0.60 4st 17,19,20
    AP4X 005 12070 NIEUPORT 28 56.25in-143cm 0.40-0.45 0.60 4st 17,19,20
    AP4X 006 12071 De HAVILLAND TIGER MOTH 57in-144.8cm 0.40-0.45 0.60 4st 17,19,20
    AP4X 007 12072 De HAVILLAND MOTH MINOR 70.75in-179.6cm 0.40-0.45 0.60-0.90 4st 17,19,20
    AP12 001 AKRO 1204M 69.5in-176.2cm 1.20 4st 17,19
    AP12 002 FOURSTAR 1204H 74.5in-189.2cm 1.20 4st 17,19
    AP84 001 AKRO 804M 55.25in-141.6cm 0.60-0.90 4st 17,19
    AP84 002 FOURSTAR 804H 60in-152cm 0.60-0.90 4st 17,19

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    Apparently not the last part...

    R/C BIG SCALE SERIES
    APBS 001 12004 BIG RAINBOW 100in-254cm 10-20cc 17,19,20
    APBS 002 12005 BUCKER JUNGMANN 83in-211cm 10-30cc 17,19,20
    APBS 003 12006 De HAVILLAND TIGER MOTH 88in-223.5cm 10-20cc 17,19,20
    APBS 004 12007 BELLANCA DECATHLON 96-1/3in-243.8cm 10-30cc 17,19,20
    APBS 005 12008 PITTS S-2A 68.5in-174cm 10-30cc 17,19,20
    APBS 006 12009 PIPER CUB J-3 105.5in-268cm 10-30cc 17,19,20
    APBS 007 12010 CHRISTEN EAGLE II 63-3/8in-166cm 20-30cc 17,19,20
    APBS 008 12011 DIABOLO 90.5in-230cm 30-40cc 17,19,20
    APBS 009 12012 FAIRCHILD PT-19 84in-213.4cm 1.20 4st 17,19,20
    PILOT R/C ALMOST READY TO FLY
    APAR 001 TRYSTAR-15 49.25in-125cm 0.15 17
    APAR 003 PIPER TOMAHAWK 53in-134cm 0.19-0.25 17
    PILOT RF-ACE SERIES
    APAS 005 RF-ACE 20S 49in-124cm 0.19-0.25 17
    APAS 006 RF-ACE 20H 49in-124cm 0.19-0.25 17
    APAS 007 RF-ACE 20L 49in-124cm 0.19-0.25 17
    APAS 008 RF-ACE 40S 56.25in-143cm 0.40-0.45 17
    APAS 009 RF-ACE 40L 56.25in-143cm 0.40-0.45 17
    ACE SERIES
    APAS 001 ACE-20S 49in-124cm 0.19-0.25 17,19
    APAS 002 ACE-20H 49in-124cm 0.19-0.25 17,19
    APAS 003 ACE-20L 49in-124cm 0.19-0.25 17,19
    GLIDERS
    APGS 001 12013 Q.B. 1400 55in-140cm 17,19,20
    APGS 002 12014 Q.B. 1800 71in-180cm 17,19,20
    APGS 003 12015 Q.B. 2500 96.5in-245cm 17,19,20
    APGS 004 12016 Q.B. SLOPE 16 63in-160cm 17,19,20
    APGS 007 12019 JIMMY 58.75in-149cm 17,19,20
    APGS 008 12020 TOMMY 61.5in-156cm 17,19,20
    APGS 009 12021 DIVINE WIND 65in-165cm 17,19,20
    APGS 010 12022 HARLEQUIN 78.75in-200cm 19,20
    F/F SAIL PLANE SERIES
    APGS 005 12017 PETER 47.25in-120cm 17,19,20
    APGS 006 12018 HUMMING 47.25in-120cm 17,19,20
    R/C ALMOST READY TO FLY GLIDERS
    APAG 001 AURORA-1600 63in-160cm 17
    APAG 002 TH-2500 97in-246cm 17

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    Hopfully the last part for the boat modelers...

    R/C MODEL BOAT SERIES
    APAQ 001 AMAZON SUPER-200 28in-71cm 0.15-0.20 17,19
    APAQ 002 SEA MASTER-II-G 26.5in-67.5cm 0.09-0.15 17,19
    APAQ 003 SEA MASTER-II-E 26.5in-67.5cm MABUCHI 540 17,19
    APAQ 004 LAKE MASTER-G 36in-91cm 0.09-0.10 17,19
    APAQ 005 LAKE MASTER-E 36in-91cm MABUCHI 540 17,19
    APAQ 006 LAKE MASTER-P 36in-91cm 0.09-0.10 17,19
    APAQ 007 FISHERMAN ACE-G 24in-61cm 0.09-0.10 17,19
    APAQ 008 FISHERMAN ACE-E 24in-61cm MABUCHI 540 17,19
    APAQ 009 TUGBOAT ONTARIO 24.5in-62.5cm MABUCHI 540 17,19

    Three catalogues were used for this list:17,19,20.The only catalogue with a printed year 1990 and the numerical codes is #20.
    All contributions are welcome to make this list as complete as possible. There is a problem, though, that will make
    this task difficult. The kit’s codes are not printed either on the boxes or on the plans! Only catalogues include them!
    What I will try to do in the future is to enrich this list with images of each kit.In the meanwhile there are a lot of kits out there that
    need a code!
    Regards,
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    "Who knows, we may persuade the company to re-release all those wonderful kits from the golden era!"

    I wish, but it's not likely. ALL of their documentation, tooling, templates, were lost in the factory fire that closed them down. The cost of "doing it again" would be prohibitive.

    Les

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    This may be the best you will find, 40 of them so far:

    http://www.outerzone.co.uk/search/re...ilot&Submit=Go

    I submitted the Box Fly 20L and the Hurricane, so if you have some plans not there yet, you can
    contribute to the cause if you have a way to scan them.

    Dave

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    Thanks Dave. No time tonight, but tomorrow I will get all I want.

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    My own contribution to the lists above- and there are probably still more missing.....

    - The Box Fly series of ARF/kits. These were "sort of" ARF's where the wings were just about complete but where the rest was like a traditional wood kit. Three sizes as I recall. A .40 with ailerons, a .20 or so without ailerons (although an aileron version may have been available too), and a .10 with no ailerons and no landing gear. The .10 was just about impossible to fly unless you lowered to leading edge of the wing by at least 3/8". Don't ask me how I know.....

    - The Super Box Fly series. These were true ARF's. Judging by their colorful covering I'd say the focus was on American modelers. At least two sizes of these ARF's- a .10 and a .40 (or .60?), but I would not rule out the possibility there was yet another size available.

    Doug

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    W.E.Fan. OK Model Co put out two series of models, Pilot Built up kits, and EZ Arfs, and here in the USA, in, usually 20 and 40 sizes, a few in 60 size.Click image for larger version. 

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    Pilot/EZ

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    The Pilot/EZ line was sold by Hobby Shack way back then, which has now morphed into Hobby People.
    They don't sell kits anymore...OK, they list one and it's out of stock.

    http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...-airplane.html

    Such as it is in the kit world these days!

    My first radios were from Hobby Shack, the Plain-Jane Cirrus ones. I think they were also the first
    to handle the Saito products in the US.

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    My second hobby is finding free plans and you can find some pilot plans and other nice ones here . http://174.142.160.206/viewtopic.php...0b74dfb73baaeb I was looking for the pl-12 airtruk on page 2 when i found the rest. happy building . joe

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    Thank you all for your replies and contribution.
    Doug,I will take note about the series you mentioned.
    Les,EZ arf and PILOT built up series generally are how you described them.There are certain arf series, however, that are under the PILOT logo.
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    All the pictures above are from catalogue #17.These are arf kits with built up characteristics and some of them with molded ABS plastic fuselage.
    They are all presented as PILOT kits.
    I have started a list of kits that I have with no codes,hoping that someone will bring up a catalogue!
    Regards,
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    Different names for different markets?????

    My experience was USA, and I know they did tailor things based on the target market.\

    Les

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    Pilot kits were awesome...

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    Thalis (and the rest of you)

    I just remembered an old World Engines catalog I had. It is the 1974-1975 catalog. It shows three pretty ladies (all WE employees at the time) on the cover. Pages 28-31 of this catalog shows a number of Pilot "All Plastic" ARF's. Pictures are included too of course. I am personally most impressed by the Cessna Cardinal. 60" span for a .40-.50 engine. Then we have the Super Star, a pattern type machine for a .60. According to the info about this ARF, it supersedes two other ARF's called 5 Star and Cavalier. We also have the Minnow for pylon racing, the Thermul for soaring, the Sky Knight plus the Shell Fly B (advanced .40 trainers), and the more typical trainer types- Olympia, Cherokee, Cardinal and Sky Wagon. So how many Pilot ARF's have there been then? Personally, I have no idea........but apparently there were a number of them, and they were all marketed as Pilot kits and nothing else.

    Doug

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    Nice site.. translated it to English.. will keep an eye on it.. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joebahl View Post
    My second hobby is finding free plans and you can find some pilot plans and other nice ones here . http://174.142.160.206/viewtopic.php...0b74dfb73baaeb I was looking for the pl-12 airtruk on page 2 when i found the rest. happy building . joe

    Sorry I was talking about this suggested site.. :-)

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    Doug,I tried to put in order the information you provided.Thank you for your contribution.
    CODE KIT WS ENGINE CATALOGUE
    PILOT R/C ALMOST READY TO FLY
    CESSNA CARDINAL 60in-152cm 0.40-0.50
    SUPER STAR 0.60
    5 STAR
    CAVALIER
    MINNOW
    SKY KNIGHT
    SHELL FLY B 0.40
    OLYMPIA
    CHEROKEE
    SKY WAGON
    PILOT R/C ALMOST READY TO FLY BOX FLY/SUPER BOX FLY SERIES
    BOX FLY 10 0.10
    BOX FLY 20 0.20
    BOX FLY 40 0.40
    SUPER BOX FLY 10 0.10
    SUPER BOX FLY 40 0.40
    R/C ALMOST READY TO FLY GLIDERS
    THERMUL

    I have to ask you, though,about OLYMPIA.I remember back in the 80's that THUNDER TIGER had an arf with the same name for 0.25 engine.Is there any chance that you are referring to the same kit?
    Les,you are right about the marketing about names and regions.For examble,I have a SIMPROP kit named BOX FLY-20S,code 0319449,similar to PILOT DAS BOX FLY-20S.Simprop was the importer
    of PILOT kits in Germany for many years.Also "BARNSTORMER" series by RPM,or many HOBBY SHACK kits,ARISTO CRAFT kits etc.Your experience in USA is valuable anyway.What I was trying to say
    is that there are PILOT arf kits,both hand crafted and plastic.
    By the way,EZ arfs by OK MODEL CO,for the fellow modelers that may not know, were unique and innovative by their appearance,due to the fuel proof covering material they had.Even today,I have not seen anything quite similar by any other company...
    Dave,thank you for the web page you mentioned.There are a few kits that must be included in the list.
    I have also scanned the preface of catalogue #17,just to give an idea of company's history.
    Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmbaerry View Post
    Sorry I was talking about this suggested site.. :-)
    I never had to translate it like i do on the German sites but there are some very nice plans there for my future builds .

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    Socrates,

    OK...........will try to fill in the missing blanks. Or rather, I did not know you needed a bit more info, but here goes.....

    Ref the World engines 1974-1975 catalog.

    The big Cardinal- you got it right.
    The small Cardinal (yes, there was a second Cardinal, but it was smaller)- Wing span 47.24" (The 63.78" wing span shown in the catalog is a printing error), .15-.19 engine, 1-3 ch.

    The Olympia - 46.06" wing span, .09-.19, 1-3 ch

    The Cherokee- 46.48" wing span, .15-.19, 1-3 ch

    The Shell Fly B- 51.21" wing span, .30-.40, 3-4 ch

    The Skywagon- 52.75" wing span, .30-.40, 4 ch

    The Minnow- 49.6" wing span, .40, 4 ch

    The Super Star, 62" wing span, .60, 4-5 ch

    The Sky Knight, 51" wing span, .30-.40, 4 ch

    The Thermul, 80" wing span, 1/2A to .10

    The Box Fly- .40" wing span (I think the wing span in reality was a bit bigger), .19-.25, 1-3 ch

    The Jr box Fly- 36" wing span (although again I believe the actual wing span was bigger), .09-.15, 1-3 ch

    The Box fly 40- 58" wing span, .40. 3-4 ch


    Now on to my second World Engines catalog, probably printed in the early 70's . I will only list those ARF's that are "new" to you.

    The Cavalier- 63.76" wing span, .60, 4 ch

    The STOL- 60" wing span, 1/2A-.10

    The Javelin (for C/L)- 30.5 ", .05-.15

    The Sabre (probably also C/L)- 35.5", .15-.19

    The Proto (definitely C/L)- 35.5", .15-.19

    The Five Star- 63.8" wing span, .60, 4-5 ch

    I am sure there were many more, but I do not have any catalog info on those. Like the Super Box Fly Series as an example. I know Hobby Shack (now Hobby People) did show them in their ads during the 1980's, so hopefully some of the American viewers can fill in the blanks.

    Doug

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    Doug, you are a true treasure map!I am tellling this,because your list has arfs under PILOT's name,something very difficult to be found.Thank you for the time you spent to write this down.
    WORLD ENGINES must be a USA company,correct me if I am wrong.Was it an importer before HOBBY SHACK?
    By the way,the kit I was asking you about was OLYMPIC-20 by THUNDER TIGER,not OLYMPIA.
    I have to apologize also,to our fellow modelers.I was not precise with EZ arfs.They have been manufactured by SPORTS AVIATION CO.,practically the same company that was producing PILOT kits,as Les was explaining about.
    I have finished the list of kits I have and not in any catalogue I know.PIPER CHEROKEE U-CONTROL,MICRO STAR and CUTLASS-20 were added after visiting the web page that Dave mentioned above.

    404 SERIES
    CROWN 404 52.90in-134.4cm 0.30-0.40
    ACE SERIES
    ACE-303 52.75in-134cm 0.19-0.40
    ACE-40S 56.25in-143cm 0.40-0.45
    DAS BOX FLY SERIES
    DAS BOX FLY 10MG 60.25in-153cm 0.20
    DAS BOX FLY 20L 51.25in-130cm 0.20
    DAS BOX FLY 20S 52in-132cm 0.20
    DAS BOX FLY 20W 44.75in-113.6cm 0.20
    R/C ELECTRIC POWERED PLANES-GLIDERS
    E-FLY 71.25in-181cm MABUSHI RS550SP 0.09
    SPORTAVIA RF-5B 59in-150cm MABUSHI RS-380S 0.02
    R/C SCALE MODEL SERIES
    CHIPMUNK 20 51.5in-131cm 0.19-0.25
    CHIPMUNK 40 59.5in-151cm 0.40
    HIEN-20 51.5in-131cm 0.20
    PIPER CHEROKEE 45in-114cm 0.09-0.15
    R/C SPORTY MODEL SERIES
    ACRO HUNTER-40 54in-137cm 0.40-0.45
    CUTLASS-20 39.75in-101cm 0.19-0.25
    LITTLE TONI 34.25in-87cm 0.049-0.06
    MICRO STAR 29in-740cm 0.02-0.03
    THREE STAR 52.75in-101.5cm 0.30-0.50
    U-CONTROL SERIES
    BEAT X U-CONTROL 30in-76cm 0.15-0.19
    PIPER CHEROKEE U-CONTROL 29in-740cm 0.09-0.15
    SPITFIRE U-CONTROL 31.5in-80cm 0.09-0.15

    I have started scanning the kit's images from the catalogues I have.I intend to add them making the list as complete as possible.I believe that many of us will bring up memories of a great era!
    Have a nice weekend.
    Regards,
    Socrates

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    Sotiris,

    World Engines was a manufacturer/distributor located in Cincinnati, Ohio. I still have (and use) World Engines radios, thus my nick "W.E.Fan". WE also marketed some "foreign" made products (i.e. "foreign" from the perspective of the Yanks). The major "foreign" brands were OS, Super Tigre, IM products and Pilot kits. The owner of World Engines died during the 1980's, the company gradually lost sales and was finally purchased by a hobby shop in Indianapolis (Indy R/C). I don't know how it all ended though.

    Hobby Shack took over the sales and distribution of Pilot kits, it must have been during the 1970's. Some 10 years later everything then came to a stop when the Pilot factory burned down.


    The Olympic-20 was probably made by Thunder Tiger. I have not been able to find any Pilot kit with that name. Then again, the fact I could not find it does not mean it did not exist. Please keep in mind that with or without the American distributors (WE and/or Hobby Shack), Pilot would still be producing ARF's.

    Too bad the Pilot ARF's and kits are gone. I really really liked them. Mind you, MK made some darn good kits too. I once built (with a whole lot of trouble) the MK Blue Angel 20. After finishing it, and without even test flying it, I then sold it. But......I was young and dumb then. These days, I'm old and dumb instead. Biiiig difference

    Doug
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    I've a Das Box Fly in my hanger powered by a Saito .30 and is a delight to fly. It was a gratuity for training assistance to a father and son in law who both got involved in RC. I'd gotten out of the hobby for many years to raise a family and finished the plane only a few years ago. It was upgraded to 2.4 and LiFe battery last winter.

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    Even tho i have switched all to eletrict with only one 4 cycle left, thats one sweet looking Das Box Fly AA5BY .I have plans for the 40 size Das Canard Stick if any one wants them just pm me. There were 4 or 5 Pilot kits i wanted back then but i had 2 kids in college and could not afford them. I scratch build the ones i wanted now for double the fun. joe


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