First, about the price. It costs nothing to look at this list, but it's only zero dollars until you choose a crashproofing kit. It's the only way we could make this page work the way we wanted. Nuff said.
** SPECIAL NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS - Some of these rods can be long (Between 36" (91.4 cm) up to 48" (121.9 cm)) Extra shipping costs may incur (longer sizes cannot be shipped via First Class Mail to some countries and need to ship Priority Mail for a higher rate). Please call or email for specific estimates of rates to your country. Our shipping calculator will NOT be correct. Thank you!
Why Crashproofing? Here's why - the addition of Carbon Fiber Reinforcement makes ALL types of plane foam 10 to 40 times stronger!! Meaning, if a piece of foam supports a one pound weight before the Carbon Fiber, it will support a 10 pound weight after, and with a couple of thin, light rods you can get that up to 40 pounds and MORE!
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Check out how a Crashproofed Dynam P-51 Mustang handles a power dive into concrete!
In essence, Crashproofing works by distributing the force of a crash across the whole airframe. Normally, if you crash on the nose, all the force is applied to the nose where it hits the ground, and it will crumple, crush and break. If you hit hard enough, other areas of the fuselage, wings and joints will break, too, leaving you with a pile of garbage. With Crashproofing, that force is now distributed along the entire length of the fuselage- comparatively speaking, there's VERY little damage to the nose, and very often, none at all to the rest of the plane. (The Carbon Fiber needs to be properly installed to do their job, and we'll show you how- it's what makes ALL the difference.)
You'll know if Crashproofing works as soon as you answer this question, yes or no: is Carbon Fiber stronger than styrofoam? If you don't know, try this simple experiment: bend a 1/8" thick piece of foam. Now bend a 1/8" Carbon Fiber Rod. Hmmmm....there's a slight difference, isn't there?
A Killerplanes Crashproofing Kit contains between 14 and 34 rods, depending on the plane (there are over 50 rods in a few "SUPER MAX" kits). They take an average of 4 hours to install, with the bigger kits running about 5 hours. if that sounds like a lot of time, think of it this way- it will take you about TWICE that much time (and more money!) to order, get, and install a new fuselage! With your new stronger airframe, you'll be able to do RADICAL aerobatics with no worries, and you'll be able to weather a UGR (Unplanned Ground Rendesvous) with aplomb!
So, choose the crashproofing kit you want, and the amount shown next to it is the amount it will cost you, plus shipping.
The Crashproofing kits are specifically designed for each plane to strengthen spots that crack or break during nose-in crashes and wingtip cartwheels. (Some of the kits offer a truly astounding amount of crash protection. Our Hawkfighter, for instance, has simply bounced off the ground in test crashes of OVER 50MPH (!!!) in both nose in crashes and "wing grab" cartwheels. We get a crack doing that every so often, but we've had numerous crashes with our test Hawkfighters at high speed with no crack at all- no kidding. Just picked it up and launched it again! You can see some iof these crashes in our Youtube videos- here's one right here. Another thing you'll notice is that the planes can handle RADICAL yankin' and bankin' - the carbon fiber reinforcement keeps your plane together like nothing else can!
Our long experience and expertise in designing reinforcement kits that actually work is what enabled us to design each kit. By reinforcing and test-crashing airframes at increasing speeds, we learned most of the places on an airframe that tend to break in an impact, in succession- meaning, when a new (unreinforced) part of the plane would break in a higher speed impact, we would change the design to accomodate that latest broken part) Each kit is specifically designed for an individual plane (for instance, the FMS 1450mm P-51 V8 is different from the FMS 1450mm P-51 V3, etc) and has instructions for the placement and size of each individual rod or tube in the kit. Our kits are recommended for advanced modelers who are good with tools- this shouldn't be the first modeling work you ever try. (We do recommend getting a set of long drillbits for drillilng foam- if you use a pair of sharpened 1.5mm rods as "crosshairs" pointing at the spot you want the drill bit to go to, you'll find that they're as easier to aim than a bow and arrow. We also recommend that anyone who has never drilled, for instance, a 12" (not to mention a 24") long hole in a wing, get some insulation foam board and practice drilling before doing a plane. You'll get the hang of it fairly quickly, hitting at least one of your two aiming pins nearly every time. At that point, you're ready to drill!)
What you're paying for when you buy a Killerplanes Crashproofing Kit is the design and instructions- they're worth so much that we pretty much have to throw in the Carbon Fiber for $10 to keep the price down, which makes it an even better bargain! You'll find that buying Carbon Fiber rods and tubes elsewhere for your kit will cost more than what we charge for the entire kit, with the instructions. When you buy a Killerplanes Crashproofing Kit, you're getting the Carbon FIber for about $10 with it! (If you already have Carbon FIber, you can save 15% off any kit price by purchasing the instructions only) Any way you do it, it's probably the best deal on the market, considering that a properly reinforced foamie will last an average of four to six times longer than an unreinforced version of the same plane. That means, if you crash every so often, you'll have to buy four P-51s to last as long as the one reinforced P-51. I'm a good pilot, and I still crash once every 15 flights, since I like to yank and bank (as Navai Aviators like to joke, "Fly It Till It Breaks"). If you like to fly the outer edge of the envelope like a fighter pilot, reinforcement is the thing for you!
The Crashproofing Kits all come with all of the carbon fiber rods and tubes, and some include other plastic parts. We also have how-to videos and REALLY GOOD written instructions. You can also choose stuff like glue, drillbits, tools that Steve uses, and more in our tools section. It will all add up in your cart. I love the computer age, don't you?
Do us one favor- when you find out how well this works, please go on a forum and tell people- that will count as 2 "good deeds for the day", which will give you good karma, which might help keep your plane in one piece. Now get yourself some crashproofing to start the cycle!