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Crashproofing: What Do I Need to Install a Killer Planes Crashproofing Kit?

You need a drill and hand tools, long drill bits (for most planes except the smaller 800mm) including an extending blade knife with new blades, and a rasp (like a file but much rougher) or keyhole saw (sheet rock saw), Gorilla Glue, Foam Tac, contact cement, and hot glue, and a water spraying bottle. Oh and maybe some HDPE plaastic. Most of these tools can be found here:

Drill bits make it easier, but you can also drill with sharpened rods, as shown in the video instructions that come with the kit. Takes a few hours, and you'll save 10 times that amount of time by being able to keep flying after 25 or so crashes that would have each required an hour or 2 of repairs (If the kit is properly installed, a Hawkfighter can generally absorb about 25 pretty bad "flying speed" crashes before it's toast. We're talking the type of crashes that will destroy parts of, or all of, an unreinforced plane. With Hawkfighters, I sometimes need to change wings after several high speed cartwheel or through-a-tree crashes, so my fuselages usually last through 2, or sometimes 3, sets of wings. (all of my Hawkfigher fuselages have MAX Crashproofing and Noseplates and Bands installed) We paint our Hawkfighters with Rustoleum spray paint (dayglo orange and flat black ), doing a couple of light coats, and the black accents on the top are done with the fat felt tip markers.

Mostly you will need Gorilla Glue (probably the 8 oz bottle) for installing your rods. We are also getting good results using Foam Tac to install rods. A hot glue gun is also helpful. Preferrably a higher end glue gun that has heat settings. Steve frequently uses his on "HOT" but be careful. This can cause some nasty burns if you get it on your skin (keep a container of cool/cold water close by). And contact cement and or Epoxy are helpful too.


NOTE: There are a LOAD of really useful tips and tricks in our “How To” videos on YouTube at the Killer Planes Channel and also at our site  We highly recommend that you check them out BEFORE installing your kit. Also our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are very helpful too at:

Also view “HOW TO FILL IN A HOLE -- With Glue” (Install a rod) on our Killer Planes YouTube Channel



• Gorilla glue

• A spray bottle of water

• Old glossy catalog or magazine

• Waxed paper

• Wooden or Styrofoam wedges

• A plane cradle (you can make one from your Styrofoam plane box)

• Paper towel

• Butter knife that you can get dirty with glue

• Tweezers

• Newspaper (to cover your working area)        

• A couple of thin rods (1.5mm) for applying glue (glue application rods or GAR)

• Plastic food wrap (like Saran wrap)

• Nitrile or thin rubber work gloves (Steve doesn’t use these. He likes to know when he has glue on his hands that he might accidentally rub on other plane parts)

The Do-it-yourself Hawkfighter

The Hawkfighter that's completely done by Killerplanes

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