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A special shout out of thanks to Ron and Nate F. of Carlisle, PA for this terrific video
showing what a Crashproofed HawkFighter (with HawkFigher 8 wing plates) can do:

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Mark G's Video Review of his Crashproof Dynam HawkSky

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Special thanks to Henry Jr. Laurinat for this kind testimonial over FaceBook:

I Kid you NOT !! the carbon fiber reinforcement works! Especially when landing on windy and
gusty cross wind days.In other words it (SAVES YOUR PLANE ) when you make a mistake,
and I’m good at that sometimes! LOL

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Jon Merka of Burlington, WI

I put the LX F4F with Killer Planes Supermax Crashproofing installed Wildcat together,  checked the CG and few it today.  I want to say THANK GOD for Steve's Crashproofing as I made an error in setting the CG.  After takeoff,  I quickly realized the plane was severely tail heavy. I got her up 150 feet tried trimming the elevator, went down wind, turned back into the wind and spun out.  No way to recover since she was tail heavy.  150 feet to zero [plunge]. 
Broken prop,  broken servo,  broken wing fold plastic joint — BUT NO OTHER DAMAGE.

Steve,  thank you very much for the Crashproofing.  Next flight I am triple checking the CG.

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Thank you PatBALEX vis YouTube October 2015:

Ohhh Yeahhh!!!! Crash proofing does work.. This summer I flew my Dynam F6F Hellcat that I put your Max-Crashproofing in. I also put in a 60 amp esc and 5s 3000mah battery. On first take-off I didn't counter the torque enough and she flew into the pilots guard pulling out the left wing. The only damage was the wing mounts ripped out and a bent gear. So I CA glued the wing back in and re-bent the gear and checked out everything. All OK. On 2nd flight she got put fast and high, got her trimmed out and flying good. After the 2nd circuit around I lost power. The prop broke in flight. I dead-sticked around and on landing the wing pulled out She tumbled on the field. Everyone was shocked the see it still in one piece after 2 crashes.  Some one said, “You're lucky.” I said, "No. That's Crash-Proofing!”  Thanks Steve.

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Mark G. of Green Bay, WI says:

"...then on one glorious, diving, insanely fast plunge... SPLAAAAT!!!  Right into mother earth.  My immediate thought was “Oh, that’s gotta be embarrassing.  We come all the way here to see a pro and he crashes it at high speed!”  I quickly looked at Steve.    He simply smiled, went over to the plane, pulled it out of the earth, removed dirt, grass, and what may have been the head of a now decapitated worm, and then...LAUNCHED THE PLANE AGAIN!!!  Yes, it flew.  It flew a good as it did before the crash - maybe better - zooming, flipping and twirling over the New Platz sky. (Perhaps there are aerobatic qualities to worm heads.)  Right then and there I was sold.  Crash Proofing actually works!!  Soon I was at the controls, zooming freely through the sky.  And anyone who says that Crash Proofing adds too much weight or hinders the flight characteristics of the plane...clearly they don’t know what they are talking about. Anyway, if you want to spend more time flying and less time fixing, YOU NEED TO BUY A KILLERPLANES PLANE!!"

(See his entire testimonial below)



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Karl Claydon had this to say on FaceBook:

You don't get this offer very often, if at all, these days:

"Fun Insurance"

What more could you ask for?

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Henry Jr Laurinat on FaceBook says this about his reinforced planes:

I myself purchased a Top RC FW-190 and had it reinforced or crash proofed, but it also adds to the performance of the plane and a tiny bit of extra weight. It is a great flyer! It's my #2 fav to fly. My #1 favorite to fly, believe it or not, is another great plane from K.P. It's a Freewing SBD Dauntless, also with reinforced rods or crashproofing. The reinforcement makes the plane 10 times more durable than without. The SBD is one tough flyer, I have a blast with it when using the bomb drop. I highly recommend Steve and the gang of KILLER PLANES -- just good people to do business with.

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Bill R from Oak Ridge, TN enjoys Killer Planes reinforcment with his son:

Hudson and I took a long time putting his plane together, but we finally flew it last week.  It was a little too windy on our first outing and we tested the Crashproofing.  Of course we relaunched and it did great. Since then we have flown it 6 more times, and Hudson is doing great, no crashes.  Hudson is very proud of his plane, and even took it to cub scouts to share.  Thanks for making the kits.
It has already given us many great hours together. 

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Thank you Matt J, for these thoughts:

I wish I would have found your site before I ordered my first plane. I think your "how to" videos and your helpful knowledge will make me feel a lot better about my second plane. Lets just say
I bought a plane from "Xxxx" and felt a little ripped off from the experience.  The instructions were minimal at best and had to learn things on my own--the hard way...I would say total flight time
with first plane maybe 90 seconds.  LOL Thanks for your time!

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And a big shout out to Henry L. of Jacksonville, FL for these kind words:

A friend of mine was telling me after I let him fly the FW-190, he said Hen if you want the FMS-B-25, go ahead and get it , this is the best foam plane i have ever, and I repeat ever flown! He said, “This Steve guy knows his business about foam planes, and how to reinforce the frame and distribute the weight, so the plane is stable when you jerk it around!" So here i am. Can't wait for the SBD to arrive. Thanks again Steve and Denise! I love this plane!

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Dale P., of Van Dyne, WI says:

I recieved the Staggerwing, it looks great. Nice job on the Supermax kit install.
Can't wait to get it together and fly it. I also installed one of the max kits
in the Waco biplane. It went very well. Thanks for all the "How To" videos --
your website is the best -- Keep up the good work.

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Bob A., of Riverton, TN writes:

I really enjoy the Killer Planes videos, I think I have watched most all of them. 
Steve is quite a showman, as well as RC craftsman, and you (Denise) do a fine job of capturing his antics on camera.  I've learned great deal from your Hints & Tips, as well as the flying videos in general.  I think my next airplane will be a Dynam Waco bi-plane, which I will buy
direct from you folks with max crash proofing installed.

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Steven W., of Ramona, CA writes via email of his HawkSky with HawkFighter 7 upgrade kit:

The engine upgrade for the Hawksky was perfect. Awesome power to climb out
of trouble or just power through a headwind.
I did 6 takeoffs, 2 landings….and 4 really rough crashes. A lesser aircraft would have been toast.
I would be spending a fortune learning to do this without the structural
support your crashproofing offers.

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John A., of Cupertino, CA
I recently received our new (HC Hobby) B-25 with (Max) Crashproofing. It came with custom hand written directions/notes and tags on the extra components to be added into the plane.
I added our mobius video and made sure to balance the plane at the specified wing balance point.
We flew it at Rancho San Antonio County Park in Northern California.
THIS PLANE IS FANTASTIC! It flies just just like your demonstration video.
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Mark D., of San Pedro, CA says of his
new HC Hobby Mosquito with custom bomb bay doors:


Please let Steve and his elves know how happy I am, I will be even more happy once I fly it!

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Steven W., of Ramona, CA writes:

I nose dived this aircraft [HawkSky with Supermax Crashproofing] from 15 to 25 feet,
cartwheeled it several times, slammed it over on its back and lawn darted this airplane repeatedly.
I hit hard enough to separate two wire leads to the motor from the ECU and finally render the aircraft no longer able to fly just because the motor wouldn’t run.
I went home, added a little more crashproofing, reconnected the motor, and I can honestly say
the airplane is cooler now than when it was brand new. Just a little scrunch in the nose paint
was the only real crash damage. I have no doubt that the stock plane would be
in the bin if it were not for crashproofing.

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Ron and Nate F. of Carlisle, PA have this unboxing and assembly of the FMS 1400mm Corsair

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Lou G. from South Hadley, MA says:

"Hello Killerplanes! I just want to update u guys on the connecter, it solved the problem, thanks. I have flown "Tweety Bird" (A Dynam HawkSky, custom painted by Lou) since and as Steve says," u will CRASH a lot", and I did! The plane handled every hard landing well and stayed in one piece. Crash proofing works!!! The only issue was, that the motor came loose and the propeller chewed up the top of the plane a little. Since then I have reinforced the motor mount with Steve's milk bottle straps, if u look closely u can see where I placed the straps, I hope it works. I'm waiting for the weather to improve to test the straps when she comes down hard. In closing thank you guys for your support and I'm looking forward to improving my piloting skills with my "Tweety Bird,""

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FOR THE SKEPTICS: Andrew G, of Pleasanton, CA says:

…mishaps happen and this product works. Ive had the mishaps so I know

Thanks Steve and your company, helped me have more fun. times short, funs life, Im for life and fun and flying is both of them.

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Tim G., of Spanaway, WA says on FaceBook:

I got my Top RC FW 190 today, what a gorgeous plane. A perfect subject to return with after a 25 year hiatus. Thanks for the great service, you have a loyal future customer here.

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Bob A., of Riverton, TN writes:

Your videos are a great deal of fun, and I am enjoying installing the Hawk Sky
Super Max crash protection kit. I enjoy working on the bench almost as much (or more?) than flying, and your videos teach me skills I wouldn't have thought of on my own. You can be sure I will support you with the purchase of my next airplane or parts needs!

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Steven W., of Ramona, CA writes via email:

Wow….I am really impressed with what you folks are doing. I wasn’t too sure about
foam aircraft, but I am almost done with the HawkSky, and I cannot believe how much
the strength to weight has improved.

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Zachary B., of Orange Cove, CA says on FaceBook:

Got a art tec corsair about 6 months ago and still flying it. The electric motor broke recently but the rest just has a lot of dents and dings. Thank you for your kit that keeps it in the air.

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Pat L., of Rochester, NY says:

…Of course I'll add crashproofing.  It really works.  I augered my Hawk Fighter into the ground from about fifty feet up and all it did was bend in the nose. . .

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Dan T. of North Bend, WA raves:

I realized today that I have crossed the threshold from one learning plateau and I am on my way to the next one.
Since putting together my Hawk fighter 4 (unclipped) in August, I have been timidly learning the basics and getting used to the plane. I’ve only really crashed it once… Today however, I realized suddenly that I was no longer afraid of the plane and punched the throttle going almost vertical to several hundred feet  before letting go with all the aerobatics I’ve learned on the simulator;  loops, rolls, inverted flight, hammerhead stalls, and multiple Immlemann turns in both directions. It was quite a successful and exciting afternoon.
I love this plane…!!
While flying today, I remembered that you had told me, “When it’s time to trim the wings, you’ll know it.”  After experiencing the acceleration from loping along to punching it to full throttle both at altitude and pretty low, I am fully aware that I’m not there yet…
Thanks for putting out such a great product.

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Rick G, of Boise, ID says of his newly received Dynam P-51 Mustang with Max Crashproofing and flap kit Installed :

I received the plane last week but was so busy with work that I wasn't able to get into it until this week.  Wow, was I impressed!  I've started to put my custom decals on and it looks very sharp...I'll send you a picture when I'm finished.  I can't wait to get it in the air.

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Jay G., of Minnetonka, MN says:

Flew my Hellcat I got from you with a bad receiver in it, not one you put in. It went down at WATTS over Owatonna in front of a huge crowd..and all I had was a broken prop. You should be getting some sales from that!

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Ron F., Brick, NJ says:

Wanted to share a story with you about my Father's Dynam HawkSky he bought from Killer Planes.  Denise was instrumental is helping my father get the things needed to assemble the plane.

Today my son Nate, age 10, flew the HawkSky.   I did not have video or this, but wish I did.  He was tooling around and did a loop.  I asked him if the plane rolled, so he tried it.  Then TFOA (Things Falling Off Aircraft)!  That's a real military acronym.  My son noticed it but the rest of us did not.  He brought the plane around and the hatch was gone and the battery was swinging around.  It was really tough to fly, and just as he got it over the field the battery fell off.  Of course, no more controls, so down she came.  It nosed in, but no real damage.  The motor mount came loose and one of the external rods came loose.

However all of the motor wires came undone from the speed control just as in one of your recent videos.  It was difficult to feed those wires back through the fuse and up.  We couldn't do it at the field and did it back at our workshop.  When I re-attached the motor leads I used painters tape and lengthwise, wrapped each motor connection in hopes that they never come loose during a crash again.

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Dan T., North Bend, WA writes:

"I just wanted to check in and say thanks for giving me a plane that I don’t worry about crashing.  That extra bit of worry is off the table and makes for a better experience for the neophyte."

I have now experienced a good crash  (accelerated maneuver stall from about 40 feet in the air…) which sent the plane nose in at a pretty good clip. I am happy to report that the only damage was a dislodged motor mount and a small ding on the nose. Had I had some glue with me, I would have been back in the air in minutes.  I love this plane..!!  The last time I did that same crash with my Radian Pro, it came home in about 5 major pieces and several minor ones. The crash comes at about 4:25.


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Craig W, of Sumter, SC has this remarkable tale of his HawkSky!

Steve and Denise-  thanks doing such a good job of crashproofing on my last plane order, the Dynam HawkSky.  It met an untimely landing in a 100 foot tree after one of the control horns snapped and I lost control.  After various attempts we ended up cutting down the tree (dead and on edge of forest)...but the tree actually fell on the plane.
Took me about two hours, but the plane was repaired and flew again the same weekend.  Try that with a non-CP plane!

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Dave Z, of Dinuba, CA attests to the Crashproofing on the HawkFighter 7

Just to let you know this Hawkfighter (7) was and still is my first airplane and had never flown a plane before. So I've had my share of crashes including: clipping a telephone pole dead center on the wing going about 55mph, did a nose dive straight into the ground from about 40 ft at full throttle (when i say straight i mean straight...down), ended up wedged in-between the rear axle and frame of my friends truck, a numerous amount (I lost count) of cartwheels going at about 1/4-1/2 throttle, really bad and hard landings, and plenty of unsuccessful take offs.........and she still flies like no other....THANK YOU for your product i love it!!

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Here's Todd in Florida loving his Hawksky!

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Garnet H. of Nova Scotia, CAN says:

Killer Planes has the best customer support I've ever experienced.If something is wrong with your order, they fix it, period. They are a pleasure to deal with.

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Jay G. of Palm Coast, FL says:

“Anyone looking to start flying should consider Killer Planes. Their personal touch and down-to- earth customer focus is refreshing in a world that become so disconnected from the customer - a true hobby shop online. I purchased my first RC plane from Killer Planes, the HawkSky. It was a recommendation from a friend, which I greatly appreciate down to this day. Now having more than one plane I still feel the HawkSky is one of the best beginner planes, and it can easily be upgraded as one’s skills mature. I also can't say enough about the crashproofing options offered by Killer Planes.  While I originally opted for minimal crashproofing, I now highly recommended the max to friends and family when first starting out. I have also experienced product replacements with Killer Planes and never have had an issue - overall an outstanding company!"


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MIke C., Decature, IL says:

“Flying the Hawkfighter 6 from Killer Planes has been nothing but a blast!! The crashproofing works as advertised, it makes the plane a lot more rigid so it turns faster and has a ton less flex. I have been flying the standard out-of-the box HawkSky for about a year with my own attempts to upgrade (motor and esc.) and this Killer Planes’ version is well worth the money!!”

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Don G. of Castle Rock, Colorado says:

“Recently I purchased a Hawkfighter from Killer Planes and installed the crashproofing after watching the easy to follow instructional videos. Previously I owned a Sky Hawk which never survived that type of crashes that my Hawkfighter has endured. I am happy to say the Hawkfighter was the best investment I've made and plan to buy my next RC Plane from Killer Planes with crashproofing.”

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Henry S. of Toms River, NJ say:

“All things considered Killer Planes is the best company we have ordered from. You [Denise] and Steve make the company what it is. Steve has been great with his help in keeping our planes in the air. Your telephone support is second to none."

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James D. of Williamsville, NY writes:

”I was able to get into RC flying as quickly as I did thanks to Killer Planes. When I ordered my HawkSky they were the only ones I could find to have it in stock. The HawkSky is a fantastic beginner plane and it got me flying, but the crashproofing kit and extra battery that I ordered kept me flying. The aircam added another level of fun as well, and I have since taken some great aerial shots with it. Steve was really helpful when I called with questions, and he gave me easy tips on how to use the crashproofing rods. My HawkSky taught me how to fly RC planes, and it's still flying today!”

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Here is a crashproof'd plane surving an epic crash in first person!!!

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Check out these reviews from forums here on the web!

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Mr.Breakemparts says:

I have ordered 2 planes- J-power P-38 and a HC Hobbies A-10. I had an issue with one of the speed controllers in the P-38. I called Killerplanes and my experience was very pleasant with the person I spoke with (on a saturday morning). HE told me to send it in and I will have another on the way, no questions asked.This company has great communication through e-mail and on the phone, rare from any company today.

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pr0ject42 says:

Anyone order from

I have, Steve is excellent to work with. The crashproofing is well worth it too.

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moodified13 says:

I ordered from Steve as well. He's a nice guy and good to work with. I'm also a fan of the crash proofing. It saved my P-38 from major damage on 2 different occasions.. You can do it on your own, but you can't buy the the rods at the local hobby shop for less than the kit costs. Plus, the directions are really invaluable! I would have never done this on my own. The pics don't do it justice because most of the rods are drilled into the foam. The extra $35 and time I spent on this definitely saved my plane. "Are they a US Company?" Yes, check out there website. Steve Is the cheesy guy in all the videos. Nice guy, best thing is you can get him on the phone and he'll return emails. At the time I ordered my P-38 they were the only ones that had them in stock, tried the crashproofing on a whim. Glad I did.

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elctflyeroldguy says:

Have bought from Steve very trustworthy. He flys what he sells. His prices are very good!!! Has alot of very nice planes.

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chadwick3433 says:

Found this question and I am aware that it is older but I have to say I am pretty impressed with Killerplanes products. Just watch their videos if you have not already. I currently own the Hawksky, T28, Spitfire, and A-10, all crashproofed. Instead of spending coutless hours, and lots of money, on repairs and what not I spend more time flying. The service is unbeatable also. Give them a go if you have not already..

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v8etr says:

I am in no way affiliated with either dynam or killerplanes, I am very impressed with my foam p-51 with crash proofing I had a radio mishap today and the plane went down again today, with nearly zero repairs. I am trying to get killerplanes to make me some kits for my other foamies so they will be as durable when I have a brain fart etc. "Just stumbled onto this plane + crashproofing kit. How has it held up? I'm interested in hearing direct experiences." The plane is rock solid. I'm very pleased, the only thing is it took me a while to install it myself.

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the sandman says:

I learned how to fly on a stock dynam hawk sky and if i would had known about this plane it would have saved me al ot of headaches . The plane lasted me about 6 weeks. I'm sure if I had one of these killerplanes. I would have saved a lot of money. Now then I have to put out a SHAMELESS PLUG to Steve and his creation, its definitely the juggernaut of planes.

I had seen him literally trash the plane over and over at last years Neat fair. There where over 100 spectators watching him and there where a lot of oooohs and ahhhs. along with clapping after seeing the plane survive the beating he was giving it. I would had bought it in a heart beat, almost a year later I get to win the plane. Steve is a great guy, "I mean come on" not everyone goes out of there way and donates a plane to a raffle. Big companies give out coupons and here this guys goes out and donates his hard work out , NUFF SAID, and was really nice of him to give me some tips and also help with some of the building.

I also have to give a big shout out to his lovely wife who does all the camera work. Steve your a lucky man. Looking forward to maidening the plane. I got this feeling this is going to be one of my go to planes.

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ImaPilot100 says:

I love how people can bash something they have never tried. CrashProofing "Kits" work. About three years ago I got 2 ArtTech P-51's. One with the kit, one without. The one without I used for parts after I destroyed it after 3 or so crashes so then i got one with the kit, that took me 10 months of flying like a mad man and I don't know how many HARD landings, cartwheels, stalls, nose overs and finally a head on full speed crash into a 10ft dirt wall to put it in a coma. And can still fix it and fly if I wanted too. Steve has a good product, does good work and has the best Customer Service. Don't knock CrashProofing if you have not tried it. The name could have been a little better but it gets your attention and that's what matters. Oh for the guys that say "don't crashproof, fly better".....don't you still crash? Good Job Steve! 

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bimmerland says:

Killerplanes HCA10 My flight review Tried my hand at a Dynam A10 and found it to be very squirrely for my first EDF. Liked the design but just could not fly it in any relaxed mode. Wanted another A10 (kinda have the old one in pieces.. LOL) and started checking the internet for an alternative and that's when I found Looked at the website and discovered that Steve's house was about 45 minutes from my sister-in-law who I was visiting that week so I called him up to arrange a visit and a demo. I was quite impressed with the durability of his invention and decided to buy one of his planes. I told him my fondness for A10's and my previous experience. Steve suggested the HCA10 because it is an easy flier. I bought the kit plus the crashproofing and did the work myself.

Today was the first day I flew the A10 and had my first test of the crashproofing. I hand launched too low and the A10 went right into the ground at full power. Went to see the damage and amazingly the only issue was the cannon broke off. Did another launch and the A10 flew like a dream. I wonder why it was very aileron sensitive and to my astonishment I forgot to add some expo and yet it was very flyable even to the point of hands off. I ran some 2650 3S 40C and was easily getting 6 to 7 minutes of flying time which was just at my comfort level. Even though it does not look as scale as the Dynam model it definitely does fly better. No plane is virtually crashproof but Steve's concept does go a long way toward handling some harsh abuse without breaking. Hats off to his design. Bottom line... if you want an A10 that's easy to fly and can take some abuse try the KP HCA10. You won't be dissapointed.

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molish says:

I happened across their website and looked over some of the information. The owner only carries a small selection of planes, but for good reason. Some of the work he does upgrading and modifying the planes for higher performance and crash damage resistance is amazing to a newbie flier like myself. Granted, there are some here who have stated that you can do these things yourself, but I really wanted a crash ready plane out of the box shipped to me. Once I get the plane in I will be doing a full video review of open box and maiden flight in the next posts. His Youtube channel is full of flying shenanigans. I especially enjoyed watching him bury one of his hawk fighter 5 in the dirt at prob 50+mph (a hawk fighter is a hawk sky with a LOT of kick butt upgrades that does like 60+mph) Now for my personal grading of

Communication: A+

I can't say enough about the knowledge and full bore communication I received from the owner. We have been trading e-mails since I spoke with him last week, mostly he returns them within a few hours or very next day. He is very helpful in giving extremely useful tips. I find the conversation over the e-mail along the same avenue as the posters here. Very encouraging, full of insight and knowledge that he does give away for free. He has given detailed instructions, has been interested in what do for a living even (WISP – Head of tech support dept, and and some days tower climber), and has been giving me extra info about the plane and what can be done with it in terms of flight characteristics and maintenance.

Shipping Box and packaging: B+

(prepping video for upload) I only take a bit off here because the shipping was pricey. However, to insure it is expensive so I'm not taking take much off. “CrashProofing”: A (prepping video for upload) Oh yea, this thing will take a hit!..... I just hope I don't have to get it hit too many times. I'll be grading the plane after I get it home and all put together. So far, dealing with has been great. A few tweaks here and there on the site and it'll be perfect.

Over all: A-

I really wanted to get this guys name on the boards here. I took a chance with him and so far everything looks great! I'll have maiden voyage video going up soon, and of course first major crash hopefully. He really reminds me of when I was just starting out with my old business (computer repair on the side). He goes the extra mile in communication and service. FAR BEYOND most large vendors I deal with at the office everyday. I'm working on getting the un-boxing videos edited and uploaded. I went out and bought a new video recorder when I realized how crappy my videos were on this old POS recorder so the next ones for maiden flight will be MUCH better! ... So this will be an ongoing build thread for me. First MAJOR thing I see that has to have an upgrade is the Tx/Rx. No wonder it only gets about 1000ft, that Rx is disgustingly small! I'm gonna do some home brew 2.4 upgrades and see what I get outta those before I go full-bore dragon link or something. ...So in a nut shell, This should have VAP'd my plane. There should have been nothing left but tiny pieces all the way back to the wings. But Not only did she hold, but I think she will fly again! Thanks to Steve's crashproofing, she was still (technically) in one piece after that. Gonna go put her back in the sky after work, hopefully. Wish me luck today!

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Mark G. of Green Bay, WI says:

(His complete comments)

"Despite the joy of tinkering with foam, wires, props, and the like, I had a small problem: I crashed more than I flew.  I know, I know... that is normal for a newbie like myself.  Still, it was very frustrating to spend hours and hours with a plane, only to see it crash gloriously like a newly trained kamikaze pilot after only 57 seconds of flight.  It wasn’t long before I was spending way more time fixing than flying.

Then, while surfing the web, I ran across  Soon, I was enjoying the highly entertaining videos produced by Steve and the lovely Denise.  First, I was encouraged that even a very accomplished flyer like Steve experienced glorious crashes.  But then I saw something quite unique: His planes launched again!!  Crash at high speeds and still fly??!!  He said this was due to a system he designed called “CrashProofing”.  I was intrigued.  I had to meet these people and see this for myself.

I sent Steve an email and asked if I could visit.  Soon my son and I got in our Piper Meridian (yes, I am an ACTUAL pilot - fortunately, I fly real planes much better than RC ones) and left our base in Green Bay, WI for beautiful upstate NY.  We landed at SWF airport and drove our rental car to New Platz, home of KILLERPLANES.

Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by Steve and his lovely wife Denise. They welcomed us into their home and fed us some of the greatest pizza I have ever tasted.  (Apparently New York pizza makes Green Bay pizza look very bad.) Then we headed outside to do some actual flying. I was very excited.  I wanted to learn from a pro and finally had the opportunity. Of all the planes in his arsenal (and there are quite a few) Steve grabbed a Hawkfighter (7) - something not too complicated for his visitors to fly.

With dogs barking in anxious anticipation of chasing airplanes (these people have the most amazing dogs I have ever seen, but back to flying...), Steve gave full throttle to the remote and hand launched the Hawkfighter.  It soared into the sky like a homesick angel, as he weaved it around and over trees and zooming and dive bombing just over the heads of the delighted dogs. [Did I mention the guy can really fly RC planes?]

Then on one glorious, diving, insanely fast plunge... SPLAAAAT!!!  Right into mother earth.  My immediate thought was “Oh, that’s gotta be embarrassing.  We come all the way here to see a pro and he crashes it at high speed!”  I quickly looked at Steve.    He simply smiled, went over to the plane, pulled it out of the earth, removed dirt, grass, and what may have been the head of a now decapitated worm, and then...LAUNCHED THE PLANE AGAIN!!!  Yes, it flew.  It flew a good as it did before the crash - maybe better - zooming, flipping and twirling over the New Platz sky. (Perhaps there are aerobatic qualities to worm heads.)  Right then and there I was sold.  Crash Proofing actually works!!  Soon I was at the controls, zooming freely through the sky.  And anyone who says that Crash Proofing adds too much weight or hinders the flight characteristics of the plane...clearly they don’t know what they are talking about.

We spent the rest of the time flying and laughing non-stop.  These people are a riot to be around. Steve is very likely insane.  And Denise!!  What can one say about this fabulous woman??  Just watch one of their videos and listen to the way she responds.

1. She always seems generally fascinated by anything and everything Steve does.
2. She celebrates every positive flight
3. She encourages through every negative outcome.

Listen up you single guys: this is the kind of woman you want to marry!!

Anyway, if you want to spend more time flying and less time fixing, YOU NEED TO BUY A KILLERPLANES PLANE!!"

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Clearly, Mark seems to be unaware that Denise has been drugged)

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