Monday, December 18, 2017
News & Updates


Notes on Checkout: Please remember to enter your Zipcode and use "Estimate Shipping and Tax" in the Shopping Cart to give yourself a proper total. Up to four kits ship in one box for $6.92 using Priority Mail. (Sorry--Rates increased by 3.9% for 2017) If you forget to use the shipping calculator, I'll send you a Paypal invoice for shipping.  Also, though LCP uses Paypal for the shopping cart, you don't need to create a Paypal account--you're welcome to use a credit/debit card.  Just follow the bunny trail...

Changing mailing address or order details:  Please avoid changing addresses by email after you've ordered.  Because I'm feeble minded, there's a pretty good chance I won't get it right some days later when your order goes out.  Instead, if you need to change addresses or modify your order, please allow me to cancel the original order and reorder after the address or kit selections are fixed. Thank you.  That keeps everything electronically buttoned up.

Please anticipate up to three weeks for delivery.  Very sorry about that, but sales have been extremely brisk, which is creating a backlog.

Overnight shipping:  Sorry, I don't do overnight.  

Tracking Numbers:  These are sent by the Paypal system as the shipping label is generated.  They go to the email address associated with the Paypal account.

Purchase Orders.  Please click on the Support page for instructions and editorializing, found at the bottom.

Fruit Bat
For the 2018 Rule

40 x 10CM Wing, 20 x 7CM Stab, Target weight 7 grams.  This one builds from the success of last year's Vanguard, but has some nice improvements--Single piece rudder, stiffer motorstick, reduced wing dihedral and camber for starters.  Cool new wingmount uses nylon screws and 1/32" basswood struts to provide excellent adjustability (fore-and-aft, increase/decrease incidence) to help trim your plane for maximum time aloft.  Covering is HDPE plastic for lightness, but tissue is included as well, which some prefer.  Included is a Sig 5.5" propset, about two fathoms of rubber, laser-cut balsa, plywood and basswood parts, a couple of o-rings for winding, and of course, photo-illustrated instructions.  Have fun this year!



Thank for your patience while I dug out from underneath the pile of orders!  Going forward (as of 26 November), I would consider it a favor if you would please limit yourself to a maximum of 4 kits per order.  I know this is contrary to healthy capitalistic principles (Ha!), but I'm trying this as a way to keep the orders flowing and lead times from becoming unreasonable.  Again, thank you so much.

Please assume a 3-week delivery time.  If I beat that, so much the better.

Party Trick P-20
Lightweight thermal-seeking outdoor climber!

There's no mistaking this for an indoor plane! Wind the four-strand, 3/32" motor 1000 turns, get into your thermal-finding zone, launch at the right moment, and watch her go.  Originally I was going to offer this without the dethermalizer sub-kit, but after a couple of OMG flights at the field, I decided it really needs the DT.  So--a viscous damper, spring, tailor-made plywood stabmount and a few other doo-dads are included.  Instructions show how to assemble the DT parts so the stab pops up before panic sets in.  Really want to get down right to 20g?  Cover it in 1/4-mil mylar.  (Domestic tissue's included, though).  Also in the kit:  A Peck 8" prop and hardware, metal winding rings, a really tough 3-D printed nosepiece/prop hanger and of course, laser-cut wood.  Instructions target those new to outdoor free-flight, and include sections on functional covering and DT operations, plus sourcing information for replacement parts.   Need a great small-field event?  Try the P-20:  20" span, 20" length, 20 gram minimum, 8" prop, 4 grams of rubber.   

Intro price:  $28


Vanguard P-18

Nice P-18!

This one's a little simpler than the Hawk to build, but delivers that same thrill. Easy to build and trim.  Every newcomer (or old hand, for that matter) wants three little things from a plane.  It has to climb, turn and behave!  The Vanguard delivers this and more.  

Dimensions:  Wing 45 x 11 CM, Stabilizer 22.5 x 8.5 CM.  Propeller:  14 CM.  

Mass is 7.5 grams when you build it light and cover with HDPE polyethylene.  This gem comes with all materials you need, including propeller, rubber (about 10 feet), plywood and balsa laser-cut parts, HDPE and tissue covering material, O-rings to make winding easier, and informative, photo-illustrated instructions.  It's a great value.


Build the Vanguard using CA or Titebond, and cover using glue stick or 3M 77 Spray adhesive.  Wanna see another cheesy LCP video?  Check this out: Vanguard at Manitou


Add a 15:1 Winder for $19 more (You're not gonna do 1000 turns by hand!)


Fits the 2016-2017 TSA rule

With apologies to Thomas Hardy, this one's a development of the Sheldon from previous years.  With a simple wingmount system, smaller chords (wing and stab), but the same gentle flying characteristics, Tess makes an excellent sport ROG plane as well.  

Includes prop, laser-cut wood, pre-bent wire landing gear, wheels, covering material (HDPE), rubber and nice instructions.  Instructions include plenty of guidance on trimming for optimal flight.



Tess Without Prop


Tess Full Kit


(Temporarily out while awaiting props from Ikara)


Mini-Sonic Outdoor

Sport outdoor flyer

Finally--something for the great outdoors!  Here's a nice one-night build that will quickly become a local park favorite.  Borrowing style cues from an old towline glider, the MSO is a 17" freeflighter that can take a little wind and live to tell the tale.  Cut from a combination of basswood, ply and balsa, this one's great for out at the field during downtime or after dinner as the sun sets.  Spray it with a little laquer and cover it in HDPE (or your favorite doped tissue) and it'll shrug off dewy mornings.  Composite basswood and balsa motorstick gives it excellent front-end strength. Entirely capable of catching lift.  Watch out!

Span:  17"  Mass:  14 g  

Includes balsa, ply and basswood parts, HDPE covering, Ikara 6" molded propset,  1/8" Tan Super Sport rubber and photo-illustrated instructions.




Hawk P-18

Fantastic intro to free flight

Here's the complete competition rule for the Hawk P-18 class.  Whether you build using this kit or build one from plans, span and length is 18", weight is not less than 7.5 grams, and the prop is 5.5" unmodified other than by adding weight to the heavy blade for balancing.  That's it! This kit uses all the Laser-Cut Planes tricks--three-panel wing construction, slotted & gussetted spars, plywood bits for a simple wingmount, detachable wing for easy transport, and builder-friendly instructions.  Constant-radius curve for the airfoil makes the dihedral joints geometrically simple, and the kit includes a tip-jig to get the angle just right.  Inexpensive tissue covering, propeller set, hook and rubber (12 feet) all included.

Here's a flight video taken at the Pueblo Southern Regional Sci Oly contest last year.  By the way, this kit doesn't quite fit the Sci Oly rule.  It's just a bit big in a couple of dimensions.




Mountain Lion Mark III

For our favorite people--Beginners!

The Mountain Lion's now in its third generation and the build gets better all the time.  Wingtip doublers, more protection for the rudder, some re-drawn wing parts, stronger motorstick all make this the best ML yet.

Purchase it singly, in a six-pack, or in bulk.

Be careful!  Flyaways have been reported--but what a great way to lose an airplane :)


This cool tail-dragger ROG's smooth as silk and climbs slowly into the air, making it all look easy.  The rule says you get 1.5 grams of rubber, but the plane will carry much more.  The cut-down Ikara prop has a 170mm span, and careful building will get you right down to the 7-gram lower limit.  A better wingmount makes the airframe more rigid for this year's version.  This plane flew the longest single flight at the 2016 TSA National contest with a 3:04.

Span:  50 CM/19.6 inches.  All wood parts are laser cut, and this kit uses the same keyed rib-to-spar joints found on all kits from Laser-Cut Planes.  Because it's designed for students, the directions include even more detailed description than usual, with lots of guidance for the new builder.  Kit includes prop, wood, pre-bent wire landing gear, wheels, rubber and HDPE covering material.  It doesn't matter whether you're a student or not--this one's a great flier!