Low and slow since 1929; the mantra of the Pietenpol Aircamper. It was designed as an airplane anyone could build in their garage with modest tools and basic wood working skills. Bernie Pietenpol made the Aircamper a plane almost everyone could afford. In addition to low cost materials, instead of expensive aero engines, Bernie used converted Ford Model A auto engines which were plentiful in those days. The large high set parasol wing offered a great view for pilots and docile handling. Plans were available through the printed Flying and Gliding manuals. Over the years Aircampers have appeared in a variety of configurations using everything from Continental A-65’s, converted Corvair auto engines, to even some small radial engines. To this day Pietenpols can still be found under construction due to the continued availability of plans and sub-assemblies from homebuilder suppliers and builder support communities.
The HobbyKing Pietenpol Aircamper faithfully re-creates Bernie Pietenpol’s vision. Arriving as an almost ready to fly airframe, you the builder just needs to complete final assembly and install your choice of electronics. The two piece wing slides together, connected by a carbon tube spar, and supported by aluminum support struts that bolt to the fuselage. Mounting your motor couldn’t be easier with the laser etched alignement marks on the motor box adding to the ease of aligning the epoxy fiberglass cowl later. Pre-bent and welded wire landing gear attaches quickly, as do the non-functional wing struts. A complete hardware package that includes control horns, pushrods, and wheels, along with a full color photo illustrated instruction manual completes the model.
Arriving at the field, just slide a battery in through the hatch in the botttom of the fuselage and prepare for some fun. The wheel axel placement is perfect to simply power up, tail lifts on its own, then when enough speed has been reached, will lift off nicely. It makes for fun touch-and-go landings. Just play with the power. A low wing loading means it will fly quite slowly at minimal power settings. Being a sport scale model, it is a virtual blank canvas for adding as much or as little detail as you desire. Just a few evenings of work and you can be barnstorming like Bernie Pietenpol!
The HobbyKing Pietenpol Aircamper is a fun, slow flying sport scale model that lives up to the vision Bernie Pietenpol saw for the aviation industry.
- Almost Ready to Fly – Complete final assembly
- Light weight balsa and plywood contstruction
- Epoxy fiberglass pre-painted cowl
- Large wing area, low weigh gives light wing loading
- Aluminum wing support struts all bolt together
- Complete hardware package
- Full color, photo illustrated instruction manual
- Slow, docile flight characteristics
- 4 Channel Transmitter and Receiver
- 3648 850kV Brushless Motor
- 3S 11.1V 3000mAh Lipoly
- 40A Brushless ESC
- 2x 9g, 2x 17g Servos
- 2x 500mm Servo Extensions
#9110000033-0 – $123.84