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LOEHLE AERO COATINGS

Complete modern flexible paint line from surface prep, pinhole filler, primer, color and clear.  Works equally well on metal, composite and fabric surfaces.

Loehle Wonder-Fil - The SOLUTION to pinholes.  Quick wipe-on/wait 15 minutes/wipe-off application for fiberglass, carbon fiber, fabric and wood.  Disappears into the next sprayed layer.

Loehle Black and White Filler/UV Blockers - Our primers save a tremendous amount of time in the "homework" stage of getting a surface totally smooth and ready for color.

Loehle Color Top Coat - Available in just about any color desired, with extra flex and UV protection.

Loehle Clear Top Coat - Provides even more flex and UV protection, and encapsulates your masterpiece to protect it for years to come.

 

LOEHLE AIRCRAFT KITS

 

5151 Mustang 5151 Mustang
P-40 in Clouds P-40 Flying Tiger
KW-909 KW-909
Spitfire Spitfire (Prototype Stage)
Sport Parasol Sport Parasol
Spad XIII Spad XIII
Fokker D-VII Fokker D-VII
SE5a SE5a

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LOEHLE AIRCRAFT KITS

5151 Mustang - Big Beautiful Doll 5151 Mustang
P-40 Closeup P-40 Flying Tiger
KW-909 KW-909
Spitfire Spitfire Elite (Prototype)

Welcome to the exciting hobby of building your own aircraft! 

 

The goal with our aircraft kits is to help make it a reality for you to build a beautiful, safe, docile handling aircraft that is nostalgic and fun.  We have gone the extra mile to pre-cut, pre-machine and number the parts for the Loehle kits.  Your job is to assemble the numbered parts in the proper order (and thoroughly enjoy the building as well as the flying part).

 

The WWII aircraft and the Sport Parasol are made of wood parts epoxied together, and are then covered in heat-shrinkable dacron fabric.  The biplanes are made of aluminum tubes riveted together and then covered in fabric.  Once the airplane is painted with our Loehle Aero Coatings paint system, the exterior feels like plastic.

 

Imagine flying in to the next pancake breakfast in your very own P-51 or P-40!  Or turning heads with the unique German looking KW-909!  Or arriving Dawn Patrol style in your own nostalgic WWI biplane fighter!  The classic looks and simplicity of the Sport Parasol draws admirers as well.  One of the common comments from our customers is that they don't get to eat at the breakfasts!  Too many questions about their beautiful aircraft!  Quite often, just the look of these legendary aircraft allows VIP parking front and center.

 

Tools Required

TOOLS REQUIRED TO BUILD THE “5151”, P-40, KW-909 AND SPITFIRE

 

Only basic hand tools are required to build the “5151”, P-40 or Spitfire, most of which you probably already have. One of the goals in developing these kits was to manufacture a kit that can be assembled without the builder having to invest a large sum of money in tools first.

 

Tools needed:

 

            small tack hammer

            pliers

            hand saw (such as a dove tail saw, coping saw, hack saw, etc.)

            electric hand drill

            drill bits

            wood rasp

            sandpaper

            sanding block (just wrap sandpaper around a block of wood)          

            C-clamps

            spring clamps

            plastic clothespins (handy as clamps in lightweight areas)

            wrenches

            adjustable jaw wrench (crescent type)

            pocket knife or razor blade knife

            common household iron

            level

            square

            string

            cable swaging tool (sometimes you can borrow one from the local airport)

            lightweight staple gun (available from factory if you don’t have one)

            lightweight hand shears (available from factory; handy for geodetic strips)

            staple (brad) remover

            center punch

            drill press (optional)

 

TOOLS REQUIRED TO BUILD THE SPORT PARASOL

 

The above hand tools, plus it would be nice (but not necessary) to have:

 

            table saw or band saw

            drill press

Sport Parasol - Lonnie Berryhill Sport Parasol
Sport Parasol - Dennis Rowe Sport Parasol

TOOLS REQUIRED TO BUILD THE SPAD/FOKKER/SE5A

 

The biplanes are constructed of aluminum tubing that are bolted and pop riveted together. We have pre-assembled most of the basic biplane frame structures in factory fixtures for you and then have partially disassembled some sections for easier transport. You’ll have some re-assembly to do, and the finishing work.

 

Tools needed:

 


   carpenters square

   electric hand drill

   drill bits

   deburr tool

   tape measure

   string

   Sharpie ultra fine permanent magic marker

   masking tape (better grade)

   electrical tape

   sawhorse

   automatic center punch

   spring clamps

   C-clamps

   wrenches

   sockets/ratchets

   bubble level - electronic type best

   fiberglass reinforced strapping tape

   pop rivet gun

   screwdrivers

   diagonal side cutters

   needle nose pliers

   channel lock pliers

   LPS lubricating spray oil or WD-40

   soldering pencil or iron

   copper cable clamps (or Kearny clamps)

   cyanoacrylate type glue (Crazy Glue)

   hacksaw

   metal file

   vise grips

   metal snips (straight, right and left angle)

   lightweight hammer

   small protractor

   knife (or single edge razor blade)

   hole saw

   Cleco fasteners

   Cleco pliers

   sheet metal brake

   Nicopress swaging tool

   sandpaper

   bandsaw (optional)

   cable cutter

Space Required

SPACE REQUIRED TO BUILD THE LOEHLE AIRCRAFT KITS


One of the first questions usually asked about building an aircraft is about the space required for such a project. Generally speaking, if you have a two-car garage you have it made (as long as both cars are parked elsewhere, of course).  This means you can realistically be around home for the family, but get lots of good building time in as well.

 

“5151”, P-40, KW-909 and Spitfire

 

The “5151”, P-40, KW-909 and Spitfire require a 20’ x 24’ space (you can do it in 16’ x 22’ by turning the plane diagonally, but this is a tight fit). Keep in mind that you can build the fuselage first, which just requires room for a 4’ x 20’ table. Then you can move to a larger area as you add the center section (8’ wide) and wing panels (which can be built just one side at a time for a total width of 17’2”). The two-car garage is perfect for these projects.

 

Sport Parasol

 

The Sport Parasol can be built in a smaller area because the wings are built on the table instead of onto the fuselage. A 4’ x 20’ table is sufficient to build both the fuselage and later the wings. Just allow enough space to walk around the table so you can easily reach all areas. Even on gear, the Sport Parasol fuselage is only 5’ wide (with tail folded). We have customers who have built their Sport Parasols in their apartments, and moved them out when they were ready to put the landing gear and wings on!

 

Spad, Fokker and SE5a

 

The Spad, Fokker and SE5a come pre-assembled and basically require enough space to do the fabric covering. You can use saw horses since you are not required to assemble these units, but rather do the finishing work. The width of the fuselage is 42” (wheel track). It is recommended that you have some kind of work bench to keep your tools handy.

Space Required Sketch Space Required to Build 5151, P-40, KW-909 and Spitfire
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