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.
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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 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.
small tack hammer
hand saw (such as a dove tail saw, coping saw, hack saw, etc.)
electric hand drill
sanding block (just wrap sandpaper around a block of wood)
plastic clothespins (handy as clamps in lightweight areas)
adjustable jaw wrench (crescent type)
pocket knife or razor blade knife
common household iron
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
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
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.
electric hand drill
Sharpie ultra fine permanent magic marker
masking tape (better grade)
automatic center punch
bubble level - electronic type best
fiberglass reinforced strapping tape
pop rivet gun
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)
metal snips (straight, right and left angle)
knife (or single edge razor blade)
sheet metal brake
Nicopress swaging tool
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.
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.