Kit Cutters Inc.
The floating menu on the left side of all the screens in this website is operated by simply clicking and following the arrow path to the destination you desire. You can page up or down and the menu will always remain in view. Also, if you want to move the menu to the other side of the screen or somewhere in between, simply drag-and-drop (hold down left mouse button, drag to the desired location, and release the button).
There are basically two ways. You can find a particular kit by using the floating menu and under the "Kits / Plans" and knowing the designer you want, simply click on the appropriate model under that designer. Secondly, select the "Search Page" from the floating menu and type in the desired information leading to the particular model desired. If the kit your interested in is not listed on our website, please send us an e-mail or call and we will be happy to get you a quotation and include your plane in the next website revision.
Kit Cutters Inc. is a family operated business located in the the southwestern United States. We are a real business with real stock holders and a board of directors. All of our stock is privately owned and is not publicly offered. We normally have 2-3 people cutting kits and plus one person performing administrative chores such as maintaining this website. Most of kit cutters are retirees who supplement their pensions by pursuing their woodworking hobby through kit cutting. Some of our kit cutters have special needs and perform contract work for us at their personal residents. All of our kits are inspected before shipment to insure quality and completeness.
Kit Cutters are we are not affiliated with any particular plane designer. We are totally committed to the propagation of giant model aircraft and manufacture excellent kits at very modest prices. Kit Cutters is completely independent of all designers, wood suppliers, magazines, clubs, or groups. Our loyalties are to our customers not to any business alliance. Kit Cutters does not push any particular designer and frankly, many of the less popular designers are actually the best designed and provide the best detailed plans. Also, all of Kit Cutters wood is sealed in a nitrogen purged plastic packaging to preserve the freshness of the wood and control moisture. The wood quality is the best that is available. We always supply the wood specified on the customer's plans or better and never substitute without the customer's approval. Kit Cutters in-stock kits always have that "just cut" appearance and will meet with your complete satisfaction or our money back (See our guarantee FAQ). After you order a kit from Kit Cutters, you will be contacted through either regular phone calls or e-mail to keep you abreast of the progress of your kit.
Model kits cut in the southwest United States are not subject to the extreme changes temperature and humidity that other kit cutting locations experience Paint will not adhere properly and the glue joints will be substantially weaker regardless of how well they are cut. Most kit parts are made from either balsa or plywood wood both of which are highly susceptible to moisture absorption.
Normally it take about 40-60 hours to cut a giant scale kit depending on number of pieces and complexity. But because of the numerous materials and material sizes involved there always seems to be specialty wood or size that needs to be ordered. Therefore, the kit actually takes about two weeks (calendar time) to complete and check.
Yes we do offer partial kits. Our "Cut Parts Kits" include only the ribs, formers and all the cut parts. No straight parts (stringers) or sheeting (covering) are included. Simply contact Kit Cutters with your requirements and we will give you a quotation to match your exacting needs.
Kit Cutters will cut individual parts at reasonable prices as a service to our customers. However, problems usually develop in identifying the actual parts wanted. Please copy the portion of your plans that contain the parts you need or use the designers reference numbers or descriptions. When requesting individual parts, the more information you submit, the more likely you will get the parts you want.
Yes, we do cut for fiberglass fuselages at very competitive rates. Usually plane designers have special plan sets for fiberglass fuselages. Kit Cutters currently does not have many fiberglass fuselage kit drawing so you would probably have send us your plans.
Yes, Kit Cutters does cut kits from enlarged plans but you should be warned because of the distortion in the enlargement process, some of the parts may not fit properly. Also, most kit cut to standard wood sizes such as 1/4", 1/2" etc.. With enlargements what happens is the plans are enlarged to non-standard wood sizes will therefore, not match the available wood sizes resulting in serious assembly problems.
Yes, Kit Cutters does have a list of kits in stock available for immediate delivery. Our in-stock list can be accessed from the floating menu by selecting the "In-Stock" selection or accessing our "Kit Listing" page and sorting for the "In-Stock" kit you want. Also, our stock list can be accessed by "Search Page" on the floating menu and then searching for "Stock List" using our search feature. When we cut our kits we normally make several extra kits in place them in stock. However, due to some recent break-ins, our stock is relatively small at this point. We hope to have a complete line of the most popular models in-stock in the very near future.
Kit Cutters uses all the latest laser equipment designed for precision wood cutting. Parts 1/2" or thicker are cut using a combination laser and machine technologies.
All of our kits are now laser cut. No exceptions.
Absolutely not, Kit Cutters does not use your plans in the kit cutting process. Therefore, your plans are returned to you exactly the way you sent them to Kit Cutters. They will be included in a new mailing tube inside the kit shipping box.
We seal all of our wood in plastic to prevent moisture absorption into the wood. Also, if you purchase a kit from our stock, we want this wood to be the freshest condition possible. Kit Cutter's wood is not only hermetically sealed in 3 mil plastic, but also purged with nitrogen to minimize wood deterioration. All wood including paper products slowly deteriorates (burns) and discolors with expose to the air (oxygen). Our sealing equipment is the same equipment that is used to seal sterilized surgical instruments. We do not use zip-lock, red line or any other domestic food bags.
We take great pride in our product and do not want damage to occur in shipment. All of our kits are packed so there is very little movement amongst the parts inside the shipping container. Kit Cutters uses bubble wrap and fill to insure your kit arrives in perfection condition without damaged parts or wood dents. Its very discouraging to the model builder to assemble a model that has components which are damaged and/or discolored from exposure to the elements.
Yes, we do accept credit cards (MasterCard or VISA), personnel checks, or money orders. Personnel checks may delay order shipment until the check clears. Kit Cutter's website does have PayPal payment procedure which is extremely convenient for the both of us. Using PayPal will speedup the delivery of your order. PayPal is used by many auction websites such as "eBay" and "Yahoo" and we strongly encourage you to use this method of payment.
Yes, Kit Cutters does have any account with Paypal which is the same payment method used by the large auction websites like "eBay" and "Yahoo". PayPal offers a secured encrypted website along with payment transaction insurance to remove all risk to the customer.
Normally we do not require a deposits except for very unusual orders. If you as a customer, do not want to take delivery of a kit that you have ordered, just give us a call and we will be happy to cancel you order. Once your kit is shipped, you will have to pay for one way of the shipping costs if you later decide to return the kit to Kit Cutters. If a deposit was required when you placed your order, the deposit will usually have to be forfeited. It's that simple.
Yes you can. To receive a multiple kit discount, just give us a call. Normally, multiple kit orders of the same plane you will receive a 10% DISCOUNT on all the kits ordered. Also, if you order multiple kits of different planes you will receive a 5% DISCOUNT on all the kits you have ordered. Sorry, these two discounts cannot be combined.
You can order a kit by simply sending us an e-mail detailing your request. Payment is accepted after your kit is complete. If you use e-mail to place your order, DO NOT INCLUDED ANY FINANCIAL INFORMATION BECAUSE OUR WEBSITE IS NOT CLASSIFIED AS SECURE WEBSITE AND DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY SECURITY encryption
Yes, Kit Cutters does offer a guarantee on all kits. If you are not completely satisfied with your kit and wish to return it within 60 days of delivery, we would be happy to accept it minus one way shipping charges. We charge one way shipping because we usually do not require a deposit on most kit orders like most cutters.
In order to return a kit you must contact with Kit Cutters by either e-mail, phone or Fax in order for us to make the return arrangements. Its that simple.
In order to return kit parts you must contact with Kit Cutters by either e-mail, phone or Fax and we will remanufacture you new parts to meet with your expectations.
Kit Cutters is the best available grade as specified on your plans. We never substitute materials without the customer's permission. All of our wood comes from suppliers such as Lone Star, Superior, or National Balsa.
Yes, the whole Kit Cutters Inc. family builds and flies model aircraft. We fly out of the southern Nevada desert either just South of Las Vegas, Nevada or South of Bullhead Arizona from a crop dusting field on a native American reservation, which is not far from our Nevada manufacturing facility.
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No, unfortunately, we have had several break-ins recently and no longer permit visitation to our manufacturing facilities. Also, for those who have visited us in the past, we have moved to a more secure location. Sorry!
Yes, Kit Cutters will either e-mail (along with digital pictures), call, or Fax you the progress along with an updated schedule and answer any questions you have regarding your kit. We prefer that you use e-mail as a method of communication. We usually answer the phone but the administrative staff does not always have answers to your questions readily available. If you get voice mail when you call, please leave a detailed message and we will return the call or e-mail as quickly as possible. Please specify how and when you wish to be contacted by e-mail, phone, or Fax.
Yes, you can by simply sending Kit Cutters an email with the details on how to contact the designer and how to obtain the plans. We would be happy to list your favorite plane or line of planes in our website. Only model planes that are 50" or larger will be considered.
Kit Cutters is trying to make this site the "Site of Choice" when it comes to your kit cutting and aircraft informational needs. We hope to develop this website to include all aircraft for not just kits along with a bit of the history which in my opinion is the most interesting part of the model aircraft hobby. If you any photos of aircraft and possibly their history, we would appreciate your sending (e-mail) Kit Cutters this information so we can include it in our website. Maybe one of the kit designers will make a draw a set of plans for your favorite plane.
Yes you can. I would appreciate your corrections or comments concerning this website. Please e-mail Kit Cutters with your comments or suggestions by accessing the "Comments" web page from the floating menu.
Yes, you can. We encourage you to submit additional planes to our website. Who knows, maybe a model designer will draw up a set of plans for you favorite plane.
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