Jensen Das Ugly Stik
Balsa Radio Control Sport Model Kit
Wing Area: 720 sq. in.
Engine: .45 to .61
Radio: 4 Channels
Vintage 1960’s Jensen kit. Designed by Phil Kraft, the original concept of the Ugly Stik was to design a radio controlled aircraft which could be built in an absolute minimum of time and could be considered as expendable. The airplane that took 3 evenings to design and finish became one of the most built and flown designs in RC!
Phil Kraft pioneered proportional radio control and in 1964 designed a simple and robust test-bed that later became known as Das Ugly Stik. In 1966 he published plans drawn by his friend George Walker in the GRID LEAKS magazine, and his friend Jim Jensen brought out a kit. Both the design and the kit quickly became famous, and many model fliers had one or more of the originals or the numerous variants coming up soon and until today.
In those early days, models and equipment were quite expensive so both had to be simple just to be affordable. Now the Stik wasn’t only that but also very versatile. The same one model could be used as a basic trainer and then converted to an intermediate and full aerobatic trainer, only by adding engine power and control throw. And it was so good-natured and rugged that it really had a chance to survive its pilot’s learning curve from the beginnings to the last stage. Then, it was a sport airplane that could be recklessly knocked around – perhaps the first fun-fly model.
Kit is in excellent condition. See Item Condition Rating and photos for kit condition.
Note: This item ships at the ‘Over-sized’ Flat Rate