Hobbyking Pietenpol Aircamper

At 53" wingspan, the Hobbyking Pietenpol Aircamper is a great sport-scale rendition of the famous Aircamper design

Hobbyking Pietenpol Aircamper

A Low and Slow Balsa ARF

Hobbyking has just announced a new balsa airframe with sport-scale lines and a 2-piece wing. The Pietenpol Aircamper is an homage to the garage-built kit designed by Bernie Pietenpol.

The Pietenpol Aircamper includes an epoxy painted cowl, aluminum wing struts and a carbon wing spar, and a generous hardware package. All electronics are required.

Pietenpol Air Camper - HobbyKing - Product Video (1 min 58 sec)


  • Wingspan: 1370mm
  • Length: 860mm
  • Weight: 1600g


  • 4 Channel Transmitter and Receiver
  • 3648 850kV Brushless Motor
  • 3S 11.1V 3000mAh Lipoly
  • 40A Brushless ESC
  • 2x 9g, 2x 17g Servos
  • Y-lead
  • 2x 500mm Servo Extensions

CLICK HERE for more info on the Hobbyking Pietenpol Aircamper

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Jul 15, 2015, 12:23 PM
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Is this a new one? Don't think I've run across it before.
A nice size and classic looks.
Wonder if it could be converted to engine power.
Jul 15, 2015, 01:08 PM
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This is not the type of plane i fly, but i'm really liking it.
I have always liked the looks of the Aircamper.
If i keep looking at this one, i'm sure i will weaken & buy one.
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Jul 15, 2015, 02:27 PM
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I like it! I have one the way today! Pietenpol all the way! I have built at least four of them from 1/4 scale on down to 20" wingspan! Man they will go fast!
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Jul 15, 2015, 02:38 PM
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Cool. Maybe we can kind of keep a thread going about this plane.
My interest in this type of home built go way back.
Great to see a model, pretty much to scale, of such a venerable old design.
Jul 15, 2015, 04:28 PM
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I just ordered one as well - nostalgia set in

Originally Posted by Joe Pierson
I like it! I have one the way today!
Add me to the list of flyers who will love this plane.

I had a gasser Pietenpol I built from a balsa kit purchased at Cellar Dweller way back about 40 some odd years ago when I lived in Winnipeg.

Many many enjoyable flights were had with that plane at the Winnipeg Radio Control Club flying site. That's where I earned my MAAC wings!

I imagine this new forum is going to get busy over the next year or so.
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Jul 15, 2015, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnFM
Is this a new one? Don't think I've run across it before.
A nice size and classic looks.
Wonder if it could be converted to engine power.
I would expect not. Since it was designed for electric I expect the structure is a bit too light for glow or gas power.

Jul 15, 2015, 08:12 PM
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Have to see when I have one in hand, but an airframe like this one can usually be strengthened without a lot of work.
Jul 16, 2015, 01:49 AM
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I like it! I have one the way today!
Jul 16, 2015, 03:32 AM
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Well that didn't take long....

Was looking at this last night and after thinking about it today ( I've got the electrics out of a Dynam Waco I converted to glow not doing anything) , I decided to pull the trigger but its already out of stock at USA West. Oh well, I'll just wait for the reviews and flight tests.

Jul 16, 2015, 03:12 PM
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Very nice looking kit! It's just missing a radiator. The last Air Camper I built was the Peck Polymers Pietenpol Peanut!

Try saying THAT 10 times fast!

EDIT: Did the original Air Camper use a engine/radiator combo out of a Model A?
Jul 16, 2015, 05:33 PM
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That is a Yes on the Model A Ford engine, here is a link to one for you to check out!
Jul 16, 2015, 07:10 PM
build, fly, crash, repeat ...
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that's a nice looking plane, it will be interesting to see what mods you people make to it
Jul 16, 2015, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnFM
Is this a new one? Don't think I've run across it before.
A nice size and classic looks.
Wonder if it could be converted to engine power.
Hi John,
Yes, brand new. The structure, while light, is actually pretty rugged so might not need a ton of reinforcement, but not sure if you could get the fuel tank quite high enough in there for proper fuel draw.

To clarify the original post, the aluminum struts are the cabane struts holding the wing to the fuselage. The lift struts are not aluminum, they are a light weight plywood.

As they are not functional struts, and you guys want relatively easy assembly, the ends use the flexible CA hinge material. This means you can unbolt the wing from the fuselage, un-do the struts from the fuse, but leave them on the wing..and just fold them against the wing for easier transport.

Like Joe Pierson....This is the 4th different Pietenpol model.....size of Pietenpol I should say, that I've had. I've probably built 20 of them over the years.

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Jul 16, 2015, 08:02 PM
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i figured you had to have a hand in this one Paul
great job, let me know next time your visiting, love to catch up.

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