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In pursuit of the ultimate gymnasium flyer? We are now happy to bring you a new classic DiddleBugs™ plane. We gave this one a new swoopy lines - and a sporty mid mounted wing and incorporated a bunch of great feedback from you, our customers. Enjoy!
The DiddleRod™ was derived directly from our hugely successful DiddleBug™. The DiddleRod features all of the flight characteristics you loved about the DiddleBug™ wrapped in a classic mid-wing racer package. We have even added a place for you to put a pilot in this one! Designed with the beginner in mind. The DiddleRod™ introduces the new hobbyist to working with balsa, covering, and control setup in a non-threatening manner.
Beginners will appreciate this affordable design, simple single surface wing, low parts count, and self jigging fuselage that builds straight every time. The gentle handling DiddleRod™ will not spin and stalls are always clean, predictable, and straight ahead. Slow speed, wide flight envelope, and forgiving handling keeps the new pilot from trouble and the low mass, durable, all balsa construction makes encounters with the ground a non-event. Should you find your DiddleRod requires repair; damage is easily fixed at the field in seconds with thin CA glue.
Advanced pilots will enjoy relaxing low and close in flying encounters with their DiddleRod™ The DiddleRod's retro old-timer design echoes fond memories of childhood free flight models. The clean lines, small size, and flight characteristics will garner all sorts of attention wherever you and your DiddleRod go!
Enter the world of Micro / Indoor flight with conventional R/C gear. The high quality, affordable, RC system used in the DiddleRod™ is easily transported to more advanced models, micro and parkfliers, as your skills develop. Stevens AeroModel offers indoor/backyard pylon and aerobatic models that make extensive use of the DiddleRod's flight pack so you won't have to purchase your electronics all over again when you are ready to move on.
Kit includes: Full size rolled plans, push rods, landing gear, wheels, and motor mount. See our list of suggested products for completing your DiddleRod™ at the bottom of this page.
Never before has a servo so small delivered so big. The HS-35HD Ultra Nano servo offers unprecedented durability thanks to our exclusive Metal-Karbonite™ gear train. Delivering maximum performance at minimum weight, the HS-35HD is destined to become an industry favorite. Its long life and uniquely engineered gear train will make it one of the most reliable and efficient “tiny” servos on the market. The HS-35HD is perfect for micro 3D and sport aircraft as well as many small helicopters.
Ultra-Light Weight Nano Size
Long Life Potentiometer
Metal Karbonite™ Gear Train
Multi-directional Servo Cable Joint
ZAP CA Is the thinnest CA in the ZAP product line. The penetrating or wicking ability of this glue makes it a favorite of modelers around the world. Balsa wood is bonded almost instantaneously, with the glue sometimes traveling several inches into the parts.
SUPERIOR PENETRATING FORMULA
SUPER THIN - WATER LIKE CONSISTENCY
BONDS AND CURES IN 1 TO 5 SECONDS
WORKS ON MOST MATERIALS
ZAP-A-GAP CA+ Is the best selling instant glue in the world. The ability to bond virtually anything to anything with consistency unequaled by any other brand makes it the favorite adhesive across many varied disciplines. Widely used throughout the hobby industry, it is the absolute best and most consistent performing glue for model building and crafting. Wood, plastic, metal, glass, ceramic, fabric, rubber, fiberglass, carbon fiber, or any combination of, ZAP-A-GAP CA+ can help solve many tough bonding problems.
SUPERIOR GAP FILLING FORMULA
MEDIUM VISCOSITY ALLOWS APPROXIMATELY 7 TO 10 SECONDS FOR PART POSITIONING
AVERAGE OF 20 SECONDS FOR CURING
WORKS ON OILY SURFACES
USE ZIP KICKER TO ACCELERATE CURE TIME
Flexi-Tips by ZAP brand CA glues fine tip is suitable for thin and medium weight CA and allows for Smaller Drops, Precision Application, Extension into hard-to-reach areas, Maximum use of bottle. Universal! fits most brand's CA bottles.
This a great little item. Sanding block is made from very high density foam and features fine 240 and extrafine 120 grit papers. This block won't deform and cause waves in your project like those cheap hardware store sanding sponges.
AeroLITE (SOLITE) Navy Blue, 11 in. x 27.5 in. (275mm x 700mm). Folded package.
Ultra light iron-on self-adhesive film (polypropylene) for electric indoor and micro model aircraft. Now offered in convenient PatchPak size; just the right amount for repair jobs, trim, or covering our micro and ultra-micro model aircraft kits. Transparent colors weigh only 20 grammes per square meter (0.60 ounces per square yard). 'Solid' colors are only slightly heavier. Weights include color and adhesive.
Film is folded into packages not rolled. Minor creases from packaging will readily iron out as film is applied to model.
Well my Diddle Rod is still flying years later. During some bad landings I managed to smash the nose a couple of times and tear one wing inhalf. After carefully fixing her up after these mishaps she is still flying as pretty as ever. Every time I take it out to the field I get comments on how pretty the Diddle Rod looks and how well it flys, and this is from the big 4 and 5 channel guys! The Diddle Rod still is a great ambassador for StevensAero!
Andreas Sundt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Just read the next above. This is pure fun to build and fly together with my CAP 232 40E
Paul Jessel (email@example.com)
Well after months of procrastination I finally finished my DiddleRod and....It flew off the drawing board! Having only flown free flight gas models and RC vectored thrust toys this was my first true RC airplane. After a little trim adjustment I had no trouble controlling it in the air. I was able to fly clean race track patterns and figure eight's. I built her very light ( 2.63 oz. ) and was able to fly very slowly at less than half throttle. The140mh lipo battery I used kept her up approximately 10 minutes. The DiddleRod performed exactly as advertised, as a perfect beginner's airplane and a gentile flyer. It was love at first flight!
On my second flight I got a little cocky and put the plane into dives and did several loops and a hammerhead stall. All maneuvers were clean and straight ahead, the loops being nice and round. The only problem I noticed was that when the plane reached a certain high speed the wings picked up a flutter. Clearly I was flying outside the DiddleRod's flight envelope. The long thin glider type wings meant for slow speeds are not meant for fast. There was no damage done to the plane during this flight but I suspect that I could over time cause the wing covering to come loose and lose lift in the middle of a flight! I
I still love the plane, but I had never been able to do stunts before, all my toy plane flying being low and slow and relaxing. I love the Steven's Aero retro designs on their Diddle Bugs, and seeing videos of the new LiddleRod with the wider clipped wings doing stunts I thought WoW! I was bitten with what you could really do with a little airplane. Unfortunately I'm not ready to move into micro aircraft right now as all my gear is traditional 72 mz which was given to me along with small RX's and speed controls perfect for the Diddle Designs. Sooo... here is a question. Is it possible for you to scale up the LiddleRod to the same scale as the DiddleRod and offer it as a kit?
As a new r/c modeler, I don't have that much experience yet with flying planes. All of the planes that I have been flying previously have been free flight rubber powered models which have all been low and slow flying. The Diddlerod, with its large wing area and low weight, has been an excellent choice for an introduction to the hobby because of its slow flying speed and gentle handling characteristics. The fact that all of the parts are laser cut and extremely well designed made the plane extremely easy and a joy to assembled rather than a chore which some of my other models have turned into. The plane really is everything that it's billed to be. I'm glad I decided to buy one.
I just built the BuzzBomb 400 and test flew it. Building it was really enjoyable because of the precisely cut parts and detailed instructions. The plane flew just as you said it would. It floats through the air with the greatest of ease and will b...
— Mark U.
Some of the best plan details I have seen with clear instructions. The laser cut balsa is a dream to work with as the parts fits perfectly with no adjustments needed. (I remember the balsa kits I worked with in my younger days with pins and glu...
— George Grueber
I've just finished building the Micro Hergt Monoplane, which is the 2nd of your kits that I've built. Based on the quality of the 1st kit, the Puddle Bug, I've bought several others. I am seriously impressed with the level of engineering that has ...
— Don Rice
…put together your Folkker DVII went well on assembly and flew even better in the air no bad habits or tendencies thanks guys, Dave in Cali.
— david duff
I just flew the Helium MG-3 for the first time today, and it was a great success. It was my first build, although I do have a lot of woodworking experience. The kit went together perfectly and the instructions were excellent throughout. It was a r...
— Julian Behrisch Elce
I have been trading your (micro) kits to a young man (12 years old) for yard work. I think I've created a new model builder !!! He loves it. Another friend, who only flew 3/D worked together with me building your "Helium MG2" glider. We couldn...
— Norm Smith
Great kits, great customer service, great times flying!!!
— Gabriel Matheny
The instructions and kit quality are excellent and as a complete novice builder I had no trouble following them and completing the build.
— Ross Brown
I bought a SHAFT 400 and had a great time building it. Flying it for about a year… Lots of fun. Great plane. Love it!
— Fred Carrigan
I have to say that the MBP program is one of the best hobby investments I have made.