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Tech Notice

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Easy sport fun—with Formula I style.

A small homebuilt racer first seen in the 1940s, the Shoestring has since become a classic. Its simplicity made it a favorite with builders...its maneuverability appealed to fun-loving pilots. Those same qualities make the Great Planes Shoestring a standout among R/C models. With its top-quality ARF construction, the Shoestring offers easy 14-20 hour assembly, exciting aerobatics—and a distinctive look like few other models at the flight line.

  • Carefully constructed of select woods, durable fiberglass and brilliant Top Flite® MonoKote® film.

  • One-piece fiberglass cowl comes painted in two colors—and conceals most 2- and 4-stroke engines in the recommended range to preserve the scale outline.

  • Heavy-duty scale aluminum landing gear mounts easily from inside the fuselage—durable fiberglass wheel pants arrive factory-painted to match the model's trim.

  • Radio gear installs easily inside the spacious radio compartment. Dual aileron servos (one mounted in each wing half) simplify installation and boost precision and authority.

  • Canopy comes preformed for easy assembly, with the rear section factory-painted to match the fuselage.

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The Shoestring ARF has a nearly exact 1/4 scale outline, taken from original 3-view drawings. Assembly and performance are so straightforward, it's a fine third model and a great first scale plane. Decals, spinner and Great Planes brand hardware are all included.
wing cutaway pic
As this cutaway of its fully symmetrical wing illustrates, the Shoestring is constructed as well as any carefully built model kit—using top-quality balsa and Top Flite MonoKote covering film. At the flight line, no one would guess it's an ARF!

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"Some planes have been reproduced again and again as scale R/C models. Not the Shoestring—and that's why this famous Golden Age racer grabbed our designers' attention. Want a model that's easy to build, a blast to fly, and different? This is it!"

Don Anderson
Don Anderson
Great Planes Model Manufacturing

Stock Number: GPMA1325
Wingspan: 61.5 in (1560 mm)
Wing Area: 712.5 in² (46 dm²)
Length: 53 in (1345 mm)
Weight: 7 lb (3.2 kg)
Wing Loading: 25.9 oz/ft² (79 g/dm²)
Engine Required: 2-stroke .61 cu in (10 cc) or 4-stroke .91 cu in (15 cc)
Radio Required: 4-channel with 5 servos
Parts Listing - Product Manual