Mini Telemaster

Mini Telemaster

A Big Thank You to Larry Kruse for such a detailed review of our Mini Telemaster
and Flying Models Magazine for sharing the photographs. www.flying-models.com

The long-used advertising adage, “Nothing flies like a Telemaster!” apparently can be scaled up or down and still be true if the latest lasercut version of the Mini Telemaster, Kit V2, is an indication of the veracity of the statement. Differing structurally from previous kits and ARFs of this 45-inch wing span version of the plane, Hobby Lobby called upon Jon Valentine of Top Notch Products Company to do the re-engineering and the laser-cutting of this updated edition.

The re-engineering of the new V2 kit features laser-cut interlocking parts, including the forward fuselage, wing ribs, wing tips and sheeting, a ply battery tray, firewall, and a cleverly designed forward hatch that eliminates the need to remove the wing to replace the flight battery. The first thing that strikes you as you open the utilitarian brown cardboard box is the excellent quality of the wood and the very precise laser-cutting throughout. Top Notch Products Company is to be congratulated on the execution of the re-engineering and cutting process undertaken for Hobby Lobby. Having had experience with several of Jon Valentine’s models, I can tell you his fingerprints are all over this one—and to a very positive effect.

tele2The building instructions
Normally, the first thing I do in reviewing a kit is to read the instruction manual thoroughly and try to mentally measure how easily the manual can be followed by the intended audience. In this case, the intended audience is a modeler who may be transitioning from experience with RTF (Readyto- Fly) or ARF (Almost-Ready-to Fly) to his or her first kit build, or a modeler who is just entering the hobby. On the positive side, my assessment is that by following the step-by-step illustrated building instructions, a beginning modeler will be successful in putting together an attractive model with a straight, strong (yet light) framework—again a compliment to Jon Valentine and his crew. Having said that, the beginning modeler would be well-advised to enlist the aid of an experienced modeler for such tasks as installing the radio and power system, covering the model, and setting it up to fly. Now, it well may be that I received one of the prototype instruction booklets and there may well have been an expansion of the instructions since then, but those areas noted above were not addressed in the instruction booklet that accompanied the kit I received to construct and review.

tele3Building the model
The fuselage is put together with the aid of “registration pins” consisting of two 21⁄2- inch nails and two fiber blocks. These very helpful tools make laminating the forward part of the fuselage an easy and accurate task and assist in squarely gluing the doublers in place. The registration holes in the fuselage are a bit disconcerting initially, but if the model is covered with an opaque covering material they will be concealed. Since I chose to use transparent UltraCote Lite, they can be seen in the photos of the completed plane. I take comfort in the fact that when the plane is 100 feet in the air, no one will notice! The ply formers, battery tray, and firewall snap in place very accurately on one fuselage side, and then the second fuselage side is simply set in place over the substructure. Once the fuselage “box” is formed, the laser cut tail pieces and the landing gear mount can be installed very precisely in their precut slots and glued in place. The two-piece wire landing gear fits accurately into the provided holes and is clamped in place with laser-cut ply straps screwed to the landing gear mount plate.

These alignment tools, consisting of a right triangle and two

These alignment tools, consisting of a right triangle and two “register pin” assemblies are supplied as part of the kit and are useful in creating an accurately assembled model.

The tail surfaces are built over the plan with a combination of laser-cut pieces and excellent quality balsa strip wood. The control horns for the tail are laser-cut from 1⁄16- inch ply and fit precisely into pre-cut slots in the rudder and the elevator. The tail wheel assembly was a bit different. The tail wheel wire was not pre-fabricated and had to be bent from a piece of .047 wire according to the plan and then inserted and epoxied into the rudder. The provided soft foam tail wheel blank (approximately 3⁄32 inch thick) was to be faced with two small ply bushings and then placed on the axle portion of the tail wheel wire. Neither the instructions nor the plans addressed how the wheel pieces were to be held together in any substantial fashion, so after a couple of tries with different types of glue, I simply discarded it and used a spare plastic tail wheel I had on hand, holding it in place with a small wheel collar. The eRC BL450S motor was an easy mount since elongated holes for several sizes of motors are pre-cut into the firewall. The plans call for the firewall to be braced on the front with cheek doublers. Being a “belt and suspenders” kind of guy, I added triangular stock to the rear as well, and fed the motor leads into the ESC/battery compartment through an elongated horizontal slot cut provided in the bottom of the firewall. The ESC/battery hatch is a clever hook and magnet affair that clicks into place with a satisfying sound and makes into a horizontally split windscreen by being faired into the fuselage top block. The hatch is assembled from laser-cut ply and does show its slot and tab construction through the transparent covering. A clubmate, seeing the assembly from a short distance away, said it looked like it had been stapled together.

These alignment tools, consisting of a right triangle and two

These alignment tools, consisting of a right triangle and two “register pin” assemblies are supplied as part of the kit and are useful in creating an accurately assembled model.

As in the case of the registration holes mentioned earlier, that will not be a problem if opaque covering is used, however. The wing is nicely engineered to be both strong and warp-free, but does not sacrifice lightness in order to do so. The only unusual features are the use of vertical spar webs, diagonal truss rib bracing and top sheeting— all on a relatively small wing to keep it strong, light and straight. Built carefully, the wing should present no problems, even to a first-time builder, since the two panels are both completed before they are joined together by a center ply rib and two locating dowels. I liked the precut “hook” on front of the center ply rib that slips very accurately into a slot in the front fuselage former. The wing is held to the fuselage by the hook in the front and two long nylon bolts at the rear. With the joining of the two wing panels, the manual states, “This concludes the wing assembly.” Unfortunately, it also concludes the manual, with the exception of three additional pages listing parts and hardware.

Finishing the model
As noted earlier, I chose UltraCote Lite “Transparent Red” as the base covering in order to show the structure and accented the base color with white trim and black window panels. Prior to covering the model, however, all of the power train and radio components were installed, along with the provided wire pushrods to the rudder and elevator. I had a spare R2006GS receiver for my T6HJ 2.4Ghz S-FHSS transmitter so I decided to use what I had available and couple the radio to two Tower Pro SG 90 9-
gram Micro Servos and the eRC 25A Brushless ESC provided as part of the review. Not having used such a sophisticated program-formable ESC before, I was interested in its capabilities. It can be programmed either by transmitter throttle sticks or the optional LED programming card (ERCE02). I chose to use the card and had a lot of fun with it trying out all sorts of combinations available for motor timing and “soft” acceleration; braking settings; voltage cut-off thresholds; and reversing the motor rotation (just for the heck of it!). To use the card, you just plug the ESC receiver wire into the right socket on the top edge of the programmer, then plug the battery into the ESC. After about a 2-second delay, you can press the button for the function you wish to change and then press the “Value” button to cycle through the list of available settings for that function, all shown on the card’s LED screen. Exploring all of the settings available from all of the functions gives an almost bewildering combination of choices. Fortunately, you can also return all of the functions to the factory defaults by simply pressing the “Reset” button. I finally chose a “soft” start, a low voltage cut-off, and a “soft” braking function as the starting places for the ESC. After the plane was covered, the rudder and stab were hinged with DuBro Electric Flyer Hinge Tape, a very simple and easy way to hinge small non-glow powered planes. The stab was hinged on the top and the rudder on the right side. The control horns were routed onto the wire pushrods and then epoxied into place in the slot provided on the respective surfaces.

Here the two supplied

Here the two supplied “register pins” are used to accurately seat the laser-cut landing gear mount bracket.

Flight performance
There’s really not a lot to comment on here, because as noted in the opening paragraph, the plane flies like a Telemaster. Since there was no c.g. location specified in the manual or on the plans, I balanced the plane on the wing spar, set the control throws as they were specified on the plan, and took the plane to our club field for its maiden flight. I really liked the “soft” start afforded by the programmed ESC as the plane made a most realistic taxi and take-off into about a five mile per hour wind coming straight down the runway. As the plane lifted off, there was the usual readiness to make needed trim changes to correct the flight path. Not a single click of any kind of trim adjustment was made. The little plane was absolutely perfect. After about a six-minute flight with slow passes, the obligatory loop, touch-and-goes, a couple of rudder-induced stall turns, and many photos for this article, the plane was brought back to the runway with the prop barely turning over using the “soft” braking function. It made a beautiful wheel landing, dropped its tail and coasted to a stop right in front of me as the prop quit turning. It just doesn’t get any better than that! Hobby Lobby has provided the perfect transitional airplane for modelers wanting to bridge the gap between the world of RTFs, ARFs, and kit-built airplanes. The Mini-Telemaster V2 remains true to its long and extensive bloodline and will provide a satisfying building and flying experience for any modeler.

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The laser-cut ply sub-assembly (above left) is glued to the right half of the fuselage before being mated to the left side. The landing gear assembly (above right) is a laminate of a ply cap placed over a landing gear mount plate epoxied into slots in the fuselage. The landing gear wires go into slots in the landing gear bracket and are held in place by laser-cut ply straps screwed into the ply cap.
Each wing bolt mounting plate (below left) is made of very hard balsa and must be tapered to blend in with the trailing edge of each wing panel. The elongated wing bolt slots are a nice touch because finding the wing bolt anchor plates becomes a fishing expedition when the wing is in position to be bolted in place.
The elongated holes provide some visibility down into the fuselage. The wing is very well engineered for both strength and lightness by the use of diagonal truss ribs (below right) and vertical shear webbing.
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The wings are joined together after sheeting by epoxying the ply laminate wing spar into its slot. Small dowel locating pins (above left) align the center ply rib with both wing panels. The tail surfaces like the rudder shown here (above right) are a combination of laser-cut parts and strip wood pinned down and glued together over the plan. This construction makes the tail surfaces much lighter than solid sheet surfaces. The blue-headed “grip pins” are easy to use for this kind of assembly. They are available from Midwest Models and can be found at local hobby shops or on-line from major modeling retailers.
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The ESC is attached to the fuselage side (above left) with hook and loop
material and the motor has been mounted using socket mounting bolts and blind nuts glued to the back of the firewall. The selected APC 9–6 electric prop (above right) proved to be a perfect match to the eRC BL450S motor. With this combination the plane flies easily on less than half power, adding significantly to its flight duration using a Power Wing 2S 2100 mAh 20C Li-Po battery.
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This top view shows the little plane’s Telemaster heritage (above, at left). UltraCote white was used for the accent trim. The UltraCote Lite transparent red reveals the well-engineered, light framework. Flying weight was a shade over 22 ounces. Three-quarter front views of the finished plane (at left) resting on Larry’s
driveway, ready for its maiden flight. The Mini-Telemaster doing what it does best (above). It is a delightful flyer, docile in all respects, and perfect for relaxed flying sessions.
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New version of the Mini Telemaster Kit, Pilot-1s and Phoenix

Pilot-1 27% Scale Stinson 108 ARF, Blue/CreamPilot-1 27% Scale Stinson 108 ARF, Blue/Cream

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Hobby Express Introduces New Version of Mini Telemaster KitHobby Express Introduces New Version of Mini Telemaster Kit

This new Mini Telemaster Kit provides an easy to build RC model airplane that includes one laser cut model, full size plans, photo-illustrated instructions, bent wire main landing gear, tail wheel and all hardware.
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Hobby Express Introduces New Version of Mini Telemaster Kit

Hobby company has carried Telemaster products since its inception in 1964

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Brentwood, Tenn. (January 30, 2014)— Hobby Express (formerly hobby-lobby.com, now at hobbyexpress.com), a hobby store that sells radio control airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and other hobby products in-store, catalog and online is proud to announce its latest product, the Mini Telemaster Kit Version Two.

This new Mini Telemaster Kit provides an easy to build RC model airplane that includes one laser cut model, full size plans, photo-illustrated instructions, bent wire main landing gear, tail wheel and all hardware.

Since the company’s inception in 1964 under the name Hobby Lobby International, Inc. (the company has since re-branded to become Hobby Express), the Telemaster series of RC model planes has been a favorite of hobby enthusiasts.

“We have a long tradition of providing only the best quality products to our customers. That tradition really started with the Telemaster,” said Mark A. Cleveland, CEO and owner of Hobby Express. “This is a product that has roots back to the 1960’s, so it’s been around just about as long as this company. The Telemaster has certainly been impactful during our first 50 years in business and we know it will be for the second, too, starting with this new version.”

 

In its first 50 years of business as Hobby Lobby International, Inc., Hobby Express manufactured and sold thousands of Telemaster models to consumers.

 

“We pride ourselves on being at the leading edge of innovation in the hobby arena,” said Kurt Cleveland, president of Hobby Express. “This new version of the Mini Telemaster is a great example of how we’re constantly working to grow our product line and our technology, always with our customers at top of mind.”

Currently Hobby Express has Telemasters of multiple sizes and price points available for consumers to purchase. To learn more about Hobby Express and the Mini Telemaster Kit V2, visit http://www.hobbyexpress.com

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About Hobby Express

For 50 years, Hobby Express has delivered the best model hobby products, from radio control airplanes, helicopters, cars and boats, trains and track landscaping, together with tools, paints and accessories, to customers around the world. Our catalog, website and store in Nashville, Tennessee offers any hobby enthusiast the information and technical support needed with top quality products delivered at very competitive prices. For more information visit http://www.hobbyexpress.com.

 

Media Contacts:

Nikki Trojanowski (Dittoe PR for Hobby Express) – 317.202.2280 x.25 or nikki@dittoepr.com

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TELEMASTER THE STORY OF THE MODEL PLANE

Hobby Express has been in business for 50 years. The company started under the name Hobby Lobby International, Inc. in 1964. Fifty years later, we have a brand new name and website, but the same core values and commitment to bringing customers the greatest hobby products around!

The first Telemaster - Neal Davis 1-23-2014A big part of this company’s history is our Telemaster model airplanes and kits. We’ve always said, “Nothing flies like a Telemaster,” and that’s because it’s true! The Telemaster has played a pivotal role in our past and will certainly continue to play a pivotal role in our future. For now, we want to take a look back at this fan favorite model airplane and share a bit more about its long and acclaimed history.

It’s believed that the first Telemaster was designed back in 1967 or so by acclaimed German model designer Karl-Heinz Denzin, who was employed by Alexander Engel, the model producer. At first, there were just three sizes: standard, senior and junior. Each size brought about fun for the owners and each were gas-powered. In 1973, Joseph Bridi simplified the original Telemaster design for kits that are sold here at Hobby Express today. This redesign included the same outlines and plans, but used aluminum sheet gear in some kits and also had a steerable tail wheel. Other changes were made to the wing, using strip ailerons and stingers on top and bottom wings instead of sheeting. 1973 was also the year in which former owner of Hobby Lobby, Jim Martin, obtained the rights to the Telemaster and the popularity of the plane took off both in the U.S. and overseas soon after.

Throughout the years there have been standard 70 inch wingspan Telemasters, to the 96 inch senior and even a 12 foot version still available today. Here’s a look at Hobby Express employee Neal Davis carrying one of the first ever Telemasters. You can see it’s quite large, especially for its time and is finished with a striking stripe of blue. Most model planes in the 1960’s were smaller than six feet long. The Telemasters are also quite lightweight, but they are designed to carry varying sizes of loads.

Telemasters employ a classic look with great curvature, some with the feel of a military plane. The design of the Telemaster has really withstood the test of time, but one major change throughout the years was the way it was powered. The model pictured is gas powered. Years after the Telemaster launched , the Hobby Lobby Electric Motor was introduced. Brushless motor technology has revolutionized the RC arena and Hobby Express is proud to be at the forefront of the movement. We were first to enter electric flight with the Telemaster and have continued to be on the leading edge of clean, electric power. Many hobbyists have applauded the way the Telemaster flies with its electric motor.

Telemasters in flight are extremely smooth and very steady. Hobby connoisseurs will be impressed by the ease of us in the air. Watching a Telemaster land is something exciting to see; the flaperons allow the plane to appear to hover over the ground before it lands. Flying and landing the Telemaster is something that is fairly simple when compared to other model airplanes on the market, so novice to experienced hobbyists can enjoy them. Assembly is also straightforward and can be accomplished with ease. While the Telemaster is not known to be an aerobatic plane (though it can handle a loop or two), its other attributes make it quite appealing. The Telemaster has been known to be a great option for aerial photography and can tug light loads.

When it comes to price, the Telemaster has been a great value in all of its years. In its early years, the Telemasters were priced as individual parts. These days, various kit sizes ranging in price from 50 dollars to more than one-thousand dollars for the 12 foot model.

Telemaster 12 Foot Mark ClevelandTelemasters are now available in several shapes and sizes, with each boasting the ability to bring users a new level of ease and precision. The 12 foot Telemaster ARF is our largest, while our newest product, the Mini Telemaster Kit V2 is our smallest with a wingspan of 45”. This kit provides an easy to build RC model airplane that includes one laser cut model, full size plans, photo-illustrated instructions, bent wire main landing gear, tail wheel and all hardware.

For hobby enthusiasts, the Telemaster models have become a favorite, classic model plane option. Hundreds of modelers have had their first successful flying experience with a Telemaster and many beginners have successfully flown a Telemaster 40 without assistance. Those looking for a smooth flying plane will enjoy the beauty and classic look of the Telemaster.

 

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF TELEMASTER PRODUCTS

Hobby-Lobby-Catalog-1966This year is very special for Hobby Express for many reasons. Most importantly, it’s our Golden Anniversary! The company started under the name Hobby Lobby International, Inc. in 1964. Fifty years later, we have a brand new name and website, but the same core values and commitment to bringing customers the greatest hobby products around!

A big part of this company’s history is our Telemaster model airplanes and kits. We’ve always said, “Nothing flies like a Telemaster,” and that’s because it’s true! Hobby Express has sold thousands of Telemasters over the years. It’s believed that the first Telemaster was designed back in 1967 or so by acclaimed German model designer Karl-Heinz Denzin. Certainly, there have been changes along the way!

telemaster1Telemasters are now available in several shapes and sizes, with each boasting the ability to bring users a new level of ease and precision. The 6 foot Telemaster Electro ARF V2 is our largest, while our newest product, the Mini Telemaster Kit V2 is our smallest with a wingspan of 45”. This kit provides an easy to build RC model airplane that includes one laser cut model, full size plans, photo-illustrated instructions, bent wire main landing gear, tail wheel and all hardware.

telemaster2For hobby enthusiasts, the Telemaster models have become a favorite, classic model plane option. Hundreds of modelers have had their first successful flying experience with a Telemaster and many beginners have successfully flown a Telemaster 40 without assistance. Those looking for a smooth flying plane will enjoy the beauty and classic look of the Telemaster.

During all of our 50 years in business, we’ve focused on providing the most innovative and fun hobby products. The Telemaster has come a long way over the years and we expect even more innovation in the years to come! Telemasters have been a huge part of our first 50 years in business and we’re excited to have them be a huge part of our future, too!

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Zoomers & Blades, Celebrating 50 Years

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Hobby Express Celebrates Golden Anniversary, Looks Back at 50 Years in Business

celebrate_50-Years-HE-HLHobby company recently rebranded, is looking forward to continued product innovation in 2014 Read more.

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Hobby Express Celebrates Golden Anniversary, Looks Back at 50 Years in Business

Celebrating 50 YearsBrentwood, Tenn. (January 14, 2014)— Hobby Express (formerly hobby-lobby.com, now at hobbyexpress.com), a hobby store that sells radio control airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and other hobby products in-store, catalog and online is celebrating 50 years of business in 2014.

formerly Hobby Lobby International, the company recently rebranded and is looking forward to continued product innovation in 2014

In its first 50 years of business as Hobby Lobby International, Inc., Hobby Express manufactured and sold thousands of hobby products on the leading edge of innovation in hobby technology. Hobby Express was first to enter electric flight, when gas and go engines were the standard.

“At Hobby Express, we’re proud of our reputation for service and reliability,” said Mark A. Cleveland, CEO and owner of Hobby Express. “As we celebrate our golden anniversary, we’re happy to reflect on our long history of success while looking ahead to bold new products that will bring consumers even more joy for years to come.”

Hobby Express is wrapping up a year of both growth and change. In late 2013, the company rebranded to become Hobby Express, leaving its original name, Hobby Lobby International, Inc., behind in order to avoid brand confusion with a popular craft store of the same name. In addition, the company named Kurt Cleveland as its new president. He previously served as chief information officer for Hobby Express.

Looking ahead to 2014, Hobby Express will continue providing innovative and reliable hobby products to share the fun with consumers. The priority is expanding and developing some of the company’s top selling products in its first 50 years including:

Telemaster: A model airplane used for training and fun, the first Telemaster was built around 1967. Since its inception, the easy to fly RC plane has been made available in multiple different sizes (including a Mini, 6 foot and 12 foot Giant) and used for training, UAVs and aerial photography.

eRC Airplanes: With multiple price points and styles, eRC airplanes have been longtime favorites of consumers, no matter the skill level.

eRC Controllers: eRC offers incredible value with its high performance programmable brushless speed controllers for eRC airplanes.

Pilot 1: This is the finest golden age scale aircraft on the market. Pilot 1 planes capture the look and excitement of classic planes and combine race looks with sport flyer handling that is easy to build and fly.

 

“We have spent the last 50 years helping families and friends make memories centered around our products,” says Kurt Cleveland, president of Hobby Express. “Our customers have been so amazingly positive on our brand change.  This is truly humbling and makes us even more excited for more innovation in the next 50.”

To learn more about Hobby Express, visit http://www.hobbyexpress.com.

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About Hobby Express

For 50 years, Hobby Express has delivered the best model hobby products, from radio control airplanes, helicopters, cars and boats, trains and track landscaping, together with tools, paints and accessories, to customers around the world. Our catalog, website and store in Nashville, Tennessee offers any hobby enthusiast the information and technical support needed with top quality products delivered at very competitive prices. For more information visit http://www.hobbyexpress.com.

Media Contacts:

Nikki Trojanowski (Dittoe PR for Hobby Express) – 317.202.2280 x.25 or nikki@dittoepr.com

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Hexcopter, Speed Controls, New President, Motors, Lights

Hextreme FPV HexacopterHextreme FPV Hexacopter

Extreme quality, Fun to assemble and fly
The Hextreme comes in one box and is highly pre-packaged. We’ve included our highly regarded eRC BL480 motors and our eRC 25A “Rapid Drive” multi rotor speed controllers in the package.
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300 Size Brushless Outrunner 1400KvCheck out our assortment of eRC motors!

Quality brushless outrunners at a budget price.
There is a motor for almost any airplane from a parkflyer up to a.60 size glow model.
Get em’ here

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ERC-Rapid DriveeRC Speed Controls

Rapid Drive ESC’s for Multi Rotor Copters Only. Standard ESC’s for Airplane and Helicopter applications. Programmers, BEC Units and more!
Take your pick!

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Blue flexible LED strip 1MFlexible LED Strips for night time Fun!

These high-density LED light strips are super bright and easy to use. There are 60 LED’s per strip. The strips have adhesive on the back and are flexible, which makes them super easy to attach to airplanes, helicopters, multi rotor copters, or just about anything for that matter.
Only $7.99

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Kurt Cleveland President Hobby Express Micro Telemaster & Multi Rotor Drone CopterKurt Cleveland named new President of Hobby Express

Kurt Cleveland has worked with Hobby Express since 2008 when the company (then known as Hobby Lobby International, Inc.) was purchased by his brother, Mark Cleveland. Kurt began work with the company as a technology consultant, but eventually transitioned into the role of chief information officer.
Read more.

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Kurt Cleveland named new President of Hobby Express

Kurt Cleveland President Hobby Express Micro Telemaster & Multi Rotor Drone CopterBrentwood, Tenn.(December 30, 2013)Hobby Express (formerly hobby-lobby.com, now at hobbyexpress.com), a 50-year-old hobby store that sells radio control airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and other hobby products in-store, catalog and online is pleased to announce Kurt Cleveland as the company’s new president.

Kurt Cleveland has worked with Hobby Express since 2008 when the company (then known as Hobby Lobby International, Inc.) was purchased by his brother, Mark Cleveland. Kurt began work with the company as a technology consultant, but eventually transitioned into the role of chief information officer.

Entering its 50th year of business in 2014, Hobby Express provides radio control airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats, trains and the tools, paint and accessories that go along with them. Hobby Express is the proud innovator behind the Telemaster model airplane series, a staple at model fields around the world for more than 40 years.

“With deep experience in business information systems, business leadership and entrepreneurism, Kurt was the obvious choice for the job,” said Mark Cleveland, CEO and owner of Hobby Express. “When he first joined the team, Kurt was working from our Oregon hometown, but he’s now ready and excited to dedicate himself to Hobby Express full time here in Tennessee. As we continue to unveil new, innovative technology, I’m confident Kurt will be an asset in our growth.”

Previous to joining Hobby Express, Kurt served as president of Sentinel Edge, Inc., an access control and security business, as well as DolphinIO, Inc., where he provided messaging and television control solutions for county jails. Kurt also contributed more than thirteen years to Hewlett-Packard managing systems and engineering.

“Radio control technology and capabilities evolve constantly,” said Kurt Cleveland. “It’s my goal to keep Hobby Express on the leading edge of technology in order to continue to grow and deliver fun and excitement to every generation of RC enthusiast. I’m extremely excited to grow along with Hobby Express as we continue to help families and individuals alike have fun, build, repair and experience all that RCs have to offer.”

Kurt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Linfield College.

To learn more about Hobby Express, visit the store at: http://www.hobbyexpress.com.

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About Hobby Express

For 50 years, Hobby Express has delivered the best model hobby products, from radio control airplanes, helicopters, cars and boats, trains and track landscaping, together with tools, paints and accessories, to customers around the world. Our catalog, website and store in Nashville, Tennessee offers any hobby enthusiast the information and technical support needed with top quality products delivered at very competitive prices. For more information visit http://www.hobbyexpress.com.

Media Contacts:

Nikki Trojanowski (Dittoe PR for Hobby Express) – 317.202.2280 x.25 or nikki@dittoepr.com

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