Rabid Models was started in 2006. At that time Marc and Steve were enjoying flying profile foamies at the indoor flying scene and started designing their own models of famous twin-engine warbirds using BlueCore fan-fold foam. We quickly filled out houses with foam and our friends said we were crazy, Foaming at the Mouth, so…. the rest is history!
Our kits are scale models of unique twin-engine warbirds, for the most part. Over these years profile model kits have lost popularity, but our models are still available because they (1) fly really well (2) they are unique, and (3) they are easy to build and relatively inexpensive. Most of our kits are laser-cut. These kits require assembly and painting – they all feature an undercambered wing design (instead of having flat wings) and a pull-pull control system. The “BlueCore” foam is 5mm fan-fold insulation with a plastic film on both sides. This product has pinholes and some waviness which is the nature of the product, but this is not noticeable from 2 feet away. Our models are lightweight and fly really well.
One of the unique things about RabidModels kits is that they come with an extremely detailed manual (written by someone who speaks English) which illustrates every step with large pictures! The manual was originally supplied on a CD and is now available in the “Cloud” for download by our customers. The idea is that you can use a laptop to display the manual while building the kit. This method also provides us to include all sorts of other stuff as well, such as files for printing paper decals, additional instructions, notes, pictures, videos, and so on. Our kits aren’t difficult to construct! But the manuals are REEEEEEAAALLY LOOOOONG. Have you ever purchased a kit that had a one-page instruction written in Chinglish and pictures that were 1-inch square and blurry? Yeah, we’re the opposite of that. The kit cost is $2.00. Our manuals are worth about $1000 in terms of the time it took to make them!
Most of our planes are scale models of twin-engined warbirds and come in three types. (1) the 28″ size models are all the same size and were designed to use inexpensive brushed “IPS” motors with 3″ or 4″ props. (2) The larger planes are all scaled to the same prop: a 3-bladed 9×7 and are designed for the famous “Blue Wonder” 1300kV brushless motor. (3) We have some other planes that are designed specifically for a 10-gm brushless motor and 5″ 3-bladed props, such as the C47 and the 4-engine bombers. Surprise – we have a 4th category with some special planes that don’t fit anywhere else (jets and others)! And with a few notable exceptions, all of our planes are designed to be lightweight and fly in a scale-like manner – meaning they are not really fast and fly best in calm conditions. They are all as close to scale as we can make them.
We do a good business with adhesive products. Not all the available adhesives are shown on this web site – you can also find them on ebay in the Rabid Models store. (post link here) We also sell the accessories for our kits (but not radio equipment or batteries) and we have a large variety of carbon fiber products but its very difficult to ship them (we sell a lot of CF at local shows).
We are located in NE Ohio USA in the Cleveland-Akron area. All of our kits are designed and manufactured by us, packaged by us, and all the adhesive products are made in the USA as well. We do not have a store, we are a 100% on-line business. We accept bribes and tips.
Please see our “DISCLAIMER” page.
Our products do not have any mind-control microchips inside them, but many of our customers are crazy about them!