Great Planes Model Manufacturing

Company Overview

Great Planes Model Manufacturing of Champaign, Illinois, USA (now part of Hobby Corporation of America), is among the world's largest radio-controlled model manufacturers and distributors as part of Hobbico, Incorporated.

The company was founded in 1982 by mechanical engineer Don Anderson in response to what were, at the time, poorly made radio control aircraft kits.

Prior to the company's founding, no machinery specifically for cutting model aircraft parts had ever been designed. Great Planes became the first company of its type to create such machines which utilized computer-aided drafting to create airframes with interlocked construction.
Further assisting the company in their product development is Great Planes' in-house research and development team, composed of active hobbyists, experienced builders and champion RC pilots.
In addition to a line of aircraft kits, Great Planes also markets a line of hardware and accessories (e.g., battery chargers) for radio controlled models in general.
Until the later part of the 1990s, they were Kyosho's sole US distributor until they decided to start their own distribution network.
Company History
  • In 1971 Tower Hobbies was founded by Bruce Holecek.
  • In 1972 Great Planes Model Distributors was founded by Don Anderson.
  • Hobbico was started in 1985 when Tower Hobbies was combined with Great Planes Model Distributors to form Hobbico, Inc.
  • In November 2005 the company became a 100% employee-owned ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan).
  • In May 2007 Hobbico acquired Revell-Monogram, famous maker of Revell plastic model kits.