There are many sources of R/C equipment. The first source should be your local hobby shop. In Waterloo, that's HobbyTown at 2204 Kimball Ave, Waterloo, IA 50702. They carry electric powered aircraft, drones, Spektrum transmitters & receivers, batteries, fuel, adhesives and building supplies. If they don't have it in the store, they can order it for you with delivery in a couple of days.
Another choice for R/C equipment in Iowa is Hobby Haven in Des Moines, IA (Phone 800-697-1213 to order) - one day delivery to Cedar Falls.
SIG Manufacturing is based in Montezuma, IA. They make and distribute R/C aircraft ARFs & Kits, fuel, bulk balsa and R/C accessories. Sig products can be purchased online or from a SIG retailer. You can also purchase items at the factory in Montezuma and save shipping costs.
There are some things that cannot be found or have a limited selection in Iowa. For those items, you need to go to the Internet. To help you find those unusual things, we've compiled the following list.
Online Stores in alphabetic order
(These stores carry a wide range of R/C products and are not listed in the specialty retailer section.)
Note: When ordering from Bang-good or HobbyKing, you can specify warehouse location. If you order from Hong Kong, your order can take anywhere from one week to several weeks due to shipping times and US Customs clearance. Ordering from a US warehouse has normal shipping times of one week or less.
Specialty R/C Retailers - these companies carry a variety of R/C items but are listed according to their primary products
Note: EDF = Electric Ducted Fan Jet
Batteries - A123 ( LiNP = Lithium NanoPhosphate)
Batteries - LiPo & LiFePO4
Bomb Release (RC bombs, not real bombs!)
Caddy & Tool Racks, Magnetic Latches, Ammo Box Racks
Carbon Fiber & Foam
Engines & parts
Fuel & Smoke Pumps
Radios (Transmitters & Receivers)
Retractable Landing Gear
Wiring & Switches
Stripped Glow Plug & Engine Repair