There are no hobby shops in Waterloo or Cedar Falls.


McCumber's R/C Hobby House is in Waverly, IA.  They carry R/C cars, helicopters and drones.  Check their web-page for hours as they are only open a few hours each day.


A good 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 in a local hobby shop 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


R/C Aircraft


Battery Chargers


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


Covering Material

  • Coverite (sold by Tower Hobbies)
  • Flite-Metal (0.0018 inch thick self-adhesive aluminum for replicating a full size aircraft finish)
  • Horizon Hobby (Brands include Top Flite MonoKote and Hangar 9 UltraCote)
  • Oratex (the same stuff that's used on full-size aircraft)
  • SolarFilm (Solartex, Solarfilm, Solarkote, Solarspan - located in the UK, but available from a few retailers in the USA)


Engines & parts

  • B&B Specialties (Zenoah Engines and Giant Scale Accessories)
  • Magnum Engines (owned by RC modelers)
  • Model Engine Company of America (MECOA) (Engines & Parts for many brands including K&B, Fox and Cox 049)
  • RCEXL (R/C gas engine accessories - ignition systems, spark plugs, Opto kill switches) - Note:  RCEXL products are only sold through retail hobby stores.  Many Internet browsers block access to the RCEXL website in China.
  • PSP Mfg (Throttle and Choke arms for Walbro carburetors.  OEM arms are usually too short for RC applications.)








Fuel & Smoke Pumps


Fuel Dots (used to plug the fuel fill line on the airplane)

  • Fuel Dots with screw on plug (from Top Hobby eBay store)


Fuel Tanks





  • Du-Bro (a wide range of RC products)
  • Sullivan Products (Electric Starters, Fuel Tanks, Push Rods and more)
  • Robart (Fuel Systems, Control Horns and Wheels)


2-Cycle Oil


Pilot Figures

  • Aces of Iron (1/8 to 1/3 unpainted Scale Pilot Figures)
  • Best Pilots (will custom make a pilot figure that looks like you!)
  • Slimline Xtreme Pilots (painted 1/6 or 1/7 scale)
  • Warbird Pilots (1/6 to 1/3 scale -- options for servo controlled head)
  • Williams Brothers (Unpainted Pilot Figures, Dummy Engines & Machine Guns)




Radios (Transmitters & Receivers)


Retractable Landing Gear


Servos (There are many online stores selling servos)

  • ProModeler (Servos, Motors and Electrical Components)
  • Servo City (Hitec & Futaba and servo extensions)


Scale Parts


Sound Systems



  • Tru-Turn (Aluminum Spinners, Prop Nuts & Hubs and Adapters)



  • Ohio Superstar (Scale Tail-wheel Assemblies & Tires)
      • Ohio Superstar has purchased Dave Brown Products
  • Robart (Wheels and Struts)


Wiring & Switches


Stripped Glow Plug & Engine Repair

  • Lee Custom Engines
      • no web site or email
      • see ad in "MA Marketplace" in Model Aviation magazine
      • Lee Custom Engines




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Phone:  319-266-2047