Brentwood company brings model airplane business to Middle Tenn. - WKRN News 2

Brentwood company brings model airplane business to Middle Tenn.

Posted: Updated: April 16, 2014 04:43 PM

A Brentwood company has brought back a model airplane construction business that had been located in China.

Hobby Express, formerly the original Hobby Lobby off of Franklin Pike Circle in Brentwood, specializes in custom built model airplanes. Some of the planes are as large as 12 feet long.

"A lot of that manufacturing has left the United States and we pride ourselves on the fact we brought back, re-engineered, improved, and extended the technology of the telemaster and we're making it right here in Tennessee," said Hobby Lobby owner Mark Cleveland.

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A large percentage of hobbyists who purchase and fly the remote controlled airplanes choose to build the planes themselves.

Kits for Telemasters start at $50 and go up to a little over $1,000 for a 12 foot model.

Kurt Cleveland, president of Hobby Express told News 2 they are easy to build by simply following the instructions. His daughter is building one right now at their home.

"She's 11-years-old. She goes to Lipscomb Elementary and she's building it all by herself," he said. "She's going to have hers in pink. She'll paint it Mina day glow pink because that's what she decided and that's what everybody on Facebook thinks is the right answer."

Construction of the planes had been held in China for many years, but Hobby Express brought all of the construction back to Middle Tennessee.

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