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A selection of awards and planes
Alfons Merlijn - Father of Vincent Merlijn - Inspiration

THE ORIGINS

My passion for flight was instilled in me from an early age, and it's all thanks to my Dad, who is an avid aviation enthusiast. I don't think I could have chosen any other path!

 

Alongside my love for aviation, I have also been drawn to the arts, and my talent for drawing and painting has given me a sense of accomplishment. My Dad played a significant role in this too. As a child, I was deeply impressed by my Dad's collection of static and flying models, and the fascinating airplane stories he shared with me at bedtime helped foster my love for aviation over the years. He even took me to the local airfields, taught me how to build my own Chuck gliders, and showed me how to locate thermals. Many of us can relate to this, but unfortunately, not all children have a father who shares the same passion for flight.

 

When I was eight, one of my teachers contacted my parents and informed them that all I did was draw "drops of water" in my books. Little did they know that I was actually sketching airfoils!

THE START OF
AVIATIONTOYS.NL

The journey began with a small business venture in a hobby room where free flight kits were crafted. Over time, these kits grew in complexity and transformed into a worldwide educational youth initiative known as the FAI Rookie project. As the project expanded, our humble abode was gradually overtaken by the kits, turning it into more of a hangar than a living space. Despite the chaos, my girlfriend and two children pitched in to help. As the project continued to flourish, even our nieces, nephews, their friends, and entire packing crews joined in to help us package and ship the Rookies.

Painting made by vincent merlijn, illustrating his love for the sport.
Aviationtoys' new workshop

NEW WORKSHOP!

As new designs for RC gliders were introduced and new customers came, aviationtoys.nl experienced significant growth. However, our home began to feel increasingly cramped with planes, boxes, and balsa wood, and it became clear that we needed a dedicated workspace to maintain a healthy balance between our business and personal lives. Therefore, we decided to pool all our courage, resources, and energy to take the big step of moving into a new workshop in 2023.

OUR MISSION

At Aviationtoys.nl, we believe in providing our customers with a combination of fun, quality, and great performance. To achieve this, we use the best machinery, materials, and knowledge available to design, produce, and distribute high-quality kits and products.

 

We take great pride in our products and aim for our customers to enjoy every aspect of their experience with us, from browsing our awesome webshop to building and flying our products.

Our commitment to excellent customer service and support is a core value of our company, and we are proud of our reputation for providing help with building and trimming. We strive to maintain this standard of service and support for all our customers.

If you need advice or have any questions, there are many ways to get in touch with us. We are always happy to help!

Vincent Merlijn, always willing to help spread his love for the sport

You made it here... Awesome!

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The clog with wings originated as an original design when Vincent started Aviation Toys.

It was originally called Wooden Shoe Aviation Toys!

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