16" KK ELF
The KK Elf is a very pretty, small rubber-powered cabin duration model, with traditional, simple, built-up construction and would make a very good first flying model. Fine flying performance and can easily be converted by the more experienced to take lightweight electric motor and 3 channel R/C equipment for indoor or calm outdoor flying.
AT A GLANCE
- Wingspan: 16" (40.6 cm)
- Power system: Rubber; Free flight
- Manufacturer: KK replica
- Difficulty: Beginner
This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original KK Elf. Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing. Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed". This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.
- Balsa wood sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood
- One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
- One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
- One low friction plastic nose bushing for the propeller
- Pair of 22mm plastic wheels.
- Acetate sheet for canopy.
- Piano wire for the main undercarriage.
- One motor peg. F.A.I. 3/16" rubber motor strip.
- Tissue to cover the model.
- Full size printed plan with instructions.
- Wood glue
Additional images courtesy of John Watters
- 16" (40.6 cm)
The plane needed nose ballast anyway so lengthening the legs a little was an easy decision. I do not agree with any information about the rubber in the kit though. The plan says " 33" of 1/8 made into 4 Strands " (which i think is massive overkill - i cannot make the plane fly with this) and the kit contains about 30" of 3/16 (which made into 4 strands is seriously massive overkill). I went with about 33 inches of 1/8 in one loop, which gives a gentle flight. Maybe the 3/16 in one loop can be made to work, maybe i just don't know how to trim this plane :) But all that aside, i really enjoyed building and flying this model. [originally posted on our old website 07/10/2019]
This is a great kit,that I had a lot of fun building it.It's got a simple but nice looking design that really lends its self to bright esaki tissue.And it flys well straight out of the box. Wouldnt say its a great first time build tho as its lightweight frame can be a bit fiddly to construct at times,its definitely not a kit for the impatient . I Would recommend this for those moving away from warbirds looking for a solid flyer with that retro look.One slight niggle i have with the kit though is that the landing gear is just a few mm too short to allow for a runway take off,of course, I should have double checked this before glueing them in place. But you live and learn! [originally posted on our old website 29/05/2019]