Veron Fairey Swordfish - 18" Replica Balsa Kit

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Product Details


This Fairey Swordfish model aircraft kit is made to order in the UK using top quality materials and precision laser-cutting. Part of a range that featured realistic appearance and excellent flying qualities together with simple construction.

Kit contains

Plotted plans
Precision laser-cut parts
Stripwood balsa
Quality tissue covering
Miscellaneous hardware

Please note: A decals/markings sheet is no longer available and not included in this kit.



Most orders are shipped via Royal Mail’s Tracked 48 service.

We are in the middle of nowhere and so our Royal Mail collection is at around 1pm.


An order placed before 12pm on Monday should be with you on Wednesday.

An order placed after 12pm on Monday should be with you on Thursday.

For larger or heavier orders, we use UKMail/DHL to deliver your package on a Next Working Day service.


An order placed before 10am on Monday should be with you on Tuesday.

An order placed after 10am on Monday should be with you on Wednesday.

For larger or heavier orders, we use UKMail/DHL to deliver your package on a Next Working Day service.

Shipping is free to UK Mainland addresses for orders over £30.00, otherwise we charge £6.00 for Royal Mail Tracked 48 parcels and £12.00 for UKMail/DHL Next Working Day.


Royal Mail considers Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and UK Islands as part of the UK and so does not charge a premium for deliveries.

Pretty much all other UK couriers have surcharges for deliveries to the following postcodes: IV, HS, KA27-28, KW, PA20-49, PA60-78, PH17-26, PH30-44, PH49-50, ZE, BT, IM, TR21-25

If you live in one of these postcodes and the parcel size of your order is outside Royal Mail's dimensions, you will have to pay a surcharge.

Our system is not clever enough to work this out and so if your order attracts a surcharge, we will contact you before despatch to see if you would like to pay the surcharge and proceed with the order or cancel and receive a full refund.



Smaller items

Items that fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters (59cm x 17cm x 15cm weighing less than 2kg) can be sent to most countries outside the UK.

For example up to 3 of our smaller 18” wingspan kits can fit into one of these parcels.

A parcel like this currently costs around £14 to Europe and around £18 to send to the USA and will take up to 3 weeks to arrive. This is because Royal Mail hands over the parcel to the local Post Office service for your country who have to clear it through customs and then deliver it to you.

The Royal Mail tracking code also transfers over to the tracking for your country’s postal service.

Larger items

For items that do not fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters, we use standard international couriers such as DHL, FedEx and UPS.

These companies use something called volumetric weights to calculate the cost of shipping.

For example, a Balsa Basics RC bundle kit that measures 102cm x 34cm x 16cm and weighs 2.5 kg is actually calculated at 14kg!

This makes these very expensive to send outside the UK - a large kit can cost nearly £40 to send to France.

Reviews (2)
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2 Reviews:

09 May 2023  | 

A great kit that i loved building! It looks the part and wasn't too hard to put together, although the parts that require the bending of the included wire (like the top wing mount and landing struts) were very challenging and breaking the wire was easier than anticipated - order some 20 gauge wire to have as a backup! I modified the kit to take micro RC components and it does fly, although some strengthening is required - 2s brushless puts a lot more power through this than a rubber band i think! The laser cut parts are top notch, and although the instructions are 'classic blueprints' they're not hard to follow 10/10 and i have recommended these kits to friends!

Swordfish Build
19 May 2019  | 

I live in Oregon. The kit was delivered quick enough. I built it for display. It turned out great. It's nice to see these kits in laser cut issue. I'm delighted to find a Swordfish model at all. The quality of the balsa was excellent. Being a very experienced builder, I didn't find the inadequate, all on one page instructions to be much of an impediment. Lack of detailed instructions are par for the course with every brand I've built. I'm not picking on Vintage. If balsa wants to expand, do the modeling building world a favor, the kits need step by step instructions like a plastic kit. Those observations aside, I'm very pleased with the results. I made a variety of additions not shown on the plans, including building up the vertical stabilizer for a more scale effect. All in all, maybe 15-20 hours because I did custom stuff. I think it went together relatively quickly. On a scale of Beginner to Expert, I'd say that it's not for beginners and slightly more difficult than average, as it's a biplane with lots of struts. I'm kind of wishing I had figured out how to make the wings fold. I'll happily recommend it. Five stars because it's laser cut and turned out awesome. Here's the link to the build album.


Thanks Andrew - a great build there!

We've done our best to address the instructions issue with our new Magnificent Flying Machines kits - I think those old Keil Kraft and Veron kits assumed a lot of prior experience!!