Skyleada Vulcan - 20" Replica Balsa Kit

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The Avro Vulcan bomber symbolised the pinnacle of British aerospace design and innovation in the late 40s and early 50s. The 698 Vulcan prototype VX770 flew for the first time on 30 August 1952 with further production variants in service until the mid 1980s. The last flying Vulcan was finally grounded in 2015 but remains as a "taxi-able" display model at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.


This kit is a laser-cut replica of the Skyleada Vulcan. 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. (Some modellers may prefer to use a mylar under-covering for strength and lightness). 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. Originally, the model was designed to be powered by a Jetex motor. These are no longer available although we are working on an electric ducted fan solution for the future. 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
Balsa strip wood.
Vac-formed canopy.
Tissue to cover the model.
Full size printed plan.

PLEASE NOTE: This kit does not include instructions. If anyone has a copy of the instructions from an original kit, we would be delighted to have copy.

Model shown expertly built and photographed by Brian Selby shows covering, markings and paints not included in the 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  | 

Made a change from the other VMC planes I've built. A challenge. No instructions meant a lot of time wondering just how to do it. The plan is very good, and gives most of the information you need. I did as the photo shows, and replaced the Jetex tunnel, building up the fuselage with an extended lower keel and part formers. With a little nose weight, it glides beautifully. I wish I could upload a picture. Thanks

05 December 2017  | 

Nearly completed the Vulcan kit I purchased last year. Have thoroughly enjoyed building the kit and have been very impressed with the quality and fit of the pre cut parts. So much so eagerly awaiting the arrival of the SE5. Thanks for making the kits available again.


Thanks Brian