Blackburn Monoplane | 21.5" Balsa Kit

Blackburn Monoplane
Blackburn Monoplane front view
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Blackburn Monoplane cockpit
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Blackburn Monoplane tail
Blackburn Monoplane Undercarriage
Blackburn Monoplane side view

Blackburn Monoplane | 21.5" Balsa Kit

Build and fly the Blackburn Type D as seen at the Shuttleworth Collection | Rubber-powered | Includes glue and tissue covering

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Brand: Aerographics
Wingspan: 21.5" (546mm)
Ease of build: Expert
Flying skill: Expert
Control type: Free-flight
Power system: Rubber
Scale: 1:13


The Blackburn Type D, sometimes known as the Blackburn Monoplane, was built in 1912. Restored shortly after the Second World War, it still flies today as part of the Shuttleworth Collection and is the oldest British flying aeroplane.

This model is a rework of the original Aerographics balsa wood kit of the Blackburn Monoplane. We've completely revamped the design, from the instructions to the cut parts, to provide you with a great building experience from start to finish.

Please note: this is not a model for a beginner and requires a fair amount of both patience and skill to complete.

Inside the box you will find all of the materials you will need to create a superbly detailed 21.5" flying model of the Blackburn Monoplane. Although designed for rubber power, a very experienced (and brave) aero-modeller could turn this into a lightweight R/C flyer.


  • Quality strip wood & laser cut balsa parts
  • Full size CAD drawn plans & comprehensive instruction leaflet
  • Quality coloured covering tissue
  • Lightweight built up wheels
  • Propeller, rubber motor & hardware
  • Nylon rigging
  • Pilot in the photographs not included


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

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 Nest Working Day.


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.


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