This kit is undergoing a review of its laser-cut parts and should be available again soon
This North American Aviation Harvard model aircraft kit is made to order in the UK using top quality materials and precision laser-cutting. Part of the Veron Tru-Flite range that featured realistic appearance and excellent flying qualities together with simple construction. An ideal introduction to the world of rubber powered balsa wood kits. FULL KIT CONTAINS Plotted plans Precision laser-cut parts Stripwood balsa Wheels Wire Quality tissue covering Propeller Prop shaft Rubber motor Motor peg See this Harvard model in flight at the 2014 BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals Kit Scale competition: Model built and flown by Andrew Darby
I haven't finished building this kit yet as I encountered some issues that I though must be down to me, then I thought 'read the reviews and see if other customers had commented', and they had. I agree totally with the other 2 reviews and would of thought that by now someone at Vintage Model Company would have tried to build this kit and understand the frustrations identified by their customers. I intended to try to convert to electric 3 channel R/C but now have my doubts as to what other issues I will have to overcome.
I have bought a number of model aircraft kits from Vintage Model Co. but this has not been a good one. I read with interest the comments made by Philip back in March 2016 as I have had the same problems exactly. I thought that by now Vintage would have put the faults to right as stated in their reply. As a pensioner, I take great delight in building these models, but why o why are the instructions provided on a photocopied sheet of DIN A4. My sight is not what it used to be and I can only read the very small print with the aid of a magnifying glass. Come on Vintage! Think about your vintage customers. [originally posted on our old website 18/10/2016]
After building a Sparrowhawk for my Grandson, my family bought me the Harvard kit for my 65th, my second model in 50 years, and first ever flying scale type. To dispose of the faults first - I'm guessing you inherited some original Veron errors. Three of the ribs are oversized (easy enough to cut down) and one of the keel pieces is duplicated. Secondly, the wing centre section as built on the plan does entirely correlate to the outer panels, and needed some fiddling. Otherwise the bundle of strip wood was generally OK, but the 1/16" stringers were of variable hardness and section, two tapering down to virtually nothing. I cut two lengths from the edge of one of the sheets to complete. Finally, the two strips for the main spar gave adequate length in total, but not enough to make the spar for the centre section in one piece, needing a join and a doubler. But, otherwise fine. The cutting of the formers was most impressive, allowing a very accurate fuselage build and despite the small problems a fine kit indeed. The large motor space of the Harvard encouraged me to convert to electric (KP01), modifying the nose pieces with 1/16" ply to carry the motor, and the wing centre section to carry the ESC and battery. Finally I covered with yellow and black Esaki, to match FE905, the Harvard in the collection at Hendon. Well done Vintage, I think you are doing a great job. [originally posted on our old website 03/03/2016]