Cloud Tramp - 22" Simple Balsa Kit

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Based on an original plan by Charles H. Grant and published in the Model Airplane News in August 1954, our version of the Cloud Tramp is a laser-cut kit that includes all the parts you need to build one of these superb fliers.

Ideal as beginners model, the Cloud Tramp has become a bit of a phenomenon in the aero-modelling community.

Every year, on an agreed date and time, all over the world, hundreds of Cloud Tramps take to the air as part of the Grant MIMLOCT Mass Launch.

With a 22" wingspan and relatively simple construction, there is plenty of scope for modification, customisation and decoration. 

Our VMC Cloud Tramp kit features a few modifications to make your build more straightforward, however we also include the original plan so that you can more closely follow Charles Grant's vision.



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.

Reviews (3)
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3 Reviews:

Cloud tramp
06 May 2023  | 

Great model but needs downthrust to fly well

First Rubber powered
21 September 2019  | 

As a complete beginner I started with the 2 solid gliders and Cloud Tramp seemed the obvious choice to move to rubber power. It is easy to make and despite its appearance it flies beautifully with minor trimming. Great fun for grandad and the grandchildren.

03 October 2018  | 

This is a beautifully made kit which despite its apparent simplicity, is engaging to make. I would strongly recommend as a post christmas project. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to fly yet,


Thanks Peter
They fly very well indeed - in fact there's one stuck on our roof!