AIRFRAME ONLY KIT (ADD YOUR OWN ELECTRONICS & RADIO GEAR)
Designed for 3-channel radio control, this kit builds into a beautiful scale model of the legendary British WWI fighter, the SE5A.
We’ve included all of the laser cut sheet wood parts and additional airframe components to assemble a 24” SE5a WW1 fighter plane, allowing you to source your own custom hardware, onboard electronics, battery and transmitter should you choose to build the model for radio control.
If you plan to build the kit as a scale model, this is the version to go for.
Supplied in a standard cardboard carton, this is still a full kit with coloured heat-shrink polyester covering, water slide transfers and fully illustrated instruction booklet and full scale plans - it simply does not include electronics or radio gear.
HISTORY OF THE ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY SE5A C1149/W
Introduced towards the end of WWI, the agile yet stable Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a, helped the Royal Flying Corps to gain air superiority over the German Luftstreitkräfte.
This kit is an authentic representation of the SE5a (C1149/W) flown by Duncan Grinnell-Milne, Commanding Officer of No.56 Squadron RFC from 1917. It featured a one-off colour scheme and carried the name “Shweinhund” - a reference to how German guards would address him and fellow POWs when he was captured in 1915.
The first release in our “Legends of Flight” range of RC models, the SE5a makes the perfect introduction to true “aero-modelling” if you demand more than just foam “ready to fly” models.
READ THE AEROMODELLER MAGAZINE REVIEW OF THIS KIT
Aeromodeller Magazine gave this kit a glowing review in 2019.
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INCLUDED IN YOUR KIT
Kit contains over 350 parts and materials including:
- Foam pilot figure to build and paint
- Precision laser-cut parts in balsa wood, plywood and hardwood
- Oralight iron-on coloured covering
- Full set of water-slide decals
- Accurate, heavily annotated plans
- Fully illustrated, step-by-step instruction booklet
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE MODEL
- Suitable electronics (1806 brushless motor, 20A ESC, 2x 5g servos, your choice of receiver and transmitter, and a 2s 450mah battery)
- 6x3 or 7x3 propeller
- Suitable wood glue and epoxy
- Sand paper
- Household items such as scissors
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.
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.
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.