KK Cadet - 30" Replica Balsa Kit

KK Cadet - 30" Replica Balsa Kit

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The KK Cadet is a real perennial Bill Dean, classic tow line glider, with beautiful lines and an excellent flyer. Features simple, straightforward, built up construction, making an ideal beginner's flying model. To quote from the original KK publicity "the Cadet has the good looks for which all Keil Kraft designs are noted. The performance would satisfy even the most advanced modeler"


  • Wingspan: 30" (76.2 cm)
  • Weight: 57g (2 oz)
  • Power system: Tow line glider; free flight
  • Manufacturer: KK Replica
  • Designed by: Bill Dean
  • Difficulty: Beginner/ Intermediate



Our replica kit includes top quality, laser-cut parts for accurate, speedy building. Can be flown in the new "36" class, lightweight bungee launch competition. This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original KK Cadet. 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. 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. 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.


  • Laser cut parts
  • Strip wood
  • Acetate sheet for canopy
  • Domestic tissue to cover the model (white)
  • Full size printed plan
  • Instructions


  • Paints
  • Glue
  • Coloured tissue

Model shown expertly built and photographed by Peter Sanders, features coloured tissue not included in the kit.


This is a basic list of kit contents that will be updated with a more detailed list soon.

  • Plotted plan
  • Laser cut parts
  • Tissue covering
  • PVA Glue

Only Suitable For Ages 14+

Choking Hazard - Contains small parts, keep out of reach of children.


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.


Douglas Horton

Believe it or not I built this model when I was 7. As I am 72 now you can do the math. It was a shier delight. to build and fly. To fill some time I was going to build it and modify to a radio controlled motor glider but unfortunately its not available at present as you know. I bought the plans to source my own balsa but unfortunately the plans do not give details of the normally cut parts in the kit. Scans of these and material spec would be great.

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