KK Dolphin - 30" Replica Balsa Kit

KK Dolphin - 30" Replica Balsa Kit

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The KK Dolphin is a really classic design with unusual shaped fuselage, which actually adds to the lift produced by the model, making it an outstanding flyer. Features very simple, straightforward construction for the intermediate builder.


  • Wingspan: 30" (76.2 cm)
  • Power system: Tow line glider; Free flight
  • Manufacturer: KK replica
  • Designed by: Albert E. Hatfull
  • Difficulty:Intermediate


Our replica kit includes top quality laser-cut parts to aid accurate, speedy building. A perfect candidate for the new "36" class bungee launch competition. This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original KK Dolphin glider. 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.


  • Balsa wood sheets with precise laser cut parts
  • 1 ply cut part
  • Strip wood.
  • Balsa block 2" by 2"
  • Acetate sheet for canopy.
  • Tissue to cover the model.
  • Piano wire
  • Full size printed plan.


  • wood glue
  • transparent mylar

Please Note: The model pictured is a KK Dolphin expertly built by Howard Metcalfe and covered with transparent mylar 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.


Michael Walker

The kit was short of 2 lengths of 3/32" x 3/32" stringer and 1 length of 1/4" x 3/32" strip. How is it possible to for this to slip through packing checks? Since my late teens I've probably built around 60 free flying balsa wood aircraft so I'm pretty experienced in optimising the contents of kits to the extent that I often have spare lengths of material but this is the first time I've ever had insufficient material to complete a model. This would be acceptable if it was an isolated instance for which Vintage models apologised but I haven't even had the courtesy of a response from them. VMC reply: Hello Michael, We're sorry but we did not receive a message from you regarding this kit. We make every effort to correct mistakes made in packing kits and to respond quickly to customers who need parts, whatever the reason. We will look through the Dolphin kits on the shelf to make sure that they contain the pieces you suggest and amend the pack list accordingly.

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