KK Snipe - 40" Replica Balsa Kit

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The KK Snipe is a pretty, IC-powered cabin model, with traditional, simple, built-up construction and would make a very good first introduction to powered free flight.

Originally designed by Neville Willis in 1966, our laser-cut replica has been modified by John Watters to improve the fit of the parts against the original plan. (The original printed parts were somewhat at odds with the plan!)

Here's what was said about the Snipe on its release:

This nice looking model is especially suitable for beginners as it is so easy to build and fly. It has been designed specially for .5 diesels and .8 glow motors and is capable of real contest performance. The following engines were recommended at the time of release (you may still be able to pick these up in online auctions): Cobra 049 D.C.Bantam A-S 55 D.C. Dart E.D. Baby


This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original KK Snipe. 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. (Some modellers may prefer to use a mylar under-covering for strength and lightness). 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. Power is provided by an I.C. motor either diesel or glow (brushless electric may also be suitable) . 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 and strip wood.
Pair of hardwood engine bearers.
Pair of 38mm plastic wheels.
Acetate sheet for canopy.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage.
Tissue to cover the model.
Full size printed plan.

Please Note: A motor, propeller and fuel tank is not included in the kit 

Model pictured kindly built by Jonathan Rowley



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 (1)
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1 Review:

Keil Kraft Snipe
22 July 2015  | 

This is the first kit I have bought from Vintage Model company and my first ever laser cut kit.
I am impressed by the laser cutting but there have been some issues with accuracy. The fuselage formers were asymetrical and some other fus parts rather oversize (much better than undersize though!).
My kit also lacked any piano wire for forming the undercarriage, presumably an oversite.
Some parts are incorrectly named though this is easy enough to spot from the (very clear) plan.
Overall I am enjoying the build and feel the overall quality of the kit is good, as is value for money.
With the above issues being relatively minor, I would recommend the kit rather than attempting to build just from the plan.



This kit has now been completely overhauled and re-drawn to address the issues inherent in the original kit.

A new electric r/c conversion will also be available soon.


Thank you so much for the feedback David.

It is only when modellers actually build up the kits and get back to us with problems, that we have a chance to put them right.

I'm sorry your kit was missing piano wire - this would have been an oversight! (It's worth noting that some customers have found wire tucked into one of the folds in the cardboard box, especially 18swg and thinner).

Do please let us have some pictures of the model when you've finished.