Veron Impala - 52" Replica Balsa Kit

Veron Impala - 52" Replica Balsa Kit

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Quick Spec

  • Wingspan - 52" 
  • Build Skill Level - Beginner/intermediate (you might have built a couple of balsa models before)
    Flying Skill Level - Beginner 
  • Channels - 2
  • Power System - Electric R/C
  • Servo Size - 9g  


This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original Veron Impala. 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. The kit was designed for RC but at a time when it was very expensive and bulky so the model was designed such that it could be flown with just one channel if necessary.

Modern RC gear can easily be fitted to control the rudder and elevators.

This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.

Video Overview

Kit Contains 

  • Balsa wood sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood. 
  • Acetate sheet for canopy. 
  • Tissue to cover the model. 
  • Full size printed plan with instructions.

Recommended to Complete 


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.


Mark Trappett

My brother and I built three of these back in the 1970's. They are truly a fantastic model! So forgiving when you are a learner, and a brilliant slope-soarer. We covered them with nylon back in the day and never cris-cross the rubber bands like in the photo :-) That will surely lead to a broken wing. Just keep the bands on the same side, and use some thin plywood to reinforce the leading and trailing edges of the wing to prevent the bands from cutting into the balsa wood. We used to fly at Cleobury Mortimor in the UK, and anywhere there was a slope. Again, this is truly a classic model, and will fly better than any of these all foamy models from these days. I will be getting another of these in the near future I think.

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