64" KK CHIEF
Designed by Bill Dean and originally kitted in 1950, the Chief was advertised as an A2 contest glider featuring "crash proof" plug-in wings.
Here's what was said back in 1950:
"The Chief is an advanced contest design to the A-2 Nordic specification. Good looks combined with outstanding performance were the main object in mind when the model began to take shape on the drawing board. Three features which were felt to be essential were as follows: Plug-in wings, for ease of transport, "knock-off-ability" in crashes and good lines. An auto rudder, to ensure that whilst the model went up straight on the line, a turning flight would result when it was released. A safe, reliable and easy to build dethermaliser. These features are all to be found on the model, together with the structural strength necessary to stand up to the strains of towing up in all weathers."
Anecdotes from fliers down the years have shown, that in many cases, the crash proof wings were actually more hindrance than help and received wisdom suggests that a redesign of the wing mount arrangement is well worth the effort.
We supply the kit as originally designed, but a quick trawl of the online forums should yield advice for better layouts.
AT A GLANCE
- Wingspan: 64" (162.6 cm)
- Power system: Free-flight; glider
- Manufacturer: KK replica
- Designed by: Bill Dean
- Difficulty: Intermediate
This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original KK Chief. 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 copy of the original plan that is printed on high quality paper at full size. 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
- Strip wood
- Balsa sheet and block
- Acetate sheet for cabin
- Tissue to cover the model
- Full size printed plan
- 5 pages of instructions
- Window template
Thanks to Patrick McCauley, David Wright (electric Chief) and Pete Sanders for the use of their photos
INCLUDED IN YOUR 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.
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.