Buying as a Gift

We’ve put together this handy guide to help you choose the best kit when buying as a gift.


For beginners

Someone new to aero-modelling needs three things:

  • Good instructions
  • An easy build
  • A good chance that their model will fly!

With this is mind, we created the Magnificent Flying Machines range.

These kits range in ease of build from a simple glider and sports flier through to scale models of iconic fighter aircraft from the two World Wars.

All of the models in the Magnificent Flying Machines range include an instruction booklet, coloured tissue, decals and wood glue so that the modeller will only need to find a craft knife, some dress making pins and a suitable wooden board on which to build the model.

Each kit comes packaged in an attractive “retro-style” box that’s sure to delight when your gift wrapping comes off.

For a combination of wow factor and iconic style, there is no substitute for the Supermarine Spitfire Nightfighter. With its dramatic black tissue covering, it looks great either as a display model or in flight and at just £24.99 including postage, offers great value.


For experienced modellers

The chances are, your experienced modeller will have built many of the kits in our Replikit range before - Keil Kraft, Veron, Mercury and FROG were popular manufacturers throughout the last century.

Many modellers enjoy collecting original kits, often bought from online auctions and the values of some of these have risen considerably over the years. Values very much rely on the kit being unbuilt and as close to “factory fresh” as possible.

Our laser cut replicas offer the opportunity for modellers to build these old models without having to “use up” an original kit.

Many of our Replikit replica models are available either as Short Kits or Full Kits and you will notice a price range for these models and an option to select one or the other when adding the kit to your basket.

A short kit contains a printed plan/instructions, laser cut parts and if appropriate, a vacuum formed canopy.

A full kit comprises all of the elements of the short kit, but in addition contains all of the wood strip, accessories (wheels, propeller, rubber motor, etc.) and flight tissue needed to complete the model.

The Replikit range comprises four different types of model. These are listed below with our recommendations:


For modellers who haven’t built a model since the 1960s!

They say that aeromodelling is a little like riding a bike - once you’ve learnt, you never forget.

To this end, one of the best kits with which to get back into the hobby is our Magnificent Flying Machines SE5A - just enough complexity to make the build interesting and yet clear instructions with precise part fit to get the “eye back in”.

 

What else might you need?

The following items will help to make the finished model as complete and well-finished as possible. Only those marked with an * are essential.

*Craft knife or scalpel - for cutting balsa wood.
*Glue (PVA or Aliphatic) & cyanoacrylate adhesive (Superglue) - for assembling your model.
Cutting board - protects your workbench or table.
Pins -  to hold down parts during construction.
Pinboard - to pin parts onto.
Dope - to stick and shrink tissue to the airframe.
Thinners - to dilute dope and clean brushes.
Sanding sealer - to seal balsa parts.
Sandpaper/Wet & Dry - to sand wooden parts.