Cessna 140 | 18" Balsa Kit

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The Cessna 140 first rolled off the production line in 1946. It was (and still is) a pretty little aeroplane that was cheap to purchase, run and maintain. It also had stable, well-mannered flying characteristics, making it very popular with pilots at a time when post war light aeroplane ownership was beginning to boom in the U.S.A. Along with the even cheaper, lower specification Cessna 120 (which outwardly looks similar apart from a lack of flaps and the rear quarter-lights), over 7500 were reportedly produced, many of which are still flying today.

The original design featured an 85 horsepower engine and it could cruise at over 95 Knots (around 110 MPH). The fuselage was metal, with fabric covered wings. The construction of the wings is not much different to the technique that will be used to build this model.

The things that made the original aircraft such a success also translate into making a very nice free flight scale rubber powered model, which is particularly suitable for the novice builder.


This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight model of a Cessna 140. The kit is provided with the materials (other than paints) to complete the suggested authentic scheme of a red Cessna 140 that is registered in Uruguay.

This is a simple but striking own favourite or more complicated scheme if you wish. 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.

Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. 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.

Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor. These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible. Also in the spirit of the traditional kits, additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.



  • Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
  • PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
  • One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
  • One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
  • Three low friction plastic nose bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
  • Acetate sheet for screens.
  • Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
  • One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
  • Rubber motor strip.
  • Tissue to cover the model.
  • Parts reference sheet (W), full size summary plan sheet (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.

Only Suitable For Ages 14+

Choking Hazard - Contains small parts, keep out of reach of children.



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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 (5)
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5 Reviews:

Cessna 140
18 April 2023  | 

This was my first balsa model and I found it very fun to build with easy to follow plans.

Cessna 140
18 April 2023  | 

A pleasure to build - I was returning to the hobby after 45 years. Needed a bit of nose weight (different from another comment here), but it flew beautifully. I could trim it to a smooth circular flight which consistently cam back to my feet.

Fabulous flier
26 September 2019  | 

Built by my son, wonderful performer

Unbelievable Quality
19 September 2018  | 

The way these models are designed and built is awesome. The interlocking pieces make for easier and more rigid construction. I have built numerous Guillow's kits, but these VMC kits are light years ahead in terms of quality and construction. I'm planning on ordering several more.


Wow what a fantastic review - thank you so much Matthew!
We're really proud of the Magnificent Flying Machines range and it's testament to Andrew Darby's excellent design skills that all models in the range build and fly so well.
We look forward to serving you in the future.

Really Nice Build
08 September 2017  | 

Great build, very enjoyable, everything fitted. And amazingly, this was the first rubber-powered scale model that I've ever had that needed tail weight. Mine has 4 strands of 0.085" rubber and on about 750 turns does a take-off, climb, slow 1 1/2 circles and lands nicely. Top marks to VMC.


Thanks Andrew - did you get any video of the flights?