Keil Kraft Gipsy - 40" Balsa Kit

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Please note: We now have our own kit, the VMC Romany, based on the Keil Kraft Gipsy but designed from scratch for better part fit and flying characteristics.

You can buy the VMC Romany here:

Designed by Bill Dean, the Keil Kraft Gipsy is the biggest model in the Keil Kraft duration range thanks to the massive 40” wingspan!

This impressively large model is no more tricky to build than the other models in the range thanks to the use of similar construction techniques throughout.

The bigger size produces a model that is better at coping with wind compared to other smaller models and the size also suits conversion to lightweight R/C equipment and electric power.

This is an official Keil Kraft Gipsy kit manufactured in China for Ripmax Ltd.



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.

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01 January 2024  | 

Having just finished this kit, I have a number of observations to make. First, the resulting plane is a very handsome and impressive beast. Second, the laser-cut pieces are clean and, in the main fit well, though there are a couple of exceptions. Unfortunately, the good news ends here. The quality of the balsa is dubious, either very soft and spongey or almost too hard to cut. The worst problem however concerns the wire supplied in the kit, which is clearly not piano wire. The propellor shaft and the undercarriage both bent like solder on the first stall. I compared the wire with genuine piano wire of the same gauge, and the difference in elasticity was huge. Anyone building this kit should throw out the wire and replace it with the genuine article.