KK Achilles

KK Achilles
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Style:  Free Flight
Wingspan:  24"
Ease of Build:  Expert
Power:  Rubber



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  (1 Review)
Your Price:  £29.99


The KK Achilles was a scaled down version of the KK Ajax, rubber powered model and one of KK's earliest kits, the original version designed by Louis B Heath in 1939 and latterly updated by Albert Hatfull in 1950.

Traditionally simple built-up construction, featuring precision laser cut parts to aid speedy construction the Achilles makes for an excellent, first old-timer flying model with a terrific flying performance and duration.

Highly recommended.

The Achilles is another of the rubber free flight models that can be easily modified by experienced builders to take lightweight electric motor and 3 channel R/C equipment for indoor and relaxed summer evening flying.


This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original KK Achilles.

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. (Some modellers may prefer to use a mylar under-covering for strength and lightness).

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 traditional FAI flight rubber . 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 and strip wood.
Pair of 25mm plastic wheels.
Plastic propeller.
Nylon nose bushing.
Wire for propshaft.
FAI rubber.
Acetate sheet for cabin.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage.
Tissue to cover the model.
Full size printed plan.

Model shown expertly built and photographed by Nick Seymour,  features a traditional laminated balsa propeller and coloured tissue not included in the kit.

The Full kit for the KK Achilles fits into a Small Box. Please use the table below to calculate your likely shipping costs


Package Size (approx)

UK (including Highlands and Islands)

Mainland Europe

Rest of The World

Envelope A4

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99



Small Box (450mm x 150mm x 50mm)

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99



Medium Box (980mm x 150mm x 80mm)

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99



Large Box (980mm x 300mm x 80mm)

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99



Flammable/hazardous materials UK ONLY £6.25 - reduces to £3.00 for orders over £19.99 NO DELIVERY NO DELIVERY


For UK deliveries we use either MyHermes  , Royal Mail  or UKMail.

Flammable and hazardous materials are shipped to the UK only using UKMail courier, which carries a premium.

Internationally we use Royal Mail for smaller parcels and envelopes and we use whichever of the big couriers are cheapest for a particular size and destination. We always send all of our kits insured and all but the smallest are also tracked.

For international orders, you are responsible for any import duties or taxes applicable in your country.

We notify you as soon as your order has been despatched and, if applicable, you will be sent the tracking number. 

If for whatever reason you are not satisfied with your purchase you can return it within 14 days for a full no quibble refund. 

Please Note : Most of our kits are made to order, this means it can sometimes take up to 14 days before they are despatched. If you need your kit quicker than that, e.g. as a birthday present, please drop us an email at sales@vintagemodelcompany.com and we will do our absolute best to accommodate you.





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A good complete kit
Friday, 18 May 2018  | 


A good complete kit, you need very little extra to build a flying model.

There are no building instructions, which is fine if you know what to do. A novice would find it difficult though.
It might be useful to have some sort of generic guide for this type of kit.

Strip wood

The 3/32 square strip wood was generally too soft. The whole frame depends of this size of wood so it should be reasonably hard.
There are laser cut trailing edges as well as strip wood for the same purpose.


Thanks for taking the time to review the Achilles John.

We are looking out for an original Achilles so that we can acquire some instructions.

We find that most of our beginners start with one of the Magnificent Flying Machines range (that have full instructions) and then explore the Heritage models a bit later on.

We will look into generic instructions for the older kits...

The 3/32" square balsa is an ongoing battle.

Our suppliers do their very best to select wood that is as stiff as possible, but as you know, a natural product makes it very hard to achieve consistency.

We will continue to do our best!

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