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.
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.
Nylon nose bushing.
Wire for propshaft.
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.