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Original Manufacturer:  Keil Kraft
Wingspan:  64"

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Your Price:  £69.95
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KEIL KRAFT CHIEF

Designed by Bill Dean and originally kitted in 1950, the Keil Kraft Chief was advertised as an A2 contest glider featuring "crash proof" plug-in wings.

Here's what Keil Kraft said back in 1950:

"The Chief is an advanced contest design to the A-2 Nordic specification. Good looks combined with outstanding performance were the main object in mind when the model began to take shape on the drawing board. Three features which were felt to be essential were as follows:

Plug-in wings, for ease of transport, "knock-off-ability" in crashes and good lines.
An auto rudder, to ensure that whilst the model went up straight on the line, a turning flight would result when it was released.
A safe, reliable and easy to build dethermaliser.

These features are all to be found on the model, together with the structural strength necessary to stand up to the strains of towing up in all weathers."

Anecdotes from fliers down the years have shown, that in many cases, the crash proof wings were actually more hindrance than help and received wisdom suggests that a redesign of the wing mount arrangement is well worth the effort.

We supply the kit as originally designed, but a quick trawl of the online forums should yield advice for better layouts.

 

YOUR KIT

This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original Keil Kraft Chief.

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 copy of the original plan that is printed on high quality paper at full size.

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.

KIT CONTENTS

Balsa wood sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
Acetate sheet for cabin.
Tissue to cover the model.
Full size printed plan with instructions.

Thanks to Patrick McCauley, David Wright (electric Chief) and Pete Sanders for the use of their photos

We've found this fabulous Super8 footage from the 60's showing the KK Chiefin a not so successful outing:

 

 

Find out how to convert the KK Chief to electric power here

 

The KK Chief full kit is supplied in a medium 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

£3.95

£3.95

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

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99

£5.75

£7.50

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

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99

£38.00

£50.00

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

£3.95 - Free for orders over £19.99

£55.00

£75.00

 

For UK deliveries we use either MyHermes  or Royal Mail .

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.

Please note that 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 : All 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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Rating:  
Did it ever really fly? lol
Wednesday, 5 April 2017  | 

As a 70+ year old I remember building this huge model glider in the early 1960's. Laser cut parts? Surely, half the fun was cutting out all the bits with a Keil Kraft knife and getting "high" on the dope? However, in my day getting "high" meant actually flying the thing!
lol


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KK Chief
Sunday, 12 March 2017  | 

Bought the model from the Vintage Model Co about a month ago.
It arrived relatively quickly considering the kits are made to order.
Laser cut parts an absolute god send. So far it appears to have plenty of balsa wood. The celluloid for the windscreen was cut wrong so it didn't fit, but after a quick email, they sent out a new piece with no quibbles - good service.
Building the balsa frame is easy enough. I have not got to the rudder control or dethermaliser yet. The plans are not particularly clear so we will have to see how we go with the instructions. This is an issue with the original KK plans.
So far pretty pleased with it. Take special care in setting up the wing box so the wing tongues are a tight fit and reinforce it as the instructions state.
I would class myself as a novice and apart from a few school boy errors on my part which I managed to save, it's pretty easy to build.


Response:

Thanks for the kind words Gordon.

We're sorry about the celluloid - our pack list wasn't clear so we have now updated it to prevent the error in the future!

Please send us smoe pics when you've finished the model.


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The Chief
Sunday, 22 November 2015  | 

This is a superb kit, much the same as it was in the 'fifties', please see my blog 'Electric Chief'. DW


Rating:  
Nice kit but has a serious design flaw.
Friday, 27 February 2015  | 

Built the around 1964 after some success with the caprice. The wings were fitted to the fuselage by means of a plywood tongue about 1.5".wide by 1" deep. These plugged into a box arrangement in the fuselage roof made from balsa wood. It was suggested that the be held there by strips of adhesive tape. I modified this to use elastic bands making it more secure and easier to remove. With hand launched test flight the aircraft flew very well. On the tow line it rose very well but as I was about to release it the bow into which the wings were plugged collapsed. The wings flutter to earth safely but the fuselage was rendered into match wood. If the problem of the wing fixings could be solved I think it would make a fine aircraft.


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