This replica Keil Kraft Chief towline glider kit is made to order in the UK using top quality balsa and precision laser-cutting.
Designed by Bill Dean and originally kitted in 1950, the KK 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 obviously supply the kit as originally designed, but a quick trawl of the online forums should yield advice for better layouts.
We've found this fabulous Super8 footage from the 60's showing the KK Chief in a not so successful outing:
Find out how to convert the KK Chief to electric power here
Thanks to Patrick McCauley, David Wright (electric Chief) and Pete Sanders for the use of their photos