KK Snipe

KK Snipe
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Style:  Free Flight
Wingspan:  40" (115mm)
Ease of Build:  Expert
Power:  Diesel/Nitro



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  (1 Review)
Your Price:  £44.95


The KK Snipe is a pretty, IC-powered cabin model, with traditional, simple, built-up construction and would make a very good first introduction to powered free flight.

Originally designed by Neville Willis in 1966, our laser-cut replica has been modified by John Watters to improve the fit of the parts against the original plan. (The original printed parts were somewhat at odds with the plan!)

Here's what was said about the Snipe on its release:

This nice looking model is especially suitable for beginners as it is so easy to build and fly. It has been designed specially for .5 diesels and .8 glow motors and is capable of real contest performance.

The following engines were recommended at the time of release (you may still be able to pick these up in online auctions):

Cobra 049
A-S 55
D.C. Dart
E.D. Baby



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

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 an I.C. motor either diesel or glow (brushless electric may also be suitable) . 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 hardwood engine bearers.
Pair of 38mm plastic wheels.
Acetate sheet for canopy.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage.
Tissue to cover the model.
Full size printed plan.

Please Note: A motor, propeller and fuel tank is not included in the kit

Model pictured kindly built by Jonathan Rowley


Here's a fun video of a free-flight Keil Kraft Snipe in action over lovely rolling grassland.

Watch out for the hilarious near miss at 0:55...

The full kit for the KK Snipe comes in a Large 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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Keil Kraft Snipe
Wednesday, 22 July 2015  | 

This is the first kit I have bought from Vintage Model company and my first ever laser cut kit.
I am impressed by the laser cutting but there have been some issues with accuracy. The fuselage formers were asymetrical and some other fus parts rather oversize (much better than undersize though!).
My kit also lacked any piano wire for forming the undercarriage, presumably an oversite.
Some parts are incorrectly named though this is easy enough to spot from the (very clear) plan.
Overall I am enjoying the build and feel the overall quality of the kit is good, as is value for money.
With the above issues being relatively minor, I would recommend the kit rather than attempting to build just from the plan.



This kit has now been completely overhauled and re-drawn to address the issues inherent in the original kit.

A new electric r/c conversion will also be available soon.


Thank you so much for the feedback David.

It is only when modellers actually build up the kits and get back to us with problems, that we have a chance to put them right.

I'm sorry your kit was missing piano wire - this would have been an oversight! (It's worth noting that some customers have found wire tucked into one of the folds in the cardboard box, especially 18swg and thinner).

Do please let us have some pictures of the model when you've finished.

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