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):
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