Mercury Mentor - 36” Replica Balsa Kit

Mercury Mentor - 36” Replica Balsa Kit

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Mercury Mentor

The Mercury Mentor is a very high performance, rubber-powered, contest model.

Our kit features relatively simple, built up construction using precision laser-cut parts, but this is definitely not a beginner's model as it requires some knowledge of trimming, use of dethermalisers and timers. This is a lovely vintage project for the more experienced free flight fan.

The Mentor can easily be modified by the experienced builder to take an electric motor and lightweight 3 channel R/C equipment, converting it into a powered glider, for relaxed summer evening thermal flying.

Kit Contains

Plotted plans
Laser cut parts
Strip wood
Tissue covering

Model shown is an original Mercury kit, recovered by Pete Sanders and photographed by Steve Warren


This is a basic list of kit contents that will be updated with a more detailed list soon.

  • Plotted plan
  • Laser cut parts
  • Tissue covering
  • PVA Glue

Only Suitable For Ages 14+

Choking Hazard - Contains small parts, keep out of reach of children.


Most orders are shipped via Royal Mail’s Tracked 48 service.

For larger or heavier orders, we use UKMail/DHL to deliver your package on a Next Working Day service.

Shipping is free to UK Mainland addresses for orders over £30.00, otherwise we charge £6.00 for Royal Mail Tracked 48 parcels and £12.00 for UKMail/DHL Nest Working Day.


Smaller items

Items that fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters (59cm x 17cm x 15cm weighing less than 2kg) can be sent to most countries outside the UK.

For example up to 3 of our smaller 18” wingspan kits can fit into one of these parcels.

A parcel like this currently costs around £14 to Europe and around £18 to send to the USA and will take up to 3 weeks to arrive. This is because Royal Mail hands over the parcel to the local Post Office service for your country who have to clear it through customs and then deliver it to you.

The Royal Mail tracking code also transfers over to the tracking for your country’s postal service.

Larger items

For items that do not fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters, we use standard international couriers such as DHL, FedEx and UPS.

These companies use something called volumetric weights to calculate the cost of shipping.

For example, a Balsa Basics RC bundle kit that measures 102cm x 34cm x 16cm and weighs 2.5 kg is actually calculated at 14kg!

This makes these very expensive to send outside the UK - a large kit can cost nearly £40 to send to France.


Kev T

I’ve just received this kit and I must say it’s excellent. It comes in a large plain brown box long enough for full length balsa strips so no splicing for fuselage longerons. The laser cutting is sharp and clean. The wood quality is excellent. A full length of piano wire is supplied as is white tissue for covering ( won’t be using that ). All in all very impressed with the service from Vintage Model Company and the quality of the kit contents. I’ll maybe do another review when I’m finished building the kit. I’ve been away from balsa bashing for a long time so this is going to be a winter project

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