Radio Controlled SE5a WW1 Fighter


Original Manufacturer:  Vintage Model Company
Style:  Radio Control
Wingspan:  24" (600mm)
Scale:  1:12
Ease of Build:  Intermediate
Power:  Electric



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Your Price:  £189.00


Introduced towards the end of WWI, the agile yet stable Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a,  helped the Royal Flying Corps to gain air superiority over the German Luftstreitkräfte.

This kit is an authentic representation of the SE5a (C1149/W) flown by Duncan Grinnell-Milne, Commanding Officer of No.56 Squadron RFC from 1917. It featured a one-off colour scheme and carried the name "Shweinhund" - a reference to how German guards would address him and fellow POWs when he was captured in 1915.

The first release in our “Legends of Flight” range of RC models, the SE5a makes the perfect introduction to true “aero-modelling” if you demand more than just foam “ready to fly” models…


24” (609mm) wingspan - big enough to withstand light winds when flown outdoors, yet small enough to store and transport easily.

3-channel radio control - with just power, rudder and elevator to control, even an RC novice has a chance to fly successfully.

Accurate laser-cut parts - designed in CAD to go together perfectly, building the kit is a joy.

Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions and full-scale plans - even if you have never built a model aircraft before, you should be able to build this one.

Iron-on covering with cutting templates - no messing around with tissue and smelly dopes as Oralight makes covering a doddle. We’ve even included paper templates for you to cut around!

Beautiful sturdy “ammo” style presentation box - ideal as a gift for a big birthday, retirement or Christmas.


Kit contains over 350 parts and materials including:

2200kv brushless electric motor, ESC and servos

Master Airscrew propeller

Glues, epoxy, craft knife and sandpaper

Vacuum-formed pilot figure to build and paint

Precision laser-cut parts in balsa wood, plywood and hardwood

Oralight iron-on coloured covering

Full set of water-slide decals

Accurate, heavily annotated plans

Fully illustrated, step-by-step instruction booklet



4 Channel Radio Control Transmitter and Receiver

450-460mAh 2S LiPo battery (55mm x 30mm 10mm)

Soldering iron

Modelling iron

Basic household tools such as scissors and screw drivers





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)

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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 and we will do our absolute best to accommodate you.






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