Sparrowhawk Sports Flier

Sparrowhawk Sports Flier
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Wingspan:  20" (505mm)



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The Sparrowhawk is a high wing, cabin sports model designed for fun flying.

This is not a scale model based on a real (or what modellers call "prototype") aircraft, but is designed purely as a flying model.

Sports models come in many guises and are often flown in competitions that are purely about flying duration, with many different sets of rules and regulations governing their size and shape. Often these models bear no resemblance to a real aircraft at all, with thin tubular fuselages, no undercarriage and very long thin wings.

A cabin sports model means one which has a "cockpit" where a notional pilot could sit, with fewer compromises to the size and shape for duration. Therefore it sits between a scale model and a pure duration model, both in the way it looks and the way it performs.

These types of models are much easier to build and fly than their scale model counterparts and therefore form an ideal starting point for a new modeller.


This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight cabin sports model of an original design by The Vintage
Model Company. 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.

The balsa frameworks are built over a plan printed at the exact scale of the model which is in essence a real engineering drawing. Power is provided by a rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight.

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.

Although not a "serious" sports model, if built correctly, properly stretch wound and in the right hands, the Sparrowhawk is capable of surprisingly long flights (1 minute plus) both indoors and outdoors on a calm day.

In the spirit of the old kits additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.


Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
One 180mm diameter plastic propeller.
One pre-bent motor hook and shaft
Three low friction plastic ënoseí bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage legs.
Dowel for the wing fixings, tail plane fixings and for the motor peg.
Rubber bands to hold the wings and tail plane in position.
Rubber motor strip.
Piece of clear acetate for the windows and "trim tabs".
Tissue to cover the model.
Parts reference sheet (W) and full size summary plan sheet (X).


Click the link below to download a pdf version of the patterns for acetate and paper/card parts originally drawn on the plan.

This will save you from having to cut into your beautiful plan!

Download the patterns sheet

The Sparrowhawk fits into a Small Box. Please use the table below to calculate your likely shipping costs:


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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.





Average Rating (4 Reviews):  
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Sunday, 24 March 2019  | 

Finished this little model. It went together effortlessly. The instruction booklet was great. Just needed 3g of nose weight. Went testing it with my two young daughters. Both not keen. But soon got into it when the Sparrow hawk took flight. We spent a pleasant afternoon. Me winding it up and letting it go. They, running after it and bringing it back to dad. Had so much fun that I have ordered the Me109.


Thanks Phil
So glad to hear you had so much fun with your Sparrow hawk.
The ME-109 might be a bit more challenging to build and fly, but that's the point!

Reach for the enlarger!
Saturday, 4 August 2018  | 

A great, simple model, aimed at the beginner. I think it would be so much easier if it were just a bit bigger, say 30" wingspan. The parts are fiddly and it is relatively difficult to trim as it is small. Don't get me wrong, it does fly, but it is more erratic than it need be. Otherwise a great effort, the parts fit well and the instructions are clear. Hurrah for the VMC, marketing free-flight models.


Thanks Martin
We'll see if we can get a larger scale model into production!

Excellent first flying model
Wednesday, 31 May 2017  | 

I bought this to teach my 10-year old son to make traditional rubber-powered flying models. It is a straightforward build and went together superbly. When complete, and correctly balanced with a little bit of nose-weight, it required virtually no tweaking to fly. With the supplied rubber motor we immediately got 30-second flights, and with a slightly longer one we were up for nearly a minute! Happy lad, happy dad.


Thanks Jonathan - that's great to hear!

We were most impressed with your video of the Sparrowhawk flying on the Hip Pocket Aeronautics forum.

Hopefully you've recruited another youngster to the hobby too!

Flying beautifully
Wednesday, 21 October 2015  | 

First model I have built in 30years easy to build and flew beautifully with minimal trimming. Have made a couple of mods ( Slightly longer motor and different prop) great fun my grandsons love it. Well done Vintage Model co I will certainly be buying more kits


So glad you enjoyed building and flying the Sparrow Hawk. It was designed intentionally to get youngsters excited by aero-modelling. Thanks for the review and for enthusing the next generation!!

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