Vintage RAF SE5a WWI Bi-plane model that really flies!

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RAF SE5a WWI Bi-plane model airplane complete vintage model rubber-powered balsa wood aircraft kit that really flies!

Wonderful complete model kit of a WWI RAF SE5a bi-plane

  • Hours of fun making a rubber powered balsa wood kit that really flies
  • Includes everything you need including glue to make the kit
  • Ideal for ages 14 to 100!
  • Comes in a lovely presentation box

Whether you’re new to model building or an old hand, we have a kit to delight and entertain you. Model kits make great presents – not just because they look great when they’re finished but because they offer the recipient hours of enjoyment, the ability to learn new skills and the sense of achievement when the model’s complete.

The SE5A was a development of the earlier SE5 (Scout Experimental 5) biplane, designed to gain air superiority over the German Luftstreitkrafte towards the end of World War 1. Designed by H P Folland at the Royal Aircraft Factory, the early SE5s were under-powered and suffered a number of handling problems as well as weaknesses in the undercarriage. However, the basic design showed so much promise that the concerns were addressed and resolved – the result being the much more successful SE5A.

Over 5200 SE5As were manufactured by a number of companies, most notably Wolseley Motors, Austin Motors and Vickers. Initially, delivery to squadrons was held up by poor reliability and availability of the originally specified Hispano Suiza engine. Later models were fitted with the much more powerful and reliable Wolseley Viper engine (itself a development of the Hispano Suiza unit), which got the aircraft to the RFC squadrons that needed them from April 1917.

Although not as manoeuvrable in a dog fight as the SE5A’s contemporary the Sopwith Camel, its earlier arrival into the war, alongside its speed, strength and stability, made it a favourite of many pilots.

With a wingspan of 18″(450mm) your finished model will be big enough to handle with ease and yet small enough to display with pride.  We’ve made building the kit easier for you – the precision laser-cut balsa parts simply push out ready for you to stick together using the PVA wood glue. We’ve included an original plan and instructions along with lightweight japanese tissue, propeller, rubber motor and wheels – in fact everything you’ll need to create a fully flyable recreation of this iconic aircraft.

These kits make great Christmas gifts and birthday presents for that “hard to buy for” person who has everything (please note children under 14 should be supervised by an adult).

WHAT’S IN THE KIT? Original plan with instructions Laser-cut balsa parts including stripwood for stringers, leading and trailing edges, etc. Japanese tissue 20swg wire for undercarriage Propeller 2.5 feet of good quality flight rubber Nose button 20swg propshaft Dowel motor peg Pair of plastic wheels 10mm tail wheel Wood Glue Sent to you in a robust presentation cardboard box.

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