£32.99

SE5A - Flying Scale Model Aircraft Kit

£32.99
Regular price £32.99

SE5A - First Hero Of The Royal Air Force

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.

The Kit

This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight model of a 1918 SE5A fitted with the Wolseley Viper engine.

The kit includes the materials (other than paints) to complete the suggested authentic scheme of a brown SE5A flown by 84 Squadron of the then newly formed RAF. This is a simple but striking scheme, however you can decide to do your own favourite or more complicated scheme if you wish.

This particular aircraft was being piloted by Major C E M Pickthorn MC on the 10th November 1918, when he destroyed a Fokker DVII close to the town of Chimay in Belgium. After the war it was sold as surplus to be used for skywriting, then stored for many years before being restored to flying condition in the 1950s and again in the 1970s. In 2007 it was extensively refurbished and is (at time of writing) displayed and flown by the Shuttleworth Collection based at the Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire, England.

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 that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.

Power is provided by 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.

Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor. These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible.

Also in the spirit of the traditional 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.

Wingspan: 18".

Suitable for age 14+.

Box Contains:

  • Four balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
  • PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
  • One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
  • One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
  • Small piece of acetate sheet for the screen
  • Three low friction plastic ënoseí bushings  - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
  • Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
  • One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
  • Two plastic drinking straws (approximately 5mm in diameter).
  • Rubber motor strip.
  • Tissue to cover the model.
  • Parts reference sheets (W), full size summary plan sheets (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.

      Dispatch & Deliveries
       
      We aim to dispatch all orders the same or next day.  There might be the odd occasion when we take longer than this, but we will e-mail you to let you know if this is going to happen, and the reason why.

      For standard UK deliveries we use Royal Mail's 48 hour delivery service. We also offer the option to upgrade to First Class Delivery or Special Next Day Delivery (weekday deliveries only). Larger and multiple items are sent by courier.  Alternatively, if you wish to collect yourself, or have other collection means in operation, then we can accommodate this.  
       
      For deliveries outside the UK we use Royal Mail's International Service for smaller items, which again has proved reliable and speedy (this service incurs a 2kg weight limit). When an order is over 2kg we send via Fedex who offer an exceptional service and rates.   Deliveries to Europe normally take around 2 to 5 days, whilst the rest of the world takes up to 2-7 days.

      Our shipping rates are as follows:   

       

      UK 2nd Class 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg FREE
      UK 1st Class 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £2.00
      UK Special Delivery (Next Day)* 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £6.95
      UK Medium Parcel 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £5.00
      UK Heavy Goods 5.1 kg - 10.00 kg £10.00 

       UK Very Heavy Goods                                          10.1 kg - 20.00 kg               £15.00

       * For Next Day Special Delivery please place order before 11am (maximum weight of 2.00kg).

       

      Europe Small Goods 0.00 kg - 1.00 kg £3.50 GBP
      Europe Small Parcel Rate 1.1 kg - 2.00 kg £4.50 GBP
      Europe Large Parcel Rate 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £8.00 GBP
      International Shipments (Large) 5.1 kg - 9.0 kg £20.00 GBP

       

      Smaller Parcel International Rate 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £8.00 GBP
      Small Parcel International 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £14.00 GBP

       

       

      This charge will be added to your order at checkout and payment

      Returns
      We want you to be happy with each and every purchase you make from Liberty Trading, but we do understand that on occasions an item may be unsuitable or you may simply change your mind. Therefore, we offer a 30 day 'no quibble' returns policy. 

      To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, in the original packaging and in the same condition that you received it. 

      To start your return, please email sales@libertytrading.co.uk. 

      Please send any returns to: Liberty Trading, Returns Department, 3 Norman Court, Albion Road, Carlton Industrial Estate, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 3TE, UK.

      You will be responsible for paying for your own postage costs for returning your item. Return postage costs are non-refundable. Only damaged/faulty items will have the return postage cost refunded.

      Refunds
      Once your return is received and inspected, If you are approved, your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within 10 days of receipt of the goods back by us.

      Exchanges 
      We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at sales@libertytrading.co.uk and send your item back to us for an exchange.


       

       

      SE5A - First Hero Of The Royal Air Force

      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.

      The Kit

      This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight model of a 1918 SE5A fitted with the Wolseley Viper engine.

      The kit includes the materials (other than paints) to complete the suggested authentic scheme of a brown SE5A flown by 84 Squadron of the then newly formed RAF. This is a simple but striking scheme, however you can decide to do your own favourite or more complicated scheme if you wish.

      This particular aircraft was being piloted by Major C E M Pickthorn MC on the 10th November 1918, when he destroyed a Fokker DVII close to the town of Chimay in Belgium. After the war it was sold as surplus to be used for skywriting, then stored for many years before being restored to flying condition in the 1950s and again in the 1970s. In 2007 it was extensively refurbished and is (at time of writing) displayed and flown by the Shuttleworth Collection based at the Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire, England.

      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 that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.

      Power is provided by 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.

      Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor. These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible.

      Also in the spirit of the traditional 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.

      Wingspan: 18".

      Suitable for age 14+.

      Box Contains:

      • Four balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
      • PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
      • One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
      • One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
      • Small piece of acetate sheet for the screen
      • Three low friction plastic ënoseí bushings  - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
      • Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
      • One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
      • Two plastic drinking straws (approximately 5mm in diameter).
      • Rubber motor strip.
      • Tissue to cover the model.
      • Parts reference sheets (W), full size summary plan sheets (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.

          Dispatch & Deliveries
           
          We aim to dispatch all orders the same or next day.  There might be the odd occasion when we take longer than this, but we will e-mail you to let you know if this is going to happen, and the reason why.

          For standard UK deliveries we use Royal Mail's 48 hour delivery service. We also offer the option to upgrade to First Class Delivery or Special Next Day Delivery (weekday deliveries only). Larger and multiple items are sent by courier.  Alternatively, if you wish to collect yourself, or have other collection means in operation, then we can accommodate this.  
           
          For deliveries outside the UK we use Royal Mail's International Service for smaller items, which again has proved reliable and speedy (this service incurs a 2kg weight limit). When an order is over 2kg we send via Fedex who offer an exceptional service and rates.   Deliveries to Europe normally take around 2 to 5 days, whilst the rest of the world takes up to 2-7 days.

          Our shipping rates are as follows:   

           

          UK 2nd Class 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg FREE
          UK 1st Class 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £2.00
          UK Special Delivery (Next Day)* 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £6.95
          UK Medium Parcel 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £5.00
          UK Heavy Goods 5.1 kg - 10.00 kg £10.00 

           UK Very Heavy Goods                                          10.1 kg - 20.00 kg               £15.00

           * For Next Day Special Delivery please place order before 11am (maximum weight of 2.00kg).

           

          Europe Small Goods 0.00 kg - 1.00 kg £3.50 GBP
          Europe Small Parcel Rate 1.1 kg - 2.00 kg £4.50 GBP
          Europe Large Parcel Rate 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £8.00 GBP
          International Shipments (Large) 5.1 kg - 9.0 kg £20.00 GBP

           

          Smaller Parcel International Rate 0.00 kg - 2.00 kg £8.00 GBP
          Small Parcel International 2.1 kg - 5.00 kg £14.00 GBP

           

           

          This charge will be added to your order at checkout and payment

          Returns
          We want you to be happy with each and every purchase you make from Liberty Trading, but we do understand that on occasions an item may be unsuitable or you may simply change your mind. Therefore, we offer a 30 day 'no quibble' returns policy. 

          To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, in the original packaging and in the same condition that you received it. 

          To start your return, please email sales@libertytrading.co.uk. 

          Please send any returns to: Liberty Trading, Returns Department, 3 Norman Court, Albion Road, Carlton Industrial Estate, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 3TE, UK.

          You will be responsible for paying for your own postage costs for returning your item. Return postage costs are non-refundable. Only damaged/faulty items will have the return postage cost refunded.

          Refunds
          Once your return is received and inspected, If you are approved, your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within 10 days of receipt of the goods back by us.

          Exchanges 
          We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at sales@libertytrading.co.uk and send your item back to us for an exchange.


           

           

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