The Vintage Model Company Pilot Kit

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Pilot Balsa Aircraft Kit (VM15)
£34.99

The VMC Pilot 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 the ‘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 is one that 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 models are much easier to build and fly than their scale model counterparts and therefore form an ideal starting point for a new modeller.

 

YOUR KIT:

This kit is for building a traditionally constructed, rubber-powered, free-flight cabin sports model of an original design by the Vintage Model Company (VMC).

Construction of the model from this kit uses simple balsa wood surfaces and the traditional method of ‘stick and tissue’ for the wings; that is to say, a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin.

The balsa wings are built over a plan printed at their exact scale. 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’.

Also in the spirit of 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.

 

KIT CONTENTS:

  • Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
  • PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
  • Piece of P400 Sandpaper .
  • Pre-formed wire main undercarriage.
  • Three low friction plastic ‘nose’ bushings – one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
  • Three cocktail sticks /toothpicks to use as dowels.
  • One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
  • One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
  • Coloured covering tissue.
  • Piece of clear acetate for the windows and ‘trim tabs’.
  • Lightweight printed paper graphics sheet.
  • Two rubber bands to secure the wings.
  • Rubber motor strip.
  • Two building plan sheets.
  • Parts reference sheet.

 Wingspan - 483mm (19")


The Deluxe Materials Balsa Kit Glue Deal (sold separately) Contains:

Super Phatic Glue 50ml: Highly penetrating yellow aliphatic glue with "wicking" action . Dries to 50% of its weight so ideal for lightweight models.

Tissue Paste 50ml: A specially developed tissue paste used for sticking tissue paper to model aircraft.

Eze Dope 250ml: Traditional modellers tissue shrinking dope. A safe, non-toxic alternative to the traditional flammable dope liquid. Its safe non-flammable formula has little odour and brushes are water-washable.

(Please note: this deal includes only the glues mentioned. The Balsa Kit must be purchased separately.)


 

Here at Hobbies we aim to dispatch all in stock items on the same working day, if ordered by 2:00pm. UK mainland orders will be delivered by either Royal Mail or DHL.

DHL normally advise an estimated delivery slot via SMS or Email notification. Please see below for shipping charges.

UK Shipping Charge Rate

Plans, Fretsaw Blades, Flags, Decals and Vinyl Lettering

£1.95

Orders Up To £150

£3.95

Orders Over £150 & Hobbies Catalogues (UK Only)

Free Delivery

Royal Mail TRACKED

£5.99

Maximum Postage (Wood Packs, Panels and Flammable Goods)

£5.95

Express Next Working Day & Nominated Delivery (Placed Before 2pm)

£7.95

Saturday Courier 

£11.95


Please note: Orders to surcharge areas may incur an additional cost if a parcel is oversized, overweight or contains flammable goods. We will contact you before posting. Please see Postage for more information regarding surcharge areas.

We also deliver all over the world. For information regarding overseas orders please see Postage for further details.

So why buy from Hobbies?

Hobbies have built a reputation for providing first class goods and excellent service, with over 120 years of experience supplying model makers, machinists, craftsman & enthusiasts alike. We pride ourselves on our worldwide reputation for high quality customer service and we are always happy to provide help and support, from advice with choosing what product to buy to after sales support, such as guidance with the building process of a model kit. Our customer support and service is comprehensive, and we won’t disappear after you have made a purchase. Not convinced? Then just ask one of our many thousands of satisfied customers, both here in the UK and overseas.

We believe model making is not just a pastime, but also an experience to share with friends, siblings, children and grandchildren. Hobbies stock a diverse range of hobby kits and accessories, from Revell kits to dolls houses, model boat kits to balsa aircraft. Whatever your age or experience level, you’ll be able to find something to pique your interest at Hobbies.

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