• West Wings Slingsby Swallow Glider Balsa Kit
  • West Wings Slingsby Swallow Glider Balsa Kit

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West Wings Slingsby Swallow Glider Balsa Kit


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 West Wings Slingsby Swallow Glider Balsa Kit


The Slingsby Swallow was designed as a high performance sailplane by Britain’s longest established glider manufacturer.

The original was constructed from wood and lent itself to conventional model building techniques. Many survive in gliding clubs throughout the country and some even saw service with the Air Training Corps.

The model market is often criticised for ignoring the scale glider market, so West Wings chose the Swallow in response. Our model has been designed from conception to cater for two markets. We wanted to appeal to free flight enthusiasts and to the growing numbers of micro R/C fliers as well. Surprisingly, it is with the R/C sector that the Swallow has found most favour.

There are readily available (and affordable) servos in the 3g to 6g area together with receivers of around the same weight, that have made R/C projects like this possible.  Combine these with a 4 cell pack of around 150mah NiMh cells and you've got a very lightweight model with fabulous performance in the lowest lift conditions, and what's more, it's scale like! The model will perform well from hand or towline launch or even on the slope.

If existing owners are anything to go by, the Swallow is a winner.

  • Wingspan: 900 mm (35.5")
  • Free Flight or 2-channel Semi-Scale Glider
  • Balsa wood
  • Covering material
  • Plastic Propeller
  • Rubber Motor (Band)
  • Wheels
  • Spinner
  • Canopy
  • Detailing (e.g decals and plastic molded sections


  • Balsa cement
  • Craft knife
  • Model pins
  • Shrinking dope (for sealing tissue covering)
  • Brush for applying dope

You can Add the Balsa Builders Package Here.