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.
Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood
PVA glue for building the wooden frames
One Ø 150mm plastic propeller
Pre-bent motor hook and shaft
Three low friction plastic nose bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarrage and tail wheel legs
Vaccuum formed canopy and spinner
Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs