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Overview
Heritage Aviation Models Ltd. is located in Lincolnshire, England.  They make some nice resin scale glider model kits.  They are in the 1:48 scale range which makes them a bit smaller than the Revell models, but much larger than the 1:72 scale kits from Czech Master Resins and others.

Note: These are Resin Kits.  On each box it states "For Experienced Modelers". 

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These kits are all resin kits - not plastic kits.  Sometimes referred to as "Garage Kits". This term has been coined to represent the fringe of the model kit manufacturing community (generally individuals) who produce kits (yes, sometimes in their garage!) that number in dozens, rather than the hundreds or thousands or millions that constitute the bulk of consumer-oriented commercial model kits sold at regular retail outlets.  Instead of being molded with hot plastic as injection-molded and vacuum-formed kits are, resin kits are made from liquid urethane or polyester resins poured into silicone rubber molds.   The kits on this page are all made using a two-part polyester resin.  The liquid resin sets after a few minutes, and the molds are separated to release the parts. Resin kits usually are of subjects that are not available in injection-molded kits, and they can be expensive. You must use super glue (also called cyanoacrylate or "CA") or epoxy to build resin kits - not plastic model glue.  All the model kits on this page are resin kits.  Note that some of these kits are of lower detail and quality than the plastic injection molded model kits.  Resin kits are also generally more expensive and more difficult to build.  See: A Resin Model Kit Primer


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Heritage-Grob-109B Grob 109B Vigilant (RAF Vigilant T. Mk. 1) Motorglider Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 16.6 m (54.5 feet)
Wing Span: 34.6 cm (13.6 inches)
This is a popular German two-seat motorglider with side-by-side seating.  It first flew in 1983.
From the manufacturer: "Resin, white metal, vac. form + waterslide decal set. Latest in our training aircraft line up. Our kit catches her unique lines beautifully."

The excellent 1997 SSA Sailplane Directory includes an excellent write-up, specifications and photo of this motorglider.  A quote from the book: "The self-launching side-by-side G 109 cuises under power at better than 124 mph and has a cruising range in excess of 500 miles.  The Grob G 109B, which first flew in 1983, is an improved, enlarged and more powerful development with a Grob engine and redesigned canopy.  The Royal Air Force purchased 54 G 109B's (known as the Vigilant T Mk. 1) for its air cadet training program."

Details on the Grob 109B on Wikipedia
$56 In Stock
Heritage-Grunau-Baby-2 Grunau Baby 2 Sailplane Model Kit
See also a very similar Grunau Baby II B kit in the same scale by Ardpol.  The Ardpol kit appears to be a bit more detailed.
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.57 m (44.5 feet)
Wing Span: 28.3 cm (11.1 inches)
Length: 12.7 cm (5.0 inches)
The full size glider was designed and built in Germany starting in 1936.
From the manufacturer: "Latest in our glider line of releases, comprising resin, white metal, vac form. Another in our glider range, not one of the most numerous but can still be found in reasonable numbers."

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "At hundreds of small gliding schools the 2B became the standard intermediate sailplane.  Whatever the numbers before, the production figures of the GB 2B ran into thousands.  Harry Schneider, son of Edmund, estimated about 4000 to 5000 Grunau Babies were built, worldwide.  Wolf Hirth suggested twice these numbers.  The exact total is not known but (excluding the innumerable primary trainers) there is no doubt that more of the Grunau Baby were built than any other type of sailplane before or since."

$29 In Stock
Heritage-Kirby-Kadet Kirby Kadet T MK 7 Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 11.7 m (38.4 feet)
Wing Span: 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)
Length: 13.5 cm (5.3 inches)
Designed in Britain by John Stanley Sproule in 1936. It was a single seat intermediate training glider. 
From the manufacturer: "Vac form, resin and white metal parts. Another of our atc glider range. Nice easy kit."

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The Kirby Kadet was produced by Slingsby as a trainer just one step better than the primary Dagling, capable of soaring well enough for inexperienced pilots to gain their 'C' badges.  The Kadet came up to expectations.  Over 430 were built altogether, the most numerous of all British gliders."

$29 In Stock
Heritage-Piper-Pawnee Piper PA-25 Pawnee Towplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Towplane: 11.02 m (36.2 feet)
Wing Span: 23.0 cm (9.0 inches)
Length: 15.7 cm (6.2 inches)
The PA-25 Pawnee is a very popular agricultural aircraft produced by Piper Aircraft in he USA between 1959 and 1982. It remains a very widely used aircraft in the agricultural spraying industry and is also used extensively as a tow plane, or tug, for launching gliders or towing banners. 
From the manufacturer: "Resin, white metal, vac form & plastic struts. The photo of the completed model at right shows one of these beauties built by darius in worthing....what an excellent modeler!  Thanks for letting me use your picture."

Details on the Piper PA-25 Pawnee on Wikipedia

$34 In Stock
Heritage-Slingsby-T21 Slingsby T21 B Sedbergh Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 16.46 m (54.0 feet)
Wing Span: 34.3 cm (13.5 inches)
Length: 17.0 cm (6.7 inches)
Designed and built by Slingsby in 1947.  It was a 2-seat, side-by-side training glider.
From the manufacturer: "The infamous barge, comprising decals, resin, vac form, and white metal parts. First thing I flew in, in the air cadets ...ah the memories!"

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photo and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The T-21 was in most respects an enlarged Grunau Baby.  The two seats were side by side in the open cockpit.  Instructors generally preferred this arrangement because it enabled them to converse normally with the student and observe facial expressions.  That there was some inescapable drag penalty hardly mattered in a trainer.  The small windscreens were very effective in deflecting the airflow away from the pilots' faces.  If the airspeed was not well controlled this became obvious immediately in the cockpit."

$36 In Stock
Heritage-Slingsby-T31 Slingsby T31 Tandem Tutor (Cadet Mark 3) Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.2 m (43.3 feet)
Wing Span: 27.5 cm (10.8 inches)
Length: 14.8 cm (5.8 inches)
Designed and built by Slingsby in 1950.  It was a 2-seat, tandem seating training glider.
From the manufacturer: "The infamous barge, comprising decals, resin, vac form, and white metal parts. First thing I flew in, in the air cadets ...ah the memories!"

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photo and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "When Slingsby introduced the Type 31 it was called the Tandem Tutor.  The original Tutor flew first in 1937.  It was a single-seater intended for early soaring flights by pupils who had progressed to the Kirby Kadet and were ready to move on.  The Tutor, or Cadet Mark 2, was built in quantity for the ATC and more were produced after 1946 for civilian use.  In 1949 although the T-21 was already becoming accepted as an excellent trainer, some clubs, particularly where the landing field was relatively rough, required a robust two-seater with a performance and handling like the solo Tutor. ...  The Tandem Tutor was tested by the BGA (British Gliding Association) and came on the market from 1951.  There were exports to many countries of complete aircraft and kits of parts.  The ATC took 131 as the Cadet Mark 3.  More than 200 were built.  Some are still flying as vintage gliders."

  $45 In Stock
 

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