SE5a 35 1/4" N147

Skill Level: Intermediate

More than 365 parts

SE5a  35 1/4" Bert Ayers

Scale: 1/9
Prop: 10x6
Channels: R/E/A/T or R/E/T
Wheels: Balsa Ply w Neo Tires
Wingspan: 35.25"
Airfoil Type: Flat bottomed with mini rib included
Wing Area: 439 sq in
Cowl: N/A

Designer: M.K. Bengtson

Prototye & Manual: Bert Ayers

Weight: ~25 oz
Spinner: N/A  
Power System: MP Jet geared 4:1 S400/480 or most likely MP Jet BL
SE5a by Bert Ayers



Instruction Manual

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  • R/E only by fixing the ailerons in place. Otherwise, in-wing servo driven ailerons



The S.E.5a was one of the most important and influential aircraft of the war. The S.E.5a (Scout Experimental 5a) was designed by H.P. Folland and J. Kenworthy of the Royal Aircraft Factory in Farnborough. The introduction SE5a with the 200-hp Hispano-Suiza or Wolseley Viper engine resolved earlier SE5 engine problems and added nearly 30 mph to the S.E.5a as top speed. The S.E.5a was inherently stable making it excellent at gunnery. It was also one of the fastest aircraft of the war, at 138 mph, it was as fast as the SPAD S.XIII. The S.E.5a was not a great dog fighter, lacking the agility of the Camel. However, it was much easier to fly. The S.E.5 had only one synchronized .303-in Vickers machine gun, however it did have a wing-mounted Lewis gun, which enabled the pilot to fire at an enemy aircraft from below. The S.E.5a entered service in June 1917. Legendary British ace, James McCudden wrote of the S.E.5a "It was very fine to be in a machine that was faster than the Huns, and to know that one could run away just as things got too hot."