SE5a 53 1/8" N067

Skill Level: Advanced

Prototype Version

More than 425 parts

SE5a  53 1/8"

Scale: 1/6
Prop: 14x7
Channels: R/E/A
Wheels: Balsa Ply w Neo Tires
Wingspan: 53 1/8"
Airfoil Type: Under cambered
Wing Area: 988 sq in
Cowl: N/A
Designer: M.K. Bengtson
Weight: 65 oz
Spinner: N/A  
Prototype: Brian Allen
Power System: AXI 2826 brushless direct drive, Olympus geared Endoplasma power optional
SE5a 53 1/8"
SE5a 53 1/8"
SE5a 53 1/8"
SE5a 53 1/8"


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  • Removable wings
  • Highly detailed, nearly scale, internal wing construction
  • Four ailerons driven by lower wing mounted servos
  • Pull-pull rudder and elevator linkage with scale control horn position
  • Olympus geared Endoplasma power optional


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."