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R.A.F. SE5a 'Heavy Weather' Kit


'Heavy Weather' Livery as flown by Arthur Rhys-Davids 1917

Our love of aviation history ensures that the aircraft we choose to reproduce as kits not only look fantastic on static display and in the air, but they also carry a depth of history that can be explored. The Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a was an all round fighter that was much admired by those that flew it. And, with the detail that we can incorporate into the print and build, makes the kit a pleasure to display as well as fly.

History in the Making

With Rhys-Davids' SE5a, we have re-create the patina that would have shrouded these aircraft as they quickly aged during service. Frequent and hurried maintenance, oil leaks and engine issues coupled with muddy or dusty airfield conditions would have rendered aircraft with a very distinct 'weathered' appearance very quickly into their service life. This SE5a wears its 'Heavy Weather' well. It's almost like flying a professionally finished static model!

New Livery and Revised Kit

The New Microaces SE5a revised kit includes more scale detail, increased strength and incorporates new dihedral bracing too. It also now comes with a printed full colour Assembly Guide included in the box.

From 2022 this kit NOW INCLUDES...

This Microaces kit is now supplied 'as standard' with the most suitable Microaces motor/gearbox and propeller combination for the model.

So to complete the kit for radio controlled flight, all you need is an All In One (AIO) Receiver that's compatible with your transmitter.

Selecting the right receiver to complete your kit:

The Microaces AIO 5CH micro receiver is available with the following protocols. If unsure, check your transmitter instruction manual to find out which protocol(s) it uses. Then select the compatible receiver protocol below to view the appropriate receiver to add to your order.

DSM2/X Compat. S-FHSS Compat. FrSky D8 Compat.  FrSky D16 Compat. AFHDS Compat.

Build Video

As well as a comprehensive Assembly Guide included with the kit, there is a series of Youtube videos that guide you through the build. Created by the Microaces kit designer and full of additional tips, tricks and guidance, this playlist will help immeasurably with your Microaces build.

If you are unsure of your ability to build this beautiful kit, you no longer need to be concerned. The support you get with a Microaces build is second to none!

3D Printed Pilots

A fantastic enhancement to the kit, that really upgrades the level of realism is a 3 dimensional pilot. Add one to your order for the ultimate 'finishing touch'!


R.A.F. SE5a Model

Airframe Scale
Controls Rudder, Elevator, Throttle
Length 292mm / 11.5"
Wingspan 368mm / 14.5"
Wing Area 5.00 sq dm / 77.5 sq in.
Flying Weight. 39.5g/1.3oz
Wing Load 7.80g/sq.dm / 2.42oz/sq.ft.
Microaces AIO Receiver
Rec. Motor / G.Box* Microaces Standard Motor/gearbox
Rec. Prop* GWS 4530
Skill Level - Build Intermediate
Skill Level - Pilot Intermediate
Tools required Scalpel, 180 Grit sandpaper or stick, straight edge, tweezers
Rec. Adhesive Deluxe Materials Foam2Foam  / Aliphatic glue

*Now included in Kit

Kit Content

NOW INCLUDES   Brushed Motor/Gearbox with standard prop shaft
GWS 4530 Prop and rubber prop adapter
SHEET PARTS 2mm laser cut Depron Airframe sheet
1mm printed & laser cut Depron fuselage sheet
1mm printed & laser cut Depron flight surfaces sheet
200 micron printed & laser cut polypropylene sheet
polyester sticker sheet
LOOSE PARTS 0.8mm laser cut plywood motor mount
Two 30mm Ø neoprene rubber tires
Six 3mm Ø neodymium magnets
50mm x 4mm Ø plastic tube
2 x 1mm x 0.4mm carbon fibre strips
1mm Ø carbon fibre rod
pre-shaped piano wire elevator & rudder control rods
3m Spectra rigging wire

Spares & Accessories

For building and finishing your Microaces Aero Kit see our Spares & Accessories page


Assembly Guide

Included in the Kit

Click on booklet below to view online!

SE5a Manual Link


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