Lightning 50

Scale classic jet interceptor for 50mm EDF


The Lightning is a very popular subject, please email us to check availability.   Customer feedback has been very positive: 

.....very pleased with the model very good drawings and laser cut parts...

.....I am very pleased with the kit.  It is good to have very comprehensive instruictions with a kit - sometimes a rarity these days!...

......the building instructions are great....

.....received the drawings yesterday they are brilliant...


English Electric Models presents: Lightning 50


A very near scale model of the legendary British twin-jet interceptor for Electric Ducted Fan propulsion and 3-channel RC. 

We are very pleased with our little Lightning, we hope you will be. 

Careful design has resulted in a practical, easy to build model which combines very near scale appearance with a strong structure and  great flying characteristics.

To keep a scale intake we opted for a single fan design as a twin would need an enlarged intake or a cheater hole.  The single fan exhausts through the upper tailpipe, which keeps the lower tail are clear to house the axle joining for the all moving tail sections

The outline of the model is very near scale, the only real deviations from scale being the use of a flat bottom aerofoil for the wing section for ease of building. The air intake is very slightly increased, but not noticeably and the nose has the character and look of the full size. 

The model is relatively large for the fan unit in order to have scale intake area and retain the scale narrow fuselage, but still has plenty of power and the generous wing area allows a very wide speed range and good easily controlled landing characteristics.

Like our Canberra models, two carbon rods running most of the length of the fuselage provide rigidity, great strength and ensure alignment during the build.

The Lightning we have modelled is the F6 version with large belly tank. This provides a good area to belly land on and careful positioning of the bungee hook allows the model to sit at the correct angle on a take off ramp.

This is a part kit, which provides the major and time-consuming components to build a scale R/C EDF jet.   It contains laser cut ply and balsa parts:

  • Liteply Fuselage formers
  • 2.5mm Balsa wing ribs wing spars
  • 3mm Ply spars
  • 1.5mm control horns
  • 5mm Balsa tail and intake sections
  • 3mm Liteply Assembly jigs
  • Carbon Tube
    • 2 off 5mm dia x 645mm long
    • 2 off 5mm dia x 59mm long tail axle
    • 1 off 5mm dia x 10cm (approx.) long bearing alignment rod
  • Carbon Rod
    • 1 off 4mm dia x 20mm axle join section
    • 2 off 2mm dia x 40mm torque rod
  • Brass bearing tube 2 off 13mm x 6mm dia.
  • Vac form canopy
  • Plans
  • Instructions


To finish it you will need to provide:

  • Sheet balsa
    • wing sheeting:             4 off     1.5mm balsa  4” x 36” sheet
    • fuselage planking:       2 off     2.5mm balsa  4” x 36” sheet  
  • Scrap 1/64 ply for nose intake 18mm x 205mm
  • 3mm balsa strip
  • 5mm nylon washer x 2
  • Art card
  • Covering and finishing materials
  • Glue
  • 50mm EDF unit and speed controller
  • R/C gear 



Lightning 50 Dimensions                       Metric                                        Imperial




Overall Length



Duct length



Wing Area

1150 cm2

178.3 sq in.  1.24 sq ft

Flying Weight (no battery)


17.3 oz.

Battery 3s 1600mAh


4.9 oz.

All up weight


22.2 oz.

Wing loading

54.8 g / dm 2

17.9 oz per sq ft



Equipment- Used on Prototype

Fan Unit

Wemotec Micro Fan Pro 50MM EDF 4 Blade 6000Kv 3S HET 240-15 6,000kv)

Speed controller



HYPERION G5 SV-70C 1600mAh -3CELL LiPo


Spektrum DSX AR5210 with remote

Aileron Servos

Hitec 50 x2

Elevator Servo

Hitec 55


Lightning 50 is available to buy as a plan or a part kit. To purchase, email us at

 Item                         Description                                              Price Per Item
Laser Parts

Laser and CNC cut balsa and ply wood 

components pack

Vac Form Vacuum formed nose and canopy glazing £6.00
Plans Detailed plans spread over four A0 sheets  £16.50

Comprehensive instruction booklet with

full build detals and images

Carbon Tube and Rod

Carbon tube

 - 2 off 5mm diameter x 795mm length

 - 1 off 5mm diameter x 400mm length

Carbon rod (elevator torque rods)

 - 2 off 3mm diameter x 50mm length

 - 2 off 1mm diameter x 10mm length

Total All items above bought separately £101.00
Part Kit Price Part kit contains all above items £86.00
Kit Postage Anywhere within the UK £12.00
Postage and Part Kit Complete total price £98.00
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