by George Harris
from American Modeler
Tags: Scale IC R/C LowWing Military Fighter
all formers complete :)
Spitfire IX - RC scale fighter from AM Feb 1962, for multi-channel RC, with Super Tigre .45 power. Later kitted by Sterling. Quote: "Since scale modelers are a demanding bunch, the markings have been kept authentic and several different aircraft squadron designations have been given as alternatives. The camouflage scheme and R.A.F. markings are as applied during the appropriate period. Originally a 70 inch span Spit built as a test bed for this type of model flew with a Fox .59, followed by a McCoy 60. This model has made almost 100 flights and, despite its heavy weight of 10-lbs, is very aerobatic, even in a glide. A second, smaller model to accurate scale with full war paint proved to be even more aerobatic. So far the second, shown in the photographs, has made 113 flights. It is momentarily retired after the right landing gear leg snapped off at the bend while landing across a deep rut. Test pilot for the project was Ed Fitzgibbon of the San Diego Drones R/C club, who went through all the usual tricks plus a few unusual ones. Most of the flying was with a Super Tigre .56 - but a .45 will be plenty when the structure. is lightened as shown in the plans. When modified Hassad .65 was installed the Spit just spiraled itself up into the clouds. The model is not intended for beginners, so details like control systems and equipment installations have been skipped. Most experienced modelers have their own ideas about such things anyhow and their equipment varies considerably. The fuselage is built upside-down on the crutch directly on the bottom view, the basic structure completed to a considerable degree before removal. This ensures a true alignment which is essential in a large, fast model. The ply sides key into the formers and the separate side pieces lock the whole assembly together, The rear formers are held erect by the bottom longeron, the main part of the planking being easily applied in this position..." Update 24/07/2013: Replaced this plan with a clearer version, thanks to JJ. Quote: - "More plans - I saw George about 10 years ago, but didn't get a chance to talk to him. I don't think he ever flew the Spit personally. A guy named Ed ? flew it most of the time. Plans are for Spit #2, George sent them to me about 25 years ago... Have Fun"
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