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BT 83" Spitfire Mk.IX SQN no. 312

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Old 12-15-2014, 01:51 PM
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That's good that you can do that with him.
The motor in my cub is electric. I have moved to electric because it is clean and all you do is change your LI-PO battery over.
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:40 PM
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Don't bin them as I will buy them off you if you are not going to use them.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:07 PM
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Subscibed

Currently building the BT Spit wing to match a composite fuse

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Old 12-15-2014, 10:04 PM
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How does it go Nick? Is that the ESM Spitfire MkIX?

John, Im not going to bin them. At the first time I would like to modify them. The biggest problem of their size is in their depth. I cant hide them under the cowl. But now Im waiting for fibreglass cowl, so I must wait.

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Old 12-15-2014, 10:41 PM
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That's okay. I sent you an email so talk later. All looks good so far!!
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:58 AM
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Hi Prekin,
That's right, I have reduced the BT wing to 73" to fit the ESM fuse. That will be good practice to build the 83" some day

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Old 12-16-2014, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Prekin View Post
But now Im waiting for fibreglass cowl, so I must wait.
Where are you getting the composite cowl from? Do they also do full composite fuse?
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:04 AM
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All composite parts are jpwarbirds product.
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:33 AM
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Thanks Prekin,
I was thinking maybe you found a source for BT Spit composite fuse in Europe
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:46 AM
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If you dont need the composite fuse now, Im going to make fibreglass fuse.

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Old 12-17-2014, 02:35 AM
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Nick, at the first time I wanted to buy ESM fuselage and build only the wing. But when I was thinking about it I reach the result that is easier to by all ESM kit and remake it or built this Spitfire on my own.
I remade ESM Dauntless and La-7 and found out, that the biggest problem was a scale cockpit and place for air tank. Other problem is the wing. I want to make wing from two halfs.
Here are some shots of my Dauntless and La-7 now La-5FN I saw that you did something similar with CMP Bf-109.
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Old 12-17-2014, 04:18 AM
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Jiri,
I've admired your craftsmanship on the SBD and La-7. I have done similar ARF make-overs on the CMP 109, the Kyosho Spit 90 and the ESM Bearcat (pics to follow). On the last 2 I rebuilt the wings and covered with Fliteskin.

I got the ESM 73" Spit wing second hand with a broken wing from a rough landing. I repaired it but didn't like at all its flying / stall performance. After some investigation I found excessive wing root incidence (2.5 degrees), little to no washout and a very strange airfoil (scale semi-symmetrical at root but thick symmetrical at the tip).
So I gave up on the stock ESM wing and decided to build a nice scale BT wing, cover with Fliteskin and match it to the fuse.
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Old 12-17-2014, 04:24 AM
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Kyo Spit, not scale geometry but very light so good platform for experimentation:
- Built proper wing fillet
- Stripped covering and glassed / fliteskin'd
- Sliding canopy and some cockpit features

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Old 12-17-2014, 04:29 AM
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ESM Bearcat, rebuilt retract area with beam bearers, fliteskin wings with hidden linkages



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Old 12-17-2014, 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Prekin View Post
If you dont need the composite fuse now. I can order it for you when Ill be in Kabul. The shipping from USA to Kaila air base was 16 US dollars. And shipping from Czech to Greece wont be more expensive.
Don't want to hijack this thread with my ramblings, I'll send you a PM
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Old 12-17-2014, 05:14 AM
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I see, you made nice wear out around the Spitfires wing root. How did you make it?
I will wait for PM.
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Balsa curved with hot steam for the top, 0.8mm ply base, glassed over



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Old 12-17-2014, 06:33 AM
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And the wear out? I see, you made a scratch a paint on the root. Is that only some silver paint on the coat?
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Oh right, you mean the wing walk weathering.

I spread sea salt over the primed wing, then paint the camouflage colours, then scratch the salt crystals off and you get the random paint peel effect

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Paint:

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And peel off:

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Yeach weathering is the right word. So you mixed salt and water and spread it on the wing. I must try it. Ive just tried on the piece of desk but never on the airplane. I have to say, that the result looks pretty good.
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I also wet sand some of the paint off the panel lines and rivets, and the light gray primer reveals the surface details:



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Old 12-17-2014, 08:38 AM
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I admire your work on rivets Nick. It looks fantastic!
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:51 PM
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Prekin;
The build is looking very good!!!
Please keep the updates coming!! I wish the web was around in the 70's when I jump into this hobby!!
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