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    Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    Hello everyone i have just brought a Pica 88" Spitfire still in kit form.

    Im looking for more info on the build with pictures so if anyone has built 1 or building 1 please let me know.

    Also before i build i would like to get all the other bits together ie spinner - wheels - retracts etc etc

    These are the items im looking into at the moment any links/comments welcome.

    1) Scale Cockpit
    2) Retracts
    3) 4.5" Wheels
    4) Tail Wheel
    5) 5" Spinner

    Thanks.
    Thanks Jg.

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    rc-jg,
    I was going to cut and paste a few links for you but MUCH easier to let you know of the great search feature of this site. From the main Warbirds page do 'Search this Forum' Search for 'Pica Spitfire' and you will come accross a wealth of knowledge and options.
    Have a read, and let us know what what you reckon.
    Good luck and have fun with your build. I still have the 1/6th scale Pica Spitty that one day will get flaps and a refurb.

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    Hello i just did a quick serach and nothing came up [:@]
    Thanks Jg.

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire


    ORIGINAL: rc-jg

    Hello i just did a quick serach and nothing came up [:@]
    Down the bottom of the page search in 'Search this forum'
    I just did that and got this;
    http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/sear...D&sortMethod=d

    Enjoy,

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    I have purchased one also a few months ago and still trying to get some of the same stuff together. So far i am going with SPRING AIR Retracts and Evolution engine for this Beam engine mount Spitfire. BME also makes a beam mount gas engine. If you have ant other ideas let me know. Here is a web address for the engine http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EVOE40GX

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    I'd recommend Shindin Machine's retracts, or at least his struts with the Spring Air retracts. For the spinner, the P-51 style from Gene Barton is excellent. The spinner that Pica offered for the kit was, I believe, the same 5" spinner sold by Zinger. The Barton spinner has a very heavy backplate which will help balance the plane, and both require you to make your own cutouts. Although Pica cockpit kits are hard to find, Dynamic Balsa sells a kit that will work. I wouldn't feel tied to a beam mount engine, although the BME 50 would be a great fit, except for the carb sticking out the side. You can add a 1/4" ply firewall to the front and mount any of the popular 50 cc gas burners). Do anything you can to lighten the fuse behind the cockpit, especially the tail feathers.
    Hope that helps,
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    I used the Shindin Machine retracts on mine. If you go over to rcscalebuilder.com there are several build threads for the 1/5 PICA Spit under the PICA heading. Go ahead and become a site supporter and you can enjoy the site to its fullest. The site supporters have a monthly download that is free to them. I've downloaded two Anderson plans (Arado and LA-7) so far and some walkarounds.

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    Build the tail as light as you can. Cut holes use lighter material whatever you can do to reduce weight aft of the wing. I flew mine with a BGX and later a G62. Flew fine with both engines. I used Springair retract and Robart struts. Haven't had a problem. Its a floater! Easy to fly and tracks pretty well. I used the Spun aluminum spinner. Don't use the sheetmetal screw that come with it. Find some 4-40 anchor nuts and rivet them to the back plate. Works just like full scale planes.
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    you mite not like that engine. i have a friend that has one in his p-51.. he thinks its junk. and i have seen him man y times working on tunning bugs.. the biggest problem is the carb location.. some of the club pylon racers used the engine. and ended up switching them for something else.. lookinto a g-38 maybe.


    just a thought, nothing worse than driving 15 miles to go fly. and cant cuz your plane desides to be a peice of ($#@&%$) that day lol
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    Sheldons use to have some of the spare parts , like original Pica spinners in old time packageing ect , ask them to look for yuo
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    I had one of these many years ago.. decent flying plane.

    I have a set of used and "slightly abused" Likes line retracts for the Pica Spit. These are very robust units. I have thought of building another one... but moved up in size.

    So, if anybody wants them cheap, send me a PM. Full system, one retract gearbox has been repaired, works fine. $ 125 shipped.

    And a pic of my last Spit....
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    Hello everyone thanks for the info you guys are giving it's all being take in,i have now joined the rcscalebuilder iv put a post on there aswell.

    Iv emailed Shindin Machine for the retracts

    IFLYRC-RCU your Spitfire looks very nice,any pictures of the retracts you have for sale



    Thanks Jg.

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    ORIGINAL: IFLYRC-RCU


    I have a set of used and "slightly abused" Likes line retracts for the Pica Spit. These are very robust units. I have thought of building another one... but moved up in size.

    So, if anybody wants them cheap, send me a PM. Full system, one retract gearbox has been repaired, works fine. $ 125 shipped.
    PM Sent
    Thanks Jg.

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    allo rc-jg i,am scratch building a spitfire from pica plan, i have to put a side for a will, not because lost interest but no very sure about my work,i'm not sure about the size of the wing ribs and fuselage formers.send you some pics, my question is it is possible for you to trace the wing ribs and fuselage formers for me, i will pay you i don't want you working for nothing i thank yoy very much, lrios

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    here are the pics i hope that help to understand
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    nice job!
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    Here are a couple of pictures of my Pica Spitfire. I airbrushed the panel lines, It is painted with PPG acrylic enamel and weiges 26#. May be this will give you some ideas.Regards John
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    lovely bird you have

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

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    Very Nice Spit.

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    John,

    Your spit looks great......would look great next to my P-47
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    Built several years ago...and never flown.

    Soft Landings Always,
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire


    ORIGINAL: Bob Paris

    Built several years ago...and never flown.

    Soft Landings Always,
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    Very Very nice i love it
    Thanks Jg.

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    sweet hi there could you tell me were you got that exuast from very nice

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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire

    Try www.keleo-creations.com for the exhaust.
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    RE: Pica 1/5 Scale Spitfire


    ORIGINAL: rc-jg

    Hello everyone i have just brought a Pica 88'' Spitfire still in kit form.

    Im looking for more info on the build with pictures so if anyone has built 1 or building 1 please let me know.

    Also before i build i would like to get all the other bits together ie spinner - wheels - retracts etc etc

    These are the items im looking into at the moment any links/comments welcome.

    1) Scale Cockpit
    2) Retracts
    3) 4.5'' Wheels
    4) Tail Wheel
    5) 5'' Spinner

    Thanks.
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