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Old 10-18-2008, 09:22 AM
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Default 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

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Old 10-18-2008, 10:10 PM
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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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Old 10-19-2008, 03:26 AM
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Hello i just did a quick serach and nothing came up [:@]
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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

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Old 10-19-2008, 08:28 AM
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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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Old 10-19-2008, 09:59 AM
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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.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:17 AM
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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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Old 10-19-2008, 10:55 AM
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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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Old 10-19-2008, 11:31 AM
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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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Old 10-19-2008, 03:13 PM
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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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Old 10-20-2008, 10:19 PM
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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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Old 10-21-2008, 02:50 AM
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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



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Old 10-23-2008, 06:21 AM
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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.
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:59 PM
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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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Old 11-18-2008, 10:05 PM
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here are the pics i hope that help to understand
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:52 PM
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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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lovely bird you have
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Very Nice Spit.
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John,

Your spit looks great......would look great next to my P-47
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Built several years ago...and never flown.

Soft Landings Always,
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Built several years ago...and never flown.

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Very Very nice i love it
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sweet hi there could you tell me were you got that exuast from very nice
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Try www.keleo-creations.com for the exhaust.
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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.
http://www.fiberglassspecialtiesinc....wlkit.htm#PICA
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