ParkZone Spitfire Mk IX BNF comes well packaged and protected.
The Bind-N-Fly version includes everything you need except for
a full range Spektrum DSMX or DSM2 compatible
aircraft transmitter. The one-piece wing has the aileron servos
and linkage pre-installed. An optional retract set is also available
and will be detailed later in this review.
horizontal stabs have the control horn pre-installed. The stabs
use a carbon tube to align and connect them together in the
tail. A channel lock is used to join the elevator halves. A
2-blade 9.5 x 7.5 prop, spinner, adapter, and gear mains are
all included. A 3-cell 2200mAh Li-Po battery pack and 2 to 3
cell lithium polymer battery charger are also included. The
charger automatically detects incorrect cell count selection
and has a variable controlled charge rate from 300mAh to 2000mAh.
The 12v power adapter input cord is meant to plug into your
car's accessory power receptacle.
is included that is loaded with photos and step-by-step instructions
to help you ready the Spitfire Mk IX for flight. The details in
the manual are excellent and help to complete the assembly without
issue. The E-flite 30A Pro Switch-Mode Brushless ESC manual is
also included and the ESC Notice simply lets you know that no
programming changes are needed.
closer look at the fuselage reveals some incredible detail and
pre-assembly. The ParkZone® Spitfire Mk IX comes out of the
box with a authentic Johnnie Johnson World War II trim scheme.
Scale touches include realistic exhaust stacks, cockpit details,
molded panel lines and 20mm cannons. Even the pilot comes painted
and ready for battle! The detailing and tough finish of the ParkZone
Spitfire Mk IX is characteristic of its Z-Foam design. Even
from a short distance, you can't tell that it is a foam model.
starting the assembly, I started charging the flight battery using
the supplied balancing charger. Just plug the battery balance
lead into the charger and select 3-cell on the slide switch. Next,
turn the dial between a 1.5A charge rate and full, and then press
the start button. If you don't have a 12V accessory jack for your
power supply, you'll need to plug the charger into your car accessory
jack. For more details, refer to the manual section called, "Charging
the Flight Battery".
The horizontal stabilizer is supported by a carbon joiner rod
and then guided into the plastic forms on the fuselage. The stabs
are held in place using the supplied tape pieces on both top and
bottom sides. Since the stabs fit nice and snug, I used tape on
only the bottom side so it didn't show from the top.
elevator halves are joined together by a channel lock, as shown.
The pushrod is connected to the control horn and secured with
the rubber keeper. I used the hole next to the outer most holes
on the control horn.
recommends flying the model using the factory settings (shown
above) before making changes. For pilots who want more control
throw, adjust position of the linkages on servo arms and control
horns for increased travel. I found that the factory settings
provided good control range for scale flying.
wing is attached next using the supplied 3mm x 25mm screws to
secure it. The aileron leads are fed through the fuselage first
so be sure that they will not become pinched in between the wing
and the fuselage. Note that the two locator pins on the front
of the wing provide perfect alignment and the wing is correctly
installed when no gap exists between the wing and the fuselage.
the servo connectors to the Y-harnesses. There is no difference
between two connections on a Y-harness. Left and right servo connectors
do not have to be connected to a particular side of a Y-harness.
The aileron servo leads can be neatly tucked into the recess below
the battery compartment. The battery is then secured in place
with a hook and loop strap.
I didn't use it, a small amount of clear tape is included to prevent
damage to the paint on the fuselage when installing or removing
the hatch. The folded tape is used as a handle to lift the hatch
from the fuselage.
landing gear can be easily installed or removed depending upon
your preference. After inserting the end into the locator hole,
the gear swivels toward the retaining clips to get locked in place.
When the gear mains are properly installed, since there is a left
and right bend in the two mains, they will angle forward towards
the nose of the plane.
is the process of programming the receiver of the control
unit to recognize the GUID (Globally Unique Identifier)
code of a single specific transmitter. You need to bind
your chosen Spektrum DSM2/DSMX technology equipped aircraft
transmitter to the receiver for proper operation.
the directions in the manual to bind your transmitter to
the Spektrum AR600 receiver. After binding the receiver
to your transmitter, check the control surface directions,
travel amount, and CG per the manual directions.
CG is located 65mm (2.55 inches) from the leading edge of the
wing at fuselage. I put my pack as far forward as possible in
the tray indentation and had no issues. It looks like you can
move the pack about 1/2" to fine tune the CG.
set the throws on my JR 9503 transmitter using the high and low
rates recommended in the manual and shown above. I also added
30% expo to the elevator and aileron settings. I usually don't
add any expo on the rudder.