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Old 12-23-2011, 03:53 AM
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Default 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

Received my 1/4 scale Cymodel spitfire today.
Thought I would share some pictures of it, as there is not much on the net about these yet.

I wanted a big plane, but nothing realy fits in into my little car...... But then I saw this spitfire which has a 2 part fuselage that can be assembled easily at the field.
Had to try it out

Looking at the pictures currently around, you can clearly see it is sort of a semi scale spitfire ARF.
And the plane sems quite basic, no fancy stuff.

So I kind of knew what I was getting.

I just got it, and took a few pictures of it out of the box.


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Old 12-23-2011, 03:58 AM
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

I dont like the color scheme too much, and I planed on painting it.
I will however, install everything, and modyfy stuff to my liking, and fly it before repainting.

This is a typical chinese ARF.
The part fit is quite good, and the laser cut wood quality is ok.
Covering looks good, but the finished balsa undernieth could have been done better.
The wings and tail are fully sheeted, so maybe ill strip it down and glass it.

Some of the plastic parts are realy junk......and as you can see the wheel wells and guns blisters are broken allready.
Not a big deal...

But the canopy, and radiator and cannon blisters on the wing are much better quiality strangly enough.
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:04 AM
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

The retracts are pretty crude......I will almost call them junk, but Ill try them out.
The alu frame on one of them is already bent.

The oleo struts look nice and functional though.

The wheels are 12,6cm diameter, and are a little spongy, but look nice and have a good finish
Will see if they can handle the AUW when everything is installed.
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:09 AM
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

The canopy looks like a toy.
It absolutly needs to be modified to look better
I have a new 1/4 scale one on the way, and will see how it fits.

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Old 12-23-2011, 04:11 AM
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

Last pics for now.

It is huge....at least inside my apartment
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:38 AM
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

Sonnich,

Wow, that looks a heck of a lot like my 1/5 scale ESM Spitfire. Down to nearly the same markings.  

I plan to take the same approach as you, and fly the airplane for a while as is... Fortunately, I know where I can get my markings pretty cheap 
Old 12-23-2011, 10:07 AM
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

heh, yea, they sure like this scheme.

I get my affordable vinyl decals here in the UK:
http://www.pyramidmodels.com/shop/
Old 12-23-2011, 01:21 PM
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

Hi,

Thanks for posting great pictures of this ARF.

Could you give some more details of the manufacturer, price etc. please ?

Thanks,
Merlin Man.
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ORIGINAL: Merlin Man

Hi,

Thanks for posting great pictures of this ARF.

Could you give some more details of the manufacturer, price etc. please ?

Thanks,
Merlin Man.

Id also like info on price and where to buy. certainly looks a nice spit
Old 12-23-2011, 01:55 PM
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

Sir Crash, this model is available in the UK from YT International, its on their site.

Looks pretty sortable into a nice big scalish Spitfire doesn't it? Presumably a Mick Reeves, Don Smith or a Clarke canopy would replace the kit one. I wouldn't go with the Clarke one though, its very badly wrong in the shape department.

Ian.
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

It is a CYModel ARF

I bought mine in france:
http://www.intermodel.fr/77-warbird

Same plane as the YT, but at a much better price.
Its also the same as the Easytiger giant scale spitfire.

Can also be bought here:
http://www.miniplanes.fr/avions-ther...57_37_206.html

http://www.maxiplanes.fr/avions/avio...srenorace.html

http://www.biellaexpress.com/fr/producer/7/Cymodel.asp

I mailed the YT site, but never got an answer. Guess they only supply the UK market.
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Both retract cylinders where leaking alot.

Luckily the the design is good, but they messed up during assembly.
I dont know what they used as sealing, but it has the consistancy of chewing gum, and made them leak.

Got tem cleans and re lubed with silicone, and the are now air tight again.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:07 AM
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Hi SJN,

How is the quality of the glue that they used in side the fuselage and wings, hope it's not hot glue all the way around....

This model is very tempting due to it's scale, what engine will you be installing on it?
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The formers are glued in allright. It feels like epoxy, as its rock hard, and not rubbery like hot glue.

I think ill get the ZDZ 90RV-j Krumscheid KS-95V-5 Canister, and J-tec functional scale exhausts.

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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

awesome looking spit, would there be room for a full detailed cockpit?
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Absolutly.
There is a thin ply plate painted black as a cockpit floor mostly for looks. It might give some strength to the open area, but if you build a cockpit, add some stringers in the side of te fuselage to regain the strength.
Just remove it, and you can make a full cockpit. The elevator servos are in the tail fins, and the rudder servo is just behind the cockpit, so they will not be in the way.


The tail section feelss quite heavy.......but the thing is huge , and I think thte plane will need quite alot of ballast in the nose.
Short nose, long tail, you will need a V-12 motor to balance it correctly
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:01 PM
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I got this plane from Easytiger Models two weeks ago.  It took three weeks to arrive, faster than the Triplane I bought from them.  Yours looks exactly the same as mine, except for the retracts, mine are blue and look completely different.
I cut out the cockpit deck to fit in a cockpit, I don't think you will need to do any reinforcement at all, the wing is bolted to the fuselage there, should be very strong.
I don't like the canopy, either, I have a Mick Reeves kit, and the canopy from that one fits fine and looks better.  I won't be building the MR kit, since this one goes together so fast.
I have a Quadra 100 that I will probably use, parts of it will stick out the bottom.  I have not cut the cowl yet, in case I want to switch engines.
I have all the servos in, all JR8411 that I had from a crashed jet.  I paid $1495 shipped with the retracts from ETM, they gave me free shipping because it was my third plane and they are kind of slow in delivery on the Triplane, and I know the Mick Reeves kit and retracts cost me at least that to get here from England, and that does not count the cost of building and finishing it.
I had broken wheel well liners from shipping, like yours, but I would not use them anyway, so I did not ask for replacements. I see your other broken plastic part there, whatever it is, there is no part like that in my own kit.  Mine came with the huge cannons also, not sure if I will use them, they are too easy to break off, I think, during transport.
I am not sure about balance yet, the quadra 100 may not need any lead.  I have only temporarily screwed it to the firewall so far.
Does not feel to me at all like the tail is built heavy, feels like the opposite.  But how much lead we won't know until it is done.
Have a 6.25" spinner on order too.  6" would be close enough.
I like the way the fuselage divides, and the seam is almost invisible.  Very happy with the workmanship.
The retracts look OK, they are similar to the ones on my ETM Cessna 310, but beefier.  I will be replacing the rivets with c-clips on the scissors with bolts with nyloc nuts.  Like the CJM struts with the swaged pins on the scissors, all your problems with slop go away if you replace those parts with bolts.
I have actually seen the test model fly, it had a different and much uglier paint scheme, the plane was a big easy flyer.  The model I saw had electric power, had plenty of get up and go, but I did not want to spend too much on this model, that's why the old engine I already had, and servos I already had.  I am going to check out how to adapt those scale exhausts, though, that's just too cool.  Good luck with yours.

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Actually, looking closer at the pictures, your retracts may be the same as mine, just a different color. I have not installed mine or checked for leaks yet. You do have the same struts, and you will want to replace those pins with bolts and nyloc nuts, or something else that gets rid of the slop.
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Sounds good that the Reeves canopy fits, as that is the one I have in the mail too

The other plastic broken bits are the bulges that are next to the long cannons on the LE of the wings.
Im going to repaint mine to an earlier Mk spitfire model, so I wont be installing the guns and bulges anyway

My oleo struts dont have much slop in them.
But the trunion block is quite a lot thinner than the red frames its installed into, so it can slide sideways quite a bit.
Installing washers between the frame and trunion might not be a good idea, as all the load will be trans´fered through the little area of the washer.
Will have to look into this later.
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Sounds like a winner here from both of urs discussion. My friend Frank n i have been thinking of building
Mk Revees Spitfire from the plans up but if this is good enough as base starter then we'll look into this option.
He'll prolly stick w arf but if we go this route then ill be changing mine to mk viii variant
n repiant in RPAF colors from circa 1947-1949....
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

This is a nice looking ARF, but the mick reeves spitfire is much more scale in apearance. The outline is spot on compared to this one.

But the Reeves spit is a huge project, and will take heaps of time to build.
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Hi,
Looking at your side view of the wheel strut,it appears to me that you may have to rake them forward somewhat to avoid nose overs.( This would benot the first spitfire
kit where this is needed !! lol )

Cheers,
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Yes, I had planned for that already when I saw manufacutre`s pictures of it.
A warbird tipping over on its nose all the time is very annoying....I cant imagine it being good for a 3 blade 26x10 wooden prop that cost`s a leg and and arm either
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Got the Mick Reeves canopy today, and it looks realy nice.
The plastc is of good quality, and easy to trim. The stock canopy is very brittle, and its best to heat it up with warm water before cutting, as it splits quite easy.

It is not a direct fit, thats for sure. Some work has to be done for it to fit, but in the end I think it will ook much better.
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:31 PM
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Default RE: 1/4 scale Spitfire ARF

Well, saving up for the engien and exhaust nad servos, I decided to get the canopy and cockpit started.

The Mick reeves canopy does not fit very well.
Clearly this funscale fuselage does not follow the lines cmpletly of the original

I had to tweak the canopy here and there to make it fit, and I had to replace the rear fixed window completly, as the Reeves one will not fit this slightly wider fuselage.
Since I will be bolting on the tail section at the field, I need to make a 2 piece cockpit, so I can remove the bottom of the cockpit to gain acces to the fuselae bolts.
Im just going to build up a funscale cockpit, just to fill out all of that space....nothing fancy. From a distance it will look allright
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