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Old 12-11-2020, 04:46 AM
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Default FokkeRC 1/5 Spitfire MKIX build log

I just recently began work on a 1/5 scale FokkeRC MKIX Spitfire. I havenít been able to find any builds on the MKIX, only the MKXIVís, so I thought I start one. Iím pairing it with a dle-55ra, robart electric retracts, pro-modeler servos and JPWarbirds details. Still looking at various schemes but Iíve narrowed down to 3.
Hereís some initial pics. More to come, Iím excited for this one, Rumen does an amazing job, this kit is gorgeous.






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I'm looking forward to your build. The main retracts require 95 degrees of swing to be scale with the wing dihedral. What Robart retract # are you planning on using?
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I'm looking forward to your build. The main retracts require 95 degrees of swing to be scale with the wing dihedral. What Robart retract # are you planning on using?
Hey Forces, I went with the Top Flight Giant spitty electric retracts, and yes 95 degrees.



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Wyoturbine; excellent, it will be nice to see LG that matches the wing dihedral on one of my favorite RC WWII warbirds. I don't mean to rush you but get to work ASAP building the Fokke Spitfire. I'm looking forward to seeing your build completed. What power plant are you planning on installing?
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I went with the DLE-55ra, works well in the narrow cowl. Iíve framed up the stab and rudder, went very smooth, began work on the fuse the other day. Hereís some updated photos.










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Wow, the Fokke kit components look very impressive, I may have to order the kit after I see your build completed. The DLE 55RA is a good choice, I have one in my TF P-51D and ESM 50cc Spitfire.
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Itís a very nice kit, all parts are bundled logically for the build. At first just staring at the plan it was a bit daunting(no manual), but it goes together really smooth, at least so far it has.
I need to say the FG oil coolers in the pics in my first post came from Fliteskin Aeroscale but the kit includes the ply to build them if you like. Iím also going to try out their fliteskin on the underside of the wing as well as ailerons, flaps and various fuse panels.

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Still deciding on which scheme to go with, Iím torn between a few different ones and if anyone has ideas, Iím up for suggestions! So far these are catching my eye.



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It would be nice and unique to see a Spitfire modeled after one of the

American aces who flew Spitfires in WWII, especially aircraft PKZ flown by Capt F.S. Gabreski.
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The PKZ looks good! Iíll have to chew on it for a while, I have some time! Being that this one has a stock broad chord rudder Iíve found a lot of MKVIIIís but not a lot of MkIX-eís. I could mod it do the original rudder but I kind of like the broad chord.
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Wyoturbine, did you order your kit directly from Fokke in Europe or from the North American dealer for Fokke kits, Wylie Warbirds?
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Originally Posted by ForcesR View Post
It would be nice and unique to see a Spitfire modeled after one of the

American aces who flew Spitfires in WWII, especially aircraft PKZ flown by Capt F.S. Gabreski.
The first question should be did they fly the Mk IX?
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Wyoturbine, did you order your kit directly from Fokke in Europe or from the North American dealer for Fokke kits, Wylie Warbirds?
I ordered it directly from Rumen at FokkeRC. With covid it took about 6 weeks to arrive, but I felt better ordering it directly from him, heís great to deal with.
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Iím lookin at Zx-6 flow by Stanislaw Skalski. ďSkalskiís CircusĒ, was made up of fifteen of the best Polish fighter pilots under the command of Sqn/Ldr Skalski. They operated in the Western Desert between March and May 1943 as the extra ďCĒ flight of No. 145 Squadron RAF. 26 confirmed German and Italian kills. I havenít done desert camo yet. I like the look.


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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
The first question should be did they fly the Mk IX?
The following American fighter pilots during WWII flew the MK IX Spitfires that are pictured in post #9 & #12 above.

Lt. John Fawcett - Spitfire MK IX - WZ JJ

Lt. Fred Ohr - Spitfire MK IX - QP N

Maj. Garth Jared - Spitfire MK IX - WZ GJ

Capt F.S. Gabreski - Spitfire MK IX - PK Z

Lt. Victor Cabas - Spitfire MK IX - WD L



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Thanks for the great info Forces, appreciate the help!
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Originally Posted by ForcesR View Post
The following American fighter pilots during WWII flew the MK IX Spitfires that are pictured in post #9 & #12 above.

Lt. John Fawcett - Spitfire MK IX - WZ JJ

Lt. Fred Ohr - Spitfire MK IX - QP N

Maj. Garth Jared - Spitfire MK IX - WZ GJ

Capt F.S. Gabreski - Spitfire MK IX - PK Z

Lt. Victor Cabas - Spitfire MK IX - WD L
Excellent!
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Ran stringers this morning, havenít glued the the ones at the firewall or trailing bulkhead yet as I still need to skin the underside of the stab and build a saddle, but sheís coming along!


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Are you using epoxy or CA?
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Are you using epoxy or CA?
For major joints Iím using Hysol, most everything else in the frame up, thin CA. Then tightbond for a few areas I needed to laminate.
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Good looking design!
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Hi Flyer, so far Iím very pleased, I built kits in my younger years but in the last 10 years itís been mostly arcís and bashing arfs. This kit has been a pleasure to get back into building with.
I just finished fitting the stab, itís square and at the correct incidence, Iíll pull it away and build a saddle and then finish skinning the underside. Then I can glue it all up and finish framing up the vertical stab and the upper two fuse stringers.
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Wyoturbine; all I can say is wow! That kit looks much better than any of the TF kits that I built over the past several years. From your photos, the hinge point holes look precut by laser in the trailing edge of the horizonal stab for the elevators. Am I correct in assuming that?
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Wyoturbine; all I can say is wow! That kit looks much better than any of the TF kits that I built over the past several years. From your photos, the hinge point holes look precut by laser in the trailing edge of the horizonal stab for the elevators. Am I correct in assuming that?
Oh the laser cuts your seeing are the laser notch points for ribs, I drilled hinge points and mounted the balsa blocking as I was framing them up.



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Looks great! How big a fuel tank can you get in her?

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