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Old 09-30-2009, 08:38 PM
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Default Topflite Spitfire...Finally done!

After many long hours...this airplane is finally complete. Thought I would post some pics.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:25 PM
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Great looking Spit! Love the detail. By the way welcome to RCU.

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Old 09-30-2009, 11:09 PM
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ORIGINAL: JazzyJ

After many long hours...this airplane is finally complete. Thought I would post some pics.
very nice detailing , even down to the paint off the prop blade edges please post your flight report once it has flowen please.
Old 10-01-2009, 11:58 AM
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NICE!!!!!

Great Job !!
Old 10-01-2009, 12:47 PM
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Default RE: Topflite Spitfire...Finally done!

How bout some details? How is she finished? How did you do that spinner?? How did you get those last 3 photos?? I really like the looks of those with your plane. Dave
Old 10-01-2009, 02:50 PM
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Ok, here are the goods...Topflite Gold Edition 1/7 scale Spitfire MK IX. Saito 100 4 stroke turning a Master Airscrew 14x8 Prop, Robart 605 pneumatic retracts with 650 Robostruts, working flaps, 3/4 oz fibreglass with Z Poxy then waterbased Minwax Polycrylic. Sanded then primed. sanded, filler, sanded, primed, sanded, filler, sanded and finally primed the last time (whew!) Surface detail includes panel lines, inspection hatches, raised and flush rivets. Scratchbuilt exhaust stacks and cockpit detail using polystyrene plastic and balsa. Airbrush painted with Testors Model Master enamels in authentic RAF colours. All markings done with homemade stencils made from masking tape (except the leaping lynx on the forward fuse), weathered, then Topflite Lustrecoat flat clear for fuelproofing. Solartex covering for the rudder and elevator. I made the static spinner from a 4 x 4 block of Spruce turned on my wood lathe with balsa prop blades, all Z poxied, sanded, primed and rivets added with a soldering iron and small brass tube then painted and weathered.

The pictures are taken with just my Canon Powershot at a field.

Most of the ideas and techniques were found right here on RCU. Thank You!
Old 10-01-2009, 08:13 PM
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man you've been doing some lurking if you got all those ideas here. very nice. don't usually see that much detail on a smaller plane.
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Very sexy [8D]
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great job , can we see the interior ? all that work , we need more pics
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Here are some pics of the inside. The space is very limited so I only did a few things, and since the canopy is fixed in place you can't really see too much anyway.
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excellant , really nice work
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Default RE: Topflite Spitfire...Finally done!

Looks like a real 'War Horse'
Very nice.

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Beautiful job [sm=thumbs_up.gif]. The cockpit is nicely done. One of these days I will finish mine . What was the final weight?
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Beautiful job.
Old 10-04-2009, 12:36 AM
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After reading that some of the Topflite Spitfires that are finished in a similiar manner ( fibreglass, paint, details, etc) were coming in as high as 12 lbs. because they required nearly 2 lbs. in the nose to balance, I decided to make an effort to keep things as light as possible, especially towards the tail. With everything installed and the airplane balanced it is just under 10 lbs.
Old 10-04-2009, 12:47 AM
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Default RE: Topflite Spitfire...Finally done!

Paint chips & oil streaks ... That is truly an airplane.

SUPER job Jazzy!
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Outstanding job!
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Default RE: Topflite Spitfire...Finally done!

JazzyJ, your Spit is an absolute TRIUMPH!
The finished visual effect is better that many, many expensive 1/4 composite jobbies. 
Just goes to show what can be done with a plan/balsa/glue and talent.
Great old school scale modelling mate!
Brilliant!

Old 10-05-2009, 01:18 AM
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Default RE: Topflite Spitfire...Finally done!

Thank you! Your compliments are appreciated. When I first started building this airplane I did not plan on spending the time or effort detailing it as far as I did, I just wanted to build a Spitfire. However, after completing certain areas I would say to myself " I bet this would look good if I did that..." and it gradually became a project where I would look at it and say " Well, if I'm going to incorporate those aspects then I really shouldn't omit these aspects... It wouldn't look right. A good example is the paint. This was my first fibreglass/paint project, everything else I ever did was covered in Monokote, so I was excited to try simply painting but then I found sources that illustrated techniques for items like panel lines and rivets and the whole thing took off from there. I enjoy the reaction I get from some "non modellers" when I tell them how many rivets I did or how I did the welds on the exhaust. They think I'm crazy. It's nice to know that some understand.
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Awesome work and very inspiring! Just curious - have you considered painting the wing radiator openings matt black, or adding an antenna post&antenna wire? Thought these additions would be easy and would make this work of art get closer to perfection!
Old 10-07-2009, 01:26 AM
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Actually, the radiators are covered in mesh wire for detail. I have thought about adding the radio antenna and possibly the carburetor air scoop. The problem is, when do I stop adding scale details? It could always be better...
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:59 AM
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nice work there, outstanding detail, any idea when your going to maiden it, the mesh is a nice touch I did the same to mine as well, painted the background ft. black then clear coated over the grill.

here's a idea I will pass on that I use for antenna masts I take a thredded coupler and solder a couple of inches of pushrod into it then make a balsa sandwich with a channel for the rod to slide into, epoxy the rod into the wood and shape the antenna to your taste.

I then drilled a small hole and threadded the antenna into the hole pulled it out and hardened the threads with thin CA now with a little work I can remove the mast if I need to.

its sturdy enough to handle the reciever antenna threadded through a eyelet I fashoned from a piece of T pin
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Yes I agree - good job! Next step would be the maiden flight report and eventual a video
Old 10-23-2009, 08:58 AM
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The Spitfire's maiden was successful!

The Saito 100 pulled it quite nicely once it was trimmed. It did have a few scary moments including the takeoff as it torque rolled a fair amount but I was able to recover and keep it flying. The landing had its share of ballooning which resulted in a nose over at the end but all is fine. It was very pitch sensitive. The C of G is just slightly aft of what is recommended so I will have to adjust or add some weight forward which should solve those issues.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:13 AM
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Congratulations on the successful flight.

Where did you get the authentic looking wheels?

How did you manage to keep it so light with all the fiberglass and details? I want to glass mine but the possibility of turning it into a lead brick kinda scares me.

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