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Vintage Model Company 40" Balsa Basics Spitfire

Overview

A Spitfire for Everyone

The Balsa Basics Spitfire has been designed to be a great intermediate level flyer that is easy to build. Unlike other warbird models out there, this one has a very light wing-loading and gentle characteristics. It can slow right down without tip-stalling, which makes landing a breeze and keeps hand launching drama free. If you've flown at least one other aileron model before this, you should be ready to fly this Spitfire.

Features

EASY TO BUILD

As well as being designed with predictable flying characteristics at the top of the brief, ease of build (as with all of our Balsa Basics designs) was a priority. Precision laser cut parts fit together seamlessly to build up the elliptical wing section with a cleverly integrated double spar that slots around each rib. The leading and trailing edges clip into notches at the ends of each rib and the aileron spar provides a ton of rigidity that keeps the structure tight.

As far as the fuselage goes, a central box section is built up from interlocking, self-jigging, light-ply components to form the nose and cockpit of the aircraft. Balsa fuselage sides and more formers bring the tail together with balsa stringers added to capture those iconic Spitfire lines.

Please Note: this is an airframe kit and will need your own electronics, radio gear, battery, 55mm spinner and covering material (scroll down for all the things you will need)

MORE DETAILED THAN YOU MIGHT THINK

Although clearly meant to be a very simple, fun-scale model of the Spitfire, this aircraft does come with exhaust stacks and a vacuum-formed plastic canopy. The aircraft can be covered and finished in a variety of ways to bring it to life. This kit is really a blank canvas for you to use to build the Spitfire you want to fly.

Boxy but Beautiful

Simple beginner-friendly balsa construction results in a simple but elegant model.

Easy Battery Access

There's plenty of room in here for 3s LiPo batteries up to a 2200 (which is the recommended size for this model).

Belly Lander

To do away with complex, fragile retracts, the Balsa Basics Spitfire is a belly lander meaning you can launch and land in a variety of flying fields. A quick underarm hand launch and you're up in the air.

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS AND FLIGHT VIDEO

Unlike many of our other more complicated kits, the Balsa Basics Spitfire doesn't need to be built over a plan and can be constructed on a standard-sized kitchen table with some basic tools. All you need is to follow this video along step-by-step:

KIT CONTENTS:

  • Laser cut components (including 2x ply sheets, balsa sheets, balsa strip wood sheet, and thin ply sheet with control horns)
  • 18swg (1.2mm) x 19 inch (480mm) piano wire pushrods (no z bend)
  • 18swg (1.2mm) x 4 inch (100mm) piano wire aileron pushrods (no z
  • bend)
  • 1/8th (3.175mm) x 9inch (230mm) hardwood dowel
  • 1 x Vacuum-formed scale plastic canopy
  • 4 x M3 T-nuts
  • 4 x M3 bolts
  • 12 x Mylar hinges
  • 4 x Rubber Wing bands

Specifications

  • Wingspan - 40" / 1016mm
  • Build Skill Level - Beginner
  • Flying Skill Level - Intermediate
  • Channels - 4 (throttle, ailerons, elevator and rudder)
  • Power System - Electric Brushless
  • Scale: 1/12

Needed to Complete

  • Electronics Power Pack - This plane is designed work with Flite Test Power Pack B or SWD Aircraft Power Pack, which includes your motor, Electronic Speed Controller (ESC), servos and more.
  • Battery and Charger
  • Transmitter
  • Covering - You can cover this model with tissue, iron-on films such as Oracover, or simply use coloured packaging tape (which works extremely well).
  • Glue - We'd recommend you use super glue with models in this range for speedy builds. Roket Hot is a great option.
  • Wheels - 2.5" dia. recommended

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Price

£119.99 Each
 

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