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neil Cartwright 122/02/2020 21:51:06
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Hi all , I'm Neil from Bedfont , I've flown a couple of model helicopters before but never planes , my Dad used to take me to the field behind Wormwood scrubs years ago to watch the RC planes there.

I've just got a basic flying legends electric 35 inch wingspan spitfire off a second hand website which needs a battery and control gear to get it flying.

After a brief look on the internet , the company appears to not exist anymore and there's not that many for sale on ebay of the same brand.

Just wondered if I'll still be able to get bits to make it work , I believe it was bought from West London Models so that was going to be the first place I enquired.

Any advice or knowledge of the brand much appreciated !

Piers Bowlan23/02/2020 16:13:50
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Is this the model Neil? Looks like you need just a battery (LiPo and charger)) of suitable size and a Radio Control system, which you can buy almost anywhere. It would help if you had the manual for the model which would indicate what sized battery is required plus little details like the c of g position and appropriate control surface deflections. I suggest you join a club and get someone there to sort it out. If you do it on your own it is likely to end in tears crying.

Good luck yes

Edited By Piers Bowlan on 23/02/2020 16:15:27

neil Cartwright 123/02/2020 19:35:30
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Yes I do have the manual, it's brand new in the box never used , thanks for the advice my helicopter flight occasionally ended that way !!

Denis Watkins23/02/2020 21:10:14
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The box has a note of lipo and servos Neil

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Piers Bowlan23/02/2020 21:48:26
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I have used quite a few Nano Tech Lipos from Hobbyking which are quite good value, but buy from the UK or Europe warehouses as shipping from the Global warehouse in China will attract customs and handling charges.

I was going to suggest a couple of Hobbyking Corona DS929 servos but they seem to be out of stock. West London Models is a good electric flight specialist so hopefully you will get good advice there.

My first experience of model flying was with a KK Conquest glider flown in Wormwood Scrubs Park with my dad when I was a kid. I became instantly hooked on anything to do with flying. I expect you would get arrested if you attempted to fly anything in the Park now.

Edited By Piers Bowlan on 23/02/2020 21:49:40

Peter Miller24/02/2020 08:26:31
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Airtek have some veery nice metal geared digital servos at a very good price.

Fast delivery too.

MattyB24/02/2020 12:55:58
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Learning to fly fixed wing on a 900mm span Spitfire.... What could possibly go wrong?!

Do yourself a favour and get yourself something slower and more stable (high wing, decent wing area, lightish weight) first - that Spit is a third or fourth model IMO. Gong along to your nearest club before you purchase anything would be my recommendation, but if you are set on a DIY approach some of the stabilised trainers from HH should get you in the air, though personally I don't think they teach you enough to make the transition to an unstabilised model straightforward - there is no substitute for some decent instruction (IMO).

Edited By MattyB on 24/02/2020 12:56:19

neil Cartwright 124/02/2020 13:07:52
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Posted by Piers Bowlan on 23/02/2020 21:48:26:

I have used quite a few Nano Tech Lipos from Hobbyking which are quite good value, but buy from the UK or Europe warehouses as shipping from the Global warehouse in China will attract customs and handling charges.

I was going to suggest a couple of Hobbyking Corona DS929 servos but they seem to be out of stock. West London Models is a good electric flight specialist so hopefully you will get good advice there.

My first experience of model flying was with a KK Conquest glider flown in Wormwood Scrubs Park with my dad when I was a kid. I became instantly hooked on anything to do with flying. I expect you would get arrested if you attempted to fly anything in the Park now.

Edited By Piers Bowlan on 23/02/2020 21:49:40

Yeah I guess customs would turn up nowdays and check all the aircraft for drugs and mobile phones incase you dropped some over the wall , great fun watching them all back then.

Engine Doctor24/02/2020 14:05:12
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yes As per Matty B says . They are great little models but not for a beginner . If you smash it you wont get any bits . Ripmax sold all the old stock off at Wings and wheels about ten years ago. They sold them off with motor and a speed controller for about £30 . The motor is a cracker , a canned out runner with plenty of torque. As for servos any reasonable 9 gram servos will do the job . Good luck and happy landings

Peter Miller24/02/2020 16:31:57
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Posted by Engine Doctor on 24/02/2020 14:05:12:

yes As per Matty B says As for servos any reasonable 9 gram servos will do the job . Good luck and happy landings

Only use metal geared servos. Knocking an ailero as you get the model out of the car can strip a gear and that can ruin you afternoon's flying.

Been there...done that!!!

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