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Paul Marsh22/06/2012 16:27:10
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After the Silence Twister, I wanted another "Spitfire" type plane.

A rarely-modelled example is the Seafire - the Carrier based Spitfire. Bought one last weekend for a good price. As the weather's not very good, will make a start with it.

Probably put a OS 120 FS Pump in it, as they a gorgeous engines. have all sevos, rx and bits to see it through.

 

 

Edited By Chris Bott - Moderator on 25/06/2012 22:22:50

Concorde Speedbird22/06/2012 16:31:23
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I'll be interested in this, nice looking plane. I'm a kit guy, and after my Galaxy models Domino I might build the Nijhuis 62.5 inch span Spitfire, but can't decide between Spitfire or Seafire livery!

CS

Alwyn Gee22/06/2012 20:09:24
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I will follow this with interest as I've had one sitting in its box for several months now. (lack of space when it's built up). Still, has to be done some time and then I'll just have to make space. It will be electric but I'm going to have a trawl on titnernet to see what sound systems are available. I know from this forum that Tim did an article for the RCM&E for the Sopwith Camel but I never saw that issue. I'll have to look up which month it was and try for a back issue. I built the same Camel as Tim, (with slightly less hassle), tho' it was still the worst model I've put together to date but despite that it flies very well. Not sure what's available or if the cost is extorbitant but it could be a way of removing some of the church roof from the Camel and making Seafire more realistic.

Waiting for the next insallment.

Alwyn

Alan Cantwell23/06/2012 10:19:38
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why are the posts half covered by adverts????? seen this on several threads

Paul Marsh23/06/2012 16:00:55
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OK, started it. Fitted retracts, which needed a block gluing in (also gives me chance to liberally spread epoxy around the u/c area - a common artf flaw). The mech retracts have been modified, so the rod is bent back. Problem was it jams when going up. Managed to tweak and sorted it.

It seems that the Seafire is built in the Seagull factory. Although not labeled as a Seagull model, there was a Seagull brochure inside - a good omen, as all Seagull models fly exceptionally well.

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Ailerons and flap installation. Like the application of Duck Egg blue on the insides of the flap recess. Normally I would have to paint it. But all done.yes

Epoxy coating the engine bay.

Edited By Chris Bott - Moderator on 25/06/2012 22:19:06

Alan Cantwell23/06/2012 16:03:41
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can only see pictures paul, half the text is covered in blooming adverts

Paul Marsh23/06/2012 16:15:55
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Ok, here. you might have adware incursion. Try deleting your cache (cookies/passwords, etc.) and run Spybot.

Concorde Speedbird23/06/2012 17:04:02
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It's fine for me, I can see everything. Looking good so far, keep it up.

CS

Paul Marsh23/06/2012 18:56:55
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Finished the wings. All wing servos in. Tackle the fuz later on. Quite a straightforward build, probably simpler than the Silence Twister-due to a simpler retract set-up.

Paul Marsh24/06/2012 11:16:08
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Wings totally done. Fitted the Canon blisters and the oil cooler mouldings. Used Canopy glue, as it's flexible and stick like...*

Moving on to the fuselage. There is a servo for rudder/elevators, but decided I rather have two elevator servos, driving each half and where the throttle servo should go, put the rudder there. The rods are more than long enough - also gives peace of mind having a 2 servos on an important surface, especially with a 120 fs on the front. Added to that, I didn't have any real powerful servos - just two Futaba 3152 Digitals @ 5KG each. so plenty, now.

The throttle servo will go on a new plate, further forward : better, less bend.

Fuselage two elevator and rudder servos fitted.

Tail end.

The cream of the Crop: OS 120FS MkIII Pumper. (bought on ebay, new for £100! inc P&P)

 

Edited By Paul Marsh on 24/06/2012 11:17:20

Concorde Speedbird24/06/2012 11:25:25
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Bargain! £100! That will certainly fly it!

Looking good so far, can't wait to see it done.

CS

Paul Marsh24/06/2012 15:28:51
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Great! Typed a load of stuff in, then site/internet/browser crashed. Not bothing typing it again, but just post pics.

angry

 

with 2 blade prop:

view of engine underside:

Me and my baby. (notice the T-shirt?)

Edited By Paul Marsh on 24/06/2012 15:40:37

Edited By Chris Bott - Moderator on 25/06/2012 22:19:53

Concorde Speedbird24/06/2012 16:34:27
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That's a nice plane! Should fly well.

CS

Paul Marsh24/06/2012 17:46:34
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Set up all the control surfaces. All ready to fly. Not bad, started last night and finished now!

Going to Wrexham next weekend and will take that and the Silence Twister. Going to add a walk strip to the left wing root. Full-size has it, but not the model at the moment. Will use Wet n' dry stuck on. Looks scale, and non-slip for the my virtual pilot.

MikeS24/06/2012 19:08:57
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Both the Silence Twister and the E-flight Seafury are on my want list. The Twister looks good and the current RCME review suggests its a nice model.

Watching with intrest. Will there be a video at some point of the Seafury?

Mike

Paul Marsh24/06/2012 19:10:38
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I got a camera, but problem is that I can't fly and film at the same time. I'm good, but not that good!laugh

Concorde Speedbird24/06/2012 19:16:40
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Can't you take someone with you to video the Seafire flight? Good luck!

CS

Paul Marsh24/06/2012 19:25:21
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Tried that, but most people aren't BBC Cameraman trained, and last time someone did, all I got was the floor. Doh!angry

Jon Laughton25/06/2012 13:40:25
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Paul - as we seem to have very similar tastes in models I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes. I am awaiting getting home when there is some decent weather to maiden a YT Spi XIVe wth the same engine.....

Cheers

Jon

Paul Marsh25/06/2012 19:03:32
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I've got the YT Spit iV, with the same engine, but the Mk II Pumper instead. Just the retracts are useless, and will but some eflite electrical for it sometime. Never flown.

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