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Martin McIntosh19/06/2008 18:46:00
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A 2" wide strip of 50gm/sq m is sufficient.
Shaun K19/06/2008 23:15:00
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Thanks guys. I'll get hold of some lighter cloth. There's a commercial fibreglass supply business that I ride past each day on my way home from work so I'll stop in.

Eric - yes, it was actually a 9' sailboard that I made, though being an Aussie living only 12km from the beach and a similar distance to the largest lake in the southern hemisphere it's almost mandatory to learn to surf/sail/waterski at some point in your life.

The problem with our nice weather and the great surf beaches around our area is that there are too many toys to choose from - I have to balance my time building and flying with my other loves of road cycling, surfing, sailboarding, snowboarding in our short winter snow season down in the southern highlands, making home brewed beer for the hot summer months...

Oh, and there's spending time with the family too...

James Wigglesworth01/07/2008 17:04:00
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Great thread and loads of hints and tips. Have just bought the 63" Spit kit (CNC and wood pack) at Wings and Wheels in Northweald. Will be my first build (since a teenager) and should prove interesting. This is more about the building at the moment, I normally fly rotary wing so I guess I  will have to get the trainer out and get some practice in so as to be able to fly this without wrecking it on the maiden flight.

  am sure I will be back with some questions. Chingle hall Model site link (from the first page of the thread) was also very useful. Particularly about the aileron servo mounts.

 Cheers,
James

Martin McIntosh02/07/2008 00:29:00
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Just tried my Spit on a Master airscrw 12x6 three blader after reinstalling a YS63. The model looks a lot better on the ground and flies fine, albeit with noticeably less oom-paa paa but the YS is not too happy at the lower revs, making the top end needle setting rather critical. A lower revving less fussy motor would probably be OK. May try reducing the diameter very slightly.
Harry Evans29/07/2008 21:49:00
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I would appreciate some advice.    I've just started the 63" spitfire - on sheet 1 (centre Bottom) which is the correct left hand side? Does the plan view show that the right side is shorter?

Regards

H

Martin McIntosh29/07/2008 22:32:00
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Hi H, without looking at the plan, I assume that you mean the fus sides? Normally the right hand side is shorter to give the correct ammount of right thrust on the motor mount, which should be offset to the left to keep the crankshaft on the centreline of the model. Quite easy to draw in on the top view using a protractor. MM.
Harry Evans30/07/2008 09:02:00
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Thanks Martin

The fus plan has mini fus sides shown for reference with the note "Fuselage length shorter on left hand side to allow for engine side thrust".  The actual top view on plan appears top show the right hand side shorter (with the main engine former angled to give 2 degees side thrust).  You have cleared up any doubts I had, it must be a slip of the hand when the plan was printed & I did not have the experience to see it (I hope).

 H

Martin McIntosh30/07/2008 12:50:00
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Hi H, yes I remember now, there are a few little things like that to watch out for!
Harry Evans01/08/2008 14:30:00
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 Help!  Anybody recognise thes formers,  cannot find them on the plan - F2 has been extracted.HarryThanks to Lee & Timbo for simple instructions on uplinking images - H
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f385/HarryEvans45/DSCF0025.jpg

Harry Evans01/08/2008 14:33:00
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To James Wigglesworth

Also 'Born again' on retirement!  Are you having the same problems as me with the Spitfire?

Harry

Brian Lambert01/08/2008 15:56:00
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Is that the motor box for the electric version?

Brian 

James Wigglesworth01/08/2008 20:31:00
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Harry,

I have had to shelve the start of the Spit as something else has come up and we are putting the house up for sale. Would not be a good time to start, shame since I have bought almost all but the motor.  So in asnwer to your question, No, as I have not started. Though looking at the plans there are areas I am sure that I am going to come unstuck on. Goodd luck.

J

Harry Evans02/08/2008 09:12:00
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Thanks Brian

I was not aware that there was an electric option for the 63".  I would appreciate any further comments on the formers or confirmation that they arre for an electric option.

H

Harry Evans06/08/2008 12:18:00
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Ref request for info on formers posted 1st aug - can anyone confirm the CNC kit  former use for the 63" - please?

Regards

H

Andy Musgrove03/10/2008 14:57:00
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Hi all, i have been reading your threads with great interest as i am just about to start a 62" build, anyone got any views or opinions on fitting an OS FS70 ? i would be interested to hear your views as this is my first Spitfire of this size

Thanks

Andy

Angus Cargill07/10/2008 20:24:00
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myself and another club member, Jack have started the full kit/retracts option. We are considering glasscloth and hardglaze floor varnish (cos its water based) however the threads seem to say that the solarfilm option works well,. so  this option is back on the table. we are both using thunder tiger 75's FS possibly a tad over powered but genuine new 60s' seem hard to come by.   We are not adding wash-out as per plan (but against scale, the real one had a couple of degrees) SO, Tony, if your listening our trust is in you! 

Typically , I got the 'kit' which had warped wing ribs and the fuselage sides were missing the cockpit cutouts also the edges were well off being straight . the instructions for the side thrust were wrong --------its OK ,I always get these ones. i have learned to work around these difficulties. its comming together OK though now---I think. 

I am still happy with the kit, what a great designer I am hoping to try the hurricane next----but Tony designs faster than i can build!   ----keep them comming Tony i just love to drool over them.

  

Harry Evans11/10/2008 12:28:00
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Andy

I have a fs70 surpass which I am trying to fit to the Spitfire but now find that the total distance from F1 to the nosering is increased by 1" . I've not much experience so am not sure if this is acceptable.  I would welcome any comments from the forum.

 H

Shaun K13/10/2008 11:30:00
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Harry,Tony Nijhuis mentioned in his build article that the Spit took 8-9 ounces of nose weight to get the C of G right. I have the same Magnum/ASP 61FS that Tony used.

I haven't finished my build yet, so I have no flying details to give, however in attempt to avoid adding 9 ounces of weight I did my own mod on the plan and added 30mm to the length of the nose to get the engine further away from the C of G.

It remains to be seen exactly how much difference this makes to the balancing act, but it certainly hasn't ruined the overall look of it in my opinion and it wasn't difficult to do. I'm probably only a few weekends' work away from finding out how much (if any) lead I will need because I've also got a 5-cell 3800mAh subC NiMH battery pack ready and waiting for duty if more nose weight is needed. With a long nose and a big battery pack I'm hoping I won't need any dead weight.

Bearing in mind the balance issue, a little longer in the nose and a little heavier engine with more grunt on offer won't be a terrible thing. Good luck.

Harry Evans13/10/2008 12:32:00
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Shaun

Thanks Shaun, that gives me a bit of confidence to carry on with the bigger engine & the extra 1" on the nose.  This is my 1st build after many (many) years away from the hobby.  I am just about to fit the front top planking (9mm) between F1 & The cockpit.  I assume the tank is fitted from underneath?

H

Shaun K13/10/2008 13:37:00
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Yes, I'm sure there's plenty of room to fit quite a large tank in through the wing seat.

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