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So it's your first Model - Building 101 Spit Mk 1 (Read 54504 times)
Reply #45 - Aug 2nd, 2017 at 11:11pm

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Spitfires are not for beginners!  I'm not sure they're even for the experienced modelers.  Seem the real Spits had a bit of twist in the wing that we modelers have a lot of trouble getting them to copy. 

From what I've read re: Spitfire models even of larger models in the 24" to 27" they require lots of washout in each wing tip.  Lots of patience in the trimming process and then not all of them have been successful.

So my beginner's 101 Spitfire is ok for the techniques of construction but the subject is really for the more experienced modeler. 

But a Spitfire is a very hard aircraft not to model, especially if you've seen any WWII movies on the Battle of Britain etc.

This kit makes a very nice looking model but is a real challenge to get to fly for any length of time.  Not the kit's fault really just the wing planform.
Tom
 

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Reply #44 - Mar 18th, 2015 at 12:03pm

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Thanks Pat,
It was a fun build and great little model. 
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If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #43 - Mar 18th, 2015 at 8:14am

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This is a great tutorial--even for someone who has been doing this for 62 years--learned a lot.

Pat Daily
 
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Reply #42 - Jan 15th, 2014 at 5:45pm

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Thanks Alan...we're here to help!
 

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Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #41 - Jan 15th, 2014 at 5:42pm

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That's a great looking Spit, super lesson, thanks very much, it's great to have this lesson from the masters!
 
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Reply #40 - Apr 2nd, 2013 at 5:56pm

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I moved this here for ease of new comers to find this tutorial and assist them in their first build.  I do recommend the first build to be a high wing sport or sport/scale model to assure a better chance to get their project flying.  I will post a link here to a very simple and highly successful sport model that flys great. 

The Island Flyer by Clive Wienker:  http://www.stickandtissue.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1310155680

Welcome to a great hobby and I hope you find some helpful hints, techniques and tips that will assist you in your enjoyment of this fun hobby.  If you have questions, please ask, the guys here are very helpful and willing to share their experience, both bad and good so you can learn from our mistakes as well as our successes!

Many thermals and happy landings,
Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #39 - Oct 19th, 2012 at 9:50pm

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUsD2haKk7k&feature=plcp

It is a great vid!!  Tom has also posted some really cool photo collections.
Thanks Tom!!
 

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Reply #38 - Oct 19th, 2012 at 2:40pm

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Hey I just noticed the video of this build on Youtube.  It's excellent.  I just happened to search on Easybuilt Airplanes and it turned up on the first page. 

Really getting the itch to try building it!  But I still have some work to do on my Skokie.  Been too busy lately with too much stuff...
 

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Reply #37 - Oct 9th, 2012 at 7:07pm

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welcome....enjoy the build...

Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #36 - Oct 9th, 2012 at 5:09pm

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Thanks Tom, exactly what I am looking for.
 
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Reply #35 - Oct 9th, 2012 at 1:02pm

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Thanks for the nice comments....we're happy to help when we can.  Glad you're getting back into this great hobby.

A2Z hobby supplies is where these bottles were purchased.... here's a link: https://www.a2zcorp.us/store/category.asp?Cguid={22F4F09E-65AF-4C9B-841D-31A7478...

you may want to check out the modeling supplies thread on this site for other possible links for supplies:
http://www.stickandtissue.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?board=supplies

Please share your next project with us and post some pics for us to follow along with you.

Enjoy,

Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #34 - Oct 9th, 2012 at 10:54am

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My first post. Old beginner here, last build was a Gullow's Sopwith Camel many years ago. I am getting back into the hobby and find it relaxing. Thanks to Tom for posting this build. Many great tips, and very much appreciated.

Do you have a source to get the needle tip glue applicator bottles shown?
Thanks,
--Jack
 
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Reply #33 - Sep 5th, 2012 at 9:59am

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Bobber,

You have the needed skills to accomplish this Spit or any of the other WWII models Easy Built makes.  Your skills are quite good. 

Thanks for the nice comments.  We can all learn something new from each other.  Thanks for your contributions with the posted links to your Skokie build.

This is a great hobby, isn't it! Smiley

Keep up the great work.

Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #32 - Sep 5th, 2012 at 9:15am

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This is a fantastic thread, thanks for providing all the photos and information.  I have learned quite a bit from reading through it.  I almost would like to try this Spit after I finish my Skokie!
 

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Reply #31 - Aug 20th, 2012 at 7:16pm

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Tim,

I think the Spit for a dimescale kit is quite do-able for a beginer.  I do think the one piece wing is a better solution for a beginer.  Trying to align two wing panels is a bit more difficult, but it is do-able also.  I would recommend this model.  Just be sure to add washout in the trailing edge at the wingtip.

I haven't been able to try flying yet but she glides very stable in a flat glide across the living room and down the hall.  I've tossed her across the bedroom and almost missed the kingsize bed because she glides so well.  I think she may have good potential with rubber power.  Not satisfied with the spinner yet.  Will probably add a balsa one later.

Tom
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If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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