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Old Aug 12, 2012, 10:11 AM
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Spitfire Dilemma

I'm in a little bit of a dilemma here. I love my Parkzone Spitfire MkIX, but finding a field to fly it as is rather annoying. The local park's grass is far too long for the Spitfire to do a wheeled takeoff or landing. My school's grass is the same deal, but I occasionally take off and land from the track when there aren't people around (that's rare). The nearest field that has grass short enough for my PZ Spitfire is a 40 minute drive away, which is difficult to do often.

So the question is, should I go up in size or just downsize to a belly lander? I've seen the FMS mini Spitfire and the Art-Tech Spitfire, and I also recently bought plans for a 27inch balsa Spitfire. These would all offer small-space friendly Spitfires, but I'd prefer to do wheeled takeoffs and landings.

Is there a larger foam Spitfire out there that will handle your average soccer field/park grass without complaints? (Preferably with split flaps and retracts) I took a look at the 1400mm FMS Spitfire and I'm too much of a scale snob to buy one.
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 12:18 PM
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How about wet grass, (or even dry grass. I fly my Sunderland off grass) -


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Old Aug 12, 2012, 12:24 PM
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instead of buying another plane like a smaller belly lander why not just fly you spit as a hand launch / belly lander. Should be good to go just remove the LG.
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 12:33 PM
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I had the same issues with my PZ P-47. I ended up getting a second one and I removed the landing gear and it's plastic mounts. Also I took out the rudder servo and tail wheel. It ended up shedding 200 grams. It hand launches great and belly lands fine. I think it would be the same for your Spitfire.

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Old Aug 12, 2012, 12:57 PM
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I can currently belly land my PZ Spit, I just don't like it as every couple landings something works loose on the underside.

I also prefer wheel landings. More scale.
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 02:31 PM
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The FMS Spit does have its share of scale flaws but its not too hard to modify it to a more scale appearance. Mine is in the rebuild que where I plane to add split flaps and give it proper dihedral. Beyond that the gear placement is the only egregious thing I can think of and i can live with that. TO/landings are easy on short grass fields.

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