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Old Jun 16, 2011, 06:54 PM
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My new Spit - streamer chaser - Videos

No doubts that Spit is the best looking warbird from WWII.
Looks even better in a funky RENO racer scheme - painted by Gary Holland



Span 800mm
3 servos 9g (2x ailerons 1xelevator) cheap Tower Pro - never let me down and no point IMHO to use expensive one for a model that will probably be involved in many mid air crashes
Lipo 3S 1300mAh
ESC 25A
motor Keda 2826/26 - hope it will spin 8x6 APC prop - never used it before.

I fly combats for a few years now, but this one I like most, as I can hide everythig under the canopy.



In all my combats I've kept the aileron servos on top of the wing to protect'em from loosing gears during landing - this one will have'em under, as I have nice "scale" oil radiators made out of EPP - that will go over the servos

Not on the picture unfortunetly - will sort it out soon - in the mean time pic of servos without the covers...



Hopefully Gary will post some pics of shaping the fusselage and painting it when he finds some time.

More updates - soon
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Old Jun 17, 2011, 04:39 AM
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I never venture into this part of the forum but i saw the word spit.... and this is amazing!
i guess its not a kit, what plans did you use?
awesome pait too love it!

edit: just seen the flying-dogs site
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Old Jun 17, 2011, 05:46 AM
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Thanks Chris, glad to hear you like it
Yeah - it's a KIT, EPP parts, motor mount, horns, pushrods, glass rods and building instruction.
If nothing changes It will be ready tonight for a maiden
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Old Jun 18, 2011, 01:30 PM
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I'm looking forward to completing the Shinden Robert,

Neal is Building the P40 and Matthew is building another Spitfire

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Old Jun 18, 2011, 02:36 PM
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Brilliant Andy - lads from local club have few ready so I believe there will be a little battle very soon


In the mean time .... my spit is READY

Little change to the canopy I cut it into 2 pieces...
the one over Elevator servo is glued in (should provide more strenght to the fusselage) and I left only small piece that can be taken off to have access to the lipo and the reciever.






I cut it in angle so it slides nicely into it's place - then 2 pieces of carbon rods goes in to keep it in (second picture)

Weights only 360g thats 20g less than I aimed for (or saved thanks to Gary's painting instead of me dipping it into a bucket with paint )
I've missed the CG by 4mm - but as it's lighter than any of my other combats I've decided to add a few grams on the tail and let it be.
Here's my little helper holding it so you can see how the servos are protected




After carefull examination he aproved it and gave me a green light to test fly it.
Should happen tomorrow - weather looks quite ok
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Old Jun 18, 2011, 05:57 PM
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Looks like a fantastic bird - hope she flys as good as she looks!
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Old Jun 19, 2011, 05:34 PM
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And it flies
As a matter of fact it flies very well - it's quicker than my very simmiliar KI-61 and it likes speed !!.
I used the 9x5 APC prop - but gonna go for 8x6 or even 7x7 the next time.
I have to admit that it's bit more dificoult to fly than my other combats.
Few passes just above the ground and it was going straight without any twiches
Unfortunetly was a bit windy today so didn't play a lot with differential on ailerons (needs some) - and I took the 5g weight of the tail - my original CG suits me better may try to move it even more forward .
At the full movement of ailerons it gets bit nervous - but will check again when the wind drops down.
Friends were recording all flights so expect some video later on

Very happy
Rob
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 03:31 AM
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And here it is.
Footage from second flight with few seconds cut off
Some more to follow.
Enjoy

Robs Combat Spitfire.swf (8 min 1 sec)
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 05:37 AM
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My new spit - video

In previous post you can see the whole second flight - and as You could see it flew just over 8 min. (few seconds were cut) - will be better when my new lipos get here - as the one I have are pretty old ...


Here is another and much shorter video - few slow passes and few quick ones.
Flying Dog Maidens.swf (2 min 29 sec)
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Old Jun 28, 2011, 04:15 AM
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Looks awesome Rob

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Old Jul 01, 2011, 12:27 PM
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Rob,

Looks great. I received my ME-BF109 and plan to start shaping this weekend.

Gary's paint job looks great.

Plane seems to have pretty standard Spitfire flight characterisitcs and twitchiness. Good for combat maneuvers.

Harold
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Old Jul 01, 2011, 03:48 PM
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Rob's asked me to do another plane for Skelm and so we've both decided on P40 in a scale scheme incorporating the Flying-Dog logo, so might be a good opportunity to do a shape and paint tutorial - Rob again will take care of the install

To follow will be Andy (caps) Shinden, which I want to do in something a little more adventurous than plain green, but in keeping with a Japanese warbird.

Watch this space....

Gary
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Old Jul 01, 2011, 04:50 PM
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Happy you like it Harold
I need few more flights to tune it, but after thoose few in a gusty wind I'm very happy !

The P40 will be the main price in our streamer combat competition held in Skelmersdale on 4th of September.
I'll post some more info soon, just not sure where :/

The shaping, painting tutorial is great idea

Rob
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 09:26 AM
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a good opportunity to do a shape and paint tutorial
I would read that and it certainly would be perfect timing to my project. I was going to ask about the paints you use and the airbrush techniques you use. what type of masking tape gave you those great lines without leaking or damaging the EPP.

Unfortunately I'm a little too far away to participate in the combat. I'll figure it out locally.

Good luck, I look forward to seeing great Shark Teeth on that P-40. The Jackie C from the American Air Power Museum is a great example.
Harold
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 09:39 AM
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Mid-Atlantic Air Musuem's World War II Weekend P-40 Start up (1 min 1 sec)


This is the Curtiss Warhawk P-40 we get to see fly regularly here on long island, at Republic Airport. Republic is home to the famed P-47 "Jug" which was a high volume production plane and a tank.

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