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Old Mar 09, 2007, 09:14 AM
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The Spitfires are in transit and I expect them late March or early April (depends on customs ect.)

The Dora is next on the production schedule. I saw the prototype in Prague last October, I have not received a production sample as of yet but expect that they will be coming out in April or so. We will of course be carrying them as soon as they are avialable. The Dora (unlike the Spitfire) will not be set up for retracts.

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As D9 said, they are similar to the old Scorpio models, but in a smaller scale with a lot more detail and much more complete. In the case of the Spitfire, the mounting points for the retracts are already installed in the wings and ready for the isntall of the Alfa retracts. It is still a bit of work, but compared to engineering it all from scratch, it is a breeze.

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Old Mar 09, 2007, 10:45 AM
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I have built 2 P51s and 2 F4Us--that really isn't correct--I assempled them. I am wondering if any of the newer Alpha kits are more robust than the ones of a couple of years ago.

My biggest complaint is the fragile nature of their hatches, the ease at which the stabs crack at the centerline and the ease of damaging the leading edges of the wing and getting fracture cracks in the wing. I swore off of these planes because of they are so fragile. Mine get damaged just sitting in the shop.

They are great flying planes (if you can get past the launch successfully).

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Old Mar 09, 2007, 11:25 AM
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Mike, Thanks for the update/clarification. I'm kinda happy that each planes' arrvial is a little staggered... It'll give my wallet a chance to catch it's breath--as I would like to build two each of these planes. (bye bye, tax retrun) It's a shame that the Dora isn't set-up for retracts.

Pat, yeah these planes are very fragile and must be treated with respect. I attribute most of my Alfa success to having a field with nice tall grass to land on that was close to home. I recently moved to another state...almost 150 miles away. I was worried that I might not find another nice place to fly. Much to my surprise. I found several places which are quiet, and park flyer friendly. What I am getting at-- these planes will last a long time if you willing to put in the effort. It isn't always easy, believe me it's not. Perhaps now with landing gear, this will make take-off's less scary for those who don't like hand launching. Good luck!
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 05:41 AM
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Mike, do you have any idea how well the retracts would work off a grass strip?
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 01:37 PM
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Stuart, there's a pic in the Beaufighter thread by Harv. Thos wheels slightly look big for the plane...but probably small for grass. Any golf courses near you?
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 02:37 PM
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Stuart

I think that the retracts are strong enough for the wear and tear of a grass strip, but due to the size of the model and the wheels (47mm) the grass will need to be short and smooth.

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Old Mar 11, 2007, 07:55 PM
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Mike H,
How difficult is the conversion to the clipped wing version? I would love a clipped version but the idea of cutting into that lovely foam just makes me cringe.
Cheers mike
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 10:33 PM
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I think there will be an actual clip wing version.

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Mike H,
How difficult is the conversion to the clipped wing version? I would love a clipped version but the idea of cutting into that lovely foam just makes me cringe.
Cheers mike
From the alpha web site I got the impression there will be an actual clip wing version.
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 10:48 PM
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From the alpha web site I got the impression there will be an actual clip wing version.
Its the same plane....you simply glue the wing tips on if you want the normal version and leave them off if you want the clipped wing version(this is what I was told from a European dealer).
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 11:08 PM
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I was under the same impression.
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Old Mar 12, 2007, 01:44 AM
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Well the European dealer doesn't have it quite right. The Spitfire comes with the full eliptical wing finished. It also comes with vacuformed and painted wing tip caps that the modeler had to glue on to the clipped wing after the modeler cuts off the eliptical tip. The cut is made along a panel line and if done with a new #11 should not pose a big challange. The safe thing to do might be to cut it just outboard of the mark and using a sanding block adjust it back to the mark.

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Old Mar 12, 2007, 02:47 AM
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Sounds easy enough...
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Old Mar 12, 2007, 06:44 AM
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Thanks Mike.
Yeah it sounds easy just I don't know if I will have the heart to chop up a brand new spitfire wing
Maybe I'll do what the RAF did. Wait till I've had good use out of it and then convert it later after I've got another one.
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Old Mar 12, 2007, 07:19 AM
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Sounds like a good plan to me.

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Thanks Mike.
Yeah it sounds easy just I don't know if I will have the heart to chop up a brand new spitfire wing
Maybe I'll do what the RAF did. Wait till I've had good use out of it and then convert it later after I've got another one.
Cheers Mike
Sounds like a good plan to me.
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Old Mar 12, 2007, 10:52 AM
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Well the European dealer doesn't have it quite right. The Spitfire comes with the full eliptical wing finished. It also comes with vacuformed and painted wing tip caps that the modeler had to glue on to the clipped wing after the modeler cuts off the eliptical tip. The cut is made along a panel line and if done with a new #11 should not pose a big challange. The safe thing to do might be to cut it just outboard of the mark and using a sanding block adjust it back to the mark.

Mike Hines
Thank you for the clarification...seems I was told half right LOL
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