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Jun 20, 2003, 05:07 PM
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GWS Spitfire Build Report (formerly known as "List your GWS Spit modifications here"

I've started my GWS Spitty build today. I'm applying all I learned with my GWS P51 build to the Spitty (along with what I learned from the TM, SS, Beaver and Cub builds). From other GWS Spitty posts, this plane promises to be a better flyer than the P51 (since sold to a fellow Ezoner). Here is my plan:
The Spitty will be a full house plane with removable LG. I'm ditching the stock wheels for the foamie wheels that was on my Beaver (who's donating it's internals to this projects).
I'll be using 9.6V 1100 Hecell and Kan packs so the first mod is the battery bay.
I'm also tempting fate in that I'm painting her before her first flight.
Modifications I plan on are:
Rare Earth magnets for the cockpit and maybe the lower cowl.
EZ connects for all control surfaces
Deans Ultra instead of JST

If anyone else have made modifications from the GWS plans for the Spitty, please post them here.

So far, I've only painted her undersides and enlarged the battery bay....
Last edited by flipnidaho; Jun 21, 2003 at 06:44 PM.
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Jun 20, 2003, 05:13 PM
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This Spitty build, along with my first S&B Spitfire, should...

keep me occupied while I wait for my new S&B Spitfire...
One can never have enough Spitfires IMHO...

Here is the wing painted an RAF Sky color... Top side will be the stock dark green and Dark Earth.
Jun 20, 2003, 05:18 PM
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I'm shooting for this paint scheme...

all paint is/will be brushed on... The camouflage brown will probably be applied after I put the plane together. For weathering and panel lines, I have some silver and black sharpie fine point ink pens, charcoal pencils and some rust paint...
Jun 20, 2003, 08:02 PM
Houng-wen Lin
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Dear flipnidaho,

I wish that you post such a nice pic earlier before we run the pruction!
Jun 20, 2003, 11:11 PM
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Here is a good one...Still no answer from Horizon Hobby on service. It came apart in the air!
Jun 20, 2003, 11:53 PM
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Whoa... That's what I would call a "slight" modification...
What happened?
Jun 21, 2003, 09:29 AM
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Last night...

I put the plastic push rod guide/straws and the motor in and put the fuse sides together by using GWS glue. It's the first time I've used GWS glue on any of my planes (I must have 6 or 10 of these tubes unopened). For the most part, if given plenty of ventilation and allowed to set overnight, the GWS glue works OK. There were sections of glue that did not dry because it was under plastic (used to hold the fuse halves together during setting). I also noticed gaps in the fuse halves. Gaps/cracks are a natural weak point in a frame, cause extra drag, and is just plain ugly. I decided to fill in the gaps with some Probond (should've used old reliable to begin with).
Last edited by flipnidaho; Jun 21, 2003 at 09:34 AM.
Jun 21, 2003, 09:36 AM
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This is the fuse

not too bad from stand-off distance...
Jun 21, 2003, 09:38 AM
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However, upon closer inspection...

you start to notice gaps... big gaps... The GWS glue just takes to long to take a set IMHO...
This is the gap beneath the motor mount.
Jun 21, 2003, 09:38 AM
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This is the gap...

beneath the wing fillets...
Jun 21, 2003, 09:39 AM
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And this is the gap...

beneath the cockpit area...
Jun 21, 2003, 09:41 AM
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The thing with probond...

Is that you have to keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn't "bubble" over too much or you'll have a sanding job in front of ya...
Here is the probonded part beneath the motor mount..
Jun 21, 2003, 09:42 AM
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The cool thing about Probond...

is that it is light as foam and easily paintable...
Jun 21, 2003, 09:44 AM
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Oh yeah...

and the stuff fills in gaps very very well... However, you have to be careful that the expansion doesn't force the parts apart...
Here is the area directly in front of the cockpit...
Jun 21, 2003, 09:48 AM
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GWS glue is contact cement type; you don't slap it on and press the pieces together. Thin layer on both sides, let dry untill tacky then press the parts together.

Battery-wise, the thing I've learnt (I think!) is that lighter is better on these GWS planes; I've stopped using 2/3A cells in GWS warbirds for the most part and flights have been much better (stalls, landing speed, etc)

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