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Jun 29, 2012, 05:17 PM
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FMS 1400mm MK9 Spitfire BASH to MK 12


Hi guys

double timing here, doing both my FMS BF-109F bash and here this FMS Spitfire (1400mm) into a clipped wing MK12.

I will be:
Clipping the tips
adding the Griffon Cowl
modifying the LG for more scale retract
proper carb scoop
proper LH underwing oil cooler
near scale Jablo 4 blade prop (spins CCW from cockpit)
new "pointy tip" rudder.
proper looking cannons
Proper "early MK" elevator horn balance
misc "nice" details.
new paint scheme

I WONT be:

making the tailwheel retract (like on MOST MK12's). I will add a scale-like MK5 type free castering tailwheel like EB-H much farther below (thanks Chad!)

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Jun 29, 2012, 05:18 PM
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clip the tips.


Started by clipping the tips. I just cut the foam, sanded, added a ply splice and some balsa to make up the TE of the tip cap. Gesso paint to harden the foam to make it easy to sand and make smoother.
Jun 29, 2012, 05:29 PM
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pointy tip rudder constructed


1/8 Balsa core with "blue foam" outsides. sanded to taper at TE.

quick to do, more durable than just foam.
Jun 29, 2012, 05:31 PM
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elevator mod


added 3/32 wire torque rod between elevator halves (not shown) (got rid of foam bridge)
added balsa to LE to strengthen.
Jun 29, 2012, 05:34 PM
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Jun 29, 2012, 09:29 PM
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Jun 29, 2012, 11:37 PM
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Excellent choice of subjects Tom! I love all Marks of the Spit but the Mk.XII and the XV and XVII Seafires are among my most favorite. I will definitely be anticipating your completed model. I am most likely "preaching to the chior" but since some XII's were converted on the production line from Mk.V airframes while others were converted Mk.VIII airframes some of them did retain the fixed tailwheel unit. Spitfire EB-H in the picture below illustrates the fact.

Jun 30, 2012, 05:33 AM
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I am most likely "preaching to the chior" but since some XII's were converted on the production line from Mk.V airframes while others were converted Mk.VIII airframes some of them did retain the fixed tailwheel unit.
Kewl... knew that but had not seen a picture of EB-H. That will be my choice then rather than EB-D or B.

Thanks Chad
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Jun 30, 2012, 09:23 AM
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paint stripped

I stripped the paint off most of the model this morning (acetone). Here is a pic of it so far.

I also have hinged the elev/rudder and mount the whole tail (permanently).

The cowl has also been mounted, but I still need to add the blister on the top centerline behind the spinner. The MK14 (from which I derived this new cowl) does not have this feature.

Wings have been permamentlty attached with Gorilla glue at the new dihedral. Tube spar was cut at center and a nylon block made with the new dhidral angle in it.

as you can see I am running my BF-109F bash at the same time.
Jun 30, 2012, 11:05 AM
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paint stripped

I stripped the paint off most of the model this morning (acetone). Here is a pic of it so far.

I also have hinged the elev/rudder and mount the whole tail (permanently).

The cowl has also been mounted, but I still need to add the blister on the top centerline behind the spinner. The MK14 (from which I derived this new cowl) does not have this feature.

Wings have been permamentlty attached with Gorilla glue at the new dihedral. Tube spar was cut at center and a nylon block made with the new dhidral angle in it.

as you can see I am running my BF-109F bash at the same time.
I hope that, in the last picture, what I see running down off the front of the cocpit hatch is not what it looks like!
Jun 30, 2012, 11:46 AM
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I hope that, in the last picture, what I see running down off the front of the cocpit hatch is not what it looks like!
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Jun 30, 2012, 12:06 PM
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Jun 30, 2012, 01:14 PM
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How did you make the cowl if I may ask Tom? In that second pic it looks 3d printed! The whole things looks spectacular as usual and is sure to be an attention grabber when finished.
Jun 30, 2012, 01:20 PM
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3d printed!
Yup, I have axcess to one for barting engineering for parts in my spare time.


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