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Jun 12, 2019, 06:10 PM
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Yet another glow model returns to the air!


Wouldn't you know it.

After ordering a new thrust washer, I found the old one! No matter. I now have a spare!

I remember how much fun this little model used to be back in the day. Faster than heck yet wonderfully controllable. It tracks straight on takeoff and is as easy to land as a trainer. I never bothered setting the high rates - something I'll do soon - but even on low rates, this Great Planes Spitfire 25 sport/combat plane was every bit as much fun to fly as I remember.

It blew a lot of rust colored oil out of the muffler of the O.S. .25 Max when I started it at the field, but that quickly stopped. After its first start-up in several years a weekend or two ago, the crank bearings sounded noisy, but they're fine now. The bearings were, in my opinion, almost certainly the source of that small amount of rust.

Once airborne, the Spitfire sounded a bit too rich in flight, but no matter. Blasting laps around the pattern was simply, well, a blast! I only flew one flight this morning; it was a kind of "shakedown" to see how it would do. I was also down to about a pint of fuel with two more models waiting for completion and flight testing.

Sadly, the canopy managed to get broken! There are lots of parts still available for this discontinued model and a canopy is among them. On its way next week. Maybe I can track down a small pilot bust by then.
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Jun 18, 2019, 11:38 AM
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Very cool, I have this same plane hanging up in my 3 year old son's room. Looks like a fun plane! My dad picked it up at a swap meet in Arizona couple years ago, looking forward to eventually flying it. I removed the gear, you think it'll hand launch ok?
Jun 18, 2019, 05:22 PM
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If you get it flying again, you'll love it! The landing gear were optional as I recall. I also seem to remember that the aileron servos can be mounted atop the wing for belly landing on grass.

The wire landing gear are still available as I learned when I was looking for the canopy, so if you want to go that route, it'll land anywhere. If you decide to put a .25 on it, you'll have to add weight to the tail. I hid it under the tail skid. As for the skid, either add a tail wheel instead or there's a slot for a washer which will grind down on asphalt instead of the wooden skid. Let me know how you like it! Horizon needs to bring back this little model.


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