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Spitfire Model

This model was designed by using various diagrams of Spitfires found in aircraft books and adjusting the measurements so that they were 1/12 th the size of the full size aircraft. It was designed to be powered by 1 cc diesel model aero engine and as a four channel radio controlled model, the radio channels controlling, ailerons, elevators, rudder and retractable landing gear.

The retractable landing gear was designed from scratch and uses a reversible 1.5 volt electric motor to drive a scissor jack actuator to raise and lower the landing gear. The parts of the mechanism were constructed from scrap piece of aluminium, cut and filed to shape and drilled and tapped were necessary.

The fuselage was made 1/8"th thick plywood formers with 1/8"th x 1/8"th balsa stringers.  The main wing ribs are individually cut from 1/8" thk. sheet balsa and the tailplane and tail fin were laminated from 3/32" thk. balsa sheet cut to shape and sanded to the aerodymanic profile.

The drawings and design took approximately 3 months and the construction of the model required some 280 hours to complete.

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