Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX Composite 50cc Gas 2250mm (ARF) (USA Warehouse)
Of all the various marks of the legendary Spitfire, the Mk IX is considered to be probably the finest overal in terms of it's balance of agility, speed and firepower, developed as an answer to the FW190, this iconic version of the Spitfire was one of the best fighters of the war, the Mk IX played a large part in winning Allied air superiority and was so effective, it was still in service until the end of WW2.
This superbly finished Spitfire features a composite fuselage and balsa wings, horizontal stabilizer & rudder. This model has been really well thought out, the 2 pc plug in wings and horizontal stabilizer make the model very practical, both in terms of transportation and field assembly. Another neat feature is the quick realease canopy which features a seperate cockpit, this not only allows easy access to the fuselage, it also gives the modeler the freedom to build a full scale cockpit interior relativley easily. The excellent quality hardware also includes scale details such as radiators, cannon blisters, aerial mast, wheel covers and so on. This model will require retracts (not included) and we have a specially designed, scale full set available for this stunning Spitfire.
This model has an amazingly low flying weight as a result of good design and build quality, performance with a 50cc gas engine fitted will be amazing. Large, scale 300ft loops and so on will be the order of the day. The Spit also lends itself to a practical electric power conversion as the batteries can be accessed so easily. There is no doubt, this beautiful Spit is an amazing giant scale model, in fact with a little work, it would be super scale/show standard, yet at a price that makes it affordable to many warbird fans, the sight of this Spitfire "beating up" your club field will make you the envy of your fellow pilots!
Come on HK! This NEEEEEEDS to be stocked in the AU Warehouse. Who's the genius (NOT) that decided us Aussies wouldn't love a Spitfire this size? If this kit ever hits the AU Warehouse I'll be buying ASAP.
I live in Trinidad and ordered one from HK USA. Cost lots to ship but am pleased with it. DLA 56 fits in the cowl nicely and ESM retracts work great. I fabricated my own functional exhaust and that really added to the scale look.
Down side is that I had to add lots of weight up front(4lbs).
I would like to know if any one bought this airplane. I think it looks nice and be a good electric giant scale airplane. I was looking at the KMP Spitfire but it sucks and the KMP version can not stay on the ground with out nosing over on take off or landing. The wheel bays are in the wrong spot on the KMP. This is due to not having enough room for the wing tube, the KMP version should have had a wood spar so the gear would be farther forward. This plane looks as if the wheel bays are too far back too. I am not bashing this plane I am interested and want information with some one who purchased it. How does it fly and does it nose over too. This could be my next plane. Thank you
please if you buy this plane and do it electric. Set it up with the sound system and a Merlin v12 with the amplifier I did that with a smaller p40 but it was to small and a tight fit No room left for the amp I'm thinking of getting this plane just for that reason MAN would it sound and look so cool in the air. :)
Greenfuelboy,if your after a spitfire in the 50cc range take a look at the 89" E S M mk XI spit.just got one myself, along with there 88" 109.you will pay for it,but it is quality! and to help with your landings,there under carrage setup is further forward.
Hmm looks reasonably close - has the steep rise up to the spinner - maybe the nose ring is a touch small as there does appear to be more of a neck in than there should - more like the hurricane as they had smaller spinners
Lost my .60 size Spitfire recently and I miss her! http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/images/em_c ry.gif Saving my sheckles for this one. How about some retract details and maybe a suggested wheel size. You HK guys must have played with her!
In Australia it's not hard to go for a 20 min drive and find a few hundred acres of open, unoccupied space! surely you know someone that owns a farm! Most clubs are in dangerous positions anyhow! Here in Canberra we have a club approximately 500meters from the the ACT prison! NOT SAFE!! plus a VERY HIGH security risk! (airmail) LOL!!
Cool Yeah I have lots of space to fly at around the country but that doesn't excuse poor quality controls :) I'd hazzard a guess that if you miss your landing strip your plane won't be the only thing landing in jail! LOL Either way big models at a good price are great news as long as they are well made. I'd hate to see the damage caused by a 50cc petrol motor separating from the airframe in flight or wings folding in a hig speed dive/turn. And yes at a public display I have witnessed a reputable brand ARF large scale bearcat experience overspeed elevator failure. Fortunately this was in a direction away from the crowd. Though it still brings home the point of safety always.
you b nuts if you put a plane in the air with sh#tty linkages ect anyway! if the standard stuff does not look up to the job, just replace it with good stuff! 90% of these cheap airframes are only supplied with the bare minimum(cheap horn's, linkages , ect) to get it in the air!
True very true but if they skimp on the hardware, one has to look harder at the airframe. Have seen known brands (ESM) etc be missing glue between components/structures, leading to strutural fail in flight. Without seeing it up close and personal, the engine mount for this Spitfire looks .... well less than I'd expect for a 50cc model based on my limited experience. It just seems "tacked on" from the picture. Anyway lets see them in the AU warehouse and have some willing people buy them and test them out.
I'm currently building/putting together a 73'' ESM Spitty for a chap and i've got to say that this looks extremely enticing for the price. Postage would be a Killer and, yes, that fire wall does look like it needs reinforcing. An Me 109 or a Stuka or, a Focker Wulf in the same size in the AU warehouse and i'm as good as yours HKing!
As far as the KMP spitfire also known as ESM now in the states , it wont nose over if you provide forward rake in your retracts assembly when you install your gear.
This plane offered by Hobby King appears to be a good value vs the ESM Spitfire and now you can buy the new Generation 2 retracts from VQ and Troy Built Models for the Hobby KIng Plane , the new eletric retracts work great and run close $200 .
Just received this plane. It is beautiful! Appears to be a high quality ARF. Will be putting a DLE-55 in it and see how it flies. Will post update an update after first flight (hopefully in a few weeks).
You have a few options on retracts
1)eletric you can use esm worm gear found at the Troy Built model website , or you can use Sierra Giant scale in air or get them converted by wingspan eletric retract company ,
you can not use smaller eletric retracts with this plane .
Also Williams brothers now offers giant scale Spitfire **wheels if you realy want the scale look and DB-Balsa offer scale interior kits for the cockpit
Vqwarbirds has specific British scale wheels in 3 spoke, 4 spoke, and 5 spoke design. Since this is a MKIX plane, the 4 spoke is the most predominate scale wise, however, the early production MKIX's used 3 spoke wheels. Since the top of the rudder is not the correct shape for later MkIX's, I will probably use the 3 spoke. If anyone at the field says something about the top of the rudder, just explain it was an early version MkIX and shut them up...and in my case...hence why I will use 3 spoke wheels
This airplane used to be the KMP Sig Series unit. Beautiful plane for the money. I am aware that Magnum RC has a scale cockpit designed for this model to attached to the cockpit hatch. Very ingenius. ****magnumrc****
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