Spitfire Stunter (oz7532)
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Spitfire XIV and XIX. Control line model for .20 - .29 engines.
Article quote: "This aeroplane was built in 1983, a direct descendent of a very successful semiscale model which won C/L Stunt at the RAFMAA Champs in 1978. Although intended as a sports/ exhibition model, its outstanding aerobatic performance allowed it to follow in its predecessor's flight pattern, placing second in C/L Stunt in the RAFMAA Champs in 84 and winning in 89! My opponents complained that the Spit's sheer good looks gave me an unfair advantage!
In the intervening years it was flown extensively in Hong Kong, where it excited great interest. Perhaps it is significant that, after seven years of hard flying, the only modification I would consider is a slight increase in tailplane/elevator areas to improve square corners.
The model is designed along Al Rabe's principles, with wing, fuselage and tailplane outlines all to exact, but different, scales (1.25in, 1in, and 1.5in/ft respectively). The wing is detachable, and the original model has the bellcrank in the fuselage, with a swing-down pushrod to make flap connection easy. However, it would be a simple matter to conceal the bellcrank in the wing, with an idler system in the fuselage, as used in my little Spitfires and Miles M20 (see Aeromodeller, March 87 and October 88).
Similarly, if you fly mainly over grass, the undercarriage could be made detachable as per the little Spits. Similarly, the engine and fuel tank bays are completely accessible via that large lower cowl, which is retained with a simple hook latch.
Perhaps surprisingly in a model with such graceful lines, there is no requirement for complicated or advanced building techniques..."
Quote: "Hi Steve and Mary ...more for the library: Spitfire Stunter - 46in span semi-scale control line stunter by Noel Stephenson. Free plan with Aeromodeller September 1990. Regards, stormin."
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