Broadcaster: Aviation, Military History, Parasport
What’s the latest?
Life goes on…
Despite set backs this year, I’ve been busy filming my first feature length documentary with October films for channel5. Entitled ‘How Britain Won The War‘ myself and Michael Burke uncover some of the untold stories, and reveal the unsung heroes who helped turn the tide of war in the Allies favour. Starting at 8pm, on the 11th of November on Channel5.
The shop is also gearing up for Christmas with exciting new products launched, including the perfect gifts for all aviation fans out there. In my latest product review I look in detail at the Vintage Model Companies excellent Balsa wood kits. Of course all precautions are being taken to ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of all items dispatched.
As we enter a second lock down and with Christmas looming why not have a look through my shop pages and spoil yourself. I guarantee that anything you acquire through my shop you’ll be thrilled with the quality and customer service.
I wish everyone the very best, stay safe, and let’s all go the extra mile to protect those around us.
‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page…’ St Augustine
Supermarine Spitfire Nightfighter
At a Glance
- Power System – Rubber Free Flight
- Wingspan – 18″ (460mm)
- Approximate AUW – 25g
- Difficulty – Beginner
SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE NIGHTFIGHTER – THE ORIGINAL STEALTH AIRCRAFT
The Spitfire was designed by Reginald Mitchell of The Supermarine Aviation Works and is arguably the most elegant but deadly aircraft of World War 2. The beautiful fuselage curves, the distinctive elliptical wings, plus its legendary service in action, make it one of the most recognisable and loved aircraft in the world. The prototype first flew from Eastleigh Aerodrome, near Southampton, England in March 1936.
The Spitfire was an advanced aircraft when first designed and unlike its similarly Merlin-engined stablemate the Hawker Hurricane, used new complicated monocoque construction techniques. As a result of these complexities and production difficulties at Supermarine, the move from prototype to full production was slow and problematic. However, once this was overcome, the Spitfire was produced in huge numbers. This is in part due to the more advanced initial design, which was able to be constantly developed and improved to increase performance, ironically the very thing that hindered it in the early days.
Production only ceased in 1948, making it the only allied aircraft to be manufactured for the entirety of the war.
This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight model of a Spitfire Night fighter. This kit includes the materials (other than paints) to complete the authentic scheme of an all black night fighter Spitfire that served in the 111 Squadron that flew from RAF Debden in 1941.
Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of “stick and tissue”, that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing. Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight.
Free flight means just that – once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or “trimmed”. This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding. Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor. These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible.
Also in the spirit of the traditional kits, additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.
Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
Three low friction plastic nose bushings – one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
One vacuum formed canopy and spinner.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
Rubber motor strip.
Tissue to cover the model.
Parts reference sheet (W), full size summary plan sheet (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.
2 in stock (can be backordered)
News update – New Channel 5 feature length documentary
Really excited about my latest documentary work with October films for channel 5. Airing on the 11/11/2020
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