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Old 06-22-2016, 07:41 AM   #41
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Re: CARF SPITFIRE ASSEMBLY and SCALE DETAILING


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INTERIOR COCKPIT

When I was down at Joe Nall this year I got to see this very Spitfire with a multitude of engines in it. All had detailed cockpits, but for the most, Unless the Pilot was removed 90% of the details were obscured.

I therefore opted to spend just a modest amount of the money on the interior detail parts and spend MORE money on the Pilot which is clearly visible to all.

I got my Interior Cockpit parts form Tyspplanes.com. He shipped very quickly and the parts all arrived in a timely manner. He even threw in some extra parts.

You can watch two U-Tube videos on how to assemble the kit.

The kit divides into four main subsection, The Rear Headrest Bullet proof section. The Floor and Side Walls, The Chair and finally the Instrument Panel.

I will discuss the Rear Headrest and the Floor and Head Walls in this section.

The Rear Headrest is a simple triangular shaped styrene part that you add a small piece of balsa to give it strength. I painted the Headrest first with matt black before proceeding to give the rest of the part the green cameo paint. I forgot to weight it but the weight is very small.

When I joined the two side walls to the floor, I just was not sure that the joints would be strong enough to take any long term flexing without cracking.
I added some 1/4" by 1/4' styrene square tubing to the bottom inside of the frame and it DRAMACTICALLY improved the rigidity. I also added a small styrene horizontal dowel to again reduce the movement.

Adding the "interior Components" is a bit of a hit and miss operation, the videos (2) give a few hints and on the various books out there they do show many more controls. But again I did not go overboard as once the pilot is in you can't see many of them. But the Red Crowbar is a "MUST".

Adding the cockpit interior cannot be left too late to do or it will become very difficult later on. I can now slide mine up right, thru the bottom front of the plane , turn it and it lays right in place. Once the top is glued in, I will then support the underside with some balsa triangular stock for even more rigidity.

The weight of this subsection is 191 grams.

This interior canopy DOES NOT lend itself to having an OPEN cockpit door for the Pilot to get in. I plan to "Simulate a Cockpit door with a hinge and a more defined space between the door and fuselage but mine will not actually open. This is something to ponder if you want a real door opening and you might have to look at an alternate interior kit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o89f-0uqdwk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no3iuOCZZ8U
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:46 PM   #42
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Re: CARF SPITFIRE ASSEMBLY and SCALE DETAILING

PILOT SEAT

At first I planned on using the Pilot Seat from Mick Reeves web site. It is a 1/4 scale (25%) seat but after receiving it I found that it was too big to fit in the Carf Spitfire. The slight difference because this plane is only 23% in size, made it quite impractical for me to use the complete assembly.

If you go down near the bottom of Mick's link you will see the additional parts that you can purchase for a 1/4 scale Spitfire. There are many other useful items to be had here, and for the most, the 2% difference in size will not matter.

http://www.mickreevesmodels.co.uk/~m...its/p4spit.htm

But I was able to use the original seat that I got from Tysplanes.com . I added some of Mick's side rails to the seat to dress it up a bit and I also did use the vinyl brown tubing to finish the top edge of the seat where it attaches to the armour plate.

The seat has to be filled with a piece of balsa to give it some rigidity and to have a spot to glue it to the armour plate.

The seat and plate weigh 92 grams.
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:51 PM   #43
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INSTRUMENT PANEL

Well I am now thru my second week of chemo and radiation. It was not as easy as the first week so I have slowed down the amount of building that I am doing on the Spitfire.

The gauges that come with the semi scale from Tyspplanes.com. did not look that realistic to me so I ordered some 1/4 scale gauges made to WW2 British style.

I got them from HOBBY EXPRESS and they are made by www.aerocockpit.com. The look very realistic but they don't have a compass or the gun sight for the instrument panel.

I ordered both the compass and gun sight from Mic Reeves, but I had to do a fair amount of modifications to make them fit onto this panel.

I found a tiny true Hunter's compass at CTC that was just the exact size to fit into the Mic Reeves frame. I had to shorten Mic's gun sight so that it would fit onto the top of the panel.

All I need to do now is glue the panel in place and the cockpit interior details are done.

The size of the panel is about 6" by 6" and it weighs 62 grams.
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Old 06-25-2016, 10:59 AM   #44
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FINISHED COCKPIT

The Instrument panel is now glued in and tomorrow I will install the Pilot.
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PILOT

I bought my pilot from Nick Ziroli https://ziroligiantscaleplans.com/sc...ot-figure.html

When at Joe Nall, I noticed in the four Carf Spitfires that most of the scale interior was hidden by the pilot. So I opted to spend my Cockpit money on what I thought most people would actually notice when they looked into the cockpit. Cost was about $98.

The pilot is 15 inches tall and weighs 202 grams.

I originally purchased a Hanger 9 1/4 scale pilot for $18. but I was very disappointed in it appearance. It just looked to much like a doll!

http://www.horizonhobby.com/product/...ot--25-han4566
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Re: CARF SPITFIRE ASSEMBLY and SCALE DETAILING

For those members of RC Canada who may have been interested in the CARF Spitfire build by Brian.

The information below was posted yesterday in RC Universe by Brian's friend "RAMMJETT".

Hello; I am posting this for my close friend and flying buddy (Krazy Kanuk). I am sorry to say Brian lost his battle with cancer July 29 / 16. God bless you Brian , Fly high buddy.
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Very sorry to hear that! Damn cancer!!
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Sorry guys thought I had posted on RCC
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Re: CARF SPITFIRE ASSEMBLY and SCALE DETAILING

That hurts!!

Was enjoying this thread and the level of detail in the build.

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Re: CARF SPITFIRE ASSEMBLY and SCALE DETAILING

Brian truly was a amazing guy, his wish was for me to have and finish the Spitfire so one day I will continue this thread for him , hard to think about that now but maybe come winter the guys on RCC can hep me finish the plane as Brian would have wished . I would like to set up a day each year to fly the spit in Brian's honer. I think it would be nice to have him named as the pilot on the spit and to make a custom battle art work on the cowl .
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