This Hangar 9 Spitfire is manufactured from laser cut balsa and ply and covered in printed UltraCote, that gives a scale finish, with panel lines,rivets and a "soft edge" camouflage pattern. Accurately scaled to a size of 1/4.81.
Radio: A minimum of 6 channels are required. 8 channels are prefered to allow a separate channel for the separate aileron and elevator servos, with mixing function. If 6 channels are used then two "Y" leads must be used.
Servos: Eight (8) standard size, high torque (Min of 100 oz. ins)- (2-elevator, 2-flap, 2-aileron, 1-rudder,1-throttle (Gas version only)
Receiver battery: 6.0V NiMH, 2400mAh
Retracts: E-Flite 95 degree Main Retract is recommended (Horizon # EFLG625SP)
Brushless Motor: E-Flite Power 160 Brushless Outrunner (245Kv) or equivalent
Designed specifically for the Hangar 9 Spitfire 30cc.
All electric operation.
No air leaks!
No air pump required.
Needs just one receiver channel for operation.
Electronic control box allows up to 3 units to be operated. (Only 2 required for the Spitfire)
CNC machined parts constructed from high strength aluminum.
Stainless steel shock absorbing main struts.
Titanium axles provide high strength with less weight.
No switches! All positions are sensed using overload protection.
Includes all the hardware and extension leads for installation.
Overload protection shuts off the unit if jammed.
Spare parts are available from Horizon Hobbies.
This video is very basic, but it does show the operation well. Gear doors are not fitted and there is no commentary or details of the hook-up. But it does show that these retracts do work!
These retracts are a well designed and constructed units. I found very few negative comments and they are as robust as any warbird retract. They do stand up well and are adequately mounted in the wing center section.
Full instructions are given in the manual for installation.
Price of the E-Flite 95 Degree 30cc Retracts is-$374.99 with FREE shipping.
If you are considering buying this Hangar 9 Spitfire then I think it is always a good idea to take a look at the manual. It gives you an insight into the construction and an indication of how much work is required to complete the project.
Take a look here to see the manual. It is 76 pages long as it is in 4 languages. However the English is very good and easy to understand and there are many photographs.
No major modifications were found to be necessary. (Hooray!)
The list below improves scale appearance only.
Please watch the weight of any accessories added and do make the effort to keep all components, especially batteries, as far forward as possible to minimize the addition of nose weight, to achieve the balance point.
The vast majority of comments read were very positive. The quality of the kit was very good and the build was not a problem. The CG was OK, as mentioned in the manual and the flying characteristics were generally appreciated.
One problem mentioned was nosing over on landing. Retracing the flaps as soon as possible after landing and a lot of up elevator travel slowly applied on roll-out is a possible solution.
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