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ShokWaveRider
09-09-2006, 02:59 PM
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/spit-fire.htm

I really like the look of this bird on the WEB. Hobby Lobby planes seem to be well detailed.

I am tempted to order it. It will be flown a little, sooner or most probably later. But up until then it will be on display as I am an old time RC'er that has not flown in some 15 years. So, as I am not stupid I am investing in a crappy trainer so I can get back up to speed on the flying side. But because I am not motivated by trainers I want a "Look forward To" Project to do in the meantime and aspire towards. I want to trick it out with a brushless outrunner and all the newer more efficient hardware and electronics.

I will be VERY DISSAPPOINTED if and when I get the Hobby Lobby Spit, it is really foamy in appearance and not warranting the $136 price tag. I have seen some warbirds hanging in stores and some look really tacky up close.

Anyone seen this Hobby Lobby bird up close?

Anyone like myself prefers well detailed and finished models, if so can you recommend a Spitfire that will satisfy my demands?

I would prefer a thin fiberglass model but cannot find one in ARF form. I built one myself years ago but have never seen any since.

I am very skeptical in plonking down cash for the Spit without seeing it first or at least getting some reviews first.

Thanks

SWR

Jagzilla
09-10-2006, 12:45 PM
You will not be disappointed in it at all, it's gorgeous, and doesn't look "foamy" at all. I owned one a couple of years back, but lost it due to flying inexperience. I would highly recommend it.
J

Grasshopper
09-10-2006, 04:56 PM
This one isn't quite as scale looking, but I just finished mine and it's a great flyer for a lot less.

http://ak-models.com/espitfirecamo.htm

ShokWaveRider
09-10-2006, 05:10 PM
This one isn't quite as scale looking, but I just finished mine and it's a great flyer for a lot less.

http://ak-models.com/espitfirecamo.htm

It looks pretty good. How strong is the balsa skin and is it on both the FL and Wings?

What is the finish? Paint or covering?

Do you have a photo of the underside?

Thanks

SWR

Grasshopper
09-10-2006, 05:48 PM
Hey SWR,

It's covered with a Monokote type material. The fuse and wings are built with balsa and ply. The under side is silver. It seems to be pretty well built and went together very nice. I've attached a picture of the underside of mine.

thunder1
09-11-2006, 04:48 AM
FSK models are probably the best looking molded foam aircraft available. Their finish does not look like the typical foam model, GWS, etc. They require a LOT more work than the typical ARF. The wings and fillets are particularly tricky. If the job is done carefully it will look better than any other foam model. They also fly terrific if assembled and balanced correctly.

But in the event of an even minor crash, the foam will get creased and or smashed to bits. They can't be mishandled or you could easily put a finger though the wing. Keep the kids away from these models. I had several and the first time I landed and the neighborhood kids rushed over to fetch it for me, I was left with a permanent reminder about why to keep the kids away. The kid had picked the model up by one wingtip and the whole wing snapped off. The model landed on it's nose and the force creased the fuselage pretty bad. The funny part was the 8 year old kid handed the piece back to me and asked it he could fly it next...

Here's an awesome fiberglass SPitfire:
http://www.espritmodel.com/l_spitfire.html

ShokWaveRider
09-11-2006, 01:25 PM
Here's an awesome fiberglass SPitfire:
http://www.espritmodel.com/l_spitfire.html

WOW Their stuff is EXPENSIVE....

SWR

ShokWaveRider
09-11-2006, 04:01 PM
Does anyone have the April 2006 edition of Fly RC? If so can they scan the article on the Spitfire and post or email it to me, I would like to see thier opinions of the bird.

Thanks

SWR

thunder1
09-11-2006, 07:37 PM
Good stuff costs a lot of $$$. For $139 you get foam. For $550 you get all fiberglass.

Have you seen this article?
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=123508