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Spitfire - offset rudder?

Old 12-02-2008, 11:14 PM
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Default Spitfire - offset rudder?

I just received the Spitfire I ordered from Hobbyzone, and after assembling the wing and stab, I noticed that the rudder, which is non-movable, is offset to the left somewhat. Does anyone know if this is supposed to be like that, perhaps to offset the motor torque, or has it been damaged in shipping? I am hesitant to fly it until I find out from someone else if mine is okay. Appreciate any help!
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:31 AM
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It should be not be off-set, there someelse that ain't right, got any pix's??? bub, steve

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Old 12-03-2008, 12:36 AM
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It will fly just fine even if the entire tail feather section is off, just going to be needing a little more trim, that's all. My favorite plane I assembled this spring was off at first, it didn't affect performance at all, I just wanted to fly it and didn't really care how well it did, just to be the first to do it in that particular design revision. I have it straightened up now, but just cause I have down time due to the weather, otherwise I would not have touched it.
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:47 AM
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Thanks for the info. Upon closer inspection, it appears the rudder assembly was bent at some time and then packed in a somewhat straighter condition. Creases show that it is weak, and I've tried to reinforce it with packing tape. Since I just got it yesterday, I called customer service at Hobbyzone and after a couple of questions, they said they would send out another fuselage. Can't beat that!
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:16 PM
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Lots of people have had this problem with the rudder, and also the horizontal stabilzer not being in alignment with the wings. I levelled out the stabilizer by cutting a pice of card out and wedging it in between the fuselage and the green plastic bit that you slide the stabilizer into. That's now ok. The rudder is also slightly to the left, but ive flown it with this and had no problems at all, some people like me just deal with it, others prefer to get a replacement.

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Old 01-11-2009, 07:11 PM
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My Spit arrived the same poor alignment. The last 4" of the fuse, vertical stab and all, are bent slightly to port with some creases in the skin suggesting it was bent in transit. Also virtually all the seams in the fuse's foam skin were open. I gorilla glued the seams, reinforced the wing, assembled and flew it anyway and can't say I really notice the rudder / tail issue in flight.

Good that PZ is sending a new fuse, but don't throw away the old one. It'll work if you need a replacement in future.

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Old 01-12-2009, 02:42 AM
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Thanks for the info. I still have the other fuselage, and.... well, I've needed it, as well as two new firewalls, cowls, spinners, and prop shafts!
I've flown my spits twice- the first for about a minute when for no apparent reason, it did a wing over and went staight in. I was using the low rate "A" mode on the transmitter, and I don't think I had enough throw in the ailerons to regain control.
After completely refitting the second fuselage, I tried again. This time, on the high rates, it flew quite well for one minute and 46 seconds!
Stupidity doomed it this time. I let it get behind me and into the sunset... I never even saw it hit the ground!
However, I have since rebuilt it yet again, and I am determined to fly it as soon as weather permits. Lots of fun and the rebuilds give me something to work on when conditions aren't good for flying. Love this hobby!
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