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Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire
By: David Bauer

Kitbash Estes Spaceship One into plane that won The Battle Of Britain

Parts list: One Estes SS 1 kit, 3/16 balsa, an extra launch lug, some 24mm motor tube. Hack it up epoxy the fins on. Enough nose weight to get the CG in front of the leading wing edge.

Yes, the Hawker Hurricane saved the day, downing the dreaded HE 111, JU 88, DO 17 bombers that were doing all the damage. Great late thirties design fits the Spaceship One nicely, with chunky landing gear and a tall cockpit canopy. This one is done in the funky black and white underbelly paint scheme of 1938, great for rockets. This Spaceship one kit bash was hacked to 24mm for a mighty D. Used sticky Locktite 5 min epoxy to attach fins to plastic boat tail.

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The Spitfire:.

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Then there is that other plane, the one in all the pictures and glamour shots. So few in number and sent against the BF 109 escorts, gaining mythical status..

 

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More glam shots. Fewer fins, less nose weight, sure to out-perform the old fabric work horse.

Flight update: The Hurricane (D12-3) and Spitfire both flew. Both good flights and I am ready to fly the Hurricane on a D12-5. The Spitfire received its first crack in that troublesome spot between the wings on landing. I knew that was going to be the worst spot when I built it but I just couldn't make it any wider from a looks standpoint. Over time the label paper will not be enough, requiring quick CA fixes. The right fix would be to make that section a third piece of balsa with the grain running parallel to the tube, CA reinforced, then label papered.


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