Who doesn't recognize the name Spitfire? Crucial to the British during
WWII this model is one of six Spitfires in the Easy Built Models catalog.
Kit FF-49 Spitfire Mk 1 is a 1/26 scale, flying model that uses the
Box and Former method of construction.
Pre-1942 design, eligible for Society of Antique Modelers (SAM) contests.
This free flight rubber powered kit contains a full-size
rolled plan, building and flying instructions, hand-picked printed balsa and
balsa stripwood, rubber motor, E-B propeller, EBM thrust bearing,
clear plastic for the windshield, wheels, landing gear wire, and Easy
Built Lite tissue in olive and light grey. You will need a building
board, hobby knife, fine
sandpaper, and glue.
The Spitfire kit was the subject in 2012 at the annual contest of the Uwanosora Flying Club, Toyota, Japan.
Building Notes: "The winner was Mr. Takamura and the flying time was 75 seconds. The radiator of FF49 kit
is optional, but Spitfire MK1 must have 1 radiator for keeping scale. The ribs of the wing are too small
for keeping strength. Many members added 1 rib on each wing. Your white propeller is heavier than Peck”s
silver propeller about 1 gram. They changed from your propeller to Peck’s propeller." - Shingo Kitaura, Uwanosora
"I used 1/16 sq stick to build a front windscreen framework
to aid in the cockpit construction. I also made the wing one piece
and added a wing saddle to the fuselage sides construction. I added
a couple extra stringers to the top of the fuselage and the bottom
of the nose area in front of the wing. This worked out very nicely
in adding to the roundness of the fuselage without adding too much
weight. I used the green tissue and substituted some of your brown
tissue for the top base color for the camouflage scheme. The scheme
was based on a Polish Squadron flying Spits early in the War. I used
your black and white tissue for the bottom scheme." - Tom Akery Watch Tom's step-by-step build.