;e first thing I need to share is just how well
this aircraft is packaged. All the parts are
protected in bags and foam inserts inside the
box, and not one part was damaged or missing.
;is was a welcome surprise to me, especially
seeing how beat up the outside box was
;e assembly starts with attaching the tail
section to the fuselage with the enclosed glue
(a tube of glue is also included). ;e key point
is to not get glue onto the pushrods passing
through that joint. While waiting for that to dry,
MOTION RC SPITFIRE MK IX
Spektrum DX18 w/ AR8000
receiver ( spektrumrc.com); 17g digital
hybrid servos installed
5055-390Kv brushless and 80A
speed control (installed)
Admiral 6S 5000mAh LiPo
16x10 4-blade (included)
I started on the wing. ;e two wing sections are
joined with a carbon-fiber tube and two bolts,
making it easy to disassemble if needed. ;e
ailerons and flaps are hinged at the factory, and
the servos are already installed; all I needed to
do was attach the pushrods to the servo arms
and control horns. ;is was easy to do because
they are already cut to length. Final adjustments
will come with radio setup.
Back to the fuselage, I installed the hori-
IN THE AIR
zontal stabilizers. Each side is held on with
two screws, making it easy to disassemble
for storage or travel. ;e pushrods to the tail
feathers are already cut to the proper length,
and this attachment was quick and easy.
Assembly and attachment of the 4-blade prop
was next. Each blade is secured to the spinner
hub with some screws, and the spinner is then
bolted onto the front of the fuselage. ;is is a
good-looking prop; my first reaction was that it
may be expensive to replace, but after looking
at the website, I found that the props and
spinner are quite inexpensive.
;e most time-consuming process of all
the building on this model was applying all the
decals to give the Spitfire that final scale touch. I
spent as much time on this as
I did all of the other assembly,
and the result was well worth
it. I attached the wing, routed
the wires, and plugged in all
the well-marked servo leads
into my receiver, then I bound
my receiver to my radio,
lowered the landing gear,
and centered and adjusted all
the control movements. ;e
Spitfire Mk IX was now ready
for the flying field.
;e retractable landing gear
are rather stout, and the
A cockpit, pilot, rearview mirror, and antenna are just some of the scale details included.
Smartly designed scale details are evident with the wing cannon guns.
;ey can be pulled out for transportation and storage.
While there are a good number of decals, they do go on smoothly and add quite a bit of
A 4-blade prop makes a nice sound in the air and is a nice scale touch.
A large hatch grants easy access to the battery and radio compartment.