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40" Balsa Basics Spitfire and Electronics Pack

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40" (1016mm)

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A Complete Airframe and Electronics Pack

This is a full aircraft and power electronics combo to build a Balsa Basics Spitfire. If you want to get your electronics at the same time as your airframe kit, this is the bundle to get. For beginners who need to invest in a dedicated radio set, charger, battery and other essential items to get started in the RC hobby, see the 40" Balsa Basics Spitfire Full Beginner Bundle (coming soon). This pack includes the model kit, brushless motor, speed controller (ESC), servos, battery connector, and hardware.


Easy to Build

As well as being designed with predictable flying characteristics at the top of the brief, ease of build (as with all of our Balsa Basics designs) was a priority. Precision laser cut parts fit together seamlessly to build up the elliptical wing section with a cleverly integrated double spar that slots around each rib. The leading and trailing edges clip into notches at the ends of each rib and the aileron spar provides a ton of rigidity that keeps the structure tight.

As far as the fuselage goes, a central box section is built up from interlocking, self-jigging, light-ply components to form the nose and cockpit of the aircraft. Balsa fuselage sides and more formers bring the tail together with balsa stringers added to capture those iconic Spitfire lines.


More Detailed than You Might Think

Although clearly meant to be a very simple, fun-scale model of the Spitfire, this aircraft does come with exhaust stacks and a vacuum-formed plastic canopy. The aircraft can be covered and finished in a variety of ways to bring it to life. This kit is really a blank canvas for you to use to build the Spitfire you want to fly.

Boxy but Beautiful

Simple beginner-friendly balsa construction results in a simple but elegant model.

Easy Battery Access

There's plenty of room in here for 3s LiPo batteries up to a 2200 (which is the recommended size for this model).

Belly Lander

To do away with complex, fradgile retracts, the Balsa Basics Spitfire is a belly lander meaning you can launch and land in a veriety of flying fields. A quick underarm hand toss and you're up in the air.

Customise with Extra Details as an Addons

An upgraded detail pack including radiators, different exhaust stack options and other scale add-ons will be available as a separate kit soon. You can also get a suitable WW2 RAF pilot for this kit here.


Video Instructions and Flight Video

(Download alturnative written instructions as a PDF in the 'Aditional Resources' tab at the bottom of this page)

Unlike many of our other more complicated kits, the Balsa Basics Spitfire doesn't need to be built over a plan and can be constructed on a standard-sized kitchen table with some basic tools. All you need is to follow this video along step-by-step:

Here's a demo of the Balsa Basics Spitfire in flight. Although shown flying at the top of its speed envelope here, the aircraft slows down nicely for landing thanks to that low stall speed. The aircraft can be flown at a slow cruise for the entire flight if you wish it to.

Needed to Complete

If you wish to supply your own electronics, here is what you will need to complete your Spitfire

Battery -1500mah-2200mah 3s
Charger - Suitable for charging 3s lipo batteries
Radio Set - at least a 4ch system
(Optional Y harness) - For pairing your aileron servos if you don't want to use separate channels
Recommended glue - Roket Hot CA
Recommended covering material - Oracover

Other Addons to Upgrade Your Spitfire

Balsa Basics Spitfire Extra Details Kit (coming soon)
Your choice of paints
Your choice of decals
55mm Scale Spinner
Pilot figure
Spare Parts (coming soon)

Kit Contents: 

  • Laser cut components (including 2x ply sheets, balsa sheets, balsa strip wood sheet, and thin ply sheet with control horns)

  • 18swg (1.2mm) x 19 inch (480mm) piano wire pushrods (no z bend)

  • 18swg (1.2mm) x 4 inch (100mm) piano wire aileron pushrods (no z


  • 1/8th (3.175mm) x 9inch (230mm) hardwood dowel

  • 1 x Vacuum-formed scale plastic canopy

  • 4 x M3 T-nuts

  • 4 x M3 bolts

  • 12 x Mylar hinges

  • 4 x Rubber Wing bands
  • (In Electronics Pack box) 1 x Emax 2213 935kv brushless outrunner motor

  • (In Electronics Pack box) 1 x Emax ESC (25A)

  • (In Electronics Pack box) 1 x XT60 Connector

  • (In Electronics Pack box) 1 x Emax 1045 Propeller

  • (In Electronics Pack box) 4 x Emax 9g Servo

  • (In Electronics Pack box) 8 x Linkages

  • (In Electronics Pack box) 2 x Servo Extensions

  • (In Electronics Pack box) 1 x Motor mount ‘X’ plate

Detailed Specs

Wingspan - 40" / 1016mm
Build Skill Level - Beginner 
Flying Skill Level - Intermediate
Channels - 4 (throttle, ailerons, elevator and rudder)
Power System - Electric Brushless


Additional Resources


Download written instructions for the Balsa Basics Spitfire here:Balsa Basics Spitfire Instructions

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