Everything You Need to Build an R/C Spitfire*
This is the full beginner kit that includes a laser cut airframe kit, motor, speed controller, servos, a transmitter and reciever set, battery, charger and covering material. If you've ever wanted to build your own radio control Spitfire, this is the kit for you.
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.
Please Note: this is an airframe kit and will need your own electronics, radio gear, battery, 55mm spinner and covering material (scroll down for all the things you will need)
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).
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 is available here (link). You can also get a suitable WW2 RAF pilot for this kit here (link)
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.
Included in the Kit:
Balsa Basics Spitfire Airframe
Easy to build, a docile flyer in the air - great as a second or third model.
Includes your motor, Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) and more with instructions on how to put them all together.
This kit comes with a great 8 channel radio transmitter and reciever that will grow with you should you choose to build and fly more complex models.
To finish your Spitfire, you'll need to apply covering. We've included a roll of Oracover in the kit for a quick and easy finishing process. You can still use alturnative coverings such as tissue if you would prefer.
- 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
- 1x Emax 2215/09 1180kv Motor
- 1x 25A ESC
- 1x Emax 1045 propeller
- 4x 9g Servos
- Motor hardware
- Servo extention wires
- 1x RadioLink 8ch Transmitter
- 1x RadioLink reciever
- 1x Turnigy 1300mah 3s Lipo Battery
- 1x SKY RC e3 Lipo Charger AC 1.2A 11W 2-3s
- 1x roll of Oracover
Wingspan - 40" / 1016mm
Build Skill Level - Beginner
Flying Skill Level - Intermediate
Channels - 4 (throttle, ailerons, elevator and rudder)
Power System - Electric Brushless
Recommended Motor - Emax 2215-920KV
Propeller Size - 1045
Recommended ESC - Emax 30A
Recommended Battery - 1300mah-2200mah 3s Lipo
Servo Size - (4x) 9g
* You will need to provide your own tools, such as scissors, and adhesives.