K5054 - The FIRST SPITFIRE
K5054 was the original prototype of the Supermarine Spitfire. The then named ‘Supermarine Type 300’ was conceived by R J Mitchell, a designer renowned for his success in building Schneider Trophy race winning planes. Mitchell passed away from cancer in 1937 before he had the chance to witness the true impact of his creation. To commemorate R J Mitchell and his achievement, we’ve created this limited edition kit for you to build your own replica of the very first Spitfire.
This kit is our first limited edition model. To allow you to build a piece of history, we’re producing just 50 of these special Spitfires. They include a shiny silver tissue with a bare aluminium look to capture the raw feel of the prototype Spitfire. There is also a custom markings sheet with the specific roundels for K5054. Each box will be numbered so you know which of the limited number of kits you received!
To give something back, we are donating £5 from the sale of every K5054 Spitfire kit to Cancer Research UK to help support the fight against cancer.
This unique Spitfire kit will only be available whilst stocks last.
This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight model of a Spitfire.
The kit includes the materials (other than paints) to complete a spitfire with plain white covering, so you can decide to do your own favourite scheme.
Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.
Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed".
This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.
Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor.
These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible.
Also in the spirit of the traditional kits, additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.
Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
Three low friction plastic ënoseí bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
One vacuum formed canopy and spinner.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
Rubber motor strip.
Tissue to cover the model.
Parts reference sheet (W), full size summary plan sheet (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.
Please note that the model pictured is an original Keil Kraft Spitfire in K5054 guise built by Andrew Darby. The model you will receive is the superior Magnificent Flying Machines Spitfire designed by Andrew Darby!