CARF Models Spitfire

Brand: CARF Models
Manufacturer: CARF Models Ltd

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Manufacturer's Overview

The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the greatest and most famous WW II fighters. In the legendary “Battle of Britain” the Spitfire has eared its fame. A light, very maneuverable fighter which design history goes back to the early 30s. Many modifications and upgrades evolved the prototype from Mark I up to Mark XXIV, built long after the war was over. The Mark IX (Mark 9) was one of the most famous, most built versions with the old faithful 12 cylinder Rolls Royce Merlin engine.

CARF Models has decided to pick up an old “FiberClassics” project and revive a kit which was already designed and built in 1993, resembling a Mark V at this time. Modifications and refinements made the kit a state-of-the-art all composite Mk IX, matching precision, prefabrication and completeness with our newest creations like the CARF F4U-1D Corsair.

The CARF-Models Spitfire Mk IX features a lot of design details which make building and flying enjoyable and successful:

The fuselage is made in total area vacuum sandwich (TAVS), is therefore extremely light. This takes care of the CG problem, which the the old FiberClassics model was known for.

An engine dome is now moulded in, as well as an air cooling channel, so that any 50-80 cc single cylinder can be mounted without huge standoffs or support boxes. Still an inline engine can be mounted after this motordome is cut shorter. The two-part wing is joined with a high quality alloy tube. It is already mounted and aligned to the fuselage, formers and nuts, holes and bolts are readily installed. A recess to give room for a canister muffler is moulded into the top center of the wing.

Flaps are of split flap type, skin hinged and ready to work. Ailerons are pin-hinged and readily installed.

The stab is one piece, to save further weight in the tail. It will be slid into a readily milled slot from the back and aligned and glued by the customer. Since it is, typically for a Spitfire, quite small, it is not a huge burden for transport or storage. Elevator and rudder is pin hinged, hinge posts and pin bearings are factory installed.

The cowling got a bit lengthened, so that it matches the Mark IX version, last but not least for one reason: Get the nose longer and ease the CG position even more.

Of course, additional scale accessories such as dummy exhaust stacks, spinner, dummy scale propeller are available, as well as a state-of-the-art CNC-milled landing gear, scale wheels and a light weight tail gear.

The CARF Models Spitfire has been an old plane, converted into a new project, which lightened the excitement within the whole CARF team. That is because not only the full scale, also the model has a colorful history. It is a great, proven design with breathtaking flying characteristics. Low weight results in low wing loading, thus great slow flight characteristics, easy landing and easy takeoffs.

Many tend to badmouth the Spitfire’s characteristic design features such as the small horizontal stab, the narrow and far back landing gear, as well as the elliptic wing itself… We at CARF have no idea what bad habits they should be responsible for. With the correct airfoil and the correct CG the small stab doesn’t have any negative effect at all. A solid landing gear, slightly cheated in position and angles, makes the ground handling as easy and safe as with any other warbird, and the elliptic wing itself, we are at loss why this should cause any problems – if the CG is set right.

The CARF Spitfire, a dream airplane, resurrected in our most modern production technology, with proven design features and legendary flight characteristics… many have waited a long time, hoping that we would bring it back – now it is here.

Manufacturer's Specs

  • wingspan: 102" (2580 mm)
  • length: 88" (2240 mm)
  • weight: 33 - 37 Lbs (15 - 17 kg) dry
  • engine: 50 - 85 ccm
  • radio equipment: 8-10 middle to high class servos

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