Make your own control line spitfire!

Our spitifre is ideal for those new to control line flying - it is cheap, strong and very easy to build and fly. We've already organised a few "have a go spitfire" events, which have been quite successful. We've had very few breakages, even though there have been some very "painful" crashes!

This model has a ply/balsa construction, meaning it survives the nasty crashes! The cox 049 engine is cheap and we find that a 2cc tank provides around 7 laps - which is plenty for newcomers. We find that wire lines are too much of a hassle for beginners. They kink easily, which can cause them to break. Also, beginners may find it difficult to solder wire control lines. Instead, we use braided fishing wire. Although it means a lot of drag, they are less likely to break as a result of kinked wire. we tie knots at each end and apply 2 pack glue. This method has never let us down, but it may be time to renew the lines - they are quite a few years old!

A laser cut kit is available, meaning it takes less time to build. This can be purchased by emailing us at ollie(at)topcocameley1(dot)com . There are 3 different options, the basic kit, the full kit and the "spitfire scramble" package.

left: finished, but without the engine

the prototype about to be stress tested, it survived!


But first, the boring bits.

We have no connection with any of the products, businesses, or websites listed in these documents and cannot guarantee the availability, quality or suitability of these products, but you may find them helpful.

The plans / drawings were designed to fit on a A4 sheet ( 297mm x 210mm) but your computer may have other ideas so please check dimensions and resize as necessary . The wing panel should be 210mm (8 1/4) X 95mm (3, 3/4) long and the fuselage sides should be 304mm(12") X 69mm (2 3/4) all plus or minus 2mm (1/16").

Although primarily a trainer, micro team races are great fun and if built lightly the spitfire can be surprisingly aerobatic.

This is a free download, but please observe copyright, and may not be used for commercial or financial gain without written permission. If you use this design and find it useful, please make a small donation to a local charity of your choice, they will benefit, and it is bound to make the model fly better!

 Please use common sense when flying, this model will fly at up to 40 mph and the engine will be running at 14000 rpm! Do not fly near power lines and well away from other people, have fun but be safe.

 Ollie and Paul Harris