The Spitfire is THE defining aircraft of WW2, and the Mk1a is without doubt the most poignant of all marques. During the darkest days of the war, the Spitfire Mk1a and the pilots that flew it, came to symbolize the struggle and triumph of a nation over adversity. The struggle was the Battle of Britain, those pilots ‘the few’ and the triumph was the Spitfire!
Durafly’s Spitfire Mk1a is itself a poignant and fitting tribute to this legendary aircraft and the men who flew it.
Out of the box the Spitfire is painted in authentic 1940 RAF day fighter colors and is provided with a decal sheet choice of two notable Battle of Britain aircraft to choose from. 'DA-Z' as flown by Ace Flt Lt Bob Doe and 'EB-G', the aircraft of fellow Ace, Flt Lt Eric Lock. In fact the Durafly Mk1a is intentionally provided as a pre-painted blank canvas, leaving the final decision on its markings completely up to you. The wonderful scale finish of the Mk1a is enhanced by a wealth of features typical of Durafly’s high standards including faithfully reproduced split flaps, a scale outline, fine surface detail, excellent scale fittings and an operating navigation LED light system.
You will find that the attention to detail that Durafly has included in this model is matched only by its superb performance and grace in the air. With revised retract geometry and a steerable scale tailwheel, ground handling and take offs are improved but it is in the air where the Mk1a really comes into its own, displaying those thoroughbred characteristics that forever sets the Spitfire apart from all other fighter aircraft of the period.
The Durafly Spitfire Mk1a has been designed for either 3S or 4S set-ups (2200-2600 65C 3S/ 2200mah 40C 4S) and thanks to its superb handling and well-balanced flight characteristics it will instill confidence in those who fly it. Like the full-size aircraft this model is a joy to fly and it will of course perform the full range of aerial maneuvers expected of a WW2 warbird including of course the iconic Spitfire “victory roll”.
Inspired by the success of their fantastic P-40, Durafly have raised the bar again in producing a model that is quite simply the finest rendition of any Spitfire in this scale.
So don't just stand there, Get one up!!!
• Plug and Fly, simply add Rx and Lipoly battery
• Tough EPO construction
• Wide flight envelope with stable and scale flight performance
• Quick assembly
• Highly detailed scale finish
• Authentic "day fighter" RAF color scheme
• Choice of decal markings
• Pre-installed scale electric retracts
• Functioning scale flaps
• Scale outline and fittings
• Operating pre-installed navigation LED lighting
• Steerable tailwheel
• Can be flown on 3 or 4S
Flying weight:1200/1300g (42/45oz) 3/4 cell
Servos:6 x 9g type (2 aileron, 2 flap, elevator, rudder)
Motor: Aerostar 3736 770Kv brushless outrunner
Prop: 3 blade 11.25x7
ESC: Aerostar 50amp
Battery: 2200-2600mah 3S 60-65C or 2200mah 4S 40C (Not included)
Channels: 5-6 channel required.
Battery - 2200-2600mah 3S 60-65C or 2200mah 4S 40C
Your own 5-6 channel Tx/Rx
This is a great flying model, I am on a 4S battery and heaps of power, sounds great on low passes. Mine had retract issues in that one gear would not work at all and the other worked intermittently, I thought its not worth the hassle of dealing with HK so I bought a new gear set which was very cheap anyway, these worked fine and easy to change. It is easy to land but has a massive quality issue - the landing gear wire is very soft, anything other than a perfect wheeler landing will result in the gear bending back.Maiden flight was Friday 29/9/17 fantastic model not only looks the part it fly's great easy to build and set up excellent.First review of a HK product. I've always had good experiences with them, maybe I've been lucky, but this aircraft is superb. It looks good and it flies like it's on rails. I managed to crash on the maidan because of reversed ailerons (don't ask). But after fixing the damage it flew perfectly on a 2200 4S (with some plasticine in the spinner to get the right CoG), a higher capacity pack wouldn't go amiss, there's a lot of lead in the cowl and you may as well have battery capacity instead.
It was smaller than I expected, and heavier, but actually, both of those end up being positives. Large foamies get dings easily, this is a great size for getting in and out of the shed and car, and the weight means it handles wind very well and feels like a much larger aircraft. It also seems to happy to fly slowly, although I've yet to investigate the stall properly. Take off was easy enough with standard throws and stock U/C, but you might struggle if you don't have nice turf. My landings are rubbish still with tail-dragging warbirds, but in spite of the warnings in the instructions, I think full flap helps the landing approach.
I came on here to buy a second, it's that good. So I hope they bring it out again. Or a Mk9 that handles as nicely - my personal favourite variant.Great flying plane. Had it for about a year now and it flies great. Probably the best flying warbird i have flown. Very smooth in the air and does exactly what you want it to do. I feel it is a little too slow or underpowered on 3s but flies well, but the 4s brings it to life.Once you fly it on 4s you will never turn back! The only down side is ground handling on windy days due to narrow LG but its a spitfire so there a certain things you take into consideration when flying the plane. Overall very a great flying plane and looks beautiful in the air.4 cell turnigy 2200mAh and 2mm shim landing gear.
Take off from grass is no problem. landings very smooth.
fly's like a dream !!! very good plane !!!A brilliant little aeroplane. Very scale. I am flying mine with a Turnigy 4 cell 3000mAmp battery. Just take the nose weight out. (Not the one holding the prop) But the one behind the nose cowl. Also leave the balance leads on top so you can get the battery out at the end of the flight. I have also trimmed the wheel covers diagonally from the front to the axles. This stops them digging in if you nose over!Well, After buying the old Corsair, Trojan and the Old Crow, and having take-off issues and countless busted landing gear, I had just about given up on Durafly.
The Trojan is still in service but I have to straighten the landing gear regularly but the Corsair and Mustang are long gone (got sick and tired of fixing them). Too hard to take off from grass and the unsprung landing gear (still a gripe I have with HK) just cant survive.
However, after buying 2 Me163 (which are so beautifully made, I bought 1 to fly and 1 to keep because we wont see them ever again), I decided to try the Mk1a Spit.
What a lovely plane! Well made, lightly loaded and so easy to take off and land. An absolute winner in my books. Maiden-ed it today on a 2200 4S lipo (250g all the way forward) and it flew beautifully.
HK, you need to start using sprung LG as this plane will bounce badly on grass fields with its hard struts.
So, in short, well done Durafly... a great result!
I have had this plane for about 5 months now and have to say this plane is absolutely fantastic. it is super super scale, even the spitfire aficionado at my local flying club was impressed, and has loads of scale detail. paint finish is excellent although the foam on mine has got a little bumpy. the plane goes together very quickly with minimal effort, although i strongly recommend using a covering iron for the decals as i forgot and now mine are peeling off.
This plane takes off from grass well despite being a spitfire. dont use flaps for takeoff, they are basically just airbrakes and add no lift at all, but are great for slowing down this otherwise very clean airframe. It can slow down nicely and i have never had it drop a wing although i would recommend keeping it over about 30mph all the time apart from landing. it has tons of power on 4 cell, and i found balances perfectly with a turnigy 4s 40c 2200mah all the way in the nose, with only a small amount of left and down trim. i would estimate speed on 4s to be about 70mph at full throttle, if not more, and it has an excellent power to weight ratio, being able to do huge scale loops, and looks awesome going barrel rolls. for landings make sure to lose plenty of speed and use full flaps, but then retracts them before touchdown to avoid a nose over. i flew t yesterday from 1+ inch wet, muddy grass and it took of and landed with no problems.
in conclusion, GET ONE! it is better quality the most other manufacturers panes and it still much cheaper despite recent price rises. it is the most scale spitfire on the market and looks and flies fantastically.This is a beauty, and as a relatively new flyer (2 years, one year BMFA club member) I can actually fly it, low rates advised. I've had six flights (five of which I've enjoyed, the first one I was just a bag of nerves) and it's still in one piece, bar the engine radiator/cowl under the wing which dropped off somewhere in our club field. Don't rely on the double sided tape but, glue it on.
Take off and landing is a challenge on grass, but switching from high rates to low rates on take off with full up elevator does the trick. I've not perfected landings yet but with the soft ground at our field it's aerial is still attached too, despite the repeated nose-overs.
My only issue is that the decals are not really sticky enough, even with ironing mine are losing their adhesion.Well packed. Good instructions. Flew it on a 4S 2250 Rhino pack, 47pcnt after 6mins. Only needed about 3 clicks of up elevator trim. Love the ball links. Good finish. There were some minor niggles. Very limited space for the radio installation. Need to really think about the receiver placement. Maintenance stickers need some care to fit. Even rubbing the sticker did not stop it coming off with the top sheet. I found the best way was to use a sealing iron on low temp (80-90C) just on the letters. The cover sheet could then be removed without lifting the letters.
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