The Spitfire is THE defining aircraft of WW2, and the Mk1a is without a 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
Frame/ PNF/ RTF(mm)
When I saw this reviewed on the H/C U Tube site I just had to have one !.
The quality of the kit is superb and its paint finish just perfect , I agree that the landing gear looks a bit to stiff so its gentle flying on perfect days only .
Love this kit to bits ..........This is one Killer looking Spitfire and if it flies as good as the Mk 24
l will be more then happy .Got one of these fantastic plane fly's great easy build want to get afew more been trying for months please don't tell me it's a one off thing again.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!
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