We have a Spitfire…

The physical build of our Spitfire Mk.IX is complete. Next week we transport it to Wonderboom Airport near Pretoria, for the Aero South Africa exhibition. I have to admit, I am very proud of the outcome.

A week after the show I leave for a whirlwind tour of various Spitfire related events and venues, taking in Flying Legends, Royal International Air Tattoo, and the Shuttleworth Collection plus various museums in England, then over to Canada, taking in Toronto, Ottawa, briefly to the US for Oshkosh, back to Edmonton and then Washington State in the US. Scheduled back here after the first week in August. If anyone wishes to meet, let me know and lets see what we can arrange.

We will then couple all the wiring and electronics. I am extremely excited to then finally be able to fly her!

There are a few design mods I wish to make around the mounting arrangement of the potentiometers for the trim wheels and possibly beefing up the seat raising mechanism before I finalise and make available the plans.

I will try report from the Aero SA exhibition, in the meantime for your viewing pleasure, herewith some pics of the completed cockpit!

 

6 thoughts on “We have a Spitfire…”

    1. Hi Gavin, thank you! I am just starting the process of jotting up the numbers of what a self build will cost and will put a post up when I have that available.
      Cheers,
      Roel

  1. Gob smackingly beautiful. Well done Roel. Good luck on your tour. Pity you are not coming down to Oz.

    I have just been tinkering with 3D printed components for the rudder and elevator trims. I tried designing a gear reduction (3:1) for the elevator trim and 3D printing it and it came out remarkably well (despite my $300 Aldi supermarket printer).

    Regards

    David Henderson
    Brisbane, Oz.

    1. Thank you David! Perhaps I will be able to make it down to Oz on another occasion 🙂
      Well done on the design and printing. You will find a world of difference with the SLS Nylon printed components though. Do you have any companies providing such a service in Australia?
      Regards,
      Roel

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