FT Spitfire

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FT Spitfire

The FT Spitfire is the 10th design in the swappable series and the first of which that is a warbird. This is the perfect gateway into scale-like flying and is also a good introduction into four channel flying. This plane is great for beginners and or experienced pilots who are looking for scale lines without the unforgiving flight characteristics of most scale warbirds. This was achieved by taking the wing of the FT Cruiser and heavily modifying it with the unmistakable elliptical Spitfire wing shape, increasing the size of the under cambered wing tips and adding dihedral. The result is a very forgiving scale warbird that flies just as good as it looks.

Flitetest Planes

Check out this Wiki page for more Flitetest planes and parts.

Specifications

Wingspan 42.5 inches (1080mm)
Weight (without battery) 14.9 oz (420 g)
Flying Weight TBD
Wing Loading TBD
Radio At least 4 channel
Recommended Motor 1200Kv-1400kV
Recommended ESC 10-30A
Recommended Battery 3s 2200mAh
Servo (2) 9g micro
Prop (tractor) 8x4E


Motor Mount

The motor mount can either be laser-cut out of 3/32" plywood, or 3d printed out of ABS.

Control Horns

The control horns can be either laser cut from 3/32" plywood, or 3D printed out of ABS.

Materials

To build, you will need the following things:

  • 2 sheets of Dollar Tree foam board
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hobby knife or razor blade
  • 3/32" aircraft plywood (not required if 3d printing hardware)

Laser and 3D Printer Files

Here are all of the files required to build. These links will be kept up-to-date with any bugfixes.

Spitfire1.svg
Sheet 1
Spitfire2.svg
Sheet 2
Spitfire3.svg
Sheet 3
Spitfire Paper.svg
Turtleneck (Paper)

These power settings work well on the Lasersaur with Dollar Tree foam board:

Color Action Feed Rate Power Level Passes
Black Cut 1500 25% 1
Red Score 1500 12% 1
Blue Etch 1500 6% 1

The following settings work well on the Lasersaur with 3/32" plywood:

Color Action Feed Rate Power Level Passes
Black Cut 1500  ?  ?

3D Printing

ABS should be used for strength, and parts should be printed at high-density.

Assembly

Flite Test has created a great videos showing the full build process in detail: