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  • Official Black Horse Spitfire 2000mm ARF Discussion Thread

    Product Page: https://www.motionrc.com/collections...ire-2000mm-arf

    This is the Official Thread for the Black Horse 2000mm Spitfire. Here you will find video, photos, tips and tricks and mods from fellow flyers from our Motion RC customer family.

    My YouTube RC videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDZ..._bdGEJBmtV7YUw

  • #2
    Now U got my attention BH
    Warbird Charlie
    HSD Skyraider; FlightLine: OV-10, Sea Fury; FMS 1400: P-40B, P-51, F4U, F6F, T-28, P-40E, 1700 F4U & F7F, FOX glider; Freewing: A-6, P-51; VQ: P-39; Dynam: ME-262, FW-190, Waco; ASM A-26; ESM F7F-3; LX PBJ-1 EFL CZ T-28, C-150

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    • #3
      The availability of a ready made for electric set up is excellent.....nice to see a large Balsa Spitty that won't need all kinds of modifications for electric!!

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      • #4
        We're so happy to finally be able to put this bird on the website. Earlier this summer I fell in love with it at the factory. It looks great, is well engineered, and has the right balance of scale looks, usability, size, and presence. Black Horse's new style of surface printing is also well done. With each new model there are notable improvements.

        More info to come, stay tuned!
        Live Q&A every Tuesday and Friday at 9pm EST on my Twitch Livestream

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        • #5
          Saw where James had posted this on FB. I said it there and I'll say it here... this absolutely looks to be the holy grail of RC Spitfires.

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          • #6
            andrew_flyguy I agree, this Spitfire is quite a treat. Here's a slightly clearer photo I took showing the multi-layered process that Black Horse has been refining for certain recent models. None of the "fading" is applied afterward with airbrushes. Instead, the gradations are the result of many, many layers of low opacity colors screen-printed on top of one another. I think it is tastefully done and blends well, even for such a large bird. Some minor tweaks followed after I took these photos, but you get the idea.

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            Live Q&A every Tuesday and Friday at 9pm EST on my Twitch Livestream

            Live chat with me and other RC Nuts on my Discord

            Camp my Instagram @Alpha.Makes

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            • #7
              Nice plane. This is second Spitfire released recently in a gray & green scheme by a manufacturer. Can someone do a Battle of Britain, brown and green color scheme for a change?

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              • #8
                That would require them to make an earlier mark, which would mean a shorter nose... making it tougher to balance without more nose weight. That’s part of why most ARFs are Mk.IX’s - they had longer noses to accommodate later versions of the Merlin.

                I agree though, a MK.II balsa ARF would be nice! To me anyway, it’s more of the iconic Spitfire.

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                • #9
                  Hey guys, look what just came in! This is a serious box!

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                  I will be opening this box and going through its contents LIVE on your new Friday weekly live YouTube show. If anyone has any questions about this one that you want to make sure I cover, by all means, head over to this thread here and ask away

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by timmybeetle View Post
                    Hi

                    looks almost like mine...
                    https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...mm-33cc-BH-136

                    grts Hans
                    TB, Welcome to Hobby Squawk and please post pictures of your build process. Great looking model of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed in my opinion. Best, LB
                    Captain: Got any ideas?
                    F/O: Actually not.
                    — Captain Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles—

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                    • #12
                      The colors along with the weathering and detail on the covering is amazing on this plane. It would be just mind blowing if they could ever put a covering like this on foam planes. Balsa is not for me but these Black Horse planes are well done and I appreciate all the work that went into them.

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                      • #13
                        I ordered this plane yesterday. It will probably be a while before I can build it, but I will do my best to share progress and ideas. I'll use a 160 size electric motor, talon 120a HV ESC, and I'll replace the air retracts with a set of JP electrics. Cheers.

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Cfreuen20 View Post
                          I ordered this plane yesterday. It will probably be a while before I can build it, but I will do my best to share progress and ideas. I'll use a 160 size electric motor, talon 120a HV ESC, and I'll replace the air retracts with a set of JP electrics. Cheers.
                          C20, Wow! Very Nice and Welcome to Hobby Squawk, Sir. Will you still use the OEM Struts? Which Prop configuration? 3-Blade. I'm thinkin'. Looking forward to seeing your build. Best, LB
                          Captain: Got any ideas?
                          F/O: Actually not.
                          — Captain Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles—

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                          • #15
                            C20, Wow! Very Nice and Welcome to Hobby Squawk, Sir. Will you still use the OEM Struts? Which Prop configuration? 3-Blade. I'm thinkin'. Looking forward to seeing your build. Best, LB

                            Most of these things I will just figure out as I go, it is my intent to use the OEM struts but in case there are any compatibility issues with the retracts I already own, I have some other struts that I might substitute. I would absolutely love to do a three blade configuration, this plane cost so damn much that it's worth doing it right. I'm a little concerned about my motor being on the low end of the power range for this plane, so I might just do some thrust tests and go with the propeller that gives me the best results and sacrifice a little scale fidelity. I used it on another plane that weighed a little more than this one, and I used a 20 by 10 on that one and it pulled that plane around with ease so it's possible a three blade might work. I also think this time around because of the value of the airframe, I'll use a BEC with a dedicated battery. Better safe than sorry. This ESC has a BEC built in, but you just never know.

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                            • #16
                              I have started going thru the box that James opened yesterday and have to say that pictures don't do it justice. This is a beautiful airplane. I started to weigh each item as I opened. Click image for larger version

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                              Comes with three back plates for firewall mount. DLE, OS and standard 30cc mount. Engine weights 2lb 13 oz, ignition box 4.6oz, motor mount 7.6 oz, muffler .6 oz, spark plug .6 oz, OS/ DLE firewall .6 oz and the 30cc firewall is 1.0 oz

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                              Fuse weights in at 2 lb 10.6 oz without the cowl. Cowl is 8.2 oz.

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                              Landing gear looks to be sturdy and comes with everything you need to plumb.
                              Struts (pair) 13.4 oz, air tank 2.6 oz, tail wheel assembly 3.0 oz, retract hardware 4.4 oz, airline is 1.8 oz, wheels (not pictured) 5.8 oz,

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                              Hardware package comes in one baggie separated into each "system." Total hardware package weighs 7.6 oz.

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                              Each wing weights 1Lb 14.4 oz

                              Not pictured. horizontal stab and elevator 8.2 oz and rudder 2.0 oz

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                              • #17
                                Thanks so much for jumping in here Jason( jasmiller ) - So excited to see the progression of this beauty

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                                • #18
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                                  Building,
                                  Keep posting some more pics,
                                  I build also BH136 Spitfire, see my build on RCgroups link posted in previous post.
                                  I use a DLE30, but to set my CG I needed almost 1kg lead.
                                  So tail should be as light as possible, if I new it before I removed as much balsa,plywood from tail.....
                                  Flying it is easy it flies almost as a trainer, it has a lot of lift.
                                  I converted to electric retracts, using only struts and wheels from kit.
                                  Only after some flight I had a hard landing and stock wheels broke, plastic is not that strong.
                                  Good luck with building this beautiful plane.
                                  grts Hans

                                  ps I see that struts looking better quality than in my KIT

                                  for builder jasmiller: https://www.hobbysquawk.com/forum/th...057#post232057

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                                  • #19
                                    Originally posted by timmybeetle View Post
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                                    Building,
                                    Keep posting some more pics,
                                    I build also BH136 Spitfire, see my build on RCgroups link posted in previous post.
                                    I use a DLE30, but to set my CG I needed almost 1kg lead.
                                    So tail should be as light as possible, if I new it before I removed as much balsa,plywood from tail.....
                                    Flying it is easy it flies almost as a trainer, it has a lot of lift.
                                    I converted to electric retracts, using only struts and wheels from kit.
                                    Only after some flight I had a hard landing and stock wheels broke, plastic is not that strong.
                                    Good luck with building this beautiful plane.
                                    grts Hans

                                    ps I see that struts looking better quality than in my KIT

                                    for builder jasmiller: https://www.hobbysquawk.com/forum/th...057#post232057
                                    She's a good looking airplane. Than You for sharing the link to your build. As the build progresses you will notice some some updated features.

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                                    • #20
                                      Started on fitting the aileron & flap servos as well as hinges. All seems to fit really well. The servos hatches are pre-drilled. Just line them up and drill into the hardware once in place. I am not using the screws supplied, I like hex head screws better. As you can see I added the grommets to the servos and inserted the brass fitting. Notice the correct way to insert, I had been doing this wrong for a long time. Next I will be putting the hinges in place and attach the wing surfaces. Click image for larger version

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