Supermarine Spitfire Night Fighter - Flying Scale Model Aircraft Kit
Supermarine Spitfire Night Fighter - The Original Stealth Aircraft
The Spitfire was designed by Reginald Mitchell of The Supermarine Aviation Works and is arguably the most elegant but deadly aircraft of World War 2.
The beautiful fuselage curves, the distinctive elliptical wings, plus its legendary service in action, make it one of the most recognisable and loved aircraft in the world.
The prototype first flew from Eastleigh Aerodrome, near Southampton, England in March 1936. The Spitfire was an advanced aircraft when first designed and unlike its similarly Merlin-engined stablemate the Hawker Hurricane, used new complicated monocoque construction techniques. As a result of these complexities and production difficulties at Supermarine, the move from prototype to full production was slow and problematic. However, once this was overcome, the Spitfire was produced in huge numbers.
This is in part due to the moreadvanced initial design, which was able to be constantly developed and improved to increase performance, ironically the very thing that hindered it in the early days. Production only ceased in 1948, making it the only allied aircraft to be manufactured for the entirety of the war.
This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight model of a Spitfire Nightfighter.
This kit includes the materials (other than paints) to complete the authentic scheme of an all black night fighter Spitfire that served in the 111 Squadron that flew from RAF Debden in 1941.
Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.
Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed".
This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.
Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor.
These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible.
Also in the spirit of the traditional kits, additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.
Suitable for age 14+.
- Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
- PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
- One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
- One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
- Three low friction plastic ënoseí bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
- One vacuum formed canopy and spinner.
- Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
- One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
- Rubber motor strip.
- Tissue to cover the model.
- Parts reference sheet (W), full size summary plan sheet (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.
Dispatch & Deliveries
We aim to dispatch all orders the same or next day. There might be the odd occasion when we take longer than this, but we will e-mail you to let you know if this is going to happen, and the reason why.
For standard UK deliveries we use Royal Mail's 48 hour delivery service. We also offer the option to upgrade to First Class Delivery or Special Next Day Delivery (weekday deliveries only). Larger and multiple items are sent by courier. Alternatively, if you wish to collect yourself, or have other collection means in operation, then we can accommodate this.
For deliveries outside the UK we use Royal Mail's International Service for smaller items, which again has proved reliable and speedy (this service incurs a 2kg weight limit). When an order is over 2kg we send via Fedex who offer an exceptional service and rates. Deliveries to Europe normally take around 2 to 5 days, whilst the rest of the world takes up to 2-7 days.
Our shipping rates are as follows:
|UK 2nd Class||0.00 kg - 2.00 kg||FREE|
|UK 1st Class||0.00 kg - 2.00 kg||£2.00|
|UK Special Delivery (Next Day)*||0.00 kg - 2.00 kg||£6.95|
|UK Medium Parcel||2.1 kg - 5.00 kg||£5.00|
|UK Heavy Goods||5.1 kg - 10.00 kg||£10.00|
UK Very Heavy Goods 10.1 kg - 20.00 kg £15.00
* For Next Day Special Delivery please place order before 11am (maximum weight of 2.00kg).
|Europe Small Goods||0.00 kg - 1.00 kg||£3.50 GBP|
|Europe Small Parcel Rate||1.1 kg - 2.00 kg||£4.50 GBP|
|Europe Large Parcel Rate||2.1 kg - 5.00 kg||£8.00 GBP|
|International Shipments (Large)||5.1 kg - 9.0 kg||£20.00 GBP|
|Smaller Parcel International Rate||0.00 kg - 2.00 kg||£8.00 GBP|
|Small Parcel International||2.1 kg - 5.00 kg||£14.00 GBP|
This charge will be added to your order at checkout and payment
We want you to be happy with each and every purchase you make from Liberty Trading, but we do understand that on occasions an item may be unsuitable or you may simply change your mind. Therefore, we offer a 30 day 'no quibble' returns policy.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, in the original packaging and in the same condition that you received it.
To start your return, please click here.
Please send any returns to: Liberty Trading, Returns Department, 3 Norman Court, Albion Road, Carlton Industrial Estate, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 3TE, UK.
You will be responsible for paying for your own postage costs for returning your item. Return postage costs are non-refundable. Only damaged/faulty items will have the return postage cost refunded.
Once your return is received and inspected, If you are approved, your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within 10 days of receipt of the goods back by us.
We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and send your item back to us for an exchange.