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Welcome to the New Ziggyz web site. The Purpose of this new site is to show anyone that has had to rebuild a project That no matter the damage you can recover, rebuild and repair your bird, so she will fly again. A little history on this repair project is as followes. The spitfire war bird is still one of the most butiful war birds ever designed. I decided to build one and I did. I used original plans from the original Mark 9. It flew but had a small error in angle of ttack in th left wing. When flying you could not turn left. Had I not taught areobatics for years, I would have killed by self. As was the case, I was able to get the plane back on the ground. A hard landing smashed the right gear, destroyed the left wing, along with the center wing, cockpit area and nose ol coller air intake. Pictures will show the damge and the rebuild work. About two years of effort was required.

 
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About the Ziggy Spitfire See Plane at Geneeso air museum.

 

 

The photo shows Complete plans if anyone is interested.

 

taxi

State of Spitfire at this date. The spitfire is now at the Genesee air museum, at Genesee NY. The site will remain open for information or requests. The new project is a KITFOX model 5. I will not be doing any web site information. Thank you for those people who have show interest. Every one so far who have tried the Lohle spitfire have reported the same dissatisfaction as myself. The Accident.  
The 1st portion the Rudder kit follows much of the original design features. I've added a leading edge design with fiber glass and a rudder cap for a light installation and radio antenna provisions. We have added gussets as required and will be adding a rudder trim tab. I also added an inspection panel for the top and bottom hinge assembly. This not to say that caution should not be taken while building the rudder kit. As an example the bottom part do the rudder as well as the top part becomes very crowded to work on when you are adding the pivot points etc. My advice is to add any hardware before you add the geodetic structures. He does not point out to you that the geodetic wood locks have slots in them. The slots are narrower than the geodetic strips. Thus you need to taper them as needed.
The Rudder detail description is at the Rudder Link.
The 1st portion the Elevator kit follows much of the original design features. I've added a leading edge design with fiber glass and a rudder cap for a light installation and radio antenna provisions. We have added gussets as required and will be adding a rudder trim tab. I also added an inspection panel for the top and bottom hinge assembly. This not to say that caution should not be taken while building the rudder kit. As an example the bottom part of the rudder as well as the top part becomes very crowded to work on when you are adding the pivot points etc. My advice is to add any hardware before you add the geodetic structures. He does not point out to you that the geodetic wood locks have slots in them. The slots are narrower than the geodetic strips. Thus you need to taper them as needed.
The Elevator detail description is at the Elevator Link.

 

The 1st portion the Vertical Stabilizer. kit follows much of the original design features. Again parts were not marked as advertised. A felt pen was used and in some cases you had to guess by working backward from partly assembled parts. The leading edge was very difficult to assemble align to the fuselage which had not been delivered yet. My experience and advice would have been build the fuselage and then assemble the horizontal stab. No provision is made for a light or antenna if needed. The structure is very strong and I am sure it is more than adequate. Up to this point part kits could be assembled if you have built model airplanes previously. Up to this point the above kits were complete but delivered late according to my contract.

  The Vertical Stabilizer at the Elevator-Controls link.
fusegage

The Fuselage is as you would expect a large portion of the plane to finish. It has a expanded description on the fuselage page, with photos, drawing and how too's.

The 1st portion the Fuselage follows much of the original design features. The main problem is that several parts were not provided as promised. The number of parts missing is far to numerous to list. I will discuss how to build the fuselage properly and with pictures or CAD drawings as needed. No dimensions will be given at this time. They are available thru my E-mail address. I'll discuss the box frame, the addition of formers, longerons and the canopy. We will discuss hardware, rudder and elevator controls, harness attachments and much more. The fuselage could be a web site in it's self. I'll be using original spitfire canopy latch and release, door lock and release, Instruments, stick assembly and the seat.

  • Box frame build.
  • Add formers.
  • Longerons.
  • Canopy build.
  • Rudder controls.
  • Elevator Controls.
  • Seat and shoulder harness.
  • Instruments
  • Seat Build
The Fuselage detail description is at the Fuselage Link.
wing

The Wing as you will see has a detachable left and right wing, which attaches to the wing Center section. The wing is built with a tapered box spar. It uses 7/8 " square aircraft spruce. as a frame and is covered with multiple layers of aircraft plywood. Thickness is both 4mm and 8mm along with spruce fillers were bolts will attach to the center wing. The box structure has a built in 2.3 degree twist . and has dihedral of 7.3 degree. The box is then covered with the ribs cut out to slip over the wing box. Each rib is capped with stringer. The leading and trailing edge is laminated with 6 (six) 7/8 x 1/8 spruce stringers. I then made a epoxy glass leading edge.

The wing is then cut out to accommodate the ailerons. The ailerons. are built with a strong geodetic support structure. (See wing detail Link) I used a bell crank of my own design to achieve a differential balance in the ailerons. I used a cable pulley structure for ease of wing disassembly. You could easily use push rods. If I were to build another spitfire I would choose a push rod assembly. This arrangement would allow a rounded front edge to the ailerons. This would give less drag.

The wing as to accommodate a wheel retractable pocket, which is very complex because of the angle of retraction. You will see more detail in the wing center section. We'll see.

 

 

  The Wing detail description is at the Wing Link.
wing-cntr

The wing center section is a major construction and is the heart of center of lift, landing gear, and gas Tank installation. Each section is detailed in the appropriate attached Links.

  • Wing forward and rear main spar. Box structure.
  • Wing Center spar. (laminated structure)
  • Wing rear spar. (laminated structure)
  • Landing gear support area. (Used worm gear and sprocket)
  • Gear leg and wheel attachment.
  • Brake assembly.
  • Wing attach metal brackets.

 

 

 

 

  The Wing Center section detail description is at the Wing center Link.
instruments

The Instruments section is a major part of the build. I tried to use gauge types and position that the original used. I've added a transmitter and transponder in the panel. The gauges are all made by UMA. The exception is the DG and HSI, they are vacuum driven. The panel is very tight with no room for additions, because of the structure needed for support. The aircraft will have the circuit breakers about were they were in the original spitfire with additions as needed.

Again more detail will be found in the Instrument Link page.

 

 

 

 

  The section detail description is at the Instruments Link.
  engine

The Engine/Propeller center section is a major construction and is the heart of center of lift, landing gear, and gas Tank instillation Each section is detailed in the appropriate attached Links.

 

 

 

Back to top see spitfire fly by The Engine/Propeller section detail description is at the Engine/Propeller Link.
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