Spitfire Whirligig

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Project by RicksWhirligigs posted 01-19-2010 01:38 AM 15247 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This model Spitfire marked my expansion into building WWII whirligigs. The Spitfire was Britain’s premier fighter aircraft. Using this plane the RAF saved the United Kingdom from coming under Hitler’s rule. It was the pilot’s of this airplane that gave rise to Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “Never have so many owed so much to so few”. I also make a model Mustang. The Mustang is fun to make due to the unique signature air scoop on the underside of the fuselage.
My love of building WWI whirligigs all started when my wife and I moved to Tehachapi Ca and noticed right away that there is almost always a steady breeze blowing. Once I had my workshop up and working again, I started experimenting with wind toys to take advantage of the constant breeze. And thats where Ricks Whirligigs were born. My whirligigs all have free spinning propellers that only need the slightest breeze to turn, also I mount them on a rod and the tail section of the airplane acts as a weather vane, so the nose is always seeking the wind. Since the first whirligig was made I’ve had a blast making other WWI airplanes. I have perfected numerous models from the era, if your interested in purchasing one visit
I’m not looking to make a profit on this little operation, so you will find my planes are very under priced. I just enjoy building them and helping people share in the fun of a WWI whirligig.

-- Rick,

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 01:53 AM

hi Rick I have a similar plane posted here. What kind of paint did you use ? btw very nice job

-- It's hard to plane a door when you have to use the crack of your ass for a vise

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 04:33 AM

Beautiful job on your planes. Are they solid wood? Do they sell well?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 04:56 AM

Very nice! we old Air Force types like seeing historical aircraft and traditions remembered. Younger folks don’t seem that interested.

-- Firewoodmaker "If you can't fix it with duct tape, you have not used enough!"

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 06:46 AM

I use acrylic paints (I buy them at Michaels, or Hobby Lobby) for most of the detail work, and spray paints as a base. They have not sold very well on the web (, but I have sold a fair amount at craft fairs and airshows. Any thoughts on how to do better with the online sales? Any other sites you guys know of other than Etsy that would be a good fit for my planes?

-- Rick,

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 07:38 AM

I have no idea, maybe ebay?? or airplane sites?? I was just curious, $40 is probably more than most people would pay for a whirlygig unless they were an airplane enthusiast, IMO. I have never tried to sell crafts.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-20-2010 08:45 AM

Hello Rick:
I love warbirds and whirligigs.
Your Spitfire is outstanding!
You might want to post a video or two of
your planes in action on YouTube with a link to your
web based sales site.
May generate interest and hopefully some sales for you.
Good Luck and keep building those great planes

-- "The Artful Bodger"

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#7 posted 05-30-2018 09:50 PM

Rick…I would like info on buying a spitfire whirligig from you.

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