Back in 1970 Frog released the Spin-a-prop set in order that modellers could add more realism to the kits they built. Initially three models carried the extra parts to enable them to be have this feature. They were the Beaufighter, Beaufort and JU88. Other models were planned including the Marauder and Venture but never released in this form.

F20 The Spin-a-prop set

F20 The Spin-a-prop set

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Point of sale display c1972

The idea originally came from the Meccano die cast Spitfire and ME109 that were fitted with a Mabuchi RM-01 motor that could be started by a flick of a finger and stopped by touching the spinning prop. Totally  painless I can assure you. The mechanics behind this were simple, the motor only has one magnet and inertia plus 1.5 volts did the rest. You will notice the shaft is offset to accommodate this arrangement.  Both Airfix and Faller used the same system on their models.

What you got in the box....

What you got in the box….

Spin-A-Prop Instructions 1

Spin-A-Prop Instructions 1

Please see the video on this page to watch a motor running and hear a little bit more about the Spin-A-Prop. The motor in the short film is 46 years old and had never been run. It ran after just a few flicks of the Beaufort prop that was attached. A tribute to both Mabuchi and Frog.

 

I am looking to do another JU88 out of the box build and and my advice to any fellow modeller is to solder the joints. If a wire comes loose after you have closed everything up, it is nearly impossible to get to it without major surgery to the model. I know it happened to me.

F229 Beaufort in my collection. This example is not fitted with Spin-A-Prop motors

F229 Beaufort in my collection. This example is not fitted with Spin-A-Prop motors

Extra sprue for the Motorised version of the Beaufort  F229 Spin

Extra sprue for the Motorised version of the Beaufort F229 Spin

It is interesting that Airfix have again released a motor for the 1/24 range of models but it is not spin-A-Prop technology and requires a micro-switch.

Wiring diagram. I suggest using solder.

Wiring diagram. I suggest using solder.

The original tooling notes for the Marauder F338 that was to become F293 Spin. It is possible that the extra parts were produced but it was cancelled in 1975

The original tooling notes for the Marauder F338 that was to become F293 Spin. It is possible that the extra parts were produced but it was cancelled in 1975

I cannot find any manufacturer that supplies Spin-A-prop motors but I am sure somebody  out there knows of one!

The Spin-a-Prop range

The Spin-a-Prop range

My JU88 with props turning

My JU88 with props turning

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All these models can be seen at our shop in Przemyśl

I hope you enjoy the photos and short film and I would welcome any comments.

 

Przemysl  February 2016 updated 4th July 2017  © Frog Model Aircraft