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Spitfire

Postby Tony Hain » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:18 pm

I know some of the members are also into building planes so I thought they may be interested in my next door neighbours build. He has just finished after a long build. It is an 80% scale Spitfire kit build running on a v6 engine.
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Re: Spitfire

Postby mrintense » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:49 pm

Very cool Tony,

Years ago before I discovered boat building, I considered build a wooden aircraft, I cannot remember the model name anymore but it was an inline design like the Spitfire and looked every bit like a fighter. Unfortunately, at the time, finances kept me from building the plane and more importantly acquiring my pilot's license.
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Re: Spitfire

Postby Ibrew2be » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:28 pm

The most beautiful plane from WW II. Thanks for posting, Tony.

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Re: Spitfire

Postby Tony Hain » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:35 pm

Personally think the mustang was the better plane.
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Re: Spitfire

Postby hoodman » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:58 am

Tony Hain wrote:Personally think the mustang was the better plane.


The P51 did change the war if I'm not mistaken. It had the range to escort the bombers all the way into Germany. The Spitfire was quite agile, however.

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Re: Spitfire

Postby JimmY » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:14 am

Tony Hain wrote:Personally think the mustang was the better plane.


Not until they put a Merlin in it :D
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Re: Spitfire

Postby Tony Hain » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:12 pm

I didn't know if it was true, but I had heard that the merlin engine made all the difference.
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Re: Spitfire

Postby JasonG » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:30 pm

That's an awesome plane!
Make no mistake- the spitfire was a badass! Both the spitfire and P-51 had to undergo some serious revisions to become what they were but even the early versions of the spitfire we're about even with the ME109.
Aside from the p51, it's one of my favorites!

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Re: Spitfire

Postby Andy Garrett » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:14 pm

I wonder if that is the new Loehl kit.

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Re: Spitfire

Postby Tony Hain » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:21 pm

I am not sure of the name of the company who produce the kit, but do know they were originally based here in Queensland but relocated to the USA because of higher sales volume. I did ask the owner why if they are going to build an 80% scale why don't they go and make a full scale kit. He basicly explained to get the extra 20% you would have to double the motor, double the fuel consumption and more than double the price.
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Re: Spitfire

Postby DrBryanJ » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:52 pm

Supermarine aircraft made a 80% kit for the spitfire. It is no longer available. I think they now make a 90% kit
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Re: Spitfire

Postby Cyclone » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:49 pm

Another cool plane was the British Mosquito fighter-bomber which was the fastest propeller driven plane in world war 2 and it has something in common with wooden boat building as was also cold molded plywood construction.

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Re: Spitfire

Postby steveh41 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:33 pm

Tony,

Hats off to your friend for a fabulous build! Would love to see some videos if you get a chance to post...

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Re: Spitfire

Postby Tony Hain » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:25 am

I have a video of it on my samsung tablet. Not sure how to link a video. My favourite is the Mosquito. An amazing plane. A bomber, fighter bomber, fighter, night fighter and high speed reconnaisance as well as torpedo bomber. Could carry the same bomb load as a B17 on a long distance raid and almost totally made of wood. Just add twin merlins.
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Re: Spitfire

Postby steveh41 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:44 am

Not sure on video link either... might have to upload to Youtube or equivalent. Agree on the Mosquito! Only thing better than the sound of a single Merlin is the sound of a pair (or more)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nwJ1Dym5TI
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