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Spitfire

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:18 pm
by Tony Hain
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.

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:49 pm
by mrintense
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.

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:28 pm
by Ibrew2be
The most beautiful plane from WW II. Thanks for posting, Tony.

Barry

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:35 pm
by Tony Hain
Personally think the mustang was the better plane.

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:58 am
by hoodman
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.

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:14 am
by JimmY
Tony Hain wrote:Personally think the mustang was the better plane.


Not until they put a Merlin in it :D

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:12 pm
by Tony Hain
I didn't know if it was true, but I had heard that the merlin engine made all the difference.

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:30 pm
by JasonG
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!

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:14 pm
by Andy Garrett
I wonder if that is the new Loehl kit.

I like British planes so much, I put a ring handle on the control stick of my Airbike. :D

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:21 pm
by Tony Hain
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.

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:52 pm
by DrBryanJ
Supermarine aircraft made a 80% kit for the spitfire. It is no longer available. I think they now make a 90% kit

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:49 pm
by Cyclone
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.

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:33 pm
by steveh41
Tony,

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

Regards,

Steve

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:25 am
by Tony Hain
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.

Re: Spitfire

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:44 am
by steveh41
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