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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2015, 04:53:11 AM »
Is that Firefly U8 a whif ???
According to the official FAA website the U8s were converted AS Mk4s - I doubt they'd change the engine or back-seater's areas.  U9s were ex-AS Mk5s.

Think "Shackfly" would be a better name for post-WW2 versions.

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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2015, 05:07:09 AM »
Is that Firefly U8 a whif ???
According to the official FAA website the U8s were converted AS Mk4s - I doubt they'd change the engine or back-seater's areas.  U9s were ex-AS Mk5s.



I have seen references (such as "Fairey Aircraft since 1915" by H.A. Taylor) that the U.8 was a conversion of the A.S.7/T.7.  This is what is represented with this kit I believe.

Also see photo below:

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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2015, 05:13:15 AM »
If you really want to freak people out, try putting the late model Firefly nose on a Spitfire or Seafire...
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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2015, 06:37:31 AM »
If you really want to freak people out, try putting the late model Firefly nose on a Spitfire or Seafire...

Tried it ---  nacelle is too big for a Spit ---- F-82 is another thing  ;)  (nearside nacelle in this pic below)  The nacelle happens to fit a Tempest quite well though, or the Martin Baker MB5 ---

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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2015, 03:56:17 PM »
It would appear that the U8s were AS.4s with the new engine, tall fin & bubble over the rear cockpit.

The U-9 Drones were standard ex-AS.5s - only external mods were the small wingtip pods.

If putting that bearded engine on a Spitty you would need to enlarge the fin too .... but what Mark of Spit would you start with ??, surely not a Mk.Vb.

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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2015, 06:24:31 PM »

If putting that bearded engine on a Spitty you would need to enlarge the fin too .... but what Mark of Spit would you start with ??, surely not a Mk.Vb.

If you have an old Frog[spawn] Shackleton, you could try the match-up but it doesn't fit very well (already tried that too). I would use a Mk.21 or 22 or even a Spiteful, then you could just use some Attacker wings (no radiators on them) ----- the problem with using a Spitfire is it's just too small an airframe, for instance, compare a Sea Fury with a Spitfire and see what difference there is, then have a look at this pic, the engine/cowling package on the Firefly is the same power egg
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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2015, 02:06:48 AM »
It would appear that the U8s were AS.4s with the new engine, tall fin & bubble over the rear cockpit.


Errr...no.  The more I look into this, it does appear that the U.8s were converted AS.7s.  And in fact, multiple sources confirm that 34 Mark 7s were actually built new as U8s.

The distinguishing features being the radiator (moved from wing to chin), canopies and tail, all of which are identical to the AS.7.  It would make absolutely no sense to retrofit the AS.4/5 so intensively for use as a target. 
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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2015, 08:48:03 AM »
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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2015, 05:18:21 AM »
More coming:

Fairey Fulmar Mk.I/II Hi-Tech version 1/48:


Folland Gnat F. Mk.I "Finnish and Yugoslav Service" 1/72:


Fouga CM-175 Zéphyr 1/72:
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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2015, 06:59:29 AM »
A 1/72nd Gnat Mk.1? Really? Be still my beating heart......  :-* :-* :-*
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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2015, 09:07:31 AM »
Finally, a Gnat F.1!  About time...

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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2015, 12:03:34 AM »
Need, need, need, need, neeeeeeeeeeeedddddddd that Gnat!

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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #27 on: June 21, 2015, 04:40:57 AM »
New ones for you 1/72 weirdos aficionados:



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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #28 on: June 21, 2015, 04:48:26 AM »
Personally though, I am looking forward to this pair:

1/48 IMAM (Romeo) Ro.43 “Red Striped”:



1/48 IMAM (Romeo) Ro.44 “Italian Float Fighter”:

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Re: Special Hobby
« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2015, 04:41:36 AM »
Coming soon:

1/48 Fairey Fulmar Mk.I/II Hi-Tech version:



1/48 L-39C Albatros:

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