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Supermarine Spitfire Family
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:56:38 PM »
A new product review on ARC caught my attention due to the fact that it was a conversion and decal kit for a variant of a Spitfire that was unknown to me. 

The variant in question is the Spitfire Mk II LR.  There is a review of the 3D-KITS.co.uk 1/72nd scale Spitfire Mk II LR Conversion Kit at ARC that shows a profile of the aircraft and an image of the slipper tank that was fitted to the port wing. 

How about a Spitfire with the slipper tanks from the De Havalland Mosquito mounted on both wings.  Perhaps the PR Spitfire would benefit from something like this for an increase in range.  Since it would be flying at high altitude the reduction in performance might not be as severe for the PR as it would be for a fighter.  This would be a very easy conversion/modification to a basic Spitfire and it would make a very lovely yet subtle what-if subject. 
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 09:11:04 PM »
From what I've read the Mk II LR was a bit of a dog in the air as the slipper tank quite upset the balance of the aircraft.  Quite understandably too I'd suggest.

I believe the PR Spits had leading edge fuel tanks replacing the cannon/mg of the fighter variants which bestowed a decent enough range for them and the various centreline slipper tanks were options, so the Mosquito type slippers would seem a logical progression.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 11:07:16 PM »
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 01:14:41 AM »
Just a thought for an air-racing variant, the speed Spitfire canopy on a late Mk.21 with contra-props.   8) I just happen to have all the necessary items in my stash (if I can only find them).

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 04:52:23 AM »
....remember when Hannants was selling 1/48 Seafire 46/47's for 4 pounds Sterling each?   I bought a bunch of them then simply for the contraprops with the though of hooking them up to a Mk.XIV for the same purpose.   But who can bring themselves to destroy such a beautiful kit!!??!!    :o :o :o :o :o :-\      So they sit up in the storage unit, happily packed away.    :icon_sueno:
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 02:01:27 PM »
....remember when Hannants was selling 1/48 Seafire 46/47's

I have one of these that I plan to turn into a Reno style racer.
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 02:02:29 PM »
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2012, 02:03:46 PM »
It's a Spiteful...but close enough...has additional tip tanks.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2012, 02:05:00 PM »
Another modified Spiteful

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2012, 02:09:33 PM »
Playing with different arrangements:



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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2012, 02:12:27 PM »
Now I am just being silly:

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2012, 02:13:54 PM »
Playing with floats again:

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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2012, 02:16:32 PM »
Late one night a Spiteful and a Mustang got dirty:

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2012, 11:05:18 PM »
Now I am just being silly:




Actually there was a Spitfire Turret Fighter proposed Greg, Supermarine 305.  Although the turret was separate from where the gunner sat, which was back to back with the pilot.  It was basically a Spitfire with the appropriate modifications for the turret and gunner position and there's a 3-View of the proposal on page 54 of the BSP-Fighters & Bombers 1935-1950 by Tony Buttler.  The radiator was moved to the chin position with the inlet moved back from the spinner by about a spinner's length.

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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2012, 04:17:05 AM »

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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2012, 04:24:13 AM »
It actually looks like it might have been proposed to be powered by a Griffon

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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2012, 04:39:50 AM »
It actually looks like it might have been proposed to be powered by a Griffon

Merlin with a chin-mounted combined radiator/oil cooler assembly.
The Morgan & Shacklady book reprints the Supermarine proposal in detail.

Note that on the drawings, the upper view is the original layout,
the profile view is of the second configuration with side windows added
for the gunner.


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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2012, 09:10:31 AM »
Yep, was aware of the real world proposal.  Mine was being silly since I just whacked a Defiant turret onto the Spit with little real thinking. ;)
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« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2012, 10:57:55 AM »


This one looks quite plausible, especially if the top join between the main strut and the fuselage is widened to pick up both main landing gear trunnions to better distribute the loads.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2012, 11:08:50 AM »
Refined trainer

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« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2012, 11:19:56 AM »
I'm hoping to put Airfix new 1/72 Spit-22 and PR.XIX on PM's Spitfire floats once the kit is released and use my own version of  XDk Sea Grey/Br. Slate Grey over Sky.      I'd prefer the contraprop version but don't know if that will ever be released.      I think that would constitute wise usage of styrene.
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« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2012, 11:54:20 PM »
Refined trainer




Now there's a nice idea, I think I know what an upcoming project will be coming form, with the new Airfix F.22

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2012, 12:29:41 PM »
Jet Spit??

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« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2012, 12:43:15 PM »
Jet Spit??
Or just an early iteration toward the Attacker, much as the P.1035 was an early iteration toward the definitive P.1040/Sea Hawk.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2012, 04:09:51 AM »
The Italians had the G.55S and the Germans experimented with various marks of the Fw-190/Ta-152 as torpedo fighters...what about an equivalent late model Spitfire?
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2012, 05:59:18 AM »
The Italians had the G.55S and the Germans experimented with various marks of the Fw-190/Ta-152 as torpedo fighters...what about an equivalent late model Spitfire?
Not sure about the Spitfire Greg, but some heavy stuff was trialed on the Spiteful, the Uncle Tom RP comes to mind, it was 1050 lbs and two were carried so two of them would be about a torpedo weight, plus there's a photo of a Spiteful carrying a long centerline drop tank which looks like something found on a Hellcat/Bearcat
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This is a scale-o-rama-ed 1/48 S6B (into an ostensibly 1/72 aircraft) with tandem (offset) engines, Spitfire prop and canopy, and (Weddel-Williams racer?) spats (Brian DB note!). Large-caliber cannon to rear of pilot. Tactic was to fly directly under and out in front of victim, pull up and blast the cockpit area.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2012, 12:01:27 PM »
How about an air racer Spitfire with the canopy of the "Speed Spitfire" fitted to a Mk.21 with contra-props?  Somewhere in the stash I have all the pieces for this one.  -chuckle- As a companion, similarly modify the DB-powered one the Germans did and mod the cowling for a DB605 or DB603.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2012, 12:29:41 PM »
I have a Seafire 47 already earmarked as a post war racer...
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2012, 09:01:56 AM »
Seafire XVII on floats, as in the floats used for previous Spitfire experiments.  Ventral strake at the back.   
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #32 on: May 05, 2012, 08:15:15 AM »
Late one night a Spiteful and a Mustang got dirty:




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« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2012, 08:55:43 AM »
Kind of...
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« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2012, 09:46:14 AM »
A1_Phoenix's "early Hurricane" reminded me that I'd done a back-dated Spitfire.
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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2012, 09:56:21 AM »
A1_Phoenix's "early Hurricane" reminded me that I'd done a back-dated Spitfire.

That's sexy!  :D
very well done, thank you!

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« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2012, 11:05:31 AM »
Cheers A1'. Strictly done for fun ... your ur-Hurricane is far more plausible.
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2012, 07:24:05 PM »
I have a Seafire 47 already earmarked as a post war racer...


Well if your going to use a late Mark Spitfire as a speed machine, why not go the whole hog?
Excuse the rough cutting and pasting, photshop etc aren't my strong point:

Speed Spiteful:



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« Reply #38 on: May 17, 2012, 08:30:44 PM »
This is one I built long before I realized I could buy a vacuform or resin kit of a Spiteful, this is actually of the first prototype
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #39 on: May 18, 2012, 04:06:43 AM »
Love the speed Spiteful! :)
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« Reply #40 on: May 18, 2012, 04:54:32 AM »
Love the speed Spiteful! :)

Indeed. It may be just the thing to do from the Falcon vac kit.  :icon_meditation:
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« Reply #41 on: May 19, 2012, 04:50:01 AM »
Love the speed Spiteful! :)

Indeed. It may be just the thing to do from the Falcon vac kit.  :icon_meditation:

Indeed you could, but why bother when Trumpeter make an injection molded one?
all you then need is the Falcon vacform canopies for Spitfire set (which includes the speed Spitfire canopy)
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« Reply #42 on: May 19, 2012, 05:48:14 AM »
Perhaps because I already own the Falcon kit, and have no intention of purchasing the Trumpeter?
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« Reply #43 on: June 21, 2012, 09:28:53 AM »
I had an idea! :D

Polish produced, with license, and Hispano engined!

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« Reply #44 on: June 21, 2012, 10:37:50 AM »
Oh yeah...I like that one.  A lot! 


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« Reply #45 on: June 21, 2012, 10:57:42 AM »
Polish produced, with license, and Hispano engined!

Ooo, that is clever A1' ... but when do we see one in chequerboards?  ;)
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« Reply #46 on: June 21, 2012, 11:13:01 AM »
Polish produced, with license, and Hispano engined!
Very nice, I wonder if the Finns would re-engine them as they did the Morko-Moraines (sp?)?

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« Reply #47 on: June 22, 2012, 06:47:25 PM »
Ooo, that is clever A1' ... but when do we see one in chequerboards?  ;)

Soon.. :icon_ninja:

Very nice, I wonder if the Finns would re-engine them as they did the Morko-Moraines (sp?)?

 :) not a bad idea at all! i must try something!

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #48 on: June 23, 2012, 10:37:05 AM »
Materials list in 1/48:

Eduard Weekend Avia 534 Series III
Quickboost 2 blade prop
Airfix Spitfire Mk.1
Ultracast Spitfire seat.

It'd about kill me to cut the nose off the Avia but someday may have to give this a try.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #49 on: June 24, 2012, 12:12:23 PM »
Seafire FR.XIX in USMC Korea markings.
Seafang in the same markings. 
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« Reply #50 on: June 24, 2012, 12:27:50 PM »
Pr.XIX with cloth wings aft the leading edge fuel tanks.
Mk.I in dark green uppers over sky.  No dark earth.
Mk.XIVc in Tuskegee markings, North Africa/Italy.
Mk.Vc in Atlantic grey over white.
Mk.XIV with contra props.
Mk.XII with rounded wing tips and contra props.
Mk.IXe with an Allison V-1710
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« Reply #52 on: July 17, 2012, 02:30:13 AM »
Nice.  That is really tempting to build too.
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #54 on: July 31, 2012, 06:10:58 AM »
That wing hollers for tip tanks. 
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« Reply #55 on: August 02, 2012, 03:23:19 AM »
I've done an Israeli Spit 26 with contra rotating prop....

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« Reply #56 on: August 05, 2012, 05:54:30 AM »
Israeli Spitfire 26....

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #57 on: September 30, 2012, 07:35:59 AM »
For the rumored 1/48 Eduard new tool Mk.IX:   US Atlantic Scheme.   No structural changes.    Call it a Canadian build.


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« Reply #58 on: September 30, 2012, 09:20:22 PM »
Why not Lithuanian post-'45??

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« Reply #59 on: October 03, 2012, 02:34:57 AM »
Thinking....I have a huge number of 1/48th Airfix Spitfire VB/C/Seafire III kits I bought cheap.
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #60 on: October 15, 2012, 10:17:33 AM »
The trick is going to be working a Spiteful into a parallel Tintin story in the mid 50's.  Afghani opium and the British connections there thru Hong Kong, corrupt American oil magnates and the Arabian Penninsula,  Amero-Franco disputing in Africa, Iranian uranium, the Suez Crisis and the U.N.,  and the like.   The time period is rife with story fodder and the name Spiteful is so fitting.
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« Reply #61 on: October 20, 2012, 01:05:07 AM »
The other day, I was in one of my local shops and they showed me a new product from AZ Models: 3 complete 1/72 Mk IX Spitfire kits in one box for a great price! No decals, just the sprues and instructions. My resistance is caving and may well be gone by tomorrow if the shop still has them.

Three 1/72 Spitfires will serve well to satisfy a couple of WHIFF ideas I have bouncing about in my mind:

I very much like the look of Contra-props and I think a Spit with four blade contra-props would looks particularly mean. I was also toying with the idea of a V-tail in that design.

The set would also give me a Merlin engine and a good prop to marry up to an Avia B.135 fighter:


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I've often read that the B.135 was in the same class as the Spitfire and Bf-109 but was hampered by the temperamental nature of the Hispano engine it was powered by.

It had more than a bit of a Spitfire look to it and a few Spitfire bits, like the Merlin engine and Malcolm hood would probably look right at home on it.
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #62 on: October 20, 2012, 02:46:01 AM »
a few Spitfire bits, like the Merlin engine and Malcolm hood would probably look right at home on it.

And if painted appropriately will definitely fool some people...go for it!!! ;)
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« Reply #63 on: November 11, 2012, 06:44:35 AM »
A proper PR.XIX in 1/48 scale!!!   ;D  ;D ;D :) :)
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« Reply #64 on: November 18, 2012, 03:47:43 AM »
How about some dedicated Nightfighter Spitfires, with radar.  Possibly based upon two seat spits.
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« Reply #65 on: November 24, 2012, 03:07:04 AM »
1:48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.1, remove the engine, add the nose of the Airfix Seafire XVII remembering to preserve the 3 degree nose droop.  Strengthen the fuselage, add the hook, add a widened pointed rudder for a Mk.VIII.     Put the Tamiya nose with a two bladed prop on the Airfix kit, early exhausts.   
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« Reply #66 on: December 01, 2012, 08:23:38 AM »
Thoughts on Trumpeter's 1:48 Seafang.  Note: Note intended as a kit review.  Rather, it's just an overview of some of the aspects of the kit. 

What a finely moulded model kit.   It's going to be a tremendously easy kit to Whiff and get to look really good.    It is beautifully moulded and the fit is very precise. 

The spinner is the same diameter as Airfix Seafire F.XVIII and Mk.XII.   The contrarotating spinner is geared and functional.   The contour may be a bit pointy, but photographs show some rather pointed spinners on some Seafangs.   The prop blades have no twist whatsoever and are spinning butter knives, they need replaced.   I wish the Barracuda resin Seafire prop set included a spinner.  Roy??  I'm sure his Spitfire Mk.22 set will work great on the Spiteful.  But there is a rumor the older Airfix long nose Griffons have a smaller spinner diameter than the newer short nose Griffon engined kits.   

The nose has virtually the same taper as the Airfix kits above when viewed from the top.  The rocker covers, however, have both a serious inward taper at the nose when viewed from the top and a pronounced drop at the front when viewed at the side.   They also are flat across the top surfaces rather than dropping inwards towards the cowling.   As a result, when viewed from the direct side, the rocker covers at the front do not rise above the contour of the nose like the prototype does.    The rocker covers do not blend into the fuselage at the aft end on the kit; they should.   A set of replacement covers would do wonders to bulk out the nose to proper contour.     A resin set of exhausts is recommended to all but those with the most steady of hands on a drill.     Edit:   The rocker cover error might be because of the choice to integrate the rocker covers with the fuselage piece.   If the front 1/4 of the rocker covers had the proper height of contour, a slide mould would have been needed.   

I have not entirely bought into the arguement the wing chord is wrong and the wing is malpositioned.   The leading edge starts half way through the length of the 5th exhaust pipe; the kit follows this.   Photographs of a Seafang show bird droppings running down the leading side of the port door towards the ground.   The stripe of bird dobby is aft of the trailing edge of the wing; if the wing ended 1/4 to 1/3 of the way through the door as others have suggested, the yuck would be on the wing.   The kit might have this aspect better than what reviews suggest.  Is it completely correct?  No.  It's a bit too narrow.   Key word: bit.   

When viewed from above, the fuselage begins to taper inwards toward the midline right at Frame 5.  All my other Spitfire kits keep their width until after the cockpit.

The canopy is moulded closed.   Given the simplification the toolmaker chose over the resin prototypes for the cockpit, it is just as well.    The cockpit leaves questions.   I do, however, think they got the depth quite close to prototype.   The instrument panel is a joke.   

All in all, I'm pretty glad to have the couple that arrived today especially since they were discounted to $US 11.99 each.    I hope the resin companies jump in to dealing with the prop, the rockers, and the exhausts.  As to the cockpit and the other shape issues...meh.   ;D  With that, it will look a lot better to use a proper Americanism.   

Or, one could leave the kit as-is, slap on a smart set of tip tanks, put it in New Zealand markings, or Khemed, or Saudi Arabia, or...or...or....or... and have a great time building something uncommon for the display tray.   


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« Reply #67 on: December 01, 2012, 02:36:55 PM »
Hi Daryl,
the photos posted on Photobucket by Joanblaue show the wing positioning very clearly.
A line drawn perpendicular to the aircraft centreline, not the ground, from the trailing edge of the wing, not the root fairing, bisects the pilot's door.







http://s1025.photobucket.com/albums/y317/joanblaue/SPITEFUL%20and%20SEAFANGS/

FWIW the 1/48th Falcon vacform is pretty close to the photos.
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« Reply #68 on: December 01, 2012, 11:27:44 PM »
Thanks!  :)
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« Reply #69 on: December 02, 2012, 01:19:43 AM »
Comparing my Trumpeter Spiteful to the Airfix Spitfire Mk.22 (both 1/48) which is supposed to be the best 1/48 Spitfire kit around these days,  I found that the slot for the exhaust stub slot to be 1.2mm different in position, the Trumpeter kits one is the furthest back when measuring from behind the spinner.  The exhaust stub parts of the two kits are almost the same, the Trumpeter one looking a tad better in appearance but they measure out the same length.  Re-positioning the exhaust stubs to match the Airfix kit, shows that the wing is maybe about 1mm too far foward because everything else I measured for comparison seems to be the same, for example,  from behind the spinner to the vertical windshield posts, to the rudder hinge line and also to the front and rear end of the air intake fairing.  I've decided that for 1mm, moving the wing is a lot of work.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #70 on: December 02, 2012, 03:48:57 AM »
Hmmm...random, unrelated thoughts:

If jets hadn't come online, how far might the Spiteful/Seafang have been developed?

Turboprop Spiteful/SeaFang?

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« Reply #71 on: December 02, 2012, 05:12:21 AM »
Hmmm...random, unrelated thoughts:

If jets hadn't come online, how far might the Spiteful/Seafang have been developed?

Turboprop Spiteful/SeaFang?

Twin-Spiteful/Seafang?

If jets hadn't made it, would turbo-prop engines ?  just a thought.

I've been looking at a Twin-Spiteful or even a Twin-Spitfire.  It's my thoughts that they would have both had to have 'four' u/c legs which I don't really like the look of.  I was thinking of doing one like the P/F-82 but the air intake system just gets in the way where the u/c leg would have to fold away, I'm trying to figure out what North American did with the Mustang because the engine is more or less in the same position as the Spiteful/Spitfire's in relation to the wing ---

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« Reply #72 on: December 02, 2012, 05:57:14 AM »
Perhaps it would progress in a longer, wider, stronger way like the Hurricane/Typhoon/Tempest/P.1030 did, but in a Spiteful sort of way. 
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« Reply #73 on: December 02, 2012, 05:59:57 AM »
I've been looking at a Twin-Spiteful or even a Twin-Spitfire.  It's my thoughts that they would have both had to have 'four' u/c legs which I don't really like the look of.  I was thinking of doing one like the P/F-82 but the air intake system just gets in the way where the u/c leg would have to fold away, I'm trying to figure out what North American did with the Mustang because the engine is more or less in the same position as the Spiteful/Spitfire's in relation to the wing ---
The Twin-Mustang uses only two main gear legs and they are moved inboard inboard, relative to the wingtip, as compared to a standard P-51H.  Since they are behind the engine, they don't get in the way of the induction system.  For  twin Spitfire or Twin-Spiteful, I'd go with using only the inboard pair of undercarriage legs and making them sufficiently robust to take the load.  You wouldn't be that far off from where the F-82 MLG trunnions are.

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« Reply #74 on: December 02, 2012, 06:01:17 AM »
Perhaps it would progress in a longer, wider, stronger way like the Hurricane/Typhoon/Tempest/P.1030 did, but in a Spiteful sort of way.
Late-model Spitfire or Spiteful with a RR Eagle piston engine?  I know Hawker drew up a Tempest variant with one.

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« Reply #75 on: December 02, 2012, 06:12:36 AM »
Maybe as a smaller-scaled back-up design to the Supermarine Type 391?
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« Reply #76 on: December 02, 2012, 06:35:06 AM »
There's a 3-View of the Supermarine Type 391 in the Morgan and Shacklady book on the Spitfire. The engine seems to be much further forward in relation to the wings on that design so a 'twin' version would be more like a P/F-82 in layout.

I'm going to give Evan's suggestion of using the inner trunnion more thought, seeing as they bolt to the rear side of the firewall/bulkhead/spar on a Spitfire.  Moving them towards the center of the aircraft is more likely an arrangement.  On the Spiteful it's a bit more problematic, the trunnion is on the front side of the bulkhead/spar and the rear of the engine is in the same location on both aircraft.

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« Reply #77 on: December 02, 2012, 06:36:45 AM »
Perhaps it would progress in a longer, wider, stronger way like the Hurricane/Typhoon/Tempest/P.1030 did, but in a Spiteful sort of way.
Late-model Spitfire or Spiteful with a RR Eagle piston engine?  I know Hawker drew up a Tempest variant with one.

Hawker P.1027 was one version

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« Reply #78 on: December 02, 2012, 06:41:44 AM »

If jets hadn't made it, would turbo-prop engines ?  just a thought.


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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #79 on: December 06, 2012, 06:15:10 AM »
Dibs on the 1:48 new tool Airfix Spitfire PR.XIX UAV!   ;D ;D ;D
No....not really.  If anyone else is looney enough to do that before I do, please feel free to do so.   :)

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« Reply #80 on: December 06, 2012, 06:47:12 PM »
Dibs on the 1:48 new tool Airfix Spitfire PR.XIX UAV!   ;D ;D ;D
No....not really.  If anyone else is looney enough to do that before I do, please feel free to do so.   :)

"Construction began in the usual way be removing the cockpit".   Yep.   That'd be good.

Now where would you have gotten that idea..
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« Reply #81 on: December 07, 2012, 03:41:03 AM »
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« Reply #82 on: December 08, 2012, 02:40:24 AM »
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #83 on: December 08, 2012, 02:51:56 AM »
I'd use a bubble top as the basis so I guess it's a Mk.XIVe rather than a PR.XIX for the basis.   


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Actually Greg, if you give that nose profile the Spiteful works, it'll look pretty good.

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« Reply #85 on: December 23, 2012, 12:37:06 PM »
Israeli Spitfire Mk.XII, standard unclipped wing tips, 5 blade prop, overall RLM 71 or "green" RLM 63.

Saudi Seafire 17, then 47.  Or Kuwaiti.
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« Reply #86 on: December 23, 2012, 01:10:45 PM »
OMG!!! What have you done to that gorgeous airframe???? Perverts!!!  :o











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« Reply #87 on: December 24, 2012, 12:31:46 AM »
Something I'm working on right now, a Seafire (Hybrid) Mk.45

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« Reply #88 on: December 30, 2012, 08:53:44 PM »
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« Reply #89 on: January 08, 2013, 09:52:35 AM »
OMG!!! What have you done to that gorgeous airframe???? Perverts!!!  :o


That just serves to encourage me.
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« Reply #90 on: January 26, 2013, 03:44:53 AM »
Random idea:  Spiteful with wingtip ramjets ala P-51:

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« Reply #91 on: February 01, 2013, 04:47:15 AM »
Peter Burstow's Spitfire F.22 on floats what-if built from a 1:72nd scale Hawk (Testors) kit uploaded to Modeling Madness. 

Tiny, nice and shiny!  Such a simple little conversion and it looks quite convincing.  Hopefully Peter has more of this to share with us in the future. 
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« Reply #92 on: February 01, 2013, 04:49:37 AM »
Peter Burstow's Spitfire F.22 on floats what-if built from a 1:72nd scale Hawk (Testors) kit uploaded to Modeling Madness. 

Tiny, nice and shiny!  Such a simple little conversion and it looks quite convincing.  Hopefully Peter has more of this to share with us in the future.


Hmm! that looks really nice, I guess a follow on to that would be a Spiteful on floats   :-*

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« Reply #93 on: February 03, 2013, 12:08:11 AM »
Purchased the new Airfix kit and the PM kit for that very purpose some time back!   :D
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« Reply #94 on: May 01, 2013, 10:21:39 AM »
Does anyone have a clear cutaway drawing of a mid to late model Spit?  I'm trying to see where the intake scoop goes inside but I can't figure it out from what's on the net.  I'm probably staring it in the face but just can't see it.  I'm trying to figure out if and where the scoop could be relocated, preferably above the wing as I'm aiming for a float plane version and its current location would cause oodles of issues with water ingestion at all the wrong moments.  Any and help is appreciated as always.
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« Reply #95 on: May 01, 2013, 11:04:06 AM »
Cliffy: The RW Spitfire floatplanes seemed to do okay with the extended Mk.XI-style air intakes.

I'm not sure if side intakes are an option when using an updraught carburettor. Early Rolls-Royce Kestrels had side intakes for their superchargers. But that changes with the Kestrel XVI (if you look at a late Yugoslav Fury with updraught SU carbs, they have underside supercharger intakes very much like the early Spit).

Perhaps these images will help?

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« Reply #96 on: May 01, 2013, 11:50:45 AM »
Thanks man!  So I don't need to move nor can I move it apparently...interesting...  Always thought any sort of intake scoops on the undersides of float planes were problematic.  Wonder if it had to do with the height of the floats on the Floaty Spits?  They seem to sit up a lot higher then most other float planes.  Hmmm...

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« Reply #98 on: May 01, 2013, 08:57:40 PM »
Thanks man!  So I don't need to move nor can I move it apparently...interesting...  Always thought any sort of intake scoops on the undersides of float planes were problematic.  Wonder if it had to do with the height of the floats on the Floaty Spits?  They seem to sit up a lot higher then most other float planes.  Hmmm...

The engine mount would prevent a side intake like what you're proposing.  But you could always give it a downdraft carb', DH Hornets had those because their air intakes were in the wing leading edge and were ducted to the top of the carb'.  You'd need to have the intakes higher than the exhaust stubs though on your Spit.

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« Reply #99 on: December 11, 2013, 12:45:36 PM »
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« Reply #100 on: December 11, 2013, 02:56:17 PM »
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« Reply #101 on: December 15, 2013, 03:38:06 AM »
Was there any 16 cyl V engine ever?

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« Reply #102 on: December 15, 2013, 03:43:13 AM »
Was there any 16 cyl V engine ever?


There have been a number.  Perhaps one of the best known was the Chrysler IV-2220:



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« Reply #103 on: December 15, 2013, 09:07:05 AM »
Was there any 16 cyl V engine ever?
It's the other side, but didn't Daimler-Benz develop an IV-16 engine that was flight tested on FW-190V19?

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« Reply #104 on: December 15, 2013, 11:42:12 AM »
Was there any 16 cyl V engine ever?
It's the other side, but didn't Daimler-Benz develop an IV-16 engine that was flight tested on FW-190V19?

Not that I am aware of.  I understand the only 16 cylinder engines developed by Germany in that timeframe were the twinned ones (I.e Db 606 and 610) neither which were exactly what I would classify as V engines anymore.
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« Reply #105 on: December 15, 2013, 01:40:40 PM »
That Chrysler IV-2220 is quite interesting. Thanks for posting! :)

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« Reply #106 on: December 16, 2013, 12:33:38 AM »
Was there any 16 cyl V engine ever?
It's the other side, but didn't Daimler-Benz develop an IV-16 engine that was flight tested on FW-190V19?

Not that I am aware of.  I understand the only 16 cylinder engines developed by Germany in that timeframe were the twinned ones (I.e Db 606 and 610) neither which were exactly what I would classify as V engines anymore.

I went and checked, and I mis-remembered.  Daimler-Benz was indeed working on an IV-16 engine, the DB609,  but it was cancelled in 1943 along with the proposed testbed aircraft.

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« Reply #107 on: December 16, 2013, 12:44:04 AM »
Was there any 16 cyl V engine ever?
It's the other side, but didn't Daimler-Benz develop an IV-16 engine that was flight tested on FW-190V19?

Not that I am aware of.  I understand the only 16 cylinder engines developed by Germany in that timeframe were the twinned ones (I.e Db 606 and 610) neither which were exactly what I would classify as V engines anymore.

I went and checked, and I mis-remembered.  Daimler-Benz was indeed working on an IV-16 engine, the DB609,  but it was cancelled in 1943 along with the proposed testbed aircraft.

And the Db 606 & 610's were actually inverted 'W' 24 cylinder engines, two Db 601 side by side using a common PSRU gearbox and the engines were rotated so the two inner banks were vertical.

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« Reply #108 on: December 16, 2013, 02:37:50 AM »
Doh!!  Forgot the DB609 - basically a stretched outgrowth of the Db603:



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« Reply #109 on: December 16, 2013, 02:43:32 AM »
Would that have been installed with the supercharger at the front then Greg ?

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« Reply #110 on: December 16, 2013, 02:58:24 AM »
The engine was mounted in the fuselage nose, with an annular radiator in front.
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« Reply #111 on: December 16, 2013, 03:37:14 AM »
Yes I can see that's where the engine was to be, I just wanted to know if it was turned around.  On a standard tractor prop arrangement, the supercharger is at the rear of the engine and the PSRU was at the front, on this mid fuselage prop arrangement (basically a pusher prop) it would seem to me that the PSRU would be at the back and the supercharger inlet at the front with a direct line of flow into it.

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« Reply #112 on: December 16, 2013, 03:38:14 AM »
24 cylinder, twinned RR Merlin Spitfire  ;):

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« Reply #114 on: December 16, 2013, 03:41:49 AM »
Different, needs two exhaust stubs removed in each bank though and shortened a bit --  ;)

EDIT, Jon beat me to it --  ;D

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« Reply #115 on: December 16, 2013, 03:46:26 AM »
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Check yer maths Greg. 12 + 12 = ___  ;)

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« Reply #116 on: December 16, 2013, 03:47:02 AM »
And yet there are no comments regarding nose heavy... ;)
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« Reply #117 on: December 16, 2013, 04:11:28 AM »
And yet there are no comments regarding nose heavy... ;)

.... or the view on take-off / landing ....

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« Reply #118 on: December 16, 2013, 04:18:55 AM »
And yet there are no comments regarding nose heavy... ;)

That was coming ----  ;D  I believe that the Spitfire Mk.21 wing was an effort to change the load cg on Griffon engined versions as most of the enlargement difference was 'in front' of the main spar.  Maybe give it this wing instead  --

If you remove two exhaust stubs from each bank and then make the gap between the two banks about the same as two exhaust stubs wide, the engine wouldn't be very much longer than the Griffon set up I think.
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« Reply #119 on: December 16, 2013, 04:25:02 AM »
Let's try that again shall we…16 Cylinder (stretched RR Merlin) Spitfire ;):

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« Reply #120 on: December 16, 2013, 05:08:58 AM »
Now that doesn't look much different to a Griffon Spit, does it?

Incidently, there was a paper version of the Crecy engine that was to be sixteen cylinders, only that was an 'X' configured engine of about 2500 hp.  But get this, only 9 liters capacity ---

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« Reply #121 on: December 16, 2013, 05:24:21 AM »
And yet there are no comments regarding nose heavy... ;)

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« Reply #122 on: December 16, 2013, 05:28:30 AM »
This has given me a project idea, only I'll use a Griffon Sea Fury spinner and blend it into the cowling.  That should have a few scratching their heads  ---

There was a fellow who's name was Stewart Tresilian, worked on & off for RR, Bristol, AW and others during the war, his pet theory was to short-stroke/over-bore everything and bump up the RPM to get the airflow through the engine.  This could go along the lines that he got hold of the Merlin, worked his magic, kept the same bore but shortened the stroke and to keep the Cubic Inches the same, added four more cylinders to it.  With the engine spinning at 6000-7000 rpm, should bump up the hp quite well I think ---  Of course, this would mean bigger tail surfaces --- etc --
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« Reply #123 on: December 17, 2013, 03:42:27 AM »
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« Reply #124 on: December 17, 2013, 03:55:48 AM »
to keep the Cubic Inches the same, added four more cylinders to it.  With the engine spinning at 6000-7000 rpm, should bump up the hp quite well I think ---  Of course, this would mean bigger tail surfaces --- etc --
The bigger tail surfaces would help a bit with the balancing. Maybe put the radiators in (inside?) the tail too. I believe some of the long Griffon Spitfires needed extra weight in the tail to balance.

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« Reply #125 on: December 17, 2013, 04:13:12 AM »
The bigger tail surfaces would help a bit with the balancing. Maybe put the radiators in (inside?) the tail too. I believe some of the long Griffon Spitfires needed extra weight in the tail to balance.

Actually all the Spitfires had some sort of ballast perttime,  there was a special frame built into the end of the fuselage, right where the tail assemble was bolted on.  Depending on what motor/propeller combination was installed depended on how much ballast was bolted in.  This ballast comprised of steel plates of various thicknesses, stack on top of each other and had a big bolt running through the lot.  They had to go this way because all through the Spitfires production, from the Mk.I to the Mk.24 (including Seafires, Spitefuls & Seafangs), the fuselage length (that's the distance from the engine bulkhead to the tail assemble joint and even to the rudder hinge line) never changed.  Now I'm not saying the overall lengths didn't change, just the fuselage length.

One of my up coming project is to build a Spitfire with a Mustang style radiator duct, apparently Supermarine studied all the various radiator styles at one time ot other.

This one below for instance has wing leading edge radiators but I have also stretched the rear fuselage by a scaled 24" [610mm) which is about 8.5mm in 1/72, I'm going to do a regular Spitfire the same too.
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« Reply #126 on: December 17, 2013, 04:32:07 AM »
One of my up coming project is to build a Spitfire with a Mustang style radiator duct, apparently Supermarine studied all the various radiator styles at one time ot other.
One of my "erryplane" drawings is a Griffon "Spitfire" racer, with a radiator just behind the wing:
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« Reply #127 on: December 17, 2013, 04:40:46 AM »
One of my up coming project is to build a Spitfire with a Mustang style radiator duct, apparently Supermarine studied all the various radiator styles at one time ot other.
One of my "erryplane" drawings is a Griffon "Spitfire" racer, with a radiator just behind the wing:
http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2970.msg45377#msg45377


Nice, maybe do the wing like the real Speed Spitfire had too --  This is not my model and unfortunately I can't remember who sent me the pics

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« Reply #128 on: December 17, 2013, 02:50:58 PM »
maybe do the wing like the real Speed Spitfire had too
Unfortunately, the Speed Spitfire wing is my least favorite Spitfire wing shape. I like the "late" wing, so made a short version of it for some of my doodlings.

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« Reply #129 on: December 17, 2013, 03:38:12 PM »
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« Reply #130 on: December 19, 2013, 01:39:05 AM »
Spitfire + Hurricane


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« Reply #131 on: December 19, 2013, 01:41:05 AM »
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« Reply #133 on: December 06, 2015, 03:58:47 PM »
I wonder what that does to gun accuracy?

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I wonder what that does to gun accuracy?

You need to be good at deflection shooting?  ;D
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« Reply #136 on: December 07, 2015, 02:16:57 AM »
The picture is real... ;)  The design it portrays is not.  See here for more
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« Reply #137 on: January 01, 2016, 03:42:45 AM »
One to upset the purists...

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« Reply #138 on: January 01, 2016, 09:05:00 AM »
One to upset the purists...



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I would say, going by the cowling, either a late model Bristol Hercules or Centaurus.
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« Reply #140 on: January 01, 2016, 02:27:47 PM »
There's got to be a better way to install the exhausts...  ;D

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« Reply #141 on: January 01, 2016, 02:28:09 PM »
I would say, going by the cowling, either a late model Bristol Hercules or Centaurus.

Agree.  But it looks to be photoshopped?
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« Reply #142 on: January 01, 2016, 03:18:36 PM »
I would say, going by the cowling, either a late model Bristol Hercules or Centaurus.

Agree.  But it looks to be photoshopped?

I would say poorly photoshopped. And a radial engine Spitfire would surely create havoc amongst certain people! So who's going to build one?

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« Reply #143 on: January 01, 2016, 10:14:16 PM »
I would say, going by the cowling, either a late model Bristol Hercules or Centaurus.

Agree.  But it looks to be photoshopped?

I would say poorly photoshopped. And a radial engine Spitfire would surely create havoc amongst certain people! So who's going to build one?

And why would you need two radiator ducts under the wing, I could understand one for an oil cooler though.

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« Reply #144 on: January 01, 2016, 11:29:06 PM »
I would say, going by the cowling, either a late model Bristol Hercules or Centaurus.

Agree.  But it looks to be photoshopped?

I would say poorly photoshopped. And a radial engine Spitfire would surely create havoc amongst certain people! So who's going to build one?

And why would you need two radiator ducts under the wing, I could understand one for an oil cooler though.

A badly done PS job but something to look at.
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« Reply #145 on: January 02, 2016, 12:34:39 AM »
There's got to be a better way to install the exhausts...  ;D

The cowling and spinner look like they have come from a Bristol Freighter, those engine exhausts just exited behind the rear end of the cowling, like this below

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« Reply #146 on: January 02, 2016, 02:27:20 AM »
I would say, going by the cowling, either a late model Bristol Hercules or Centaurus.

Agree.  But it looks to be photoshopped?

I would say poorly photoshopped. And a radial engine Spitfire would surely create havoc amongst certain people! So who's going to build one?

And why would you need two radiator ducts under the wing, I could understand one for an oil cooler though.
really needs to go back to the oil cooler under one wing of the early marks.  Nice concept but less than perfect execution in the details.

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« Reply #147 on: January 02, 2016, 03:58:45 AM »
Another:

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« Reply #148 on: January 02, 2016, 05:00:03 AM »
At least we know that one is feasible Greg, as it comes from the Hercules Hurricane

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« Reply #149 on: January 02, 2016, 05:07:09 AM »
I would say, going by the cowling, either a late model Bristol Hercules or Centaurus.

Agree.  But it looks to be photoshopped?

It is photoshopped - but not by me.  I just found it online whilst looking for something else.
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« Reply #150 on: April 27, 2017, 09:15:20 PM »
How long was the Mk1 in service?  I know some refurbished ones were supplied to Portugal but I wouldn't be surprised of many remaining mk1s were pretty shagged and not good for much after 41.

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« Reply #151 on: April 28, 2017, 12:27:32 AM »
How long was the Mk1 in service?  I know some refurbished ones were supplied to Portugal but I wouldn't be surprised of many remaining mk1s were pretty shagged and not good for much after 41.

I really don't know but they must have been passed on to other duties.  This one below is still flying

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« Reply #152 on: May 07, 2017, 04:33:24 AM »
Interesting one:

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« Reply #153 on: May 07, 2017, 05:00:51 AM »
Damn!  I thought I had come up with another idea

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« Reply #154 on: May 07, 2017, 05:12:36 AM »
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« Reply #155 on: July 04, 2017, 02:17:47 PM »
I wonder how hard it would have been to develop an improved spit based on the MkI/II for manufacture overseas.  Say with wide track landing gear (difficult I know because of the thin wing), 50cals, more fuel etc.

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« Reply #156 on: July 05, 2017, 02:37:10 AM »
I wonder how hard it would have been to develop an improved spit based on the MkI/II for manufacture overseas.  Say with wide track landing gear (difficult I know because of the thin wing), 50cals, more fuel etc.

It depends who by and when?  If you are talking about Supermarine in the normal timeframe (i.e. around late '30s) then I would say the chances were nil as you would have been talking about major redesign efforts for the wings.  If you had a non-Supermarine effort though than maybe a possible though getting the licence to produce in the first place might be difficult.  Maybe a fictional overseas (say Canada or Australia based) subsidiary (more likely a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrongs) could do it...
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« Reply #157 on: July 05, 2017, 03:15:59 PM »

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Maybe a fictional overseas (say Canada or Australia based) subsidiary (more likely a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrongs) could do it...
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Exactly what I was thinking  ;)

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« Reply #158 on: July 05, 2017, 06:55:17 PM »
In one of my many alternate realities, the USN used the Spitfire. It was designed as the FS-1, F1S-1 etc.

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« Reply #159 on: July 06, 2017, 01:06:59 AM »
...Say with wide track landing gear (difficult I know because of the thin wing), 50cals, more fuel etc.



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« Reply #160 on: July 06, 2017, 12:06:09 PM »
Nice

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« Reply #161 on: July 06, 2017, 05:43:02 PM »
What I'm thinking is the 1936 Australian aviation industry is more advanced than in reality, i.e. some of Jellicoe's advice is followed and Australia invests in building strategic capabilities in aircraft design and production (as well as shipbuilding of course).  This starts with licence production of the Supermarine Seagull III and perhaps even the Supermarine Sea King single seat amphibian fighter that was related to the Sealion Schneider Trophy winner, potentially at an expanded Cockatoo Island facility which was operated by Vickers who took over Supermarine in 1926.  They would also build Supermarine Southampton's, Stranaer, Seagull V / Walrus, Otter, Seagull ASR1, fighter versions of the S.4/5/6 and of course the Spitfire, then Spiteful.  Cockatoo would also licence produce Napier then RR engines and a variety of Vickers types including the Vildebeest, Wellesley and Wellington.

An Australian Spitfire, even if selected in 1936/7 would take a number of years to gear up for, especially if the powers that be wanted to simplify production and improve durability.  It is conceivable that the Australianised Spit could incorporate a number of improvements, such as mentioned above, and not enter service until 1941.  By 41/42 it would be obvious that an improved version was needed and then maybe Australia could jump to building an Australianised Mk VIII and then instead of Griffon Spits, going straight to the Spiteful.  Maybe with its inward retracting wide main gear the Aussie Spits could be seen as more suitable foundation for the Seafire and then supplied to the UK and other nations under Lend Lease.

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« Reply #162 on: July 07, 2017, 02:49:29 AM »
then supplied to the UK and other nations under Lend Lease.

Err...unless the USA was somehow involved Lend-Lease would play no part.
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #163 on: July 07, 2017, 07:45:29 PM »
then supplied to the UK and other nations under Lend Lease.

Err...unless the USA was somehow involved Lend-Lease would play no part.

During WWII Australia ended the war with a massive lend lease credit to the US, i.e. we supplied more to them than they did to us in terms of supplies facilities and services while with the UK we tallied and invoiced them for same, I just grouped them together.  For example the UK were looking to supply the RAN with a squadron or two of new ships including Colossus Class carriers modern cruisers and destroyers, and even considered getting RAN to crew and commission Implacable and Indefatigable within the BPF until they realised our government intended to bill them for everything we had supplied them.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #164 on: July 07, 2017, 07:52:24 PM »
Lost my train of though because my six year old daughter is going through her usual, incredibly frustrating routine of avoiding going to bed.  Should be done in about two hours and I will try and get some coherence back then.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #165 on: July 25, 2017, 08:24:56 PM »
Just realised something, the floatplane Spits were strong enough to have the float pylons attached roughly where inward retracting gear would be pivoted therefore the mod to the gear should be structurally possible.

Extrapolating this the modified Spit I envision could actually be reverse engineered from a Spitfire Floatplane fighter developed for the RAAF as a replacement for the earlier licence built Supermarine Floatplane and Flying Boat fighters built in Australia for the RAAF Fleet Support Command.  These aircraft would have evolved from requirements developed by the RN and passed onto the RAN for cruiser based fighters during the 20s and 30s, eagerly adopted by the RAAF in their efforts to justify their existence by proving their dedication to supporting the RN and Army.

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #166 on: April 03, 2018, 11:46:12 PM »
Lets show these folks what BTS can do in 24 hours .....



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Now here are a LOT of Spitfires, displayed during the epic 24 hour Spitfire build at the Hornby Visitor Centre this weekend to celebrate the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force - raising money for the Royal Airforce Benevolent Fund and the Rainbow Ward, Margate.
Work in progress ::

I am giving up listing them. They all end up on the shelf of procrastination anyways.

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Offline ysi_maniac

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #167 on: September 22, 2018, 03:52:41 AM »
French derivative of Supermarine SeaFang.

« Last Edit: September 22, 2018, 04:04:59 AM by ysi_maniac »

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Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Reply #168 on: September 23, 2018, 02:34:03 AM »
 :smiley:
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