Author Topic: The Mallock Spitfire  (Read 374 times)

Offline Whitta

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The Mallock Spitfire
« on: March 20, 2021, 11:30:13 PM »
John "Jack" McVicar Malloch ICD, was a South African-born Rhodesian bush pilot, gun-runner and sanctions-buster who flew in World War II, and in various legal and illegal roles around Africa and the Middle East until the early 1980s. It was he who rescued PK350 (aka SR64) from a pylon.

A short history of Spitfire PK350

Produced by Supermarine in 1945, first flight March 8th.
Stored  until sold to Rhodesia  on March 25th, 1951, re-numbered SR64. in
Struck off charge around 1956, and mounted on a pole at New Sarum AFB outside Salisbury (now Harare)
Rescued by Jack Mallock, and restored to flight on March 29th,1980 as PK350
Lost March 26th, 1982,  on the last day of video filming when flown into a thunderstorm.
Spit22_08 by Tony Whittingham, on Flickr

Spit22_09 by Tony Whittingham, on Flickr

Spit22_07 by Tony Whittingham, on Flickr

Model based on the 1/48 Airfix Spitfire mk.22, with a new canopy, and minor corrections. Finish is Alclad High Speed Silver.

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Re: The Mallock Spitfire
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2021, 12:51:42 AM »
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it.

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Re: The Mallock Spitfire
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2021, 07:34:17 AM »
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: The Mallock Spitfire
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2021, 05:24:00 AM »
Beautiful model! I have the Eduard boxing of the 1/48 Airfix kit waiting final details and decals as "warbird" PK350.

If you've not seen it, the documentary Spitfire: The Pursuit of a Dream is a wonderful but emotional watch:
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Re: The Mallock Spitfire
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2021, 11:06:52 AM »
Beautiful model, nice tribute for a sad story.

What possesed him to enter a thunderhead ?

Mostly Harmless...............