Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 24, 2006 11:43:37 GMT 12
I know Harry Harrison has a Spitfire replica (Is it a Supermarine Mk 26?) and there are several others being built in New Zealand, including two Mk 26's at Tauranga I saw in February, and I'm told a couple of full scale real looking replicas too (one being a Jurca Mk 9, not sure on the other one).
What's the news on all of these? Are any near flying or airborne apart from Harry Harrison's little beast?
I'm looking forward to seeing the Jurca one when it's flying.
Harry Harris' Microlight Spitfire is his own design, of composite construction. It is a microlight, approx 1/2 size, but with the wing enlarged slightly out of scale to reach the original (lower) microlight wing loading and stall speed requirements. He has begun building components for a second spit, but this one will have the proportions closer to scale (I had the tailplane spar on the counter in the SAA dispaly Hangar at SportAvex) . The other scale replica I'm aware of is Wayne Cutforths 3/4 scale Jurca Spitfire (of wooden construction). This was the one on display in the registration / members food hangar at SportAvex 06. This is not far off flying now, it appears as though it is mainly engine installation work left to do. I'm not aware of any mark 26s, but I wouldnt be surprised if some were under construction here. Not all homebuilders like to show off their projects and sometimes you only become aware of them after they have sucessfully flown. I beleive that there is also one full sized flying Spit under construction somewhere as well, but I cant remember where. It is worth noting that Jurca Spitfires actually come in several sizes, the 3/4 scale as with the Cutforth project, and also a full sized one.
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