Post by Dave Homewood on May 10, 2010 22:07:49 GMT 12
Does anyone know what progress has been made on the 1/1 scale Spitfire replica that Classic Wings reported on as being built ages ago? Is it still being built? I'd have thought it would be near flight by now if it was. I think it had an Allison engine.
I too would love to hear more of the machine Dave refers to. Personally if I had the means I'd love to build a 1:1 Spit (possibly in broken record mode here I think, if so - sorry guys!), so the more the merrier.
Post by angelsonefive on Jul 18, 2010 19:29:24 GMT 12
That looks like the Supermarine Spitfire Mk 26, produced in kit form by Supermarine Aviation of Brisbane. 80% scale. NZ distributor is Campbell Aero Classics, I believe. A 2-seater version available as well. jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=6546611&nseq=1
I've been sceptical from the get-go with the Mk.26 replicas, but after seeing an NZ-based machine and the lengths the buyer has gone to to produce a "weekend flier" of accurate appearance has changed my mind slightly. And the ability to take a friend/partner away for a Spitfire sortie is very attractive!
I've scanned the following two images from Classic Wings Vol.11 No.2 Issue 45. They show Bruce West's Spitfire Aircraft Company 1:1 scale project taking shape in Auckland about six years ago.
At this time company founder Russ Harmuth's prototype was at a similar point in construction. Visiting his website shows the aircraft coming together quite nicely (see www.spitfireaircraftco.com/progress3.html )
This is the first time in several years I've visited the site, and I'm pleased to note there is a "Builders Page" with links to photo albums and commentary from various customers, Including Bruce! His page, along with progress photos from as recent as October 2008, is here: www.spitfireaircraftco.com/bwest.htm . He also has posted a profile of the aircraft, showing the "new design" semi-bubble canopy for two occupants. He has chosen to finish the aircraft as Mark III, a very offbeat choice that I applaud him for! Well done so far, and I hope Bruce responds positively to my email suggesting he share progress here at WoNZ. His builder's page is a great read telling of the road to Spitfire ownership.
Personally I'm still in favour of the Jurca MJ-100 steel-tube fuselage machine, but that may change when the first SAC aircraft are up and running.
Last Edit: Jul 20, 2010 18:04:50 GMT 12 by ZacYates
Post by darencogdon on Apr 5, 2011 19:43:01 GMT 12
As far as I can tell, the only set of plans currently available, full-scale, for a Spitfire are the Jurca MJ-100 designs. There is the option to build the fuselage from welded steel tube with an alloy skin, but the original design was all wood - the French example F-WGML, originally powered by a Hispano Suiza engine (around 690hp) is, as far as I know, the only one to fly as such.
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 6, 2011 20:54:52 GMT 12
I find nothing convincing about the "Supermarine" replicas I'm afraid. They look like toys to me. I'm sure they're fun and a great achievement for their builders/owners, but they just don't look 'right'.