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'Grace' type two-seat Spitfire in 1:32

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What was the purpose of the original two seater Spit?

Training?

How many were produced?

It is so well designed that it keeps the beautiful looks of the single seat Spit.

Lovely.

ML407 was built as a single seater and I believe is credited with kills during D-Day. It was later purchased and converted by Nick Grace into It current configuration though I'm unsure if this was before his accident and then completed by his family, or before!

 

I'm pretty certain that there is a dedicated website for the Grace Spitfire!

 

The RAF did not use two seaters and those built, known as the T.9, were for international Air Forces (the Irish Air Corps being one) and I think that it is these that were built with the raised rear bubble canopy whilst some recent restorations Mk.IX's, have been converted into two seaters by their owners.

 

This is all from memory and could of course be total rubbish, so check before quoting me :lol:

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Correct Tonyboy,

Nick Grace restored and designed the non-standard two-seater canopy configuration on ML407, which has later been copied by other restorations. It was based on the Russian field modification IIRC.

Cheers

Cees

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Correct Tonyboy,

Nick Grace restored and designed the non-standard two-seater canopy configuration on ML407, which has later been copied by other restorations. It was based on the Russian field modification IIRC.

Cheers

Cees

Thanks for the confirmation Cees, it seems that sanity still reigns in the TC head department, even if that is only just so...:lol:

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Further (slow) progress on the engine bay...

 

Holes drilled for spark plugs/ignition harness:

 

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More components added to supercharger section - including magneto bodies:

 

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And a start on the firewall/engine mount assembly:

 

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Back shortly!

 

Iain

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Final image for today - have been planning the cuts for the fuselage to move the front 'pit forward a scale 13.5 inches and create the opening for the rear cockpit.

 

The rear edge of the vertical tape at the front marks where I'll make the vertical cut - to remove the 13.5 scale inches of material.

 

The upper edge of the horizontal tape the cut line to allow everything to move forward.

 

Just awaiting some additional info/confirmation of exact position of rear of rear cockpit cut-out. The old addage of measure several times, then some more, before cutting once.

 

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Blue skies everyone, have fun!

 

Iain

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You do realise that wartime they didn't have the RR rockers on them, they were cancelled early on and only came back post war, though it probably has them on it these days, the writing was often picked out in red btw.

 

SScuptor, yes trainers

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