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#16 JohnB

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:22 PM

Cool project Iian! :)


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:13 PM

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:

Edited by Tony C, 27 September 2017 - 10:19 PM.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 06:17 AM

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.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 10:04 PM

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
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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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Posted 08 October 2017 - 05:35 PM

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!

 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 05:43 PM

Some paint on the engine block and supercharger sections - gloss black for now - that will be toned down a little once detail painting and very subtle weathering complete:

 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 05:47 PM

Firewall/engine mounts/oil tanks/carb intake - an awful lot of detail painting to do now...

 

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Really enjoying this part of the build - Tamiya detail and fit is superb.

 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 05:55 PM

The distinctive prop of the Mk IX is beautifully rendered in the Tamiya kit - I couldn't resist cleaning up the parts this afternoon - and gluing the blades together ready for paint this week:

 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 06:00 PM

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!

 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 06:20 PM

Cutting up a Tamiya Spit in order to stick in an extra seat, and for a commission as well.

 

Stress!


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 06:37 PM

Definately a measure umpteen times and cut once job.

 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:53 PM

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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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:56 PM

Hi Tony - yes - and yes to red lettering :)

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:34 AM

This is going to be great and I admire your cojones in cutting into that beautiful plastic.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 10:08 AM

I must say, I've felt nervous about Iain hacking the Spitfire fuselage up, so I'm not sure how he's feeling about it!


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