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    Today in Williamson Square.

    This is a replica Spitfire. 80% the size of the original. Pretty good replica.




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    Today -- You must have been out and about early !

    it's only 20 past 10 now !

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Today -- You must have been out and about early !

    it's only 20 past 10 now !
    I always am Lindy.

    Thought I would take Sam along to see it arrive. Im going back tomorrow.
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    Does this plane fly?

    They should have a Mustang plane on show, as it was assembled in Liverpool - the US and UK versions as well.
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    Great pics Tony. I'll pop down and see that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post

    Lindy, when you start getting as old as Tony, the wet patch in the bed is your alarm clock.
    This is true

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    Lets see your Spitfire pics
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    Interesting, it looks like a Supermarine Aircraft flying replica, probably with a V-8 engine.

    http://www.supermarineaircraft.com/fuse****e.htm

    Are you sure about the 80% bit? there are other replicas at 75% - but the non-scale air intake above the spinner does make it look like the one in the second pic. down here...

    http://www.supermarineaircraft.com/About.htm

    Any idea on the history of this specific one? Is it a retired prototype now used for display only?

    In Prescott, AZ a builder made a Jurca 100% Spitfire replica from wood - at a distance of 50 ft it's almost impossible to tell it's not a real Spitfire. It is powered by an Allison V-12 (US made Merlin) with a three bladed DC-3 prop. I'll see if I have a pic. of it I've taken a local air show. {not my pic, but this is it - http://www.airliners.net/photo/Jurca-MJ-100/1136397/M/ }

    It's good these are put on display to preserve a part of the history of what kept Britain free during WWII for the young folks of today.

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    Dunno. Im just going off the sign that was there?

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    Its a shame the Spitfire flypast over the Mersey was cancelled though, due to high winds...

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    Great pics Spike,

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    Quote Originally Posted by az_gila View Post
    In Prescott, AZ a builder made a Jurca 100% Spitfire replica from wood - at a distance of 50 ft it's almost impossible to tell it's not a real Spitfire. It is powered by an Allison V-12 (US made Merlin) with a three bladed DC-3 prop.
    Allison did not make the RR Merlin under license in the USA. That was Packard. They made the engines that went into bombers and Mustangs. RR did the Spitfire engines as their engines were faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Allison did not make the RR Merlin under license in the USA. That was Packard. They made the engines that went into bombers and Mustangs. RR did the Spitfire engines as their engines were faster.
    Correct - I mixed up my V-12 manufacturers...ooops...

    The Packard was a Merlin though...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packard_V-1650

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Does this plane fly?

    They should have a Mustang plane on show, as it was assembled in Liverpool - the US and UK versions as well.
    Now... if you are going scale.... a neighbour built and is flying a Thunder Mustang - a 70% scale P-51D with a Falconer V-12 engine.

    It has two seats with full controls, and is a tight squeeze in the back - this is me --

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    A flight to Chandler airport in Phoenix went fast at 300+ mph - this was the view straight ahead....

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    The view out the side was much better, this is turning final to Chandler airport -

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    ..and this is on the downwind leg at our local airport arriving back in NW Tucson -

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    It was a real kick flying in the back seat, not quite a real P-51 put pretty d*&% close... The performance specifications are nearly identical to the original, helped by that custom V-12 engine.

    I forgot the exterior shots - this link to a page on the planes maiden flight shows it well.

    http://www.thundermustang.com/Walker.html

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    BTW
    A Spitfire's-eye view of Liverpool...

    http://www.webbaviation.co.uk/liverpool/liverpool.htm

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    Just wondered if there was any particular reason, for scaling these aircraft down to 70/80%,especially if the engines are of a similar size? Is it just cost?

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    I just enjoyed seeing the replica.
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    Was the engine to be seen or was this just a large non flying model ?
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    I could see no engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Just wondered if there was any particular reason, for scaling these aircraft down to 70/80%,especially if the engines are of a similar size? Is it just cost?
    Yes... just cost. The construction methods are usually different too. The Thunder Mustang is pre-moulded carbon fibre parts and sort of looks like a big Airfix model...

    The performance of the Thunder Mustang is also unusual due to it's V-12 engine. Most of the other replicas use converted V-6 or V-8 auto engines and have much less horsepower. Don't count the exhaust manifolds on each side, they all use 6 a side by adding fake ones to look right...
    Custom made in CA using some auto racing parts - de-tuned for aircraft use.

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