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Posted: 11/16/2007 11:06:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/16/2007 12:31:54 PM EDT by AZ_Sky]
One of my best friends decided he wanted a Spitfire - so he built one!!
This is an actual 100% full scale Spitfire built from plans.
The internal fuselage is constructed of a 2.5" chrome moly tube "birdcage".
The exterior fuselage is bulkhead formers bolted to the birdcage and then covered with aluminum.
The wing is one piece and constructed entirely out of wood - Spruce.
The wooden main spar is massive, almost 18" square at the center section and weighs about 600lbs just by itself.
The vertical/horizontal stabilizers as well as the elevators and rubber are also constructed of wood.
The canopy is an actual salvaged Spitfire canopy.
The lower forward engine cowl is constructed of carbon fiber while the top engine cowl is aluminum.
The engine is an aircraft 1400HP Allison V12 (originally from a P39).
The propeller is an overhauled DC3 prop.
Took him and a friend many years to build but it is a work of art so I thought I'd share a few pics.
These were taken by a friend flying in a B24:










OK, here are a few construction pics - they aren't the best but it's the best I can do from work right now:




Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:08:00 AM EDT
your friend has too much bloody money, but that's cool as hell
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:08:42 AM EDT
WOW fucking WOW!!
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:09:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By moparman71:
your friend has too much bloody money, but that's cool as hell


Well - he is a retired airline pilot...
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:10:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
WOW fucking WOW!!


+ Fucking 1!!
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:11:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By moparman71:
your friend has too much bloody money, but that's cool as hell


Its all about priorities. I know a guy that owns a hand fitted suit of reproduction 16th century armor. It cost him over $150,000. He also has a modest home, doesn't eat out very often, has an older car and doesn't travel outside of work, and has no other hobbies.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:12:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
One of my best friends decided he wanted a Spitfire - so he built one!!
This is an actual 100% full scale Spitfire built from plans.
The internal fuselage is constructed of a 2.5" chrome moly tube "birdcage".
The exterior fuselage is bulkhead formers bolted to the birdcage and then covered with aluminum.
The wing is one piece and constructed entirely out of wood - Spruce.
The wooden main spar is massive, almost 18" square at the center section and weighs about 600lbs just by itself.
The vertical/horizontal stabilizers as well as the elevators and rubber are also constructed of wood.
The canopy is an actual salvaged Spitfire canopy.
The lower forward engine cowl is constructed of carbon fiber while the top engine cowl is aluminum.
The engine is an aircraft 1400HP Allison V12 (originally from a P39).
The propeller is an overhauled DC3 prop.
Took him and a friend many years to build but it is a work of art so I thought I'd share a few pics.
These were taken by a friend flying in a B24:

www.pbase.com/terry_56/image/89031871.jpg
www.pbase.com/terry_56/image/89031869.jpg
www.pbase.com/terry_56/image/89031872.jpg
www.pbase.com/terry_56/image/89031879.jpg
www.pbase.com/terry_56/image/89031905.jpg
www.pbase.com/terry_56/image/89031902.jpg
www.pbase.com/terry_56/image/89031918.jpg
www.pbase.com/terry_56/image/89032204.jpg


Post the plans... NOW! Also, how do you like your RV?
Matt
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:12:18 AM EDT
My vote for the most impressive post of the week.

Where's the Spit' based?
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:12:51 AM EDT
How long did it take and how many bucks?
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:13:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By joe-bananas:
My vote for the most impressive post of the week.

Where's the Spit' based?


Spitfire is based here at Prescott, AZ.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:13:58 AM EDT
That is badass.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:14:03 AM EDT
Awesome!

Tell him to watch out for those Riddle kids.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:14:17 AM EDT
Very cool.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:15:17 AM EDT
That's an incredible airplane, very cool and thanks for the post!
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:15:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By valheru21:
Post the plans... NOW! Also, how do you like your RV?
Matt


You wouldn't want to see the plans!
They are from Jurka and are all in French.

Love the RV. So much so that I'm almost done building another, an RV-4 this time...
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:15:52 AM EDT

Fucking badass! That's so fucking cool!
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:16:03 AM EDT
I want one! And a Corsair!
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:16:19 AM EDT
I couldn't even imagine having the skills to do something like that. Very cool indeed.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:16:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:16:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/16/2007 11:17:41 AM EDT by 70satvert]
That is awesome. I want one!!!

I'm sure he appreciated your friend muzzle sweeping him and his new toy!
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:16:44 AM EDT
Wow...How much of it did he do, and how much was built for him? If I wanted one, could he do this for me?
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:17:47 AM EDT
That is a true work of art! Thanks for showing us the pictures.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:18:16 AM EDT
I wish I had the time, patience, and money to do that. Personally I would like either a P-47 or a Me-262.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:19:54 AM EDT
"Hey, I don't have one of those. I want one. I'll just go ahead and build it myself!"

That is something that only the most determined and most skillful people can utter to themselves with any seriousness. That is true excellence.

That thing is gorgeous.

Can he build me a MiG-3?
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:20:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
WOW fucking WOW!!


I couldn't have said it better!




Originally Posted By phatmax:
How long did it take and how many bucks?



There are many things, and this is one of them, that I categorize under "If you have to ask, you can't afford."
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:22:41 AM EDT
Totally sweet.

So, how much does he have sunk into the 6 transferable .50 cal belt feds in the wings?
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:23:52 AM EDT
No guns?
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:24:40 AM EDT
That is freakin' BEAUTIFUL!

Absolutely amazing.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:26:39 AM EDT
That is awesome.

Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:27:20 AM EDT
I’m trying to stay calm so I don’t go shouting expletives in the office…

But that is just incredibly, over the top, 100% grade A, pure awesomeness.

Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:30:11 AM EDT
Nice job your friend did, too bad its a one seater, he could make a killing taking people on short flights for $$$
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:31:25 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:33:22 AM EDT
I am in awe of his skill. That is amazing.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:33:38 AM EDT
That just F-ing rocks!
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:33:47 AM EDT
Very cool. Any pictures of it while it was under construction?
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:34:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Schulze:
Totally sweet.

So, how much does he have sunk into the 6 transferable .50 cal belt feds in the wings?


I wonder if there is any law preventing one from arming aircraft.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:34:28 AM EDT
This is so tagged!



Vulcan94
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:35:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DernHumpus:
Very cool. Any pictures of it while it was under construction?


I think I have some at home, I'll check when I get off work...
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:35:24 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:37:32 AM EDT
totally awesome.

I'd like a FockeWulf 190.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:39:55 AM EDT
Very cool, yep some pics of it being built would be awesome.

Nice work.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:41:00 AM EDT
COOL
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:43:02 AM EDT
Very cool!
i don't know what I am more jealous of, the plane or his fabrication skills.



I don't think I would trust anything I built to fly.

With me in it
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:43:41 AM EDT
Too Cool...!!!!

I've always wanted a Spitfire

Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:43:54 AM EDT
my father in law rebuilds older planes and lives in a fly-in community.

one of his neighbors has a restored Mustangs.

that shit will wake you up QUICK as they taxi through the neighborhood in the morning.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:46:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:47:40 AM EDT
Kick Ass!!!!!
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:48:13 AM EDT
That is so sweet!!!!
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:49:26 AM EDT
Your friend is a god to me.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:51:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By killswitch1982:
I want one! And a Corsair!


there is a *pair* of corsairs that have been sitting on the bottom of my lake since a training accident during WWII. 300+ ft down, cold, freshwater...


Link Posted: 11/16/2007 11:51:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/16/2007 11:52:29 AM EDT by BeetleBailey]
sickened as I realize that I will likely never have a "toy" or even a hobby quite at that magnitude of awesomeness.

and tag for more pics (please)

eta: I wonder how nervous he was during the first flight!

etaa: I wonder if it would take off if on an enormous conveyor belt running backwards
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