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 on: November 11, 2016, 11:08:18 AM 
Started by Skycandy - Last post by Skycandy

I am looking for information about a pilot called W.M. Skinner. I have a Pilot's notes from the spitfire 1 with merlin 2 or 3 engine with his name on it. it also has a poor readable stamp on it. I would like to know if anyone can give me information about the aircraft it belongs to, where it flew and any information about the pilot. if anyone recognises the stamp as I would  like to know what it is suppost to say. I will include two foto's.

I hope you can help me! Love to hear.

Best regards

 on: November 03, 2016, 06:52:40 PM 
Started by oldgun - Last post by oldgun
Here's a undtated picture from Værnes Air station showing a "Photo-Spit" said to be a PR MK XI

 on: November 03, 2016, 06:08:54 PM 
Started by oldgun - Last post by oldgun
I have in my possession a strange BFP said to have been removed from a Spitfire wreck apr 1952-53.  I have searced and looked a lot on different forums and internett sites but I have not been able to get a positive ID of this Item.

The finder back in the fifties are sure that it was a Spit. The story is confirmed from others as well. Thes Spitfires belonged to RNoAF sqdr 331 at Værnes Air Station in Middle Norway and was dismissed around 1952. All aircrafts were sent to a scrapyard sadly.. There was however also 3 or 4 special equpped Spitfires said to have been a small recognation wing (Named photo-Spit locally). These were also post war stationed on Vaernes Air Station before they were scrapped... I am very curious to hear if some of this forums expertice may be able to tell me more about this

 on: September 29, 2016, 10:38:50 AM 
Started by Aleksander - Last post by DazDaMan
Very nice work!

 on: September 29, 2016, 10:35:40 AM 
Started by DazDaMan - Last post by DazDaMan
A wee while ago, a guy came up to buy a painting from me, and he then began to ask about the numerous(!) Spitfire models I had out on display.  Within ten minutes, he'd convinced me to build a model for his brother, who is a massive Spitfire fan.  

I met with the guy's brother, and his spec was simple: build a Battle of Britain-type Spitfire.

During the course of the discussion, he'd mentioned reading Geoffrey Wellum's book, First Light, and had watched the TV-film made from it.  That helped make my mind up for the colour scheme, as I knew the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire IIa had worn Wellum's markings once.  

Anyway, this was the end result - Revell's big Spitfire IIa.

I rather enjoyed this one - apart from the fiddly seat components.  In fact, I've ended up buying myself one to build!

 on: September 15, 2016, 11:02:09 AM 
Started by DarrylH - Last post by DarrylH
One thing that has puzzled me since getting a replica of this switch unit (cast from an original) , is the position of the labelling, as it falls between the unit and the throttle body and can't easily be seen.

Today, however, I noticed something in the Ground Crew/Maintenance notes. The switch on those drawings is facing 90 degrees to where it rests on later Spitfires. By the Spitfire II notes, it has moved to the more traditional position.  On P9374 the unit is in the more modern position. I have a small photo of P9791 and that, although hard to see, seems to match the drawing below. You can also see in the Pilot's Notes that the switch is 90 deg to the "normal" position. I know exhaustive research was done on P9374 so I was wondering, does anybody know when the change occurred?


Just playing around with my throttle and it occurs that the moving of the Airscrew Pitch Control onto the throttle body would have required the refacing.

I would expect, given the diagrams etc that the early aircraft with "Bike Pump" type airscrew controls were the only ones with this feature...and not all of them if, as is more than likely,  P9374 and N3200 are correct.

 on: September 11, 2016, 11:06:45 AM 
Started by pampa14 - Last post by pampa14

Looking for naval fighters on the web I found this article with pictures of Republic P-47 Thunderbolts embarked on aircraft carriers. There was a naval version of this plane? The report and photos, never seen by me before, can be viewed at the link below:


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 on: August 27, 2016, 02:01:22 PM 
Started by pampa14 - Last post by pampa14

I share with you this special and illustrated report bringing some pictures of one of the most secret and mysterious projects of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Visiting the link below, in addition to photos, you can also contribute to the discussion by answering the poll if these projects have helped in the development of Western and Russian fighter aircraft in the post war. What do you think? Visit the link below and leave your opinion.


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 on: August 24, 2016, 08:02:38 PM 
Started by Gillfoto - Last post by Gillfoto
I have a photograph here of Spitfires here at RAF Blida in 1943. My father (center) Bill Gill LAC was assigned 156MU and later French Repair Unit & F.T.L.U., and was I looking to get as much info on it as possible. Any comments or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
William Gill, my dad (center) and crew by ≡ Gillfoto, on Flickr

 on: August 21, 2016, 01:44:11 PM 
Started by pampa14 - Last post by pampa14

Look at this! Did You know this rare and unusual version of the P-51 Mustang? The link below has some photos and a question: this version entered service or combat? To see all the pictures and answer the question above, please visit the link below and leave your comment.


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