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IanH
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« on: March 14, 2009, 02:59:51 PM »

Hi everybody,
I'm currently engaged in a project to build an example of every Variant (and Sub Variant) of the Spitfire in 1/48th Scale, and I have made great progress, producing all but a couple (I have an FR18 in the to do pile).  The stumbling block is the Contra Rotating Propeller fitted to the few examples.  Page 58 of 'Great Aircraft of WWII - Supermarine Spitfre' by Alfred Price (ISBN 978-1-86147-210-6) shows what I believe to be a 22, with a PK Serial Block...the numerials appear to be 684 - can anyone confirm this?
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2009, 04:47:05 PM »

Several F 22s were equipped with contra-rotating propellers. PK684, Griffon 87, had a six-blade de Havilland contr-rotating propeller installed by Feb 1946 before being converted to a F.24. PK312 had a similar installation driven by a Griffon 85 and A Spiteful type tail in Sept 1946.
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2009, 06:27:57 PM »

Many Thanx Antoni,
That fixes the serial for me - looks like another Airfix F22 purchase is in order (plus an Aeroclub prop Grin)
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2009, 11:25:19 PM »

Every Spit mark in 1/48? Can we have some photos?
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2009, 01:00:00 AM »

I've yet to attempt the Photo Recce versions, that is another kettle of fish!  Hopefully, this will wet your appetite:

Airfix MkVc base kit, with Airfix Griffon Bulges, ICM Pointed Tail - markings from kit...
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2009, 01:21:11 PM »

You had it right- PK684, not 694 (and not 664, as the photo in Spit the Hist is captioned).  A number of 21s were flown for some time with contra, but AFAIK the installation on Mk.22 was only a short-term trial installation.

bob

p.s. Please don't be offended, but there is more to a Mk.XII nose than adding some bumps to a Mk.V cowl- for one thing, the prop turns the other direction!
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2009, 02:17:48 PM »

You had it right- PK684, not 694 (and not 664, as the photo in Spit the Hist is captioned).  A number of 21s were flown for some time with contra, but AFAIK the installation on Mk.22 was only a short-term trial installation.

bob

p.s. Please don't be offended, but there is more to a Mk.XII nose than adding some bumps to a Mk.V cowl- for one thing, the prop turns the other direction!
Bob - Thanx for that - BTW, I'm not offended - apart from the prop, what else needs to be done? (mind you, how do I reverse the direction on the blades Embarrassed)
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2009, 09:11:58 PM »

PK694 was a typing error, now corrected.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2009, 10:18:09 PM »

(mind you, how do I reverse the direction on the blades Embarrassed)

Unfortunately (or fortunately- much simpler than the alternative), by getting a new prop!

bob

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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2009, 09:43:18 AM »

(mind you, how do I reverse the direction on the blades Embarrassed)

Unfortunately (or fortunately- much simpler than the alternative), by getting a new prop!

bob


Bob - any idea where (do Aeroclub do them)? (Many TX BTW)
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2009, 06:27:55 PM »

Aeroclub makes a Spitfire XII conversion with a new fuselage and prop.

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« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2009, 07:35:28 PM »

Aeroclub makes a Spitfire XII conversion with a new fuselage and prop.

Jens
Cheers Jens - I wonder if they could sell me the prop?
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