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    Late Seafire Request Experts Please

    Chaps

    I am building a model of a Seafire F46, I have a question for the experts out there. Forward of Frame 8, what was the colour of the insides? The cockpit was black (compared to the normal cockpit green) but what should I paint the model's engine frame/bay area please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketeer
    Chaps

    I am building a model of a Seafire F46, I have a question for the experts out there. Forward of Frame 8, what was the colour of the insides? The cockpit was black (compared to the normal cockpit green) but what should I paint the model's engine frame/bay area please?
    Model scale. 1:1?

    Grey/Green. Tank bay, firewall and bearers.

    Production for the cockpit was also Grey/Green then latterly over painted Black or Night and possibly in some cases only down as far as to just below the datum longeron.


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    Tony - will your model have 'thin but robust' provenance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Burke
    Tony - will your model have 'thin but robust' provenance?
    I think not.

    The firewall and data plate are in Colchester.

    Mark

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    Thanx for the info Mark12 me old.....I shall post a piccie of my 1/72nd scale model of a Seafire....dunno where you got the idea of anything else! True I have a Frame 5 to 13 Spit high back fus in construction....how is Mr C getting on with his project?

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    Have you any pics of the high back Rocketeer that you can share with us??
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    "In construction", is that where its laid in the bottom of a deep trench and 500 tons of reinforced concrete is poured on top of it?; sorry thats "under construction"

    Oh and it wasn't me , my lips were sealed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QldSpitty
    Have you any pics of the high back Rocketeer that you can share with us??
    wilco soon old chap.....
    busy on frame 11......
    oh btw Stuart G you are a cheeky chappy!

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    Ahh that old chestnut Mark ! - An aircraft's identity in my book has always revolved around the cockpit. If you have a firewall great but that is just an
    assembly in a similar manner to an item like a fin .

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Burke
    Ahh that old chestnut Mark ! - An aircraft's identity in my book has always revolved around the cockpit. If you have a firewall great but that is just an
    assembly in a similar manner to an item like a fin .
    David

    Provenance is more than just the square area of fuselage sheet metal structure or the poundage in weight. Ownership path etc.

    The current owner has much more than just the firewall.

    You have your book and I have mine.

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    Indeed - there will at some stage in the future be an instance of someone with several tonnes of mangled 'Spitfire IX' clearly identified through provenance and another person holding the data plate - who holds the aircraft?

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    Already been there David.

    I am aware of the aircraft remains to which you refer. The semi cockpit section is a small part of the whole, and the rest of the aircraft is a significantly bigger chunk. I, like Peter, have seen it.

    There is a replica Spitfire XVI at Flixton, that uses the external skins of TD248. Thats quite a significant chunk of aircraft. However, the provenance of the aircraft shows a clear path - RAF, Eddie Coventry, Historic Flying resto, Eddie Coventry, Karel Bos, Spitfire Ltd. The skins parted at some point, but it is clear where the title to the aircraft lies. The same is true of the Seafire section. Its a nice piece, but if you used it to resurrect a Seafire, there would be so little original in it, it would be insignificant.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce
    Already been there David.

    I am aware of the aircraft remains to which you refer. The semi cockpit section is a small part of the whole, and the rest of the aircraft is a significantly bigger chunk. I, like Peter, have seen it.

    There is a replica Spitfire XVI at Flixton, that uses the external skins of TD248. Thats quite a significant chunk of aircraft. However, the provenance of the aircraft shows a clear path - RAF, Eddie Coventry, Historic Flying resto, Eddie Coventry, Karel Bos, Spitfire Ltd. The skins parted at some point, but it is clear where the title to the aircraft lies. The same is true of the Seafire section. Its a nice piece, but if you used it to resurrect a Seafire, there would be so little original in it, it would be insignificant.


    Bruce
    I would agree. The seafire lump is and always will be described as the cockpit of cos that is what it is. It could never be a claim for title or ownership of that tail number. So call the cockpit part what it is.

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    If a single spit was broken up and the resulting parts put into a variety of other reproductions or builds.Would the classification be noted as "contains parts of Spitfire(insert serial here)" to all the resulting airframes?Rocketeer,show us yours and I,ll show you ours!!We are on F11 as well..Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Burke
    Indeed - there will at some stage in the future be an instance of someone with several tonnes of mangled 'Spitfire IX' clearly identified through provenance and another person holding the data plate - who holds the aircraft?
    David

    In the case you cite, the former in my view.

    It might need a legal judgement to consider circumstances, as clearly at some point the latter got separated from the former.

    The firewall and/or fuselage dataplates, which make no reference to the RAF serial identification, unless written in electric pen or indelible pencil on the rear, are a bonus.

    Unlike Hurricanes and P-51's, where dataplates are a commodity, it dosen't really work like that with Spitfires. I for example have two further Spitfire firewalls with data plates. A Westlands Mk V and a Supermarine Mk VIII. RAF ID - not a clue.

    A 'divided up' substantial crash recovery, with two or more piles of 'mangled Mk IX' are were the problems lie.

    Mark

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    I wasn't actually refering to a particular instance hence using 'Spitfire IX' in brackets and to be perfectly honest the trade in data plates and Spitfires in general isn't something I am distinctly fond of. Undoubtedly with the travels of in France hunting
    Spitfires at present seemingly easy there might well be some interesting finds and indeed disputes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Burke
    I wasn't actually refering to a particular instance hence using 'Spitfire IX' in brackets and to be perfectly honest the trade in data plates and Spitfires in general isn't something I am distinctly fond of. Undoubtedly with the travels of in France hunting
    Spitfires at present seemingly easy there might well be some interesting finds and indeed disputes!
    I had assumed this was a theoretical case.

    Your lack of 'fondness' had been noted.

    Mark

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    As in most disputes of "ownership", it will be the man with the deepest pockets who is deemed the owner by the courts; looking at something as a comparison,another project of mine is the E type, these vehicles have the serial no. stamped into a bolt on frame forward of the engine, and on the identity "data" plate pop rivetted to the "tub".

    New "data" plates are available on eb@y for about £8- or £10 pre stamped; once you have a second hand picture frame ,(and they are commonly changed in restoration) you have the basis of an identity; obviously the "donor" vehicle is still out there, but if not on a current V5 then cloning is possible.

    Is it not the case that sub assemblies on spitfires are also stamped with build no's; some of my bits and pieces are stamped with a 4 digit no. including the airscoop, and part of the engine bearers.
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    A shot of some stuff for the project, more to follow

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    OOOhhh..... nice

    Cheers Rocketeer.Well I,m a man of my word.Here's our attempt so far.


    Great work mate.
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    Qld, I like your rolling tool, looks like it would make light work of an otherwise tedious p*xy job.
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    A cunning plan?

    Why don't one of you tool up and make one frame whilst the the other does ditto on a different frame, and then trade.

    Net saving - one set of tooling.

    Mark

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    Stuart.Yep this is the rolling machine Mk2..(the Mk1 didn,t perform well)Still needs a bit of tidying up but it works ,and the rollers are easily interchangeable so various sized channels/hatsections can be done.I got the idea off a mate of mine in England.
    Mark..If we make the odd numbered frames and swap someone else who makes the even numbered frames...won,t we still only get half a plane?? Honestly would be glad to help guys out.
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    Problem is that one set would be built in a very warm climate and one set would be made in Britain so when the two would be mated together it would look like a poorly fitting Airfix kit!

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    Paint and Glue not included

    She,l be right mate,thats what Squadron Green Modelling Putty is for :diablo:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark12
    A cunning plan?

    Why don't one of you tool up and make one frame whilst the the other does ditto on a different frame, and then trade.

    Net saving - one set of tooling.

    Mark
    Sounds good to me; I'll get straight on to making frame 18A, if someone will make frame 8 for me.....
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    Oooohhh 18a haven't got that one.Ummm do you want a compass mount with frame 8?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuart gowans
    Sounds good to me; I'll get straight on to making frame 18A, if someone will make frame 8 for me.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Burke
    Problem is that one set would be built in a very warm climate and one set would be made in Britain so when the two would be mated together it would look like a poorly fitting Airfix kit!
    David, I thought you were going to say "one set would be made in a very warm climate, and the other in Australia"
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    Beautiful job QLDSpitty!!! Better than mine!! Dont suppose you have some of the channels for Frame 9 please!!!

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