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  • oldgit158
    Grand Waster of Time
    • Jun 2012
    • 608

    New UK Spitfire Restoration Company?

    Hello all,
    Came across this site seemingly based in Warwickshire , can anybody shed any light?
    http://www.spitfirerestorationgroup.com/

    Regards
    Jason
    "For you Hilts one month solitary watching Downton Abbey"
  • HP111
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2012
    • 663

    #2
    Should this be part of the Burma thread? It seems to anticipate a surge in demand for restoration facilities when the Spitfires arrive from Burma. It would be interesting to know what restoration work the organisation has done to date.

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    • knifeedgeturn
      Is c0ck-up.
      • Sep 2010
      • 534

      #3
      Spitfire engineers with, between them, over 140 years Spitfire specific engineering experience. That's easy for you to say......






      This sentence is best read in the style of Mel Blanc's Sylvester from Tweety pie
      Last edited by knifeedgeturn; 21st September 2013, 14:38.
      " A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest"

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      • Easy Tiger
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jun 2004
        • 204

        #4
        I would imagine a lot of equally qualified Spitfire restorers could be quite offended by the unqualified remark on their website about most existing Spitfires being re-machined replicas!!
        Flying must be easy. If it was difficult, groundcrew would have to do it!

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        • Bruce
          Independent analyst
          • Jan 2000
          • 10226

          #5
          Indeed - the 15 or so I have been involved with over the years were all based on substantial original aircraft!

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          • mackerel
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Oct 2007
            • 625

            #6
            Hi all, if the fuselage section they are showing on their web site is an example of what they do then then prospective customers would do well to look else where to have work undertaken ! God knows what sort of rivets have been used ! or are they bolts ! obviously supposed to be a PRXI or similar. Top of Fr12 is not correct and fwd & art datum longerons not correctly joined !! They can not be serious!

            Steve"P"

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            • QldSpitty
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Apr 2006
              • 2628

              #7
              Top of Fr12 is not correct and fwd & art datum longerons not correctly joined !! They can not be serious!
              Shouldn,t there be spacers at the longeron joint?
              "If the C.O. ask's you to be Tail End Charlie...just shoot him!!!....A Piece of Cake.
              http://spitfirea58-27.blogspot.com.au/

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              • oldgit158
                Grand Waster of Time
                • Jun 2012
                • 608

                #8
                HI
                I thought the photo’s on the site looked familiar, though not 100% sure but could these be ones taken of the rebuild of Spitfire IX EN199 in Malta during the 1990’s by Mike Eastman?
                Looking at the shot of the “new U/C leg” the background looks very Maltese along with what looks like the stub part having been recovered from the sea.
                Maybe Mike if he is around could comment?

                Regards

                Jason
                "For you Hilts one month solitary watching Downton Abbey"

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                • knifeedgeturn
                  Is c0ck-up.
                  • Sep 2010
                  • 534

                  #9
                  Perhaps this is a new venture by "Spitfire4hire", I haven't seen an update from them in a while......
                  " A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest"

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                  • HP111
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • May 2012
                    • 663

                    #10
                    Apparently following a successful 2012, they updated their website for 2013. Their News section is strangely devoid of real news however.

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                    • chumpy
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Jan 2000
                      • 653

                      #11
                      Nice wings, they seem to have a few additional ribs inboard of the aileron..obviously the company that likes to give you 'extra'. Still as they say, has been signed off by the CAA, so must be OK I guess!
                      pb::

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                      • The Beach
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Jun 2009
                        • 86

                        #12
                        mmmmmmm concerned about the lack of fuselage and wing jigs
                        If flying was difficult the engineers would do it

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                        • mackerel
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Oct 2007
                          • 625

                          #13
                          Yes Chris wing also has a couple of extra ammunition bays !

                          Steve"p"

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                          • Beaufighter VI
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Sep 2005
                            • 537

                            #14
                            Originally posted by chumpy View Post
                            Nice wings, they seem to have a few additional ribs inboard of the aileron..obviously the company that likes to give you 'extra'. Still as they say, has been signed off by the CAA, so must be OK I guess!
                            Interesting as they say they have M3 and M5 Approval but no mention of E4 or similar which is required for Restorations.
                            " I'm not young enough to know everything." - J M Barrie 1903

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                            • Bruce
                              Independent analyst
                              • Jan 2000
                              • 10226

                              #15
                              Originally posted by mackerel View Post
                              Hi all, if the fuselage section they are showing on their web site is an example of what they do then then prospective customers would do well to look else where to have work undertaken ! God knows what sort of rivets have been used ! or are they bolts ! obviously supposed to be a PRXI or similar. Top of Fr12 is not correct and fwd & art datum longerons not correctly joined !! They can not be serious!

                              Steve"P"
                              Doesn't look very pretty to me..

                              I'd bet my ten years against their 140 every day!


                              Bruce
                              Last edited by Bruce; 22nd September 2013, 10:47. Reason: Because I'm an idiot

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                              • chumpy
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 653

                                #16
                                With reference to another current 'thread' re the value of Spitfire PLC, I feel another 50p can now be added to the total!
                                pb::

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                                • The Beach
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Jun 2009
                                  • 86

                                  #17
                                  on a web search I found that they claim to have the best engineers of spit restoration in the world must be good as no body has ever heard of them if they actually exist why don't they say who they are allright on another track can people list who they think can add up to 140 years expeariance I mean it would take 10 people with 14 years each with hands on so to speak
                                  Last edited by The Beach; 22nd September 2013, 10:14. Reason: additions
                                  If flying was difficult the engineers would do it

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                                  • G-ORDY
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Mar 2005
                                    • 928

                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by oldgit158 View Post
                                    HI
                                    I thought the photo’s on the site looked familiar, though not 100% sure but could these be ones taken of the rebuild of Spitfire IX EN199 in Malta during the 1990’s by Mike Eastman?
                                    Looking at the shot of the “new U/C leg” the background looks very Maltese along with what looks like the stub part having been recovered from the sea.
                                    Maybe Mike if he is around could comment?

                                    Regards

                                    Jason
                                    Definitely all photos of the EN199 static restoration - perhaps Mike Eastman would like to comment - he is/was a contributor to this Forum ...
                                    Now finished Hawker Hurricane Survivors - published by Grub Street http://grubstreet.co.uk/product/hawk...ane-survivors/

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                                    • John Green
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Mar 2011
                                      • 6643

                                      #19
                                      Chumpy,

                                      Thanks for that. Every little helps ! I'll add another 50 pence making it a quid and some 'bottom dollars' as in 'bet your'.

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                                      • Bob
                                        Bob
                                        Aerophile
                                        • Jan 2000
                                        • 3662

                                        #20
                                        our team of engineers who between them have 136 years Spitfire specific experience, will strip the aircraft back to nuts, bolts and rivets to ensure that no stone is left unturned.
                                        Would they be restored or original stones?
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