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  • Lindy's Lad
    Senior Member
    • Mar 2007
    • 1658

    Replicas and reproductions

    Ovcer the years there have been some pretty superb replica and reproduction airframes of long extinct types gracing both our museums and skies. My question is this: What is being built now, and what's next? What would you like to see flying or static? Pipedreams welcome, but also a bit of reality too please. A few examples, just off the top of my head:

    Static - YAM's Halifax
    Airworthy - Vickers Vimy
    In progress - DH Hornet
    What I want to see - Whirlwind (The fighter, not the helecopter)
  • Old Fart
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2003
    • 1005

    #2
    A Sterling or Manchester would be very nice to see.
    Pass the remote

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    • pimpernel
      Warbirds, keep em flying
      • Jan 2000
      • 877

      #3
      Stirling in a museum would have to be top of my list of statics.

      Wellington, Hawker typhoon/Tempest would love to see in the air along with the Mossie again.

      Brian.
      Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

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      • bexWH773
        Canberra Crazy
        • Nov 2006
        • 1071

        #4
        Originally posted by pimpernel View Post
        Stirling in a museum would have to be top of my list of statics.

        Wellington, Hawker typhoon/Tempest would love to see in the air along with the Mossie again.

        Brian.
        Ok not being in the know but wasnt there a Mossie flying, why isnt there one now? Bex

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        • Ant.H
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2000
          • 3057

          #5
          Hi Bex,
          The regularly-flown Mossie was BAe's T.Mk.III RR299, which was very sadly lost in a fatal accident at the Barton Airshow in 1996. The other officially airworthy Mossie was Kermit Weeks' Mk.35 RS712, which hasn't flown for a number of years and is currently on loan and on display at the EAA Museum.

          Thankfully,there are currently two Mossies under airworthy restoration, one being Bob Jens' B.35 VR796, a former aerial survey platform with Spartan Air Services, and the second is Jerry Yagen's FB.26 (Canadian-built FB.6) KA114, which will be practically a brand new airframe when completed. All the woodwork on Jerry's aircraft will be new built, and the project is already in its advanced stages.
          "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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          • adrian_gray
            Which idiot let HIM in?
            • Jan 2000
            • 2980

            #6
            Because the one most recently airworthy, after the tragic loss of BAE's example, is owned by Kermit Weeks who has just too many toys to fly them all.

            I hope I don't sound too disrespectful, IIRC the man himself has said that.

            Adrian
            "Snow clearing equipment has been found under snowdrift" - message sent from RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1944.

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            • bexWH773
              Canberra Crazy
              • Nov 2006
              • 1071

              #7
              thanks for that gents Bex

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              • Phantom Phixer
                Able to post again
                • Aug 2006
                • 842

                #8
                I thought there was already a pair of Tempests been restored to flying condition in the UK?

                A Tiffie would be nice though. A nice paired display with the modern day name sake aka Eurofighter.

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                • davski
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 308

                  #9
                  The Real Aeroplane Company are currently building two Sopwith Pups which will incorporate numerous original bits including engines - few years from flying yet though. There's also an SE5a being built on site to airworthy status by a private individual which is also rumoured to include some original parts.

                  My faves have to be the US air-racers, the late Jim Wright's much missed Howard Hughes H-1 Racer, Tom Wathen's LT Meteor and Comet, Kermit Week's Gee Bee's etc.
                  Breighton Aerodrome/

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                  • 91Regal
                    dastardly, dangerous
                    • Oct 2005
                    • 763

                    #10
                    In pipedream territory, I'd like to see a few more inter-war types around; Siskin, Wapiti and the like. Unfortunately these are not a big enough attraction for the expense to be justified, as I believe Richard Fairey found out with his Flycatcher replica a few years back. At least that can now be seen at Yeovilton, IIRC.
                    plain old vanilla

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                    • Loose-Head
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • May 2004
                      • 295

                      #11
                      HP.42

                      This would be an interesting one to see if and when......

                      Website here http://www.imperial-airways.com/Hp42...formation.html but not sure how recent the news updates are.
                      Loose-Head

                      Heed doon, Airse up at the front o' a scrum !

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                      • ALBERT ROSS
                        A man of experience!
                        • Jan 2004
                        • 2633

                        #12
                        Originally posted by Loose-Head View Post
                        This would be an interesting one to see if and when......

                        Website here http://www.imperial-airways.com/Hp42...formation.html but not sure how recent the news updates are.

                        I was also going to mention this, which I was looking forward to. A few years ago, there was a stand actively promoting this at air shows, but it's all gone rather quiet. Perhaps reality has set in and they have realised the logistics and cost make it prohibitive?
                        Adrian

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                        • TempestV
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Dec 2003
                          • 1506

                          #13
                          ....not entirely in context, but I would like to see the Bristol Brigand TF.1 fully restored, making new wings, undercarriage, fitting engines, etc. and on display. This is the sole surviving fuselage, and really could do with being complete once again.

                          Does this share wings, undercarriage, with the Beaufighter, Beaufort, Blenheim, Bolingbroke series?

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                          • Rlangham
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • May 2005
                            • 2818

                            #14
                            I agree, a Brigand would be fantastic - I remember reading/hearing that as part of the agreement from the scrapyard where the fuselage came from, that it has to remain in the condition it's in?

                            I'd love to see a Handley Page Heyford, possibly the weirdest looking RAF aircraft ever and quite attractive at the same time (to me it looks like someone's built a Vickers Vimy but attached the fuselage under the upper wing instead
                            Up, down, flying around, looping the loop and defying the ground

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                            • megalith
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Oct 2005
                              • 421

                              #15
                              Anything Imperial Airways would be nice, as virtually nothing except for a few DH Dragon/Rapides, Fox Moths and perhaps the odd Short Scion restoration project, survives from the formative years of British air transportation.

                              Practically one of the smaller wooden interwar airliners would be great, and should be possible; perhaps a DH34, Airspeed Ferry or Armstrong Whitworth Argossy (which from memory I think was wooden). After all there have been two flying Vimy replicas to my knowledge, which must have presented similar engineering chalenges.

                              Steve.

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                              • XN923
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Sep 2005
                                • 1144

                                #16
                                Originally posted by dcollins103 View Post
                                ....not entirely in context, but I would like to see the Bristol Brigand TF.1 fully restored, making new wings, undercarriage, fitting engines, etc. and on display. This is the sole surviving fuselage, and really could do with being complete once again.

                                Does this share wings, undercarriage, with the Beaufighter, Beaufort, Blenheim, Bolingbroke series?
                                Wings based on Beaufighter (which were also based on Beaufort) but all three have different engines and engine installations so some mods required I dare say.

                                Good choice.

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                                • TempestV
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Dec 2003
                                  • 1506

                                  #17
                                  Rlangham, XN923

                                  The Brigand would be a realistic prospect to make a part restoration, part reproduction (using other donor Bristol parts), but you will have to look elsewhere for someone to do it..... my hands are a little full at present!

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                                  • TEXANTOMCAT
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Mar 2004
                                    • 4657

                                    #18
                                    Part timer!

                                    TT

                                    p.s.

                                    Martin - the two Tempests are being restored by Tempest Two Ltd by Gerry Cooper (I think at Sandtoft) if you search the forum you'll find quite a bit on them - also the IL-2 that they are doing for the RAF Museum ..yum (they have a Harvard too - well actually a Harvard two-bee )

                                    TT
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                                    • TEXANTOMCAT
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Mar 2004
                                      • 4657

                                      #19
                                      Martin - old article but see here:

                                      http://www.airsceneuk.org.uk/oldstuf...incs/lincs.htm

                                      TT
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                                      • Propstrike
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Mar 2004
                                        • 3998

                                        #20
                                        Regarding the HP42, I think I read that the driving force was the late Mike Russell ( Russavia at Duxford et al) .

                                        Since his sad demise, the project seems to have gone on hold. But if anyone can come up with FOUR new Jupiter engines............

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