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RAF Supermarine Spitfire Fighter
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WW2 RAF Supermarine Spitfire Fighter
About this creation
What can I say.. The BEST Fighter ever made! The absolutely gorgeous looking and dreamy sounding Spitfire, recreated in Lego.. Doesn't get much better than this!!
I've just done the mods on the wings and the front end. The wings were a pig to get right, but I'm really pleased with the way that they look now. It's definately one of my faves!

Even more mods to the front end and cockpit! I've re-modeled the front and incorporated exhaust ports. This front end is really complex, but it all just fits in stug and is pretty a solid structure. I've also extended the cockpit, as I felt it was a little too narrow.

Structurally the Spitfire was a straightforward design with a light alloy monocoque fuselage and a single spar wing with stressed-skin covering and fabric-covered control surfaces. To preserve the clean nose-cowling lines originally conceived, the radiator was located beneath the starboard wing with the smaller oil cooler causing some asymmetry beneath the port wing, and the carburetor air intake under the center fuselage. A DeHavilland two-blade wooden fixed-pitch propeller was employed by the prototype and the first Spitfire I's had the Airscrew Company's wooden fixed-pitch two-blade. Later a DeHavilland three-blade, two position propeller was adopted after trials on the first prototype. The new propeller gave a 5 mph increase in speed. In 1940 DeHavilland three-blade constant-speed propeller were substituted. Production Spitfires had a fixed tail wheel and triple ejector exhaust manifolds. 4 The PV.12 engine which became the X80 HP Rolls-Royce Merlin II and later the Merlin III engine was installed.

The Spitfire I weighed 5,280lb and a fuel capacity of 85 Imperial gallons. Its maximum speed was 362 mph its maximum diving speed was 450 mph and it took 9.4 minutes to climb to 20,000 feet. Its combat range was 395 miles. Standard armament in what was known as the A wing was eight 0.303-in. Browning machine-guns with 300 rounds of ammunition. The speed of the Spitfire I was marginally higher than that of its principal opponent the Luftwaffes Messerschmitt Bf 109E and it was infinitely more maneuverable than the German fighter although the Bf 109E could out climb and out dive the British fighter and its shell-firing cannon had a longer range than the Spitfire's machine-guns.

The 1,175 hp Merlin XII was adopted as the standard power plant in the Type 329 Spitfire II with a Rotol three-blade propeller and 73 lb of armour protection but this variant was otherwise similar to the Spitfire I. Deliveries of the Spitfire Mk IIs began in 1940 following the Mark I production lines and became the first major production variant to be delivered from Castle Bromwich. By April 1941 650 Mk IIs had left the Bromwich factory and the changeover was complete. Most of the Mk Is were then relegated to the training role. In 1941 the Merlin 45 series of two-stage single-speed engines was adopted and the Type 349 Spitfire V so powered followed the Mark II into production and service. The Spitfire V loaded weight had crept up to 6,417 lb. and the maximum speed up to 369 mph. The first squadron to fly the Spitfire V was the No. 92 and in March 1942, fifteen Spitfire VBs which had been shipped to Malta on H.M.S. Eagle, became the first Spitfires to serve outside Europe. Spitfires of this Mark were later to serve in the Western Desert and the Pacific and Burma areas.

Production of some 40 different variants of the Spitfire took place throughout the war and after. They served in every combat area, operating as fighters, fighter-bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and carrier-based fighters with the Royal Navy. Griffon engines replaced Merlins after a time, and the Spitfire XIX reconnaissance version became the fastest of all the wartime Spitfires with a speed of nearly 460 mph (748 km/h). The last Spitfire was built in 1947. As a fighter, at all altitudes it had proved superb, while continuous edges gained firstly by German Bf 109s and Focke Wulfs 190s and then by different versions of the Spitfire led to closely-matched battles throughout the War.

The Spitfire continued in service with the RAF until 1952. Many hundreds were sold to other Air Forces around the World and a few saw combat in other battles that were to follow.

As with most of my models this isn't necessarily Mini-fig scale..



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   Tail detail..



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   Cool, but complicated nose section.



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   Slightly above.



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   Extended (width) cokpit. 3 over 4!



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   Exahust port detail.



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   Note how they extent out of the body only half way.



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   Gear up, small scoop visable.



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   Another angle.



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   and another..



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   ..and one more.



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   Ok, one more then!



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   Wing detail..



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   Profile.



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   ..and again.



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   Gear down.



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   View from the rear of a 109!



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   Underside.



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   Different angle.



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   The Wing-man's view.



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   From the back.



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   As soon as my green and tan wedge pieces arrive, I'll change those too!



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   Love this plane..



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   Bird's-eye.



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   Down the fuselage..



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   In flight!



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   Underside.. Check out the way it blends in with the clouds!



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   Closer.



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   One more...



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   On the ground!



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   New Bullseye and have lost the grey!!



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   ..and on the other side!



Comments

 I like it 
  August 15, 2011
Awesome build. I agree that the Spitfire is an amazing plane, defining honor and courage but the good ol' American Mustang has got to be the best. But if you're English, than I understand.
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  October 23, 2010
very nice youve ovously studyed it closly have you tried making a spitfire or hurricane with a star wars gunship cotpit (i nicked my little brothers for my spitfire) but still very acurate. please jion any of my groups
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  February 18, 2010
This is very good. The one inaccuracy that I found is that the whole frame is a lot smoother and rounder- Spitfires were originally built for speed and fast altitude gain. But still, this is almost perfect- I love it!
  January 2, 2009
It looks good but it does look like a hawker hunter but you could say its both!
Mack Stout
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Andrei Rozhin
  April 14, 2008
Nice! No you should try and make a Supermarine Seafire.
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  April 13, 2008
Very good, but I have to disagree on this being the best fighter of WWII. From what I've seen, the P-51 was much better in many ways. Maybe you should build one of those, I you haven't already.
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  April 12, 2008
Eccelent but change the propeller- the spinner's to small.
  January 5, 2008
The Spitfire is one of my favorite planes, and yours need improvement. If you're focusing on Mark IX model (which is easier to build) cut off the elliptical wing tips, if you're focusing on the Mark I, make the wings more elliptical. I can give you a couple of schematics on the Mark I.
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  August 27, 2007
Spitfires are one of my favorite WWII fighters, and this is an awsome MOc!!! Keep up the awsome work, and build some more planes
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  July 10, 2007
Your spitfire waaaaay beats the other ones out there. However,there are still some faults with it. As Matt said, the cockpit looks way to small. Also, the wings are the wrong shape. other than that your MOC is great. My great grandpa flew an RAF spitfire during World War II. Spitfires are SWEEEEET!!!
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  June 14, 2007
These model is awesome!!! The Spit is one of my favorite ww2 fighters. I like also the Hurricane, but your Spitfire model is the best i've ever seen. I'm a rookie in this modelling things, so stay tuned for the first model photos.
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  May 5, 2007
HOW CAN YOU ONLY GIVE THAT A FRIKIN TWO?!?!?!?! That is one of , if not the, best lego arial vehicule ever
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  October 22, 2006
Spitfires are so cool. another one of my friends favrite planes
  November 5, 2005
Itīs a very good model, although, it isnīt the best that I have seen into this day. Iīm the grandfather of Einon and I was a pilot of the spitfire when they were in the portuguese air force since 1940 until 1953. First of all, your model could be better if you put some red pieces over the machine guns at the wings, then, you need to enlarge your cockpit, so that you can put a pilot on it. The RAF markings, however, need to be a little small, and they were, as I know, at the end of the wings. But still, itīs a very good model
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  October 22, 2005
This is a very good representation of the Spitfire. I really like how you did the camo. I also like the way that the landing gear folds up, Alex and I have tried to do that many times, but we have FAILED MISERABLY! The canopy looks WAY too small, and for some reason the side view reminds me of a Messerscmitt. Overall, a very good job. ~Matt
 
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