|Spitfire Photos (Page 2)
Please remember that I am not associated with Tally-Ho in any way other than as a customer.
I'm putting info here that is accurate as far as I know.
|Click on the photos below to go to full size image.
*NOTE* - Clicking will open a new window and these are large images.
|Here is a raw dump of some of the photos I've taken of various Spitfires at airshows, museums, etc. (Under Construction)
|Some more photos of the Mk VIII at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Dallas, TX taken in February 2012. I was focused on determining the
correct position of the exhaust stacks and the profile of the cowling when I took these. They also have a Merlin engine on display in another
part of the museum. There are some photos of it here as well.
Visit to the Supermarine Factory - February 2012
These were taken on my visit to the Supermarine factory in Cisco, Texas where they have relocated too, after moving from Australia. I went to visit to get a look at the engine I'm
planning to put in my Tally-Ho.
It took me a while to understand what Supermarine is trying to accomplish with this aircraft. Being a warbird enthusiast, my passion is with authenticity when it comes to replicas.
So it took me a while to reconcile myself with what Supermarine is doing. On first glance, if you've studied the various Spitfire models from history, the MK26 just looks wrong.
However, after spending some time talking with Mike and looking at the MK-26, you begin to see what they are doing. Mike is not very concerned with how the aircraft looks, but is
very concerned with performance, comfort, and safety. Also, the assembly methods are much more akin to modern light aircraft techniques, and less like 1930 fighter aircraft
building methods. What they've built is a very nice, comfortable, safe little aircraft kit that is relatively easy to assemble and looks somewhat like a Spitfire - if you don't look too close.
I have to admit, after being around it for a while, you start to appreciate it for what it is, rather than constantly noticing how it doesn't look like a real Spitfire. Once you stop
comparing it, and just look at it for what it is, its actually a really sexy little plane. I found myself beginning to lust after it. It looks fast just sitting on the ground and seems like it
would be a blast to fly. There's lots of room in the cockpit - unlike the Tallly-Ho - and there's even a back seat so you can take a passenger along.
They have the V-8 I plan to use installed in their 90% MK-26B and it looks like it will take some work to get it to fit into the 80% Tally-Ho cowling. Partially because the Tally-Ho
cowling is smaller due to the scale difference, but also due to the fact that the MK-26B cowling doesn't conform very closely with that of the original Spitfire. This might actually
work to my benefit. The firewall on the MK-26B is about a foot ahead of the wing leading edge, where the original was well behind. I don't know if this is due to the firewall being
further forward or the wing being further back on the 26B, probably a little of both. Also the cowling on the 26B has a long smooth curve from the firewall to the spinner on the
bottom profile, where the original had a pronounced chin. The MK-26B spinner is very large, probably due to the large size of the front of the cowling, where the original had a
distinct narrowing just behind the spinner.
Preliminary measurements indicate that I might be able to get the engine inside the Tally-Ho cowling if I disregard the exhaust extensions that are on the 26B. These are there to
re-position them to exit the cowling quite a bit higher, putting them in the correct scale location. My plan now is to build a mockup of the engine, get a set of cowling pieces from
Tally-Ho, and see if I can make it work.
The MK-26 engine is just amazing. Mike has put so much effort into developing and perfecting it, and the reduction unit, that this is definitely the engine I want to try to use. I'm
even willing to compromise my scale appearance a little - as little as possible - if it means I can use this fully developed engine.
There was a 100% Jurca Spitfire at Oshkosh this year with an Allison 1400hp engine. Up close you could spot lots of things either not model correct, or just
not the right shape or size, but once you stepped back a few feet it looked fantastic! In one of the afternoon airshows they had the Canadian Lancaster and
the Mosquito flying. As there were no other Spitfires or Hurricanes a the show this year, they flew the replica Spit with them. It looked and sounded perfect.
Its inspired me to be a little less particular with my project.