Chocks away for garden Spitfire

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  1. syscom3

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    Dr Hamish MacLeod has built a full size replica of a Spitfire in his garden at Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway

    A retired doctor has built a replica of a Spitfire fighter in the front garden of his home.

    Former GP Hamish MacLeod had the model delivered in sections to his house in Moffat, in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Dr Macleod, who has had a life-long passion for the iconic World War II fighter, then put it together with the help of friends.

    He said he was delighted to have "the most fabulous looking aircraft ever" taking pride of place on his lawn.

    He took delivery of the parts for his garden model last week, and it has already proved to be a popular attraction in the town.

    Dr MacLeod said: "The neighbours think it is fabulous and a lot of people were coming around when I was building it.

    "I'm happy to talk planes and cars for as long as people like, but I'm not putting it here as a showpiece."

    Dr MacLeod intends to leave the model Spitfire to the people of Moffat, a town with close links to the aircraft.

    Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding - credited with masterminding the Battle of Britain - was born in the town.

    Every year a special service, including a Spitfire flypast, is held in his honour.

    Largest memorial

    Dr MacLeod hopes the replica can be sited at Dowding House in Moffat's Well Street, which remains the largest memorial to Dowding.

    He said: "Because of the connection with Dowding, there should be a Spitfire in Moffat.

    "This is my way of saying thank you to the people of Moffat for giving me such fabulous support during my career.

    "It just seems to make a lot of sense."

    More than 10 years ago Dr MacLeod got the chance to fly one of the famous fighters.

    The former pilot officer was taking a refresher course on night flying in Florida when the opportunity arose.

    He explained: "I heard the fantastic sound of that Merlin engine and hopped on a bike in search of it.

    "There were all these fabulous Spitfires being restored on the airbase."

    A one-day "insurance window" was arranged to allow Dr MacLeod to fly the plane which he described as an "unbelievable" experience.

    "I had the controls from start to finish," he said.

    "We did all sorts of things - the Spitfire is so aerobatic.

    He added: "It is so iconic, the most fabulous looking aircraft ever, hugely beautiful. I just feel a huge love for the aircraft and to have this copy of one I actually flew is so special."
     

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    True passion knows no limits and this man shows it, good for him!
     
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    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
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    Awesome, truly shows a passion and dedication to a goal. Great to see him complete it.
     
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    That would be a cool thing to have in the garden. Somehow, I don't know that the neighbors would agree...
     
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    Awesome! :D

    I could squeeze a seafire in thanks to the folding wings! :lol:
     
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    That is awesome, I'm going to start building a B29 to go in the park across the road....
     
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    Yeah, good luck with that!:lol: :lol:

    You could build it from the Council Red tape....!:rolleyes:
     
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    What about a Peacemaker?
     
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    With working gun turrets! *built from police tape*
     
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    The replica Spitfire is still in the doctor's garden, I'm staying in Moffat right now and took this photo yesterday. Not sure what Mk.... I'm guessing a Mkllb.

    I took the other photo of the fly past on "Dowding Day" last Sunday (13th). Not a very good photo, I only had the cheapo camera I use when in Bangkok and Manila

    Also completed a Spitfire design for the Dumfries Galloway Aviation Museum on the same day. They have a Mklla of 312 (Czech) sqauadron being restored after being brought up from Loch Doon after crashing in WW2
     

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    That is fantastic!

    Wonder if you need planning permission for a beast like that?
     
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    Nice pics Wingnuts - it's a MkIX.
    Shouldn't need Planning permission, as it's not a permanent structure - maybe classed as a garden ornament?!!
     
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    :lol: Sure beats one of those Garden Gnomes.
     
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    Ha, when I'm mowing the lawn it's a pain cutting around the kids' climbing frame contraption - can't imagine having to work my way round a Spit!
     
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