Spitfire Seaplanes

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  1. doodah

    doodah New Member

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    I wish to build a scale RC model Spitfire Float plane.
    Can anyone please advise where i can get some schematics.
    I believe there were two successfull types produced. (there was also an early type using another planes floats)
    Type 355 base on MKVb
    Type 385 based om MKIX
    Any pictures / sketches / info appreciated
     
  2. ozhawk40

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    Here's a couple taken from "Spitfire the History" by Morgan and Shacklady.

    Seems to be what you are after. A great book to have for any Spitfire question!

    Hi to a fellow west ozzie. :lol:
     

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    Good info there, ozhawk. Wonder why they didn't try a single float ala
    Japanese "Rufe" ????

    Charles
     
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    Thanks very much ozhawk, exactly what i was looking for.
     
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    Good question Charles. I was thinking better stability on the water and that Supermarine had a lot of twin float experience with their prewar racers. I know that the Arado 196 was trialled with a single float and rejected in favour of twin floats. I don't know why the Japanese preferred single floats.

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    Graeme and Charles,
    I am still unclear on a few things.
    Can you please help me with...

    THE TAIL.
    I Understand the ventral fin additions but what about on top?
    Does the MKV (355)have the standard rudder profile and the MKIX (385?) the larger modified rudder straight leading edge ?

    THE FLOATS
    Do either of you have any detail on float frame cross sections ( i may have my terminology wrong here.)

    FLOAT SUPPORTS / STRUTS ( bit between the wing and the floats)
    Likewise do you have any idea of the cross sectional shape of these.
    Are they flat?
    Are they foils? IF so what shape?


    I know i am asking a lot but the info is in these forums.
    I saw some drawings somewhere on these forums the other night that blew me away. Havent been able to find them again since. Did a search but got 3000 plus results.
     
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    Graeme Well-Known Member

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    Sorry doodah, I personally can't find the cross-sectional drawings that you're after. Hope someone can help you. Good luck with your model!
     
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    doodah New Member

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    Graeme,
    No big deal, thanks anyhow.
    if no one knows what shape things once were, how can you get it wrong!!
     
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    For Spit drawings they are held at the Hendon museum in England but unarchived.With our stash we have a few wing drawings but mainly for the internal changes for fitting the floats.The MkV would retain the early rudder profile while the IX would be in a later batch and would use the MkVIII type rudder.Will see what I can dig up.Also try this forum here...
    Historic Aviation - Key Publishing Ltd Aviation Forums
    Good hunting..
     
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    #10 skypilot, Oct 28, 2009
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    I think I have a picture or two of my Spitfire on floats on this link. I'm just now finishing a rebuild of that same plane which crashed due to radio failior. http://skypilot.synthasite.com
     
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    Interesting idea. Good luck on your project. Be sure to post some pics when you get that far.
     
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