New Spitfire FSM arrives in Kent

New Spitfire FSM arrives in Kent

Postby Auster_9 on Tue 03 Apr 2018, 10:16 am

Last week, a few of you may have seen a Spitfire FSM being roaded around the M25 enroute to its new home in Kent.

Ordered by a lifelong devotee of Robert Stanford Tuck, the Spitfire was constructed by GateGuards down in Cornwall, using a totally new plug and mold, which will now form the basis for all early Marques of the classic design. I have to admit that I'm not a Spitfire person myself and due to the nature of my present role within the company as researcher, I have had to learn a lot over the last few months and have had some wonderful support from a lot of lovely people. From Shuttleworth with their Mk.5, Duxford with EP120 and BM597 and then Boultbees at Goodwood, I am rather pleased with the end result. Had a few sleepless nights over one or two points, but think what we have produced is worthy of the marque.

Anyone can create a shape that looks like a Spitfire its the adding of the detail and the finishing that shows that this FSM is rather unique. What with a turning propeller and suitable amplified sound effects it should go to annoy the neighbours for many years to come.

For the prop, please have a look at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQDnicnV4RY

ImageDSCF7570 by Martin Pengelly, on Flickr

ImageIMG_1905 by Martin Pengelly, on Flickr
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Re: New Spitfire FSM arrives in Kent

Postby tankbuster81 on Wed 04 Apr 2018, 9:58 pm

Private residence, or a public place?
Don't bother running, you'll only die tired!!
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Re: New Spitfire FSM arrives in Kent

Postby Auster_9 on Thu 05 Apr 2018, 10:36 am

tankbuster81 wrote:Private residence, or a public place?


Private residence I am afraid. But can be easily be seen from the road. Property is in Longfield near Dartford.

ImageIMG_1921 by Martin Pengelly, on Flickr

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Re: New Spitfire FSM arrives in Kent

Postby grant_w on Thu 05 Apr 2018, 11:35 am

I drove past on the way home from Brands Hatch at the weekend, did a big double-take! :grin:
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Re: New Spitfire FSM arrives in Kent

Postby Auster_9 on Thu 05 Apr 2018, 11:59 am

grant_w wrote:I drove past on the way home from Brands Hatch at the weekend, did a big double-take! :grin:


Think a lot of people did when we were installing it last Thursday. Was almost a queue of traffic in the early evening with people slowing down for a gawp.
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