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PatCartier
Wed Apr 04 2018, 09:06AM

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Welcome Guppy !
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Guppy355
Mon Apr 09 2018, 11:16PM
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Thanks for the welcome Thought I'd nail down the visuals on DP845 through it's history. First off, not looking much at all like a Spit XII. Different spinner, full span, no gun wings, slotted flaps, rounded tail and early markings. This is her making her first appearance.



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Guppy355
Mon Apr 09 2018, 11:18PM
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Next up is the mock up of the 6 cannon armament. Still basically the same as originally out of the hanger, although it now has a metal prop and the mock guns.

I corresponded for about a decade with Clive Gosling back in the 1980s. He talked about dropping in on Tangmere with this version and getting some amazed looks from the pilots there

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Guppy355
Mon Apr 09 2018, 11:19PM
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Now more refined and I believe the prototype Spit XII designation. New paint, a Universal Wing, wide chord pointed rudder etc.

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Guppy355
Mon Apr 09 2018, 11:21PM
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The images below show it's labeled the Spit XII. This is when it had the fixed tail wheel for a short time. My understanding from Clive Gosling, is it was only for a short while to test the difference in performance with the fixed vs retractable tail wheel





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Guppy355
Mon Apr 09 2018, 11:33PM
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Finally some more from the October 43 sortie where Charles Brown and his camera did their thing. Clive Gosling piloting DP845
Back to retractable tail wheel, clipped wings now, Griffon VI of the Seafire XV and the larger spinner.







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HBPencil
Wed Apr 11 2018, 06:23AM

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Guppy355 wrote ...

Next up is the mock up of the 6 cannon armament. Still basically the same as originally out of the hanger, although it now has a metal prop and the mock guns.

I corresponded for about a decade with Clive Gosling back in the 1980s. He talked about dropping in on Tangmere with this version and getting some amazed looks from the pilots there



Cool! Something I always wondered about that 6 cannon mock-up is if they actually fitted 6 guns or just barrel shrouds? If the former it'd be interesting to know how they fitted all those cannon and their ammo into the wing!
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Guppy355
Fri Apr 13 2018, 12:29PM
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The cannons were just wooden mock ups of the cannon shrouds. The wing is the same as it was when it was first flown, so they are just for show. No internal mounting of guns in that wing.
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