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gombal40
04-15-2004, 04:40 AM
Can we have um can we??

Only thing to do is to slamdunk some floats under it.
Mk. VB as seaplane.
One model with floats was made for use in areas where there were no airfields. It was fitted with a Merlin 45 engine, a 4-blade Rotol propeller and an enlarged vertical stabiliser. An anti-spin parachute fitted at the rear of the fuselage could bring the aircraft out of an unpleasant situation
http://www.xs4all.nl/~nijssie/spitfireon%20floats.jpg http://www.xs4all.nl/~nijssie/floatspitvbsoefly2.jpg

gombal40
04-15-2004, 04:40 AM
Can we have um can we??

Only thing to do is to slamdunk some floats under it.
Mk. VB as seaplane.
One model with floats was made for use in areas where there were no airfields. It was fitted with a Merlin 45 engine, a 4-blade Rotol propeller and an enlarged vertical stabiliser. An anti-spin parachute fitted at the rear of the fuselage could bring the aircraft out of an unpleasant situation
http://www.xs4all.nl/~nijssie/spitfireon%20floats.jpg http://www.xs4all.nl/~nijssie/floatspitvbsoefly2.jpg

Bremspropeller
04-15-2004, 05:28 AM
This ain't a V, this is a IX http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

At least I only know about IXs converted to c-planes http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

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KIMURA
04-15-2004, 07:13 AM
Bremsi, that one on the posted pic is a conveted Spit Vb with Merlin 45 (3 exhausts each side) and 4-bladed prop. So it's a Spitfire Mk.Vb. But there was also a IX conversion to a floatplane, but later on in 1944.

Bremspropeller
04-16-2004, 04:20 AM
Thank Kimura.

But weren't they devellopped for the defense of Malta and later proved to perform insufficient to counter the LW and italian fighters due to their loss of performance caused by the floats ?

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DuxCorvan
04-16-2004, 09:19 AM
I still haven't see any flyable hydros in FB, and it's unlikely to see them in PF. Anyway, I think that Gibbage was working on Catalina, but I wonder how it will work.

I have also wondered often why are not there any AI hidro selectable in FB's QMB.

BTW, that Spitfire floatplane recalls me of its origins in Supermarine S.6B, the winner of Schneider Cup Trophy.

http://news.mod.uk/img/pressdatabase/images/supportingImages/large/schneider_tn.jpg

I've always dreamt of a sim with those Schneider floatplanes, the Supermarine blue bird, the Macchi red monsters, those nice Curtiss... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

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Bo_Nidle
04-16-2004, 02:55 PM
After Norway was attacked in April 1940 the RAF's campaign in defence of the country was seriously hampered by the lack of suitable airstrips.Looking for solutions to the problem,the Air Ministry discussed the possibility of fitting floats to Hurricanes and Spitfires.To this end , a Spitfire Mk1 (R6722) was fitted with a set of floats designed for the Blackburn Roc seaplane fighter and a scale model of a float equiped Spit Mk3 was tested.However,before the Mk1 floatplane was completed, the Norwegian campaign ended.With the Battle of Britain looming, the urgent need for fighters saw the conversion of R6722 back to landplane standard.The floatplane idea was dropped until 1942 when, after Japan entered the war , the idea was re-examined.This time three MkV's were fitted with floats designed by Supermarine and built by Folland.After trials the aircraft were declared combat ready and shipped,not to the Pacific, but to Eygpt in October 1943.From a concealed base on an unoccupied island in the Dodecanese group in the Eastern Mediteranean,the MkV floatplanes were to intercept Ju52 transports resupplying bases in the islands.However,after German troops and the Luftwaffe forced the British from the islands of Kos and Leros in October 1943, the plan was abandoned.

An LF MkIXB was later converted to a similar standard with a view of using them in the Pacific theatre but they were never deployed.The trials took place in the summer of 1944 on aircraft number MJ982.It was converted back to a landplane after the trials.Interestingly the floats only took 30mph of its top speed.

The above was taken from Volume 9 of the "Wings of Fame" series.(Damn good books,now sadly,out of print).



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