Perhaps for the same reason that I have: Everybody and his brother has a
Spitfire of one or another marque, but damned few have even heard of the
ORIGINAL Spitfire! Also, some of us have a soft spot in our heads for bent
wings. Other bent wing birds besides the ubiquitous Corsairs and Ju-87s I've
looked into are the Blohm & Voss Ha 137 and the Loire-Nieuport 41
Taking this line of questioning to one possible conclusion, why would you
want to model ANY plane? Though I must admit flying the fms a-10 is kinda
fun, if you like pretending that you have a crate of depleted uranium
bullets at your fingertips and can basically saw a tank in two... Vrooom!!!
Bbbrrraappppp!!! Vroom!!! LOL!!
Traplet is a British company, but they have a USA office. The 224 plan
number is RSQ 1740. Here's the contact info:
Traplet Distribution USA Ltd
Monticello, IL 61856
General Enquiries (217)762-9099 or
08:30 - 17:00 CST
Robert Williams wrote:
According to the book, Spitfire: The History by Morgan and Shacklady, that
version was only a design study, but not produced. On page 16, second column,
paragraph three, it states, "The existing aircraft is shown on drawing number
22400 and the proposed arrangement on drawing 3000, sheet 2. Note that drawing
#22400 equals type Type 224, whereas the drawing #3000 equals Type 300, the
plane we all know as the Spitfire nowadays. The final drawing in the 224 series
just prior to the 300 looks much like the Mk I Spitfire except for the absence
of an elliptical wing.
As for the 224's being a "failure," I'm of the opinion that the Air Ministry
specification to which it was designed was the failure, not the machine itself.
Indeed, the book mentions that Supermarine wanted to enter the 224, with a much
more powerful Griffon I engine installed, in the McRobertson Air Race. The
British government refused them permission, and, as we all know, DeHavilland
went on to fame and fortune in winning it.
Go to Google home page, select images, and type in Supermarine type 224 --
they only had two brief mentions of it and a couple of photos and one three
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I like to scratch build unusual projects. To date, I have a Sperry
Messenger, Howard Pete, Curtis R6, Verville R3 and a Navy Wright NW1
sesquiplane, in .90 to 1.50 sizes.
All are good flyers except the Curtis which requires meticulous coordination
of rudder,elevator and aileron to turn and constant adjustment to pitch. (
all this seems to be a little beyond my piloting skill).