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De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:11:50 pm »
The Dolphin’s development was prompted by the loss of the Supermarine S6b to engine fire at the 1931 Schneider Trophy event.  Fortunately there were no injuries or fatalities, but it cost the UK the chance to win the trophy outright that year.  As there were no other competitors the event was cancelled.  There were no entries for the 1932 race.
Supermarine’s efforts to develop the S7 were thwarted by de Havilland’s proposals to develop an all-metal seaplane based in part upon their Comet racer.  These were accepted by the Air ministry and development began in 1933 – but too late for that year’s event, which was won by the French (for the first time, flying a Dewotine Espadon).
The Dolphin flew for the first time in January 1934, and won the Schneider Trophy outright for the UK later that year.










The Dolphin was originally going to be part of an 'identity crisis' pair for Telford, but as readers of my blog will know one of the four I was building fell by the wayside - namely the Dolphin's partner to be.  The dH 88 Comet is a truly beautiful aircraft and the build was borne simply out of curiosity as to what it would look like with one engine.  Given the limitations of the ancient Airfix kit, floats were the quick fix solution to undercarriage issue.
I actually surprised myself with this rather hurried build - I think it is an attractive aircraft, very Macchi in appearance although some have said very Supermarine.  No matter, I'm pleased with the outcome, it earned a Commended in Class 33 and I hope you all like it.
Note: The real K5084 was in fact Comet G-ACSS when used by 24 Squadron RAF for test flying.

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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 02:37:58 pm »
A beautiful build and a great story. I love it.
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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 03:08:18 pm »
Superb!  :thumbsup:
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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2012, 07:35:29 am »
She is gorgeous  :bow:
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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2012, 10:33:43 am »
Very beautiful :wub:
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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2012, 01:32:51 am »
Ohhhhhh, this is beautiful!   :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:

Great looking bird.

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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2012, 05:28:33 am »
 :bow:  great looking seaplane kitbasher.
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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2015, 05:46:51 am »
Is that ever a great build ! Very believable too. Thanks for sharing the link with me !

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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2015, 12:38:31 pm »
I'm glad this thread was resurrected because now I can say how much I love it! Bravo! That new engine arrangement is perfect! Bravo again!

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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2021, 10:48:50 am »
Just met this whiff's successor (along with their creator) at the 2021 IPMS bash. Basically DH Comet G-ACSP "Black Magic" in the guise of a Spit with twin Gipsy Sixes and two-seat canopy from the Airfix Comet kit, and a streamlined nose in place of the Merlin. Took a piccy, which I can post if it is not already round here somewhere?
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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2021, 01:53:09 am »
Hi, rr merlin or prototype griffon ? Nice tho'

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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2021, 04:46:14 am »
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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2021, 10:21:45 am »
Great result - beautiful! :thumbsup:

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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2021, 05:37:01 pm »
I like it, I like it a lot! Inspired!

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Re: De Havilland Dolphin (aka Kitbasher's bid for SMW 2012 glory)
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2021, 02:46:03 am »
That looks fantastic! Pity about the Photobucket watermarks on the images though...