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Supermarine Cobrafire
« on: October 06, 2019, 09:52:20 am »
Following on from the success of the Spitfire , the Supermarine company were asked to develop a heavier version to act as a bomber destroyer . Joe Smith was tasked with this and came up with a novel solution , using the wings and tail of the spitfire combined with a newly designed fuselage carrying a mid mounted engine and a heavy cannon in the nose .
       The engine was the then new RR Merlin XX and the cannon was an American 37mm with 40 rounds of ammunition, [ one well aimed round was enough to bring down a bomber], The aircraft also had a then novel tricycle undercarriage. Four .303 machine guns were carried in the wings , the Supermarine " Heavy Spitfire " or Cobrafire as it became later known entered service in the second half of 1940 just as the Luftwaffe switched to attacking British cities at proved devastating in the defensive role.  Later they were used in the ground attack role across Europe .







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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2019, 10:21:38 am »
Sorry, not getting the images, just "broken link" boxes. :unsure:
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2019, 11:31:11 am »
Wow - must have been a job, moving the undercarriage wells and all ... Well done!
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2019, 11:48:10 am »
Very nice!!!! Looks good like that for sure.
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2019, 04:17:52 pm »
That is gorgeous  :wub:
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2019, 05:17:12 pm »
Got your pictures to show I think...  <_<

This looks great, really nice job. :thumbsup: Can you share any build details?








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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2019, 05:58:20 pm »
Nice assist, H.  :mellow: 

Indeed, I'd like to know a little more about it as well.  :lol:
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2019, 06:21:39 pm »
Spitfire meets P-39! Nice work! Looks totally plausible.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2019, 06:25:28 pm »
Spitfire meets P-39! Nice work! Looks totally plausible.  :thumbsup:

That's what I was thinking on, too!! I would have liked to see a side opening door.   ;D
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2019, 06:36:37 pm »
Hmmm....... how would this work on a Mustang?
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2019, 07:09:10 pm »
WOW!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2019, 07:39:03 pm »
That's the dog's danglies, that is! :thumbsup:

Brilliant idea & execution! :bow:
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2019, 10:16:35 pm »
Hmmm....... how would this work on a Mustang?

Something like a P-63 Kingcobra?
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Re: Supermarine Cobrafire
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2019, 10:57:54 pm »
Thanks everyone , especially Weaver , I tried but couldn't get the pics to show , how did you do it?.
          The Model is a "Bitsa" , build entirely from the spares box , a MkXVI fuselage , not sure  about the wings , various old bits of canopy and a spare prop from an Airfix MkI. The hardest part was the wheel wells , I cut a square out of the lower wing half and reversed it to give the wider track, the rest was Miliput and sandpaper.  Oh yes , it's in 1/48 scale, glad you enjoyed it.

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