This week KL gives us a picture of a plane to work with this week.
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For visually challenged writers, the image shows a black and white aeroplane statue surrounded by colourful flowers.
When we were living in the cottage, Hubby bought a kit to make a Mosquito model aircraft. I was really pleased because I felt he needed a project and as we had lots of room, he was able to work on it in the conservatory without having to put everything away each time he’d finished. It was coming along really nicely, and he was just about to fit the engines when disaster struck and he dropped it. The damage was in a place which couldn’t be repaired, so that was the end of that. However, not the end of his model aircraft making.
A guy up the road was also ex RAF and he’d bought into a magazine series to build a Spitfire. Such publications were very popular and covered various models to knitting patterns to recipes where you bought an issue every week for some 26 weeks to get the complete set (or at least that was the theory as when I did it for recipes, by week 20 the format had changed).
He had every publication and offered it to Hubby as he didn’t have the interest to begin to build it. Hubby was over the moon and couldn’t wait to get started.
Sadly the engines he’d bought for the Mosquito were unsuitable for the Spitfire and we never got round to getting one. The actual model when finished was impressive though (I wrote a bear story about it for my Mum and if I can find it, I’ll publish it on my blog) and my Mum thought it was brilliant.
When we came to selling up, the Spitfire was still pride of place in the conservatory with nowhere to go but a car boot sale, where an enthusiast offered us £50 for it even though it didn’t have an engine. The wiring was there for it though and he was happy enough with that.
Snippet of info for you which I’ve never forgotten since we were only 4 miles from The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight :
The spitfire had a wider wingspan than that of the Eurofighter (Typhoon).
Spitfire Wingspan: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m) (source)
My Spitfire photos from the carnival here Sept 2021
Typhoon Wingspan: 35 ft 11 in ( 10.95 m ) (source)
Personally I prefer the Spitfire.