Freitag, 1. Mai 2015

Supermarine Redfire (RedSpit) - papermodel 1/72

The first ideas for the Red-Spit came from a Dutchman, J. Peuttiere, who was working at the time with Supermarine. This designer also came up with it’s name, which revered to the Red Cross and the Dutch word for rescue (Redding). The plan was simple. A standard Spitfire could be converted as a plane to repatriate wounded men. The fuselage was stretched one foot (30 centimeters), so a stretcher could fit easily in it. 

 scetch from 1943 - the first idea ?

scetch how the Redfire could look like

one of four built Redfire, flown in foreign service

Behind the pilot a hinged door was installed. Inside the fuselage was room for one stretcher. The cables for the steering were led beneath the stretcher. There was a concern that the door in the monococq structure would weaken the fuselage, but the installed bearings for the stretcher brought enough strength. At least four were built (converted PR Mk XIX’s). It is not known if there was ever a Red-Fire in RAF inventory. But it seems, they were sold to the Israeli Air Force (not affirmed!) in 1948.  

From : - Spitfire Projects

The kit :    

For some time now I have wanted to test a different way of building a papermodel. Usually you cut out printed parts and glue them together. To create this parts I dipped papersheets into warm water and encase them over parts taken from a plastic kit. Dried for one day the parts could be cut out by a scissor. Supplemented by many many scratchwork it resulted in a little model. I am not really satisfied completely with the result because the parts are very rough and crinkled. With a lot of painting and clear coat you can get an acceptable model . . . I think. In conclusion I would say that the result is not worth the amount of work invested.


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