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Mystery plane solved! Gloster VI
JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 - 03:52 PM UTC
can anyone guess what this is?
okdoky
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 - 03:56 PM UTC
Supermarine S6B maybe??????????

JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 - 04:11 PM UTC
Close but no cigar.
okdoky
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 - 04:30 PM UTC
Macchi M.39 ?????

Mario13
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 - 04:36 PM UTC
I believe this to be a Gloster VI...are my ancient eyes deceiving me?

Mario
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 - 04:59 PM UTC
Bingo! The 1929 Schneider Cup Trophy contender. The PE is mismarked as IV but it will be the VI . We may get one here for review.

JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 - 05:03 PM UTC
They even give you the RAF wires. Click Here.



JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 - 05:18 PM UTC


The Gloster VI was a racing seaplane developed as a contestant for the 1929 Schneider Trophy by the Gloster aircraft company.

The aircraft was known as the Golden Arrow, partly in reference to its colour, the distinctive three-lobed cowling of the 'broad-arrow' Napier Lion engine, but also to another contemporary Lion-powered record-breaker, Henry Segrave's Golden Arrow land speed record car.

JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 - 05:21 PM UTC
Two aircraft were registered with RAF numbers N249 & N250.

They showed promise and high speed, but also had significant problems with fuel supply when banking that led to engine cut-outs. For such a risky business as low-altitude air-racing, this was an unacceptable risk and the aircraft were withdrawn from competition in the 1929 Schneider Trophy, leaving the way clear for the Supermarine S.6 to win. An alternative theory for the withdrawal is rumoured to have been an accident to the lorry delivering the engines from Napier, and insufficient time to repair the damage until the day after.

On 10 September 1929, the day after the Supermarine S.6 had won the Trophy, N249 returned to flight. Flight Lieutenant George Stainforth flew her over a measured mile course for a top speed of 351.3 mph and a ratified world absolute speed record, averaged over four of 336.3 mph. This record was held only briefly, as a later run by Squadron Leader Augustus Orlebar in the S.6 managed to raise it over 350 mph.

During the final Schneider Trophy in 1931, the Gloster VI was still in service with the High Speed Flight for training purposes. (From the Wikipedia free encyclopedia.)
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Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 06:33 AM UTC
Hi Stephen!
Here is the certificate of the speed record
Regards Peter


JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 11:56 AM UTC
Here is the boxart

JackFlash
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Posted: Saturday, November 08, 2008 - 07:35 AM UTC
The kit has arrived today. Most impressive 16 page instruction booklet And a big surprise the struts for the floats / pontoons are made from poured brass. This will give the assembly a great deal more strength and increased longevity. I will begin writing the review ASAP.
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Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2008 - 08:01 AM UTC
Hi Stephen

It looks a real beauty! I think I'll have to treat myself to one of these - it's just the sort of Golden Age subject I love!

All the best

Rowan
JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, November 09, 2009 - 09:13 AM UTC
Well its official I have begun work on this kit for the sea plane Campaign. (A year from the time I first wrote about it.) Wow I have a lot going on.
JackFlash
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 02:42 PM UTC
Here is the build is completed.









Once again my sincere thanks to Aeroscale member - owner operator of WMM, Mr.Peter Plattner for providing the kit for review.

See the inprogress build here.

See the review here.
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