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Old Sep 30, 2012, 9:42 PM   #11
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Thanks guys. Kind words Harj, I like you bird shots a lot. They won't let you in the Lanc. But the back is open and you can see how tight it was. What surprized a lot of people was the single seat in the drivers cabin. He has lots of room, the nose gunner and bomb aimer have to get by him but only one set of controls. They were a tough bird though. Heaviest pay load as well, up to the B29 and I'm not sure about that.

One thing with the Mossie, is the merlins are as far forward as the nose cone. Looks a bit more business like.
I saw a show of them building them just last week. Plywood skins layered with epoxy over concrete molds. A lot like the way some boats are built.
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Old Sep 30, 2012, 9:57 PM   #12
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Just thinking, the Nazi's tried the Mossie idea first with the ME BF110. 2-109 engines on a fighter bomber. But it was a bust! Wasn't competetive at all and relegated to night fighters and sorte's where they didn't come up against frontline fighters.


"As a long-range escort fighter the Bf 110C received a disastrous mauling at the hands of the more nimble Hurricane and Spitfire during the "Battle of Britain". Rather than protecting the bombers under escort, the Bf 110C formations usually found that they were hard put to defend themselves, and the farcical situation developed in which single-seat Bf 109E fighters were having to afford protection to the escort fighters. The complete failure of the Bf 110C in the role for which it had been conceived led to its eventual withdrawal from the Channel coast but did not result in any reduction in its production priority."

D.H.98 initially known as "Freeman's Folly".
But he fooled the old fogies in the RAF when it exceeded all original specs.

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Old Oct 1, 2012, 12:21 PM   #13
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D.H.98 initially known as "Freeman's Folly".
But he fooled the old fogies in the RAF when it exceeded all original specs.
You got me reading more about the 98. It's interesting that it could outrun Spitfires until they got the souped up engines towards the end of the war. (Depending on whose specs you believe.)

I think we like the 98 because guys always like more power (= twin engines).
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I agreed with Steven, Ted and Harj about your pictures, the exposure and sharpness is perfect.

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