Originally Posted by db1yg
Normally you would be right---but Bob's Spitfire is actually a full scale home built Spitfire based on the original plans!!! Took him many years to build it and he decided to install the 1325 hp Allison for its reliability--vs the Griffon or Merlin. He had an original canopy, stick, and interior parts and built most of the rest--with help from some talented friends. The ultimate compliment was at the last Oshkosh---it was parked with the other WWII Spits and got little more attention than did the "real" ones---you CAN NOT tell the difference!! Pick up a copy of the March edition of Sport Aviation---great article.
Not quite the original plans... Bob's Spitfire is wood...
You are correct though on how it looks, you have to get really close to see that it is a replica, not a real one.