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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:38 am    Post subject: Guy Martin's Spitfire Reply with quote

Did anyone else watch this yesterday evening?

Overall quite enjoyable I thought, although it was more of a re-creation than restoration (understandable given what they had to work with!!).

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I watched it. As you say this was not a restoration project. I think the only things linking this to the downed plane were that it was made to the same drawings and it had a non-standard rear view mirror.

Guy Martin may be very enthusiastic but much of the time I can't interpret his gabble.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 109 vs Spitfire footage was the highlight for me.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the plane was true to its production date it shouldn't have been fitted with Miss Shilling's orifice mod and they could have demonstrated one of the principal advantages of the 109 over the early Spitfires.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I find it very difficult to understand him sometimes! Fantastic programme...

Remember though that Guy survived this TT racing accident, you can just see his foot appearing from the flames on the right of the picture as he slides along the road at high speed!!



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the programme, to be honest I was quite disappointed at how little of it covered the restoration / rebuild of the plane, and how much of it was yet more coverage of the history of the Spitfire. I know they've got to stick all that in to make it interesting for the general viewing public, but I was hoping for more. Nice to see it "restored" though.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I caught some of it and must agree its not really a restoration. I also don't agree with these programmes when they are called for instance 'Guy Martins Spitfire'. The amount of work he did was only the tip of the iceberg and the crew/company doing it tend to get overshadowed.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I avoid all these type of programmes where they rebuild a car in a week, recreate planes from an original screw from the dashboard and rebuild houses in two days, do they really think we are that easily conned?
These programmes heap praise on a well known name and miss out the actual people who do the work, but I suppose it gives 'gogglebox' flat bottom viewers something to talk about.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually Ka there was quite a lot of space given to the people who were really doing the work, both in terms of interview time and where they were showing the celeb how to do things. You're usually correct, but in this case they did involve the team quite a lot.

There was the usual TV 'false jeopardy' stuff ('if Guy slips with this drill, a new bolt will be required which could take six months to make' - really? well don't let him do it then) which was a bit wearing, but I think I've developed a filter for that now.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ive been overseas for a bit so missed it, what channel was it on?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kevin2306 wrote:
ive been overseas for a bit so missed it, what channel was it on?

Kev Very Happy


Here goes:

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/guy-martins-spitfire/4od

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect Guy Martin gets stuck in a bit more than most "celebs" do on these sort of programs, remember his day job is still a mechanic at a Scania workshop.

I do enjoy his programs, even though I can't look at him without thinking of Wolverine! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
I suspect Guy Martin gets stuck in a bit more than most "celebs" do on these sort of programs, remember his day job is still a mechanic at a Scania workshop.

I do enjoy his programs, even though I can't look at him without thinking of Wolverine! Laughing

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He sells great wooly hats too!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
I also don't agree with these programmes when they are called for instance 'Guy Martins Spitfire'. The amount of work he did was only the tip of the iceberg and the crew/company doing it tend to get overshadowed.

A classic case of that was The Plane [sic] that Saved Britain, about the Mosquito, and showing at some length the only flying example—a newly constructed replica. Not a solitary mention of Glyn Powell, who spent decades scouring the globe for the tens of thousands of drawings that eventually enabled him to build the airframe from scratch in the workshop on his property in Drury, on the southern fringe of Auckland. No mention either of the phenomenal job done by Avspecs at Ardmore Aerodrome in transforming the bare airframe into a wonderful flying machine. Much talk, though, about the wealthy American owner—all he did was pay for it! (To give him his due, he did allow the machine to stay in New Zealand for some months so that we had good opportunities to enjoy it).

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