And Darryl, I just read this thread- You sir, have created two masterpieces!!! May I ask, if the Spitfire and Viper were both completed today, what would be next?
One of the problems is deciding...the obvious answer would be "a divorce"
The B-17 would have to be high on the list but I tend to get a headache just thinking about more than two engines...Lancaster would be the other 4 that I would consider..BUT..let's face it, it has to be accu-sim or at least a bit like it.
A Catalina, I'd also consider, I have the one from "the other crowd" but haven't flown it much yet.
Looking at "friendliness" to other types, the Spit allows me to fly the Tigermoth, Harvard, Cub, Extra, Pitts Special, Decathlon, for example, without too many changes or having to use the, mouse. It is less compatible with modern GA's, mostly because of the interlink mechanism between Throttle and mixture....at any less than 1/2 throttle, you can't lean the mixture in the Spitifre, so even though the lever IS linked to a pot not a switch, it doesn't easily lend itself to cruising in a modern.
I am currently designing a throttle, mixture, pitch, switches bank and nav instrument stand which can slip in next to the Spitfire cockpit, and with at least six levers available (via two saitek throttle units) and that would make it posible to fly the Catalina or other twins..I may even put a second set of engine instruments on it...but cost is getting out of control, then.
When the cockpits are complete, I would also like to chanel a good slab of funds back into the Extra 300 and build some more hardcore aero's hours IRL.