Clark MK IX Spitfire
Hello there John,
A modeller friend called round tonight for a chat. He’s building a one fifth T-28 Trojan and couldn’t find large enough retracts, so I suggested we look on your website, which was when I discovered you have delivered your last Spitfire.
This is sad news for those modellers who didn’t have the opportunity to purchase one of your exquisite kit sets when they were available but I’d like you to know that my Mark IX is still alive and very airworthy after many years. So thank you for the pleasure you’ve given so many of us over many years, both in the building as well as the flying, and I sincerely hope your retirement is a happy and long one!
There’s only one thing better than a Clark Spitfire and that’s a full size one. But just think of the cost!!!!
Sincerest best regards John Clark, you really are a legend.
Guy Clapshaw (New Zealand)
Clark Tiger Moth by Carl Cimprich
My name is Carl Cimprich. I have owned a Clark Tiger Moth for more years than I care to admit. I’m currently putting her through her third refit. I’ve come to your shop 3 different times to buy parts including replacement cowl, interior and even a new wing kit once. No one will ever part me from my Clark Moth.
All these years I’ve looked forward to a time when I could treat myself to my own Clark Spitfire. I just visited your website and read the news that it is no longer available. Although very disappointed that I will never have a Clark Spitfire in my retirement, I am well grateful I’ve had my Moth all these years along with the support available from you.
Please if someone has purchased your tooling and will be offering the spit can you tell me? Or… if that tooling is available for purchase? (probably dreaming here)
Thanks for the good times.
Good Day John,
You might recall me buying a Granby style propellor from you about 6 years ago for my Gipsy 1c powered Moth. It has been running well for me for about a year and a half flying so far. For your amusement I enclose a few short clips taken by my friends with phone cameras.
Lancaster Flintlock Rifle made for Charles Burnett, New Forest UK
Dear Mr Clark,
I am so pleased with my Lancaster Rifle you made with the African Sepele wood. It fits me perfectly and is very accurate. I will enjoy many hours shooting this beautiful creation. Thank you for your efforts in also supplying the hunting bag, horns and patch knife, etc.
Lancaster Flintlock Rifle by Henri Laliberté
I would like to take a few moments to thank you for your help during that “winter project.” It was a dream I had since 40 years to build a musket but I never thought I would have the chance to build so nice a model like that Lancaster and be able to have a mentor like you!!
It was not a beginner’s project but with your generous help I was able to carry out my goal.
Again many many thanks,
I just received the wonderful bullet starter and I am extremely proud to own a piece of art handmade by yourself.
Next week I will go back to the range and enjoy my Lancaster and thanks to you I will upgrade my muzzle loading efficiency.
I am very happy and thankful for everything you did to ensure my success.
Have a nice weekend,
Tigermoth by Etienne Bekker of Dubai, UAE
It’s been 9 months ….yes …..that is the time it takes to deliver!!
Finally, finished the lovely DH82A kit that you supplied. It’s been a journey, yet a lovely final scale product of my full scale 1942 aircraft. I’ve included some pics of the model and finally the real machine!
Thought you may appreciate some pics from the before, during and after of the building process. Unfortunately some stages completely missed out, but enough to encourage the enthusiast in approaching a project like this. It was a great project, hard and long hours spent with a lot of enjoyment.
Greetings from Dubai, UAE.
Spitfire MK IX cockpit detailing by Stein Uitenbroek of Portugal
Clark Tiger Moth Built by Bill Pottage, Abbotsford, BC
Bill Pottage’s Clark Gypsy Minor 31 CC Ryobi Engine with a Clark 20 x 6 prop Futaba 2.4 radio. Weight 21lbs, Century 21 covering Cub Yellow.
Other Customer Success Stories
Our Tiger Moth 82C, built and entered by Sal Iasilli, took 1st place at the 2002 WRAM Show scale static display, and featured in a review in Model Airplane News Magazine.
Aero Vintage Hawker Nimrod equipped with a new Clark Airscrew on her maiden flight in Sussex, England.Hawker Nimrod with Clark Airscrew.
Mike Buss of Dwight Ontario with the 700 lb bull elk he shot at 25 yds with his Clark Factors Rifle 54 calibre.
“The rifle looks like a million bucks. The old nitric acid stain in its reddish tinge looks absolutely stunning. My hat is off to you, and the skill that you have.” – Bill Greig, Ontario
“John, you really know your stuff when it comes to gun cases. I just wanted you to know how much I liked the pistol case and accessories. Thanks again.” – Glenn McClain
John Clark pictured with Glenn McClain and his new Clark pistol case and accessories. John is holding the Stirling Silver mounted Dirk and companion knife and fork Glenn made for him. Glen is a very well known and highly skilled bladesmith and has been accepted in to the Hammerers Guild in Edinburgh Scotland, a very high honour!
Accolades, Dedications and Donations
Spitfire model donated by Wally Evans and John Clark of Clark Industries to the Juno Beach Memorial.
John Clark acts as Master of Ceremonies at the dedication of the Hurricane and Spitfire Replicas to the RCAF Museum in Trenton, Ontario.
The CFPA WW-II and Korea had this monument created July 2007 to honour the 117 Canadian Fighter Pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain, and is located in the airpark at the RCAF Memorial Museum at Trenton, Ontario.
A bronze bust of Winston Churchill was presented by Lt. Col. Tom Wheler, President of the Canadian Fighter Pilots Association, to John Clark on July 2007 for his dedication and outstanding service as project director and newsletter editor.