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Title: Early Spitfire tail
Post by: Aleksander on February 11, 2009, 02:04:12 PM
Hello Everybody,
Two weeks ago I've begin to build an early Spitfire Mk.I from 19 Sqn. This is an Airfix 1/48 model. The plane I would to build - K9795 - is quite good known.
I've met a problem with the device mounted on a top of the tail (red ring on the photo). I know that this construction was made to prevent fin contact with anti-spin parachute, but I have no idea how it was looking like.
(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y109/goria/Spitfire_MkI/Spit_K9795a.jpg)
I can't find any better picture or drawing showing this thing. Could anyone help with better picture or drawing ?
TIA
Aleksander



Title: Re: Early Spitfire tail
Post by: Antoni on February 12, 2009, 09:31:17 PM
I don't think you will be able to see very much.Device looks like two prongs with a cross piece or perhaps a loop joining them.


Title: Re: Early Spitfire tail
Post by: Antoni on February 12, 2009, 09:33:22 PM
A couple more photos.


Title: Re: Early Spitfire tail
Post by: Antoni on February 12, 2009, 09:50:15 PM
I try for a better scan. It seems the Mk III also had this device fittted (last photo).


Title: Re: Early Spitfire tail
Post by: charlie19 on February 12, 2009, 10:24:57 PM
This pic is from 'Supermarine Spitfire part 1' from SAM publications. The item is a rudder horn balance guard.

(http://premium1.uploadit.org/Charlie//spit-horn-guard.jpg) (http://www.uploadit.org)


Title: Re: Early Spitfire tail
Post by: Aleksander on February 13, 2009, 12:11:12 AM
Thanks a lot - you are GREAT ! I couldn't expect better pictures. I'm sure I can do something with it and after finishing I will show you the result.
Thank you again!
Regards, Aleksander


Title: Re: Early Spitfire tail
Post by: Editor on March 08, 2009, 08:12:38 PM
Perhaps all that is necessary is the enlarged version of the same image. Hope this helps.


Title: Re: Early Spitfire tail
Post by: Aleksander on March 11, 2009, 07:44:42 PM
Thank you - it will help in painting too   :)


Title: Re: Early Spitfire tail
Post by: Aleksander on March 30, 2009, 01:52:05 PM
That's what I was able to produce owing to your suggestions. I hope it looks at least a little bit like the original one. I'm going to finish her soon and show her in the Modelling part of the Site.

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y109/goria/Spitfire_MkI/SpitI037.jpg)

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y109/goria/Spitfire_MkI/SpitI039.jpg)

Regards