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« on: April 11, 2012, 06:25:34 PM »

I am honored to have been accepted as a member of this very nice forum. I have been doing some research for a while now with the intention of building a Spitfire cockpit myself. I have several questions, but the most pressing for now is
1) Do you know where I may find a list of drawings needed to build a Spitfire (cockpit)?
2) Where does one obtain the drawings?
I would like to build probably a Mk V or maybe a Mk II including Frames 5 to 12. I would like to model everything that was found inside the cockpit between Frames 5 and 12. That is to say that anything found on the real plane, between Frames 5 and 12 that was NOT visible / part of the inside of the cockpit, would not be modeled. I am planning to model this cockpit life size (1:1)
I bought all the plans available from www.fighter-plane-blueprints.co.uk last year. This amounts more than 3000 drawings of all variants of Spitfire. Problem is that none of the planes seem to have anywhere near a complete set of drawings. I have figured out that on some later models of Spitfire drawings from previous versions would be used if the parts remained unchanged on the new designs. Therefore if I wanted to build a Mk V the drawing showing the Fuselage construction would be 34927-1. This sheet calls for the use of 34927-2 and 34927-6 for frames 5 and 9 respectively. All other details are said to be found on 30027-23 (which was not included on the dvd I bought) Generally there seems to be a lot of gaps in the information I have, but I have no way of telling since I do not know which drawings are required to have a full set for a Mk V Spitfire.
I have ordered the Haynes Spitfire manual and have been looking at ordering the book from Monforton Press titled Spitfire MkIX & XIV Engineered. Also, on ebay there is a set of DVDs, Spitfire / Airframe Fabrication / Blueprints Manuals WW2 including the ebook “How aircraft were made in the 1940s”. Looks good judging by the write-up.
Bottom line is I am trying to gather all this information needed to start with the project but the main problem I’m having is that I do not know exactly what I am looking for. Can anybody point me in the right direction to obtaining a list of required drawings and a reliable source from whom to obtain such drawings?
I was also wondering where one might find drawings / sketches / diagrams for the reflector gunsight used on the Mk V or Mk II. Were these part of the Spitfire drawings? I’m thinking that these sights were probably produced by different companies than the ones building the planes. As yet I have not been able to come across a name for a manufacturer (or any plans / diagrams) for these sights.
All the best.
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 06:56:58 AM »

Took us years of research to find all the necessary drawings needed just to do the fuselage.It is like starting a jigsaw puzzle with most of the pieces missing Smiley
The gunsight was a standard part and there are many around for sale on ebay.If on a tight budget if a local museum has a British fighter aircraft you may get access to measure it up.
Back on the drawings if you scale up the GA drawings to full size you can take measurements for manufacture for parts ..
Grab as many pics as possible too.My Spitporn folder is currently over 2 gigs and growing Smiley Grin
Good luck
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013, 02:15:17 AM »

New release,
Monforton Press now offers an e-book version of 'Spitfire Mk IX & XVI engineered' as well as cad drawings for the Mk IX and Mk XVI. Included in the book are hundreds of photos detailing the cockpit with separate images of each instrument. The drawings have accurate scale renditions of the cockpit instruments and some of the equipment found there, including the seat.
Please visit. Thank you

« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 09:56:39 AM »

Hello, I have just joined the Spitfire forum site and read your post regarding plans to help you make a cockpit for the aeroplane. I have been making my full size Spitfire replica for the last couple of years and do have some full size drawings for many of the frames including 5 and 11 and also a large general arrangement drawing for the pilot's seat,wing fillet and some of the tail parts.

I don't sell them as a business but if you are still looking for them and happy to pay postage and photocoping cost let me know.
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