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1:32 Spit Mk. IX (Early) Details
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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 05:01 AM UTC
Holdfast takes a critical look at Eduard's etched interior details for the early-production Spitfire Mk.IX.

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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 07:52 PM UTC
Your reviewer is entirely correct; the Sutton harness, being fabric, was a light buff/tan colour. There was no such thing as a "late," or "early" harness; the Sutton remained in use until post-war.
The receptacle, for the Very pistol cartridges, on the front of the seat, was optional, and normally only carried by Seafires, or P.R. Spitfires. Both metal and plastic seats were used throughout the war, and were completely interchangeable.
Beware the inclusion of parts, in the early set, for the gyro gunsight; this sight did not come into general use until 1944, in fact, by D-day, only 300 Spitfires and 100 Seafires had been converted to use it. The gunsight involved a different throttle handle (an early form of HOTAS is the best way to describe it) with a pair of cables running, from it, up to the side of the sight. Some pilots (Johnson, for one) preferred to remain with the earlier sight, anyway.
The toe straps, on the rudder pedals, were deleted from February, 1944.
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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 09:37 PM UTC
Thanks for confirming that Edgar, all of my references are packed away and, although I was certain about the harness, I couldn't double check..

Edgar, have you ever thought about writing a book, just for modellers, with all this info about what where when how? You always clarify posts about Spitfires and clearly know what you are talking about. I always look forward to your inputs, as I know when Spitfires are mentioned you will be there The problem is re-finding all the post that you have made, over several different forums, to confirm those details. Alternatively how about an article for Aeroscale on the subject, that would soon reach the most read top ten

Alternatively, Rowan, is it possible to pool all of Edgars posts on the Spitfire?
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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 11:59 PM UTC
We're working on it; the biggest problem is that I keep finding something else, that I didn't know, before I turned up the file/drawing. At this rate it could rival the Encyclopedia Britannica