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13 Aug

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Vic Scheuerman continues his back-to-basics series using a Seafire Mk XV as his example, providing examples of the types of photographs he uses to help him detail cockpits.
1. The bottom of the gunsight framing can just be picked out in this photograph, along with the radio push-button controller, with its red buttons, on the port side. The gun firing button (red) on the spade handle allows for outboard guns (top) and inboard guns (bottom) to be selected. The control at the bottom of the handle is for the gun camera. (Dr Doug Faulder Collection)
2. Head on view of the instrument panel. Note the details on the control column and that the top of the compass can be seen, along with the ‘recesses’ in the fire wall for the rudder pedals. Note the bolt stems that project out of the wall around these recesses. (Dr Doug Faulder Collection)
3. A good view of the details in the rudder pedal area and the numerous sections of tubing and wiring found here. Note the larger diameter copper tubing (best replicated with copper wire) on the starboard side, coming from the undercarriage selector control. The seat cushion is nonstandard. (Dr Doug Faulder Collection)
4. In this view of the entry door the pry bar is missing – standard practice for RCN Seafires. In one period photograph, the securing points for the bar had been used to attach a length of webbing. (Vic Scheuerman)
5. A view of the windscreen showing the early gunsight (the Gyro Mk IID was fitted to later aircraft) and some details of the starboard cockpit wall. Note the thick bullet-resistant pane that is mounted ‘onto’ the windscreen frame. If you look at the curl in the oxygen hose you will see two of the three retainers for spare gunsight lamps. (Dr Doug Faulder Collection)
6. A close look at the port cockpit wall adjacent toO the instrument panel. The throttle is the main detail, with the large

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elevator trim wheel behind it and the smaller rudder trim tab handwheel next. Directly above the elevator trim wheel is the bomb control panel. (Dr Doug Faulder Collection
7. A close look at the seat armour plate clearly shows how the seat mounting arms pass through the plate to be attached to the framing. (Dr Doug Faulder Collection)
8. This view of the hood ‘control panel’ shows the hood release catch, which has a cable attached to its two release arms. The blue object is the jettison release ball. The PARI’ photo-etched set includes the hood release catch, but its instructions would have you mount it upside down. The jettison release assembly on my model was made from a short section of brass wire with a ‘dollop’ of PVA, painted blue, to represent the ball. (Vic Scheuerman)
9. Again the port side is shown, but this time a little further aft, by the entry door. Directly below the rudder trim tab hand-wheel is an electrical control box. The two black panels are a protective cover over the control cables that run aft from the hand-wheels. (Dr Doug Faulder Collection)
10. A close look at the recessed guide for the sliding section of the canopy. Note the triangular gusset in the lower corner of this section. (Vic Scheuerman)
11. In this view of the starboard cockpit wall one can see the prominent datum longeron above the seat pan. Looking aft of the top cylinder there is a black junction box and aft of that are two clip holders. These normally held a small incendiary bomb, should the aircraft need to be destroyed in wartime. (Dr Doug Faulder Collection)

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12. This downward view shows some cockpit detail, but also note the cut-out in the canopy framing to accommodate the aerial mast; this detail is not illustrated in the type’s parts manual. (Vic Scheuerman)
13. The right cockpit wall showing the oxygen hose. One can see two aluminum-finished emergency C02 cylinders. The top one is for the flaps, the lower for the undercarriage. (Dr Doug Faulder Collection)

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The change to this column’s title has been forced upon us by a Ministry of Defence licensing issue. The abbreviation ‘RAP”‘ and the words ‘Royal Air Force™’ can no longer be used in a title describing a group – such as a SIG – without a license from the MoD. The procedures for satisfying this requirement have proved to be swathed in red tape, expensive and unworkable. The trademark arrangements also cover the ‘corporate roundel’ and all logos used throughout the UK armed forces, each of which has to covered by a separate licence. The IPMS ‘RAF™’ SIG has therefore now been dissolved. Hopefully this issue will eventually sort itself out and common sense will prevail, so that we can again concentrate on our hobby. In the meantime, let’s enjoy some UK air

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