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    19squadron got a reaction from MikeMaben in Another early Spitfire question: the voltage regulator cabling   
    The Voltage regulator fitted to the back of frame 11 on a MkI, Mk II or MkV Spitfire is a 12 volt regulator that has a simple on off toggle swith to operate next to the volt meter and ammeter on the instrument panel.
     
    The Voltage regulator with twin barrels fitted to some Spitfire Vc's and MkIX's is a 24volt regulator fitted in comnjunction with a major rediesign of the whole aircrafts' electrical system in late 1942. The dials and switch remain in the same position on the instrument panel.
     
    All spitfires built with a Merlin II engine - ie K9787 up to K9980 had a different wiring, no regulator and a twist switch with three positions - OFF, HALF, FULL so once 12.4 volts had been reached in flight the pilot would switch to "HALF CHHARGE" and leave it there unless the voltmeter showed less than 11.5 v. In other words the pilot was the regulator. You will not find this in any published book including Shacklady.  There is an issue as to when the wiring changed, some people I know are convinced it coincided with the introduction of the Merlin III, personally I am not convinced of that since no L series Spitfire I know has a regulator fitted on frame 11. N series Spitfires on all had the 12v regulator fitted in the well known position on frame 11 behind the headrest with the wiring protected by a metal shield and running down the port and starboard
    side of the frame.
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    19squadron got a reaction from Fanes in Another early Spitfire question: the voltage regulator cabling   
    Mk IX's were basically MkV's re engined, and retained most of the internal layout of the MkV including 24v regulators on the back of frame 11. Mk VII Mk VIII, MkXII and MkXIV etc were all total redesigns of all srtuctures bar C wings and all systems and they do not have any regulator mounted on the back of frame 11,
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    19squadron got a reaction from D.B. Andrus in Another early Spitfire question: the voltage regulator cabling   
    The Voltage regulator fitted to the back of frame 11 on a MkI, Mk II or MkV Spitfire is a 12 volt regulator that has a simple on off toggle swith to operate next to the volt meter and ammeter on the instrument panel.
     
    The Voltage regulator with twin barrels fitted to some Spitfire Vc's and MkIX's is a 24volt regulator fitted in comnjunction with a major rediesign of the whole aircrafts' electrical system in late 1942. The dials and switch remain in the same position on the instrument panel.
     
    All spitfires built with a Merlin II engine - ie K9787 up to K9980 had a different wiring, no regulator and a twist switch with three positions - OFF, HALF, FULL so once 12.4 volts had been reached in flight the pilot would switch to "HALF CHHARGE" and leave it there unless the voltmeter showed less than 11.5 v. In other words the pilot was the regulator. You will not find this in any published book including Shacklady.  There is an issue as to when the wiring changed, some people I know are convinced it coincided with the introduction of the Merlin III, personally I am not convinced of that since no L series Spitfire I know has a regulator fitted on frame 11. N series Spitfires on all had the 12v regulator fitted in the well known position on frame 11 behind the headrest with the wiring protected by a metal shield and running down the port and starboard
    side of the frame.
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    19squadron got a reaction from D.B. Andrus in Another early Spitfire question: the voltage regulator cabling   
    Mk IX's were basically MkV's re engined, and retained most of the internal layout of the MkV including 24v regulators on the back of frame 11. Mk VII Mk VIII, MkXII and MkXIV etc were all total redesigns of all srtuctures bar C wings and all systems and they do not have any regulator mounted on the back of frame 11,
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    19squadron got a reaction from thierry laurent in Another early Spitfire question: the voltage regulator cabling   
    Mk IX's were basically MkV's re engined, and retained most of the internal layout of the MkV including 24v regulators on the back of frame 11. Mk VII Mk VIII, MkXII and MkXIV etc were all total redesigns of all srtuctures bar C wings and all systems and they do not have any regulator mounted on the back of frame 11,
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    19squadron got a reaction from thierry laurent in Another early Spitfire question: the voltage regulator cabling   
    The Voltage regulator fitted to the back of frame 11 on a MkI, Mk II or MkV Spitfire is a 12 volt regulator that has a simple on off toggle swith to operate next to the volt meter and ammeter on the instrument panel.
     
    The Voltage regulator with twin barrels fitted to some Spitfire Vc's and MkIX's is a 24volt regulator fitted in comnjunction with a major rediesign of the whole aircrafts' electrical system in late 1942. The dials and switch remain in the same position on the instrument panel.
     
    All spitfires built with a Merlin II engine - ie K9787 up to K9980 had a different wiring, no regulator and a twist switch with three positions - OFF, HALF, FULL so once 12.4 volts had been reached in flight the pilot would switch to "HALF CHHARGE" and leave it there unless the voltmeter showed less than 11.5 v. In other words the pilot was the regulator. You will not find this in any published book including Shacklady.  There is an issue as to when the wiring changed, some people I know are convinced it coincided with the introduction of the Merlin III, personally I am not convinced of that since no L series Spitfire I know has a regulator fitted on frame 11. N series Spitfires on all had the 12v regulator fitted in the well known position on frame 11 behind the headrest with the wiring protected by a metal shield and running down the port and starboard
    side of the frame.
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    19squadron reacted to Jennings Heilig in Spitfire Mk I gas detector patch decal   
    I’d just paint it.  They were a number of different styles and sizes (and locations), and were probably applied at unit level.  They were a yellow green color, sometimes fairly dark.  The instructions for our last big Spitfire project has some information on them.  Not all a/c in a given unit had them.
     
     
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    19squadron got a reaction from williamj in positive WNW info ?   
    That's the oddest thing I have seen written in a long time!
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    19squadron reacted to Radub in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Yes, I also read the discussions on FB. Because this comes from the WNW designer I am inclined to believe it. Just like many others my trust in utterances coming from people outside WNW is becoming increasingly thin. This proves yet again that all those people who claimed to know intimately all the goings on inside WNW had no idea this was going on altogether. Remember the insane "feeding frenzy of stupid" over the fate of the moulds? Not a single one of those guys who spoke with such "authority" ever mentioned MENG. Now the same guys say that they knew this all along and that it was "widely known". Bullplop! 
    As I said, either way I am happy that we are getting a new Dr.1. 
    Radu
     
    Later edit: David Parker has photos of the parts on FB. Link
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    19squadron reacted to Bradleygolding in positive WNW info ?   
    The G 1 is getting a lot of mentions here, and I appreciate that it had minimal actual use, but I love the oddity of it and admire WnW for making it. Might have to try and find one somewhere. Oddities just like Art House movies, however don't pay the rent!
     
    Steve
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    19squadron got a reaction from Alburymodeler in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    I agree Radu, plus there are some awkward details on the "Meng" CAD - noticably the clumsy rib tape on the middle wing, which are mistakes Wingnut Wings would not make.
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    19squadron got a reaction from williamj in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    I think the Roden kit is excellent and exceedingly buildable, it just misses the research and fine detail that Wingnut Wings were so good at. You are right about the SE5a, in fact the Junkers J1 is the weakest of the WNW kits in my opinion - since cleartly WNW got better and better as time went by to reach the standard of their Dolphin and Camel.
     
    All of which misses the point - which was since the Meng release appears to have clumsy rib tape on the main wings or at least the middle wing, it would seem reasonable to guess that it is their own design rather than a purloined or bought Wingnut Wings design.
     
     
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    19squadron reacted to LSP_K2 in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    Me too. I'm still annoyed that after waiting ten years for it, WNW falls on its face just prior to releasing theirs. Perhaps this one will bridge the gap between the Rodent kit and the WNW version, assuming this is not the WNW kit.
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    19squadron reacted to LSP_Mike in 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Meng   
    As I have 4 Roden tripes, I'm good. I am interested to see the kit and always glad to see new 1/32 kits hit the market.
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    19squadron got a reaction from nmayhew in Very Early Spitfire Mk1 Help   
    There is a more significant problem in that the nose of the Revell kits is too long by 3mm forward of the canopy, and the fuselage is too wide and the wrong shape midway along the fuselage. To my mind the "new" Revell Spitfire mk 11a is one of the most inaccurate and the worst kit released in 1/32 for a very long time. Much better to start with a Hobby Boss mk V and alter the wing canon armament, the Revell just is all wrong.
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    19squadron got a reaction from Pete Roberts in Very Early Spitfire Mk1 Help   
    You might want to wait for the upcoming Eduard Spitfire Mk1 in 1/48 due out in august. There has been an enormous amount of research put into getting that kit correct with several early variations, and it may well be useful to you as a template for a 1/32 model.
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    19squadron got a reaction from Pete Roberts in Very Early Spitfire Mk1 Help   
    In 1938 the straight topped canopy's were rapidly replaced, and in the press shots of the squadron lined up there are aircraft with both balooned tops and straight tops, so you'd have the option in 1938.
    The hydraulic resevoir behind frame 11 fed the manual undercarriage lift, it was present on K series L series and P series Spitfires and even the first MkII's built at Castle Bromwich. The hydraulic resevoir moved to underneath the engine cowling on aircraft with non manual undercarriage lift. The pilots oxygen tank is always in the same place behind frame 11 underneath the hydraulic resevoir on early aircraft.
    All early Spitfires had no voltage regulator at all [except the pilot] the battery charge was controlled by a three way switch on the instrument panel, 12v voltage regulators were fitted to reduce pilot workload in N series aircraft. All these early aircraft had Merlin II's which had significantly different wiring/instrument panel etc than aircrft built with the Merlin III.
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    19squadron got a reaction from RLWP in Very Early Spitfire Mk1 Help   
    The Tamiya kit is dimensionally accurate and compares well to original Supermarine drawings I have, the Revell kit is and looks all wrong.
     
    the Revell kit is 3mm too long in the fuel tank armour and engine cowl combined, and its about 3mm too wide across the fuselage at the cockpit door.
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    19squadron got a reaction from RLWP in Very Early Spitfire Mk1 Help   
    In 1938 the straight topped canopy's were rapidly replaced, and in the press shots of the squadron lined up there are aircraft with both balooned tops and straight tops, so you'd have the option in 1938.
    The hydraulic resevoir behind frame 11 fed the manual undercarriage lift, it was present on K series L series and P series Spitfires and even the first MkII's built at Castle Bromwich. The hydraulic resevoir moved to underneath the engine cowling on aircraft with non manual undercarriage lift. The pilots oxygen tank is always in the same place behind frame 11 underneath the hydraulic resevoir on early aircraft.
    All early Spitfires had no voltage regulator at all [except the pilot] the battery charge was controlled by a three way switch on the instrument panel, 12v voltage regulators were fitted to reduce pilot workload in N series aircraft. All these early aircraft had Merlin II's which had significantly different wiring/instrument panel etc than aircrft built with the Merlin III.
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    19squadron got a reaction from Ryan in WNW   
    There's just about no unsold dealer stock left anywhere in the world as we speak, and "even" the unloved Gotha I is selling fast from Hannants and on ebay, give that a few more weeks and they will all be gone too.
     
    So how many other manufacturer's could ever say their kits have sold so fast for so much money in such a short time? and where are the Tamiya kits or any other injection molded manufacturer selling for £200 - £300 plus?
     
    If that does not show just how prized thes kits are, and what a demand there is for them, then cows can fly as far as I am concerned. I am in no doubt the kits are far far better than Tamiya or anybody else's.
     
    I am sure there are other issues that only those that worked directing that company really understand that are at play here, right now what has happened is a tragedy, and that is enough! everything else is somewhat churlish speculation which serves no one, and achieves nothing.
     
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    19squadron reacted to Juggernut in WNW   
    If one reads the very last couple of sentences in the article, you might be inclined to think otherwise:
     
     
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    19squadron reacted to Pup7309 in Wingnut Wings - The End?   
    Obviously people make statements which change over time. But saying that they will not make a Dr1 10 years ago isn't in the same ballpark as saying things are grim in this pandemic. Even though this is second hand info I believe the sources. It is good to question hearsay but you need to check you're own questioning rather than being fly in the ointment. But what you chose to believe is up to you, no skin off my nose either way.
     
    I'd say things are as grim for WNW as for everyone else. Only PJ can save this if he has the motivation and money.
    The designers and researchers can still work from home and get projects ready, the warehouse staff?  The signs for NZ recovery are good. But if there is a systemic failure and the bean counters and tax agencies are calling the shots then they are in a very difficult spot, as mentioned.
     
    I hope his Museum stays open, the Vintage aviator stays flying in NZ, the DR1's squeeze through, and Weta survives. Remember that PJ's whole Middle NZ thing is huge for tourism, and employs quite a few people. Rich people avoid paying fair amounts of tax it's true, but how many started a 1/32 WW1 kit company, created Hobbition or an Air Museum?  I'm not trying to be a fan, just hoping these things continue, not go bust like my local coffee store, restaurants or workplace. I know, 1st world problem, but still...
     
    Let's see what the next few weeks bring
     
     
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    19squadron reacted to cbk57 in SIX, yes six new Wingnut Wings Albatros D.V / D.Va kits   
    I am happy to see WNW keeps looking for new ways to release this kit.  It is such a wonderful subject.  
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    19squadron reacted to monthebiff in SIX, yes six new Wingnut Wings Albatros D.V / D.Va kits   
    Definitely, wish more manufacturers would do this but there are so many amazing schemes that WnW can go at so it makes a lot of sense. At this rate they will be wearing the Alby  moulds out!! WnW are just prolific at the moment.......who said it's not a not for profit business?
     
    Regards. Andy 
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    19squadron got a reaction from Pup7309 in WNW releases...   
    DH5 is definitely possible, but I just have a feeling that if it's not a Nieuport, it might well be a 1/1/2 Strutter which was an important aircraft in the scheme of things.
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