WHAT I CAN BUILD FOR YOU APRIL 2010

The following photographs are of full panel set that I currently have in my store on Ebay. It represents an early B17 "G" model, which was the first variant of the final series of B17 built during WWII. all the instruments are original WWII vintage items. The panel itself is built exactly as the G series was done, with a plywood frame in the back and 3 phenolic panels, which held the instruments. At the time that I took these photos, I did not have any altimeter correction cards, so that is why there is a compass card in the holder.Different types of gauges were sometimes used, especially in the area of temperature gauges. This panel had the crossed needle type, but if you wish, I can build yours with the other type of oil temp, cylinder head temp and carb air temp gauges that have the needlea at 9 oclock and 3 oclock. Your panel will ship with the correct altimeter card. The photos I post here are very big, to enable you to see the minute details of the panels.

 

The following photographs are of the Mag Switch, or as it was sometimes caller, cowl flap panel. It sits on top of the center throttle conslole and can be seen in the original photograph below. Mag switches, toggle switches and the keying switch are all original WWII units. The toggle switches are a close match to the originals, although not the exact type used in every position. An exact solid Aluminium copy of the mag switch connecting link, made from original WWII Boeion drawings has been added.

 

These are photos of the Fire Control Panel, called that because of the LaFrance CO2 engine fire extinguisher controls on the bottom front. It also contains the 4 engine starting switches, 4 oil dilution switches, 8 lights showing the carburator air cleaner. Switches and lights are all original WWII items and th LaFrance unit is an accurate reproduction of an original.

The following photographs are of full panel, that I currently have in my store on Ebay. It represents an early B17 "G" model, which was the first variant of the final series of B17 built during WWII. all the instruments are original WWII vintage items. The panel itself is built exactly as the G series was done, with a plywood frame in the back and 3 phenolic panels, which held the instruments. Different types of gauges were sometimes used, especially in the area of temperature gauges. This panel had the crossed needle type, but if you wish, I can build yours with the other type of oil temp, cylinder head temp and carb air temp gauges that have the needlea at 9 oclock and 3 oclock.

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For those having their own instruments I still offer the empty panel, complete with the label set and Aluminium Boeing serial # and Flying Fortress plates

This is an actual photograph of an early "G" series B17

 

P-51 MUSTANG PANELS

HAVE JUST COMPLETED MY FIRST SERIES OF P-51 MUSTANG INSTRUMENT PANELS. ALL WERE SOLD ON EBAY VERY QUICKLY. THE FIRST ONE WENT TO ITALY, THE NEXT PAIR TO JAPAN AND THE LAST TO OHIO

HERE ARE PICS OF THE ONE TO ITALY:

NEXT THE ONE TO JAPAN:

AND LASTLY THE ONE TO OHIO:

AS YOU CAN SEE, SOME OF THESE WERE BUILT WITH NON STANDART ELECTRIC 3 IN 1 GAUGES. THIS WAS DONE TO SAVE MONEY, BECAUSE FROM THE FRONT THERE IS NO REAL DIFFERENCE AND SOME PEOPLE DETEST DRAGGING THE COPPER TUBING COIL AROUND WITH THE PANEL