A Spitfire part?

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  1. Marcogrifo

    Marcogrifo Member

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    Hi all, hope this is the right place to post an inquiry.

    This part was found near a site (in Italy, I think) where a Spitfire crashed during WWII; has anybody a clue about what can it be?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Cheers

    P.S.: I'm not the owner of that part, so I can't say more about it...
     
  2. Colin1

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    Given the mechanical action that you've demonstrated
    and the metal pipe union above it, I'll take a guess and say cooling system, possibly even the thermostat assembly.

    I'll have a dig around and see if I can find anything more scientific than my guess
     
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    Thank you, Colin.
     
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    Actually
    it looks more like a mechanical cam-driven pump of some sort, than a thermostat assembly
     
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    Hello chaps,
    the part in the posted photo's is a firing solenoid, the unit was mounted the bottom rear end of a .303" Browning, the lift arm is the manual bolt release for the gun.

    Kind regards,
    Dave
     
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    Nice one Dave
    I was looking in completely the wrong area
     
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    No problem sir, glad to be of help.
    Kind regards,
    Dave
     
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    Can I take it then that the pipe union was for pneumatic delivery, rather than hydraulic?
     
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    Hello Colin1,
    that is correct sir, the weapons were pneumatically fired.
    Kind regards,
    Dave
     
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    Not the clearest shot in the world, but gives some idea of the location Dave was talking about

    The installation from below and to the rear; to the left of the gun may be seen the harmonisation locking quadrant for raising or lowering the barrel; the braided cable running underneath the gun carried high pressure air to fire the weapon.
     

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    Nice job there guys!!!
     
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    #12 spitfirefive, Apr 14, 2009
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    A closer view of the unit fitted to a replica .303" Browning mounted in a Spitfire MkV wing, minus air connection and gun mounting bolts.

    Kind regards,
    Dave
     
  13. Marcogrifo

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    WOW! Many Many Thanks guys! :cheers:
    Excellent job =D>

    BTW, I suspected that lever had to be operated by hand, but I didn't figure out it was related with armament.

    Here what the owner of the part has found:
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    Cheers
     
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