Messerschmitt part to identify

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  1. Rocketeer

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    Any ideas anyone please?
    I thought it was at first a nose cone tip from a Me262. However, by that stage of the war, the Germans were censoring aircraft data plates and each factory used a 3 letter identifier.

    The German part numbering was usually easy to understand...i.e. R8-111- for He111, and R8-190 for Fw190....you get the idea!!!?

    Anyway, this has eluded my attempts at id'ing!
     

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    is the hole a bullet hole or is there something on the inside (of the hole) that will help us?
     
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    no bullet holes, the 'pointy' bit has a machined doubler plate
     
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    so that hole near the data plate is of no consequence?
     
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    It does look like a prop spinner but something like a data plate will put it out of balance
     
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    I'll take a SWAG (scientific wild-assed guess) and say nacelle cover
    the hole might be access to a bleed nut or adjuster of some description
     
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    Were factory plates put on the outside of the planes?
     
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    I think it's pretty odd too
     
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    Very much so!! ME-109's had the factory plate on the Port side cockpit area on the Outside
     
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    and jolly big they are too!!!
    it is very similar to the 262 nose cap.....i originally thought it was from a bullet nose for an engine
     
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    is it ok if i post your question on another board?
     
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    delighted old chap....please do!
     
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    Do you have more pics of it, from other angles?
     
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    there is a black stain that looks like burnt from gun bursts, perhaps any kind of gun container?
     
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    ditto
     
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    Despite the unusual addition of the data plate, looks at first glance like half a Bf 109 spinner, complete with muzzle for the nose firing cannon.
    What puts that mostly in question ( to me) is the positon of the hole for the prop blade, and the fact that it looks like it would be a two blader...
     
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    if you look again at the curve do you think it looks like it would be three parts to complete the spinner ? if thats what it is.
    were BF 109 spinners in three sections ?
    also the props look very close to the tip of the spinner
     
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    Good point karl, you could be right. I've only seen one 2 bf 109 spinners 'in the flesh' myself, but don't remember seeing any individual section joins...the muzzle was a one piece tube however. Wish I could find the photo I took of one of them...

    After looking through my stuff on '109's, I'd say definitely NOT a 109 or later prop, precisely from the shape and position of the prop holes...if it is a spinner at all, could be from a Bf 108 (shape and prop position look about right) - were these fitted with a nose cap for oiling, or attachment?
     
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    Looks pretty close to a 108 spinner
    It maybe that the end cap is missing? it could be a 2 piece spinner and there looks like a screw in the same place on the photo.
     

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    it does look like that pic, you might have found it hub
     
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