Need some help with what I have...

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  1. leadnbrass

    leadnbrass New Member

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    Picked up a few items today from an elderly woman...husband who died years ago was a WWII pilot. She gave me a couple items that appear to be aircraft related and I was able to figure out what the American pieces are. These two have me stumped mainly due to the fact that they appear to be Japanese and I know nothing about aircraft.

    Anyone care to help me with translation of ID...many hours of searching the computer keeps leading me here.

    Thanks for all the help.



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  2. Airframes

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    Shinpachi can probably translate for you, and may also be able to identify the parts.
     
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    Beat me to it, Terry!

    I was about to say: "this looks like a job for Shinpachi!"
     
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    Me three - if anyone can solve this, Shinpachi is the man!
     
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    Always in the wrong time zone. My thoughts exactly. If he doesn't see this in the next little while, send him a private message.
     
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    Thanks for the info all...I'll check back and see if any more posts occur.

    Just another shot of the gauge as it appears it left it out (rear tag)

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    Shinpachi-san, no doubt!
     
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    I'd day the first pic is a 'mag switch for a twin
     
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    1st to 4th photos show the engine magneto switch as Gary pointed out.
    5th to 7th show the hydraulic pressure gauge.
    Both parts coincide with those of the army reconnaissance plane Ki-46 Dinah Model 3.

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    Reason number 12,354,123 of why this site is awesome, Shinpachi!
     
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    Shinpachi to the rescue!

    Now, the question is: what would these have been installed in? A twin like a G4M (Betty), KI-45 or similar?
     
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    Thanks David for you kind comment as always.

    Frankly, the translation and researching work is not easy for my aging eyes recently :)
    Once for a question is ok but twice and more are heavier than before...
     
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    This is it, GG :)

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    Those are from a KI-46? What an excellent bit of history that leadnbrass has!

    Thanks for the ID, Shinpachi-san!
     
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    Reading the text was the easy part for Shinpachi, but being able to match them up with the plane they were used in, excellent work!
     
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    Great work Shinpachi -san !
    During a recent overhaul of the 'Dinah' at the RAF Museum, Cosford, UK, a load of what appeared to be coral dust was found under some of the panels, such as those shown here.
     

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  17. GrauGeist

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    That coral dust was almost as hard on an engine as pumice/volcanic ash is...

    Interesting that the coral dust would still be there after all this time, wasn't the Dinah overhauled years ago?
     
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    Exactly what my RAFM guide said at the time!
    It's thought it must have just settled over the years, even though the aircraft was fully checked/repaired/overhauled as required many years ago.
     
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    I worked with International DH-8A caterpillar many years ago that was used to fight brush fires in Southern California. It was built around 1942-43 for the U.S. Navy seebee battalions and served in the pacific. It had armored "bunkers" around the cab that still held coral sand in them (the steel "bunkers" were empty until it arrived and then were filled with local sand) and even in nooks and crannies, you could find the coral dust.

    Even though it had been overhauled, painted several times and operated in harsh terrain for ages, the dust kept showing up...
     
  20. leadnbrass

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    Thank you Shinpachi!!! and everyone on the forum. Neat information for sure...Amazing how it got pinpointed so fast

    Thanks again.
     
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