Spitfire Canopy size

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    Hi all, does anyone know the length and width of a spitfire canopy? ive been offered a canopy which is 33" wide and 26.5" long, does this sound right? Thanks
     
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    Doesn't sound right to me. Based on scale drawings of the Spitfire, there's no way the canopy is that wide. I'd ask for some pics.
     
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    Found this by Googling. Can't verify the accuracy but if correct, the widest part of a PR canopy is 680mm or 26.8 inches. The width at the rails is 590 or 23.2 inches.

    IMG_4569.JPG
     
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    thank you very much, I wanted to check before I bought it, il pass on it I think
     
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    Get a pic anyway - it might be a P-51 Malcolm hood, but it still seems rather wide even for that.
     
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    I've messaged him and he said its the centre canopy from a gannet
     
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    Ah, that explains the width then !
    It'll look like the one on the left in this pic - not a very good shot at this angle I'm afraid.

    Duxford  May 2011 155.jpg
     
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    Yea that looks about right
     
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    #9 waroff, Aug 20, 2016
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    the lenght measured at the top in cl = 24"4 (data on blue print , hood flat side and balloon type)
    19.76 at the bottom
    height* : 18.76" (ref line = bottom joint)
    width* at ref line = 23.5" or 25"(PRU cabin)
    the width of bulged canopy not exceed the sliding base

    * from ordinates geometry windscreen hood and aft window canopy pressure cabine, measure from joint line at bottom canopy.)
     
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