Spitfire I canopies???

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  1. BombTaxi

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    Hi chaps

    I've dusted off my Tamiya Spit I to get it finished, and have run into a slight conundrum :| I have a choice, according to the instructions, of a 'Straight' or 'Blown' canopy. The straight one is, well, straight, while the blown one looks a bit like a Malcolm hood, being more curved on top. Problem is, the instructions don't say which one should be used.

    The aircraft I am modeling is X4561 QJ-B of 92 Squadron, date given is 1940-41, but I suspect the latter end of this as the machine has the Black/Sky split-colour lower surfaces. Any ideas which canopy is the right one?

    Thanks in advance

    Rich
     
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    not totaly sure but i think only the prototype K5054 had a straight canopy !
     
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    Ya i think the really early or prototype ones had a straight canopy but Im not sure. If I were you I would use the "blown" canopy. Thats just my opinion.
     
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    I've not found anything to suggest an introduction date

    but X4474 is depicted with the blown hood. One could surmise that a fighter further down the production line would be similarly equipped. X4474 first flew on 16 September 1940, X4561 first flew on 27 September 1940.
     
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    Thanks chaps, blown canopy it is then 8)
     
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    i would go blown as well since by that time blown were de rigeur!
     
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    Yep, definitely blown, or more correctly, bulged, as the blown canopy, with the sides bulged too, came later. The original flat-topped canopy had all but disappeared by outbreak of war, and gone completely by early 1940.
     
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