Spitfire IX MA568 ?

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  1. le_steph40

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    Hello,

    Another problem for me :(
    Another of my futur projects is the Spitfire Mk.IX MA568 "FN°L" flown by Norvegian Ace Svein Heglund of RAF 331 Sqn during August, September and October 1943.
    But I don't know to define this spitfire with Merlin 63 engine...
    - Early or late style intake lower cowl ?
    - little or large style bay cannon covers for C wings ?
    - Early or late style control surfaces ?
    - 4 or 5 spoke wheels ?
    - Or covered hub wheels ?

    My opinion:
    - Early style intake lower cowl
    - Large style bay connon covers
    - Early style control surfaces
    - Wheels ???

    Anybody to help me please ? Opinions ?
    TIA
    Steph
     
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    #2 Wurger, Dec 1, 2011
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    Here you are shots of Spitfires of the 331st RAF Squadron. But these seem to be of MK.Vb type rather than Mk.IX.

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    And a profile of teh FNoL Spitfire...

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    MA568 was a Spit IX with a Merlin 63 built at Castle Bromwich and delivered to 331 Sqd on June 25/43. That's a start.
     
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    Hello,
    Thanks both for your answer :)
    Here is what I needed: to the left bottom of the page there is MA568 FN°L
    Norwegian Spitfire Squadrons

    My opinion:
    - Early style intake lower cowl
    - little style bay connon covers
    - Early style control surfaces
    - Wheels ??? (probably 5 spokes)
     
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    Thanks :thumbleft:
     
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    Although early Mk.IXs had a short(ish) carburettor intake, it was different from the standard Mk.V version, being wider, and with a bigger mouth. The longer tropical/temperate intake was introduced 29-12-43, but wasn't made retrospective.
    The so-called "single blister" cannon-bay door was not introduced until 7-1-44, but was made retrospective.
    Extended-horn elevators were introduced 13-9-43, serial nos having no bearing on which a/c had them, and which didn't. The change was also issued as a leaflet-style modification, so Squadrons could do it, themselves (having been made aware of its impending arrival, 29-3-43), and retro-fit extant airframes.
    The pointed, broader-chord "Mk.XII" rudder was introduced 7-2-44, and was mandatory for a/c with the rear fuselage fuel tank (probably low-back XVIs only.)
    Wheels remained 5-spoke until July/August 1944, and the 4-spoke, being stronger, were intended for aircraft carrying bombs under the wings. The so-called plain hubs were simply removeable covers, designed to combat mud, snow, or sand, which could be fitted, or removed, at will.
     
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    #8 le_steph40, Dec 5, 2011
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    Thanks Edgar for precisions. So, can I make my model with "single blister" cannon-bay door during Summer-Autumn 1943 (like the picture here Norwegian Spitfire Squadrons left bottom ? There is no date regarding this picture but MA568 left 331st Sqn 23-2-1944...
     
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    While I've learnt, over the years of researching the Spitfire, that you can never say "never," all evidence points to there being only the broad bulge throughout 1943.
     
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