This one is driving me a little bit nuts, and I'm hoping someone can look at this collage of XP-67 detail photos and tell me just what the cylindrical thing is that lies just behind the upper instrument cluster and runs forward almost all the way to the windscreen. It seems to be wrapped at its midpoint in a substantial metal collar of some kind. It appeared on the aircraft partway through its life; it definitely wasn't there when it was first built. Whatever it is, it must be pretty important, because one of the critical flight instruments had to be cut out of that upper panel and remounted on top of the instrument next to it. I thought it might be a gun camera but there's absolutely no opening in the front end in any of the photos that show it. It was put in at about the same time that a gunsight was supposed to have been fitted, and you can sort of glimpse what might be a reticle behind and above it in some photos, although that's not the right shape for any gunsight I ever heard of either. I've looked through thousands of images of other aircraft without finding anything like the cylinder (or gunsight for that matter) and so I'm throwing this out there, to see if people with vastly more knowledge of WW2 aircraft components than I have can shed any light at all. Wild speculations, even - everything's welcome at the moment!