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    Spitfire placard

    Hello folks, I'm in the process of making a Map Case for AR213 and can't recall what the placard on the lid has engraved on it? I think it's for the Elevator Trim with an arrow pointing to the front and rear relating to the nose up/down position, has anybody got any more info please?

    Thanks in advance

    Tom
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    Here you go!

    Nearly, it's for the radiator flap.

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    Thanks Michael, just what I was after!

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    I have a placard question too -

    In a photo of TE476 (Kermit Weeks' Mk.XVI), there is a placard behind the throttle.
    It quite clearly says "Increase Revs" and "Decrease Revs" at the front of the plate, but I can't work out what the small text is. I presume it relates to the auto-RPM setting.

    By the way, Tom - a font that seems to match the Air Min typeface pretty well is "Sublime". It's the best match I've found.
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    At the risk of being known as "Mr Spitfire Placard", here's the one you are after Eddie.

    BTW, what's the best way to replicate these placards nowdays?

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    Thanks Mr Spitfire Plac... Michael! That's exactly what I was after!

    I don't know how you might replicate these. CNC milled paxolin or something?

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    a good trophy engraving shop could do it
    Cheers,Peter
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    Surely thats the wrong placard on the map case, I would have thought "keep lid closed to avoid maps falling out when inverted" would be more apt...
    Why be your own worse critic, that's what the forum is for.

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    Incidentally, I think that plate is the wrong one for a Mk.XVI Spitfire - I think that's for aircraft fitted with DH props. I suppose the wrong one must have been put on in the restoration.

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    Would this be the correct type?
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    Yes, that seems to be the one - thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vacb
    Would this be the correct type?
    You are a helpful chappy...please see the pm I have sent!!

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    Another way is to get onside with someone with a lazer cutter.They can have the settings down low so the beam will just etch the surface.Another way is photoetching where plate around the text is painted black and then the item is dipped in an acid solution.The text gets etched away leaving the black plate behind it untouched.Most electronic stores have hobby sets for photoetching eloctronic boards.Cheers guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QldSpitty
    Another way is to get onside with someone with a lazer cutter.They can have the settings down low so the beam will just etch the surface.Another way is photoetching where plate around the text is painted black and then the item is dipped in an acid solution.The text gets etched away leaving the black plate behind it untouched.Most electronic stores have hobby sets for photoetching eloctronic boards.Cheers guys.
    thanx for that excellent advice as I have been wondering about how to do mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Thanks Mr Spitfire Plac... Michael! That's exactly what I was after!

    I don't know how you might replicate these. CNC milled paxolin or something?
    Stuff is called 'Trafolyte' (not sure about spelling) - its a laminated board with various layers of colours. For aircraft we use the black stuff with an inner white layer so that when the (trophy shop) engraver cuts the letters in they show up as white on a black background.
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    Thanks chaps for all your ideas on replicating these things.

    Rocketeer, I'll be in touch.

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    [QUOTE=stuart gowans]Surely thats the wrong placard on the map case, I would have thought "keep lid closed to avoid maps falling out when inverted" would be more apt...[/QUOTE There's always one isn't there? Though to be honest there is some sort of perverse logic to that.
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