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  • CeBro
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Sep 2009
    • 2154

    Smiths Fuel Gauges (repro) anyone make them?

    For the Hampden instrument panel I need three of the classic Smiths
    fuel gauges. They are similar to the Spit/Hurricane/Anson etc. version but capacity between 70 and 100 gallons.

    Does anyone know if there are good quality reproductions available? If not there must be a market for such items.

    Any leads?

    Cees
  • Rocketeer
    trying harder
    • Jan 2005
    • 5256

    #2
    Cees, I make Spit type ones. Do you still need any others?
    cheers
    Tony
    Tony Dyer
    https://www.facebook.com/TheAirDefen...homepage_panel

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    • CeBro
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Sep 2009
      • 2154

      #3
      Tony,

      Thanks, any pics of your work?

      The gauges are similar to the Spit and Hurricane ones, but the scale is to 70 and 100 gallons.

      Cheers
      Cees

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      • Firebex
        North Yorkshire
        • Jan 2010
        • 1600

        #4
        We are having great difficulty tracking down the correct ones for the whirlwind.

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        • Ken
          Ken
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2005
          • 354

          #5
          I am after fuel gauges for the Comet project, the originals were similar to the spitfire ones but calibrated differently of course for the larger tanks.. Original Spit ones fetch a lot of money so I would be interested if you have more info, ie are they working ones or just static

          Thanks

          Ken

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          • CeBro
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Sep 2009
            • 2154

            #6
            Sooo, there is a market.

            Cees

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            • Rocketeer
              trying harder
              • Jan 2005
              • 5256

              #7
              Mine are purely static.....they take so much effort to assemble, I supply kits!!!

              For the fuel gauge, I make the case, glass and a Spitfire face

              The bezels for RPM gauges are a 50% failure rate due to getting them out the mould!!
              There are a few phots on the website - I dont think I should post pix as I may get spanked!! That said, there is no profit in making them
              Tony Dyer
              https://www.facebook.com/TheAirDefen...homepage_panel

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              • vacb
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Apr 2004
                • 221

                #8
                I would agree that there is definitely a market for them with different calibrations.

                I wonder whether Ian could knock some up using the same methods as he does for the excellent Spitfire cockpit labels and Trim Gauge face etc.

                Ian....................?

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                • CeBro
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Sep 2009
                  • 2154

                  #9
                  Tony,

                  Your website doesn't show. I have tried several times, can you give me a price by pm?

                  Cees

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                  • mrtotty
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Mar 2008
                    • 1062

                    #10
                    Just a thought, but you might try one of the more prominent classic car magazines. Also, try the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust at Gaydon.
                    There are a number of establishments who make reproduction Smiths dials for cars. Perhaps they make aircraft ones as well?

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                    • Rocketeer
                      trying harder
                      • Jan 2005
                      • 5256

                      #11
                      The attachments show the replica instruments in my original P39 panel, and in my Seafire cockpit (triple brakes, oil pressure, fuel gauges, RPM, ASI, boost).
                      I have had a bit of interest from the NL at Shoreham.
                      Last edited by Rocketeer; 7th August 2012, 10:13.
                      Tony Dyer
                      https://www.facebook.com/TheAirDefen...homepage_panel

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                      • ian_
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • May 2007
                        • 1962

                        #12
                        Thanks vacb, I've been toying with the idea and have a couple of originals as patterns. The cases or at least bezels are the difficult bit, and my painfully slow work rate. I must stop looking at that Saharan P40 cockpit pic and do something useful!

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