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  • Brightspark180
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jun 2016
    • 33

    https://spitfireparts.co.uk/t/spitfire-replica-parts
    Replica Spitfire parts, might be useful to you Fleet16b

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    • Runway06
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2010
      • 628

      Unusual yoke type on eBay especially the connection design to the column , anyone any ideas?

      https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-AIRCRA...AAAOSw271dIuqT

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      • Gin Ye Daur
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Feb 2011
        • 387

        The number FV 2020 stamped on the lower part of the yoke relates to 'Fighting Vehicle' so probably Warrier or Challenger I would imagine.

        GYD

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        • Runway06
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2010
          • 628

          Thanks, that was in the back of my mind, coupled with the instrument panel which the seller had for sale. I have noticed that fighting vehicles, hovercraft and submarines all have steering wheels similar to aircraft yokes or aircraft grips.

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          • FLY.BUY
            Clear-Water-Islands
            • Jun 2004
            • 1302

            Originally posted by Swifter View Post
            OK, the attached photos are of a recent acquisition. The wheel was produced by the Aircraft Division of Enamel & Heating Products Ltd, Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in the mid to late 1960s. What's left of that company was bought up many years ago. I've contacted the current ownership as well as other entities. Non-authoritative sources suggested some Canadian Grumman S2s may have used this wheel. Without getting into specifics, I find that unlikely. Only one of the three switches is fully intact....and it is of the same type as used in 1950s/60s Grumman (multi-engine) aircraft. So that potential tie-in exists. Another source suggested a version of the Nimrod used this wheel. Online cockpit photo searches have not substantiated that.

            The wheel has a Douglas DC4/DC6 style cap. I think it may be original to the wheel--the mounting provision is correct. I've only seen one other photo of a wheel like this (ebay auction about 8 years ago) and it also had a Douglas style cap. The seller of that wheel did not know what aircraft it came out of.

            Does anyone recognize this wheel or have any suggestion on what it might be out of?
            Nick,
            From the information which you provided regarding manufacturer and coupled with obscurity it had to be a Canadian indigenous aircraft. After some research I think I have nailed it to a CANADAIR CL-28 CP-107 ARGUS Aircraft. A maritime patrol aircraft derived from the Bristol Britannia served with the Canadian forces 1957-1982 only 33 ships built. This also fits in with the Nimrod connection and the naval switches as fitted to the Grumman Tracker. There are limited cockpit photos on the net, ignore the centre cap on the net photos (I think the square caps depicted are of a later version) everything else fits (shape and switches etc). Nice rare item!! Well done on the acquisition.
            Last edited by FLY.BUY; 12th August 2019, 21:00.

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            • Swifter
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Mar 2013
              • 285

              LOL....hey thanks Darrell ! I emailed APHS yesterday about it. N Louis emailed me a couple of hours ago and said he'd contacted someone in the UK who came up with it. I should have known Nick would turn to you . I owe you a beer (or two....).

              Will be doing some repair and restoration work soon. It's a big wheel with a satisfying shape to the grip. Just finished doing some online searching.....cockpit shots are still skimpy. I think at least some of the wheels were delivered with the DC-4/DC-6 style caps. With a minor (clocking) exception, the mounting provisions cast into the hub for the cap are the same as the Dougs and old Convairs.


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              • martynp
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Feb 2017
                • 41

                Thanks to a member on this forum, I managed to complete my collection of F102, TF102 and F106 yokes. The cockpit photos I've seen of the F106B two seat trainer version seem to indicate that the yoke in the single seat A models, and the twin seat B models, are the same. Can anyone confirm this, or know anyone who might be able to? Thanks in advance.

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                • FLY.BUY
                  Clear-Water-Islands
                  • Jun 2004
                  • 1302

                  Nick, not sure if you have seen this photo (see link below) of an Argus cockpit with corroded yokes in situ. This is probably one of the better Argus cockpit shots on the net. Enlarge the photo of the right side yoke and you will see the 'Douglas type cap' and how it fits behind the front square display board. This in turn is affixed to the two holes at the front of the yoke.

                  https://comoxairforcemuseum.ca/wp-co...922_135307.jpg
                  Last edited by FLY.BUY; 14th August 2019, 21:25.

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                  • Swifter
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Mar 2013
                    • 285

                    Thanks for the photo Darrell. It supports my hypothesis that Argus aircraft were delivered with the Doug/Convair type caps. As you noted about the holes, my wheel also mounted the scroll type square display board at one time. These holes were unevenly placed crudely drilled. The scroll board installations were almost certainly a field mod done to the aircraft after delivery to the RCAF. The photo below shows what I believe to be a NOS Argus wheel that was not installed on an aircraft. Not a high quality photo, but it will serve as the model for restoration. No drilled holes and no scroll board.




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                    • Swifter
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Mar 2013
                      • 285

                      MartynNP: Congratulations on acquiring that F-106 grip. The F-102 and TF-102 grips are not the same and the latter is hard to come by. Don't know whether the same holds true for the 106 trainer.
                      That would be a nice troika of grips you have.


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                      • martynp
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Feb 2017
                        • 41

                        Thanks Swifter. As you say, there are quite a few differences between the F102 and TF102 grips. The F106 and F106B appear to be exactly the same. Very unusual design which must have taken time to get used to - operating the radar while flying in a combat situation would have been quite a strain on the brain I suspect.

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