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  • FarlamAirframes
    Scrap Metal Man
    • Nov 2007
    • 1440

    Luftwaffe 87 Octane Hatch

    I acquired this Luftwaffe circular access hatch from Poland.

    It is painted in RLM75 so it is post 41 and from a day fighter or zerstorer.

    It has the original yellow triangle with 87 stencil in it.

    The red in the push dot is also original.

    So I assume it is from a 109 E or a 110 ?

    Any other suggestions or refinements ?

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    Kind Regards,

    Brian
  • J Boyle
    With malice towards none
    • Oct 2004
    • 9727

    #2
    Of 87 refers to the octane level of fuel, it seems low for an aircraft of the period.
    My Mercedes SL requires higher than that!

    Likely a different way to measure it.
    There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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    • FarlamAirframes
      Scrap Metal Man
      • Nov 2007
      • 1440

      #3
      The later fighters all switched to higher octane (and the synthetic equivalent.) But the early ones used octane 87 as did bombers and transports ( as far as I can gather).
      The 109E was one of the last to still use 87 before the engine was improved. As this is in RLM75 it should not be a bomber or transport. Hence a guess it was an early 109 or 110. N.B. this was based on a few mins research so may be all wrong....

      What is interesting is that on all the models and restorations they take care to put the octane triangle on square whereas this one is applied slightly squiffy.
      Kind Regards,

      Brian

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      • Stan Smith
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • May 2011
        • 471

        #4
        Possibly the squadron painter was also a bit the same way after "last night"

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