Prototype Build Volume 4 Part 3 – Auxiliary Controls

Something really unique about the Spitfire is that, in sharp contrast to the beautiful exterior, the interior was a jumble of what feels like almost ad-hoc add-ons. Controls have been placed where there was some space. Copper tubes and cabling lay everywhere in a steam-punk jumble. This in stark contrast with aircraft like the P51 Mustang or FW190. This photo of an unrestored Mk.VIIIe HF illustrates the point:

MkVIIIe HF (unrestored)

With all the auxiliary controls in our HFS cockpit having been fitted, ours still looks somewhat bare in comparison. However, once we connect all the electronics there will be many cables running through the cockpit , all adding to the atmosphere!

Here for your pleasure a few pictures of the interior before refitting the seat and doing some cabling and copper tubing refinements.

 

 

 

 

Our progress now allows us to focus on refinement of the different design elements and getting ready for the Aero South Africa Exhibition.