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Question about the Spitfire Mk. XVI


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34 minutes ago, Bert said:

Would the seat be painted the same interior color as the cockpit? The standard gray green?

Depends what the seat is made of.   A lot of Spitfire seats were a resin impregnated paper, and were a red-brown in colour.  

 

I'm not even sure that the later ones ever had metal seats?   I'll @gingerbob  here.

 

What kit are you looking at?     That might help with what the seat in the kit represents.

 

HTH

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3 minutes ago, Troy Smith said:

Depends what the seat is made of.   A lot of Spitfire seats were a resin impregnated paper, and were a red-brown in colour.  

 

I'm not even sure that the later ones ever had metal seats?   I'll @gingerbob  here.

 

What kit are you looking at?     That might help with what the seat in the kit represents.

 

HTH

It's the 1/72 scale Eduard kit. The instructions state the red-brown colour. Being a later Mk. I thought it may have been painter the cockpit colour instead.

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This from Edgar

Posted August 30, 2012

Plastic (not Bakelite, not ever, nohow) seats were introduced onto the production line 14-5-40; they were intended to be used earlier, but were delayed due to problems with the material cracking. Castle Bromwich were to be the recipients, but it's likely that the bombing of the Supermarine works caused a change of plan. It's doubtful that they were painted, at least in wartime, and their use extended beyond the end of the war, since there's an order demanding that they be rescued for future use; Hornets, Vampires and Meteors used plastic seats, as well, and I've found reference to a "comfort" seat, for bombers, but never found one.

Edgar

More info on colour here

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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