Smiths Fuel Gauges (repro) anyone make them?

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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

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Cees, I make Spit type ones. Do you still need any others?
cheers
Tony

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

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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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Sooo, there is a market.
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Cees

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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

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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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Tony,

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

Cees

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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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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.

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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!