Wanted! For Comper Swift: Hughes & Son compass

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We are restoring 2 Comper Swift. We are in need of 2 Hughes and Son Compass to bring the original instrument panels back to life. Please contact me or forum member Scion. Thank you for any leads. Cheers Foxmoh [ATTACH=CONFIG]231454[/ATTACH]
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Also known as a Huson MkIIIa or Type "Z" compass. Was common in the GAL Hotspur and Airspeed Horsa prior to the upgrade to the P8. You might want to check any modification notes you have on your aircraft as sometimes the Bendix Pioneer Compass type 1802 or 1809 is given as an alternate. Bob was the only person I know who has/had one. http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?118119-Hughes-IIIa-compass
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I can only suggest to keep an eye on EvilBay. They do come up occasionally and they are getting quite expensive. I need one more for my Avian collection... :)
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I can only suggest to keep an eye on EvilBay. They do come up occasionally and they are getting quite expensive. I need one more for my Avian collection... :)
There's a nice boxed one on there at the moment in the US but the price is somewhat eye watering. You might gain a compass but you'll have to lose a kidney in the process. :(
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That's eye watering alright! I think I paid about 20% of that for the nicest one I have...

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There are a number of different versions of the Husun MkIII.They were standard fit in most civil and many single engined RAF machines from the late 1920's until the Summer of 1940, in the latter AM's case being grey, with a CC card-holder integral, but with simplified internals. Some that I have are ex-Spitfire and were only removed after the Battle of France. Oddly, they continued to be made for the Oxbox for the duration, these are the black ones with the upgrade to the 'T', again with the integral CCC-holder (Like the one in the Link above.). The very early grey ones with the twin locking levers are 1920's, like that expensive one on eBay with four parallel wires. In between, they were either Luminous (Mostly.) or non-luminous, single locking-lever, grey, with a white inner bowl and four parallel wires, not a 'T' on the glass. Also, the pointer carries its own little cardinal letters and a fancy pointer, North pointer in red. These were fitted by DH, Miles, Percivals, et al. They are pretty, but if you intend to restore one to fly, the same issues as the 'P-Type' apply in terms of conditioning the contents. To be frank, they aren't anything like as steady as the larger aperiodics - if you are intending to use it in anger, especially in a small fidgety machine - possibly the least of your worries behind a Pobjoy though....! :p I have photos of the Husuns fitted to Swifts, but haven't the foggiest how to post them here. There is a quite nice recreation at Cosford, which utilised the remains of G-ACGL as well as several others and some new bits, which it fitted with the correct-ish Husun Mk.III. Hope that helps. S.

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I have one available for exchange should you be interested. Bob T.