Hurricane de icer fluid tank same as spit?

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Hi all,

I've heard before that hurricanes used the exact same de icer fuild tank as a spitfire.

Thanks to a fellow enthusiast who kindly let me photograph and take measurements of a spitfire one for my spit cockpit project (plus an older thread I have since found on here which has measurements as well) I think I have all the info I need to build one, but now i've also started a Mk1 hurricane rebuild with a lot of original parts from one aircraft, i'm hoping I can just fabricate two tanks one for each project.

I haven't been able to find any photos or info to prove or disprove if they are the same or not so was wondering if anyone can confirm one way or the other? If they aren't can anyone help with measurements and construction details that would help? 

thanks in advance!
 

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Don't know if this will help; but this is thebuild sequence and dimensions for the Anticer  tank we fabricated for our Hawker Typhoon 1B, Car Door version:

The shape and dimensions of the tank have been established from scaled-up
photographs as being approximately 14" long; 6" high; and 2" deep with a union
take-off located centrally in the top face; approximately one third distance from the
outboard end of the tank.
A filler cap is located centrally in the top face of the tank outboard of the union
take-off and positioned approximately 2" from the outboard end face of the tank body.
An earthing stud is located on the lower inboard end face of the tank body.
The tank is secured by 2x two-piece metal brackets (P/No: A.114537) with one
element of the bracket bolted to the starboard wheel housing rear wall; with the
second bracket element enclosing the body profile of the tank and bolted to the first
element.

The Anticer tank body was fabricated from 18SWG aluminium sheet bent, flanged,
and riveted into the correct profile.
The Filler Cap assembly was fabricated from 1x period 3/8"BSP Cone Union Body
(P/No: AGS1111C) closed with 1x period 3/8"BSP Blanking Nut (P/No: Hawker A.Std
709C.) The completed assembly was secured into position with 6x period 2BA bolts
 and Nuts.
The pump feed Union Take-off was fabricated from 1x period 1/4"BSP Cone Union
Body (P/No:  AGS1111B); 1x period 1/4"BSP Outer Sleeve; (P/No: AGS 904/B); 1x
 period 1/4"BSP Pipe Collar; (P/No: AGS 952.) and 1x period 1/4" Cone Nipple; (P/No:
AGS 1170/B.) The completed assembly was secured into position with 6x period 4BA
bolts and Nuts.
The Earthing stud was assembled in the outboard lower end face using 1x 1/4"BSF
bolt and 1x 1/4"BSF plain nut.
The Anticer Tank paired retaining brackets (P/No: A.114537) were fabricated from
18SWG aluminium sheet and profiled to surround and support the tank. The aft main
component of each paired bracket was drilled to accept an 0BA fixing which will be
used to attach the tank assembly to the starboard wheel housing rear wall.
The aft upper and lower vertical mating flanges of each bracket pair were drilled
centrally with a 3/16" hole to accept a 2BA clearance.
Each upper and lower vertical mating flange of the aft component of the retaining
bracket was drilled with 2x 3/32" holes and countersunk to accept 2x period SP385
3/32" snap head rivets to attach a period Oddie Floating Anchor Nut:
(P/No: AGS2012/C/11) to the rear face of each aft upper and lower vertical mating
flange.
1x Oddie Floating Anchor Nut per upper and lower vertical mating flange of each
retaining bracket aft component was positioned correctly and the inserted rivets
were peened over and filed flush with the front face of the upper and lower vertical
mating flanges.
The two components of each paired retaining bracket were bolted together using 2x
period 2BA Hex-headed Bolts per bracket assembly, fitted through both upper and
lower vertical mating flanges into each installed Oddie Floating Anchor Nut.
The upper and lower vertical mating flanges of each paired retaining bracket were
carefully dressed back until a match to both flange profiles was achieved.

 

 

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Many thanks for the information windhover! Sounds like a it has similarities to a spit tank, but a different design, which I suspect means the hurricane and spit used different tanks, as it would make sense that hawker would use the same or very similar design between the two aircraft. I will check out my hurricane parts manual to see if the hurricane mounting straps are the same p/n as the typhoon.
It looks from your drawing like it doesn't but out of curiosity does a tiffy tank have an access panel like a spit?

Thanks again! 

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Well it is rectangular.