Thursday, 9 April 2009
Made by the Williamson Manufacturing Co.Ltd. of London & Reading before, during and after WWII, they were fitted to a wide range of aircraft.
It appears to be in good condition and is a 24v version. The camera is finished in a black 'crackle' finish and I suspect it may be a relatively 'new' version even though it carries AM markings. Other examples of the G45 I have seen online have a grey paint finish hence my suspicion it may be a post 1945 example. The heating element inside the lens housing is still intact. An empty film magazine was included.
Fitting and removal of the film magazine is either from the side access door or from the top loading slot dependent on the camera's orientation when fitted to the aircraft.
All I need now are the rest of the parts to rebuild a Spitfire around it!
Friday, 3 April 2009
While having a meal at Clarke Quay one evening my eye caught some strange lights in the night sky. I thought I was witnessing the arrival of some alien spaceships (helped by a few Tiger Beers) and eventually managed to make out they were some form of RC aircraft.
After our meal we wondered over the other side of the river and found that what I'd seen were actually RC kites - flown by a local club outside Riverside Point.
I may just pick one up to bring home when we visit in August...
Go take a look at these amazing gadgets in action - goflykite.com
As I was about to go back to 'work' some of the contents of H3 were pulled out to enable one of the Spitfires to be taken out from the centre of the hangar. As a result, an opportunity arose to have a close up to look at the FlugWerk 190 A9 (and others), while the various bits were shuffled around.