This Mk XIIID Altimeter was installed in the co-pilot's position of the Coastal Command flying boat, the Short Sunderland as well as the heavy Short Stirling Bomber and Airspeed Oxford twin-engined trainer.
Working on the aneroid principle and referred to as a 'simple' altimeter, it was calibrated according to isothermal law which assumes a constant 10 degree C temperature at all heights. Unfortunately its margin for error increased the higher it went and a manual course computer table was used to establish a true figure.
By the end of 1940, these Altimeters were being replaced across all operational aircraft but remained in use as a secondary instrument in the co-pilot and observer's position in the Short Sunderland, Stirling and Airspeed.
This Short Sunderland Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your Short Sunderland Mk XIIID Altimeter, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft.
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $60 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Your 1/72 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic model is available with 'flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 4 - 6 weeks approx.
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