Well this is it. I have entered the ethereal world of blogging. Pleasingly, there is a real world behind it, and I am going to start by looking at an aspect of the Vampire F.30 and FB.31 cockpit – the fuel gauge panel. The single-seat Vampire instrument panels are largely standard parts across various marks, the fuel gauge panel being a good example. As such, the same panel was used in the early single-seaters and the late-service configuration. In the former, the panel carried five fuel gauges and the clock. In the latter, the panel carried just the five fuel gauges; the basic panel assembly is the same, so for the late configuration the clock hole was empty. (The clock was moved to where the film footage counter for the G.45 gun camera used to be.)
The basic panel was made from Tufnol and had two aluminium reinforcing angles riveted to the vertical edges. The panel also carried descriptive placards and wiring junction boxes.
The five fuel gauges are as follows (indicator values in gallons):
Description Range/Capacity Stores ID Smiths ID Panel Location
Port Outer 0 – 57/65 G6A/1969 or /2588 1352FG Lower Left
Port Inner 0 – 47/52 G6A/2039 or /2587 1351FG Upper Left
Main 0 – 80/96 G6A/3661 or /2580 1350FG Top Centre
Stbd Inner 0 – 47/52 G6A/2039 or /2587 1351FG Upper Right
Stbd Outer 0 – 57/65 G6A/1969 or /2588 1352FG Lower Right
4 Jan 2013: fix: gauges were wrong way round for inbd and outbd.