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Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:56 am
Hi, i am looking for whoever is making Bell Aircraft data plates, not the us army ones but the bell ones with the rounded top, mine need to be remade and i cannot find them anywhere.
Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:29 am
Project Warbird has an authentic 39 dataplate in mint condition
Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:55 pm
project warbird bought that fake serial data plate of ebay for $250 and now wants $5000 for it. no thanks.
im going to remake mine i guess.
Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:23 am
For authenticity, just remember there is the Bell Manufacturers Data Placard(rounded top) on the right sub panel above the pilots right knee, and the Assoc of Airplane Manufacturers(or similar name, I'm going from memory)Data Placard(rectangular, 4inch by 3 inch) on the left side inner face of the roll over A frame. I have originals of both, they are not for sale. If you search for the P-38 rudder trim placard on ebay(LEFT/RIGHT), the gentleman selling those runs a professional placard shop, and provides a very high quality product. Once you find the P-38 Trim Placard, click on his store or other items for sale , to view his work.
Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:59 am
Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:28 am
Here is the one that I have it is made from some sort of plastic. Its 3 1/4 inches tall and 2 inches wide. Hope this helps.
Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:59 am
thanks, i have the installation drawing but still looking for the material spec drawing.
Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:02 pm
originals look metal
it really sux when people souvenir them
Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:44 pm
Mine is stainless steel.
Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:24 pm
fiftycal, I didn't buy this data plate off eBay. I purchased it in person from the owner. If it is a fake then shame on the person I bought it from.
So with that said, what is the real data plate made of? The one b747cf has is the same as mine. The picture fiftycal posted sorta looks metal but the way it is cracked looks plastic to me.
Any P-39 restorers out there that know for sure?
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:58 pm
the plastic ones are reproductions.
i tried buying that plate on ebay but his shipping policy wouldn't ship here so it went for $250, if the ebay winner gave it to you for more then poor you. the serial is not even real, but i was looking @ the design
Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:39 pm
I see that the data plate in the pacific wrecks pictures only has three mounting holes instead of five. Is this the original data plate from the factory? Or did it get replaced during restoration?
If the one I have is not real then $100.00 to the first person that wants it.
Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:13 pm
the one on pacific wrecks is from brooklyn bum the plane sat until 1972 in png, so its obviously been remade...the plastic ones arn't real, not sure who made them
Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:58 am
I will look on our P-63s Wednesday and let you all know, im sure they are orgional on them
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