Monday, March 5, 2012

Jungmeister Panel

One disappointment with the Jungmann project was the lack of original instruments. It had an original Spanish compass but everything else was either missing or had been replaced with American equivalents.
I watch Ebay pretty close and over the years had managed to pick up a few original Spanish and German instruments. I had an original mag switch, a couple altimeters, and a couple compasses. There is one guy out in LA that sells a lot of German instruments on Ebay but his prices were out of my league. Last week I came across this Jungmeister panel in the collectibles section of Ebay.
 It was easy to tell that the panel was not from an original Jungmeister because it was cut from 1/8 thick aluminum. They would never use something that heavy in an original Bucker! Since the ranges of the gauges pretty closely matched the performance of the Jungmann I decided  to throw in a sniper bid of $100 per instrument. I won the auction by just 10 dollars. I told the seller I would drive up with cash to eliminate the shipping problems and risk. He was just west of DC in Maryland.
After some evaluation I could not be more pleased with this purchase. they are all in excellent condition except for the broken ear on the rate of climb, and the sensitive altimeter does not work.
They all have manufacture dates from 35-41 and are all original German gauges. They will look great in the Jungmann or will be great trading stock for original Spanish instruments or the missing German ones. I found the great web site with information on German instruments.

Here are a few shots of the individual instruments. This FuhrerKompas is my favorite.

  Yes, the card is in there, the fluid is just cloudy.

There are two altimeters , one goes from 0-1 KM in tenths and the other from 0-8 KM. Here's the 0-1 gauge, this one does not work and the adjustment knob is missing.

Here's the back, looks like 1937 to me.

Here's the other non-sensitive altimeter, it works good.

Here's the back

The one gauge I could not figure out was the rotary switch on the right side. I could not make out the words on the Ebay ad. After getting it home with the help of Google translate it says "sensitivity" and  "turn indicator". It is a 8 position valve that must vary the suction input to the Turn and Bank indicator.

Check out this steel ball turn and bank.

Super sweet !

The 0-400 KM/hr airspeed works great.

The tach has the worst face, and the range will be too low for my Lycoming installation.

Here is the rate of climb gauge. This is the really old style like the early Pioneers that used a Thermos jug for a reference pressure. They really do not work very well. I have the tank, a Thermos Model 4 with a fitting soldered into the cap! The mounting ear is broken but gauge operation should not be effected.

Overall I think I did pretty good for the money. BC says these will ad real class to the Jungmann.

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