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Post-war Spitfire tail markings
Craig Sargent
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I have a grainy black and white photo of an Italian Air Force Spitfire IXc and I am trying to create some decals for it. On the tail fin just under the squadron badge and in front of the rudder, there are two small lines of text.

They read

P.V. - Kg xxxx
C.V. - Kg xxx


I can't make out the digits where the xs are

Does anyone know what these refer to and what the correct digits might be? I have seen similar markings on Macchis, Fiats and a number of other period aircraft.
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Will
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Is it on starboard or on port side ?
On the rudder or on the tail ?

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Ciao Craig, apart from the weight indications, the second row is C.U. and not C.V.
It means "Carico Utile" that is Useful load.
The other, P.V. means "Peso a Vuoto" that is empty weight
So P.V. Kg.2581
and C.U. Kg.812

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Craig Sargent
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Perfetto. Grazie a tutti voi.
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Craig Sargent
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macchi205 wrote:
Ciao Craig, apart from the weight indications, the second row is C.U. and not C.V.
It means "Carico Utile" that is Useful load.
The other, P.V. means "Peso a Vuoto" that is empty weight
So P.V. Kg.2581
and C.U. Kg.812

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Maurizio


Thanks Maurizio. That is exactly what I was looking for. Now I can get my model completed.
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Craig Sargent
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With the help of the info above, was able to produce this final result (Hasegawa 1/72). A little off topic, but this is how the Mk.IXc ex-Italy appeared before their ferry flight to Israel.



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