WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 96 Magnetic Compass – Ki-27 Ki-9


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You are bidding on a SUPERB example of an EARLY Imperial Japanese Army Type 97 Magnetic Compass, as used ONLY in the Ki-27 “Nate” and Ki-9 “Spruce”!


  This instrument indicated the current direction of the aircraft and pointed to magnetic north.  It was located on the main instrument panel of the early Nakajima Ki-27 Fighter, and Tachikawa Ki-9 Trainer.


Made of brass and aluminum by the Tokyo Aero Indicator Co., this piece is in EXCELLENT condition!  It was taken from a downed Japanese aircraft by a US Serviceman during the war, and still retains 95% of it’s original finish!  There is an air bubble at the top, but it still features 75% of it’s original fluid!  The fluid has darkened over time, but this could easily be replaced, if one wished.  100% functional, it features an early-war Type 3 aluminum data plate, clearly stating the model, manufacture, and production number.  Also features a date of February 1942.  There is some paint fading and chipping due to the age, but nothing that take away from the overall appearance.  Also has the original mount! 

There is only ONE complete Ki-27 left in the world and ONE Ki-9!!!  As such, like most Japanese instruments, this gauge is VERY rare and would be a FANTASTIC addition to any Japanese Instrument Collection!


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Payment should be made within 7 business days at the end of the auction unless buyer contacts me for other arrangements. I accept all forms of payment.


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Most of my items are vintage, and as such are AS-IS, so you must therefore expect a degree of wear due to age and/or usage. I will describe each auction to the best of my knowledge and take as many photos necessary to ensure you are pleased upon receiving your item. All sales are final, so please make sure your questions are answered to your satisfaction before you purchase.



——————- ABOUT ME —————–

Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft (Fw190, Me262, etc.), as well as USAF and Japanese items. Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. As a private collector myself, I am constantly on the lookout for historical memorabilia, authentic photographs, artwork or anything unique relating to military aircraft.



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