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Fuzes, Inside Out
Often I get asked about stripping down fuzes, to see whats inside. I would strongly discourage this practice as often, these fuzes being over 70 years old, can be damaged or coated in bitumen. Stripping them down doesn't really achieve much!

Below are some pictures of a fuze, that was recently stripped down, the exterior did not look too bad, some original paint remained, sadly stripping it down showed that damp had penetrated the case and had caused the switch block to crumble.
Parts of the (9) airburst fuze stripped down recently
Top of fuze removed
First sign that damp had penetrated was the switch block crumbling.
Rusted and discoloured switch block
Sad state , crumbling switch block breaking up.
(9) airburst
Top of switch block
Side view clearly showing vib switch
Base
(25) fuze
Switch block
Side view clearly showing vibration switch
Top of (25) fuze
Side
Other Side
Side view
Top of Fuze
Top view of (26) fuze
Side view clearly showing vib switch
Inside of (26) showing the single pin , the other is a dummy pin
Top of (26) fuze
Top of (28)B2
Internal view of switch block shown clearly is the inertia switch
Same fuze
Close up shot of switch block
(28)B 07 top
top view again showing the inertia switch
Side view
(28) B6 top
Switch block Inertia switch
(35) top
Top view of switch block
Side view of switch block
Other Side
Base
type (17) stripped
Top of fuze removed
top of (41)A fuze
Inside of fuze
Internals of the (55) Fuze minus lower capacitors
former (broken top)
Top of (55) fuze due to the force of explosion the top has sheared away and is distorted.
(55)fuze with case removed ,
valve in place,
Side view
Underneath of (55) fuze still has the felt washers in place
55 Fuze
Type (15) impact switch
Modern self tapping Valve
Next luting ( a type of plastercine )
Top of Anti disturbance (70)B fuze from Butterfly bomb
Inside of fuze
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