If you were loooking at a bare 108 fuselage, is there any identifying things that you can point to to say that is a -3 fuselage other than a -2,-1 or straight 108 fuslage?
To be honest I have only seen a 108-1 and 108-2 bare fuslage, I’m assuming the large tail looks different.
Response from Gary Redden
-1 and -2 are the same no change. -0 the easy way is the handle to get in and out of the airplane it is a 7/16 4130 tub bent in a loop instead of the bolted on grab handle. the cary through of the spars are lighter/smaller n a-0. -3 the were the pilot seat is there is no frame work for a battery because it is mounted on the fire wall. the tubing around the shock mount is thicker walled but you can't see that with out cutting into it.
Didn't the fuselages have serial numbers stamped on the frame somewhere? I've never seen a bare one.
Dennis Crenshaw. N6102M.
Yes I think Gary Redden said they were stamped as shown in this pic
That's the approximate location of the data plate on our 1947 -1.
The serial number on my 108-0 is on a welded tab in the area of the trim mechanism behind the head liner zipper.
Other differences: the -3 may not have a handle on the fuselage near the tail like the others. Once the vertical stabilizer is removed, the fuselage is similar in appearance on all of the models. The welded entry handle that Gary described is the mark of a -0 fuselage. There are probably some other minor differences, some will not have welded tabs to attache baggage compartment components and on some with the -2 style rudder trim bungee will have some pulleys on a cross tube that the -0 did not have. Actually, there are few differences.