Spitfire in my workshop. David Glen BSc (Hons) MSc: Model Maker, Journalist David Glen

Spitfire MkIX Diary

Glaring error rectified

Sunday, 30th April, 2017

I made brief mention in my last blog of the glaring omission of an access door in the newly installed port side upper wing fillet...
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Wing root fillets (upperside)

Wednesday, 26th April, 2017

After a winter of inactivity, the model has progressed during the past month or so, my reward for a period of sustained work on it,...
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Wing root fillets (underside)

Tuesday, 25th April, 2017

By the latter part of March I had skinned with litho plate very nearly all of upper surfaces of both wings. At long last I...
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Wheel bay blisters

Monday, 24th April, 2017

Before moving on to complete the skinning of the wing upper surfaces, two more blisters per wing are needed in the area above the wheel...
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Cannon blisters

Sunday, 23rd April, 2017

The big, elongated tear-shaped blisters above the cannons help define the C-wing of a Spitfire, and they present a challenge for the model maker. Their...
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Blisters and cam-lock fasteners

Saturday, 28th January, 2017

The onset of winter has temporarily curtailed operations on the airframe, since the model is now too big for my heated workshop and I do...
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Finishing the flaps

Friday, 13th January, 2017

I have described how, when building the wooden wing cores, I neglected to provide for the flaps – an oversight that required some tricky remedial...
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The wing tip skin

Monday, 7th November, 2016

The Spitfire’s wing tip (which is detachable in the full sized machine) has two skin parts plus a narrow fore-aft reinforcing strip per side, and...
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Frog-eye nav light fairings

Sunday, 6th November, 2016

Before proceeding to skin the wing tips, I needed to provide for the navigation lights and their distinctive frog-eye fairings.   It took just a few minutes...
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Leading edge wing skin

Sunday, 6th November, 2016

Compared with the fuselage, the Spitfire’s wings are straightforward to cover over with litho plate. Across most of their undersides they are very nearly flat...
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