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

Spitfire MkIX Diary


The Spitfire's tyres

Monday, 17th September, 2018

I have searched in vain for a simple way to cold cast my aircraft tyres, but to date I’ve found no ‘ruberised’ compound that gives...
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Machining the main landing wheels

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018

Forgive me if my diary keeping has become erratic in its chronology: In my most recent posts I’ve been describing work in July and August,...
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Fitting the exhaust stacks

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

With the model upright on its undercarriage, one of the immediate jobs I tackled during the month of July was to fit the recently painted...
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Leading edge wing root fillets

Monday, 27th August, 2018

With the completion in July of the ailerons, the metal skinning of my Spitfire was very nearly but not quite done: Two small blackened patches...
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Assembling the airscrew

Friday, 10th August, 2018

It is more than a year since I commissioned woodworker and vintage aircraft restorer Colin Essex to make the beautiful walnut pattern for my Spitfire’s...
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Skinning and fitting the ailerons

Saturday, 14th July, 2018

By June this year the wings of my model were complete in almost every detail; by contrast the ailerons remained in a raw state, having...
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Painting the exhaust stacks

Friday, 13th July, 2018

In May 2015 (Can it really be that long ago?) I described how I built the Spitfire’s exhaust stacks. Now, with the model about to...
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Undercarriage doors

Monday, 9th July, 2018

Building the undercarriage doors evoked a sense of deja vu, so similar are they to those I made almost two decades ago for my Mk...
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Rad cores and farings installed

Monday, 30th April, 2018

With the radiator fairings and their flaps almost ready to install, one final hurdle remained: the matrices for the radiator and oil cooler blocks. I...
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The radiator fairing doors

Monday, 30th April, 2018

It is five months since my last progress report on the model’s challenging twin radiator fairings. In it I described the litho-plate skinning and surface...
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