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

Spitfire MkIX Diary


Wing undersurfaces: Gun bay covers

Monday, 24th July, 2017

The remainder of the wing skinning process is a pleasure to do. The panels are all strictly rectilinear and arrayed chord wise, perpendicular to the...
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Wing undersurfaces: The leading edge

Monday, 24th July, 2017

As with the upper surfaces previously described, skinning the underside of the wing starts with the leading edge panel. At more than 34 Inches long,...
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Top wing skin complete

Friday, 21st July, 2017

By the start of June the skinning and riveting the upper wing surfaces was complete, which was just as well since I found myself forced...
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Some expert help

Thursday, 20th July, 2017

By way of a break from work on the litho plate skin of the model, I took time off during the spring-summer period to consider...
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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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