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

Spitfire MkIX Diary


Metal 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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Navigation lights installed

Saturday, 28th April, 2018

According to my last diary entry, I should be taking about radiator fairings, but in haste I omitted from my report a small but attractive...
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A milestone – the wings completed!

Saturday, 28th April, 2018

After a tentative return to the fray in chilly early April (described in my previous blog), I threw myself wholeheartedly back into the work, such...
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Return to action – the pitot tube

Sunday, 8th April, 2018

It’s been a long winter that has ended with a cold, wet spring.  I have neglected my workshop since October last year, a full six...
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Radiator fairings resumed

Friday, 27th October, 2017

With most of the wing undersurfaces finished, I turned during the late summer just gone to the box-like radiator fairing shells built and set aside...
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Wing undersurfaces: Rad 'ramps'

Thursday, 12th October, 2017

The radiator blocks of a full-size Spitfire are set deep into the wing, almost to the top skin; and the wing ribs immediately fore and...
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