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

Spitfire MkIX Diary


Custom laser-cut rib tapes

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

By late October, and with my Spitfire nearing completion I was ready to apply fabric to the rudder and elevators, thereby covering over the last...
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Empennage: The final details

Monday, 29th October, 2018

Before I could begin the landmark task of fabric covering the rudder and elevators of my model a few minor items remained to do in...
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Warpaint: The squadron crest

Thursday, 18th October, 2018

One feature of the livery for which I relied totally on Mal Mayfield was the 601 Squadron ‘Winged Sword’ badge. He researched and created the...
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Warpaint: The 601 Sqn livery

Thursday, 18th October, 2018

The painting of my model got off to a poor start, and then continued in the same vein, dogged by setbacks. For example, out of...
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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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