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

Spitfire MkIX Diary


Radiator fairings

Sunday, 22nd June, 2014

By the third week in May I had completed most of the woodwork on the model, except to fine-tune the sanding of the wings and...
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Empennage 2: The rudder

Wednesday, 18th June, 2014

It was my intention from the start to equip my Mk IX Spitfire with the broad chord rudder, primarily as a novelty when compared to...
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Empennage 1: The elevators

Wednesday, 11th June, 2014

With my workshop by now ankle deep in balsa chips, I made the decision come early May to tackle the last remaining woodwork ­– tail...
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Casting the Vokes filter fairing

Friday, 6th June, 2014

With the nose section now complete, I turned to the Vokes air filter. It made sense to tackle this sooner rather than later, since the...
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Installing the nose section

Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

What I have not mentioned so far is that work on the wing root fairings entailed permanent installation of the nose module, with its four...
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'Sculpting' the wing root fairings

Monday, 2nd June, 2014

To my eye the long, sweeping wing root fairing is one of the loveliest characteristics of the Spitfire – a make-or-break feature for any model...
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Oleo strut supports

Friday, 30th May, 2014

My wing centre section and fuselage were now bolted together, but they were still demountable. All that would change once the balsa infill had been...
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Installing the wing centre section

Friday, 30th May, 2014

By mid-April, with the woodwork for the port and starboard main planes mostly complete, it was time to consider joining the major sub-assemblies together, starting...
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Wooden wing 2: underside

Wednesday, 28th May, 2014

With the notable exception of providing for the wheel well openings (and the remedial measures described in my last blog), work on the lower half...
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Unexpected setback

Thursday, 10th April, 2014

My plans have gone awry. I had intended to set the half-completed starboard wing aside and to turn to building the upper port wing. Then...
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