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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

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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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Wooden wing 1: topside

Tuesday, 1st April, 2014

By mid-March, and with the tail wheel assembly complete, I began work on the wings, resurrecting from storage the two plywood sheets marked out and...
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Tail wheel and yoke

Wednesday, 12th March, 2014

With the strut complete I began on the U-shaped tail wheel yoke: Starting with some 1/8-in. thick sheet copper, I cut a blank roughly 5...
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Tail Strut

Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

After one of the wettest, most demoralising winters I can remember, March dawned with a glimmer of sun. I heeded the cue and, for the...
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An unsought interlude

Monday, 2nd December, 2013

I am sure all model makers, even the professionals among us, have their barren periods, those unwelcome interludes in which for no apparent reason zeal...
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The built-up cockpit

Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

Construction of the cockpit sidewalls followed closely that of the underbelly, departing only in detail. Each rectangular panel supports three intercostals of either top-hat or...
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