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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

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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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Plumbing preliminaries

Tuesday, 12th November, 2013

With the successful addition of skin panels to the fuselage underside, I was keen to press on with building up the sides of the cockpit...
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First internal skin panels

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2013

By July-August I began installing the fuselage belly skin between Frames 7 and 13, relieved that I had reached the first stage in the process...
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Nose and fuselage balsa blocking

Saturday, 12th October, 2013

By about mid-summer of this year (2013) and by way of diversion from preliminary work inside the incipient cockpit, I returned to the model’s nose...
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Heel boards and rudder bars

Thursday, 10th October, 2013

A conspicuous feature within the lower fuselage is the substantive sub-assembly supporting rudder pedals, heel boards, control column, aileron cable drum and other less obvious...
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The visible fuselage frames

Sunday, 15th September, 2013

Fuselage Frames 7 to 12 are all prominent within the Spitfire’s cockpit, so they needed to be uncompromisingly accurate. However, they also had to double...
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Engineering or 'sleight of hand'?

Wednesday, 11th September, 2013

With the fire protecting bulkhead in place, the next logical step is to build and install Frames 8 to 12, as prelude to skinning the...
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Fire bulkhead - first finished detail

Monday, 9th September, 2013

Having aged by the most of two decades since starting my Spitfire Mk I, my appreciation of the value of time has come to preclude...
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