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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

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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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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