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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

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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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Wing undersurfaces: Rad 'ramps'

Thursday, 12th October, 2017

The radiator blocks of a full-size Spitfire are set deep into the wing, almost to the top skin; and the wing ribs immediately fore and...
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Wing undersurfaces: Riveting

Sunday, 8th October, 2017

I have documented my technique for ‘riveting’ the metal skin panels of my 1:5 scale models so often here and elsewhere that it needs no...
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Wing undersurfaces: Gun covers

Monday, 24th July, 2017

The remainder of the wing skinning process is a pleasure to do. The panels are all strictly rectilinear and arrayed chord wise, perpendicular to the...
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Wing undersurfaces: Leading edge

Monday, 24th July, 2017

As with the upper surfaces previously described, skinning the underside of the wing starts with the leading edge panel. At more than 34 Inches long,...
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Top wing skin complete

Friday, 21st July, 2017

By the start of June the skinning and riveting the upper wing surfaces was complete, which was just as well since I found myself forced...
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Some expert help

Thursday, 20th July, 2017

By way of a break from work on the litho plate skin of the model, I took time off during the spring-summer period to consider...
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