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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

Cannon blisters

Sunday, 23rd April, 2017

The big, elongated tear-shaped blisters above the cannons help define the C-wing of a Spitfire, and they present a challenge for the model maker. Their...
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Blisters and cam-lock fasteners

Saturday, 28th January, 2017

The onset of winter has temporarily curtailed operations on the airframe, since the model is now too big for my heated workshop and I do...
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Finishing the flaps

Friday, 13th January, 2017

I have described how, when building the wooden wing cores, I neglected to provide for the flaps – an oversight that required some tricky remedial...
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The wing tip skin

Monday, 7th November, 2016

The Spitfire’s wing tip (which is detachable in the full sized machine) has two skin parts plus a narrow fore-aft reinforcing strip per side, and...
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Frog-eye nav light fairings

Sunday, 6th November, 2016

Before proceeding to skin the wing tips, I needed to provide for the navigation lights and their distinctive frog-eye fairings.   It took just a few minutes...
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Leading edge wing skin

Sunday, 6th November, 2016

Compared with the fuselage, the Spitfire’s wings are straightforward to cover over with litho plate. Across most of their undersides they are very nearly flat...
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The gear strut channels

Friday, 4th November, 2016

I like to think that wherever the eye is free to probe my models embody a high level of accuracy and detail. Any compromises in...
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Time to fit the wings

Thursday, 3rd November, 2016

By the end of August 2016 I faced a landmark decision: After three years and six months of work, it was time to fit the...
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The windscreen - Part 2

Wednesday, 2nd November, 2016

PHOTO 1:  This informative picture shows all the key windscreen parts erected temporarily in position and how the overall shape is controlled by the front...
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The windscreen - Part 1

Saturday, 29th October, 2016

The Spitfire’s windscreen proved a near insuperable challenge.  Even before cutting the first metal, I spent weeks pondering the route to take, like a climber...
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