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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

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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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The pilot's door

Friday, 28th October, 2016

The pilot's hatch exemplifies how I occasionally use styrene in combination with metal to achieve a desired effect, in this case the top-hat and Z-section...
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Forgotten flaps – a remeidial task

Monday, 22nd August, 2016

Those who have seen my Mk 1 Spitfire will know that its flaps are extended. I believe the refinement adds hugely to the model, but...
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Lining and detailing the wheel wells

Sunday, 21st August, 2016

Two years or more have passed since I last gave serious attention to the wings of my model, so when I inspected them in mid-June...
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