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

Spitfire MkIX Diary


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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The Spitfire's armament

Friday, 19th August, 2016

As May rolled into June I felt the need for a break from sheet metal work - some light relief, let’s say – and for...
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Horizontal stabiliser fillets

Tuesday, 16th August, 2016

With the fin brought to life by its full complement of tiny rivets inspection plates and screw fastener detail, there remained but one further task...
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Cladding the fin

Monday, 15th August, 2016

According to their embedded dates, I took these pictures around the middle of May, evidence of further woeful neglect of my web log, and at...
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Cladding the stern section

Sunday, 19th June, 2016

As April rolled on into May, I set about the task of cladding the stern section of my Spitfire. The work took a couple of...
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Installing the empennage

Saturday, 18th June, 2016

Completion of the horizontal stabiliser skin and its rivet and fastener detail opened the way for permanent installation of the empennage sub assemblies, something of...
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Stabiliser Skin

Monday, 13th June, 2016

Metal skinning of the horizontal stabiliser is straightforward, and it begins with the facing of the trailing edge and tips with un-softened litho plate.   The...
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A second near disaster

Monday, 6th June, 2016

I made mention in my last diary entry of exhibiting my Spitfire fuselage at the London Model Engineering Exhibition in January. By that time the...
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Cladding the fuselage

Saturday, 4th June, 2016

During December of last year I finally got down to the task of skinning the fuselage, or more accurately, that part of the fuselage aft...
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