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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

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A detailed and step-by-step account of the construction of a museum model masterpiece.


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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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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