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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

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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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Fuel tank cover

Sunday, 29th May, 2016

My apologies for the lengthy hiatus in my web log, and particularly to those who have contacted me about it. I fear the cold, miserable...
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The Spitfire's side cowls

Tuesday, 5th January, 2016

By mid-November I turned to the Spitfire’s side cowls, the easiest of the set in terms of their surface contours.   Work began with some localised repair...
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Top cowl and a major setback

Friday, 1st January, 2016

Sometime jobs go wrong, and sometimes they go badly wrong!  Ever since finishing the ply-balsa fuselage core in 2013 I had pondered alternative ways to...
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Belly skin and ident light

Thursday, 31st December, 2015

Shortly after installing the Vokes filter I made and fitted the strip of belly skin aft of it. It took several days because this elongated...
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An experiment in panel beating

Wednesday, 30th December, 2015

I had long anticipated a major challenge when it came to the cowl panels. And as anticipated, I found it impossible to force litho plate...
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