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

Spitfire MkIX Diary


Upper cockpit walls

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2015

With the not insignificant exceptions of the engine and undercarriage control quadrants, joy stick, compass and pilot’s seat, the long process of fitting out the...
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Switch boxes and buttons

Thursday, 21st May, 2015

  A conspicuous feature in the Spitfire Mk IX cockpit is the switch box cluster located low down on the port side just below and forward...
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Exhaust stack

Thursday, 21st May, 2015

I referred in my last diary entry to the advantages to be gained from being able to analyse subtle and complex shapes with the help...
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Oleo strut - Part 3

Monday, 18th May, 2015

Reductionism is a term frequently applied to science. It means describing a complex phenomenon in terms of its simple or fundamental constituent parts. Making the...
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Oleo strut - Part 2

Thursday, 7th May, 2015

Door lugs I began the detailed work on the oleos by making the two sets of four landing gear door-retaining lugs. These differ from the scissor...
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Oleo strut - Part 1

Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

Back in May 2014 I described making and installing the ‘oleo strut supports’ – a pair of primitive but sturdy tubular brass legs that support...
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The Spitfire's spinner

Tuesday, 28th April, 2015

Mid-March and the first tentative signs of spring finally brought me out of a winter-long hibernation during which I had abandoned my workshop totally. Yet...
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Fitting out the port sidewall

Saturday, 30th August, 2014

In this and my next web logs I shift the focus to fitting out the port sidewall of the cockpit, with a series of brief...
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Filling gaps in the fuselage shell

Friday, 29th August, 2014

The detached but otherwise completed top half of fuselage frame 11 has been gathering dust in my workshop for almost a year, so its permanent...
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The seat support structure

Saturday, 16th August, 2014

As far as I know, the seat support varied very little through the Spitfire’s evolution, so what I have arrived at for my Mk IX...
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