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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

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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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Head armour and volt regulator

Saturday, 16th August, 2014

Having become preoccupied over the summer with fitting out the cockpit, I have had to remind myself of a more fundamental objective – to complete...
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Fuel tank jettison controls

Thursday, 31st July, 2014

I mentioned the Spitfire’s drop tank jettison equipment in my entry of July 9, when I fitted some obscure components of its control mechanism into...
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