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

Spitfire MkIX Diary

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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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The IFF switch assembly

Wednesday, 30th July, 2014

The methods I use to make much of the cockpit detail in my large-scale models draw heavily on techniques picked up over years of ‘super...
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Oxygen and carbon dioxide

Tuesday, 29th July, 2014

Also located on the starboard lower sidewall, and immediately adjacent to the de-icing array described previously, are the emergency undercarriage CO2 bottle and hand lever...
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Windscreen de-icing system

Monday, 28th July, 2014

The process of fitting out the cockpit in the space below the waist longerons has to be completed at an early stage, because once the...
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