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

Techniques aired and shared


Vac forming made easy

Thursday, 19th January, 2017

Few techniques are more valuable when scratch building model aircraft than vacuum forming styrene sheet.  Yet many model makers, myself included, have been put off...
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Metallic tinting technique for litho-plate

Thursday, 21st May, 2015

Anyone who has looked reasonably closely at a P-51D Mustang will have noticed that the bare metal cowling panels immediately adjacent to the exhaust stack...
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Creating instrument faces

Sunday, 11th December, 2011

For those fortunate enough to have a computer and sophisticated drawing software, artwork for aircraft instrument faces can be done with mathematical precision. When I...
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Carving aircraft propellers

Saturday, 14th May, 2011

If scratch building model aircraft has taught me anything, it is that one of the biggest obstacles to achievement is temerity and self-doubt. Time and...
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Bases and cases

Saturday, 14th May, 2011

There are numerous commercially available display cases, but the better ones tend to be expensive, particularly if they are large enough to house aircraft models...
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Fabric stringing and stitching

Friday, 6th May, 2011

Like numerous WW2 aircraft, the Spitfire’s rudder and elevator are fabric covered, and the stringing used to secure the linen stands out like veins on...
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WW1 spoked wheels (covered)

Monday, 2nd May, 2011

As a scratch builder of early aircraft, there’s one job I dread – spoked wheels, and I’m probably not alone! Even under canvas covers, spokes...
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An individual take on rivetting

Tuesday, 28th December, 2010

As far as humanly possible, I detail my 1/5th scale models rivet for rivet true to the original, using the manufacturers’ drawings. It takes a...
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Easy way to replicate radiator mesh

Wednesday, 18th November, 2009

While building big has its advantages, it cuts down the options to ‘fudge’ the effects, and when it came to replicating the radiator of my...
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Spitfire in my Workshop

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