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

P-51 Diary


Stars and bars

Friday, 26th August, 2011

The serial numbers, codes and national insignia for my P51-D all required accurate masks, and I struck lucky in finding a supplier on the Internet...
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Warpaint - the first coats

Friday, 26th August, 2011

Painting has been the ruin of many an otherwise respectable model, and it is a job I fear. Even done well, it can mask fine...
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Cockpit update

Wednesday, 24th August, 2011

Around mid-July I finally managed to permanently install the left hand control consol into the cockpit, a job that for many months had been awaiting...
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Spinning the spinner

Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011

  A question frequently asked by those who have seen my model during its construction is: “where do you buy all the little bits?” - an...
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Rudder fabric

Monday, 30th May, 2011

By early May, and with the tail plane fitted, it came time to fabric cover the rudder, which I was relieved to find had survived...
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Assembling the fin and tailplane

Saturday, 28th May, 2011

Completion of the wing root fairings has led naturally to the resurrection of the empennage group – tail plane, elevators, fin and rudder – which...
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Grappling with gremlins

Sunday, 1st May, 2011

There are aspects of human endeavour that appear wilfully to defy resolution. Over the last few months, my model has progressed apace, until, that is,...
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A pause to look back

Monday, 25th April, 2011

I began this diary in 2009, four years after starting the model. So at this juncture, with the wings and fuselage finally united and the...
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Wing root fairings

Friday, 22nd April, 2011

I turned to the wing root fairings during the second half of March. These comprise of four separate pieces per side. In the real aircraft...
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Wings and fuselage united

Tuesday, 19th April, 2011

With the instrument panel completed and installed, and while there was still access from below, I could finally start to furnish the cockpit with a...
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