Warbirds in my Workshop

David Glen BSc (Hons) MSc, Model Maker, Journalist and Author

Formerly Spitfire in my Workshop

1:5 Scale Scratch-Built Models

Cataloguing my experiences scratch-building circa 1:5 scale models. Beginning with a Spitfire Mk I, eleven years in the making and ending at Hendon. Breaking new ground with my P-51D Mustang. Finally my Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX, inspired by the superb drawings of Paul Montforton. Each one represents a journey of exploration, experimentation and discovery that has lead me into uncharted ground.


Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX

Scratch-built Spitfire Mk IX by David Glen

My 1:5 scale Spitfire Mk IX, which I began in the Spring of 2013, took seven years to build, and was inspired by the matchless book titled Spitfire Engineered. The model was donated to the Solent Sky Museum in Southampton.


P-51D Mustang

Scratch-built P-51D Mustang by David Glen

I began work on my 1:5 scale scratch built Mustang P-51D in March 2005 and donated it to the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford in September 2013, shortly after completion. The model is my small tribute to all US pilots and crews who gave their lives in support of their British and European allies over two World Wars.


Supermarine Spitfire Mk I

Scratch-built Spitfire Mk I by David Glen

My Spitfire Mk I was inspired by a circa 1:5 scale replica shown at the 1992 Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexander Palace in North London. It took eleven years to build, and was put on permanent display at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon in 2006.

Mustang in my Workshop book cover

New for 2022

Mustang in my Workshop

A book to inspire, encourage and empower the enthusiastic model maker to scratch build a masterpiece.