Warbirds in my Workshop

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

Formerly Spitfire in my Workshop

David Glen's scratch built 1/5 scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk I

Supermarine Spitfire Mk I

1/5 scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk I port view
1/5 scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk I.

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 of my spare time to build, and was completed and put on permanent display at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon in November 2006.

The model is unmarked and unpainted at the specific request of the Museum’s then Director General, Dr Michael Fopp, who explains: "To make it identifiable as a specific aircraft would be a pity as I wanted to show it as an icon of the Royal Air Force as a whole rather than as a member of a specific squadron or unit.  The result is there for all to see!"

Mustang in my Workshop book cover

Mustang in my Workshop

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