Warbirds in my Workshop

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

Formerly Spitfire in my Workshop

Spitfire Mk IX Diary, page 2

Compass graphics assemblage

Friday, 16th November, 2018

By the beginning of this month, the one remaining job within the Spitfire’s cockpit (apart from building the pilot’s seat) was to complete the upper...
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Custom laser-cut rib tapes

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

By late October, and with my Spitfire nearing completion I was ready to apply fabric to the rudder and elevators, thereby covering over the last...
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Empennage: The final details

Monday, 29th October, 2018

Before I could begin the landmark task of fabric covering the rudder and elevators of my model a few minor items remained to do in...
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Warpaint: The squadron crest

Thursday, 18th October, 2018

One feature of the livery for which I relied totally on Mal Mayfield was the 601 Squadron ‘Winged Sword’ badge. He researched and created the...
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Warpaint: The 601 Sqn livery

Thursday, 18th October, 2018

The painting of my model got off to a poor start, and then continued in the same vein, dogged by setbacks. For example, out of...
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The Spitfire's tyres

Monday, 17th September, 2018

I have searched in vain for a simple way to cold cast my aircraft tyres, but to date I’ve found no ‘ruberised’ compound that gives...
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Machining the main landing wheels

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018

Forgive me if my diary keeping has become erratic in its chronology: In my most recent posts I’ve been describing work in July and August,...
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Fitting the exhaust stacks

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

With the model upright on its undercarriage, one of the immediate jobs I tackled during the month of July was to fit the recently painted...
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Leading edge wing root fillets

Monday, 27th August, 2018

With the completion in July of the ailerons, the metal skinning of my Spitfire was very nearly but not quite done: Two small blackened patches...
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Assembling the airscrew

Friday, 10th August, 2018

It is more than a year since I commissioned woodworker and vintage aircraft restorer Colin Essex to make the beautiful walnut pattern for my Spitfire’s...
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