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Brian Taylor Spitfire 69" - build only

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Danny Fenton01/02/2017 21:08:38
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Yep i agree with Gary that leading edge should be attached to the fus. And all the gaps filled with block to create the fairing.
Gary Binnie01/02/2017 21:09:55
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In your last photo Nigel there are two dotted lines running across the fuselage just behind the rear exhaust stub, that is the fuselage leading edge piece.

I've just had a look at my pile of bits again and sent an e-mail to Unitracts to see if they would kindly reverse the side plates, with that fixed I might have a go at building another one.

Nigel Day02/02/2017 08:34:41
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Ah, thank you both, I'd missed that on the plan.

I'll revisit the plans and what I have so far.

simpson j02/02/2017 10:38:57
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Uni tracts at no more?m

Gary Binnie02/02/2017 11:40:52
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The website is still up but from reading threads on here it doesn't look promising.

I'm lucky in that the retract units just need hardwood spacers between the mounting lugs and the bearers (in theory!!).

Nigel Day15/02/2017 20:19:24
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It's starting to look Spitfire-shaped now....

I still need to do a bit more filling and fine sanding but I'm nearly there.


I think I've sorted the fairing now.

Thanks to Danny & Gary I revisited the front of the fairings and made them curve downward a bit more. It did take a fair bit of faffing about but I'm nearly there. I still need to add a little stiffening right at the front ends of the fairing, where it meets the leading edge but by adding a little balsa to the wing leading edge as well I think it almost joins. Hopefully the stiffening will finish it off.


The cowl now fits quite snuggly too.


The front and rear fixings are in place too so the wing will fit firmly into the bottom of the fuse.

On to the tail feathers and the cockpit.

John Timmis16/02/2017 11:55:46
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That is looking really good Nigel.

Cheers John

Nigel Day17/02/2017 17:39:02
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Thanks John

McG 696917/02/2017 18:19:29
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Great that you managed to 'fix' your wing fairing, Nigel.



Nigel Day17/02/2017 18:27:38
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Thanks Chris.

It was due to the help and support I received on here. yes

Danny Fenton18/02/2017 00:20:06
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Looking good Nigel

Mannyroad18/02/2017 00:34:38
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Danny, I see you're burning the midnight oil too.

Colin Leighfield18/02/2017 06:32:17
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Great build Nigel.

Nigel Day18/02/2017 08:46:53
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Thanks Danny, Colin.

It's definitely a challenge working out how some of it goes together. I'm just getting my head around the cockpit and the canopy. I'm getting there but it's taking a lot of small steps, checking the plan, looking for suitable materials and round again.

Fun tho'. smiley

Nigel Day20/02/2017 20:06:54
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The cockpit's coming together and proving quite interesting. I umm'd and ahh'd for a while about the best way to handle the canopy. It came, as they usually do I'm sure, as one moulded piece with a lot of flat perspex around the outside. It took me a while to envisage how it would sit on the fuse and how much I'd need to cut away.


I think I'll need to cut away a little more of the fuse as the front, fixed section of the canopy needs to finish a little lower than the front of the sliding section.

The next question was how to do the frames around the canopy sections? Luckily,following advice from Danny a good while ago, I'd purchased several sheets of litho - very thin aluminium sheets.


A thin strip of litho folded around the edge of the canopy section (dull side out) seems to work well. It takes a little bit of faffing to fold it right and to fit it but once clamped on it seems to look OK. It should be easy to paint too.

On to the front, fixed section which has much more edge - and to include the armoured front panel.

I'm just going upstairs. I may be some time........

Nev20/02/2017 21:29:52
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Looking good that Nigel.

Little bit at a time that’s the secrete and stop while you’re in front.


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