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Martian15/12/2017 21:04:43
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Hmm to squiggle or not to squiggle that is the question . I,m going to make it castoring but damping it so the movement is sluggish but also make it lockable worth a go , locked for takeoff and castoring for static ,

There is something so pleasurable about sanding a Spitfire wing that I don't get from any other wing it's almost sensuous off is a beautiful wing. I know I need to get out more. I have made more progress and will post pics tomorrow

Glynn15/12/2017 22:53:14
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I've Just started my Spitfire that I got from Richard at WarbirdReplicas. He told me he would still be producing this Kit for at least another year, I started with the fuselage and I'm still working on the tail. So I will be watching this build for all the tips that I can get. So keep up the good work.

Paul Johnson 416/12/2017 07:58:12
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Hey Glynn...

The camo doesn't come in tigger orange!......cheeky

Martian16/12/2017 10:53:43
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Posted by Glynn on 15/12/2017 22:53:14:

I've Just started my Spitfire that I got from Richard at WarbirdReplicas. He told me he would still be producing this Kit for at least another year, I started with the fuselage and I'm still working on the tail. So I will be watching this build for all the tips that I can get. So keep up the good work.

Yes I mentioned that in an earlier post , I don't know about tips 😁

Martian16/12/2017 19:03:27
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Pictures as promised,

wheel wells formed and one painted.. The Simon is all glued together now I found it best to do one side at a time and carefully line up I used polystyrene glue. after sanding lightly I filled the slight caps with plasto it is a plastic paste the dries really quickly and sands with the lightest touch with fine grade paper. I should add the indentations on the cowl are cutout guides and I highlit them with a marker pen to make it easier to cut

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Martian23/12/2017 21:03:25
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Hi all Happy Christmas

progress has slowed a little waiting for bits etc :- I've got my exhaust stub set and have carefully cut into the cowl to let them in (scary) its a gradual process gluing them in place will show pics when finished . Canopy cut to shape and offered over cockpit area it,s going to be a good fit there is some thin ply in the kit to act as a canopy support but I can,t see where it is supposed to go anyway I don,t feel it's needed. I'm starting to fit out the cockpit pic later. Meanwhile I have decided to make to tail wheel steerable and pics below show how this was done enjoy

I'm using a lightweight snake for the tail wheel and am supporting it 6 5 and 4 inches along the length keeping it as straight as possible

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Martian31/01/2018 20:03:42
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Hi modellers

after a brief hiatus from the Spitfire building a mass build plane the Ghostrider its back to the sanding on the Spitfire.

having bought the Boddo book on scale model airplanes I have to admit that whatever I do this will only ever be stand off scale but never mind I'll just not let anyone near it including me, Boddo tells it like it it and this was back in the eighties the classes were Super Scale, Scale and stand off scale and the stand off scale standard was high never mind the others so what is it like now unbelievably good I should think and beyond me so I will do the best I can until i'm happy with it. Just to help things along I bought the Revell MKix 1/32nd kit to study the curves and try to get it right.. got till October then it will be an even tougher build the Fury. Any just 4 pics to show progress to date.

oops gotta download them first BRB

Martian31/01/2018 20:09:22
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First pic the wing fillets more or less done the grey stuff is plastic model filler,

the next three are the underside rear fuselage still quite a bit of shaping yet to do but getting there oh and I've ordered my 40gsm brown paper for covering being a little optimistic

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Concorde Speedbird31/01/2018 22:36:42
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Lovely neat work!

Dickw01/02/2018 09:56:36
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It's certainly looking good Martian, and you have made more progress than I have with mine (Christmas, builders in, etc.).

Mind you, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to do the differences between the kit and the two seater I am working on. It also took me a week to just modify the 3D printed exahast stacks and fit them in the cowl, so I am definitely not the fastest builder in the world.

I have used brown paper on foam wings in the past, but I have more experience with glass/epoxy so will take that route for mine. Either way can give good results.

Keep up the good work.


Martian01/02/2018 10:02:56
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Thank you both.

Yes Dick i spend time looking and thinking for me it's the best way that and studying photos of the plane . There is no rush.

Martian02/02/2018 20:54:02
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Just had to put it together for a look

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Paul Johnson 403/02/2018 07:31:46
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Nice job Martin.

It is a good kit and a pleasure to build. There certainly is nothing wrong with time for contemplation on ways to achieve the results you want. I love to hear of so many different ideas on achieving a good model.

Martian01/03/2018 14:29:47
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well it's been a while but I have been working away in the Spit, it's mostly wrapped up in brown paper now which is a breeze to do and leaves a nice finish that just needs a coat of thinned dope to prepare for painting.

it is a long slow process glueing thread on the elevator and rudder until I remembered Gulliver and pinned the control surfaces down then placed a pin at each pencil line end and threaded in between nice and tight then using polystyrene glue to fix in place a quick blow with the heat gun job done ready to trim off excess then using watered down PVA glued strips of brown paper over the thread.

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McG 696901/03/2018 17:46:42
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Hi Martian,

Great progress & very neat job.

I really like your Gulliver thread trick. I must remember to 'steal' that. yes



Martian01/03/2018 18:51:45
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Thanks Chris your comments are very much appreciated

lightning 75901/03/2018 19:43:04
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looks great, a lot better than mine


Robert Hay 401/03/2018 20:22:13
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I can only second what Andy said Martian.

Could I ask how you got the exhausts on the cowl? Did you cut it or just stick them to the outside?



Martian01/03/2018 20:48:21
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Andy Rob thank you very much I doubt mine is any better and I've not seen yours

Rob the exhausts I used are the 3d printed ones purchased from Richard . I lined them up carefully then cut through gradually opening out to fit inside then used poly cement to fix in place building up in several layers then did any filling with plastic model filler then sand fill etc, base paint of matt black revell acrylic paint , hope that helps

Robert Hay 401/03/2018 21:58:31
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Thanks Martian, I will put mine together and post a pic of where I am at soon but believe me; yours is better than mine 😀.

Cheers for info re the printed exhaust stacks - they have been bamboozling me a bit for some reason and I still may just play it safe and stick the ‘stock’ ones on the side but let’s see what the morning brings...

Like what you have done with the cockpit too, Mick Reeves was kind enough to make me a special 1/8 version of his spitfire dash but I am having merry hell getting it to fit.

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