The Spitfire model takes shape

Since my last post on this topic, I have been quite busy with the model but haven’t had time to post the individual steps. So, since then, I have done the following:

  • The fuselage, wings and tailplane have all been covered with tissue. The surfaces have been sprayed with a light mist of water and allowed to dry – this causes the tissue to shrink thus tightening the surfaces.
  • The various parts have been assembled and the gaps between the components have been infilled.
  • The propeller has been fitted into the spinner and the assembly attached to the fuselage.
  • The minor parts (radiators, exhaust pipes, etc) have been glued in place.
  • The canopy has been cut out from the rough moulding and glued in place.

So the model is almost complete and beginning to look more like an aircraft. It is now ready for painting.

Spitfire model - top viewspitfire model - underneath

You can see where the nose covering is a composite of paper and tissue, this is for strength. In the case of my model it’s probably not necessary because I have not installed the motor as I’m not going to fly it.

 

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