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I've got to agree with Brian, Kev, looks really good so far. I didn't realize that the wing profile was so different from the standard Spitfire though, very interesting. Always thought it had a standard wing, different engine, prop, and forward canopy. See, even I can learn somethin' new. Ya know what they say about old dogs (or Wolves) eh?

 

She's turnin' in to a real beauty Kevin!

 

Cheers,

Wolf

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Thanks chaps! Plenty more to do yet though. I've managed to put the flaps together however:

 

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This is two of the three parts, and since taking these photos I've completed the third part. They weren't that difficult in the end, though I somehow managed to end up with one section of brass rod that was too short. I think I cut a length off it earlier in the build without thinking about it, but I don't remember why now. Anyway, I replaced it with some brass tubing of the same diameter. This isn't as stiff as the solid rod, but I managed to get it to work. You'll also notice that I've now fitted the two radiator housing on the underside.

 

I was hoping to be able to get some primer on it this weekend, but I didn't get there unfortunately. Still, it's moving along!

 

Kev

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Nice!

 

Gonna look cool w/some paint on her....................

 

Thanks Brian. I haven't done much to this one in the last few days, as I've been trying to get the Mk 24 off my bench. I have added the small intake that goes between the two wings on the underside (sorry, I don't really know what it's called!). I've got a few nicks and dents to clean up, and the tail plane joins are still a bit grungy, but after that I should be able to move quickly through the priming and painting stages. I hope!

 

Kev

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The flaps look good. Note on a Spitfire the flaps do not have various settings, they were either full down (90 degrees) or full up. Spitfires were rarely parked with the flaps down unless under maintenance. There also was a little indicator door on each upper wing that opened when the flaps were lowered, it opened to clear the actuating linkage that lowered the flaps. Here's a pic of one of my Spitty's with the flaps down that shows the door.

 

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Thanks for the info Ron. Those panels are scribed into the surface of the upper wing, but being solid resin, I've got no hope of opening them up! To be honest I'd prefer to build this with the flaps up, since as you say that's more like what happens in real life. But this kit is really designed to have them down, and installing them in the up position would be quite the exercise in frustration I reckon! There's also the additional rider of me trying as close to OOB as possible so it can function as a build review of sorts.

 

I wasn't aware about the 90 degree thing with the flaps though, which could get interesting! I'm not sure I'll be able to extend them that far, but I'll get them as close as possible.

 

Kev

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No worries. I found this picture on the internet (I will remove if using it offends anyone) but it clearly shows the flap angle, all up or this angle when down, they cannot be set in between on the real plane. This is the case with all Mk's of Spitty's

 

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.....and installing them in the up position would be quite the exercise in frustration I reckon! There's also the additional rider of me trying as close to OOB as possible so it can function as a build review of sorts.

 

 

 

Kev

I understand your desire to keep this OOB, Kev, but if you did decide to put the flaps "up", could you just backfill the flap troughs with Milliput, sand it smooth, and re-scribe the panel lines? just a thought.... :hmmm:

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I understand your desire to keep this OOB, Kev, but if you did decide to put the flaps "up", could you just backfill the flap troughs with Milliput, sand it smooth, and re-scribe the panel lines? just a thought.... :hmmm:

 

Yeah, I reckon it could be done, but I'm not up for it. Saving all my Milliput for the Trumpy birdcage Corsair...besides, after Ron's post I realised that I had the geometry of the flaps backwards in my head; all I have to do is straighten the little locating tabs out again and they'll hang at close to 90 degrees as required.

 

Kev

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I think the flap angle for the down position is actually 87 degrees but hey what is 3 degrees between friend?

 

Looking good there Kev. How do you find the time to build with all your web work?

 

Brad

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I think the flap angle for the down position is actually 87 degrees but hey what is 3 degrees between friend?

 

Looking good there Kev. How do you find the time to build with all your web work?

 

Brad

 

Thanks Brad. But if you'll notice, it's been close to 2 weeks since I've posted an actual build update in this thread! I have been tinkering with it, but nothing substantial enough to warrant an update. Hopefully this weekend!

 

Kev

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Well folks, a modicum of progress is all I can boast since the last update. Here are the main landing gear parts, glued together and primed (twice, once with Mr Metal Primer and another time with Mr Surfacer):

 

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I've left off the photo-etched brake lines, as I didn't think they were going to look very convincing, and would be a bugger to paint to boot. These parts are now just awaiting a coat of silver all over.

 

Here's the rudder with the white metal control wire anchor installed and 'sealed' with some Mr Surfacer:

 

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I think this part looks too big, and the supplied wire for the control cable also looks oversized. But the anchor points are designed to suit it, so I'll go with that. Which reminds me, what colour should the control cable be?

 

OK, I'll finish with a snapshot of where the build is now. I've applied an overall coat of Mr Surfacer, except for the control surfaces, which I hadn't attached at the time:

 

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The rudder and elevators are just posed for effect, and not permanently installed yet. The primer needs a really good rub back, as it's quite rough in patches, and the underside of the port tailplane managed to capture a nice layer airborne detritus. You may also like to note my decidedly agricultural approach to masking the cockpit.

 

Very nearly ready for paint!

 

Kev

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