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If it's not too much trouble I wonder if you might do a step-by-step of the fuel lines and wires please? I've begun studying one or two pics of the real deal and there's alot going on which makes it difficult to dissect.

Yes of course Guy, though don't take my meagre efforts as gospel, I'm still on a learning curve too. Julian's images help though some are not very clear.

Max

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Thanks Guy, I hesitate to put this picture in because this is what I aspire to achieve!  It's done by Julian Seddon, a very fine modeller who writes for Scale Modelling Now, an online "mag" to which I've made modest contributions.  I've downloaded the whole of Julian's Spitfire build and will be using it as my Bible:

 

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Max

 

Oh my...I could never try that, because It would bother me too much. I'll probably dream about spraying some degreaser to clean it up (just like my cars)!

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I felt the same Den, I've only just started of course so plenty of time for ****-ups but the fit of parts is so precise and the plastic is beautiful to work with, very "crisp". I'm following the instructions VERY closely, which I don't usually do and leaving all the parts on the sprues until I need them. You, for sure, will enjoy a Tamiya Spit and very successfully without doubt.

Max

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It's an absolutely filthy day outside today so a great excuse to get on with the Merlin, though it's slow progress as usual.  I've used a piece of 1.6mm plastic rod for the main fuel line feeder then drilled 0.3mm holes for the individual lines, these are lead wire.  I've used lead sheet strips for brackets.  I'm going to use some gold wire thread (bottom left) for the flexible length of hose which comes out of the top of the starboard magneto to the aft of the main fuel line, it's great stuff because you can bend it to shape and it holds that shape. 

 

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I've drilled out the holes for the spark plugs, I'm going to see if I can strip the outer plastic sheath off the orange wire to locate into the cylinder block, leave a short length of sheathing in place to represent the plug, then strip the next length off for the plug lead.  We'll see if it works!

 

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Max

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The orange wire was overscale so I'm using 0.4mm wire and stripping off just the "ignition lead" end.  This shows the position, as far as I can determine it, of the "loom" for want of a better word for the group of ignition leads running to the magneto, but to make life easier in the long run I had to cut off one lump of electrical equipment that I had already glued in place:

 

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This shows the correct port-side loom connecting with the magneto, just have to go and drill six 0.3mm holes in the 1mm rod now!
 
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Max
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Man, you don't waste time!! Great that you're doing a step-by-step on the wiring and plumbing. The engine subassembly was such a treat to build but the wiring and plumbing was intimidating. Will follow along.

 

Don

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Man, you don't waste time!! Great that you're doing a step-by-step on the wiring and plumbing. The engine subassembly was such a treat to build but the wiring and plumbing was intimidating. Will follow along.

 

Don

Thanks Don, but bear in mind this is just my interpretation of how things are, but I guess, I hope, for our purposes it's going to be accurate enough! :)

 

 

Looks great Max! I might have to try this and detail an engine sometime.

 

Carl

 

I'm a bit of a sucker for detailing engines Carl, especially radials.  I think it can make a huge difference to the authentic appearance of a build.

 

The port side is plumbed in, looks a bit untidy at the moment but once the CA is firmly set I hope to be able to neaten things up!

 

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Max

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That looks excellent! There's no issue painting the engine fully assembled? Handling/detailing/assembling painted parts looks to be a royal pain, but I figured painting it would be difficult with a component with so many crack/crevices?

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That looks excellent! There's no issue painting the engine fully assembled? Handling/detailing/assembling painted parts looks to be a royal pain, but I figured painting it would be difficult with a component with so many crack/crevices?

That's a good point Shaka and one that I had considered beforehand, I'm letting Julian's build be my guide on this matter since I'm aiming for his finish - primarily black - so I think it will be ok, especially airbrushing. Detail work of course will be with a fine brush.

Max

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