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Great stuff gents.  rtwpsom2, that's exactly the kind of stuff we love seeing on LSP!  SMEs are hard to find, and when one comes along with previously unknown info, its always super helpful, and I think we can all appreciate the effort it takes to deep dive on this kind of stuff.

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I was blown away by the Spitfire build. Not really sure what words to use for the amazingly detailed and superbly executed work going into this one. As to where you get the time to do this stuff is completely beyond me. But what I really like is how much of it doesn’t involve super expensive tools or hard to find material. Much of it is patient exacting work taken to another level again - stratospheric at least!

 

Amazing and and very very inspirational. 

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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Hi folks,

 

Longerons reworked - big shout out to Eileens Emporium for getting me the H section brass for the longerons in less than 24hrs from ordering - they came next day so I have had a chance to rework them according to the drawings

 

I also made up the jig that allows me to add the station points and skin the sidewalls

 

..the main seat bulkhead & the two behind are not glued - just the stations on the sidewalls, but here is where it is at so far...

 

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now onto the skinning..

 

TTFN

Peter

 

 

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Fantastic work as always Peter! :bow:

 

Thanks for the link to Eileens, I'm always on the lookout for brass shapes. :thumbsup:

 

Do you have a source or method for making "hat" shaped brass?

 

Barry

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Yeah Peter - your fuselage jig and the parts build-up are unprecedented far as I can tell.  Question - what h-section did you select for the longerons?  How tall?  They look just about just like a scaled part.  With Miss Velma, I had to significantly reduce the section height of the longerons due to the .08 thick walls of the fuselage.  P-51 fuselage skins were on the order of 0.06 inch (about three thousands in 1/18), a far cry from 0.08 inch!!!  What thickness skins will you have?  I ask because if the longerons are scaled to the real parts, and they protrude too far inboard, you will likely be presented with clearance difficulties with the seat and other wide items in the cockpit.  

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On 8/30/2018 at 3:06 PM, dodgem37 said:

Looks great!  Any modifications necessary for fit?  Or did you hit it on the money?

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

Thanks Mark - surprisingly most fitted - because the stations are taken from drawings the upper & lower fit was a bit of fettling, but on the whole it fits very well. In fact the armor plated headrest actually slides into its mount holes and these were two different parts made months apart so it is a testament to how building from drawings can work out :)

 

 

 

On 8/31/2018 at 3:04 AM, JayW said:

Yeah Peter - your fuselage jig and the parts build-up are unprecedented far as I can tell.  Question - what h-section did you select for the longerons?  How tall?  They look just about just like a scaled part.  With Miss Velma, I had to significantly reduce the section height of the longerons due to the .08 thick walls of the fuselage.  P-51 fuselage skins were on the order of 0.06 inch (about three thousands in 1/18), a far cry from 0.08 inch!!!  What thickness skins will you have?  I ask because if the longerons are scaled to the real parts, and they protrude too far inboard, you will likely be presented with clearance difficulties with the seat and other wide items in the cockpit.  

 

 

Hi Jay - thank you :) the longerons are 3mm sq H section - just under scale and I may have been better with the 3.5mm, but they are there now so thats fine,

In terms of skin thickness, I am not really worried about it as where the cockpit sills are it is likely there will just be a litho outer skin so it is actually in scale with the original. I will try and preserve as much of the fibregalss cockpit section I have cut away as possible as it gives the overall structure strength & shape, but where it meets the sills it will be just litho..

 

thanks for dropping in :)

 

so some skins are on - this isjust one sheet of litho added while the parts were in the jig - that way I know these are dimensionally correct..

 

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,,added rivet strips where the stations meet the walls

 

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..the other side has the mounting fixture for the control pedestal..

 

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.. I will end up with two detailed walls I can then start making into the whole..

 

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.. I have also got myself a bit confused - see the map case here & the size it is in relation to the gap between it's adjacent fuselage station..

 

..looks to be almost a station to stations width..

 

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..this is my version - scaled from the drawing at 12" tall..

 

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..to me it looks undersized so am just trying to check if there were two versions or if it is just a trick of perspective in the photo of the real cockpit..

 

back soon

 

TTFN

Peter

 

 

 

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Love the hell out of that cut-out!  Nice detail, and nice fabrications.

 

'..this is my version - scaled from the drawing at 12" tall..'

Maybe 9 x 12 to accommodate an 8-1/2 x 11?  Your other parts appear on the money.  So why not that?  Just sayin'

 

Great show.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

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