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Old 03-16-2023, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Findgareth
Certainly is. Grandkids sleepover (????????) prevented progress and definitely falls into labor of love category. Shout out to Rumen @FokkeRC for helping me out and recutting vertical stab parts I screwed up. He is a blessing! Naive of me I guess as I assume a vertical stab is supposed to be more vertical than a drunken sailor! Long way of saying your precision is excellent! (I am mastering the art of shims to get where you want to be.) Anyway, I was re-skimming your thread and - forgive me if I missed - but wondered how you settled on powering your cockpit slider? (Originally I opted for the lazy one piece approach, then morphed to the two piece manual open/close, now at wondering Ö.. ahh, time, such an elusive commodity!)

Haha I have 3 kids in elementary and middle school, and they keep us very busy! If I get morning or afternoon in the shop here and there I chalk it up to a win.
On the canopy I decided to go with a manual one. Itíll secure with some small strip magnets on with the forward canopy.
Yes Rumen has been very helpful throughout the build. Emails are responded to in a timely manner and any support Iíve needed was answered or fixed and in the mail quickly. Heís great to work with.
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I began working on the interior yesterday, the engine was hard mounted, ignition and fuel tank was installed, throttle and choke servo plate was cut out of g-10 and all installed. Still need to solder pushrods to my clevisís and install the fueler port as well as run baffling for the engine. There is not a lot of room in the fuselage box, so I spent a lot of time working on space management as I still have a receiver, retract controller and 3 life batts to install(which I want as forward as I can get). I need smaller hands!
I wanted to see how she looked with spinner/prop and dummy exhaust stack installed, so a few pictures of that as well.







Old 03-16-2023, 08:05 AM
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Great work John!!
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Originally Posted by Prekin
Great work John!!

Thanks Jiri, And right back at ya! Your details sure help bring life to a model. I still have a few more levels of airbrush to run on the exhaust stacks, but even with the base alclad they really come to life!
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since you told me how you paint the exhaust stacks I paint them in that way!
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Very nice build John!! Super cool scale surface on the model !
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Originally Posted by fokke
Very nice build John!! Super cool scale surface on the model !
Thanks Rumen! Now to match it with the wing, hoping to have everything paint ready before flying weather hits here, and I should be painting by early summer Iíd hope.
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Amazing build, so beautiful 🙏
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Originally Posted by spitty
Amazing build, so beautiful 🙏
Thanks for the kind words! This oneís been a journey and has taken me entirely too long, but Iím immensely enjoying the process.
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Paraphrasing, the saying is to enjoy the journey. I like that except it diminishes the destination. Looks to me you have both bases covered. Kudos.
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Originally Posted by Findgareth
Paraphrasing, the saying is to enjoy the journey. I like that except it diminishes the destination. Looks to me you have both bases covered. Kudos.
I agree with that, and yes getting a build airborne and flying for years to come is the destination, and the best reward.

I shelved the fuse and brought the wing out yesterday, I have some final sanding on the underside to do. Then Iíll begin mapping out panels.

A good friend threw me some small strip magnets for the canopy lock, I believe theyíll work nicely, Iíll post pictures when I get them installed.
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I offer a photo of my progress as a way to say THANK YOU - I would not have made this progress without. And yes, when I didnít follow your flow I screwed up Ö.. and built the fuselage first I had to deconstruct the tail to put the horiz stab in place. Argh. Hence my appreciation of Rumanís cutting a few replacement parts for me. If my Spit ends up being 1/2 (optimistic!) as good as yourís I shall be well pleased and even then itís because Iíve learned from your build. Thanks again.

At least I got it square (and yes, 1st time I failed to level the table and jig ). I can spell ROOKIE in my sleep. (Itís actually square but Iíd moved a shim from under the jig and didnít realize for the this photo.)
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Originally Posted by Findgareth
I offer a photo of my progress as a way to say THANK YOU - I would not have made this progress without. And yes, when I didnít follow your flow I screwed up Ö.. and built the fuselage first I had to deconstruct the tail to put the horiz stab in place. Argh. Hence my appreciation of Rumanís cutting a few replacement parts for me. If my Spit ends up being 1/2 (optimistic!) as good as yourís I shall be well pleased and even then itís because Iíve learned from your build. Thanks again.

At least I got it square (and yes, 1st time I failed to level the table and jig ). I can spell ROOKIE in my sleep. (Itís actually square but Iíd moved a shim from under the jig and didnít realize for the this photo.)
Hi Gareth, your spitfire looks great! And youíre welcome, Iím glad to be of some help. Iím learning as I go myself. Thatís part of why I love building. I like the challenge.
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Spring in the air around here on the east coast. Is your fantastic build going to be airborne this season?
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Originally Posted by Findgareth
Spring in the air around here on the east coast. Is your fantastic build going to be airborne this season?
Itís just about here as well! Iím going to try for late summer but the spring is typically when I get to fly the most as my kids are still in school. Once summer hits Iím typically on full time Dad duty, which I enjoy, it definitely limits my flying/building.
The last few days Iíve had in my shop Iíve been going through my other warbirds making sure they were ready to go. On poor weather days Iíll continue to work on the spit. But Iím not one to put deadlines on models, seems to add unneeded pressure and takes the fun out it.
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An opps - I intended to post to Rumen/FokkeRC.

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Don't you just love those 2 axis laser levels? I lucked into one a number of years ago for $20, best money I ever spent!
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Ok, back at it! Began working on underside of the wing yesterday, mapping hatches and panel lines. Iíll begin riveting flush rivets using a soldering iron and brass pipe once itís all mapped out.


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Flush rivets, slow going but the effect should look great after paint. Gear door detail next.




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So much detail and so much patience. Discussed w/Chad Veitch how many rivets to use and I bottled out of the full deal and went for a mere 17,000 (applying them is a long way in my future so I have time for my patience to grow). It’s going to look awesome!!!
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[QUOTE=Findgareth;12790561]So much detail and so much patience. Discussed w/Chad Veitch how many rivets to use and I bottled out of the full deal and went for a mere 17,000 (applying them is a long way in my future so I have time for my patience to grow). Itís going to look awesome!!![/QUOTE/]

Thanks Gareth, the detailing does take time but you get in a groove and pretty soon youíre done with a section, and moving on to the next. Chadís hatch and round headed rivet pack has been a huge timesaver on the fuselage for sure. And the soldering iron/pipe method has been going smoother than I first imagined it would.
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Couple more photos, I have a few more details to add to this half but itís getting there.

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Underside is all but finished minus some blisters and a few other touches. Decided to get going with those as well as the ones on the upper surface of the wing. The main Hispano cannon blister is from Jiri at JPWarbirds, the others I built up and am in process of glassing.





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I love the details!
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I love the details!
Thanks! This one has taken me far too long but life happens!

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