The Big Spit - Fuselage Closed

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The Big Spit - Fuselage Closed

Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

December 30th, 2010, 3:18 am #1

Hi all - work on the Big Spit is now proceeding fairly rapidly. Dermot mentioned our boy needs a pilot's rank, so here it is: Sergeant Pilot! I laid some Polly Scale US Navy Sea Blue on a clear decal sheet, then penciled in the rank markings and the 'Canada' shoulder flash using a Prisma Silver Pencil. After slathering on some Micro-Clear decal film, the rank markings were carefully trimmed and applied:

Chris Brown figured our boy needed gloves to handle the cold at high altitude, and that made sense. A layer of white glue over the hands and when that dried, some Model Master Military Brown to replicate his leather gloves (apologies for the crappy photo):

Before installing the electic motor, I had to grind away some plastic to make sure the kit-supplied motor mounts fit properly:

Okay, about that oxygen hose connection. Again, apologies for the photo. I didn't know how the heck that hose connected to its attachment point. I thought about it from the pilot's point of view. Running it below the elbow would mean it would interfere if our boy wanted to reach for the landing gear lever, the harness quick release, the radio plug and numerous other lower starboard fuselage fittings. So I ran it above the arm. That does make sense?

Replacing the tiny air scoop on the top engine cover seems to be standard operating procedure with this kit, from other builds I've seen. I mounted some 020 thou card in a cardboard frame, heated it over a stove element, and poked a shaped toothpick up into it. After trimming, it looked the part:



Okay - after installing the engine side panels, I ran into the infamous Airfix 1/24 scale Spitfire top engine cowling fit issue. It was just too damn wide to fit properly. After some intense eyballing and pondering, I finally sliced the bloody thing in two and installed each half separately:

I sliced off the kit rudder trim tab rod and cobbled together a replacement from sprue and sheet. But the rod looks bent, so I'll replace it:

A similar treatment for the rudder trim tab linkage:

Next steps: Fair in the engine cowlings and tone down the fuselage riveting. Then it's on to the wings. Stay tuned!
Best...Ted...

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7;

Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

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Joined: April 26th, 2006, 10:40 pm

December 30th, 2010, 3:25 am #2

This has got to be the best built kit of this out there......

Thanks,
Allan

Youth, talent, hard work, and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.

Multiple Mosquito Build, 1/72: Intro Part 1 Part 1.5 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Fini

Fathers Day A6M2: Intro Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Finish

Airfix Stuka 1/72: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Finish

Airfix Hurricane 1/72: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Finish

Airfix Orion III: Build Tutorial Finish
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:06 pm

December 30th, 2010, 3:40 am #3

Hi all - work on the Big Spit is now proceeding fairly rapidly. Dermot mentioned our boy needs a pilot's rank, so here it is: Sergeant Pilot! I laid some Polly Scale US Navy Sea Blue on a clear decal sheet, then penciled in the rank markings and the 'Canada' shoulder flash using a Prisma Silver Pencil. After slathering on some Micro-Clear decal film, the rank markings were carefully trimmed and applied:

Chris Brown figured our boy needed gloves to handle the cold at high altitude, and that made sense. A layer of white glue over the hands and when that dried, some Model Master Military Brown to replicate his leather gloves (apologies for the crappy photo):

Before installing the electic motor, I had to grind away some plastic to make sure the kit-supplied motor mounts fit properly:

Okay, about that oxygen hose connection. Again, apologies for the photo. I didn't know how the heck that hose connected to its attachment point. I thought about it from the pilot's point of view. Running it below the elbow would mean it would interfere if our boy wanted to reach for the landing gear lever, the harness quick release, the radio plug and numerous other lower starboard fuselage fittings. So I ran it above the arm. That does make sense?

Replacing the tiny air scoop on the top engine cover seems to be standard operating procedure with this kit, from other builds I've seen. I mounted some 020 thou card in a cardboard frame, heated it over a stove element, and poked a shaped toothpick up into it. After trimming, it looked the part:



Okay - after installing the engine side panels, I ran into the infamous Airfix 1/24 scale Spitfire top engine cowling fit issue. It was just too damn wide to fit properly. After some intense eyballing and pondering, I finally sliced the bloody thing in two and installed each half separately:

I sliced off the kit rudder trim tab rod and cobbled together a replacement from sprue and sheet. But the rod looks bent, so I'll replace it:

A similar treatment for the rudder trim tab linkage:

Next steps: Fair in the engine cowlings and tone down the fuselage riveting. Then it's on to the wings. Stay tuned!
Best...Ted...

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7;

Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

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Pilot and improvements to the cowling are both impressive. Too bad Santa did not bring you a new camera for Christmas though...

Cheers, Vic
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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

December 30th, 2010, 3:47 am #4

This has got to be the best built kit of this out there......

Thanks,
Allan

Youth, talent, hard work, and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.

Multiple Mosquito Build, 1/72: Intro Part 1 Part 1.5 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Fini

Fathers Day A6M2: Intro Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Finish

Airfix Stuka 1/72: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Finish

Airfix Hurricane 1/72: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Finish

Airfix Orion III: Build Tutorial Finish
Thanks, but you are way too kind - I'm using other builds I've seen on this site as my references. Time reveals all - they'll get a proper nod when the time is right!
Best...Ted...

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7; The Big Spit Pt.8;


Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

December 30th, 2010, 3:49 am #5

Pilot and improvements to the cowling are both impressive. Too bad Santa did not bring you a new camera for Christmas though...

Cheers, Vic
Trust me Vic - nothing wrong with the camera - just the operator! You'd think after working as a television reporter for 30 years, I'd know a thing or two about cameras! But then again, I was was always on the OTHER side of the lens!
Best...Ted...

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7; The Big Spit Pt.8;


Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

Tall Tales:
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The Lucky Mig
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Joined: February 26th, 2002, 4:32 am

December 30th, 2010, 4:05 am #6

Hi all - work on the Big Spit is now proceeding fairly rapidly. Dermot mentioned our boy needs a pilot's rank, so here it is: Sergeant Pilot! I laid some Polly Scale US Navy Sea Blue on a clear decal sheet, then penciled in the rank markings and the 'Canada' shoulder flash using a Prisma Silver Pencil. After slathering on some Micro-Clear decal film, the rank markings were carefully trimmed and applied:

Chris Brown figured our boy needed gloves to handle the cold at high altitude, and that made sense. A layer of white glue over the hands and when that dried, some Model Master Military Brown to replicate his leather gloves (apologies for the crappy photo):

Before installing the electic motor, I had to grind away some plastic to make sure the kit-supplied motor mounts fit properly:

Okay, about that oxygen hose connection. Again, apologies for the photo. I didn't know how the heck that hose connected to its attachment point. I thought about it from the pilot's point of view. Running it below the elbow would mean it would interfere if our boy wanted to reach for the landing gear lever, the harness quick release, the radio plug and numerous other lower starboard fuselage fittings. So I ran it above the arm. That does make sense?

Replacing the tiny air scoop on the top engine cover seems to be standard operating procedure with this kit, from other builds I've seen. I mounted some 020 thou card in a cardboard frame, heated it over a stove element, and poked a shaped toothpick up into it. After trimming, it looked the part:



Okay - after installing the engine side panels, I ran into the infamous Airfix 1/24 scale Spitfire top engine cowling fit issue. It was just too damn wide to fit properly. After some intense eyballing and pondering, I finally sliced the bloody thing in two and installed each half separately:

I sliced off the kit rudder trim tab rod and cobbled together a replacement from sprue and sheet. But the rod looks bent, so I'll replace it:

A similar treatment for the rudder trim tab linkage:

Next steps: Fair in the engine cowlings and tone down the fuselage riveting. Then it's on to the wings. Stay tuned!
Best...Ted...

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7;

Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

Tall Tales:
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The Lucky Mig
Very nice work Ted, that figure has come out a treat, n/t
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Joined: August 6th, 2008, 1:27 am

December 30th, 2010, 5:51 am #7

Hi all - work on the Big Spit is now proceeding fairly rapidly. Dermot mentioned our boy needs a pilot's rank, so here it is: Sergeant Pilot! I laid some Polly Scale US Navy Sea Blue on a clear decal sheet, then penciled in the rank markings and the 'Canada' shoulder flash using a Prisma Silver Pencil. After slathering on some Micro-Clear decal film, the rank markings were carefully trimmed and applied:

Chris Brown figured our boy needed gloves to handle the cold at high altitude, and that made sense. A layer of white glue over the hands and when that dried, some Model Master Military Brown to replicate his leather gloves (apologies for the crappy photo):

Before installing the electic motor, I had to grind away some plastic to make sure the kit-supplied motor mounts fit properly:

Okay, about that oxygen hose connection. Again, apologies for the photo. I didn't know how the heck that hose connected to its attachment point. I thought about it from the pilot's point of view. Running it below the elbow would mean it would interfere if our boy wanted to reach for the landing gear lever, the harness quick release, the radio plug and numerous other lower starboard fuselage fittings. So I ran it above the arm. That does make sense?

Replacing the tiny air scoop on the top engine cover seems to be standard operating procedure with this kit, from other builds I've seen. I mounted some 020 thou card in a cardboard frame, heated it over a stove element, and poked a shaped toothpick up into it. After trimming, it looked the part:



Okay - after installing the engine side panels, I ran into the infamous Airfix 1/24 scale Spitfire top engine cowling fit issue. It was just too damn wide to fit properly. After some intense eyballing and pondering, I finally sliced the bloody thing in two and installed each half separately:

I sliced off the kit rudder trim tab rod and cobbled together a replacement from sprue and sheet. But the rod looks bent, so I'll replace it:

A similar treatment for the rudder trim tab linkage:

Next steps: Fair in the engine cowlings and tone down the fuselage riveting. Then it's on to the wings. Stay tuned!
Best...Ted...

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7;

Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

Tall Tales:
Cold War Incident
The Lucky Mig
G'day Ted,

Must say the ingenuity regarding the mask, seat belts and the sutton harness is marvelous. True grass roots modeling. But Living in the Bay Area, I might have some that would say the seat is grey green; why not the red compo-plastic colour? This might be consistent with early spits; yet I don't know. The hinge to the rudder and trim look smashing. I' got a hankering to convert the MkI into a Mk VIII with Aussie markings but just never got off the start'n post other than just parts clean up started. Such is life ...........and my shortness of time.

Keeps ups the very goods work there, n love to see the wheels and wheel bay get a treatment as they would stand out in 1/24th scale. I still have par-puter problems......#

PHIL
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Joined: June 11th, 2005, 3:19 pm

December 30th, 2010, 7:17 am #8

Hi all - work on the Big Spit is now proceeding fairly rapidly. Dermot mentioned our boy needs a pilot's rank, so here it is: Sergeant Pilot! I laid some Polly Scale US Navy Sea Blue on a clear decal sheet, then penciled in the rank markings and the 'Canada' shoulder flash using a Prisma Silver Pencil. After slathering on some Micro-Clear decal film, the rank markings were carefully trimmed and applied:

Chris Brown figured our boy needed gloves to handle the cold at high altitude, and that made sense. A layer of white glue over the hands and when that dried, some Model Master Military Brown to replicate his leather gloves (apologies for the crappy photo):

Before installing the electic motor, I had to grind away some plastic to make sure the kit-supplied motor mounts fit properly:

Okay, about that oxygen hose connection. Again, apologies for the photo. I didn't know how the heck that hose connected to its attachment point. I thought about it from the pilot's point of view. Running it below the elbow would mean it would interfere if our boy wanted to reach for the landing gear lever, the harness quick release, the radio plug and numerous other lower starboard fuselage fittings. So I ran it above the arm. That does make sense?

Replacing the tiny air scoop on the top engine cover seems to be standard operating procedure with this kit, from other builds I've seen. I mounted some 020 thou card in a cardboard frame, heated it over a stove element, and poked a shaped toothpick up into it. After trimming, it looked the part:



Okay - after installing the engine side panels, I ran into the infamous Airfix 1/24 scale Spitfire top engine cowling fit issue. It was just too damn wide to fit properly. After some intense eyballing and pondering, I finally sliced the bloody thing in two and installed each half separately:

I sliced off the kit rudder trim tab rod and cobbled together a replacement from sprue and sheet. But the rod looks bent, so I'll replace it:

A similar treatment for the rudder trim tab linkage:

Next steps: Fair in the engine cowlings and tone down the fuselage riveting. Then it's on to the wings. Stay tuned!
Best...Ted...

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7;

Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

Tall Tales:
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than the first time I saw it. THAT COCKPIT IS AMAZING!

Jolly good work!
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Joined: December 12th, 2007, 2:51 am

December 30th, 2010, 9:52 am #9

Hi all - work on the Big Spit is now proceeding fairly rapidly. Dermot mentioned our boy needs a pilot's rank, so here it is: Sergeant Pilot! I laid some Polly Scale US Navy Sea Blue on a clear decal sheet, then penciled in the rank markings and the 'Canada' shoulder flash using a Prisma Silver Pencil. After slathering on some Micro-Clear decal film, the rank markings were carefully trimmed and applied:

Chris Brown figured our boy needed gloves to handle the cold at high altitude, and that made sense. A layer of white glue over the hands and when that dried, some Model Master Military Brown to replicate his leather gloves (apologies for the crappy photo):

Before installing the electic motor, I had to grind away some plastic to make sure the kit-supplied motor mounts fit properly:

Okay, about that oxygen hose connection. Again, apologies for the photo. I didn't know how the heck that hose connected to its attachment point. I thought about it from the pilot's point of view. Running it below the elbow would mean it would interfere if our boy wanted to reach for the landing gear lever, the harness quick release, the radio plug and numerous other lower starboard fuselage fittings. So I ran it above the arm. That does make sense?

Replacing the tiny air scoop on the top engine cover seems to be standard operating procedure with this kit, from other builds I've seen. I mounted some 020 thou card in a cardboard frame, heated it over a stove element, and poked a shaped toothpick up into it. After trimming, it looked the part:



Okay - after installing the engine side panels, I ran into the infamous Airfix 1/24 scale Spitfire top engine cowling fit issue. It was just too damn wide to fit properly. After some intense eyballing and pondering, I finally sliced the bloody thing in two and installed each half separately:

I sliced off the kit rudder trim tab rod and cobbled together a replacement from sprue and sheet. But the rod looks bent, so I'll replace it:

A similar treatment for the rudder trim tab linkage:

Next steps: Fair in the engine cowlings and tone down the fuselage riveting. Then it's on to the wings. Stay tuned!
Best...Ted...

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7;

Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

Tall Tales:
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The Lucky Mig
looks at home in his 'office', very rare to see one 'all hooked up' so to speak and I'm definitely looking forward to the finished pics.

Regards

Ross
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Joined: November 28th, 2008, 1:43 am

December 30th, 2010, 11:44 am #10

Hi all - work on the Big Spit is now proceeding fairly rapidly. Dermot mentioned our boy needs a pilot's rank, so here it is: Sergeant Pilot! I laid some Polly Scale US Navy Sea Blue on a clear decal sheet, then penciled in the rank markings and the 'Canada' shoulder flash using a Prisma Silver Pencil. After slathering on some Micro-Clear decal film, the rank markings were carefully trimmed and applied:

Chris Brown figured our boy needed gloves to handle the cold at high altitude, and that made sense. A layer of white glue over the hands and when that dried, some Model Master Military Brown to replicate his leather gloves (apologies for the crappy photo):

Before installing the electic motor, I had to grind away some plastic to make sure the kit-supplied motor mounts fit properly:

Okay, about that oxygen hose connection. Again, apologies for the photo. I didn't know how the heck that hose connected to its attachment point. I thought about it from the pilot's point of view. Running it below the elbow would mean it would interfere if our boy wanted to reach for the landing gear lever, the harness quick release, the radio plug and numerous other lower starboard fuselage fittings. So I ran it above the arm. That does make sense?

Replacing the tiny air scoop on the top engine cover seems to be standard operating procedure with this kit, from other builds I've seen. I mounted some 020 thou card in a cardboard frame, heated it over a stove element, and poked a shaped toothpick up into it. After trimming, it looked the part:



Okay - after installing the engine side panels, I ran into the infamous Airfix 1/24 scale Spitfire top engine cowling fit issue. It was just too damn wide to fit properly. After some intense eyballing and pondering, I finally sliced the bloody thing in two and installed each half separately:

I sliced off the kit rudder trim tab rod and cobbled together a replacement from sprue and sheet. But the rod looks bent, so I'll replace it:

A similar treatment for the rudder trim tab linkage:

Next steps: Fair in the engine cowlings and tone down the fuselage riveting. Then it's on to the wings. Stay tuned!
Best...Ted...

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7;

Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

Tall Tales:
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The Lucky Mig
...the pilot looks (almost) alive and I really like the scale pallet the fuse' is sitting on!

Happy new year,Bud!

Woz
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