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Official Spitfire Build Diary - Stages 72 - 79 Options
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#1 Posted : 05 January 2015 11:33:08

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Pack 19 contains Stages 72 - 75

Stage 72 - Contains upper wing plate #28, fuselage plate #3 and a template template sheet.

Retrieve the suspension struts and joints provided with Stage 70. Also retrieve the strut leg supplied with the previous stage.
Use a fine file to remove any burrs or moulding lines from the parts.

Test-fit a joint into each strut, note that when glued the joints should be look as shown in step 4. If you are unsure of the correct angle, you can leave the gluing until Stage 89 of Pack 23, where you can set the joint to the perfect angle in conjunction with fitting the wheel fairings.

Test-fit a strut leg into each of the struts. Then remove and place one of the M2 nuts from Stage 65 into the hole at the end of the strut (Stage 71). Then apply glue to the gap between the parts to secure the nut. Avoid getting glue on the inside of the nut.

Retrieve a wheel from Stage 2 and a wheel from Stage 5.

Take a 20mm screw (Stage 65) and place a washer (Stage 71) on it, then insert the screw into the central hole of one of the wheels.
Place a second washer over the end of the screw, then fit a strut leg in place with the nut facing away from the wheel. Tighten the screw into the nut, then repeat the process for the second wheel.

This completes this stage, carefully store the assembled parts and store the remaining parts in a labelled bag.
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#2 Posted : 05 January 2015 11:36:05

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Stage 73 - Contains diecaste lower and upper nose covers and a pitot mount.

This stage is a repeat of fitting the landing gear housing fitted in Stage 71, this time fitted into the left wing half.

Retrieve the housing plate from Stage 64

On the underside of the left-hand wing half, use a razor saw to cut out the bottoms of the cutouts in the ribs (dotted lines). Try and angle the edges so the cuts produce a roughly circular shape. Then Turn the wing over, and cut out the tops of the same ribs, in roughly the same shape.

Create a large cylindrical sanding block by taking such as an aerosol can that has an approximate diameter of 55mm, and wrap sandpaper around it. Insert the cylindrical sanding block into the hole created and sand the cut edges to finalise the circular shape.

Wrap the plate from Stage 64 it around the same cylinder used as the sanding block, then fit it the into the left wing half so that its cutout section is aligned with the end of landing gear housing. Its overall diameter should be approx 59-60mm and the ends of the plate not join but have a gap between as shown in the Step 7 photo.
Apply glue to the contact points of the landing gear housing and plate, but before the glue sets, hold a wooden strip along the ribs on the wing underside to ensure the plate does not project above or is below the ribs on the underside of the wing.

Ensure you apply glue to the contact points between the plate and the ribs, I used epoxy to ensure a firm hold. The plate will be further secured at a later stage.

Note that this plate does not reach the tops of the ribs on the topside of the wingframe.

This completes this stage, carefully store the remaining parts in a labelled bag.
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#3 Posted : 10 February 2015 11:28:29

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Stage 74 - Contains the upper wing plates 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 for the right-hand wing half and a template sheet.

You will need plate #1 and #3 for this session. These plates are fitted onto the upper side of the right-hand wing half as a repetition of those fitted onto the left wing half.

Follow the template to carefully rivet mark both plates, then test-fit the plates in place and make any necessary adjustments. Then glue them into place and fit pin-nails into both plates in the positions shown.

This completes this session. You will need plate #5 & #7 for the next stage, carefully store plate #11 in a labelled bag.
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#4 Posted : 10 February 2015 11:30:00

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Stage 75 - Contains the upper wing plates 2, 9 & 12 and a template sheet.

You will need plate #5 and #7 from the previous stage. These plates are fitted onto the upper side of the right-hand wing half as a repetition of those fitted onto the left wing half.

Take plate #5 and test-fit in the position shown on the upper side of the right-hand wing half, ensuring that the plate is slightly curved and fits flush with the plate next to it. Then glue the plate in place and fit pin-nails in the positions shown.

Take plate #7 and test-fit in the position shown, ensuring that it is slightly curved and fits flush with the plate next to it. Then glue the plate in place and fit pin-nails in the positions shown.

This completes this stage, carefully store plates 2, 9 & 12 in a labelled bag.
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#5 Posted : 24 February 2015 11:15:36

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Pack 20 contains Stages 76-79

Stage 76 - Contains the propeller shaft, motor coupling, allen screws and a brass crown gear screw.

Set aside the parts provide with this stage until Stage 79.

Place wing plate 9 on the template from Stage 75 to verify that it is the correct part. Test-fit. then glue in place in the position shown on the right-hand wing half, then fit a pin-nail into each corner of the plate.

Identify plate 11 on the template sheet (Stage 74). Test-fit then glue plate 11 onto the wing, up against plate 9 just fitted. Then fit a pin-nail into each corner of the plate.

Take wing plate 3 and lay it on the corresponding part of the template (both from Stage 75). Mark the rivet lines of the template onto the plate. Test-fit then glue the plate in the position shown, and fit a pin-nail at each of the arrowed locations on the plate.

This completes this Stage.
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Stage 77 - Contains Upper wing plate #4, pin-nails and a plate template.

Carefully store the parts from this stage in a labelled bag for later use.

Retrieve the machine-gun bodies and magazines that came with Stages 54 and 57. Use a fine file to remove any burrs.

Glue a magazine onto each of the guns in the orientation and position shown. Then coat them with metal primer and paint them metallic black or gunmetal.

Test-fit the two machine guns into the holes in the spar on the right side of the wing. Once the fit is verified, store them in a safe place until needed again.

Retrieve the two pieces with captive nuts, assembled in Stage 68. Insert one of them between two ribs to the right of the centre of the wing. Position it so the bottom is flush with the bottom of the ribs and so the wide side of the nut is facing up, as shown. Then glue into place.

Repeat the previous step for the second piece from Stage 68, gluing it to the left of the centre. Ensure that both pieces are properly glued as they will act as wing mount pieces.

Take a length of previously supplied 2x5mm wooden strip. Cut, glue and fit a length of the 2x5mm strip against the top of the wing mount pieces and the sides of the ribs. When the glued has fully dried, sand the aft ends of wooden strips to match the angle at the ends of the ribs and also the ends of the wing mount pieces if they protrude above rib height. Then sand the undersides of the wing mount pieces between the ribs to make sure the underside is flush with the ribs.

Take wing plate #4, place it over the wing, in the area shown. This is just to identify where it will fit, carefully store the plate in a labelled bag for later use.

This completes this Stage.
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Stage 78 - Contains Upper wing plates #8, #10, #13, a template, 5mm screws & nuts, and M4 washers.

Place wing plate 10 (part 2) on the template sheet (this stage) to confirm it is the correct plate. Mark the rivet panel lines on the template onto the plate.Then score the panel lines from the template onto the upper side of the plate as before.

Test-fit then glue plate 10 onro the right-hand wing half next to plate 12, flush with the edges of the surrounding plates and rear spar. Shape the edges to fit, if necessary. The fit the pin-nails at the arrowed locations on plate 10.

Identify wing plate 8. Test-fit in place on the wing next to plate 10, ensure it is flush with the surrounding plates and the rear spar. Then, mark the rivets and panel lines, as shown on the template.Glue the plate in place. Then fit a pin-nail at each of the arrowed locations on plate 8.

This completes this stage, carefully store the remaining parts in a labelled bag.
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Stage 79 - Contains two replacement skin plates.

Carefully store the skin plates.

Retrieve the propeller assembly from Stage 3, the brass propeller shaft and brass prop nut from Stage 76, and the three screws & nuts from Stage 78.

Insert the brass screw provided with Stage 76 into the hole in the centre of the crown gear, then tighten the propeller shaft onto the screw exit on the opposite side of the backplate. The crown gear should be free to rotate. (If you find that the screw does not snug up to the backplate, carefully file away aprox 1m length of screw thread).

Insert the propeller blades into the seats in the base plate, with the teeth positioned in the crown, then fit the spinner top plate over the tops of the propeller blade shafts, ensure that all of the propeller blades are at the same angle. Then fit a screw into each of the three holes in the upper plate and tighten onto a nut placed into each of the three holes on the rear of the backplate.

Check that the three propeller blades smoothly rotate together when rotated, which creates the variable pitch of the propeller.

Retrieve the Spinner from Stage 4 and three spinner screws from Stage 67.

Fit the spinner onto the propeller assembly then secure the spinner onto the back plate with the three screws from the rearward side.

Carefully store the propeller assembly until needed.
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