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Official Spitfire Build Diary - Stages 103 - 110 Options
Tomick
#1 Posted : 24 August 2015 10:01:12

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Pack 27 contains Stages 103 - 106

Stage 103 - Contains two skin plates (used at Stage 122) and lower wing detail plates.

Identify lower wing plate 22 on the template, both from Stage 83.

Prepare lower wing plate 21 from Stage 81 and lower wing plate 23 from Stage 85. When combined these three plates create the central outline of the landing gear.

Test-fit lower wing plate 22 in the area shown. Adjust the plate so that it fits properly in the area. Make sure that it doesn’t obstruct the landing gear’s movement. When happy with the fit, glue the plate in place and fit five pin-nails in the positions shown.
Check that the landing gear can still move freely. Make any adjustments if necessary.

Now take lower wing plate 23 and adjust to fit in the area indicated then glue the plate in place and fit pin-nails as shown.

This completes this Stage. Carefully store the remaining plates in a labelled bag.
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Tomick
#2 Posted : 24 August 2015 10:06:34

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Stage 104 - Contains Fuselage plate's 11,16,25 & 26, Lower wing detail plates, Upper wing and fuselage detail plates and a template

Identify lower wing plate 22 on the template, both from Stage 83.

Adjust the plate to fit the area shown, then glue the plate into position and fit a pin-nail in the five points shown. Check that the plate isn’t obstructing the landing gear, and if it is, adjust the shape, as necessary.

Test-fit lower wing plate 23 (Stage 91) on the wing. Adjust the shape if necessary and then glue the plate into position and fit a pi-nail in the four corners. Check that the landing gear can still move freely and adjust the plate if necessary.

Test-fit lower wing plate 21(Stage 81) on the wing, in the area shown. Make any necessary adjustments to the plate, then glue the plate in place and fit pin-nails as indicated.
Repeat this process to fit lower wing plate 21 into place on the other side of the wing.

Check that both landing gear can still move freely past the plates. Adjust if necessary.

This completes this Stage. Carefuly store the remaining plates in a labelled bag.
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#3 Posted : 24 August 2015 10:10:28

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Stage 105 - Contains the Rudder trailing edge (lower), Stabiliser leading edges and the Fin leading edge.

Retrieve the engine assembly from Stage 99. Smooth the surface of the engine with emery paper and then wipe it clean.

Prime the engine with metal primer, then mask and paint the engine block as shown in the instructions.

Take the exhaust manifold cover's supplied with Stage 97 and smooth their surfaces with emery paper, then apply a coat of metal primer and paint them as shown in the instructions.

This completes this Stage, carefully store the painted engine items until needed, and store the remaining parts in a labelled bag.
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#4 Posted : 24 August 2015 10:13:25

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Stage 106 - Contains the stabliser trailing edges.

Identify lower wing plate 24 against the template, both from Stage 83. Test-fit the plate on the left side of the wing, in the area shown, adjust if necessary then transfer the rivet lines onto the plate.
Glue the plate in place and fit pin-nails as indicated, (adjust the lengths of the nails that will be placed at the rear of the plate so they dont interfere with the nails in the upper surface of the wing).

This completes Pack 27. Carefully store the remaining plates in a labelled bag.

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#5 Posted : 14 September 2015 11:45:17

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Pack 28 contains Stages 107 - 110

Stage 107 - Contains diecast Aileron trailing edges and Rudder trailing edge.

Carefully store the supplied parts in a labelled bag for future use.

Retrieve the lower wing plate 24 and the template from Stage 90. Place the plate onto the template to identify it.
Test-fit the plate on the underside of the right half of the wing, and adjust the edges with if necessary, so it’s aligned with the surrounding plates. Then transfer the lines from the template onto the plate and mark the rivet lines.

Apply adhesive to the ribs and spars of the wing where the plate will be positioned and fit the plate in place. Then fit a pin-nail at each of the locations shown.

Use a sanding block to smooth the surface of the cut-out areas where the ailerons will go. If you are planning your aircraft to have an aluminium/natural finish, paint these areas with light grey paint. If you are planning to have a camouflage finish, leave these areas bare for the moment.

Next, sand the ends of the underside wing ribs smooth, being careful not to scratch the plates.
If you have opted for an aluminium finish, paint the ends of the ribs with light grey paint. If you have chosen a camouflage finish, do not paint the ribs.

This completes this Stage.
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#6 Posted : 14 September 2015 11:48:36

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Stage 108 - Contains tail plates 2, 3 & 4 and a template.

Carefully store the supplied parts in a labelled bag for future use.

Retrieve the fuselage and some 3x5mm wooden strips. Cut the 3x5mm strips into three pieces and glue them between the frames as shown in Step 1.
Repeat this on the other side of the fuselage.

Cut four pieces of 2x5mm strip to size and glue them between frames of the fuselage, as shown in Step 2.

Locate the 3x5x300m strip (from Stage 25) along the side of the left side of the fuselage side, apply glue in line with this strip from the end of it to the end of the fuselage and fit it in place. When dry, cut it flush with
the end of the fuselage. Then, repeat on the other side of the fuselage.

Take a 2x5x300mm strip and glue it above the strip on the side of the fuselage, starting at the point indicated in the Step 5 photo.

Now glue a 3x5x300mm strip below the one fitted at Stage 25.

Glue another 2x 5x300mm and a 3x5x300mm strip behind the ones from Steps 5 and 6. Cut them flush with the end of the fuselage.
Then repeat the same steps on the other side of the fuselage.

Apply glue to the area below the lowest strip, outlined in Step 8. See Step 9 to see where the strip will be placed. Then cut a 2x5mm strip to fit between the two lines and glue into place.

Glue a 2x5x300mm strip along the lower edge of the rear section of the fuselage.

This completes this Stage, ensure that all steps have been carried out on both sides of the fuselage and store any left over wooden strip.
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Stage 109 - Contains nose cowl pieces 3 & 6

Carefully store the metal cowls until needed.

Cut two lengths of 2x5mm wooden strip to fit at the points shown in Step 1. Shape them to fit and then glue into place. Repeat for the other side.

Wrap some sandpaper around a cylinder or use a half round file to smooth the curved edges at the bottom of the fuselage where the wing will sit.

Test-fit the fuselage onto the wing, make a note of any gaps between the curved section at the bottom of the fuselage and the wing. Sand that area of the fuselage until it is flush with the top of the wing.

Glue a length of 3x3mm strip onto the side of the fuselage, as shown in the Step 4 photo. Do the same on the other side of the fueselage.

Smooth over the wooden strips around the cockpit area of the fuselage. These will be covered with plates like the wings, so cannot have steps or angles between them.
Sand over the entire length of the fuselage as shown in the instructions. As you sand, place a spare plate (from stage 92) over the surface to see where you need to smooth the strips more. The plate should be flush against the fuselage, in a smooth curve and without bumps.

Now cut two pieces of 3x3mm wooden strip and glue them on each side of the fuselage at the tail, then sand the tail area of the fuselage until the strips all taper in at the end.

Taper the ends of the strips at the front of the fuselage until they are flush against the wall, as shown in Step 10.

This completes this Stage, carefully store any left over wooden strip.
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#8 Posted : 14 September 2015 11:55:01

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Stage 110 - Contains Tail plate 2, 3 & 4 and a Template.

Carefully store the plates and template in a labelled bag until needed.

Sand the underside of the tail section of the fuselage so there is a smooth curve. Then sand the underside of the nose to a smooth curve.

Now place the frame of the engine cover in position on the front of the fuselage. Hold it in place and sand it to a smooth curve, in the same way as the underside of the nose.

Retrieve engine cowl covers from the previous stage and the nose front covers from Stage 73. Test-fit the lower nose cover in place on the fuselage and make any adjustment as necessary. Then glue the cover in place.

Now glue nose cowl 3 to the underside of the nose, pressed up against the lower cover from the previous step.

Glue the top cover to the front of the engine frame cover.Then take the engine cowl 6 from the previous stage and glue it onto the top of the engine over. Make sure that the plate is flush against the frame, and up against the nose top cover.
Gently file the bottom of cowl 6 flush with the bottom edge of the engine top cover.
Place the engine cover into position on the nose of the fuselage to see how the parts fit together.

This completes Pack 28.
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