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ABofBGB The Big Spit Wired

August 16 2010 at 2:18 PM

Ted Preston  (Login TeddieP)
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Hey Ho fellow Airfixer's - here's the start of Teddy boy's contribution to the Battle Of Britain Group Build, the iconic 1/24 scale Spitfire! This will be pretty much out of the box, plane on the kit stand, with the electric motor installed. Which is where we begin. As many of you know, the kit instructions offer no information on installing the electric motor:
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The instructions that come with the 'purchase-separately' motor would have you install it inside the kit engine, which I want to build as a side display at a later date:
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However...on the same sprue as the stand parts are these mysterious looking items. Hmmm. I wonder...
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Aha! I knew it! They hold the motor in place inside the engine compartment, all on their own. A perfect fit:
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I gathered up some bits from the electronics spare parts box, including a 'flying vee' battery box and an on-off switch:
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Now let's tape everything up to see if the motor actually works:
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Contact! Switch on! Eureka - it's alive!
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I messed up the alignment when I cut out the opening in the base for the on-off switch - it was off centre. So I squared off a piece of sheet styrene to cover up my goof:
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All the components seemed to fit okay inside the base:
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Blast! A check from the side showed the batteries poking out from the bottom:
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The solution was to lay two strips of .040 syrene strip around the edge of the base to raise it up a little:
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Okay, now let's glue all the bits inside:
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The kit stand is all buttoned up. A thorough soaking with some gloss black will follow later:
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Next step: mock up the cockpit and fuselage to check fit and move on from there. 'Till next time!

WIP Build:
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6;
Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

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

Tall Tales:
Cold War Incident
The Lucky Mig

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