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The Big Spit - Into the Cockpit

September 3 2010 at 3:25 PM

Ted Preston  (Login TeddieP)
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The saga that is the 1/24 scale Spitfire continues albeit at a snail's pace. Work in the cockpit began by detaching the dashboard from the bulkhead and prepping it to receive the excellent Waldron British instruments, using a diagram in the Roy Cross and Gerald Scarborough "Spitfire" modelling book as a placement guide:
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Although I swore this build would be OOB, I soon succumbed to AMS and eventually sanded away all the molded in detail on the panel, reducing it to about half of it's original thickness:
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Here's where I am with the dashboard now - almost ready for the Waldron goodies:
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The kit compass just doesn't look right, so I cobbled together a base plate by chucking a piece of sheet styrene in a Dremel tool and using sharp scissors, snipped out a brass compass holder from an old frame of leftover photoetch parts:
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The Spitfire book has a drawing and some suggestions for dressing up the kit heel boards and rudder bar assembly:
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I won't go crazy with the detail here, because our Pilot Officer will block most of the view of the bottom of the pit:
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The whole heel board/rudder bar assembly sits too high according to reference photos, but I don't want to start re-engineering the kit. The pilot looks right the way he fits now, so I'm going to leave this and move on:
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A Big Spit - A Big Job!

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1

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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