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The Big Spit - Still Plugging Away

March 23 2011 at 10:28 PM

Ted Preston  (Login TeddieP)
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I was hoping this would be the last - finished - post on the Big Spit project but events have dictated otherwise (deep sigh). Okay, we left off here, with test fitting the wings to fuselage:
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I used a piece of sharpened brass rod to better define the fastners around the engine cowling. Place, push and twist...place, push and twist:
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At the rear of the underwing radiator, some reinforcing rod and actuator details were added using scraps of stretched sprue:
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These early Spits had fabric ailerons which I replicated using 1mm (approx) strips of Tamiya masking tape, sealed in with a layer of Tamiya Extra Thin Liquid Plastic Cement. This was a tip I saw Mike Grant use in a recent build article on an Airfix Sopwith Pup. It worked great:
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Blocks of clear plastic sprue were glued into the wingtip light housings, sanded smooth and coated with Future before masking:
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Wings and fuselage were finally mated with a strip of masking tape applied to gain the proper dihedral on the wings:
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The overall wing to fuselage fit was pretty darn good. I just needed a little filler around the lower wing joint, near the nose:
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I made sure to mark and then mask off the spot where the kit stand will meet the aircraft. I want a good, solid plastic-on-plastic weld here:
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The gunsight features a new mount and a piece of plastic rod underneath to make it look more like the real thing:
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I noticed some small plastic dimples on the rear canopy portion and decided to sand them smooth. After sanding with progressively finer grits of sandpaper, I then swabbed on a coat of Future expecting the canopy to magically 'clear up.' Uh...it didn't happen:
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Blast! I should have left it alone. Plan B: sand away 1mm of kit canopy, fill it with two-part epoxy putty, and jam a stick into it in an effort to stretch-form a replacement:
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I took a piece of clear plastic from the lid of a shirt box and installed it in my handy-dandy stretch-forming jig: two pieces of wood panelling held together with small nuts and bolts. Stove on high, oven mitt in hand, we rotate same in quick fashion until plastic sags:
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When the plastic tightens up again, we remove from stove and plunge said stick-canopy combination into soft plastic. Seconds later the whole works will harden solid and then it's just a matter of cutting and trim-sanding the new canopy piece:
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Finally! Some paint:
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And then more paint. This is where we're at now. Some Tamiya Sky acrylic on the undersides:
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More soon, hopefully...
As I'm sure many of you are aware, Allied airmen are in the air this night over Libya. I know a lot of Air Force folks here in Canada, and with your permission, I'd like to offer the following prayer for them and all the other Allied fliers and support personnel doing what they have to do. (These are not my words, but the slightly abridged words of a Canadian writer):
"Dear Lord our Creator, you are present everywhere anyone can be.
When you speak, the crooked is made straight and the waves of the sea fall still.
You make the clouds your chariot and you walk on the wings of the winds.
Oh Creator, protect I pray our dear ones who are far away and fight.
And bring each of them, wherever they may be, safe to their journey's rest." Amen!
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; The Big Spit Pt.9;


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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