Build Spitfire Mk 1A Hachette Project

Aussie

Ima da Sheriff
Staff member
Okay, that worked. Issue Five done and dusted. Photo coming. Lost in the ether somewhere.
 

Aussie

Ima da Sheriff
Staff member
Stuffed if I know why the ether is holding up a photo taken on my iPad and sent to my email addy. Anyway, this is what I'll be doing tomorrow.

 

Aussie

Ima da Sheriff
Staff member
In the middle is the propeller and the electric engine fitted. The two sides you see are held there by magnets, so when the whole engine is done, the sides can be taken away and you can see all the engine detail.

On the right, is the engine block so far with some bits added, but there is much more to go on there.

On the left is the almost complete super charger which attaches to the engine block. Just wating for the glue to really dry before fitting the last bit to that.

Then, I'll have to wait for abour three weeks for Issues 8,9,10 and 11 to arrive.
 

Aussie

Ima da Sheriff
Staff member
So, not even halfway through Issue 8.

To give you some idea of scale:

Issue 8.PNG

That small thing above the five cent piece is made up of FOUR individual parts glued together. I use those magnifying glasses (which have a range of many lenses) to see what I am doing. Very annoying, but that is what it is about.
 

Aussie

Ima da Sheriff
Staff member
Ya know, I have to say that this thing has been very well engineered, except for one thing......so far. You know about round pegs going into round holes, yes. I have often come across a situation where the round peg just does not fit snugly into the relevant round hole. So, I fix that using those miniscule drill bits to bore out (i.e. ~ enlarge by a very, very tiny amount) the holes to make the pegs go in nicely.
 

HBS Guy

Head Honcho
Staff member
Zooming!

Meantime I am feeling happy about Tasmania but have eyes, fingers, arms, legs, and toes crossed nothing is going to fuck it up!
 

Aussie

Ima da Sheriff
Staff member
So, see how fiddly farty it is??? You can see the silver bits already partially installed. Each one of those little pipes have to be inserted into a corresponding adjacent hole in the engine block. Just waiting for the glue to set before I really piss my self of with doing that. The thing under the ten cent piece is the same and goes on the other side of the engine.

Issue 10 part.png
 

Aussie

Ima da Sheriff
Staff member
Issue 10 completed. Engine is upside down. You can see those silver tubes fitted and the exhausts also now in.

Issue 10 complete.png
 

Aussie

Ima da Sheriff
Staff member
The first step in Issue 11. It has taken me 24 hours to figure out how to seat just one end (the right end as you look at it) of that black pipe you can see sitting between those copper looking things. View from the top of the engine.

Begin Issue 11.png
 

HBS Guy

Head Honcho
Staff member
The exhausts on the left are not as even as the ones on the right? (First photo in your last post.)
 
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