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1:1 Spitfire "Simpit" - Sheetmetal & Rivets


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Hi all,

After acquiring available drawings and asking a few here and there, I began a looong Spitfire simulator project using basic aircraft fabrication techniques (sheetmetal, riveting, welding, casting). I'll have to make a few concessions, given that it will be a simulator, but will try to keep it as faithful to the original as I can. Some of you might spot something that I did upside down (easy fix :)).

Here's some photos of my progress (2 years now)...

Frame #8 buildup along with intercostal below rudders.

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Trim Gauge and Gear Indicator

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Youtube video showing trim gauge at work (on a Beaufighter 1c):

Upside down, but an easy fix. :) Machined on a Sherline Mill & Lathe and etched.

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Will hope to get into casting next year, but until then, I couldn't wait to get started with the grip and weld some. If I can get it close enough, I might cast it in aluminum later.

Spade_Grip_Steel.jpg

 

Regards,

Zeb

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