Construction of Guillow’s Supermarine Spitfire Mk-1

Best known for their role in the Battle of Britain, Spitfire Mk-I fought alongside the Hawker Hurricane to defend Britain against the Luftwaffe, and arguably changed the outcome of the war. Many variations of Spitfire were developed during WW2 to counter the ever-threatening German air force. Over 20,000 Spitfires were produced during the course of the war.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

  1. Included in the kit are:
    • Laser cut balsa parts
    • Plastic nose cowl, canopy, radiator, propeller, and wheels
    • Wire propeller shaft
    • Covering tissues
    • Decals

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

2. The frame was assembled using the building plan. Each basal piece was lined up with the drawing to ensure they were correctly placed.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

3. Once the main pieces were glued together with wood glue, the stringers were cut to the required length and glued to the main frame. Here is the finished fuselage:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

4. Building the wings was a slightly messy process. We made use of a few items available on hand to create the dihedral angle.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

5. Here is the completed frame:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

6. To cover the frame, the cover tissue was cut slightly large than each section and glued on with diluted wood glue. Finally, any excess tissue was trimmed off.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

7. This is what it looked like after all the frames are covered, notice the winkles on the tissues:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

8. We lightly sprayed water over it. Once dried, all the winkles are now removed. To protect the tissues, the frame was covered with a diluted layer of wood glue.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

9. The plastic and additional parts are added. To make the rear windows, the paper and film from an envelope. I’m told the plastic film from a tea cake box works well too, but can you imagine the awful process of eating the cakes inside?

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

10. The plane was painted with enamel.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

11. Lastly, the decals and landing gears were added. Here is the finished plane:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Dropfleet Commander Two Player Starter Set

Admist our hectic schedule of kangaroo building and spitfire painting, we’ve been preparing for a war. A war of galactic scale. A war between mankind and alien species. A war that takes place in 2672…or in our case October 2017. That’s right, we are talking about the Dropfleet orbital battle between Space Craft (the challenger) and Mr Cooper Price (his real name – apparently) from Dundee Wargames Club.

In preparation, we’ve painted up the brand new Dropfleet Commander 2 Player Start Set from Hawks Wargame. Included in the set are:

  • UCM Starter Fleet (x3 UCM Cruiser and x4 UCM Frigates)
  • Scourge Starter Fleet (x3 Scourge Cruiser and x4 Scourge Frigates)
  • Token Sets
  • Measurer Tape
  • x10 Dice
  • UCM and Scourge reference sheets
  • A4 Rulebook
  • x2 A1 posters (Orbital Battlefield)
  • x8 Card Cities
  • x8 Card Debris

With the weight of mankind’s destiny on our shoulders, warily we assembled the fleets. Here are the assembled fleets:

Dropfleet Commander Two Player Set Broughty Ferry Space Craft

Dropfleet Commander Two Player Set Broughty Ferry Space Craft

Dropfleet Commander Two Player Set Broughty Ferry Space Craft

Dropfleet Commander Two Player Set Broughty Ferry Space Craft

Dropfleet Commander Two Player Set Broughty Ferry Space Craft

Dropfleet Commander Two Player Set Broughty Ferry Space Craft

Dropfleet Commander Two Player Set Broughty Ferry Space Craft

So, with our battlefleet completed and the rulebook a permeant fixture in our living room; Mr Cooper Price, game on.

Construction of Tamiya’s Mechanical Kangaroo

They say the Tamiya kits are so good, they are idiot proof. Today, we are going to see how true this saying is. The kit we are building is Tamiya’s Mechanical Kangaroo, and the idio…the person with normal intelligence assembling the kit is our beloved shop manager.

Tamiya Mechanical Kangaroo Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee

1) This kit included quite a few parts, including: coloured sprues, metal parts (screws, rods, shafts etc.), gears, motor, cables, and tools (hex wrench and screwdriver). The only items you will need to have are a pair of sprue cutters and an AA battery.

Tamiya Mechanical Kangaroo Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee

Tamiya Mechanical Kangaroo Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee

2) The assembly of the battery case does not require soldering. The cable sheaths were pre-cut and a rubber tubing is used to attach the cables.

Tamiya Mechanical Kangaroo Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee

3) Tamiya provided enough pieces to assemble the gearbox in two different ways: high or low speed. The high speed option results with a faster running motion, and the low speed produces more of a walking pace. In this assembly, I went with the high speed option.

Tamiya Mechanical Kangaroo Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee

4) Screw are used to attach the battery case and gearbox to the main body. Again, no glue or soldering is required. The main body has dedicated spaces to run the cables so they are neatly tucked away.

Tamiya Mechanical Kangaroo Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee

5) The final body parts are added. Take care in this step as the legs are attached differently based on the gearbox speed you chose in step 3.

Tamiya Mechanical Kangaroo Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee

6) Here is the finished kangaroo!

Tamiya Mechanical Kangaroo Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee

By adjusting the switch, the kangaroo can move both forward and backward. I did not realise this at first and panicked when it started walking backwards! Another nice feature is in the kangaroo’s tail. Simply changing the position of the tail can make the kangaroo walk in circular motion.

 

Construction of Airfix’s Hawker Typhoon

The Hawker Typhoon was initially designed to replace the Hawker Hurricane as a high-altitude fighter. However, this larger plane was almost deemed a failure from the start due to its engine problems and poor climb and altitude performance. Instead it was transformed into an effective low altitude fighter. The Typhoon successfully disrupted the Luftwaffe’s Fw 190 raiders, which terrorised the south coast of England between 1942-43.

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

1) This model came in 4 frames, which are alphabetically labelled to help you identify the correct parts.

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

2) We primed the sprues using a brushed on primer.

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

3) The individual parts were painted and then assembled.

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

4) Gaps were filled with a modelling putty and re-painted.

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

5) Finally, decals were added.

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry

Airfix Typhoon Space Craft Broughty Ferry