Construction of Guillow 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, we used the paper and plastic 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