Filling out that nasty Spitfire fillet area . . .

As I mentioned before, one thing that really detracts from an opened-up large-scale Spitfire is a bell-shaped interior cross-section.

There are ways to correct it, since Hasegawa only did a partial job on its Mk V and Revell never saw fit to do so on its 1/32 classic.

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 The best (or least worst) way (above photo) is to lay in your bulkheads and upper stringer and longeron detail and then cut to fit a couple of pieces of .010 sheet styrene for the space between the two bulkheads pictured above and for the space aft of those bulkheads. Pre-curl each section as part of the fitting.

Once they’re cut to shape and fit, use a file or sanding stick to bevel the top edge of each piece to almost a paper-thin edge. Super glue the top edge under the longeron shown above. (I wasn’t paying attention and set one of the sections in the lower photo below a different longeron.

Once that attachment sets, you can attach the lower edge of the section to the lower fuselage centerine joint with a hot liquid cement like Tenax, Ambroid Pro-Weld or – my witches’ brew of choice – straight methyl ethyl ketone.

If done carefully, you get two advantages from this.

– the visual effect is a lot more realistic

– the new inner skin sections give positive support to the fuselage frames you’ve cut and installed.

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The next time around, I’ll show you how to get the same effect in the cockpit area between the seat frame and instrument panel.

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One response to “Filling out that nasty Spitfire fillet area . . .

  1. Pingback: And for the beginning of another series . . . . Miminalist Modeling « Frontier Modeler

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