1/5th scale Supermarine Spitfire MK1 - David Glen

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If anyone asked me why I set out to build a Spitfire in one-fifth scale, and detailed to the last rivet and fastener, I would probably be hard-pushed for a practical or even sensible answer.  Perhaps the closest I can get is that since a small child I have been awe inspired by R. J. Mitchell's elliptical winged masterpiece, and that to build a small replica is the closest I will ever aspire to possession.
The job took me well over eleven years, during which there were times I very nearly came to giving the project up for lost.  The sheer amount of work involved, countless hours, proved almost too much, were it not for a serendipitous encounter at my flying club in Cambridge with Dr Michael Fopp, Director General of the Royal Air Force Museum in England.
Seeing the near complete fuselage, he urged me to go on and finish the model, promising that he would put it on display.  I was flabbergasted, for when I started I had no inkling that my work would end up in a position of honour in one of the world's premier aviation museums.
As I write, the case for the model is being prepared, having been specially commissioned by the museum with a case-maker in Sweden.  I have not yet seen it, but from what I hear, it is enormous!
In one respect the story has gone full circle, since it was at Hendon where I started my research in earnest, sourcing Microfilm copies of many original Supermarine drawings, without which such a detailed build would not have been possible.