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  1. Bit late for me too but a very good idea. I did some parts with primer sprayed on but I am dependant on the temperature in the garage for that so this lot will be black stuff and paintbrush on the kitchen table. The black isn't very resilient so sliding surfaces with a close fit aren't the best.
  2. The awls work well and as you say there is usually a cause for the misfit. On one side this was one of the legs in the channel was warped and blocked the correct positioning of the bracket, plus the welds binding on the skin and end of the U channel. The other side took more time to figure out. Similar issues with the bracket as well as the top plate of the bracket welds were too high. I have been very wary of edge distances with rivets and notice there are a few places where the holes are very close to the edge, I assume thatches locations are non critical. Another annoyance is t
  3. Finally after a week back at work, much reflection on the wise words and pictures from Ibob and others on FB, I took a cardboard template and proved the holes weren't a million miles apart. I started by using the awl to align the different layers then cleaned the holes out with a slow drill of the right diameter. Then with reference to Ibob's photo I started to identify where the welds caught on the U channel. First I filed back the welds where this was safe to do so and then trimmed the end of the U channel and outer fuselage skin to allow space for the bracket welds. I think there is still a
  4. Thanks Bob, I will give that a try, particularly the interference between the welds and the outer skin. I will also try to discuss this with the agentry phone as emails are all too easy to miss understand. The oddity is overmuch that the four front holes and t two of the three rivet holes align reasonably well (they are podgerable) It would be useful to know some check dimensions between holes. I tried to compare the position of my holes relative to the bolt tube with some photos on here and there does seem to be a difference. Ill let you know what I find
  5. So I sent the pictures to the agent and his rather brief reply was there is no choice but to redial the holes. I will confirm this with him tomorrow and then ask a welder at work to close up the badly aligned holes before drilling the new. Is this a stainless steel piece do you know? I agree with Marty on the critical areas it might be better if they drilled undersize pilot holes that we can then drill out to suit. Generally the fit and finish is remarkably good when you consider all the bending and stretching some of the parts have to go through. Mind you this is the only kit I h
  6. I think the welds and some deformation from the welding certainly produce difficulties in the fit. With mine it is only the four holes, almost as it it slipped in the jib when drilling
  7. Don't worry its a civil engineering term for easing things into place. So far I have used away and persuasion but it is way too tight. I have sent the photos off to the agent to see what they recommend. No amount of hammer work is going to get this to line up. Its really frustrating as the engine mount and cabin frame all week fine.
  8. So it gets worse, now I am stuck. I am having a few issues like this in the cockpit area. The front three bolt holes, the two top rivet holes and the bolt holes in the tunnel line up reasonably well however the rear bolt holes and top rivet hole are at least one diameter out!! I am at a loss as to the best way to sort this. No amount of bashing with a hammer will line them all up. the only way I can see to solve this is to weld up the miss aligned holes and re-drill, is that the best way? does anyone have a close up of the rear plate and how it aligns with the bottom of the fuselage?
  9. Ive been away for a while but not totally idle. Fuselage is coming on nicely now with lots of misfits to sort and plenty of rivets done. I have had a few occasions where rivet holes have stretched and torn such as the one in the picture. Most have been small and can be replaced with a larger rivet where space allows, however this one is is too big. Is there an accepted repair method for this problem? In this case the cover is not structural but the two undamaged holes below are (fuselage skin and aileron crank support.
  10. That reassures me greatly! I am now confident that it will fit and with plenty of checks it might even be square! I have postponed the installation of the frame nd motor mount to re-organise a little as I was struggling for head room and space. Should be back to work (sadly day job as well) next week. Many thanks gents The pictures are fantastic
  11. Found three bags of bolts that seem to be for the engine bay The end one os what I think is the right order for the engine mount.
  12. I got the internal support brackets fixed and they seem to be ok. the rest of the photos show the lower engine mount brackets just held in place and an upside down shot of the upper bengine mount bracket. It seems to fit ok.....
  13. Hi Steve which holes did you drill first? I am about to do the same thing, Ive squeezed up the skin around the firewall and will rivet that in place before going for the engine mount, Does the top mounting plate line up with the cabin frame? I assume so but haven't tried it yet. I also have a mass of bolts and washers with no way of identifying which to use here, did you get a set of decent instructions or is it the standard "attach the motor mount using bolts" Thanks Richard
  14. Making up the doors at the moment, prepping all the parts and following the instructions and parts catalogue it seems the left and right door parts are a bit mixed up. I have checked the numbers several times both against the instructions and the parts catalogue. The exterior framing has a bevel along the outer edge however it seems to flip over between the bottom two sections. Does any one have a close up of this?
  15. Its all a question of time and space at this end! I am making some progress with the garage and have now peeped the remaining flappers for paint along with the fin and some other minor parts. Friday I will prep the door parts for primer. I managed to retrieve one window and was wondering how resilient Lexan is to scratching and yellowing with age? Is Plexiglass better?
  16. Well every little helps, I decided this weekend to build the flatiron mixer just to get it out of the way and to avoid clearing the garage again. It isn't too difficult but there are times when it doesn't look like all the parts will line up. The only other problem I had was some rather rough rivet holes in the sheet material. I have also decided that some parts I will not paint to reduce the prep time. I will see how it goes and could always spray these parts later with a corrosion inhibitor. The plane will be hangared and will never fly by the sea.
  17. That paintwork is beautiful! I should have used rivets but figured that if the servo needs replacing I would do it then. I will print a clip to hold the cable in place and use the existing hole in the end rib
  18. Thank you Bob, I realised that after a period of inactivity I had made many mistakes. First of all I had the wrong cable! I hadn't realised there was a long and short one. I think it is also great advise to leave the working out of the connection until later otherwise I just get sidetracked and waste time and effort. Not to mention that by the time I finally get to assembling it all I will have forgotten. The other thing that has confused the issue somewhat is the number of "spare" parts. there is a red and black splitter cable about 6 inches long and a number of connector blocks two of which
  19. I am back at it with possibility of confinement due this virus thing, I have no excuse. My first problem of course is space, the house is full and the garage has the one complete wing in it. So its time to tackle a few of the smaller tasks like fitting the servo to the trim tab. I cant find any decent pictures of the wiring and it isn't clear from the instructions what all the different plastic plugs are. My first question is : Does the cable with the 6 pin moulded connector connect directly to the servo and then feed the loose wires through the the tail or is it the other way round.
  20. Sorry to spoil this but the Japanese military perpetrated many atrocities not just against the POWs but mainly against Chinese civilians. Of course many deaths were due to the general conditions in the jungle, but the POWS were treated used for slave labour and their captors had no respect for them as they had surrendered. what should be noted is that they were not the majority of Japanese who were respectful decent people. Same applies to the Germans.
  21. How on earth do you manage to drag that old class war bollocks into this? The one time when the classes in the UK get put that craziness to one side and get on with tasks together is during a war! Mitchel was working class for info and most of the pilots came from amid of grammar school and overseas. This whole post is getting out of hand. The Spitfire was continually developed as there wasn't a readily available alternative at the start of the war and supplies from the US were not guaranteed so it is entirely logical that you keep pruning what you can to the best of your ability. Dont forget
  22. It is amazing that the top trumps approach to aircraft seems to be the one people choose. The fact remains that the pilots loved the Spitfire and all it stood for. It was and always will be one the most iconic aircraft ever. It has inspired many a pilot and many more engineers in aviation. The British seem to excel at slagging off what they do and belittling the achievements of their forefathers, which for me explains why the country has turned into such a piss pot. The Germans lost because they bit off more than they could chew, and allies won because they got most things right a second time.
  23. Hi Thomas just hope you have as many landings as take offs? The rudder sounds like it might be rubbing on something or it might be worth rechecking the bushes and spacing washers for the hinges. One other thought that really worried me at one point was the control horn on the rudder itself and weather the connection points should point up or down?
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