Below you can view more photos of David Glen’s incredible scale model fighter planes. Click on images to enlarge.

1/5 Scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk I

1/5 Scale P-51D Mustang

Earlier Model Projects

Pictured below are two of David’s earlier model projects—a 1/24 scale Daimler RE8, and a 1/24 scale Hawker Hurricane Mk1. The Daimler RE8 was only David’s third entirely scratch-built model. It can also be seen in the photo with David at the top of his craftsman page. On his own website, David noted the following about the RE8:

“My replica of the Imperial War Museum’s RE8, “Paddy Bird,” took the best part of a year to do, and I owe a debt of gratitude to restorer David Upton for allowing me access to photograph the machine at Duxford airfield during its most recent rebuild. Built by Daimler in 1918, F3556 never saw action. It is documented to have been test flown in October of that year, and with 30 minutes on the airframe, delivered to France on Armistice Day! Still in its original crate, the aircraft was acquired by the IWM, and unveiled at Crystal Palace in 1920. In 1974, it was transferred to Duxford in Cambridgeshire, and restored shortly afterwards before going on permanent display. Paddy Bird’s second major refurbishment (during which I photographed the machine) began in 2003. The aircraft, one of only two surviving examples, now resides in Duxford’s Airspace feature where, rather sadly, much of it is now inaccessible to close study as it hangs from the ceiling. By the time I started on Paddy Bird—my third totally scratch-built model in 1/24th scale—my confidence had grown, and I think it shows. The model has been featured in Windsock International, and by Scale Aircraft Modelling. Inevitably, my thanks go to Ray Rimell, of Albatros productions, for his excellent three-views.”

With regard to the Hawker Hurricane model, David noted that he started out in model building with plastic kits, but would remove panels to add more details. This model was a progression from basic kit bashing, of which David said:

“Completed in my early 30’s, this was my first serious attempt to go beyond ‘kit bashing.’ It is also my first 1/24th scale model, and building it sowed the seeds that grew into an obsession with detail, which later found expression in my big 1/5th scale endeavors. The model was inspired by Bruce Robertson and Gerald Scarborough’s little Airfix book on ‘superdetailing’ the Hurricane, for which I am forever grateful, since it opened the door to many, many hours of pleasure and a few of pain!!”

Artisan added: January 11, 2021 - Last modified: October 16, 2023

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