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Some photos of our nearly finished Bf109E tool!


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Hi all,

 

Got some lovely photos from the toolmaker today!

 

Here's the finished moving half of the tool:

 

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And here's the fixed half, having been machined with a 0.8mm cutter so far - they'll cut with progressively finer cutters now to bring the detail out.

 

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Speaking of detail, we're so pleased that they've been able to achieve incredibly crisp rendering of Bryan's CAD design in the steel. Those small features look neat and sharp and should result in some beautiful recessed panel lines and rivets on the plastic. When all the cutting is done, the two halves of the tool will be spark eroded to polish out the tooling marks around the cavities so that the tool closes perfectly with no flash and minimal mould lines;

 

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They tell us that we are less than a month away from test shots now, and then we can start work on the Spitfire tool!

 

Will.

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Our cover art for the Spitfire Mk.I Vs Bf109E is finished! Painted by Andrew Harris, it depicts P/O Gerald "Stapme" Stapleton flying Spitfire Mk.Ia (N3196 XT-L) engaging OLt Von Werra of Jagdgeschwader 3 in his Messerschmitt Bf109E (W.Nr. 1480) on the 5th Sept 1940.

 

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Profiles in development 😁

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