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Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Charity build

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http://www.justgiving.com/DaisyThorne

As some of you know , my Wife and I lost out beautiful little 3 year old Daughter Daisy on Valentines day this year. Its been the worst time of our lives.Since Daisy Died i wanted to do something for Charity. I chose Little Havens for terminally ill Children. Daisy was taken suddenly , but can you imagine being told that your child is dying and theres no cure. Thats Heartbreaking.

The plan is to get sponsored , which i have , for building the model. I will then sell the finished model on eBay and all of the proceeds will go to Little Havens. Airscale and Grey Matter Figures sent me some stuff for the build for free. Take a bow chaps. My Friend Heather Wilkinson from John Dutfield model Railways in Chelmsford kindly donated a kit.

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The kit i have is the Mk5 version. Box art is stunning and i really want to build one in this artwork later on. I will be building the Mk1 from this kit , so the Mk5 parts are being auctioned off too. I still need some Mk1 decals so if anyone has any that would be great. I started the build yesterday and most of the day was spent cleaning the flash off the kit parts. I have got it into primer and thats it so far for yesterday. Once the parts are cleaned up its still actually a good kit seeing how old it is. Heres some photos so far.

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Thanks People.

Heres todays progress. Not done too much today as we visited the Hornby visitors centre , which was great! Fuselage halves now complete and the IP is finished.

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Well its been a long day today. The Fathers day thing was OK in the end. I just concentrated on the Spitfire and tried not to think of anything else. The fuselage is now joined. I built the Merlin up but i think i will just leave one side panel loose. If it had not have been for the amount of cleaning up i have had to do on this , it would have been finished by now!

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Incredible, I can't even imagine what you must be going through -- I'd probably just withdraw myself from the world. Kudos.

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Thank you for for staying strong. Great work on the model!

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Incredible, I can't even imagine what you must be going through -- I'd probably just withdraw myself from the world. Kudos.

Its so hard especially as she was our only child. I was a stay at home Dad so my life is now very different. You have to stay strong for your own sake. I could go off on a tangeant and get really down , but the simple truth is , Shes not comming back and theres nothing i can do to change that. Its immensly heartbreaking and she has left a massive hole in my sole that will never be repaired. My wife and is 40 this year and i am 41 so its hard knowing what to do.

Anyway other peoples thoughts and the charity build is keeping me strong so thanks.

Heres my progress today so far. One of the things i have noticed is that there are alot of great 1/24 Spitfire builds that have been let down by the dihedral , or lack of it. I think this is a very important part of the build. I have added a thick steel rod mspar to keep the wings in the correct position. I made it from an old thick wire coat hanger. Guns have been added too. Hopefully the wings will be ready for fitting by the end of the day.

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Wow modelling marathon today , im exhausted! I got the dihedral i wanted though. Wings are now fitted , tailplanes just dry fitted. Tomorrow will be filling , sanding and boxing in the UC bays. See you all tomorrow!

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Gunpowder,

My condolences on your loss. I have 2 girls and I cannot imagine losing one. :crying2:

I am proud for you how you seem to be holding up and the fact that you have created this challenge for yourself in her honor. I am sure she would be thrilled and is thrilled looking down on you.

Best of luck on the rest of the build, it is looking cracking so far!

John (irishgreek)

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Thank you.

Lots more done today including sanding all of the rivets off. Its really getting there now , but i will be glad when its done.

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There no words in my English vocabulary that can truly express my sorrow and empathy for you and your wife. I wish your project the best and Bravo Zulu to the sponsors for helping and to you for finding your way once again.

All my best.

Cheers

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Thank you

Another fun filled day! Most of the work today was on the underside. Radiator , oli cooler , ammo covers and wheel wells boxed in.

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No photos tonight. I may as well save it for tomorrow. Its in its paint now so is on target to be finished tomorrow.

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