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  1. Just sand/scrape off along the leading edge, I used the heller 16 wing as guide, checking against Peter Cooke's Spit 14/19 plans from Scale Models, oct/nov 1978. Doesn't need much taking off, about 1.5 mm at the root, to nothing at the tip, and reshape the fairing on fuselage
  2. on keyboard the button Ctrl = Control if you press Ctrl AND C (Ctrl+C) at the same time. It copies what you have selected crtl+A = highlight everything Ctrl+C = copy Ctrl+V = Paste and the one that should be taught first Ctrl+Z, reverses last action.... have a read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_keyboard_shortcuts there are a load I never use.... HTH
  3. care to expand Lee? I respect your knowledge of Spitfires, and kit thereof, so even a brief list of faults, (or a link) would be very useful. In Trevor's pics the nose looks a bit chunky, but I've not got the kit to hand. cheers T
  4. re-read my posts.this is an overall decent match, oversize roundel, right camo pattern. Note, from http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p008.html P9386 Arrived in May, (when I think this was taken) stayed with 19 Sq until September. The undersides would have been repainted in early June 1940 into 'Sky' of some sort, and the spinner painted black at some point as well. all you need to match a documented photo is to widen the fin stripes, and make some code masks, get some serial numbers, and that is most likely what P9386 looked like in June/July 1940. In August underwing roundels were reintroduced. (see Ducimus) You can of course do what you like, you may wish to have a browse of the production pages, some listings have the aircraft letter, and pick something from there, or browse the link I snet to the Spitfire squadron photos this is the 64 Sq http://smg.photobucket.com/user/lasermonkey/library/Wartime Spitfire pics/No 64 Sqn?sort=3&page=1 but other squadrons are listed at the left, with more pics.
  5. Brilliant ! what did did Bob think? cheers T
  6. the 72nd Airfix XIX wing is too broad in chord, about 1.5 mm, and the excess is at the leading edge. It's not a hard job to fix. (i've been crossing a Heller XVI and Airfix XIX) I have an Airfix IX, so I'll have a look at some point. What's wrong with the Italeri Vb? I assume the faults carry over to their VI kit?
  7. G-AFKX was probably fabric, only 600 fabric wing were built, out of over 14,000... ONLY V6787 is polished metal, the others are overall aluminum paint. Note that the area under/around the cockpit is fabric covered plywood not metal note the spinners looks to be gloss red (?) compare to the red in roundels, and he anti glare is most lilkely black, but could be roundel blue, given the attention paid to the rest of the airframe. Flaps. dropped on ground, no, except for servicing. Hurricane (and Spitfire) pilots got fined around of drinks for forgetting to raise their flaps!!!, they did not droop like say Mustangs (hydraulic bleed off) Showing them dropped is OK say with a mechanic looking at them, but I can think of very few photos of them on the ground with dropped flaps ... cheers T
  8. You can get weekend boxings for less than £12 Keep an eye out for the FAA Hellcat dual combo http://www.creativemodels.co.uk/eduard_kits_148_hellcat_mkii_dual_combo_2_kits-p-35497.html They have been about for for £15-20 at times. Avoid the Hobbyboss Hellcat, the canopy is approx 1/32nd.... there are comparison here of Hobby Boss, Eduard and Hasegawa http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Hobby_Boss/HB_F6F-3_Hellcat_48/HB_Grumman_F6F-3.html The Hase Hellcat is overall decent Fw 190 A8 in 1/48th? see here One point "best" kit is a little vague, the Hobby Boss Hellcat is a very good kit, but not an accurate one. One use for the Hobbyboss Hellcat is as a cheap wingfold kit, http://modelingmadness.com/review/allies/cleaver/us/tmcf6f.htm the Eduard Hellcat nightfighter profipack has both F6F-3 and -5 fuselages, see here as well I digress.... HTH T
  9. Hi Pip ....possibly! if it was an older plane, would they bother repainting. AFAIK, this shot is spring 1940, and there were a lot older Spitfires at this point before the BoB note the diagram from Ducimus Initial production 56 inch A1 Note that blue ring is 40 inch, and the 40 inch came about painting out the yellow outer ring Service Spitfires 1939-40 - 40 inch Then standard 56 inch. note part on 'Red and Blue' same thing happend with Hurricanes if you look at carefully it's possible to see the overpainted yellow on the wing. The other problem is having a photo showing the upperwing..... one of our Spitfire obsessives may know more cheers T
  10. IIRC AG244, like the the other RATG Hurricanes (Rhodesian Air Training Group, see link above) is overall Aluminium dope. as seen here fabric and metal are same tone. I believe the paint job was to keep the planes a bit cooler. V6787 above was the 'Admiral's Barge' so it got stripped and polished, but stock trainers just got a coat of aluminuim overall. also note the gun camera on T9531, the bulge just above the ventral radiator.
  11. Not early, no, apart from GAFKX, the only one I know of.... buffed metal, aluminum doped fabric..... from this thread HTH T
  12. Where in the UK are you? See if anywhere nearby stocks the item. You asked about priming resin, I note also that you are basing your search on this which is what you want it for? Maybe look for an alternative, some type of car or industrial primer. But, you maybe just chasing a non issue, as poster in linked thread pointed out, if it weeps, it's defective, and I have not read of the need for a dedicated primer. You may find this is in fact a non-issue, or, be specific, what brand of resin kit or part are you trying to paint? Look up other builds or users of said company, and see if they have a problem you were recommended this http://www.hiroboy.com/Etch_Primer_for_MetalResin_120ml--product--3145.html I note it's a a two part system, and as with a lot of modelling items, you can often find something similar for something else. For example, years ago I used a very hard two part varnish for wooden stairs, PV67, IIRC, need to be used with a organic solvent mask, but was pretty bomb proof, being designed for high traffic areas, eg gyms. @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies is also a car buff, as well as running Sovereign Hobbies, he might know something available in the UK that might do what you are asking. HTH PS looked into this for example? I just put 'etch primer'into google http://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints-body-repair/primer/halfords-etch-primer-500ml
  13. whoops... I was looking at the camo division under the 'A' in GR-A, not the tail.... Though, as the original post was about not slavishly following a photo.... A brief note on why there are quite a few pics of 610 Squadron, as photos from this era are rare,(photography on operation bases was illegal) but in July 1940 a Fox film unit went to Hawkinge to make a training film, and took a still photographer, who took the shots of the 610 Spitfire, and also the as famous 32 Sq Hurricanes. (the ones coded GZ with oversize letters) Anyway....maybe someone else can come up a potential match... this is an interesting thread on research Spitfire markings, and small detail changes, well worth a read and... finally this one came too mind.. good and clear on the codes size and position, right scheme, Possibly still with Black /white undersides, though if it was still serving in June 1940, these would have ended up in 'Sky' of some sort this is from Sep 1940, just for code running order Sgt Jennings X4474 Fowlemere Sep 1940 note again how the code size changed, this from April 1940 I think note smaller upperwing roundel as well cheers T
  14. if you want markings to do with the model as it stands.... the markings as shown are for a very limited window, the oversize roundel is the result of adding a full width yellow ring to the existing 35 inch A type in May 1940. (see monograph previous linked) this is another way the yellow ring was added, narrower ring to avoid codes But How about this one, if you can make up code masks? Spitfire Mk I R6597 GR@A, 92 Sq before the code changed to QJ (Note reversed fin flash) Don't know about the smaller upperwing, (you have done 40 inch, larger size is 56 inch, ) This is From @lasermonkey photobucket of Spitfires, which has lots of photos by squadron if you look at the left side bar this shows the running order of the codes on the starboard side (it could, and did vary a lot, compare to the 610 planes ) Spitfire Mk I P9372 GR@G Note that there is no 'font' for the codes, but they were often similar in the same squadron at the same time*, and I've not seen decals for GR-A, you seem handy with making masks, so you should be able to do codes, pay attention to features and panel lines on the airframe to get size and proportion, though the stroke width is probably 6 inches fullsize, 1/8th inch on model * though code style and markings could and did vary even in a squadron .... it was a very hectic time note top pic ... HTH T