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  1. Better Late than Never.....

    Hello, long time no see modelerinos, despite not posting for a while, (lurking yes, posting unfortunately not) I did manage a few glacial builds during 2017 and as I'm only just getting around to posting I will cheat a bit and add a couple that I've finished in the last months. The latest finish, and a real sapper of mojo was the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Ia. I bought this as a bag of off-the-sprue parts from http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/profile/4298-neilh/ last August, so I did get it finished Neil!! I purchased some Airfix decals from eBay and yes I now know the last 0 in the serial number should be an 8, but it's another day at school. I didn't add any aftermarket but I did a fair bit of scratchbuilding (my first attempt at this dark art), most notably in the cockpit and the boxing-in of the undercarriage. I made a schoolboy error of deciding to add the scratchbuilding to the cockpit after I had primed it as I then decided it was just too empty! Therefore the actual details aren't as crisp as if I'd done the building first and then primed after. We live and learn. Speaking of living and learning, I built a spar for the wings, using internet diagrams to get the correct dihedral. Now when the wings and the fuselage were separate sub-assemblies it looked perfect. However once joined together, and the wingtips were taped together to keep an upward pull on the wings, and once the pressure was released there was only a fraction of the required dihedral left. After I had put so much effort into the scratchbuilding I decided I would have to live with this but have learnt for the future (and I do have 2 more in the stash!). Right enough waffle and on to the piccys..... Coming over the line at about the same time as the giant Spit was the 1/48 Hasegawa bubble top Hawker Typhoon (Early). I added resin shrouded exhaust stacks but I think that was all I added. As usual, there was a big gap in the cockpit insert, but the inserts were added to the fuselage sides before joining the two sides to get a smoother joint on the sides. I may have stuck the canopy on a bit too far back but again it’s too late and too well stuck. Used the kit decals as I couldn’t find any aftermarket available at the time . I did have problems with adding the rockets after construction was complete. In hindsight I would add the rails before painting to get a seamless join. The sharp-eyed amongst you will notice I have forgotten to unmask the wingtip navigation lights. Anyways “Show me the Money”!!!! Going back a bit further we have a bit of a Spit Fest with a IIb, a XIX and a Seafire FR47. Lastly we have the subject of my last post, back from the 2016 Made in Britain GB, a Red Arrows Gnat made OOB. Thanks for looking all.
  2. Hi, all. Thought I'd share my latest complete kit. I bought the Tamiya Spitfire as a quick build while I struggled along with some of my other works in progress. It largely fell together. I made two small alterations. I sanded the nose to create a profile I was happy with. I lost some of the raised detail in the process, but I'm not worried. I also used a vacuum formed canopy. This is the Squadron Mk1 canopy. The rear section isn't vacuum formed, but is one of my spares from my Eduard Spitfires. I had to build up the airframe with plastic card and filler to meet the base of the new canopy. I've painted this bird as Alan Deere's Kiwi P9398. I've kept it rather clean apart from some light exhaust staining and some highlighting of certain panel lines. This shows better on the underside with the lighter colours. I believe this is the aircraft he was flying when he had a head on collision with a Bf109. Sticking with the New Zealanders in British aircraft theme you'll see Keith Park's Hurricane in the final photos. At some point I'll add Deere's Spitfire Mk. 9 to the collection. Not the best photos (indoors, afternoon, no direct light!) but you get the idea.
  3. Recently caught the modelling bug

    Hello Everyone, My name is Philip and I love Aeroplanes, they have always been my passion in life which is why eight years ago I learnt to fly real ones. Over Chrismas last year, I decided it would be fun to build a model Spitfire, so whilst learning from youtube videos and reading the forums on this site I completed my first model kit of a Mk.Vb. I was so pleased with my first attempt and enjoyed the process so much that I have built a few more since including a P-51, a De Havilland Mosquito and a Bf109. I find myself visiting Britmodeller quite often for research on aircraft and modelling techniques, so thought it would be only polite for me to signup, say hello and introduce myself. Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb Regards, Philip
  4. We have them in for only £18.50! http://mjwmodels.co.uk/edk8287-148-supermarine-spitfire-hf-mkviii-profipack-6229-p.asp We've also got more cheap Eduard 1/48 Bf109G-14's, Aero L-29 Delfin, F-8 Crusader, Eduard 1/72 Fw190A-5/A-8 Grunherz dual combo and also the Hobby Boss 1/48 F-14D Super Tomcat back in stock! thanks Mike
  5. Hi all, this is AZ's 1/72 Spitfire IXc. Not a bad kit with nice surface detail, but the next time I would try the Eduard kit. Decals came from the Kagero booklet on the Spitfire IX. The model represents an aircraft of No. 340 Sqn filmed at Merston apparently on 18 June 1944 before flying to Normandy. It was piloted by Sous Chef Denys Boudard who had joined the RAF after quite a remarkable escape from France. On 29 April 1941, Boudard and a fellow conuntryman had dressed to resemble German mechanics, walked into a Luftwaffe airfield, stole a Bücker Jungmann and flew to Britain. Two pictures of this aircraft can be found in Christopher Shore's and Chris Thomas' fantastic book on the 2nd Tactical Air Force. These pictures also show that this aircraft was unusually heavily weathered by Spitfire standards, something I tried to replicate on the model. Thanks for viewing and all comments welcome.
  6. We've had a delivery today with loads of new special offers in it, the driver actually managed to get out and get some deliveries to people! The kits include quite a few recent releases too! Offers include the following Eduard kits (48th unless marked otherwise) - Fw190A Royal Class (new early A series - only 2 of these and we can't get more!), Bf109G-14 Profipack, L-29 Delfin Profipack, Spad XIII Profipack, F-8 Crusader Ltd Ed and Harrier GR 7/9 Ltd Ed. We've also got the 1/72 Fw190A-5/A-8 Grunherz dual combo in cheap. We did have the Eduard Spitfire HF Mk VIII too but they've sold out, so if anyone else wants one of them, please say so and we'll try to get more. We've also got the following Hobby Boss kits (48th) just in today - Su-27UB Flanker (recent release I believe!), Hawk Mk 127, Fw190D-12/R14, Ta-152C-1 and MiG-17F - nearly forgot the F/A18D Hornet and F-14A + F-14D Tomcats! This is in addition to the tons of cheap 1/72 and 1/48 kits already on offer! See our website homepage for details (and of recent arrivals) http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk thanks Mike
  7. Hi everyone For my third build since returning to modelling in late 2016 after a 20+ year break, I'm building the Revell 1:32 Mk.II Spitfire. You know the one - cue box shot... hopefully I have actually been working on this one since about mid-November. Now, I'm not in the habit of taking photos of my builds, either WIP or finished, but I have been capturing a few images of this one because I am building it for my brother and wanted to show him that work was indeed progressing. As I became a member at Britmodeller earlier this month, I thought I could share the journey with you guys too. I really enjoy wandering round the forums taking a look at everyone's brilliant work, so I thought I'd make my own contribution. My brother received this kit for x-mas a couple of years ago, but he's into painting Warhammer stuff rather than building aircraft. When I got back into the hobby I asked him if he had started it and offered to make it for him when he confirmed that it remained untouched in a cupboard. That was Easter 2017. I originally planned for it to be a side project and to finish it by Christmas, but that didn't happen so it spent some more time in a cupboard albeit in a different location. As you can tell from some of the timelines of the above, I'm not particularly quick. Life has a habit of getting in the way of modelling progress, but I do get there in the end - most of the time. Actually I have recently signed up to the RAF Centenary Group Build, so I am working to an artificial deadline of the GB start date to get this one finished. Beginning of April if I remember correctly...
  8. Hi. I really recommend this movie/documentary, which I just saw on Netflix Italy. Interesting, moving, 1/1 (re)building at its best. I didn't know the story of Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stephenson. A fitting tribute, IMO. Hope you like it :-) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4210934/
  9. G'day all, Poor lighting pics of my Eduard 1/48 Spitfire XVI completed tonight. I bought this intending for it to be a way to fill in time while I was on course for 17 weeks, with brush-painting throughout. Took longer than 17 weeks and I didn't like the result from brushes, so bought a cheap, small compressor and airbrush from Bunnings and made a mess of a couple of bits. Doesn't look too bad after all that. Built out of the box, using Humbrol and ModelMaster enamels, weathered with artists pastels and crayons. Used Pascoe's floor polish instead of Future as the clear coat, which caused a couple of problems on the clear parts and the odd silvered decal (back to Future for the next models). Great kit - crap builder! I'll try to get some better light pictures soon.
  10. Hello Ladies and Gents, So after a 20+ year hiatus from mutilating and butchering 1/72 plastic aircraft models, I've decided to pick up a knife and paint brush again to get through these winter evenings. This forum has been a trove of information and advice which I've quietly browsed for several years, as such I already owe many members thanks for sharing their wisdom though I haven't even started a kit yet. Seeing the vast range of kits that are available these days, combined with the abundance of after-market items and weathering/finishing techniques that have evolved over the last two decades has me excited but also a little intimidated about returning to the hobby...the leaps and bounds taken during my break has me questioning whether I even really know the basics anymore, let alone the advanced stuff, so fellow members can expect some bone-head questions in the near future. I've decided to take things slowly and learn as much as I can about each stage of the build process, so will be making a nuisance of myself on these forums over the next few months. I've decided that 1/48 is now my scale of choice. I'll stick to aircraft, but no particular theme...just whatever takes my fancy, an airframe I admire or have some connection with. My first two projects will be a Spitfire V, (one of Malta's so-called Blue Defenders) and a commonwealth P-51D Mustang. My third project is intended to be an F7F Tigercat Air Tanker, but I'm trying not to get ahead of myself. Right now I'm purchasing tools/equipment and going through the research stage. The two former kits will most likely be Tamiya products, though I'm aware they have some issues (the Sptifire wings will be annoying). The Tigercat, probably the AMT kit. Any advice offered regarding these products, or potential alternatives, will be graciously received. Though I do prefer a degree of anonymity online, I certainly look forward to getting invovled in this the community which appears to be very generous and supportive! Cheers Everybody Launchpad
  11. Convert Spitfire Mk.IIa into a Mk.Va?

    I seem to recall that a Spitfire Mk.IIa kit can be converted into a Mk.Va but I can not find that thread. I am hoping that someone could either point me to that info or better yet, explain it here. I have a set of 1/72 LifeLike decals with Bader's markings on it and an Airfix Mk.IIa kit looking to be put to a good use. Thanks.
  12. Spitfire Mk.IX Detail Sets for Revell Brassin 1:32 The Revell Spitfire Mk.IX, while being a nice kit, is a little simplistic in areas, but then the price may reflect that the detail has been toned down a bit. If you want to add that much needed extra detail, Eduard come to the rescue with this cockpit set and two sets of gunsights, in early and late form from their Brassin range. Cockpit Set (632111) - The set comes in a very well packed cardboard with the parts in several zip lock bags and prevented from being shaken around by two foam pads. There are thirty eight resin parts in a mixture of medium and dark greys, plus a clear acetate sheet, a sheet of pre-painted etched brass and a sheet of unpainted photo etched parts, and a small decal sheet. Unfortunately the decals and acetate sheet are missing from the review sample so I won’t be able to comment on them too much other than where to use them. The detail on the resin parts is quite amazing, being super sharp, with good depth, although some parts have small sections of flash which need to be removed on top of the removal from the casting blocks. The cockpit is literally a tub made up of the front and rear bulkheads, what would be the fuselage side walls and the lower fuselage interior. The kits interior rib detail needs to be completely removed to allow the fitment of the tub, which shouldn’t take too long with a nice sharp curved blade and some sanding sponges. The moulded detail on the bulkheads and inner fuselage parts needs to be seen to be believed, add to this all the smaller sundry parts and you will have a truly amazing cockpit. There is an alternative resin instrument panel for which decals of the instruments are provided if you don’t want to use the etched items. Painting of the parts, especially those pre-moulded will be a bit of a chore, but with care you will end up with something of a masterpiece which would be good on its own, let alone fitted to the model. The resin is further enhanced with the addition of the two sheets of etched parts, the pre-painted seat belts which are quite complex, but with care and attention will build into a pretty amazing representation of the real things, as well as the instrument panel with the pre-painted dials on the back plate. All that needs to be added is some clear to represent the glazing. The unpainted sheet contains a selection of brackets, levers and fixtures for around the cockpit, such as the compass bracket, sight braces, seat details and toe straps. The acetate sheet contains marked out areas which go to make up the gunsight glass. Gunsight early (632113) - Contained in a hard blister pack with protective sponge layers you have three resin sights, resin mounting bracket and PE support straps. There is also an acetate sheet, which, when the marked areas are cut out, makes up the glass components of the sight. Detail is very nicely done on the resin, with the cogged edge of the range wheel being readily apparent. Gunsight late (632114) - As with the early sights mentioned above, this set also comes in a hard blister pack and also contains three sights and their mounting brackets in resin. The PE sheet contains the hood that mounts on top of the sight, and the acetate sheet provides the glass components. There is also a small decal sheet that has four NO HAND HOLD decals, using one for each sight provided; it goes on top of the sight glass hood, leaving one spare Conclusion The Revell Spitfire is a very nice kit out of the box, especially for the price, but it really could do with some extra detail to make it pop. With the cockpit set you can really go to town, and with all the parts provided it will look very busy and cramped, just as the real thing is. If you don’t want to go that far, then that’s where the sight sets come in, adding a bit of dash to the coaming. Review samples courtesy of
  13. We've added the forthcoming Eduard 1/48 Bf109G-2/G-6 Finnish Dual combo and 1/48 Spitfire HF Mk.VIII to our future release section. They are provisionally priced to beat the Hannants 10% pre-order price and there's a good chance that price might even go down a little if we can get them even cheaper! You can register your interest by leaving your email address in the box provided on each listing and we'll email you when they are in. Please only do this if you are genuinely interested in buying from us though! We're getting quite a lot of people telling us they want something and then they don't buy it from us. http://mjwmodels.co.uk/edk11114-148-messerschmitt-bf-109g-2g-6--mersu-finnish-dual-combo-ltd-ed-6227-p.asp http://mjwmodels.co.uk/edk8287-148-supermarine-spitfire-hf-mkviii-6229-p.asp Also, due tomorrow at last, is the 1/48 Bf109G-14 Profipack and 1/72 Fw190A Grunherz dual Combo. thanks Mike
  14. Spitfire Mk.IXe 1:72 Eduard ProfiPACK When the prototype Spitfire took to the air for the first time on 5 March 1936, few involved could have foreseen where the development of the type would lead. By the end of the Second World War, the type had earned itself a place in the history books as well as the nation's psyche. One of the ultimate Merlin powered variants was the Mk.IX. The Mk.IX was a response to the appearance of the Focke Wulf Fw190, which proved itself more than a match for the Spitfire Mk.V. Powered by the two-stage supercharged Merlin 61, the performance of the Mk.IX was a quantum leap over its forebears, enabling the Spitfire to meet its German foe on equal terms. By the end of the War, over 5,600 Mk.IXs rolled off the production line at Castle Bromwich. The Kit Eduard have earned an excellent reputation in recent years with world-class models such as their 1:72 Hellcat, Bf110 and MiG-15. Their models typically feature a mixture of exquisite detail and superb if complex engineering which puts them right at the pinnacle of modern kit manufacturers. The latest all-new 1:72 kit to roll off the Prague production line is the Spitfire Mk.IXe. The e here referring to the wing type which housed a pir of 20mm cannon out board of a pair of 0.5" calibre machine guns. Inside the sturdy box are five sprues of parts moulded in the blue-grey plastic often used by Eduard and a single sprue moulded in clear plastic. Altogether there are well over 150 plastic parts and, as this is a profipack edition, the plastic parts are accompanied by a small fret of pre-painted photo etched parts and a set of die-cut paint masks. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled A5 affair which includes full-colour painting diagrams. The overall impression is of a really premium quality package. The quality of the mouldings is up to the usual Eduard standard, with clean, crisp details and no flaws anywhere. As with other recent kits from Eduard, there is plenty of fine detail, with parts such as the cockpit comparable to high-end resin items (which, in turn, should tell you how good Eduard's resin cockpit is). The surface detail on the outside of the airframe is exquisitely rendered, with fine recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail. It's clear from the outset that Eduard have taken an uncompromising approach when it comes to detail. The cockpit is fabulous, particularly so in this Profipack edition with its extra photo etched parts. I don't think I've ever seen a Spitfire kit in this scale with a seat made up of three parts, so it's just as well that a set of pre-painted harnesses have been included too. There is a choice of plastic or photo etched parts for the pilot's armour, and further tiny photo etched details for the control column and throttle controls. The instrument panel also benefits from the addition of photo etched parts, with a detailed plastic alternative provided if you don't fancy using the metal parts. Unusually, the cockpit sidewalls have been moulded separately. I can only think that Eduard have done this in order to maximise the amount of detail they have been able to pack in, as well as paving the way for their resin cockpit, which uses the same approach. Once the cockpit has been assembled and painted, it can be fitted between the vertically split fuselage halves, along with the engine firewall, a blank part into which the propeller is fitted later on, and the pilot's head armour. The leading edge wing root also has to be fitted at this stage. The fact that these parts have been moulded separately to the rest of the kit is testament to Eduard's commitment to detail, if not buildability! The breakdown of the wing is no less complex. As you might expect, the lower wing has been moulded as a single span, with separate upper wing surfaces. Between the two you must sandwich seven parts which together make up the walls of the main landing gear bay. The ailerons and wing tips have been moulded separately, which allows multiple version to be built from the same moulds (alternative parts are included but marked as not for use for the aircraft depicted on this kit's decal sheet). The same applies to the rudder and elevators. Multiple alternatives are included on the sprues, so make sure you use the correct version for your intended subject. Choice is good though, as it makes for a very comprehensive package. The upper and lower cowlings are moulded separately, with the former split along the middle. Even the wing radiators are made up of six parts each, with the surface of the radiators themselves picked out in photo etched metal in this boxing. Turning the model over, the undercarriage is just as detailed as the rest of the kit. Each of the main landing gear legs is made up of seven parts, with the tyres moulded separately to the hubs and photo etched parts to represent hob covers (where fitted). The separate tyres will make painting easier, which is just as well as the included paint masks don't cater for the landing gear. A long range fuel tank and a couple of small bombs are included, as are a two different types of slipper tanks. The wing cannon barrels are moulded separately, which means they can be added at the end of the build in order to avoid accidental damage. Decals Decals are from Cartograf(main sheet) and Eduard (supplemental and should pose no issues. Markings are provided for 5 machines. 2003 (ex TE531), 105th Tajeset, Ramat David Air Base, Israel, September 1953 SM147, No. 73. Squadron RAF, Prkos Airfield, Yugoslavia, April/ May 1945 RK856, flown by Maj. C. Golding, CO of No. 3 Squadron SAAF, Italy, 1945 SM 26, Vorderings Vliegschool/Ecole de Pilotage Avancé, Brustem Air Base, Belgium, 1952 PL124, No. 312 Squadron RAF, B-10 Airfield Plumetôt, France, June 1944 Conclusion This is a welcome release from Eduard in 1.72 for all the Spitfire fans out there. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. THE SSV NORMANDY REMEMBRANCE FLIGHT (link here for what this is.) Liara T'Soni: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII Dr. T'Soni could not be reached for comment; the design was provided by a personal friend, Matriarch Aethyta. The choice of aircraft was inspired by the Spitfire's reputation as both beautiful and deadly. Slight customisations include a piloting VI of unknown origin, and additional armaments from stock. This is another that's been sitting half-finished on my bench for an age. This kit is by Eduard, which means it has around eight million parts. You get a wonderfully detailed model with those eight million parts though. I b****cksed it up in a couple of areas, but generally I'm actually really pleased. The paint mask for the wing and the nose text - they are painted on, not decals - was done using the laser cutting tool on my 3D printer. It worked pretty well, but the edges are a bit fuzzy due to unburnt bits of glue sticking to the edge of the masking tape. Subsequent experiments with the vinyl cutting tool have given even better results, so expect to see that on the next one. Still trying out weathering techniques - I've run into a bit of trouble with polishing yet again so no glossy finish on this one. The final weather was done with oil paint and Tamiya panel line accent colour, and a lot of wiping off. I clearly still need to get the gloss better though, as it's way too dirty. I may attack it with some spirits over the next couple of days before the oil paint dries. Love that exhaust staining though, never tried it before. Mods are minimal - cockpit detailing was done using the photo etch included in the kit, with the addition of Glyph, Liara's VI personal assistant, who pilots the plane and is visible in the cockpit photos. Glyph just consists of a piece of transparent sprue melted into a clear bead and painted with transparent paint. Overall the cockpit looks good, I'm quite happy with it but I'm itching to put more wiring and other scratch built detailing in the next one. The extra wing cannons are turned brass. They're actually 1/32nd scale .50 cals, but at 1/48 scale they look the part for 20mm cannons.
  16. Took a while but at last started the Spitfire build. Pictures will follow it.
  17. Builds to date Pt.3

    Hello again Next up we have Tamiya, ones a Spifire and the other’s a Mustang both 1/32... Spitefire Mk XIVe 1/32, 301 Sqn (Polish) RAF.. RAF Mustang Mk IV, 3 Sqn RAAF.. Til next time Iain
  18. Rats, I wish I found this site...

    Hi Guys I'm currently working on a 1/32 Revell Spitfire IX. I already have the fuselage halves together - then found THIS site with some excellent clear images of various cockpit equipment pieces, such as the gear selector, throttle quadrant etc (scroll down, it's not at the top)... Rats I could have done so much more now that I see what some of the parts actually look like in real life. I am considering going back to my local HS and buy another kit (he's got at least 3 or 4 in stock) and start over again AFTER finishing this one. Not that the Revell kit is the most fun kit I have ever worked on, that distinction should go to my PCM Tempest V (sarcasm!) -- Jannie
  19. MH434 Breitling Fighters

    Hi All, Have been reading this forum a lot recently after picking up my old childhood hobby again, and already gained so much useful information to improve my modeling. Now I came upon a hurdle that I haven't been able to clear so far. I'm replicating Spitfire MH434 1/72 as it was when I got the chance to sit in it as a boy. This was during the time it was part of the Breitling Fighters team featuring the yellow nose cone. I would like to add the team badge as featured in front of the cockpit but so far have not yet found any commercially available decals for this. Presently I'm trying to produce them myself however as my skills with any photo editing software severely lack the results are far from satisfying. Is anybody aware of available decals and or is willing to share their own attempt at these? Regards
  20. This model was completed in January this year after a two year build, started just before her 5th birthday. It came from the old Airfix Airfield Diorama set. The full story of the build is shown in the link below, but for those who don't want to read the whole build thread, here's just a few of the completed pictures. Build thread - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235029483-spitfire-prig-diorama-with-a-twist-172-scale/ With nowhere to keep and display it, she said she had enjoyed the built, but agreed we'd try and sell it. The model was framed and sold, with the profits buying several new lego sets.
  21. Hello, This is the old Matchbox/Revell 1/32 Spitfire 22/24. The cockpit, guns, wheels and decals are after-market parts. IMHO this kit is way too wrong to get a good Spitfire whitout a tremendous amount of work. The nose shape is wrong, the windscreen too, not sure about the propeller, panel lines... I regret having started it, anyway it is done, it is now displayed at the back my scalemodel showcase. cheers
  22. Just off the bench a couple of days ago is this Matchbox Spitfire Mk IX. This is an original edition from the 1970s and not the revamped version. I replace the canopy and wheels and added, more like forced, an Eduard photo-etch cockpit. The easiest part was using the wonderful AML masks. It was finished with Tamiya paints. There is a minor error with the Czech insignia, and I'm looking for a replacement set. The white should be up. Comments welcome
  23. Hello, I am keen on building this particular machine - an Mk.XVI, RK840 of 322 Squadron RAF (Dutch). So far, all I have are decal instructions (which state that the appearance, i.e. the profile below, is a probable reconstruction), (img source: Wings Palette) And this CMR kit review at Hyperscale with a bit of machine's history. I would like to ask You for help on these two querries: Are there any period photos to confirm this profile and the decal instructions? Could the accurate shade of blue color used on the spinner be confirmed? Thanks in advance. Aleksandar
  24. TE456 Spitfire Mk XVI

    Hi all, I've just ordered my first Eduard kit, A 1/72 Spitfire Mk XVI Bubble-top. I have a question concerning this scheme I live quite close to the Auckland Museum and they have a spitfire with the same serial code on it however the roundels on the wings are different and the Eduard scheme has clipped wings whereas the Auckland one does not. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could tell me any information why the Auckland one is different, thanks in advance. -Cam
  25. I've been modelling for over 45 years, building models ranging from 1/1200 to 1/3 scales, however this build isn't my story, I'm just the narrator. This build is actually my daughter's work! Now before you start imagining, fingerprints, glue blobs and paint runs and skip to another build thread, the finished model was finished to a high standard and sold for a healthy profit!!! My daughter will be eight years old shortly, and has now been modelling for half her life! She was always handy with scissors, sellotape and glue from a very young age, so I decided to see just how capable she was. I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Her first model build was started when she was just 3 years 11 month old; a Revell Red Arrows Hawk. It was completed five months later with a lot of guidance from me, but much of the work done by her. Build sessions were limited to about 30 minutes due to her concentration span, but gradually she put together a very respectable model. Here's the finished item. In the Autumn of 2014, with the dark nights coming fast, I decided it was time for another build. She was almost five, so I decided on something a little more ambitious; we would go for a diorama! I opted for the Airfix RAF Battle of Britain set as the price was reasonable and the aircraft, tankers, figures and base could each be separate projects, or all worked on while glue and paint dried on other parts. The aircraft wouldn't be finished in BoB colours however, as my daughter wanted a pink aeroplane, so this was going to be a PR Pink Spitfire. We went to the model shop and fortunately they had the set in stock. We came home with a big box, some extra paint and a happy child. This is her Spitfire story.