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  1. Brian Cauchi - Malta Spitfire Vs - 1942 With some trepidation I thought I would wade into a Malta Spitfire thread, albeit to quote Brian Cauchi's 'take' on BR112 in his Malta Spitfire book over pages 55-57. I thought it worth paraphrasing his ideas and I emphasise that I am not claiming these for my own. It is a good book by the way and well researched and presented on what can be a contentious subject! Mr Cauchi sees the aircraft as being originally Desert Scheme, i.e DE and Stone with Sky underneath. The peeled nose cone is originally Stone or Sky. This ties in with the pictures and evidence of Desert Scheme Spitfires being winched aboard USS Wasp for OP CALENDAR before being repainted onboard. Mr Cauchi then sees that the repaint could have been USN Non Spectacular Blue Grey (Gray) applied over the Stone rather than all over. The tail area has been further then repainted as a result of repairs after crash landing in June with the repaint colour being any of the usual Malta blue possibilities. This would explain the non-standard serial code application. The above is very much a precis of Mr Cauchi research and ideas, and I apologise if I have overly simplified his views.
  2. Ray, is the second fuselage in the first set as above, a later internal armoured windscreen or an early external style windscreen, please? I ask because if the first, could it be used with a spare Eduard MkIXc wing to make another Spitfire, Eduard seem to do enough parts in one boxing for lots of spares and the Eduard early MkIX has two lots of wings.
  3. Camouflage On - Masking Off Next will be the Xtradecal markings for 504 County of Nottingham Squadron.
  4. To tell you the truth, I had forgotten all about this! I opened up an Airfix Spitfire 22 kit box yesterday to have a look and thought: 'Ah yes, I was building this'. I was side tracked trying to build an AZ Spitfire 18 (which has now been sidelined) at the same time, and when that got put aside, so was the Airfix kit. I have now dug it out and applied paint. Using Vallejo MSG. and then used Vallejo Ocean Grey. RAD-V is the aircraft that I am looking to build the kit as. Next was to mask off for the Tamiya Dark Green. Now back on track, if late. As an aside I went to the Newark Air Museum Aeroboot which was a nice trip out with a lot of old aircraft instruments, along with a Merlin for sale (from a Halifax?) and the offer of a Puma fuselage carcass! Sadly there were no irresistible kits to buy, but I did get some detail photos of their Tigermoth for a future Airfix build.
  5. Thanks Adam, It seems a good kit, but for some reason Airfix have not done a re-release.
  6. Slight update I am also trying to do a 'side -build' of an AZ/ Freightdog Spitfire 18, so progress has been artificially slow. So all that has happened is some cockpit work and sticking the wings together, thus: The cockpit lacked the undercarriage lever setup (strange as the other Airfix 1/72 Spitfire kits have that detail), so i did some plastic scratch for that and did the O2 tubing (as most 1/72 kits lack), which is visible. I put in some slightly made up basic detail to fill up the side walls. The seat was replaced by one out of the spares box (for a Spitfire early Mk1 - but no one will know) and an unused Sutton harness from a Sword Vc kit I recently built. I also used an etch instrument panel I had for a Spitfire 22, but it didn't really have any form of wow factor. Spitfire cockpits in 1/72 are hard to see when buttoned up. That's the extent of any simple added extras Next is to glue the fuselage together and attach the wings. technical stuff!
  7. Unfortunately I got this sometime ago when they were clearing out their model section.
  8. I would like to go with the Airfix Spitfire 22. I have had the kit for a while, so now seems a good idea (I am not sure why it has not been re-released by Airfix). Its a hopefully not difficult kit to make and I think that I made the above silver version about 6 plus years ago. I gave the finished model to someone at work and watched over the weeks as bits gradually got broken off and lost in his office! I just realised that @PlaStix made this kit for the Spitfire GB last year so I will be trying to lift his ideas. I won't be going down the etch route having seen the work done by PaStix - I cannot get that good level of finished work (a tiny folded etch seat -!!). That said I think I have a spare instrument panel and maybe a resin seat and some Eduard spares along with a Xtradecals set.
  9. Thanks Graham, I didn't think about the elevators, I presume these would be the extended horn version, I didn't even consider about that. I would also guess that the cannon bulges would be narrow as well, which is good as I have the C Wing conversion set for the Airfix 1/48 Vb with the narrow bulges! I am looking to do the Airfix and Special Hobby 1/48 Spitfire Vc as a tandem build. But with the need to chop about both kits, it is receding into maybe next month. I just built the Airfix new 1/72 Spitfire Vc as a SAAF aircraft for the Africa GB, its a nice kit without any gotchas. Interestingly, the nose width is less than the Airfix 1/72 Spitfire 1a which suggests that the 1970s Airfix Spitfire 1a was accurate.
  10. Again thank you very much Troy for the information, I will be bookmarking or printing off the posts for when I pluck up the courage to start to start hacking at the kit. I have found my supply of styrene plasticard and strips, so I should be in position to take the plunge. I have the Malta markings kit, the veracity of which is of course another issue entirely!
  11. Sorry Cookie Just a couple of quick questions about this aircraft, were you able to ascertain if the C wing cannon bulges were wide or the later narrow versions please? I am assuming it was clipped wing. I ask because I am looking to do the same aircraft in 1/48. And will you now be doing this one now with the Airfix 1/72 kit; it is a nice model to build.
  12. Troy did you use 1mmx1mm styrene strip please for nose?
  13. Thank you Troy that was what I was looking for, I need to think about how to get the strip right for the nose insert, I think it is probably more difficult than it first appears.
  14. Spitfire Vc DB-R of 2 Sqn SAAF. Operating over Italy in Autumn 1943. The aircraft had been converted to 4x 20m cannon fit and in this instance was carrying a centre line 250lb bomb. The Kit was the new 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Vc with some additions from the spares box and the markings from the markings box! And the original:
  15. Now Finished I used some alternative sqn codes from an old Sky Models set that I had for DB-R to build JK815 as it survived the war. The Airfix SAAF aircraft markings were for an aircraft that FTR - which I try to avoid building out of superstition. DB-R was also the marking for the old Airfix 'Lancaster wing' Spitfire Vc and I realised that I had those markings in the stash, but I decided they might be a bit old and iffy. I used an old Eduard 250lb bomb for the ordnance and the entry door was also Eduard, I replaced the clumsy antennae with a resin version and the canopy was an old Tamiya canopy with some plastic card added to lengthen it to fit to the rails (with some fiddling). The Kit open canopy is very clumsy and overscale. If I made the kit again, I would use the closed option. The wheel hubs were old Airwaves which fitted exactly - they were designed for the old 1/72 kit! I decided to do the cannon covers as Ocean grey, as an option to the probable Dark Earth re-spray or possible insignia red. The original had some repaint at the rear, so I tried to recreate that with another shade of brown, it is quite distinct on the original aircraft's photos. The Airfix kit goes together well with no gotchas, which is unusual for an Airfix Spitfire! The design of fitting the windscreen to the fuselage is good, the gunsight is the old round type, but I decide I could l live with that! the Rotol prop might be slightly oversized. Interestingly the upper nose is slightly narrower than the current Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk 1 kit, which suggests that the original Airfix Spitfire 1a kit had the correct nose dimensions. And the underneath, balanced on my wife's yoga candle:
  16. I have tried the search option, but without success. I remember that someone has already done a post sometime ago on the corrections to the Special Hobby 1/48 Spitfire Vc. I know it involves cutting the the nose and splicing in an extension and moving the wingroot forward. What I cannot find is the measurements. If anyone can point be to the relevant post, I would be most grateful.
  17. Now with Added Paint I used Vallejo Azure Blue for the underside (after a bit of obligatory pre-shading): I am not sure how accurate the colour is, I thinned it back with white as it looked too bright. One thing I can say is that each time I use Vallejo Model Air I become increasing frustrated with them. They seem to clog up the airbrush tip and make a simple spraying job difficult. I persevered with applying Vallejo RAF DE next: The clogging on this was horrendous, and I ended up throwing out the bottle and had to fully strip down and clean the complete airbrush. It is a pity as I started off well with the latest Vallejo Air paints, but they are now getting to be unusable for me. So I switched to Tamiya for the mid stone which was not an exact match, but looks good enough and at least sprayed without swearing! The wrap around wing leading edges were probably underside colour, or might have been yellow ident markings or another colour. The cannons will need painting DE and the cannon covers are another colour again as below: These could be repainted DE or possibly Dark Roundel Red based on similarity to the spinner ( @tonyot 's idea) or maybe DG, originally I was going for DE but the contrast is significant in photo, I might go with a dark green for a difference. Although the dark red has an attraction. The aircraft has some additional repainting where the aircraft i.d code letter was presumably redone: Again this could be a different shade of DE, I am going to use a middle stone overpaint, although the contrast is a bit strong compared with the rest of the mid stone paint. Then there are the red elevator tips.
  18. Return of the Spitfire Spreader Bar The assembly of the wings tail and fuselage was reasonably easy although I did not get the seamless wing fuselage fit of other builders of the new kit, It wasn't too bad. One aspect I did find was that the cockpit bathtub 'draws in' the lower fuselage slightly so a wing gap occurs. I used the old method of the fuselage spreader bar to open up the fuselage a bit and get a better wing to fuselage fit. The Vokes filter fit is again good, but not brilliant and needed some adjustment as the again the fuselage was tighter than the filter. Again I fitted one side let the glue dry and then spread the fuselage to match to the filter and clamped it strongly. I suspect that if you built the kit very carefully then the small anomalies would disappear. I added the upper fuel filler, which is an odd omission. The Airfix approach to the cannon fit is very good and allows a good way to ensure that you don't have to fill and sand the gaps. I am looking to put on the centreline bomb which was 250lb not 500lb in the photos and so I have added a simple cruciform attachment for universal bomb carrier off an Airfix Blenheim . Its a bit crude , but the bomb should hide it. I used Halfords primer because it is cheap and usually goes on well. Next stage is to put on some extra fastener detail around the cowling and then painting.
  19. As I currently put together the new 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Vc for the African GB, I was musing about the extra clipped wing set in the kit. Obviously it can be used for a Fighter Command Vc version over Europe with the 'temperate' standard filter (also in the kit) and presumably that will be a kit option later. But I also thought that I cannot remember seeing a photo or profile of a Spitfire Vc with a Vokes filter and a clipped wing . So were the clipped wing variants only operated over NW Europe please?
  20. Quick Update: I have put together the cockpit and some small additions to fill it out a bit. I always forget that you cannot really see that much in a Spitfire cockpit even with the access door open and the canopy, so the kit's detail is probably not that bad for the scale, but it could do with the 02 hose which is prominent, so I added that. I used a Quickboost seat which looked better than the kit seat, but may be slightly too large and obscured most of the added detail on the port side. Also the engraved sutton harness is a bit iffy on the seat, but looks good if you squint. I thinned down the back armour, but the angle is too shallow on the kit and leaves too much gap between that and the head armour. Otherwise the 'cockpity' bits went together and fit within the fuselage, not always a given with Spitfire kits! Next is to stick more bits together.
  21. Having just built the Sword Spitfire Vc for the ANZAC GB, I thought that I would have a go at this GB. I am looking to build this Aircraft: Which was JK815 of 2 Sqn SAAF operating over Italy in later 1943. It was refitted in Malta with a 4 cannon armament and a centreline bomb fit. There has been some good information about it on Britmodeller previously. and some questions that I have recently asked: Anyway here is the obligatory sprue shot of the new Airfix Spitfire Vc as a starter:
  22. Thanks Stefan, having looked at the picture, the respray underneath the 'R' adds another aspect to the aircraft. It would seem that the respray should be Dark Earth as it follows the line of the camouflage pattern. But it's a bit strange that the DE is significantly lighter, it should be the near enough the same or darker as newer paint. Equally, it doesn't seem to be mid stone as again it doesn't seem to be the right hue.
  23. Thanks Graham, as soon as I read your reply, I thought of course how obvious and felt somewhat foolish, particularly on the fuel carrier front. And thanks M20gull for filling in the detail for the squadron on the bomb fitting. Just out of interest does it give an indication of why they were limited to one 250lb bomb rather than 500lb please. I am now surmising that that the bomb carrier would have had the cruciform fuselage attachment as above to fix to, or more grammatically to which to fix.
  24. Having asked about the paint scheme for the new Airfix Spitfire Vc in 2 Sqn SAAF makings at my last post, I thought the next would be the centreline bomb carrier shown on some aircraft of the Sqn: The bomb is I understand a 250lb, not a centreline 500lb as carried by Spitfire IXs. I also understand from previous BM posts on this that the film and photo series may have been done from a live trial of the aircraft over hostile targets in Italy. So the bomb carrier may not have been a permanent fixture. The 500lb bomb carrier looks like this: So the real aircraft seems to be fitted with a bomb rail that is not the same and possibly doesn't have the cruciform attachment to the fuselage either - my surmation. Or could it be an adaption form a Hurricane wing bomb rail? or possible a in field mod of the central fuel tank carrier: Again any ideas are most welcome please. Richard
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