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  1. Ed, there are other photos of early Spitfires that aren't as neat as the one above: Anything could have happened.
  2. Michał, that small window to the left of the canopy is a decal. Hans, Michał, I used Tamia acrylics: XF-52:5 + XF-49:1 for Dark Earth, XF-61 for Dark Green and Revell enamels № 90 silver for the lower surfaces.
  3. Dave, thank you for your opinion! I generally agree that I've overdone the weathering. But it is also well known that Spitfires, especially of early modifications, had problems with oil leakage, which led to very noticeable drips, and this problem was never completely resolved. This is what I wanted to show in my model. As for the rivets and panel lines, in my opinion, they make the model less "flat". Of course, in 1/72 scale, this is done with certain assumptions. I think that still makes the model more interesting.
  4. Dear friends, thank you for reviews and good wishes! I agree that the weathering is too heavy than it's needed. But just as an argument here is a prototype photo which shows that pre-war Spitfires were rather dirty.
  5. Hi everyone! Let me present my new model. This time it’s Supermarine Spitfire, one of my favourites. There’s no need to specify the facts about the prototype because everyone knows this plane inside out and it’s one of the most frequently assembled models. However, I should point out that I wanted to show the qualities which were specific for early Spitfires. Those were the fighting machines whose creators had no idea about real combat conditions. They were equipped by a streamlined flat canopy that didn’t provide 360-deg vision or have any armoured windscreen panel (when you come to think of it, the plane had no armoured protection neither for life-critical units nor for a pilot). Moreover, the early models were built up with an old-school two-bladed rotor and some throwbacks such as an antispin parachute, and there wasn’t any weapon heating. It rendered the fighter useless on apparent combat heights of German bombers because frozen machine-guns didn’t work there. In other words, the early Spitfires were like Englishmen with enormous potential but poorly aware of what was waiting for them in the heat of the coming major war. I’ve chosen Airfix A02010 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I/Mk.IIa set for assembling. The set makes a good impression, the details are well-fitted, but still there are certain drawbacks in canopy-fuselage attaching and wing-fuselage blending. The model is quite accurate, so it hasn’t raised a lot of my criticism. The only thing is that the upper part of cowl panel has square-flat shape closer to the Mk.V rather than Mk.I. The panel lining is pretty true-to-fact although a bit simplified and needs improvement. The model features the 9th manufactured prototype of Spitfire K9795 from the 19th Royal Air Force squadron in Duxford as in October of 1938. Thanks for looking!
  6. Alex, agree! I even believe that the Spanish colors are the main factor that makes the model look so attractive. Colleagues, thank you so much for your comments and kind words!
  7. Dear friends, thank you for kind words! Dennis, thank you very much! Martin, agree. They make the model look more authentic and typically FROG. Panel lines are paint-stenciled with acrylic colours. I described that method in my previous project. And here some photos from the build process:
  8. Hi everyone, I’d like to present another model made for FROG/NOVO competition — that’s American-Spanish version of the famous British Harrier. This is the old FROG pack reproduced by Donetsk Toy Factory. As usual, this work was made in “Out of box” nomination, which doesn’t allow any modifications in the original kit except the change of the pitot tube and set-up of antennas on the fuselage (which is how American-Spanish model differs from the British one). According to the rules of the contest I had to stay within the limits of the kit — rised panel lines, geometry inaccuracies and so on. So, the result is before you. The model represents 008-9 aircraft from the 8th squadron of Spain naval air forces Dedalo for 1982. Thanks for looking!
  9. Bill, very impressive build! Thanks for sharing. I have plans to make the same model, but to use Eastern Express/FROG kit.
  10. Thanks a lot, everyone! Your comments and wishes inspire me and give me strength to set about to a new project.
  11. Chris, you should also bear in mind the other engine, cowl panel, propeller and exaust.
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