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About mark.au

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  1. None required; this kind of discussion by knowledgeable people is what makes this site so useful, and why I post here.
  2. I’m currently sitting on a beach in Vanuatu (it’s rough, but somehow we’re coping... ) but as soon as get home on Saturday I’ll check (to make sure I get the right one) and message you.
  3. Thanks Malcolm. I used Vallejo Model Air versions of the three colours, but toned down the upper colours in the weathering process. I rather suspect the grey is still a little on the dark side still - is that what you’ve picked up on? Hi Josip, if you follow the link in the first post you’ll find my description of the build and what I thought of the kit. The short version is that while it’s a bit limited in detail, it builds into a nice looking Spitfire that, as far as I know, is a decent representation of the Mk.Vb Thanks to everyone for comments on the models and particularly on their back story. This was more than only a modelling project for me.
  4. Well, the trouble you had with kit doesn’t show up in the result, very nice spitfire there.
  5. Excellent work on that one, congratulations on a great result.
  6. A couple of Spits; critique welcome. More pics and build description over on the website, as well as the rather sad story of their pilots, Jack and Bob Yarra. The Eduard Mk.IX represents an aircraft only 2 months old when lost in April 1944. 453 Squadron seemed to just throw their codes on the fuselage so even though I don't have a pic of FU-Y I have plenty of others that show the haphazard application. The Hasegawa Mk.V represents an older aricraft, around six months old at the time of its loss in December, 1942.
  7. Thanks Walter. Regarding the trailing edges, I hadn't seen it before either and I was unable to find a pic that confirmed the Airfix instructions to apply it. As this was more of a modelling project than a making-history project I was less concerned with absolute accuracy and to be honest, I thought it would look cool so added it anyway Thanks Joachim, I appreciate the suggestion, will remember that for next time. Thanks to everyone else for the comments, much appreciated.
  8. Excellent result for all the work, very nice indeed.
  9. Thanks! I used a combo of both Vallejo Model Air and Tamiya
  10. Hello all; I normally stick to Allied air forces but this paint scheme has been a bucket list for a while and I finally had a go at it. The full story of the multiple approaches and repaint can be found on my site. As usual, comment and corrections welcome. Cheers; Mark.
  11. Dear all; If I may ask your help, please confirm or correct my understanding based on reading the various antenna threads here; Spitfire EN824 (Mk.Vb) manufactured in May 1942 and lost the following month would have had only the IFF wires, tail plane to fuselage. Spitfire MK324 (Mk.IX) manufactured in February 1944 and lost two months later would have had no antenna wires at all. Many thanks. Mark.
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