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  • Birthday 01/17/1969

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    The great outdoors, Supermarine Spitfire in 1/48.

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  1. Seriously, Eduard are going to see me bankrupt. I have the new Tamiya Mk Ia kit inbound which includes the landing gear gizmo I need so I can nick that, just need to sort a Coffman bump out now.
  2. Showtime! Let's have a look at the striking and evocative box art: The sprues are familiar ground from the Early Mk I Profipack, in fact they appear to be exactly the same except for just the one pair of fuselage halves. There's an embarrassment of riches for the spares box, with all kinds of bits and pieces to cover just about every conceivable configuration of the Mk I - different pilot's seats, rudders, antennae, pitot tubes, gunsights, you name it. There are two bladed and three bladed props, in fact three of the latter, one de Havilland and what I assume is two Rotols with the blades set at different pitches. The transparencies include the early flat canopy and armoured/unarmoured windscreens. Unfortunately I'm lacking a couple of bits to turn it into a Mk II, but I'll find a way around that. Of course the quality of the moulding is just exquisite. And that's it. No etch, no decals, not even instructions. But as a cost effective platform for a great Eduard build Overtrees can't be beat. I have aftermarket decals already, a stencil sheet inbound, and even if I didn't have the instructions from my early Mk I build I could download them from Scalemates or Eduard's own site. I think if these things were readily available in the UK, I'd have a heap of them! Thanks for looking in.
  3. This is going to be smart with those splashes of colour.
  4. With a nod in the direction of the great Steve Miller… So with the Mk I on the shelf and the Mk V well on its way, I’m about to get busy with another early-marque Spitfire, a Mk IIa flown in 1941 by P/O William R. “Poppy” Dunn of No. 71 “Eagle” Squadron, RAF. Minneapolis-born Dunn was the first American “ace” of World War II, racking up five confirmed kills between May and August 1941. I’ll be building this from the Eduard Spitfire Ia “late” Overtrees boxing, with a few modifications (the one I’m aware of are the bulge on starboard side nose for the Coffman starter, and the motorised landing gear control on the starboard sidewall of the cockpit, though I’m sure I’ll turn up others.) Decals will be from the 3D-kits “Rotol Spitfires” sheet. The decal sheet gives two options for this airframe, the early green/brown/sky day fighter scheme as at the beginning of August 1941 (supposedly, but see below), and the late green/grey/grey day fighter scheme as on the 27th of that month when Dunn force-landed due to “enemy action”, getting badly injured (three months in hospital, three months recuperative leave) in the process. The later scheme would throw up some interesting questions regarding the condition of the aircraft. The “new” day fighter scheme was specified with an order issued on 15th August 1941. Naturally the RAF didn’t repaint all its existing fighters on that same day, it took some time for them all to get done, but if P7308 was repainted it would have been at some point between 15th and 27th August, a period of only 12 days, according to the callouts. I’ve always assumed that the repaints involved simply painting over the dark earth with ocean grey, the sky with light grey, and leaving the dark green as is. This aircraft had been in front line service since 10th September 1940, serving in the later stages of the Battle of Britain with No. 54 Squadron, before spending a few weeks with No. 308 Squadron prior to its being transferred to No. 71 Squadron on 20th August, which means that if indeed it was repainted with No. 71 Squadron codes and then the new day fighter scheme both would have taken place in the course of a week. Actually it would kind of make more sense if both were done at the same time on arrival with its new unit, given this was already almost a week after the order for the new scheme had been issued? And in terms of weathering, after the repaint would the green bits of the aircraft show a year’s worth of wear and the tear (except for the bits around the squadron codes?), and the freshly painted grey bits and underside look shiny and new? Did it get a complete repaint? Did P7308 ever actually carry No. 71 Squadron codes on the early scheme? So many questions. Anyway, it’s academic, because the early scheme is the one I’ve decided to go with, so if I have a go at weathering it will be uniformly applied. If I really want to go to town on it I could include the battle damage illustrated in the photograph (it’s possible that this photo was taken after Dunn’s force-landing, immediately afterwards the airframe was patched up, given a Merlin 45 engine to convert it to a Va and sent off to No. 133 Squadron, another one of the “Eagle” squadrons, where it spent all of a fortnight before finding its way to an OTU in July 1943 via no less than three other units. In which case it would’ve been green/grey ) I’m doing this build as part of a very loose #1941groupbuild on Instagram, it’s not a proper BM-style GB of course, let's say it's a warm up for the Salty Sea Dog GB kicking off in January.
  5. Some very kind words which are much appreciated, thank you!
  6. As I go I’m finding various ways Airfix’s OOB representation of the Vb differs from EN951, variously: no wing strengthening strakes (which I’ve removed before rescribing the panel lines), little antenna missing from top of rudder (removed), no headrest (removed):
  7. What a paint job, that looks great. I never knew the Italians flew in Russia.
  8. The cockpit is nearly done but is on hold pending the arrival of the above-mentioned Tamiya kit and its spare seatbelts, so I've been tinkering with some other bits. I couldn't put off looking at the sticky(?) issue of the landing gear any longer. Sure enough with a gluing surface of approximately 1 square millimetre it's a weak point if it's going to support the weight of a 1/48 scale Spitfire. I've read about drilling and pinning the legs but my hand-drill seems to have gone astray during a house move, I have a little Archimedes drill but I'm confident I'd make a hash of it. So I've glued the two sections of each leg together with CA and then flooded with Tamiya green top which I will allow to cure completely so they effectively fuse into one piece (well, two pieces) of styrene, then I'll paint and install before putting the wings together and mask them in cotton wool before painting the underwing. I reckon they'll hold, just. I'm more annoyed on behalf of the casual, non-hobbyist buyer who just fancies a go at a Spitfire, shells out their however many quid for a kit and just follows the instructions. If they think they're going to be able to stick the oleos on last off with a smear of your standard cement and having them hold they haven't a prayer. A bit poor from Airfix, if you ask me.
  9. Couldn't even begin to say, I worked on export sales for getting on 30 years and for a lot of that time was barely off a plane!
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