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  1. G'day again Chums,work,life and dust in the paint have been in the way.The paint job is now as good as it's going to be and there has been some decalling. I started with the canards.There are some complex shapes on the decal sheet,here are two of them. The decals were bedded on a drop of Klear and folded round the leading edge.They are a nearly fit and I'm starting to wonder if I should have masked and painted instead. The canopy decals were applied and we're now waiting to see if the slight haze underneath disappears with drying. The black panel behind the canopy has been masked and painted. I don't normally indulge in panel line highlighting but this photo shows them to be very visible.I've used the lightest grey to hand but it looks too prominent to me so the upper sides will be much lighter. Thanks all for looking in Chums,more soon.
  2. I have to agree,the cockpit is rather sparse and I haven't yet found a photo.I've not looked for any aftermarket for this kit,tightwad that I am I'm just going to make the best of what's there.I don't know if these piccies will be of any use,I didn't use all of the brassware in my boxful,some of the moulded detail was good enough for my eyesight. I haven't finished the panel yet but the side consoles have been painted and the high points rubbed off to reveal the moulded detail,easier than drybrushing and looks a lot finer. I hope you enjoy your crack at this one,it takes a bit of getting round,and if you're having the canopy closed the control sticks are in the way.
  3. I've linked to the build threads for the XIV and ICM jobs,they might give you a few pointers and foul ups to avoid.I had the Italeri IX in the stash for a little while,there's something awry with the wing chord and outline.Their XVI has the same problem. I look forward to seeing your pink Spit,it's a satisfying uncomplicated conversion for a very striking result.
  4. The ICM kit has a small carb air intake and suitable undernose cowling in the kit.
  5. It might also be worth bearing in mind that the Mk IX started out with the short mass balance elevators of the earlier variants. Photo found in this BM thread.
  6. Looking good so far old fruit. Quick question,where can I acquire Elefantsnot and do they do mail order?For some odd reason I feel a need to get hold of some.
  7. Thank you chums. @Ossington I hadn't looked at that,actually I didn't know it existed never mind being available.While it only shows serial numbers it does show that a number of Ia spitfires were still being flown alongside the cannon armed aircraft.The ones I have derived from that are,in no particular order,K9087,N3238,R6625,N3198,R6627,N3040,N3238,R6687,N3199,L1027,L1042,K9825,N3234,and K9944. @Graham Boak that's a good thought.The above documents list more than 30 airframes for July 1940 which is more than a squadrons complement.The delivery record I quoted above shows that the initial wing change could take as little as a couple of days so keeping the aircraft letter would make sense and avoid wasting time repainting.I didn't make a note of attrition or absence in the AIR27/252/19 documents so I don't know how long any particular airframe was on the strength. I'm going to take a punt on R6776 having the same aircraft letter before the application of the underwing roundels in August 1940 as depicted in the AZ profile. Thanks again chums,much appreciated.
  8. Nope,just terminally short of moolah.Will skin a fart for a tanner .
  9. There's nothing really problematic with them that a bit of modelling ability won't sort out. Pricewise,for a tightwad like wot I am,you can't go wrong.
  10. Hello again Chums,rain stopped play today so I've been able to do a bit. Bertie,thanks old fruit.A sharp drill bit and the touch of a midwife are the order of the day for that job. The missile pylons were fished out of the box. Copper wire pins were cut and fitted for mounting the missile bodies. These have been glued to the fuselage having scraped paint away first.One thing that was of note the two aft outer pylon part numbers were transposed on the map,part numbers 63 and 64 need to be swapped over. The undercarriage doors have been prepped ready for paint. I've work to do tomorrow but if it's raining then it won't happen and I'll be here.More soon Chums,thanks for looking in.
  11. G'day Chums, As a part of my ongoing one of each variant of Spitfire project I have a cannon armed MkI on the go.I'm wanting to represent the initial .303less version as delivered to 19 Squadron in June 1940.My go to serial number source lists the following; R6761 Ia 788 EA MIII FF 18-6-40 24MU 19-6-40 6MU 21-6-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 27-6-40 R6762 Ia 789 EA MIII FF 16-6-40 6MU 17-6-40 cannon wing fitt 7OTU 21-6-40 ? first cannon Spitfire to RAF 19Sq 27-6-40 R6770 Ib 797 EA MIII FF 20-6-40 (CG) 6MU 23-6-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 27-6-40 R6776 Ia 807 EA MIII FF 22-6-40 (CG) 6MU 25-6-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 27-6-40 R6809 Ia 813 EA MIII FF 26-6-40 (CG) 6MU 28-6-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 5-7-40 R6833 Ia 827 EA MIII FF 28-6-40 (CG) 6MU 29-6-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 1-7-40 R6888 Ia 846 EA MIII FF 3-7-40 8MU 5-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 11-7-40 R6889 Ib 847 EA MIII FF 3-7-40 (CMG) 8MU 4-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 11-7-40 R6890 Ia 849 EA MIII FF 4-7-40 8MU 8-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 11-7-40 R6897 Ia 855 EA MIII FF 5-7-40 (CMG) 6MU 7-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 11-7-40 R6904 Ia 863 EA MIII FF 8-7-40 (CMG) 6MU 10-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 13-7-40 R6911 Ia 870 EA MIII FF 10-7-40 (CMG) 6MU 11-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 14-7-40 R6912 Ia 871 EA MIII FF 10-7-40 (CMG) 6MU 11-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 14-7-40 R6917 Ia 876 EA MIII FF 11-7-40 (CMG) 6MU 11-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 14-7-40 R6919 Ia 878 EA MIII FF 11-7-40 (CMG) 6MU cannon wing fitt 19Sq 14-7-40 R6923 Ia 883 EA MIII FF 12-7-40 (CMG) 6MU 16-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 22-7-40 R6924 Ia 893 EA MIII FF 15-7-40 (CMG) 6MU 16-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 19-7-40 R6958 Ia 890 EA MIII FF 15-7-40 (CMG) 6MU 16-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19Sq 30-7-40 Does anyone have any serial number to individual aircraft letter tie-ups for early to mid July 1940? My researching so far has drawn a blank.
  12. G'day Don, I've just had a look at the map on the Superhobby page. It's the same chassis as the T142 H kit,the cut line is on that item The cut falls between 2A and 3A.3A has the attachment flange for the propshaft. The propshaft needs 12mm cut out of it to fit. A later stage in the sequence shows the crossmember ahead of the propshaft mounting one missing,where it is shown in the earlier diagram. Personally I would put it in,the locating gubbins is there and it would save taking all that out.It would help to reinforce the joint and wouldn't look too congested.You could always not make the cut and not have the problem,it wouldn't look wrong. Hope that's of some use .
  13. G'day again Chums,a little bit to show this time. Werner,thanks old fruit.It probably had a lot to do with the weight of the thing and complexity of mounting it. The fin antennae have been de-part lined and added. The locating pegs are handed to each side and allow them to be positioned nearly where they should be,the fit is not tight so they can be rotated slightly. Anyway there has been a wipe down with white spirit to degrease and the first coat of gloss white has been sprayed on. This has all but covered the Milliput and shown up some smoothing off that needs to be attended to.The missile mounting rails are yet to be added to the underside and the wingtip rails will probably benefit from some wire pins but otherwise we're looking somewhere near decent. More soon Chums,thanks for looking in.
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