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  1. Once again.....thank you everyone for all your kind words!
  2. Thank you so much everyone for all your nice comments. ...really appreciate it...
  3. Hi everyone A few years ago my brother sadly passed away and whilst clearing out his flat I came across a 1:72 scale Airfix kit of the Spitfire Mk1a that I guess he was going to make. So I thought that I would make it as a tribute to him. I decided to make a special job and to make a cutaway on the port side ,showing all the internal detail and scratch build a Merlin engine and show the fuel cell housing!...I have scratch built many aircraft in my time but haven't scratch built detail at this scale ...so it was rather a challenging project that I thoroughly enjoyed and I only hope that my brother would have liked it! I hope you like the photos..... Thank you very much for taking a look! Cheers Fozzy
  4. Morning all! I have finally made the move to UK and more importantly fixed up a modelling area in my flat!.....more important than getting a bed! It is definitely not as good as my workshop that I had in Bulgaria but it does the trick!......here is now my work table in the corner of the room!..... As you can imagine I have been busy with the move as I haven't lived in UK for the past 15 years so its been a tough transition but modelling has made it easier because as soon as I sorted out my table and modelling gear I was well away! So much so that I have managed to finish this Spitfire project! There was slight damage to the fuselage when I opened the packed box in my suitcase but nothing too drastic! I had to scratch build the sliding part of the canopy as the kit part snapped in two when I tried to cut it away from the front screen!......not quite the bulbous canopy I wanted but 70% happy with the end result! After I placed the under carriage on and stretched the fishing wire for the antenna lines I called it the project finished! Here then is the completed 1:72 scale cutaway model Spitfire Mk1a..... Thanks to all that have followed this little project and I hope that my brother would have liked the end result! I'm not sure what I am going to have a go at building next....but I am limited as I am still waiting for my air compressor and a few more odds and ends to arrive in a van from Bulgaria.....so until then....happy modelling to all! Cheers for looking in! Fozzy
  5. Cheers Bill....and yes really looking to being back home after all these years!...as for the mad dashes in the night!..ha ha!!
  6. Cheers mate!......I'm moving to the sunshine coast!.....Eastbourne, E.Sussex
  7. Good afternoon guys This will be the last post I will do from my workshop here in Bulgaria as I am in the process of moving back to UK...the land of the living and extreme expense!.....I will miss this old office of mine but now all my bits and bobs have been packed up ready for the journey. The continuation and next post on this Spitfire will be done from my little old flat in UK! I have packed most of my stuff up and funnily enough the only checked in baggage for the flight is a suitcase full of modelling equipment!....much more important than clothes and things!....I'm sure you understand!! ....Meanwhile I managed to get this model sprayed before I return as I'm not sure when I'll see my compressor again! So here is the first photo......as you can see I have attached all the necessary bits and bobs before masking and spraying! After masking all the detail the dark green was sprayed on...... .....followed by the dark earth........ I then took the masking off and did a bit of touching up here and there....and on the model! Here is the starboard side that isn't cut away.... Incidentally my compressor just about finished producing the pressure I wanted for the job as the tube running from the compressor to the tank split!.....first problem I have ever had with it after years of running!...that will be one of the first jobs I do when I arrive in blighty......well I suppose I ought to buy a bed and furniture first! Any way....All the best to you all and this project will continue when I am settled in. Cheers for taking a look Fozzy
  8. Hi to everyone! Time for another update on my 1:72 scale Spitfire....... I could have quite easily glued the two fuselage halves together but somehow I knew I couldn't resist having a go at detailing the rear!....I have actually done this before on a 1:24 scale Spit years ago and was very pleased of the out come ,so I just had to see if it was at all possible in such a small scale! If I was to add detail then I had to make it a cutaway model. As I did years ago I cut away some of the port side of the rear of the fuselage leaving the starboard side in tact! Most of the scratch built detail will be on the inside of the starboard fuselage and so it was time to don my big boy strong glasses and get to work...starting with the ribs! With the two halves together...this is what it will look like.... Here is the battery!....... The rest of the detail was then scratch built. All done except for the control cables........ Time to paint the parts. Before painting I added the control cables made from fuse wire.....it was almost a challenge too far!....Aluminum for the interior walls and a few other colours thrown in to bring out the detail! Here's the inside of the port fuselage half showing the oxygen bottles and the teeny TR9D radio....blink and you'll miss it!! Here it all is with the two halves temporarily tacked together....... ......and of course the scale shot! That is as far as I have got so far! I am trying to get it done as far as I can so that I can pack it in a packing case as I am in the process of re locating back to Blighty after years of living in Bulgaria!....I will miss this work shop of mine but as long as I have a work desk plonked somewhere in my flat........model on! Thanks for looking in and see you on the next post! Cheers Fozzy
  9. Hi Troy Thank you for your input. ...the films are very interesting and the photos I have seen before! The crow bar colour is always a bone of contention that is brought up in the model world. I know that the red crow bar is for post war aircraft but I have painted it red because this model is very small at 1:72 and I wanted it to stand out!.....I actually painted it green to start off with ...but it was lost!...so for aesthetic reasons and artistic licence it ended up red! I am intending to make a cutaway of the rear section and rest assured I know that the fuselage rear of the pilot seat is aluminum. Cheers Troy
  10. Hi again every one! Time for another update on the old Spit! It was time to work on the cockpit that I thought would be....and was..... a challenge!...My normal scale I scratch build in is no smaller than 1:48 scale so as I said before this is a real challenge! I used the kits pilots seat and made a harness out of paper and attached the seat to its frame...... I also decided to just use the I.P provided with the kit including a decal for the instruments. It was just too small to scratch build! This next photo shows the scratch built detail on the starboard side wall........ .....and here is the Port side wall. I used tiny pieces of plastic and fuse wire to make all the parts.... Here is a view of the starboard side with the I.P and seat/frame in position.... ....and the port side... These next set of photos were difficult to take due to the size and of course the tightness of the cockpit on a Spitfire..... The cockpit door was built from a small piece of plastic.... .....and in the open position. ....and so far so good! That's it for this post. Now I could just now close it all up and finish it all off...........but I might go crazy and open up the rear of the fuselage as a cutaway and have a go at what I did years ago with a 1:24 scale Spitfire.........don't know yet...I'll sleep on it! Till then guys.....thanks for looking in Fozzy
  11. Thanks guys!. ....it's good to be back at the bench and to be able to post here again!
  12. Hi everyone Finally....finally I am back in my workshop in Bulgaria!.....not for long though, as I am moving back to the UK ...so this means a lot of disruption this end!...especially to modelling! However I have made small progress on this 1:72 scale Mk1a Spitfire.... Moving back from the engine bay and my scratch built Merlin I decided to cut away the fuel cell panel and have a go at scratch building that area. The fuel cell bay hosted an upper and lower fuel tank that I may or may not scratch build. I wanted to leave the tanks out to show the detail of the rear of the IP and the Yaw peddles...sort of foolish of me as its so tiny! Here's the area to be cut out........of course "X" marks the spot! Then I got to work on the various pipes and cables in the fuel tank bay and the rear of the IP. ...as usual I used different sizes of electrical wire and bits of plastic.... xx I then painted the area....... ....and here it is with the two fuselage halves taped together.... and here's the scale shot!....... Well that's as far as I have got so far! Next up I will be tackling the cockpit! Thanks for looking in! Cheers Fozzy
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