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  1. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop EP341, 126 Squadron, Lt Ripley Jones, Malta 17th October 1942. Subject; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop, x2 Hispano Suiza 20mm cannons and x4. 303 Browning machine guns and overpainted squadron codes. This was a an aircraft flown by Lt. Ripley Jones, which fatally collided with a II.KG77 Ju-88 A-4 on 17th October 1942. Manufacturer; Italeri Scale; 1/72 Kit number; 001 Aftermarket; Kitsworld serial codes. Paint; Upper, AK Real Colour RAF Extra Dark Sea Grey and XF8 Flat Blue mix over RAF Dark Earth and RAF Middle Stone. Lower, AM Sky Blue mix using XF23, XF2 and XF19. Interior Hataka C025 RAF Grey Green. Various Tamiya X and XF and Posca pens for detailing. Primer; Mr Finishing Surfacer 1500 Grey. Varnish; AK Gauzy Shine Agent and Tamiya X35 Semi-Gloss. Weathering; Flory Dark Dirt and Grime wash, Abteilung oils and Tamiya weathering palettes. Ammo North Africa pigment. Extras; Prym Knitting Elastic for the antenna wires.
  2. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc, BR498 PP-H, Wing Co. Peter Prosser-Hanks, Luqa Wing, Luqa, Malta, October 1942 Subject; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc, non-tropicalised, x2 Hispano Suiza 20mm cannons and x4 Browning .303's. Manufacturer; Airfix Scale; 1/72 Kit number; A02108A Aftermarket; Barracuda resin spinner, Kitsworld decals. Paints; Exterior upper, AK Real Colour RAF Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey. Lower, RAF Azure Blue. Mr Finishing Surfacer White and X7 on spinner. Interior RAF Interior Grey Green and Xtreme Metal Matt Aluminium. Various Tamiya X, XF and LP. Posca pens for detailing. Primer; Mr Surfacer 1200 Varnish; AK Gauzy Shine Agent and Tamiya X35 Semi-Gloss. Weathering; Flory Dark Dirt and Grime wash, Abteilung oils, Ammo North Africa pigment and Tamiya weathering palettes. Extras; Prym Knitting Elastic for the antenna wire.
  3. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb, EP829 T-N, 249 Squadron, Qrendi, Malta, April to May 1943. Sqn Ldr John J Lynch. Malta's 1000th victory Subject; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb, non-tropicalised, clipped wings, x2 Hispano Suiza 20mm cannons and x4 Browning .303's Manufacturer; Tamiya Scale; 1/48 Kit number; 61033 Aftermarket; Eduard Zoom P.E set. Eduard decals. Paints; Exterior upper, AK Real Colour RAF Middle Stone and Dark Earth overpainted with custom mix of RAF Extra Dark Sea Grey and XF8 Flat Blue. Lower, mix of XF23 Light Blue, XF19 Sky Grey and XF2 Flat White for the AM Sky. Interior; AK Real Colour RAF Interior Grey Green and Xtreme Metal Matt Aluminium. X7 for the wing tips. Various Tamiya X, XF and LP and Posca pens for detailing. Primer; Mr Surfacer 1200 Varnish; AK Gauzy Shine Agent and Tamiya X35 Semi-Gloss. Weathering; Flory Dark Dirt and Grime wash, Abteilung oils, Ammo North Africa pigment and Tamiya weathering palettes. Extras; Prym Knitting Elastic for the antenna wires.
  4. Hello gang, first of all, best wishes for the new year and lotsa completed builds in 2024. Here is my take on a Malta Spitfire, I'm not pretending I have all the answers about that subject, just my interpretation. This is the the Tamiya 1/48 kit, painted with AK real colors and Gunze acryls. Plane is from the RAF 229 Squadron , in Ta-Kali, Malta, 1942. I worked from well known, B&W picture and tried to render what I saw on picture. Base camo scheme is DarkEarth/Middstone over Azure blue (from the AK real color range) while Middstone was over painted with extradark sea grey (Gunze range). I hope you'll like her, feel free to comment Best, Stef (#6)
  5. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop, EP706 'T-L', Plt Off. George 'Scewball' Beurling, 249 Squadron, Ta Qali, Malta, October 1942. This is my latest build in my Malta themed series, George Beurling's 249 Squadron Spitfire Vb. Subject; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop, x2 .20mm Hispano Suiza cannons and x4 .303 Browning's. Manufacturer; Eduard Profipack Scale; 1/48 Kit number; 82156 Aftermarket; Aero Master decals, the Vokes filter was kindly supplied by a friend as not included in this boxing. Paint; Exterior, upper, AK Real Colour RAF Middle Stone and Dark Earth overpainted with custom mix of RAF Extra Dark Sea Grey and XF8 Flat Blue. Lower, mix of XF23 Light Blue, XF19 Sky Grey and XF2 Flat White. Interior AK Real Colour RAF Interior Grey Green and Xtreme Metal Aluminium. LP5 Semi-Gloss Black and LP65 Rubber Black. Xtreme Metal Burnt Metal and Gunmetal. Various Tamiya X and XF and Posca pens for detailing. Primer; Mr Surfacer 1200 Varnish; AK Gauzy Shine Agent and Tamiya X35. Weathering; Flory Dark Dirt and Grime wash, Abteilung oils, Ammo North Africa pigment and Tamiya weathering palettes. Extras; Prym Knitting Elastic for the antenna wires.
  6. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc BR294 GL-E, 185 Squadron, Hal Far, Malta, mid 1942 Subject; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc (t), Merlin M46, twin Hispano Suiza 20mm cannons and four .303 Browning's. Built 17th April 1942, and transferred to 8 Maintenance Unit. Arrival in Malta 30th April 1942 (second Op Bowery delivery launched from USS Wasp and likely to have standard camo overpainted in transit), and crashed on landing at Hal Far on 3rd July 1942. De Havilland prop, fishtail exhaust stacks. The kit Manufacturer; Airfix Scale; 1/72 Aftermarket; Xtradecal Defenders of Malta set otherwise out of the box. Kit number; A02108. Extras; Prym Knitting Elastic for the antenna wires. Planned paints; Exterior; Standard supplied Dark Earth and Middle Stone 'A' type camo with Air Ministry Sky underside overpainted upper including spinner with Dark Blue Grey mix. Lower, (Air Ministry Sky) XF23 Light Blue, XF19 Sky Grey and XF2 Flat White mix. Upper, AK Real Colour RC292 RAF Middle Stone and RC287 RAF Dark Earth with RC295 RAF Extra Dark Sea Grey and XF8 Flat Blue mix oversprayed. AK Xtreme Metal Burnt Metal on exhaust stacks, Mr Metal Dark Iron and Aluminium for external detailing. Interior; AK Real Colour RC293 RAF Interior Grey Green, AK Xtreme Metal Aluminium and various Tamiya XF and Posca pens for detailing.
  7. Beurling was recognized as "Canada's most famous hero of the Second World War", as "The Falcon of Malta" and the "Knight of Malta", having been credited with shooting down 27 Axis aircraft in just 14 days over the besieged Mediterranean island. In this aircraft he destroyed 5 enemy aircraft and damaged 2 more, in just 2 days. On 27.7.42, flying BR301 over Malta, destroyed 2 Mc202's, a Bf 109, with a Bf 109 damaged, and 3 miles South of Grand Harbour, a Bf 109 destroyed, and a Bf 109 damaged, and on 29.7.42 flying BR301,8 miles SW of Malta destroyed a Bf 109 . BR301 was originally finished in the standard 'Tropical land scheme' of sand, dark earth and azure blue, but was oversprayed with a thinned blue-grey (most likely USN upper surface blue-grey) while on the USS Wasp for the 'Calendar' delivery. This is the second of my triple Malta builds, a Special Hobbies Spitfire Vc 'Malta Defender'. It also required the fuselage lengthened, the tail assembly repositioned, and the wings moved forward. Build logs here: Part 1 Part 2 Painted with Tamiya acrylics in the TLS, decals applied, then oversprayed with the blue-grey, weathered with oils and pastels. Decals from the IPMS Canada Canadian Aces sheet. Hope you like, Colin
  8. I've finished the third of my triple Malta builds. "Buck" McNair's Spitfire Vb. The Airfix kit is a great build, requiring only the removal of the reinforcing strips over the wheel wells, Ultracast exhaust, entry door and seat. AB264 was a Vickers built Mk Vb, originally finished in the Tropical land scheme (with Sky lowers), and delivered on operation 'Spotter'. After arrival, the Sand color only was oversprayed with a locally mixed Grey and the serials reapplied in White. My kit was finished in the same way, desert scheme oversprayed with Grey using Tamiya acrylics, and weathered with pastels and oils. Build logs here: part 1 part 2 Hope you like, thanks for looking, Colin
  9. Spitfire Mk Vc, BP966, was originally manufactured in the desert scheme, then routed to Renfrew, Scotland for shipment to Malta. While there, it was refinished in the temperate sea scheme (as per a misunderstood Malta request), and shipped to Malta on operation Calendar, to serve with 249 Squadron. (As per the latest Paul Lucas research). The 1/48 kit is the Classic Airframes Spit Vc, "Yankee Spitfires", which is the same plastic as the Special Hobbies Spit Vc. The kit is quite nice, with a good cockpit, photo etch, but with a few small problems ... the wrong prop and spinner, the fuselage is too short, the wings are in the wrong place, and the tail is canted up at a strange angle - so - a challenge! The fuselage was cut forward of the windscreen and extended .060" (moving the wings forward at the same time), and the rear fuselage cut and repositioned. A spare DeHavilland prop was sourced, and the spinner chucked onto a bur in a drill and machined down to the proper DeHavilland short spinner. Extra details added to the cockpit, a vac canopy, and Ultracast exhaust and entry door readied it for the paint shop. It is finished in Tamiya acrylics, and weathered in oils and pastels. It is one of 3 (a triple Malta build) and the first ready to be shown, hope you like. Colin (build log here) part 1 part 2 Hope you like, thanks for looking, Colin
  10. I'm working on three 1/48 Spit V's flown in Malta, two Vc's and a Vb. The painting has started on the three scheme's, all based on the "A" pattern, but all different. Beurling's Vc, BR301, UF*S is in the traditional "A" scheme with an Azure belly, and will now be oversprayed with heavily thinned USN blue-grey, Buck McNair's Vb AB264, GN*H, is also in an "A" scheme, but with the colors reversed, and a Sky belly. It now needs the Sand oversprayed with a mixed grey, and the Vc BP966, T*H, is in the Renfrew pattern Temperate Sea scheme (based on Paul Lucas's research and articles) (it's a good time to stay in my modelling room, as the temperature outside this morning was -44c with wind chill! I might stay in here till spring!) ... my high tech paint rack! Previous build log ... https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235100466-triple-148-spitfire-v-build-spit-vb-and-vc-updated-dec-21/ Thanks for looking, Colin
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