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  1. "Qu'il avoit cainte Escalibor, la meillor espee qui fust, qu'ele trenche fer come fust." [For at his belt hung Excalibur, the finest sword that there was, which sliced through iron as through wood.] -- Chrétien de Troyes, Perceval, le Conte du Graal (c.12th century) On 3 September 1944, eight Spitfire XIIs of 41 Squadron laden with 90-gallon "slipper" tanks took off from Lympne on Ranger A10, a deep penetration sweep in the Liege area, lead by Flight Lieutenant Terry Spencer at the head of Black Section. Over Louvain, with 7/10ths cloud all the way down to 4,500 feet, Spencer ordered White Section to remain up as top cover and took the four Spitfires of his own section down to look for trade. Almost immediately, Flight Lieutenant Bill Stowe spotted a trio of Fw190A-8s from Stab II./JG26, lead by Hauptmann Emil "Bully" Lang, a so-called "experte" with 173 victory claims, though all but 28 of these were from the Eastern Front; Lang was accompanied by the 52-claim ace Leutnant Alfred Goss, and Unteroffizier Hans-Joachim Borreck. The three aircraft were following the rest of JG26 in its ignominious flight east from Brussels-Melsbroek to Dusseldorf, ahead of the annihilating wave of the Allied ground advance, then in full swing. Lang's aircraft had mechanical difficulties, which had delayed his takeoff. Possibly, had he more than four months experience of the Western Front and what the RAF and USAAF were capable of, Lang would have been more circumspect about risking a daytime ferry flight in an aircraft with mechanical difficulties. The Spitfires swooped in to attack. Flight Lieutenant Spencer got behind Lang immediately and opened fire, but Leutnant Goss, flying #2 to Lang, began shooting at Spencer's Spitfire, hitting the starboard wing and elevator before Spencer brought the Spitfire's superior turning ability into play, pulling into a sharp turn to port that the Fw190 was unable to follow. Lang, too, had broken to port, and Spencer found himself again behind the German ace. With 1 and 1/2 rings deflection, Spencer opened fire again, and Lang's undercarriage, which had previously taken ten minutes to retract after he'd gotten airborne, dropped, slowing the Fw190 dramatically. Spencer gave Lang another long burst (he was found to have expended 220 rounds of 20mm and 840 rounds of .303, out of a total of 240 and 1200, respectively), and the butcher bird burst into flames and smashed itself to pieces upon the ground. It was Spencer's first victory over a manned aircraft. While all of this was happening, Warrant Officer Peter Chattin had engaged and damaged the Fw190 of Unteroffizier Borreck (who subsequently force-landed after his windscreen became obscured by oil), but was in turn shot down by Leutnant Goss; Chattin tried to belly-land his Spitfire, but died of a serious head injury, presumably from hitting his face on his gunsight during the landing, although it's not impossible that he was in fact murdered by the German soldiers who recovered his body, as subsequent information may suggest. He had two children, a son aged four years and a daughter only nine months old. Goss didn't have long to enjoy his victory, as the Flight Lieutenant Bill Stowe and his wingman, Warrant Officer Coleman turned in like medieval knights at a joust and attacked Goss's Fw190 head on in succession; Goss appears to have been attempting an Immelman turn, first dropping his nose to gain speed and then pulling up vertically, but he miscalculated badly, and went up directly in front of Coleman at a range of thirty yards. Coleman, who would ultimately end the war with five victories plus two shared, made the most of his opportunity, and gave the Fw190 everything he had at point blank range. Goss bailed out of his stricken aircraft, but was then shot and severely wounded in his parachute by German soldiers on the ground; he never flew again and died of TB in 1947. These two aerial victories were the only ones scored by 41 Squadron in all of 1944, and the last two aircraft shot down by Spitfire XIIs ever; at the time, Spencer and Coleman were the only two pilots in the squadron to have shot down enemy aircraft while with 41 (though Spencer had shot down a number of V-1s while on anti-Diver patrols, inlcuding one knocked down with his wingtip on 9 August 1944). They had permanently removed two German aces with combined claims of 225 Allied aircraft from the war, saving countless Allied lives. Subsequently, Terry Spencer had a fascinating career as a photojournalist (including following the then largely-unknown Beatles about in 1962) and married the film actress Leslie Brook, a union which lasted 62 years; they died within twenty-four hours of each other in 2009. He never shot down another aircraft after Lang. 41 Squadron is profoundly unusual among WWII-era RAF squadrons in that it's the beneficiary of a sweeping and comprehensively-researched two-volume squadron history by Steve Brew, both volumes of which I have, and either one of which, thrown with sufficient force, could stun or possibly even kill an adult water buffalo. This is rather helpful when researching stuff like this, though unfortunately there are few good photographs of the aircraft. I have decided to build Spencer's Spitfire XII on Ranger A10, EB-B/MB882; here she is in all her glory. 16807657_1429648753726599_7063633498269721299_n by Edward IX, on Flickr In September of 1944 when operating over the continent, she would surely have worn invasion stripes, and of course, if you wondered about something, Britmodeller has a thread about it. It would appear they were underside only, which is fine by me. I'll be using the Xtrakit Spitfire XII, which is of course a Sword kit, the prototype of all subsequent Sword Spitfire kits, and mighty rough it is, too. It's been a long time since I built an Xtrakit XII, but let's hop in the wayback machine and see what it looked like way back in 2011: 333717_272714309420055_1162695243_o by Edward IX, on Flickr Oh dear. My first task was to take my trusty micro-chisel and scrape out the many ejector pins that would prevent closure of the wings and fuselage: 20180918_221957 by Edward IX, on Flickr Then some test-fitting, something I expect to do a shedload of with this build. In fact, if you don't like test-fitting, let me save you some time: you won't like building Sword Spitfires. 20180918_222336 by Edward IX, on Flickr This actually looks a bit better than it is. 20180918_222352 by Edward IX, on Flickr Great. Even though it only causes pain and misery, I opted to box in the wheel wells with the kit parts: 20180918_232046 by Edward IX, on Flickr They are far too tall, as they are on all Sword kits, and will need murderous sanding down that will probably ultimately defeat the point of including them. I also drilled out the locating holes for the landing gear -- Sword/Xtrakit had left one totally filled in and the other too small to admit the landing gear (the last time around, I discovered this only when it was time to add the gear, a memory of defeat and frustration that has stuck with me these seven years.
  2. Before I start, I apologise for spamming so much this category, I'll try to reduce my posting here from now on. I've bought from abroad my first Eduard kit, a Bf 109G-14 in 48, but I noticed that it and many other Eduard 1:48 aircraft models don't have fuselage locating pins, should I expect to have issues when trying to align both fuselage halves, or does the cockpit serve as an alignment tool? Does Eduard have fuselage warping issues on their kits? Kind regards, Francisco.
  3. "What General Wegand called the Battle of France is over,I expect the Battle of Britain to begin.Upon this battle depend's the survival of Christian civilisation.Upon it depend's our own British life and the long continuity of our Empire and institution's" Winston Churchill 18th June 1940. Right that's the historical bit,I love Aircraft and since the eight year old me was taken to see The Battle of Britain have been enthralled by event's during the summer of 1940.I bought Johnny Kent's account of his career in the RAF last week and now plan to read Geoffrey Wellum's account when I borrow it off my eldest.I have a terrible track record in this section with the last four or five project's either dead in the water or still half finished! I'm aiming for a end of year finish so no rushing Tamiya's two old but still very good kit's,Box scheme for the Luftwaffe tribute not sure on the Spitfire yet be a week or so before I get a start.
  4. Of the four 1/48 Spits that I have on the bench at the moment, I would like to ask our favourite hive mind for some advice/confirmation on the colour scheme/equipment fit for Spitfire Mk.VB BL676 which was to become the first hooked Spitfire used for Carrier Landing trials before being converted to full Seafire specifications. I will be using the Dutch Decals Presentation Spitfires stickers and the On Target Model Alliance Seafires profile book for guidance. The On Target profile seems to be reasonably accurate as far as camouflage demarcations are concerned compared to the numerous photos of the airframe available from Google searching the serial number. I don't want to link copywrited photos here (and don't want a slapped wrist if I infringe other photographers' property) so have just included links to a number of easily found photos. If I can link them and I'm being too cautious can someone tell me what I should be doing/what info to include so as to keep in Mike's good books! Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Now a noticible difference that jumps out at me from the photos over the decal instructions/profiles is that both the windscreen and canopy framing appear to be in the complimentary camouflage colour rather than just the windscreen (very conspicuous in Photo 3). I'm assuming that the actual colours called out in the On Target profile, Mixed or Ocean Grey and Dark Green are correct as all photos I have seen (especially the earlier ones) have a high contrast between the two colours. Does the hive agree that the windshield/canopy framing should both be grey rather than the surrounding green? I am happy that the profile has correctly depicted the fuselage ID band (photo 7 shows it the clearest), as it has been overpainted in MSG on the underside (the decal instructions show it all round the fuselage). I am builing with a hook rather than the dummy one so have already overpainted the underside. The photos appear to show an aerial between between the antenna and the rudder post and I think I can make out IFF "cheesecutters" (is that the right term?) from the stabilator tips to the centre of the fuselage roundel. Also on photos 5, 6 and 7 there is clearly a FAA syle IFF aerial under the starboard outer wing. Photos 5 & 6 appear to be earlier photos as the hook has not yet been fitted (unless it could be easily be whipped off if not needed but I can't see that as credible). Would the IFF cheesecutters and FAA aerial be fitted at the same time? Lastly there are 4 patches on the airframe, an oval one on each side of the firewall and rectangular ones behind the cockpit but in front of the roundel. My best guess is that these are hoist points? In photos they appear quite light in colour. I can't see natural metal being left uncovered especially for a naval aircraft so what's the best guess for the colouring (and real purpose if they're not for hoisting) of these plates/patches. Thank you for your help and wisdom (which my time here shows me that the contributors to this site have in spade-loads). I promise an RFI as a thank you for all your anticipated input and can only apologise for the lack of WIP's of late as life outside the mancave has that annoying habit of getting right in the way. If I'm miles off the mark with any of my assumptions please let me know so I can take my beatings like a man now rather than in the RFI sections!!!
  5. Hi guys, Slowly, floatplanes are starting to swim around in my head and also creeping into the stash. I have the 1/72 Spitfire Vb Floatplane by Brengun but have found this image: 3-Float Spit So far, I have found two spits fitted with these and was wondering how widespread were these? Also, does anybody know what Mk this is, if their is a conversion set or are we looking at kit robbing? Stuart
  6. After a long time, here I come to finish a model. Iatleri Spitfire Mk.IX C Egyptian Aviation. The model is well-known to everyone, so here's the picture. Enjoy.
  7. As I continue with my Spitfire A-Go-Go, I turn away from the foreign-based, post-war craft (all that garlic and spices!)to something more OOB and closer to home for the Spitfire. The Revell 1/72nd scale Spitfire looks good. I think it is a new tool and we have Eduard and other companies to thank for making Revell and Airfix stand up and make better kits with much better detail and accuracy. This is a good example. The kit comes with only one option, which is oddly comforting. So I will be building the Mk.IIa from the Air Fighting Development Unit, RAF, Duxford (the plans say 'Doxford'), England, April 1942. The detail looks good all around with very little flash. I have already primed the sprues. wee bit of flash on the pedals... A bit of flash around the rudder trim and I will take care removing it! Large rivets. Is this accurate on the Mk.IIa? Wing tips are supplied...I think they use this kit for their Mk.V series as well. The kit is supplied with blunt tips to attach if one wishes to build that kit. The decals look ok except for the fuselage roundels which are terribly out of register. I will have to find a replacement. They dropped the ball here, I think. I'll start in on her this evening... --John
  8. Hi everyone Once my 1/72 Airfix DC3 Dakota Mk IV is finished I'll be making a start on a 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk IXc. I've built the Mk XIV flavoured version of the phenomenal Tamiya Spitfire and after seeing Navy Bird's build here on this very site I've decided to bump it up on my to build list. My Spitfire Mk XIV finished as WX*V, TD240, 302 Polish Sqn, Germany 1945. For this build I will be using the resin goodies from available from Barracudacast.. I'll also utilise some bits and bobs from the Eduard Spitfire Mk IX early interior.. the Sutton QS Harness will be made up from the items available from RB productions.. The IP will be made up from elements of the products available from Airscale.. I'll add the missing rocker cover logos from some etch items from Iconicair.. For references I have the Wings and Wheels Publications Spitfire LF.Mk IX in detail.. and I also have access to the rather splendid resource Spitfire Mk IX & XVI engineered by Paul H Monforton available from Monforton press I intend to finish her as EN286, flown by Lt Eric Robinson, 1 Sqn RAAF, Luqa, Malta, June 1943 and for this I'll use the super mask set K32271 produced by Montex. Well I think that's everything! Cheers everyone Iain
  9. Spitfire Mk.IX wheel sets for Tamiya Eduard 1:32 The Tamiya 1:32 Spitfire Mk.IX is a beautiful kit throughout, but there are always ways of improving even a Tamiya uber kit, or at least that’s how Eduard think. These two sets provide the modeller the option for fitting different styles of tyres to their model. Both sets include a full set of wheel, including the tail wheel, which is a one for one replacement. The main wheels are split into three parts, the wheel and tyre, plus the inner and outer hubs, the inners having well produced brake detail. They also both feature the five spoke pattern wheels, the differences are the tyres themselves. Set 632 127 features smooth tyres, while set 632-128 features a treaded pattern tyre. All the parts are very nicely moulded, with correctly spelt sidewall deatil and are easily removed from the moulding blocks due to the thin webs holding them to said block. A quick clean up after removal and you’re ready to glue the hubs in place, paint and glue to the kit undercarriage legs and your work is done. For ease of painting the sets also come with a sheet of masks to help give that clean paint job. Smooth Tyres 632-127 Pattern Tyres 632-128 Conclusion As with any modelling it is best to check your references and build your Spitfire accordingly. With these sets you now have the option of building your model with the correct tyres if the ones in the kit aren’t suitable. The masks are a very handy addition to the sets, just to make life that little bit easier. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Afternoon from a sunny New Zealand A rather well known Spitfire Mk.Ia of Alan Deere called Kiwi II. Possibly the most famous NZ fighter pilot of WWII. He was with 54 Sqn at Hornchurch, July 1940 when flying this particular aircraft. I want to build Colin Greys Mk.Ia KL-T in future too as the two inseparable while at 54 Sqn. Markings come from DK Decals 1/72 Spitfire Mk.I/II Aces and were flawless in colour, density & adherence. Paints used were Mr Color lacquers. Very pleased with the overall result and weathering. Even after having to strip it back to bare plastic after a primer coat that failed to adhere. Overall a solid kit with loads of potential for weathering, this being my 7th build of this kit. There will be more as there are still 25 odd to choose from still on the DK sheet.
  11. Hello folks, 2018 - Celebrating 100years RAF and looking forward to our local show where we will have a dedicated table about that topic. So this is my first contribution to it: short wip sum-up Kit: Airfix Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Exhausts from Quickboost & Masks from Eduard Colors: Ocean Gray (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Medium Sea Gray (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Dark Green (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Sky (for Spinner) (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Engine Cover Red (for the fuselage band) MRP Colors Weathering: Oil Colors
  12. So, here she is. My first model in about, oh, lets say twenty years at a guess. An Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mk1a in 1/72 scale: Handpainted using a mixture of Tamiya and Humbrol acrylics, and added some detail using Eduard photoetch in the cockpit. Also used the Tamiya Weathering Master sets for a bit of detail on the gunports, exhausts and grub on the tyres. On the whole fairly happy with a first attempt in a long time; the paint went on a bit thick so thinner is a 'to-do' for next time; also need to investigate dry-brushing and washes to try and bring the kit to life a bit more...but on the whole fairly happy. Pictures taken on an iPhone so apologies for the variable quality! All tips and advice gladly recieved!
  13. I like to have models in various states of the build process so I can choose what to work on. Here is another Spitfire start. Although the fit is acceptable, Hasegawa does not fit as well as the Tamiya. Also, I had to repair a tiny chunk missing out of the trailing edge from the center part of the canopy. I have zero intentions of building it with the box cover markings.
  14. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Eduard Spitfire IXe, built from the 'Royal Class' box that contains masks, photo-etch parts and resin wheels. I chose decal option 'K' for the aircraft of Jean-Marie Accart, CO of 345. Squadron, based at Deanland/East Sussex in September 1944. The model was painted with Gunze acrylics and weathered with artist's oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna!
  15. My poor poor winterized Harrier hit a big snag recently, so much in fact that Ii put it back in the box for a while. To cheer me up a little, I decided to have a deeper look into my Christmas gift: 31 different decal options, but only 2 complete set of kits. I really hope that Eduard will offer more Overtrees soon! First, I thought that I should do one of the Grey Nurses, since I do have a thing for Sharkmouths... And I definitely want to do a brown/green one, and a desert one with the blue/light blue roundels and one green one with bomb racks... So, instead of botching Bobby Gibbes rather spiffy looking machines I decided to start with this to learn how to build an Eduard Spitfire. Pictures to follow! //Christer
  16. Goday! During painting Wing Comander Johnnie Johnson's Spitfire MK392 with D-day markings I became a little confused by where the yellow leading edge id-stripes started. I've seen pictures (not of MK392) where the yellow stripes where overpainted by the outboard D-day bands. But in this case the painting instructions tells that the outboard white D-day bands didn't cover the yellow stripes. http://s164.photobucket.com/user/ChairmanRed/media/Instructions/Spitfire IXc A02065/SpitfireIXcA02065_0009.jpg.html What is correct? Was there a painting regulation concerning where the yellow stripes started inboard and out on a, b and c wings on Spitfire's? Cheers / André
  17. The new Airfix kit is pretty good. I used the Blackbird Models Turkish Spitfires decal sheet, just because I wanted something a bit different.
  18. This will be the other half of my 'Double Group Build' and as part of my non-smoking cessation plan. I seem to have a lot of time on my hands without my little white death sticks. I noticed that there are a few different Spitfires here but nothing from Greece. Seeing as I live here in Greece, I figured, why not? So as I work on this, I will also work on the Hawker Hunter in the NATO/WarPact 1960 GB. I hope this is allowed. --John
  19. As my Tomahawks, Spitfire IX and Blenheim are progressing, I've decided to start another kit and, as I have a fair few Eduard Spitfires in the stash... I'll be using this boxing: I quite like this option: but I have this sheet: which has some in the High Altitude Scheme. As the Eduard Spitfire has a LOT of parts, painting choices are some way away. Anyway, I've made a start by painting the interior with a mixture of Colourcoats Interior Grey Green and Tamiya Aluminium. I've given them a dry-brush with a light grey, once it's dry I'll give them a black wash. Also did the seat, using Colourcoats RN Anti-fouling Red for the seat (which I'll give a dark red-brown wash) before using these seatbelts, (a gift from the ever generous @CedB) Thanks for looking.
  20. Airfix has always made good Spitfires, and their most recent 1/72 Mk.I/Mk.IIa release is no exception. This build will be mostly out of the box; here’s the cockpit as provided in the kit – excellent! The only alterations I made were to replace the kit’s rectangular gunsight with a simple Barr and Stroud GM2 made from plastic discs and to add masking tape seatbelts. Go Airfix!
  21. Having got back again into my modelling building groove, I thought I would try something a little more challenging. I picked the Pegasus 1/72 Spitfire Prototype up from a recent model expo for A$2. It looked a bit rough to start with! Lots of flash, and the decals were unusable (out of register and also seriously cracked). It wasn't too bad in the end, and I think the final result was worth it. Finished with brush painted Italeri Acrylics (the main colour being RLM 76) and replacement decals from Xtradecal sheet X72075. Build thread can be found here. Thanks for looking. Looks good on the shelf with my other 1/72 Spitfires
  22. Spitfire IX The Longest Day (2125) 1:72 Eduard Dual Combo Limited Edition When the prototype Spitfire took to the air for the first time on 5 March 1936, few involved could have foreseen where the development of the type would lead. By the end of the Second World War, the type had earned itself a place in the history books as well as the nation's psyche. One of the ultimate Merlin powered variants was the Mk.IX. The Mk.IX was a response to the appearance of the Focke Wulf Fw190, which proved itself more than a match for the Spitfire Mk.V. Powered by the two-stage supercharged Merlin 61, the performance of the Mk.IX was a quantum leap over its forebears, enabling the Spitfire to meet its German foe on equal terms. By the end of the War, over 5,600 Mk.IXs rolled off the production line at Castle Bromwich. This kit contains two full kits from Eduard's excellent 1/72 Spitfire range. There is the Spitfire IXc which we reviewed here, and the Spitfire IXe which we reviewed here. This boxing contains all the plastic and PE from these boxings with the addition of new decals featuring 6 aircraft which all flew in the Normandy campaign with invasion stripes on them. Also in this boxing (not pictured) is a pair of resin beer barrels for MK329 which famously carried beer into France. Decals As well as featuring two kits in the box this kit contains decals for 6 aircraft (4 x Mk.IXc & 2 x Mk.IXe), these are printed by Cartograf so they should pose no problems at all. There are also two sets of Eduard's own stencils. The Options are; Spitfire Mk.IXc, ML214, No. 126 Squadron RAF, Harrowbeer Air Base, June 6th, 1944 Spitfire Mk.IXc, MK924, flown by F/Sgt Michal Murayda, No. 302 Squadron, Chailey, June 1944 Spitfire Mk.IXc, MK892, flown by F/Lt. C. H. Lazenby, No. 222 Squadron RAF, Normandy, June 10th, 1944 Spitfire Mk.IXc, MH819, No. 310 Squadron, Appledram Air Base, mid June 1944 Spitfire LF Mk.IXe, PL124, No. 312 Squadron RAF, June 1944 Spitfire Mk.IXe, MK329, flown by W/Cdr J. E. Johnson, CO of No. 144 Wing, June 1944 Review sample courtesy of
  23. Can someone tell me what the basic colors of this aircraft would be? or where I can find more info. on this particular aircraft?
  24. Had some time to myself, and started another. So far it has been falling together very nicely.
  25. So, having taken the time to dive in to the stash again, i came across a kit i forgot i had.... Its actually two kits - released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Spitfire. I got this ages ago on a whim, and really for the F-22. The "bonus" kit represents the first Spitfire model kitted out by Airfix. This tooling is not from that kits original moulds but the 1979 Mk 1A which is still a decent representation of a 1/72 Spitfire. So i thought it would be fun to just build it out of the bag as i did in days of yore. I am using minimal tools and tube glue as i would have as a nipper! I am unsure if the original kit from 1953 was issued in lurid blue plastic but this one is! Remember the old paper header and bags? Parts one and two completed.. And thats what i have done in less than half an hour. Once the glue has set sufficiently i will carry on. I recon i may have it all together by later this afternoon. There will be no painting (theres no paint call outs etc in the instructions) and i never used to paint my models when i was a kid. So this is purely for the joy of sticking plastic together. Thanks for looking, more soon.. Cheers Greg.
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