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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Can someone tell me what the basic colors of this aircraft would be? or where I can find more info. on this particular aircraft?
  7. Had some time to myself, and started another. So far it has been falling together very nicely.
  8. 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.
  9. yeehah1

    Spitfire Question

    07.08.2018 Hi Everyone I am going to model two Spitfires based on the Tigerhead decal sheet 48019. I will make the one with the yellow tail and the one with the white tail. Now, the sheet says one is a Mk.IXc Spitfire and the other is a Mk, IXe Spitfire. Both have the tall pointy tail and both ( based on some quick google-searches) have clipped wings. Are there any other significant differences? Thanks in advance Liam
  10. And here, my little beauty: A Spitfire 1/72 from Eduard, a really detailed kit, just in plastic there is a lot of details. The Spitfire is my favorite warbird, and the model from Eduard truly honor the legendary Spit. The kit is the first one that Eduard released, Nº70121. Spitfire Mk.IXc Late Version. With a beautiful box artwork. I remember when I was a little kid, 4 or 5 years old, my late father gave me my first airplane toy: a metal made Spitfire. That was first sight love. My father teach me about WWII (my grandpa was a prisoner in the Mauthausen concentration camp, in Austria), and about model kits. Every model I make I always think in my father, but this model in special goes for him. So father, wherever you are, you can fly far away in this little Spit... Ricardo
  11. Dear Gentlemen, I am trying to find full serial for bare-metal Spitfire IX used by 1435. Sguadron in spring of 1945. I presume that aeroplane code was 'X-V' and serial begin with MH6?? Why wasn't that aeroplane cammouflage painted? Thank you for reading!
  12. 1/72 Eduard Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX first CAD picture: https://www.facebook.com/161026690575664/photos/a.909009385777387.1073741841.161026690575664/909012812443711/?type=3&theater
  13. Hi everyone It seems like an age since I have done anything vaguely model related. My Lysander build stalled so I started a 1/48 Eduard Mk IXe Spitfire (lovely kit and should prove to be a mojo restorer), that also stalled, I looked at starting the 1/48 Airfix Mustang to be built as a MK IV, that didn't even get off the ground (pun not intended)...ummmmm what to do? I've changed job roles at work so now not only do I get paid more but I work less hours...Happy days! The knock on from that is I have a new vigour for modelling. So I had a tidy up in the work shop and had a think about what I wanted to build, I didn't fancy resuming any of my stalled kits (they have all been packed away nice and safe), and I spied the 1/32 Revell Spitfire Mk IIa on the shelf and on opening the box I found that I had bought all of the Barracudacast bits and bobs to correct some of the kits short falls. The kit itself looks to be ok, the fuselage detail might be a little heavy for some but I quite like it and with a little work I think that it will build up into a pleasing model. As ever I have made a start on the cockpit, to be precise the instrument panel, now this is still very much a work in progress but I think that that once detailed and painted it should look ok. I started by drilling out the instruments and thinning the IP panel, my original intention was to create a new back for the IP with circles of plastic punched out to try and replicate more realistically the instruments as they are set into the IP, it looked ok in principle but the Airscale decals didn't like adhering to it so I gave it up as a lost cause... ..Next up I created another IP back plate but this time I stuck the Airscale decals straight onto the plastic and this seemed to work much better... ..and here it is placed behind the Revell IP (which is a beauty).. ..Well that's that for now. Thanks for looking in and catch you all soon. Iain
  14. Has anyone had any experience with the MDC Spitfire I spinner for the recentish Revell Spitfire IIa 1.32 kit? I read somewhere that one person found it a trifle too small for the spinner hub, and I was hoping that was an isolated incident, but I thought it would be more fun to find out before buying it. Any information you have is most appreciated!
  15. My latest completion, Yes, another Spitfire! The now quite old Tamiya kit is a very easy and satisfying build. Mine is straight out the box and was a really relaxing and satisfying model to complete. This is option 2 from the kit - 92 Squadron RAF November 1940. I like the half black wing id reintroduced in the wake of the BoB along with the tail band marking and the light coloured spinner. I also have the newer Airfix Mk 1 in the stash and am keen to see how the Airfix kit builds compared to the Tamiya example. Of all the Spitfire marks the Mk 1 is my favourite, and i think this kit caputure the look very well. Thanks for looking, Cheers Greg
  16. Hello again, Here is one of my old builds that i dusted down and took outside for some new shots in the garden. I have to apologise in advance for my lack of photography skills, but hey, you can't have everything! I built this kit as a nostalgia build some years ago, when my modelling was getting in to a bit of a rut. It took me about six months to complete and was not a shake and bake experience. Many of the parts were warped and the moulds have clearly seen better days. However i persevered and beat it in to submission. I added seat belts in the cockpit, infilled the wheel wells, and added strenthening plates to the cannon on the leading edge of the wings. The whole thing was brush painted for the greys, and i used a rattle can and masking for the green disrupive camo. Despite its age and lumpy surface details the Spitfire still looks an imposing model when complete, and is one of my favorites from my collection. Thanks for looking, and hope you like Cheers Greg
  17. My first model in a loooooooooong time (18 years). The Eduard Profipack of Spitfire Mk.IXc.
  18. For me, it was an unusual step into the "dark side" of 1/48, but I enjoyed the build. It was our club activity, we started the work on several ICM kits at the same time so we experienced a different problems on the same kit so good planning in building this kit is essential. Main problem was nose section which is better to be glued first, then the wingtips are thinner than the wing, so it is better to thin it before gluing wing halves together. There are some gaps and not logical steps in the instruction sheet so the Revell instructions helped a bit, especially when building it without the engine like me. Decals were Aeromaster set, Gunze colors, seat belts were scratched from paper. This kit had an appearance on our SIG Spitfire Serbia display table in Belgrade's New Years Cup. Hope you like it.
  19. After a 30 or so year gap since my last Spitfire model, I built an Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb for the RAF centenary group build. That started something - I dug these three straight out of the stash and got on with them as a triple build. These were built in the Carriers Ahoy and RAF centenary group builds - build threads and more photos over in the GB forums. All three are Airfix 1/48 kits - the Seafire XVII, Spitfire PR.XIX and the Eduard boxing of the Spitfire F.22. First up, the Seafire, finished using Mr Paint and Gunze acrylics and Freightog decals for a 1831 Sqn RNVR aircraft based at RNAS Stretton in 1946. My favourite of the three - really enjoyed this build. The PR.XIX is finished as a 541 Sqn aircraft from 1944, using Xtradecals. Finally the F.22. Not my favourite Spitfire mark - the big fin spoils the look for me. Finished in the markings of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn RAuxAF, using Alclad high speed silver. To be honest I'd prefer to have built the original Airfix kit rather than the Eduard rebox - didn't really enjoy working with the resin parts and didn't feel like they were worth the effort, although the decals were nice. I'm tempted to buy the Airfix re-release when it shows up in the shops here and use the Syrian decals from the Eduard sheet on it. thanks for looking Z
  20. Kit manufacture: Revell (Hasegawa original) Scale: 1/48 Type: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc Extras used: none Paints and colours used: All Tamiya RAF colours, Gloss coated with Alclad Aqua Gloss, matt finish with Vallejo Polyurethane Matt varnish. Weathering mixture of oils and Flory Dark Dirt This was a reasonably straight forward build, entirely out of box. The kit is lovely to work with, beautiful details and brilliant fit; and you can pick this up for a reasonable price so it's worth looking out for. Having said that, there a loads of well documented accuracy issues with this kit which we don't have to go into here! Decals are also OOB and performed perfectly. All in all, good fun! Thank you all for stopping by, it really is appreciated! Val
  21. The model I packed away ≈ 15 years ago. A quick image history to catch up to the present state of construction. My first use of MR. PAINT The test color came out much lighter. I guess due to the lack of primer. Camera color looks off between photos, I will investigate. My own masks... Not too shabby, although I'm always tense while taking off the masking tape.
  22. Hi folk's,most of us of a certain age will remember Airfix's Spitfire Vb released in the seventies with it's beautiful artwork and that lovely blue plastic, since then that aircraft of Zumbach's has alway's been a favourite of mine due to it being often published with other's in colour which as you know was a rare wartime occurrence,Anyway as part of the RAF 100 GB I wanted to build a tribute to those overseas airmen especially from the occupied countries of Europe many who would never again see their homeland,Tamiya's Vb is not perfect if you are that way inclined but build's like a dream and look's like Mitchell's legend in every sense,Techmod decal's and I chose the earliest incarnation of his aircraft in the day fighter scheme. ,
  23. Hi All, I have started this new thread because I want to more broadly cover the things that Spitfires rest upon while on the ground. My intention is to cover/discuss the main undercarriage and tail wheel units as fitted to various Spitfire aircraft. While on occasion looking more closely at the specifics of Spitfire legs. To introduce the topic I will list the various types of struts as fitted on Spitfire main undercarriage and tail wheel units. Please note that the following list of main undercarriage and tail wheel unit strut types is incomplete (with some obvious omissions) and may even have unintended errors. This is due to the fact that for the moment this remains a work in progress and will be amended when I have time to complete it. The Struts Main Undercarriage Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 90273 (splined ram): Spitfire FI, FIIA, FIIB, FVA, FVB, FVB (T), FVI, PRIV, PRVII, PRXI & PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91244 (splined ram): Spitfire FVA, FVB, FVB (T), FV, FVC (T), FIX, HFIX, LFIX, PRXI & PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91244/L (torque/torsion link): Spitfire FV, FVC (T), FIX, HFIX, LFIX, FXII, PRXI, & PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91545 (splined ram): Spitfire FVII, Spitfire FVIII & LFVIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91776 (forward torque/torsion link): Spitfire F21 Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion links): FVA, FVB, FVB (T), FV, FVC (T), FVII, FVIII, LFVIII, HFVIII, FIX, LFIX, FXII, PRXI PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91986 (forward torque/torsion link): Spitfire FVC, FVC (T), FVII, FVIII, HFVIII, FIX, HFIX, LFIX, FXII, LFXVI, Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 92216: Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 92238: Tail Wheel Unit Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 90356: Spitfire FI, FIIA, FIIB, FVA, FVB (T), FVC, FVC (T) FVI, FIX, LFIX, HFIX, FXII, LFXVI, PRIV, PRVII, PRXIII & PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91328: Spitfire FVII, FVIII, LFVIII, HFVIII, FXII, FXIV & PRXI. A Closer Look Spitfire Mk VIII Main Undercarriage Oleo Struts To start I will show some examples of the various main undercarriage oleo struts as fitted to Spitfire Mk VIII aircraft. There were three types fitted to the Spitfire Mk VIII series, they were Vickers Oleo Pneumatic types as follows; 91545 (splined ram), 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) & 91986 (forward torque/torsion link). In terms of fitment the Type 91545, 91901 and 91986 struts were fitted to FVIII and LFVIII Spitfires. While the Type 91986 struts were fitted to HFVIII Spitfires. In terms of scale modeling Spitfires if you intend to represent a Spitfire that featured either the Type 91545 or 91986 struts you will be catered for through kit or aftermarket options. If you intend to represent a Spitfire that featured the Type 91901 struts you will have to undertake some scratch building for no kit or aftermarket manufacturer provides such struts. The following pictures should give you some idea of what you are looking for in terms of identifying the various main undercarriage oleo struts as fitted to Spitfire VIII aircraft. Type 91545 struts feature no torque/torsion links, Type 91901 struts feature aft torque/torsion links plus full bounce cut outs on the upper and lower link sleeves and Type 91986 struts feature forward torque/torsion links. These variations can sometimes be hard to spot, that said what one must look for is the following points: the Type 91545 struts start to taper above the top of the tyre. The Type 91901 struts don't taper above the tyre and can appear as if there's no taper or a slightly larger portion above the tyre which is related to the angle of the observer, also when viewed from the side the full bounce cut outs can be seen. You will not see the aft torque/torsion links at all because they are hidden completely by the wheel and tyre. The Type 91986 are perhaps the easiest to notice since they feature prominent forward torque/torsion links that are visible above the tyre. This unidentified Eastleigh built JF500 series Spitfire VIII from 92 Squadron (Sqn) Royal Air Force (RAF) that first flew sometime between 19 March and 22 June 1943. As shown here was photographed at Triolo, Italy, during 17 November 1943. This aircraft is fitted with Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91545 (splined ram) struts, note the taper on the strut above the tyre. On the far left is the Eastleigh built Spitfire LFVIII JF934/A58-315, which first flew 26 August 1943 and was subsequently received by the RAAF 25 October 1943. While next to it is JG467/A58-405, which was another Eastleigh built Spitfire LFVIII that first flew 21 October 1943 and was subsequently received by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 9 March 1944. These aircraft are fitted with Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) struts, please note that the strut doesn't taper and that the torque/torsion links cannot be seen while the full bounce cut outs are just discernible. Third in line from the camera is a Chattis Hill built Spitfire LFVIII JG3777/A58-395, which first flew 19 October 1943 and was subsequently received by the RAAF 7 February 1944. While closest to the camera in this instance is the before mentioned JG467/A58-405. Please note that all Spitfires pictured have Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) struts fitted and that the full bounce cut outs are prominent while the larger appearance sleeve for the torque/torsion links is identifiable. This unidentified Eastleigh built JF500 series Spitfire VIII that first flew sometime between 19 March and 22 June 1943. This aircraft as shown here was photographed at Nettuno, Italy, 2 February 1944 with Major (Maj) 0-727434 Virgil C. FIELDS, Jr. the Commanding Officer (CO) of the 307th Fighter Squadron (FS), United States Army Air Force (USAAF) in the cockpit (Fields was killed at Anzio, Italy five days after the above picture was taken). This aircraft is fitted with Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) struts. Here again the full bounce cut out is prominent on the upper sleeve for the torque/torsion links while the links themselves are not visible since they attach to the sleeve from this sight line below the tyre. Closest to the camera is an Eastleigh built Spitfire LFVIII MT726, was first noted at 9 Maintenance Unit 11 July 1944 and subsequently in India from 28 September 1944. This aircraft is fitted with Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91986 (forward torque/torsion link) struts. Here the torque/torsion links appear prominently above the wheel well making this type rather easy to spot. It should also be noted that the wheel well and main undercarriage doors were modified to accommodate the forward torque/torsion links that would otherwise not had enough room for operation. Close Up Type 91901 Struts Shown below are some pictures of mine that reveal the Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) struts in close up. At some point in the future I will provide further information here within this discussion, until then I hope you find this post informative and appreciate what I have shared. Cheers, Daniel.
  24. I found this recently, sadly the Jockney piggy bank won't stretch this far http://epaclassics.com/epa_stock/circa-1940-supermarine-spitfire-cockpit-section-recreation/ So Santa, if you're reading this drop me a PM and I'll give you my address cheers Pat
  25. About 18 months ago I built the 1/32 PCM Mk XIV Spitfire. I was fairly new to airbrushing and ended up painting a very rough surface using alcohol as a thinner (Tamiya Paints). I decaled the model and everything was fine up until the clear coat stage. You guessed it, about half of the decals silvered. My own stupid fault, but the Spitfire sits in hiding, ashamed to show the job I did on it. I have tried all sorts of things to fix it and nothing has worked. I intend to strip the paint and redo it properly, but now I can't find the decals for it. PCM has recently closed their doors, so I don't know how to get a replacement set. Zotz makes a nice set, sheet number 32-033, but I can't find anywhere online that has a set in stock. Does anyone know where I can get replacement decals? Either PCM or the Zotz set. Is there another set that is made for the Mk XIV? Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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