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  1. Good morning. I am slightly embarrassed having to ask this question as I thought I would be able to answer it through my own resources. However, as is usual with such things, digging in to the detail tends to open-up rabbit holes. I wish to model a Seafire XV in the FAA temperate sea scheme and without any far east markings, i.e. allowing an easy side-by-side comparison with (say) a Spitfire XII in ocean grey and green. I have found the perfect specimen to model (see below) but I cannot answer this simple question: Would the spinner be Sky or white? Every source I have is completely contradictory and I feel it necessary to ask the combined knowledge of Britmodeller. (source: https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/uk/raf/seafire/seafire-xv-5h-o-806/) All assistance gratefully received. Kind regards, Neil
  2. Hi all, I’ve had another silly idea pop into my head! How can I get a Seafire III from Airfix’s 1/24 Spitfire IX? I’ve made my best guess at everything I’d need · Mk V nose/cowl · Modified cannon panels (including removal of the 50cal stub) · Scribed wing fold lines · Removal of the second underwing radiator, to be replaced with an oil cooler · Fuselage strengthening plates and lifting points · A-Frame arrestor hook Aside from that, I believe everything else is in the kit to make a Seafire III, specifically the 4 blade prop, 6 stub exhaust, later elevators and later armoured windscreen. I’m sure I must be missing something – it would also be nice if there was a conversion for the nose at least! Cheers Ben
  3. Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) is to release 1/72nd Supermarine Seafire Mk.Ib kits. These kits are claimed based on the KP Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I/.V kit with a new sprue. Reissue from the Admiral kit? link To be followed. Release expected late March 2021. Source: http://www.modelarovo.cz/supermarine-seafire-mk-ib-1-72-kp-kovozavody-prostejov/ - ref. KPM0238 - Supermarine Seafire Mk.Ib https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72238 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/supermarine-seafire-mkib-kpm72238-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72238-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=176642 - ref. KPM0239 - Supermarine Seafire Mk.Ib - with Vokes carburettor air filter https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72239 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/supermarine-seafire-mkib-vokes-kpm72239-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72239-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=176643 - ref. KPM0241 - Supermarine Seafire Mk.Ib "Over Africa" https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72241 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/supermarine-seafire-mkib-over-africa-kpm72241-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72241-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=176644 V.P.
  4. Bit of a low mojo year for me. My Hobby Room is now my office, so spending leisure time in there is not high on my agenda (first world problems hey?). Only four completed this year. A Hurricane and a Skua waiting to be sprayed but hopefully they will be in 2021 year book. Here is what was finished though. Hope you enjoy them. Hawker Hurricane I (Trop.) W9327 OL*W 806 NAS Royal Navy Fighter Squadron, 269 Wing RAF. Sidi Haneish, Egypt. 20.11.41 3 x Ju87 Destroyed. Hawker Hurricane I (Trop.) W9327 OL*W 20.11.41 Shot down by a 'friendly' tomahawk, later awarded DFC by RAF. Lt Philip Charlton Airfix 1/48 Hurricane MkI Trop. Boxing Xtracrylics / Tamiya paint. Mix of box, generic and hand painted markings. Fairey Fulmar MkI Serial unknown /6A. 806 NAS HMS Illustrious Mediterranean Sep-1940 10.01.41. Ju87 Destroyed, 2xJu87 Damaged, 100m w. Malta. Fairey Fulmar Unknown/6A Lt William (Bill) Barnes. Special Hobby Multi Media kit. Xtracrylics / Tamiya paint. Mix of box, generic and hand painted markings. Supermarine Seafire III NN341 possibly ‘3A’. 886 Naval Air Squadron, Lee-on-the-Solent. D-Day Fleet fire spotter pool 07.06.44 1735 Destroyed Bf109, 15 miles SW Caen / 5m S Evrecy. Lt RM (Mike) Crosley. Special Hobby Supermarine Seafire III ‘Eyes of the Fleet’ boxing Xtracrylics / Tamiya paint. Mix of box and generic. Vickers Supermarine Seafire III LR866/S121 887 NAS 24th NFW HMS IndefatigableJapan Aug-1945 15.08.45 2 x Mitsubishi A6M Zero Destroyed, 0.5 Mitsubishi A6M Zero Shared Destroyed. SLt Victor (Vic) Lowden Special Hobby Supermarine Seafire III ‘Last fight over the Pacific’ boxing Xtracrylics / Tamiya paint. Mix of box and generic.
  5. Built this one as a conversion from the Airfix Spitfire Vb using an assortment of parts from various sources and the kind help of a few BM members. The WiP thread can be found here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234927994-seafire-iii-from-airfix-72nd-spitfire-vb/
  6. Dear All, I'm thinking of buying the CMR 72nd scale kit of the Seafire 1b but have no previous experience of this makers products so wondered if anyone has already been down this route and could comment on how good the kit is as it is not cheap at £24+. I've also never built a resin kit before so are there any things to bear in mind, such as the correct adhesives to use, when building and painting the model I wonder? Any/all advice very welcome before I take the plunge as I'm also interested in the CMR Spitfire XII, when it eventually arrives at the Big H, but not sure how accurate their kits are generally and how complex they are to build for someone with modest skills. Regards Colin.
  7. Dear All, Have just come across a Seafire 1b 72nd scale kit for sale and it's made by a company I've never had any experience of called Admiral so just wondered if anyone can shed any light on it or the general quality of their offerings. I'm interested in it but not if it's of poor quality. Regards Colin.
  8. HI again All, One of my builds from lockdown which I was pleased with and enjoyed doing immensely. Airfix's SeafireXVII in 1/48. Goes together well with no major issues. Painted with Tamiya 'acrylics' via my then new single-action Mr. Hobby Procyon Boy(which I love). Enjoy......CC/questions welcome.
  9. Does anyone know how common the Aero Vee intake was on merlin Seafires, in particular the type Mk II? It is more commonly seen on the Spitfire VII/VIII/IX etc.. and I've also seen photos of the Mk III with such an intake but I've never seen it on a Mk II so wondered when it may have been introduced and if existing examples could have been retro-fitted? I'm thinking of adding this later intake to my Mk II (robbed from the Heller XVI kit) but only if such a configuration did actually exist. Regards Colin.
  10. Dear All, Does anyone know where I can find plans/diagrams showing the location of the forward catapult spools on the Mk II versions III. I've perused many photos without success and just know that apparently they were supposed to be located somewhere on the underside behind the nose but no idea exactly where or what they actually looked like. Many thanks. Colin.
  11. Dear All, Further to my previous post on Merlin Seafires and my intention to build all 3 versions,1B, IIC and III I've just managed to buy the Sword Mk III / SW72084 late boxing which, with all Sword Seafire and Spitfire kits, are like hens teeth these days. I've read the excellent review of this kit on Hyperscale by Mark Davies (below) which confirms my initial thoughts that the kit is excellent with the only obvious error being the lack of panel lines on the wings showing the wing fold. http://www.hyperscale.com/2014/reviews/kits/sword72083reviewmd_1.htm Given the lack of wing fold lines and the plethora of spares also included, as apparently these are from their previous Spitfire V model which Sword still left in for some reason, I'm wondering if the kit could also be built as Mk II as well? Would love to hear from anyone who has bought/built this kit who could confirm, along with any build issues that the kit may have, as I'm very much a Seafire virgin and still learning as I go. Regards Colin. Ps. any clues as to where I might find any more of the Sword Seafires for sale as mine was the last and only one left with Kingkit and trawling Google has yielded nothing?
  12. Dear All, Apologies if this has been raised before in a previous post. I'm looking to build a merlin powered Seafire, the 1b, IIc or III version from a Spit V donor kit but unsure what type of arrestor hook was used and if it varied at all between these 3 versions? I'm a late comer to the Seafire but I believe the 1b and IIc were converted from existing Spit Vb/c airframes and the III was a new build airframe incorporating the previous mods that had been made (plus some new ones as well) but all three were essentially a Spit V in very general terms. Regards Colin. Ps. I have just managed to find a Sword Seafire III which hopefully is a good choice for this variant (?) but did it have a different hook arrangement to the Ib and IIc?
  13. Hi all, My last build in the Nordic GB took about 3 months, so with the looming deadline of this Group Build I will have to speed up my build to 3 weeks instead! I have chosen the Special Hobby Seafire II in 1/48 scale. This is a nice typical multimedia limited run kit from the Czech manufacturer. Won’t be a shake and bake but should turn out very nicely. I got the kit of Fleabay for a bargain sum due to how there were no instructions and broken transparencies. A quick email to Special hobby solved the latter Issue as they quickly posted out a replacement clear sprue! Kudos to them! I have started assembly with the cockpit (where else) and wheel wells, spraying them with RAF interior green. Next I will pick out the finer black details with a brush, then drybrush and then give the interior a grey wash. The interior is very nicely detailed with lots of PE to liven it up so I will probably display the model with the canopy back and access door open. Cheers Ash
  14. Hi, gentlemen, The recent discussion on the nature of RAF/FAA Interior Gray-Green and the fact that most "internal" airframe areas which had exposure to the outside were (mostly) painted Aluminum made me wonder about the "A-Frame" arrestor hooks (and fuselage bays) on Seafires. I have always assumend they were IGG. Any confirmation or otherwise of that? Pictures are particularly unhelpful regarding this, and the most popular Walkarounds cover F.17 onwards, with their "stinger-tails". Thank you, Fernando, down there at Buenos Aires.
  15. I was looking for Wildcat Mk VI photos that flew from my favorite RN small carrier, the ex-USN Bogue class escort carrier USS Altamaha, renamed HMS Battler, and I found these photos I thought some of you might be interested in. Mike Captioned as an 834 Squadron Seafire- looks like a Seafire Mk 1b https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Royal_Navy_during_the_Second_World_War_A21600.jpg Her history and aircraft http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/BATTLER.htm#.XkSbn2dYZdg Seafire deck ops https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205153904 Swordfish aboard the Battler https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/britain-aircraft-carrier-hms-battler-xse-7393539a Seafire accident on the Battler I also found the HMS Battler homepage, which has many excellent photos of her aircraft and air operations! See the link below. https://www.hmsbattler.com/
  16. I plan to build my Airfix 1/48 Seafire FR.47 carrying 4.5" reconnaissance flares. According to Spitfire - The History, it could carry 4 of them. The only issue I have is how & where to mount them. Are there any photos showing them loaded? The Seafire FR.47 could carry 4 Light Series Bombs under each wing, which were obviously heavier than the 23 lb. 4.5" reconnaissance flares. I can scratch build the flares no problem, but I need info on the mounts/racks. I couldn't find any pictures or drawings of any bomb racks or such, on which to mount them. Can any knowledgeable person help me? Larry
  17. A while ago I floated the idea of doing a Supermarine Seafire for this GB and with my entry in the 60s NATO Vs Warpac GB almost finished I got bored waiting for paint to dry and rather than touch any of the many stalled projects littering the peripheries of the workbench decided, aided in no small part by a pile of Seafire references lying close to hand and being glanced through as bedtime reading, to start something new NN460 H6-Z features as a profile in a couple of my books and they seem to agree for the most part with a couple of minor differences in the details. Looks nice doesn't it? Think I'll have a crack at building it with this; With only a month and a half remaining of the GB I'm unlikely to finish it given my slow speed of typical progress but sod it, here we are now, a new challenge
  18. Here it is...I'm happy with it although I have built better kits. The kit itself is oddly designed. The hard points are set up for the modeller to measure and figure out where to place them, etc...the canopy is wonky and fits poorly...however, it is the best in 1/72nd scale so far, or so I believe. Decals were ok, if a little fragile. No need for any solvents or soaps. I kept the weathering to a minimum and just did a little exhaust staining. Next up...something from this big box... --John
  19. 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!!!
  20. As promised, my next 'Spitfire A-Go-Go' instalment will be Special Hobby's Seafire in 1/72nd scale, as flown in July of 1950 during the Korean War. I have read many threads in praise and some not so praiseworthy. I will make up my own mind once I am done. In any case it looks like a dangerous wee beastie to be coming across in the sky. This is the one I'll be building. And the sprue shot. I have already primed them. I'll start in this evening or this afternoon but then I head to Athens tomorrow for some r-n-r. --John
  21. Hello! This is my new model. First in this year. I hope not lust. Building was hard. The set was not of the best quality. I used some additional details- resin wheels and exhaust. Painting- Tamiya and Mr. Color. Weatering- sold dots, oil dots, pigments and washes.
  22. Does anyone know of any post-WWII FAA prop types, such as the Firefly, Sea Fury or Seafire. Tried L'Arsenal and WEM and neither does anything suitable, even for conversion. Wanting to build both my Heller Illustrious and Colossus, but can't find anything to stick on the flight decks! Maybe I should just have a bunch of crew watching a boxing match..... http://northstarmodels.com/2014/02/new-items-for-ships-in-1350-scale-askold-line/ Honestly, you can buy a boxing match, but you can't buy proper aircraft......
  23. Seafire F.46 - RNAS Lossiemouth Station Flight, 1948 Scratch conversion of Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.22 - Model Alliance Markings I'm still immobile and broken at this end, so modelling on a coffee table next to my sofa whilst my bones heal! However, that's no excuse, so this month I have tried something a little more adventurous. The Seafire 46 is essentially a navalised Spit 22, so a relatively easy conversion in this scale and this is exactly what Airfix did with their 1/48 kit (same markings too!). The contra-rotating prop was scratched up from the kit spinner, suitably extended and thinned by a blob of Milliput, plus a spare blade from another kit. Shaping it, then drilling holes for the blades was a fairly major challenge under the circumstances, so it is a little rough, but I'm pleased to have managed at all. Likewise, the tail-hook will require some more work when I am back on my feet again and can fabricate an actual hook. Decals come from a Model Alliance set for the Lossie CO (Capt Caspar John RN)'s personal mount, which was, by all accounts, maintained to gleaming Captain's rounds standard. Brush painted as always, with Humbrol Enamels, a light oily wash and Klear topcoats (and I went for a half black/half green cockpit option FWIW). With thanks to Mrs T, who is doing a lot of the basics for me at the moment, but happily did a lot of extra fetching and carrying for me from my model room to my coffee table! FredT
  24. Never given up on a kit yet! I can't claim this as anything more than a bit of fun - but isn't that what modelling is for? I didn't buy this kit deliberately; it came as part of a job lot of Airfix kits in blister packs. I knew it was bad, but it is actually a lot worse than I thought. Rather than despatch it to the landfill, I thought I would have some hot summer fun trying to get something approximately useful out of it. Seafire Mk III of 880 Sqn, HMS IMPLACABLE, British Pacific Fleet It is intended to be the aircraft of Lt Cdr M Crossley, complete with ex-Australian/US P.40 drop tank, as used by the 8th Carrier Group to extend the Seafire's range. Funnily enough, the drop tank actually came from a P.40 kit. ... and now the grand reveal; this is the kit I started with! It is a truly awful kit, barely reminiscent of a Spitfire even if you look at it with your eyes half closed in a dark room. However, it does build quite well, which is possibly why Airfix kept selling it for so long. I re-shaped the fuselage as best I could, added a hook, removed one set of gun barrels, replaced one radiator with an oil cooler, lengthened the undercarriage leg slightly, added some better looking spare Spitfire wheels and added a strengthening strip on the fuselage sides. You will notice I have not taken any pictures of the underside of the wing. Those of you who are familiar with the kit and its flat underside will know why! I did, however replace one radiator with an oil cooler and add an extended air intake. But hey, I've got another "Seafire" in the collection and the planet has been saved from one more lump of deformed plastic in landfill. That makes 13 Seafires to date, plus a Seafang: Fred's Seafires. 13 doesn't sound like a lucky number, so I better get on and build another..... FredT
  25. Getting back on the horse after the disappointing early end to the Super Etendard build. Having just finished an Airfix Spitfire Vb in the RAF centenary GB and been left wondering why it had been 30+ years between Spitfire models, here's another - the Airfix Seafire XVII. This will be part of a slightly ambitious Griffon Spitfire/Seafire triple build along with the Airfix PR.XIX and the Eduard/Airfix F.22/24 - ambitious because I'm going to try to get all three done before overseas travel curtails my modelling at the start of June - but given how quickly the Vb went together I think it can be done. Here's the box shot. I also have a Freightdog decal sheet, Eduard masks and Quickboost exhausts. Plus I have two Barracuda carburettor intakes and one set of Barracuda 5-blade props so will need to decide which kits get those. If I get time after work I'll start tomorrow.
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