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  1. In August 2020, Eduard is to release in August 2020 - just in time for the 80th Anniversary of the BoB - a new tool 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I limited kit - ref. Source: https://www.eduard.com/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2020/info-eduard-2020-01.pdf V.P.
  2. Second build for 2022 will be Wing commander Johnnie Johnson’s Spitfire IXc EN398 whilst commanding the Kenley wing. I think this is one of the first Spitfire schemes I ever built from the old Airfix 1/72 Mk IX. This is a very famous scheme, but there’s always been debate about the colour of the maple leaf (I’m going red, although the old Airfix one was green) and there’s some comment about whether a Wing Commanders pennant was carried on the port side - I’m tempted. The Spit was originally flown by a 402 Sqn RCAF pilot - F/O Ian Keltie- and this scheme is included in the new Airfix 1/24 Spitfire. I’m using a weekend edition of the Eduard Spitfire MkIXc with decals from the Victory productions ‘Aces of the Empire’ sheet. The only other extra ‘so far’ will be PE seatbelts. This site has been very useful in helping me formulate what my version of EN398 should look like in terms of bulges and bumps http://spitfiresite.com/2010/04/johnnie-johnsons-spitfire-revisited.html Steve
  3. Hi all, I have made the leap to diversify from my usual 1/35 armour builds to try a ww2 plane kit. If I only ever build 1 plane kit, I want to do a big one, and something less common......so I ordered Trumpeter's 1/24 Spitfire Mk V float plane for myself for Xmas. I have found some amazing references and history (which led me to buy the kit), but after reading some reviews of the kit one of the biggest flaws is the seat. After some browsing it seems that finding an "in stock" replacement isn't that easy. I guess with technology someone may 3d print one (beyond me) ?? Does anyone know of a replacement seat?
  4. https://uk.airfix.com/products/supermarine-spitfire-mkxii-a05117a https://uk.airfix.com/products/supermarine-spitfire-mkxviii-a05140 V.P.
  5. I came across this on the IWM YouTube channel and thought I'd share it here for anyone looking for some reference on the Spitfire Mk.I cockpit. Apologies if this has already been posted or if I have put this thread in the wrong place. Hope you enjoy. https://youtu.be/3hzI81kEUFo
  6. Hello and thanks for your interest, here's my 1/72 Sword Supermarine Spitfire IXe in markings of 26. GIAP, Leningrad, April 1945. Photo etch from Brengun, metal gun barrels from Master, decals from AML ("Lend Lease Spitfires Pt.1", #72018). Painted with acrylics from Sangyo/Gunze. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. To represent the overpainted British Roundels, I tried a new technique: I painted a Black disc the size of the Roundel before applying the main airframe colors. Now there's only a soft shadow line visible. Best wishes from Vienna! Roman
  7. Source: http://www.modelarovo.cz/supermarine-spitfire-mk-1a-1-72-kp-kovozavody-prostejov/ - ref. KPM72260 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IA - Wats Prop https://www.kovozavody.cz/produkt/spitfire-mk-ia-wats-prop/ - ref. KPM72261 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IA - Three-bladed Propeller https://www.kovozavody.cz/produkt/spitfire-mk-ia-three-blade-prop/ https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72261 - ref. KPM72262 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IA - Commanders https://www.kovozavody.cz/produkt/spitfire-mk-ia-commanders/ https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72262 - ref. KPM72262 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IA - Black and White https://www.kovozavody.cz/produkt/spitfire-mk-ia-black-white/ https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72263 V.P.
  8. I'm working on a triple Spitfire build in 1/48, using a new issue Airfix Vb, a Special Hobby Vc, a Classic Airframes Vc (same as the Spec. Hobby) and they will all be Malta birds. The Spec. Hobby fuselages need to be stretched, tail canted down, and the wings moved forward using info and suggestions kindly provided by Troy Smith (thanks again). I'm using the Airfix Fuselage as a guide, as it matches the drawings I have nicely ... it's interesting how many of the available Spit's come up with a different length! With the stretch done, my attention turns to the cockpit. The Spec. Hobby kit has a nice cockpit with a few updates needed, The seats are accurate, but the cushion is to long, and needs to be shortened in order to use the nice photo etch Sutton harness provided. The Airfix seat in indistinct and too narrow, so I'll be using an Ultracast seat there. (Dark grey is Spec. Hobby, seat on left not modified yet, also frames drilled out on all) The Airfix panel has a compass, which the Spec. Hobby missed, so I had to make my own. I'll replace the Airfix one also as mine will be easier to paint and decal, compass being separate. The other thing I looked at right away was the weird (IMHO) way Airfix attached the landing gear. I cemented the legs together, then drilled a .020" hole down the center, about half way. I cut the leg back apart just above the upper flange and cemented in a .020" brass pin into the lower section. Fit the leg back together, and solidly cemented the trunion into position. Now the gear can be attached solidly later and fine adjustments made if required bending the pin. It's the first time I've tried a triple build, hopefully it won't take 3 times as long!
  9. After my 35 years absence from modelling, a second aircraft has landed on the BoB shelf to join the fabric wing Hurricane L1592 (5 weeks ago actually, I find the modelling more compelling than the photography of same!). It's Al Deere in P9398, the Spitfire in which he had the famous 'head on' collision with Oberfeldwebel Johann Illner with both surviving the incident. A common build, sorry guys but it is a nice one for the BoB shelf. Build is OoB except for decals. Questionable Print Scale (so no starboard view) and Tech Mod technical stencils which are excellent. I found the kit lovely in areas and annoying in others. The next AF Spit from this molding will have the raised, upper wing, fixings for the .303 MG access panels instantly cut off and a slight recess drilled! I found the dihedral an issue and it had to be adapted to give the 6 degrees which is as important to the beauty of the aircraft as are it's elliptical wing surfaces. The huge WW1 trenches in front of the ailerons and flaps were filled and scribed as well as possible with my limited but growing experience. The panels lines are huge on this kit and in future I might fill and scribe them if I build again. A Tamiya 1:72 is near completion and I would rate them equally I think? (I just bought another for stash). Also a KP Mk1b is under construction. Me no like this much (comments then when this is posted for viewing). After an email conversation with Eduard about tiny 1:44 scale resin Hurricane wheels for their lovely Hurristory 1:72 (you know the ones!), a Mk1 from them is on the way but no time scale. It is coming and it should be a delight when it lands. The Pilot is from the Hurricane kit to replace the Orc that came with the kit (see my Avatar). A bit of blue paper towel and he is ready for the 'off' in the sunny summer that 1940 provided. Big thanks to all you guys, present & lost to us, for the information provided in helping me with this build Regards, Lindsey
  10. To see and hear the engine click the link below photos. Video of "engine startup" and "test run". Enjoy!
  11. I wasn't really planning on doing yet another Eduard Spitfire VIII so soon however early this year I obtained a new book "Spitfire Pilot" written by John Spence. For those who know a bit about RAAF fighter pilots, they will recognise the name straight away. John is the son of Lou Spence one of the senior pilots in the RAAF in WW2 and the Wing Commander leading 77 Squadron in Korea where he was killed in action. In addition to reading some 1st hand accounts of Lou's experiences in WW2, the book also contained some previously unpublished photos which initiated this build. In the Eduard Aussie 8 book there is reference to multiple experiments in the RAAF Spitfire units to optimise them for their roles in the Pacific. This included upgunning to 4 cannon (i.e. Caldwell's aircraft) or 2 cannon and 2 0.5 cals (Gibbes), adding bomb racks, trying out different fuel mixtures (Trimble) to increase range and clipping the wings to increase roll rate(Gibbes and Spence). The book Spitfire Pilot contains a photo of Rima III while it was modified with the clipped wings. With this photo confirming an airframe modified with the clipped wings, there was enough information to represent this configuration. There are pictures of Rima III in the Eduard book and also decals and painting instructions in the Aussie 8 boxing. The plane is in the repaint scheme of Foliage Green over Sky Blue with White leading edges. The spinner is red as was the preference of Spence for most of his planes. The Eduard kit was assembled pretty much out of box - the wheels were replaced with treaded Barracuda resin whels, a Falcon vac canopy was added and the clipped wingtips from the kit parts was used (Note the actual wingtips were locally made wooden ones which were slightly more squarer than the official ones but I don't think its worth trying to modify the kit ones). A few extra notes about modelling this air frame - In John Spence's book, there are 2 photos of this plane labelled as Rima II, Lou's Spitfire Vc. One of our club members pointed out this was incorrect as the photo clearly shows a 4 bladed prop and the cockpit/nose photo shows the script Rima III not Rima II which was painted in a different format. The Eduard decals and colour scheme show The codes QY V in stencil style based on a close up of the "V" in one photo but the picture in Spitfire Pilot shows the Q with no stencilling and the pictures of the full plane in both references also show no evidence of stencilling (i.e. gaps in the letters) so it appears the codes were repainted (filled in?) at some stage. I used the codes from a DK decals sheet for Rima II to complete the kit but the rest of the decals are Eduard from the Aussie 8 sheet. Note there are no technical stencils on the airframe other than the propeller blades due to the full repaint. One final point, the codes read QY V on the starboard fuselage rather than V QY as in the Eduard instructions. This is an easy to understand mistake as there were no previous known photos of the starboard side of Rima III and 452 Squadron had planes painted with codes in both formats. Cheers Michael
  12. Supermarine Spitfire Starter Set 1:72 Airfix A55001 It is hard to think a more Iconic Aircraft to represent the Royal Air Force than the famous Supermarine Spitfire. Here Airfix have brought these two aircraft together in a "Best of British" boxing complete with paints, glue and paint brushes. The first thing to say about this boxing is that these kits are not full on model kits as you would expect looking at the box. These are simplified model kits. The Spitfire has only 26 parts including its display stand. There is nothing wrong with the quality of the parts, these all seem to be up to the standards of the new 1.72 Airfix kits I have seen lately. These kits are great in one respect they will act as a bridge between the click together Airfix kits, and full on model kits. They will assemble like kits, but the lower parts count and thought to the engineering will make it a lot easier for the younger modeller. I cant understand why Airfix are not making more of this aspect to encourage younger modellers into the hobby. Now a look at the kits in more detail. Spitfire The variant included here is a Mark Vc in markings for Pilot Officer Antoni Glowacki of No, 303 Sqn Based at Northolt in 1942. The kit has 26 parts including the Spitfire shaped display stand if the modeler wants to use this. The model can be built with the undercarriage raised or lowered. First off the two fuselage halves can go together with the tail wheel being moulded onto the left half. At the front the mount for the prop goes on and then the engine cover complete with moulded in exhausts goes on. The wings can then go together with a single part lower and left/right uppers. The pilots seat fits into the wing and then this is joined to the fuselage. The tailplanes then go on. Under the wings the radiator and oil cooler are fitted. Single part raised gear, or two part lowered gear are then fitted. The centreline carb intake is fitted. The pilot figure can then go into the seat if you want to use him, following this the aerial mast and single part canopy are fitted. At the front the single part prop and spinner are fitted. If the aircraft is to be mounted on the stand now is the time to do it. Markings A small decal sheet from Cartograf provides markings for Spitfire Mk.Vc AB174 of No, 303 Sqn Based at Northolt in 1942. There should be no issues with these. Conclusion This is a great set to bridge the gap between click together kits and models for the younger modeller. It a shame Airfix dont champion it as this, and make that clear on the box. Review sample courtesy of
  13. I believe the thread hit its maximum size so was automatically locked. I have had a few PM's. If you don't like the thread don't subscribe. For those who enjoyed the melting pot...knock yourself out HERE IS THE LINK TO THE 1ST THREAD WITH LOTS OF QUESTIONS, ANSWERS and PHOTOS - START here TIP: search from Google, enter the search parameters followed by site:www.britmodeller.com
  14. Hi guys, Am getting close to decaling on 1:72 P9386 QV-K. Brian Lanes yellow spinnered Spitfire. A common build and a nice one for the BoB shelf. Looking around at other builds, they show technical stenciling on underside. Eduard's 1:48 kit instructions state that "no stenciling is seen on the bottom surfaces". I am now wondering should I run with underside stencils or not? Any thoughts or further info out there. I have not managed to find any other reference than Eduard's regarding the lack of bottom surface stencils. Thanks in advance, Lindsey
  15. Hi all i want build a Spitfire 1/48 Fr Mk.18 was in service in Far East (X48127 Extradecals), i want start from Academy Spitfire Mk.14 with correction of Daco, i read there some modifacation... on the wing? it's Correct? Please Help Me... Thank You Lewis
  16. Hi Folks! I'm glad to share with you this fantastic kit. A lot have been said about the new Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I... and I had to agree with all the positive critiques about the new tool. It almost build by itself! Not kidding! A complete delicatessen to my amateur modeller's taste!! In this case, I didn't use Tamiya's decals for the letters as I got ones from an Eduard kit for the Spit flew by the ace A. "Sailor" Malan, as 74th Sq. Leader, during Battle of Britain. Hope you like my approach to this legendary and beautiful aircraft. Happy modelling! Cris.
  17. New tool 1/72nd Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc expected in Autumn 2020 - ref. A02108 Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2020/spitfire-mkvc.html 3D render V.P.
  18. Hobby 2000 has just re-released the Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I/V In box review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-32-supermarine-spitfire-iia-hobby-2000/ - ref. 32001 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia Sources: https://www.armahobby.pl/h2k32001-supermarine-spitfire-ia-ex-revel-cartograf-pmask-zywica.html https://ksmodel.pl/sklep/szczegoly/hobby-2000-32001-supermarine-spitfire-ia-limited-edition-1-32-24566/ - ref. 32002 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa Sources: https://www.armahobby.pl/h2k32002-supermarine-spitfire-iia-w-rotol-propeller.html https://ksmodel.pl/sklep/szczegoly/hobby-2000-32002-supermarine-spitfire-iia-w-rotol-propeller-limited-edition-1-32-24567/ - ref. 32003 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Va Sources: https://www.armahobby.pl/h2k32003-supermarine-spitfire-va.html https://ksmodel.pl/sklep/szczegoly/hobby-2000-32003-supermarine-spitfire-va-limited-edition-1-32-24568/ V.P.
  19. Hi everyone! Let me present my new model. This time it’s Supermarine Spitfire, one of my favourites. There’s no need to specify the facts about the prototype because everyone knows this plane inside out and it’s one of the most frequently assembled models. However, I should point out that I wanted to show the qualities which were specific for early Spitfires. Those were the fighting machines whose creators had no idea about real combat conditions. They were equipped by a streamlined flat canopy that didn’t provide 360-deg vision or have any armoured windscreen panel (when you come to think of it, the plane had no armoured protection neither for life-critical units nor for a pilot). Moreover, the early models were built up with an old-school two-bladed rotor and some throwbacks such as an antispin parachute, and there wasn’t any weapon heating. It rendered the fighter useless on apparent combat heights of German bombers because frozen machine-guns didn’t work there. In other words, the early Spitfires were like Englishmen with enormous potential but poorly aware of what was waiting for them in the heat of the coming major war. I’ve chosen Airfix A02010 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I/Mk.IIa set for assembling. The set makes a good impression, the details are well-fitted, but still there are certain drawbacks in canopy-fuselage attaching and wing-fuselage blending. The model is quite accurate, so it hasn’t raised a lot of my criticism. The only thing is that the upper part of cowl panel has square-flat shape closer to the Mk.V rather than Mk.I. The panel lining is pretty true-to-fact although a bit simplified and needs improvement. The model features the 9th manufactured prototype of Spitfire K9795 from the 19th Royal Air Force squadron in Duxford as in October of 1938. Thanks for looking!
  20. Hi folk's,only half a year late this was meant to follow on from the Hobbyboss Vb and Revell Mkii in a trilogy of builds started in January in what was going to be a year of 1/32 builds but life and GB's got in the way. The kit was a bargain £19.99 free delivery. I loved this scheme when looking for something different with a decent weathering job it should stand out. Here's the first two builds.
  21. I was aware of the fact that the older Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk 1'sand Mk V's were short, and had the wings to far aft, but I thought, just for fun, to compare all the 1/48 Spit's I had. I was trying to decide how much of a splice to add to the older kits, in order to build them. I was surprised to find that the new Tamiya Mk 1,new Airfix Mk V, and new Eduard's Mk V all had different fuselage lengths. Now I'm really confused which is closest. I was planning to add a splice on the older kits just aft of the refueling cap, and reprofiling the wing fairing and trailing edge, as was shown on this site.
  22. This should perhaps be in the review section but as I'm not sufficiently expert in analysing new kits to pass such judgement I do have some first impressions now that I have just received my example (via E-Bay as surprisingly still not in stock yet with the big H. I haven't done any comparisons against scale plans or tried to fit any of the parts but my first impression is that the panel lines are far more restrained than with previous Airfix Spitfire kits in this scale and far more akin to those seen on AZ, KP, Eduard etc.. In addition it features the following which look pretty good too: Closed and 3 -part open canopy option Choice of upper wing halves to model with either standard or clipped wings - nice! Option to fit either the standard or Vokes air filter Nicely detailed pilot tub which is fitted as a separate unit instead of raised details on the fuselage halves New attachment method for the tail planes which should avoid any gaps with the rear fuselage Choice of exhaust manifolds and props/spinner I'm sure someone will examine in detail and perhaps uncover some issues but on the face of it I'm well impressed and now considering exactly which aircraft to model given the various options provided with the kit. Let's just hope this is the new way forward for all future Airfix releases in this scale. Regards Colin.
  23. Thread update, 21st June 2021 In the same way that my Hurricane thread has diversified, so has this thread. The special edition Sword 1/72 scale Spitfire PR.IV made for the Spitfire AA810 Sandy Gunn Aerospace Careers Programme charity makes its first appearance on Page 4, although it won't be built for a while. I'm sure as time goes on, other manufacturers' kits will crop up, and so some form of thread index for build starts would probably be useful. Ergo: Thread Index Page 1: Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Vc Original thread start, January 28th 2021 Hello all! Well, I was in two minds about posting a Work in Progress thread for this build, as it's a fairly popular subject right now. And rightly so, as its an eternally popular icon of aviation, this new kit from Airfix is really rather good, and this particular mark wore one of if not the widest variety of camouflage schemes applied to any given aeroplane. Inspired primarily by @tonyot's build thread here, I ordered not one but three examples (unheard of for me, and I've since ordered three more - just don't tell my better half!), and aftermarket decal sets by DK Decals, Xtradecal and Kitsworld all for Malta-based aircaft, and also by AML for the NMF 79 Sqn RAAF example. I've also got plans for one in post-1943 Italian Regia Aeronautica markings, also on the same Xtradecal sheet (although the camouflage scheme is distinctly suspect). This first build is going to be finished as a Maltese Spitfire, although I haven't yet quite decided which. I'll dispense with the usual box shots, as I think they're probably burned into every WW2 aviation modeller's psyche by now, and plough straight on. Here are the sprues: http:// And already with some paint applied: http:// Alongside is one of Airfix's earlier Spitfire Mk.I kits, which is going to be a Mk.II courtesy of 3D-Models conversion set and decals. Having painted its interior at the same time as the Vc, it's now been set aside for the time being. I've also started to take the cockpit parts off their sprues, and do a bit of detail painting. The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that I've painted the inside of the upper wings in aluminium when only the undercarriage leg recesses should aluminium with the actual wheel bays being finished in undersurface camouflage colour. Also, I've stopped the interior grey green too far back in the cockpit; it should really extend to the front edge of the separate sidewalls: http:// http:// Ah, well, you can't see it when its all buttoned up..... And at that point, I decided that I would deviate a bit from Auntie's instructions and plough my own furrow. I decided to fix the separate side-walls to their respective fuselage halves instead of assembling the tub into a complete unit: http:// If anyone goes down this route, too, just a word of caution. You need to be a bit careful with the alignment of the cockpit sidewalls, otherwise the bulkheads/frames don't go in straight and the fuselage won't close properly, causing the frame behind the seat to compress and distort, which I thankfully spotted in time. How I went about it was to glue the port sidewall to its fuselage half first, then dry fit the frames and dry fit the starboard sidewall. Then I dry fitted the starboard fuselage half, and making sure the fuselage was properly closed, finally glued the starboard sidewall to the starboard fuselage half, being careful to not flood the whole assembly with glue. I hope that makes sense! By doing this, you do end up with a gap between the bottom of the two sidewall halves, so the locating block on the bottom of the "floor" is left floating, but the frames and "floor" still locate positively into their respective sockets in the sidewalls. I also ended up with perfect fuselage to wing joints, which I know some folk have had problems with, and which may be purely coincidental. A couple more views of the cockpit before the fuselage was closed up: http:// http:// The Sutton Harness is the Kitsworld 3D-Printed decal set. I must admit to being a bit sceptical about this, as harness decals look a bit too flat as a rule. These seem to look okay, though, although I had a bit of a job getting them to go where I wanted, and once there to stay put. The printed-on detail seemed to start to lift after a while, so perhaps I should have given the sheet a waft of flat clear before use. They'll certainly be fine under a closed canopy. By the way, the kit's instrument panel decal is quite effective and settled down well, but for future builds I'll be using the Yahu item. Cheers for now! Mark
  24. Hi All! My friend made a gift for me. Spitfire Mk. IX ICM 1/48 of the very first casts. But without decals I decided to create a soviet post-war Spitfire Native Russian decals nearby United Kingdom delivered to the USSR in 1944-45 about 1300 Spitfires- 9 (and 16) These aircraft were highly rated by the Russians, but were used minimally during the war These aircraft were apparently kept in case of a new war, at least until the Korean War and the MiG-15. I think so I chose a typical post-war Ла-11 and Як-9 paint job, completely gray I have no confirmation of such coloring. This is my guess. I think this is quite probable. In 1948-1950 We have little information about the post-war slave in the USSR of captured and Lend-Lease aircraft. Usually information is limited to individual photos I only added bumps from the wheels on the top of the wing Paint GUNZE Enjoy watching!
  25. Inspiration: jumps on you out of the blue from attic recoveries and lucky junk shop finds! I know I've recently spoilt myself rotten with a multitude of Eduard early war Spitfires, but I do have a weakspot for the odd nostalgia build - revisiting those kits built as a youngster when you find them up for grabs. I got the (boxed) 1/24th Spitfire MkIa at an auction a few years back before Airfix re-released them as part of their vintage classics range. I hadn't returned to model building at the time, but it was a silly cheap price as the decals are shot, but all the parts still sealed in the original bag. It was another "when I return to the hobby" purchase which has been sitting patiently in the wings ever since. I had previously built two examples. The first in the early 1980's is now long gone. The second built in 1988 when I was 16 survives and has been tucked away in various attics since the early 1990's. This weekend I got my hands on a mint 24th scale Spitfire Vb from a junk shop tucked away in the grounds of a small garden centre, just 15mins drive away from home. The box was still sealed, and for £35 I was quite happy. I was even allowed to open the box to check it was complete and not previously tampered with before handing the money over! So now my old surviving MkIa has been recovered and is now seeing daylight for the first time in many years. Considering it's been at the bottom of a box of built models it emerged remarkably complete: one prop blade snapped at the collar and the aerial mast broken off at the base (but still attached to the tail fin by a thread). Aside from a liberal coating of grime and paint/decal damage, the wings have lost their dihedral, and the rubber tyres have gone hard but are still in perfect shape. All the gun covers and engine cowling were fixed in place, but I'm sure I built, painted and installed the 303's and Merlin Well I think she deserves a new lease of life. My aim will be to do a full strip down and refurb, and rebuild her in line with with my two newer Spits. She will again don her markings as LO-B "Bogus" from 602sqn, while the other MkIa will become Al Deere's KL-B "Kiwi". The Vb will of course take the guise of Jan Zumbach's gun toting Donald Duck RF-D. Hopefully I'll do these three ladies justice in the long run! Overall not too shabby for something that was brush painted with enamels and no aftermarket materials 33 years ago. The original Spitfire MkIa has had a bath to remove most of 30+ years of dust and grime. The engine cowling is part removed and the engine is complete underneath - the 303's in the wings are missing however! Going through one of my spares boxes I've found the main landing gear tyres from my first 24th scale Spitfire that I built in the early 80's. They are in surprisingly good condition, no wear or degradation. They may we'll end up being used on the rebuild if the current one's prove troublesome! I'm keeping fingers crossed that the Browning's will appear in a box somewhere too, but it won't be a heartbreaker if they've gone awol. Well she came apart without any real issues! A few things became apparent - the rudder pedals in the cockpit were missing, as were the 303's and ammo boxes in the wings. The pitot tube under the wing was also gone. After digging out my second spares box, I found the pedals, all the ammo boxes and 7 of the 8 Brownings.... plus one that's survived from the very first one I built in the early 80's (hence the 7 in gun metal and 1 in matt black). A bonus was finding 'fresh' main wheel hubs, again surviving from the first 24th Spitfire I built. Bizarrely, one thing that had survived has now vanished - the main radio mast! Still a good step forward. Now to plan the clean-up, paint stripping, and get studying the build instructions alongside some photo references More photos and updates to come as the project progresses! Comments and suggestions always welcome
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