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  1. One early morning shortly before Christmas, 1944, Flight Lieutenant John Sims Archer. an instructor at the Royal Australian Air Force Central Gunnery School at Cressy in Victoria, went aloft from the school field for a gun camera exercise flying a 'tropicalized' Mk.Vc Spitfire. A hoary veteran at twenty-four, 'Jack' Archer was distinguished as the one pilot of a Wirraway emergency fighter to have ever engaged with good result a Japanese 'Zero'. That had been a little more than two years before, over Buna. In the interim F/Lt J. S. Archer had survived one mid-air collision, and flown a P-40N
  2. Spitfire Mk.Vc Upgrade Set, Exhausts & Wheels (for Airfix kit) 1:72 Eduard The new Spitfire Vc is a great one in this scale, now Eduard are along with a few update sets for the kit Update Set (73728) This set comprises two sheets of PE, one of which is nickel-plated and painted, the other bare brass. The first item is a revamp of the kits instrument panel , this is three part affair with the front of the bulkhead below the panel all in one, and an additional part to fit on top. Still in the cockpit there are new parts for the sides, a new re
  3. 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.
  4. Have given up on version 4 as wired internals incorrectly so started v5. I'm using airfix spitfire 1/72 mk1a as the base. First job is the wings and cutting wiring channels for the lights. Using 0.1mm flat LEDs. The ultra thin wires only need a small groove.
  5. It's been a while since I posted anything on here but as @tonyot and @bigbadbadge have given me some encouragement here goes. I've made a lot of Spitfires in the last couple of years, there are about 50 finished in my loft, three in progress, and an unknown number to be built. Anyway, this thread is about the new Spitfire Vc. I bought seven on release and have done two already. A 185 squadron one: A 91 squadron one: This one may not be an RAF one. I'm tempted by the Italian and Greek ones on the Xtradecal Vc sheet. We'
  6. Don't know if I imagined this, but I seem to recollect seeing photo etch for the tail fin aerial connection and gun-heating air vents for early mark Spits. Of course I can't find anything online now! Was I dreaming?
  7. 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
  8. I started these two when they were re-released last year during the first lockdown and have now completed them. They are both really nice kits to build and look just right when completed - in particular, the Spit is the most Spitfirey Spitfire I've made. They are from the box except for tape harnesses and stretched sprue aerials and are brushed with Humbrol enamel. The only issue was with the decals. At least these stuck down (unlike the Spit XIV and Hunter) but they needed very varying amounts of soaking to release them and silvered even on a Kleer base. I'm going to finally give in and
  9. Finally finished the second of my starter set Spitfires which the kids got free at an airshow some years ago. It had suffered a fair bit over the years - one of the wings had warped and the canopy and decals were long gone. The former necessitated getting hold of the Pavla resin set which has the canopy and some resin bits and bobs. Once again I've discovered that vacform canopies are not my thing - I think I did slightly better on this one than last time but still way too fiddly and time consuming for my liking. I've also been trying to get some exhaust staining using humbrol weathering p
  10. Hello guys, it's been a while since I posted anything on the forum. This is my latest Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc. It's the 1:48 Revell rebox of the Hasegawa kit. The build was uneventful, but the decals took a long time to move from the backing paper (does anyone know if leaving the decal on the wet paper for some time makes it easier to move later?)
  11. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc 1:72 Airfix A02108 The Spitfire hardly needs an introduction, an iconic war machine and graceful lines satisfying the technical theory that ‘If it looks right, it flies right’! With around 6000 aircraft produced across the various sites, the Mk.V was the most produced version of the 20,000+ built. Coming in to service in 1941, it incorporated many of the improvements developed in the Mk.III, however instead of using the planned Mk.XX Merlin which was in short supply, the Mk.45 with a single stage single supercharger was used as it
  12. I realise this type of project is nothing new, but it’s something I’ve fancied doing for a while and has been a refreshing change and a welcome break from the usual kit bashing. The kit was an impulse purchase from Aldi whilst doing the weekly shopping and at less than a fiver for a starter kit I thought it rude to pass up on such a bargain. Anyway, after a minor amount of flash was trimmed off the sprue the airframe was airbrushed using the little paint pots supplied which were diluted with Tamiya X-20A thinners. Everything was then lacquered with Humbrol Gloss prior to applying the decals af
  13. I'm sure I've read somewhere that the yet to be released 'Beginners Set' of the new Spitfire Vc will have a slightly different mold to the one recently released and the image of it on the Airfix web site certainly seems to show smaller canon blisters on the upper wings, associated with aircraft fitted with only 1 canon per wing ie. the standard 'c' wing. Have I imagined this or is there any truth here please? Regards Colin.
  14. I wanted to confirm the wing type for Ginger Lacey's Spitfire Mk. XIV. The Aeromaster decals I have say it's an "E" wing, but the Squadron "In Action" book has a drawing of it with a "C" wing (although I don't trust the "In Action" books much). The models I've seen have depicted it with both "C" and "E" wings. Internet searches off and on for the last couple months have been inconclusive. Does anyone have any definitive information about Lacey's Mk. XIV's wing? Did it have both "C" and "E" in it's life? Thanks!
  15. 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 g
  16. 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.
  17. As mentioned in my earlier post my first new build this year will be the Airfix Spitfire IIa/Va kit in the form of the IIa option. Having checked the Mk IIa scale plans in Single No.17 by Grudzien against the plans in my old copy of the Aerodata International No. 2 and also those in the Aircraft Archive publication there is a mis-match in terms of the gun heating vents which is confusing me. One of the plans shows them in place where as the other two do not, plus I've also seen pics of Mk 1 and II Spitfires where these vents appear to be missing even though my understanding is tha
  18. Hi all, Today I'm posting the last one of my Spitfires trio. This time I've got a little non-typical one - this is a clipped-wing mk.IX in Israeli markings. The War of Independence (or the 1948 Arab-Israeli War) was the last conflict where Spitfires saw air-to-air dog-fighting - most paradoxically a lot of this action has been happening between Spitfires flying in RAF, Egyptian Air Force and newly formed Israeli Defence Force. The prototype that I've chosen was one of the aircraft flown under Velveta I operation from Czechoslovakia in late 1948 that arriv
  19. Part 1: Part 2 Part 3 part 4. Languishing nearly forgotten and neglected as decoy, what was left of MJ271 still looked like a Spitfire and therefore was an attractive option for a small war museum in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. It was sold for one Guilder (as a symbolic amount - can't have the Air Force giving away stuff after all, it's taxpayer money!) and displayed on the grounds. Enterprising youngsters quickly employed it as a climbing rack, so to spare the worst the aircraft was moved to the roof. Not that it really worked.. A first restorat
  20. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc & Mk.IXe Quattro Combo 1:144 Eduard - SUPER44 In 1942 it became clear the Germans had achieved a degree of air superiority with the Fw 190. To counter this there was pressure to put Spitfires into production with the new two stage supercharged Merlin 61 engine. Mk VC airframes were to be converted to Mk.IX standard. The Mk.IX would prove to be an effective counter to the Fw 190. The Kit(s) In this Quattro boxing we unsurprisingly get four kits. Two of these are IXc kits with the full span wing, and two are IXe with clipped wings.
  21. Hi everyone! I've been long thinking about this project and is now starting this to roll. Basically the plan is to build three spitfires in parallel. Subjects chosen would be mk.I, mk.IX and mk.XIX thus covering three major types such as early and late Merlin engined and Griffon engined machine. Here is what I'm starting with: Any advise or ideas are very welcome!
  22. Dear All, My first new project in 2021 will be the Airfix IIa/Va, it being the re-boxing (plus new decals) of the previous early I/Ia that Airfix released a while ago. I will be building it as a IIa with Rotol propeller and blunt spinner but my new book on the IIa which I received for Xmas, Single No 17 by Robert Grudzien, says that some later IIa's had the larger oil cooler radiator as featured on the Mk III Spitfire? My knowledge of this particular mark is limited as all I know/think is that it was planned to be powered by the Merlin XX but was dropped in favour of a
  23. Having just finished my Tornado for the group build, I thought I'd have a wee bit of time off before starting a lightning or two in the new year. However, I found myself missing the bench time. So I dug out a couple of spitfires that the kids picked up at an airshow years ago and never did anything with. I used them last year for practising with rattle cans, so they're currently a bit gloss white and a bit green. I also don't have canopies, decals or instructions for them. However, I have some Pavla vacform canopies - 3 of them which could be a god send as I've never used vacform
  24. Hi Everyone, That is the second of my three Spitfires project. The first was the first RAF operational type Mk.Ia, now this is the last RAF's operational - PR XIX. Sporty-looking streamlined PR.XIX in Medium Sea Grey / PRU Blue colours was in fact inspirational for the whole project. At first I was going to build PS888 but then changed my mind as I came across PS852 and PS854 in even more attractive livery and read the story of Edward Powles who set altitude and speed dive records for piston-engined types flying this bird.
  25. Evening all, I'm doing an Airfix starter set Spit MK1 and have chosen to do get with the black and white undersides from the early war years. Have been following the instructions, which have you paint the interior of the port when well white, and the stbd black. I'm getting ready to paint and realised that the port wing is supposed to be black (hadn't really paid much attention before now). I don't have the Airfix paint scheme so was wondering if the wheel wells genuinely were the opposite of the colour of the wing underside, or did Airfix get it mixed up?
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