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  1. Source: http://www.modelarovo.cz/supermarine-spitfire-mk-1a-1-72-kp-kovozavody-prostejov/ - 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 - ref. KPM72262 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IA - Wats Prop https://www.kovozavody.cz/produkt/spitfire-mk-ia-wats-prop/ V.P.
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. "Swear to shoot down ten for Doug -- I will, too, if it takes me a lifetime." -- Ioannis Agorastos "Johnny" Plagis, 20 March 1942 On 20 March 1942, Johnny Plagis's close friend and fellow Rhodesian, Pilot Officer "Douggie" Leggo, was shot down and killed by either the experte Hermann Neuhoff (who would himself be shot down by Canadian Hurricane pilot F/Sgt Garth Horricks DFM of 185 Squadron and taken captive on 10 May 1942), or Ernst Klager (taken prisoner on 3 July 1942 at El Alamein after being shot down on a frie jagd by a SAAF Kittyhawk Ia flown by Lt Sydney "Moose" Reinders). It appears that a 109 then either fired into Leggo as he dangled in his parachute, or deliberately or by accident (the attack took place at only 50 yards range) collapsed his parachute as it flew past him. Plagis fulfilled his vow with time to spare by 7 June 1942. This is one of the Spitfires he flew, built from the new Airfix 1/72 kit. I made several errors. For starters, I transposed the serial number (BR321) in my head, converting it to BR312. Both Spitfires were delivered to Malta, but BR312 came earlier, during Operation STYLE; the latest research has it that these aircraft were painted Sky Blue underneath and Dark Mediterranean Blue above, and the model is so painted. In fact, BR321 was delivered during the slightly later Operation SALIENT, and was quite possibly Extra Dark Sea Grey up top. For now, we can't be certain, of course, but it bothers me and I was too far along to reasonably go back and respray by that point. For the same reason, feeling slightly deflated, I opted not to steal a rear-view mirror from another kit that I might actually paint correctly. Painting was done with Colourcoats enamels, weathering was Abteilung oils, Alclad, AK oil washes, and AK pigments. The panel lines look substantially less pronounced in person, honest.
  13. 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
  14. 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'll see. I've made a start on the interior, obviously, photos to follow.
  15. A question for those in the know - when was the yellow ring added to the C type roundel (to make it a C1) on the upper surface of the wings? And was it added to the lower surface roundels at the same time. Specifically I'm interested in Spitfire Mk XIVe's (highback and bubble) prior to VE day. The Extradecal sheet I have shows a C type on upper and lower wings, and the Airfix decals for the Spit XIVe show the C1 type in both positions. The Airfix markings are for a post VE day aircraft but I'm wondering if the would be applicable to pre VE day aircraft. Thanks, Colin
  16. Hello my modeling friends. 4th build this year and I think I wasted too much time on this one as I took nearly 4 months! Anyway, I was satisfied with the result although far from perfect. Got many experience handling the resin parts as they have to be cut and glued precisely. The fit and detail of the kit is excellent. Eduard's Brassin resin engine has the best details and enjoyed every moment assembling and painting it. The Variant of this Spit is Mk.VIII and the markings were the one flown by the Canadian pilot Paul Ostrander over Burmese skies. That's what pushed me to the finish line! Hope you like it. Enjoy and stay safe! TZW.
  17. I was very reluctant to post this as wip, having seen the quality of other people's work. But having joined the forum, there is no point in hiding in a corner! The Revell kit was bought based on no information at all; I've found the fuselage had distinctly raised edges and the wing and tailplane roots needed a lot of filling. I've made life hard for myself, but have accepted that this is a learning experience. Using Milliput to fill in long thin gaps I found to be difficult. I should have watched the YouTube videos first, after all, there's a ton of stuff out there. I made a complete Pig's Ear of the canopy. Unfortunately I used enamel, so cleaning it up to redo it using a better technique will be difficult. And lastly, the aerial snapped off when it was being moved. I'm just following the kit instructions, no attempt being made to use 3rd party addons or follow adopt the paint scheme for a particular plane.
  18. Hi. In 1948 Sweden purchased 50 Supermarine Spitfire PR.Mk.XIX from the Royal Air Force. The were in service until 1955 and were scraped after retirement. This is the nice little Airfix kit and the very nice decal sheet from Moose Republic Decals. The Spit was built oob, painted with Tamiya colors and only slightley weathered. Regards Daniel
  19. 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 could easily be fitted to the standard fuselage of the Mk.I/II. Three types of wing were available in the Mk.V range, the ‘A’ wing using the traditional 8 gun layout and the ‘B’ wing housing two 20mm cannon and 4 machine guns. The universal ‘C’ wing introduced shortly afterwards had a more flexible arrangement being able to house either the ‘A’ or ‘B’ configurations or 4 cannon and 4 machine guns. A key feature of the Mk.45 Merlin introduced in late ’41’ was the ability to cope with negative ‘g’ without cutting out significantly improving dogfight performance in an effort to close the gap on the newly developed FW190. As well as being used in the UK, the Mk.V saw considerable service abroad. The need to cope with hotter and harsher climates led to some of the ugliest and slowest Spitfires to be built (I say that in principal, but I actually like the tropical versions!). Tropical versions accommodated a deep chin Vokes filter, but the extra drag and reduced intake charge speed affected the performance by around 8mph and clime rate aby about 600ft/min. Later, in-field improvements led to a more streamlined ‘Aboukir’ tropical filter which went some way to restoring the original lines of the spitfire too. The Mk.V’s endured fierce combats with front line fighters of the Axis air forces across most theatres of WWII including Europe, the Mediterranean, Pacific and Russian. In an ironic turn of developments, the ‘stop gap’ MkV was gradually replaced by the next ‘stop gap’ version, the Mk.IX which became the second most widely produced variant. The key difference in the two aircraft was a notably longer nose to accommodate a two stage supercharger giving a much improved high altitude performance to deal with the FW190’s over Europe. The Kit The kit is a new tool kit from Airfix, and its good to see them returning to their root with their important British Aircraft. The kit arrives on four sprues of grey plastic and a clear sprue. The panel lines are recessed and seem finer to a degree than other kits, the plastic also seems better in that it is not as soft as previous new releases. It is noticeable from the sprues that the normal and clipped wings are in there, as are normal and tropical air filters, a slipper tank, and two types of propeller/spinner combinations. The only negative in the box is the overly thick main canopy parts. Construction starts with the cockpit, and for this kit Airfix have come up with a complete cockpit including sidewalls which when assembled will just fit into the fuselage. To the left side part the oxygen tanks are fitted, and then the rear bulkhead frame to which the seat will attach. Behind this goes another complete fuselage frame. In front goes the frame with the instrument panel in it. Instruments are provided as decals. The floor part containing the rudder controls goes in, and then the control column attaches to this. The seat attaches to its mount which has the seat armour on it also, this then goes into the cockpit. Some controls are fitted to the right side part and then this is attached to the rest of the structure. The gunsight is then fitted and at the very front another bulkhead is added. The complete cockpit assembly is then added into the fuselage and it can then be closed up, not forgetting to add in the prop mounting boss at the front. Next up we move to the wings. There is a single part lower wing with left and right upper. To the lower wing the wheel wells must be added. If fitting the slipper tank then holes need to be drilled for this at this stage. The wing can then be assembled. and added to the fuselage. At the rear the single part tailplanes are added along with the rudder. The at the front the volkes filter is added. On the wings the correct armament for the decal option needs to be added. Moving on to the underside of the wings the radiator and oil cooler are added Next up the undercarriage is added. Airfix as seems to be normal for them now offer separate parts for retracted and lowered undercarriage. If lowering this then single part legs are added with the gear door attaching to the legs. With either option the tail wheel is also added now. To finish off the exhausts and propeller are added at the front. The wing Pitot tube is added along with the main aerial mast. A pilot figure is provided if the modeller wish to us it, however he seems a bit underscale? The last item on is the canopy. There is a single part canopy and a multipart option available. The main part seems overlly thick for both options. Decals The decal sheet is from Cartograf so should post no issues, it has two options; ER180 - 307th Fighter Sqn, 12th Air Force, USAAF. La Senia, Algeria Nov/Dec 1942 JL115 - No.2 Sqn SAAF Gioia del Colle, Italy, October 1943 Conclusion This is is a great new kit from Airfix, overall recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Hello All, Been working on the Airfix Spitfire Mk XIV since completing our move to a new home. You don't know how many kits, supplies or books you have until you have to move them. LOL In any case I hope you enjoy the pictures. The figure is not Airfix but will be displayed with the model when completed. All the Best! Don Don
  21. This is the latest Spitfire offering from Tamiya and is probably their best aircraft kit to date IMHO. The kit goes together very easily (as might be expected) and has some nice details, but considering that a pilot is included there isn’t an option to display the model ‘wheels up’. Unfortunately some careful cutting and fettling is required as frustratingly the wheel bays aren’t deep enough to accommodate the wheels ‘up’. Because of this the wheels need to be reduced to nearly half their thickness before the undercarriage doors will sit flush. The chrome metal stand is made by Geminijets and it’s only required to drill a suitable sized hole in the wing thus enabling the Spit to be safely mounted. Paints are Tamiya acrylics, various oils and final Matt varnish are Newton & Windsor, and the 3 aerial wires are Uschi van der Rosten thread. Overall I’m pretty pleased with the final result, but I’ve since realised that maybe the oleos needed extending slightly as they are probably moulded in a ‘weight on wheels’ guise.
  22. My Eduard Spitfire is complete. Being one of my favorite planes, I always try my best with Spitfires and this may be my best work yet. If you're interested you can check out my entire building process on Youtube at Of Models & Monsters.
  23. Good day. I present my finished model from the company Airfix A05126 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I 1/48. Prototype aircraft of the outstanding aces of the Battle of Britain P/O Eric Lock Spitfire N3162/EB-G, 05.09.1940 Airbrush: Harder & Steenbeck Evolution 0.2 Paint: Gunze Sangyo H12 Flat Black / Primary - Screw / Blackout Effect Gunze Sangyo H58 Interior Green / U.S. Army & Navy Aircraft WWII - Lightening Effect Gunze Sangyo H72 Dark Earth Semi-Gloss / Great Britain Aircraft WW II - Camouflage Gunze Sangyo H73 Dark Geer Semi-Gloss / Great Britain Aircraft WW II - Camouflage Gunze Sangyo H74 SKY Semi-Gloss / Great Britain Aircraft WW II - Camouflage Gunze Sangyo H 327 Red FS11136 Gloss - Signs Gunze Sangyo H 328 Blue FS15050 Gloss - Signs Gunze Sangyo H 329 Yellow FS13538 Gloss - Signs of Designation Tamiya XF-2 Flat White - Lightening Effect Tamiya XF-54 Dark Sea Gray - Color alphabetic code Tamiya XF-57 Buff - Brightening Effect Tamiya XF-64 Dark Brown - Blackout Effect Tamiya XF-71 Cocpit Green (IJN) - Cab Color Tamiya XF-76 Gray Green (INJ) - Blackout Effect Photoetched: Eduard 49006 Seatbelts RAF WWII Masks: Pmask Po48001 Supermarine Spitfire RAF 1/48. Very high quality manufactured kit, has both early types of characters and late ones. The letter code was made to order by a colleague UpRise, for which I express many thanks to him. I recommend as a very high-quality manufacturer of masks and decals. Top camouflage applied by hand without masks. I hope you will like it. \
  24. Supermarine Spitfire & RAF Red Arrows Hawk Gift Set 1:72 Airfix A50187 It is hard to think of two more Iconic Aircraft to represent the Royal Air Force than the famous Supermarine Spitfire, and the Hawker Siddeley Hawk used by the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team. 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, and the Hawk 24. On seeing this boxing I must admit I was expecting two full sized model kits in the box. Apart from the parts count on the side of the box there is nothing at all which would lead the modeller to thinking otherwise, its only when you look at the contents that you get the idea they are not full kits. 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. Hawk The hawk is the standard Mark 1 as used by the Reds. Here we start in the cockpit, two single part seats are fitted into the main tub and this is fitted into the fuselage, and this is closed up. All bulkheads and instrument panels are built in. Two pilot figures are supplied if the modeller wants to use them. A pair of two part intakes fit to the completed fuselage. At the rear the tail planes go one. The main wing is a single part upper which the lower parts fits to, this can then be attached to the fusleage. Single part nose and main gear doors are supplied if the modeller wants them closed. For the gear down simplified assemblies are included. The nose gear leg is moulded as one single part with the wheel. For the mains each leg is a single part with a wheel, and then there is a single part with the inner gear doors. The outers being moulded onto the leg. A single part canopy completes the model. If wanted the model can be mounted to the Hawk shaped stand included in the kit. Markings A small decal sheet from Cartograf provides markings for XX310 from the Red Arrows and Spitfire Mk.Vc AB174 of No, 303 Sqn Based at Northolt in 1942. There shoud be no issues with these. Conclusion This is a great set to bridge the gap between click together kits and models for th younger modeller. It a shame Airfix dont champion it as this, and make that clear on the box. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Hello again. Seeing how much you approved of my previous post, this was my first scale model aircraft in adulthood. Painted tail end of 2019, it was done as a Christmas present (& is easily the most time I've spent on an Xmas pressie ever!) Nearly all of it is a OOTB build, with the exception of the pilot's seat, due to the in-box one being a bit rubbish. Painted by acrylics from Vallejo and Citadel, with AK enamel washes, & some use of weathering powders & pencils. Much of the weathering chips & scratches were hand painted. The camo lines were done by the use of blu-tack. I had a bit of a 'mare with the initial assembly, probably because I was only used to Games Workshop kits, which are childs play in comparison. Some of the bits on the cockpit are a bit wonky as you can see on the photos, but the rest wasn't too painful. Overall I think this turned out alright. A few things I would do differently (like the smoke streaks from the guns on the wings - far too chunky IMO!) I will be posting up some of my other stuff on the sci-fi boards in the next few days if you're interested. Otherwise thanks for looking!
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