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  1. Having had the good fortune to fly in this Spitfire at Duxford last May ( something I never dreamed would happen to me ), I am now going to attempt to create the aircraft in plastic, this will be my winter " kitchen " project and will probably be brush painted along with MH434. PT462 was built in 1943 as an HF Mk IXE and had an extremely varied career including service with Italy and Israel before being rebuilt as a two seater for the late Charles Church in the 1980s. She now belongs to the Aircraft Restoration Company and is one of two Spitfires operated by Classic Wings for their Spitfire Flights at Duxford. My base kit for this conversion is the Eduard 1/48 Spitfire XVI weekend edition, not the usual Mk IX conversion you might expect, but I need a late ' E ' wing with the teardrop bulges over the wheel wells and their Mk IX.E does not have these. I do have the Brigade Models Tr 9 conversion but this has the original high rear canopy and not the streamlined " Grace " type seen on PT462, and I also have the Hasegawa Mk IX fuselage left over from my MH434 build, so hopefully I will be able to work something out. Incidentally, the Eduard Mk IX/XVI weekend series are probably the best value kits around at the moment, in addition to the sprues carrying the wing and fuselage parts peculiar to the sub type listed on the box there are two sprues common to the whole series which provide lots of spares, and I have four Eduard Spitfires at the moment! Common sense prevails. Having done some comparison fittings between the different fuselages I have come the the conclusion that the Brigade conversion fuselage is based on the Hasegawa Mk IX fuselage which we all know is too short, and the surface detail between the fuselage and wing would be totally different so I have contacted Eduard who are prepared to sell me the fuselage sprue from their Mk IX.E kit, rather than being welsh and trying to bodge together something with parts that were never intended to fit. I do know that the front cockpit was 13.5 inches further forward on the two seater, and if I can determine that the distance between the cockpits on the Brigade fuselage is correct I can start from there. My biggest problem is going to be the rear cockpit canopy and the tunnel connecting it to the front canopy, I need to get some accurate dimensions from somewhere, and I would be happy to hear from anyone who has any information. While waiting for the Mk IX.E fuselage parts I have started work on the wings, beginning with the wheel wells which consist of no less than 15 parts ( including the spar ) which took me over an hour to complete, slightly over-engineered perhaps, but it does result in a convincing representation of the unique ' sloping ' wheel wells of the Spitfire. Next up will be to join the upper and lower wings and then fit the radiators which again consist of multiple parts. That's it for now, not much but at least it's a start John
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