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  1. 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
  2. Previous thread about the 1/48th low back Supermarine Spifire F.R. Mk.XIVe - ref. A05135 being closed See also - https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/supermarine-spitfire-fr-mk-xiv.html Here's a new one with fresh news. Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/telford-airfix-trophy-winner-and-a-griffons-growl V.P.
  3. Hi all, first post here so please go easy! I have recently taken to scale modelling and after a few practice builds on a few Airfix starter kits I thought it was time to get my teeth into something a bit more challenging. After watching this brilliant video I decided to go for the ICM Spitfire Mk.IX 'Beer Delivery', so a quick trip to eModels and about £13 and a week later the kit arrived. I hope that some of you find this build interesting and am looking forward to receiving any tips. Boxing: Plenty of parts First off I started building the engine block and cradle. The moulding is pretty poor with lots of flash and mould lines but the plastic is pretty soft so not too bad to sand down. I like the amount of detail though with about thirty parts coming together for the block alone. Interestingly there are very few locating pins on this kit meaning that the parts have to be manually aligned. Next for the firewall and engine cradle (right word?) After a good bit of sanding down the joins time to paint. Tamiya paints sprayed at 15psi and 2xpaint:1xthinner. Rubber black for the engine block and cockpit green for the cradle and firewall Exhausts sprayed with flat iron and dry brushed with Humbrol rust acrylic Bringing it together after drybrushing the engine block and cradle with Humbrol aluminium That's all for now. Any tips or criticism are equally welcomed and hopefully I will get a chance to move forward with the cockpit and post an update at the weekend
  4. Hi Folks! Here is my GB entry, Revell's 1/32 Spitfire Mk IXC which i will be doing with AM decals for Pierre Closterman's aircraft, while he was in 602 (City of Glasgow) squadron in June/July 1944. I have got some masks for the canopy, Etch belts for the seat, but apart from that it will be OOTB. I've been looking for a good reason to build this kit for a while, and this GB looks to be the prefect excuse. I chose the markings as Closterman is French, and it seems apt that there is a French connection with the D-Day Landings, also 602 Squadron as they were based at Drem in East Lothian close to where i used to live. At the moment i am reading a book about the Squadron "Lions Rampant - the story of 602 Squadron" which inspired the title for my thread. TFL CHEERS, Greg
  5. Hi all My entry will be a Eduard Spitfire MK.XIe in 1:48 (84138) with a few after market items ie cockpit Wheels cannons engine ? decals I will be using Xtradecal set X48172 Using markings for MK304 Y2K Flown by Flight Lieutenant Arnold “Rosy” Roseland of 442 (RCAF) Squadron based at St. Croix Sur Mer France July 1944
  6. Hi all, Having recently joined Britmodeller I thought I'd take the plunge... When I started this it was to be an OOB/weekend build (how many times have you said that?) and of course it escalated. I wanted to do a WW2 Spitfire XIX and one from RAF Benson, the home of WW2 photographic reconnaissance, so it will be RM643/Z using the Extradecal set X72105. According to Scalemates, Airfix released the kit in 2009. It's a nice looking but simple kit. Accuracy is reputed to be good and the panel lines are OK. It got generally got good reviews and is supposed to be an easy build. The fit is generally good, but as you can see, there are a few gaps that needed filling and the wings/fuselage join needed a quite bit of work. The filler on the fuselage sides behind the cockpit isn't Airfix's fault, the fuselage needed raising slightly to model the non-pressurised canopy. As it's going to be an early unpressurised version based on the Mk.XIV, this led to an error. I'd used the Pavla cockpit (C 72085) which is well detailed (the kit's cockpit was a bit bare) but the Pavla resin cockpit isn't easy, much of the kit's cockpit detail and sidewall needs to be removed. I do like to make work for myself. But once done, the Pavla cockpit fitted surprisingly well. But it has the solid bulkhead for pressurisation behind the cockpit and I'm assuming the Mk.XIV fuselage wouldn't have had that. By the time I'd realised that, it was a bit late. The kit's wheel wells are completely bare, so I added a bit of filling and plastic card. But what colour should they be? No real concensus on Britmodeller or elsewhere. Photographers with colour film had better subjects waiting during WW2! Cheers!
  7. Hey all, Here's my latest build, the Eduard Spitfire IXe, and what a beautiful kit it is too! I've finished this one to represent a Norwegian Air-frame from September 1945 using the very nice Vingtor Decals. The kit itself is the weekend edition boxing and came with markings for a single Czech aircraft, however I didn't fancy the scheme much and thus went with Vingtor, who supplied this rather nice scheme with Norwegian-style tail flashes and spinner. What is of note is that the Weekend edition kit in this instance lacked any sort of stencilling which to be perfectly honest wasn't a problem for me as I found it quite nice just to get the major bits on then go from there! Overall this was a fun, quick and easy build with some stunning detail coming right out of the box, to finish it off I just added some of Eduard's STEEL seatbelts. Thanks for Looking! (and sorry about the quality of the pics!! ) Sam
  8. Spitfire Mk.IX Radiator Grilles 1:72 Eduard More than any other aircraft - at least on this side of the Atlantic - the Supermarine Spitfire has attained legendary status. The type's role in the Battle of Britain, combined with its enduring presense at air shows, have combined to ensure the Spitfire is the one combat aircraft pretty much everyone can identify. This set from Eduard is designed to fit their own superlative kit. The radiator faces fit onto the front and rear of the protruding parts on the underside of the wing, while the radiator cowlings fit over the top. The set contains enough parts for three aircraft, which seems pretty good value assuming you want to built that many spits. Review sample courtesy of
  9. With the Typhoon finally done its time to pick the next build. I recently listed my entire stash (who's size is a well kept secret) to ScaleMates. One of the nice things about that is I now have some statistics. It turns out the most popular kit in my stash is ..... Spitfire - 9 kits of different models. I looked up my work room stash and noticed a pair of Spitfires - a Fujimi one and an ICM. A double-build came to mind but when I open the kits and cleaned them up it became very clear that these are way too different to allow that. The Fujimi is a 80' era, ~20 so parts, very crude and simple and rumor has it it's not even 1/48. The ICM on the other parts has probably the most detailed 1/48 spitfire out there with lots of parts and options. So, it won't be a double-build but I will try to start them together and see how it goes. You can follow up on the Fujimi build here. The ICM kit is quite detailed: It's also heavily covered with mold grease. I soaked it for a while but think I need to re-do that.
  10. With the Typhoon finally done its time to pick the next build. I recently listed my entire stash (who's size is a well kept secret) to ScaleMates .One of the nice things about that is I now have some statistics. It turns out the most popular kit in my stash is ..... Spitfire - 9 kits of different models. I looked up my work room stash and noticed a pair of Spitfires - a Fujimi one and an ICM. A double-build came to mind but when I open the kits and cleaned them up it became very clear that these are way too different to allow that. The Fujimi is a 80' era, ~20 so parts, very crude and simple and rumor has it it's not even 1/48. The ICM on the other parts has probably the most detailed 1/48 spitfire out there with lots of parts and options. So, it won't be a double-build but I will try to start them together and see how it goes. You can follow up on the ICM build here.  The Fujumi is VERY simple:
  11. Finally I got around to take photos of my most recent compeleted model. I decided to build the model from the 19th Fighter Squadron mainly because I wanted to keep the yellow outlined roundels in my spares box.
  12. These two will pose a problem. Airfix engineered them in such way that they buttjoin to other two pieces. This doesn't help with alignment. I'll be building this version, solely because I want to keep the fuselage roundels with the yellow outline. I wasn't doing any WiPs because my workbench is where my notebook is usually placed, but being able to import my photos easily into Imgur and share them through their app to here solves many things. I hope I can start building it soon.
  13. This is the original Airfix Spitfire Vb boxing with aftermarket decals, covered wheels, Vokes tropical filter and masking tape seatbelts. EP401 was regularly flown by FLT LT John Waddy DFC (RAAF). FLT LT Waddy scored 15 1/2 kills during the war in the western desert campaign in Nth Africa. All paints are from the Gunze range and sprayed using masking tape masks. Spitfire Vb Trop LH Front Finished_Crop by Draggie748, on Flickr Spitfire Vb Trop RH Front Finished_Crop by Draggie748, on Flickr Spitfire Vb Trop Finished Planview_Crop by Draggie748, on Flickr Spitfire Vb Trop LH Rear Finished_Crop by Draggie748, on Flickr Spitfire Vb TropUnderneath Finished_Crop by Draggie748, on Flickr
  14. Longtime reader but first time posting here, this is my first finished model in about 20 years, Airfix's Spitfire Mk.1a A01071B from 92 Squadron, France 1940 . This is also my first attempt at airbrushing, masking or varnishing anything so it was quite the learning experience for me but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out in the end, certainly better than my attempts with enamel paints and brushes all those years ago. Kit went together mostly OK but had a little trouble getting the fuselage to fit into the assembled wings, the canopy was also a poor fit, I did trim the back of the cockpit a little but still couldn't get it to fit perfectly. As I mentioned, first time airbrushing and masking, the green went on a little thick in places so you see some ridges, particularly where the line passes under decals. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to smooth this out somehow without having to respray everything so decided to leave it and just try to improve on it next time. The decals, particularly the lettering and red squares on the leading edge of the wings were a bit of a nightmare at times but I think they came out OK. In the end I decided not to attempt weathering or panel line washes on this as I just wanted to get something finished but perhaps I'll try that on my next model. Enjoyed the process a lot, nice to do something that doesn't involve a computer screen for once, now I just need to find somewhere suitably safe to put it...
  15. Tamiya Mk I moded with Brigade resin Spinner, prop, exhausts and skid with Falcon canopy. the paint was Gold with a daube of green.
  16. Nobody present this finest WWII fighter. It exist in several version starting with the MkI and ending with the Mk24. At 1/72 scale, Special has a large line of Spitfire and his naval counterpart the Seafire with the Griffon engine. If I already the Mk47 naval version, this time I choose the Mk22 "high tech" box. Because I find the artbox beautifull, I choose the artbox version but the modeller has the choice of 5 more decoration. One in the ocean grey/dark green and 4 in aluminium scheme The kit contain exhaust resin pipe, resine wheels and a photoetched. But the instruction give no indication of how and when you use the photoetched parts. You have only indication for the dashbord. You find your salvage in the instruction of the photoetched for the Mk21 that it is the same https://www.cmkkits.com/en/aircraft/spitfire-mk-21-seafire-mk-45-pe/ I start with the interior I use the photoetched seat. It is not difficult to built. I try to add the harness but during the gluing process I loose my patient and throw away the parts. Finally I rebuild these with tamya tape I didn't use the photoetched instrument panels and prefere to paint the plastic part. This part is very fine and need only a dry brush for reveal these details Next step I paint the interior fuselage. I use the classical interior green. I paint some instrument in black and applic a dry brush on it I can assemble the fuselage and "attack" wings Nothing to talk for the wing but don't forget to paint the place of the cockpit in green Now this is the time to add the fuselage at wings The fuselage is little thick and you must sand the karman junction until you can insert the fuselage in the wing But after session of "sand and try" the spitfire come to take form
  17. My plan is to make a what if scenerio, where the Battle of Britain was fought in 1946, and wanted to build Airfix's Spitfire Mk.22 in 1:48 and code it DW N, as was the case with the Spitfire Mk.I from 610th Squadron at Biggin Hill. I need your help with the decals, which ones should I buy from Hannants? 1) https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X48147 2) https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X48032 3) https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X48044 4) https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X48022 Were the letters of 610th 24" or 30" in size? This sheet has both. 5) https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X48028 Thanks in advance!
  18. Hello All. This is is my first “go” at posting photos and one of my models here, so hope it works Bear with me if not! A bit of a back story first. I returned to building model aircraft last summer after a long break since school days. Most of the time in between has been occupied with Model Railways but that is another story. This Airfix Mk IX was the second kit I bought. It came from the model shop in Barmouth last July while on holiday in Fairbourne. Since starting up again, a small but growing group of Spitfires and Hurricanes have appeared mostly Airfix but also Revell. I’m finishing an Arma Hurricane just now together with an Eduard Mk IX. Anyway this Airfix Mk IX is one I’m quite pleased with as (far as I know) I’ve not made too many mistakes. Excuse any rookie mistakes. It is finished as VZ-B of 412 RCAF Squadron circa Dec 1943 as flown by George Buerling using decals by Xtradecal. It is out of the box except I sanded off the bulges over the wheel well which I read somewhere are wrong. It was primed with Tamiya rattle-can surface primer and then sprayed with their Dark Green, Ocean Grey and Sea Grey Medium with the help of a vinyl mask by AML. I’ve not had courage to weather anything yet (maybe one day) so it’s is clean. Here are are a few photos take. Outside at the weekend with my phone. Shown for comparison is my JE-J from my school days. Airfix kits have come on a bit since then! Cheers, John
  19. Turkey flew quite a few Spitfires, during and post WW2. When their MK V's were withdrawn from front line duties and replaced with Thunderbolts and later model Spitfires, some Mk V's found their way to the Turkish Central Flying School, or Hava Okulu from about 1948 onwards. I'll be using the Tamiya kit with decals from Blackbird Models.
  20. A new DK Decals Spitfire Mk.i sheet (link below) includes an option for N3192, GR*L. My due diligence internet search has failed to come up with any photos of the aircraft, and I wonder if any of my far more knowledgeable Britmodeller colleagues might have any further information on whether this scheme is accurate. I’m wondering if GR*L might be the largely obscured Spitfire in the photo link below of the the three Spitfires that escorted Churchill to Paris during the Battle of France. Thanks as always for any insights on this, and please forgive the use of links - my phone does not seem to want to post any photos now. http://www.dkdecals.cz/48018%20SpitI_IIAces%201_48_ZS.jpg https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235051650-92-squadron-spitfires-mk-is-pics/
  21. Hello fellow modellers I bought this from a model shop in Melbourne. I thought it looked great and it reminded me of the movie "Dunkirk", which I am not sure if I liked the movie or not!!!!! I do like the white and black undersides of British planes at the time. Although I don't know why they used this scheme. Box art: I thought I would start the Spitfire as I have never built a Spitfire, it's about time I did. Spitfire parts: Have a look at the the free flash. I also got hold of this which I had the great idea of using instead of the Hasegawa parts. What is the difference between a Spitfire Mki and a MKIa? Thanks for stopping by for a look. Stephen
  22. I started this model very long ago, so it's time to finish it. Every model is familiar, it's old, but I'm always cute old models. I did not want to correct any manufacturer errors, but I did it directly from the box. I did not even change the decals, which are green instead of white. I like it. Here's the picture, enjoy it.
  23. Here's another model finished within the last week: it's the (fairly) new tool Airfix Spitfire Mk.22. Built OOB with kit decals. Somehow I lost one of the outer gear doors and had to make a resin replacement using a part from a second kit to make a copy. That's why it's always helpful to have two copies of every kit if you lose parts as often as I seem to do. Now that it's on the model and painted, I don't think you can easily tell which is the plastic part and which is the resin copy.
  24. Hi All, Quite a while back (pre airbrush!) I made the 1/72 Fujimi FR Mk XIVe kit, now sadly unavailable. I'd found a great photo of the Spitfire (NM821 – OI*L - 'FOCHINELL'), taken from the front/stb I think, with the photo caption something like 'Named after that great ancient Scottish war cry'. I didn't get the joke immediately – I must have been a lot younger! I used decals from the spares box and hand painted the name, a bit rough and too large. And now Airfix are bringing out a new FR XIVe, and it would be good to model the same aircraft in 1/48. But despite having far too many Spitfire reference books, I cannot find that picture. There are other photos of NM821, but that one seemed to be a good angle and quite close. Maybe a book I borrowed from the library. Can anyone help and remember which book the pic/caption might have been in? Thanks Charlie PS – I don't suppose Airfix will do the do those markings! PPS - Missing u/c door! where's that gone!
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