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  1. Like many I’ve been looking forward to this GB since I spotted it. As a child the “David and Goliath” aspect of the battle raised it above comparable events straight into mythical status, helped of course by the classic 1969 film, along with many others. The battle is up there with Rorkes Drift, Arnhem and Thermopylae, but has the added bonus that it was in the air. What made it stand out from those listed was the fact that the battle was using new types of planes, tactics and technology in a unique scenario, and on a scale and intensity not seen until then. I had no clear idea of what
  2. Hi all; I tried the search and found a very informative thread about the aircraft, but I couldn’t find anywhere a recommendation for which kit to start from? Can I get there from a Mk.IX or is there a better route? Thanks.
  3. Dornier Do-17Z 8./KG76 (F1+FS) Heitsch crew made a forced landing near Castle Farm, Shoreham, England Battle of Britain 15th September 1940 after a low level chase by two Spitfires from No.609 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Dundas and Pilot Officer Tobin. The tremendous air battle fought between Fighter Command and the Luftwaffe on 15th September 1940 represented the climax of the Battle of Britain, and it has been celebrated as Battle of Britain Day ever since. The 8/KG 76 Dornier 17Z piloted by Feldwebel Heitsch was part of a force of about 100 German bombers which approached London
  4. This is back to Plan A for me. I decided a while ago to make the Airfix's 1/24th Spitfire for the BoB GB. But then got distracted by the prospect of Eduard's new 1/48 Mk1 which after a couple of resin Spitfires in the STGB seemed an easier option, which may well be true. But on reflection I expect there will be many of the new Eduard kits appearing here, and better made than I can manage. And there's the challenge of the big Airfix kit which bizarrely has its attractions for me . I made it when it first came out in 1970. The obligatory sprue shots;
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. We've now selling the brand new Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk I Profipack for less than £25! That's an excellent price for this new kit! https://mjwmodels.co.uk/edk82151-148-supermarine-spitfire-mkia-profipack-2581-p.asp There's also loads of cheap kits, paint and accessories on our homepage too! https://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  8. Hi guys I will be building Eduard's 1:48 Mk.XVI Bubbletop in the box art markings for 17 Squadron based at Farnborough airbase in 1950. Review here. I picked this scheme for a few reasons. 1: It was the box art that sold me on the kit. The Spitfire looks great in NMF / Aluminium paint. 2: I worked at Farnborough (now airport for business jets) for nearly 4 years in one of the old hangers that quite possibly could have housed these back in the day. 3: Being a member of Farnborough IPMS model club it was the only choice. I will be doing this OOB with a little scratch building in the pilots
  9. thene he drewe his swerd Excalibur but it was so bryght in his enemyes eyen that it gaf light lyke xxx torchys [Then he drew his sword Excalibur; it blinded his enemies, for it shone bright as thirty torches.] -- Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur (c.1485), Book I, Chapter IX Well hello. I've been gone for a while. Sorry about that. Fall was my favourite season once upon a time, before there was a plague running rampant and before I had children. Now it's just a reminder of happier times. A year ago, I was a month away from leaving for England. Now I h
  10. Here inscribed the names of friends we knew, Young men with whom we often flew. Scrambled to many angels high, They knew that they or friends might die. Many were very scarcely trained, And many badly burnt or maimed. Behind each name a story lies Of bravery in summer skies; Though many brave unwritten tales Were simply told in vapour trails. Many now lie in sacred graves And many rest beneath the waves. Outnumbered every day they flew, Remembered here as just 'The Few'. ’Our Wall’ by Battle of Britain pilot, Flt Lt William Walker, inscribed on
  11. 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.
  12. I had an old tool Tamiya Spit, which seems relatively straightforward so I looked for decals as the originals are no good. I saw the Possum Werks decals that covered the dogfight that ended in both Dundas, his wingman PO Paul A Ballion and Maj Helmut Wick, Luftwaffe top scoring pilot and Group Commander of JG 2's demise. Perfect, 2 subjects in 1 go, I click buy.....then I looked at the date of Dundas' final sortie....28 Nov 1940......after the official battle dates....not wanting to feel the wrath of the GB moderators, I looked to use the decals as much as I could...no records I co
  13. The new Eduard kits are here @ MJW Models, including the new 1/48 Spitfire Mk Ia Profipack! There's also the 1/48 MiG-19 Ltd Ed it and Ltd Ed 1/72 double kit of the Czech Z-37A Cmelak! Not to mention a load of new Zoom etch and Mask sets! Our price on the Spitfire Profipack is £26.70! Everything is at discounted prices - see the website link below for more details! https://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  14. Evening all. I'm going to try and restart the modelling mojo and what better way to do that than with a Spitfire for the Battle of Britain? I really need to finish something and not have it go into the box of doom. I'll be building the original release of the newer Mk.I so let's see how this one goes. I bought this one from a member here sans box so I'll have to start with the obligatory sprues shot, all washed and ready to go. I bought a set of masks from Top Notch last week to go with it too. Wish me luck
  15. 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
  16. The Supermarine Spitfire requires no introduction. In my opinion, together with the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Mitsubishi A6M "Zero", is probably the most famous and recognisable plane of WW2, and certainly the most beloved one. I'm presenting the Mk. IXe variant. The Kit from Eduard is fantastic with great fit and detail for the scale probably one of the best I've done and I totally recommend it!. As you can see in some photos the canopy is broken on the starboard but I have already contacted Eduard and they've organised a replacement which is on its way. I'll take that opportu
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. Hi everyone I know its another Tamiya Spitfire but after seeing @shortCummins rather splendid build I thought I'd show mine as I'm pretty close to where John is with his build. I should say that I started this back in 2018 and for some reason or another I lost interest and put it to one side but now I'm building for my best mate who has been a real rock to me over the past few months and who has a thing for Spitfires. So my plan is to build the Spit and incorporate it into a diorama, I have an Austin Tilly and Willy's Jeep going Spare plus a 1/32 Pilot and ground crew any he
  20. 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.
  21. Since my last build became so involved, I thought I'd work on something a little easier. So, I am pulling out the Hasegawa Mk. VIII (Same kit as my Mk. VIII build from last month) along with the aftermarket Quickboost resin Mk.VII conversion kit consisting of pointed wing tips and pressurization intake. I was able to get decals from fleabay and will be doing James J. O'Meara's Mk. VII, MD120 (NX-O) from March 1944. There are some good pictures of the aircraft and the simple light sea gray over PRU blue is appealing after my last build. I was looking for straightforw
  22. This build was inspired by a good friend and Army colleague of 25 years + (he is actually serving, still must be in his 36th year!). He posted that PO Crelin Bodie was his childhood hero, turns out he was my mates Bob's mothers cousin. I decide to look into his story, which was quite interesting. He was a Suffolk lad, so has a local connection too. He became an ace and was gazetted for the DFC on 8 Nov 1940. He has a chapter in 10 Fighter Boys by Jimmy Corbin. Apparently he had a habit of belly landings....hence I plan to model Spitfire X4321 Coded LZ-F, 66 Sqn RAF, bas
  23. The Silver Spitfire and her trainer friend were here on Sunday! They did a low pass over the airport, directly above us! Then they both landed and taxied to the end of the runway so we could get some more great shots. Hope they come back soon! In the meantime, enjoy the pictures I am also including two pics of helis I saw -AW189 and EC145- which I think are pretty cool The AW189, HM Coastguard The EC145, Scottish Ambulance Service And now, the spits The flypast I got video too but not sure how or if I even can upload vide
  24. Going through the stash the other week I came across an oddment of kits that I do not normally build, but I have acquired over the past year or so. First up is the Spitfire that was given away by the Daily Mail one week, second is a Hurricane that I bought for some reason or other and the last is a Defiant that was won by SWMBO at a show tombola. So I am going to try this as a triple build, but if required I will put them into separate entries. I do know that the Hurricane has the wrong markings for the BoB, so I have been looking at either a Czech or Polish one, but the only decal sheet I can
  25. Although I stopped aircraft modelling a while ago, I just thought I'd pick this one up last week. It's an excellent kit but needs work. I am still sure "New Airfix", welcome as they are, put really good Computer Aided Design before buildability! I did take Work in Progress photos but decided just to get to the finished model. The plastic is the well-known Soft Bluey Stuff and has to be treated with care - it just soaks up liquid cements and tube cement instantly melts it. There was no way I was going to give someone in Eastern Europe 8 pounds and wait three weeks for an aftermarket seatbelt pr
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