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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. As my Tomahawks, Spitfire IX and Blenheim are progressing, I've decided to start another kit and, as I have a fair few Eduard Spitfires in the stash... I'll be using this boxing: I quite like this option: but I have this sheet: which has some in the High Altitude Scheme. As the Eduard Spitfire has a LOT of parts, painting choices are some way away. Anyway, I've made a start by painting the interior with a mixture of Colourcoats Interior Grey Green and Tamiya Aluminium. I've given them a dry-brush with a light grey, once it's dry I'll give them a black wash. Also did the seat, using Colourcoats RN Anti-fouling Red for the seat (which I'll give a dark red-brown wash) before using these seatbelts, (a gift from the ever generous @CedB) Thanks for looking.
  3. My first model in a loooooooooong time (18 years). The Eduard Profipack of Spitfire Mk.IXc.
  4. For me, it was an unusual step into the "dark side" of 1/48, but I enjoyed the build. It was our club activity, we started the work on several ICM kits at the same time so we experienced a different problems on the same kit so good planning in building this kit is essential. Main problem was nose section which is better to be glued first, then the wingtips are thinner than the wing, so it is better to thin it before gluing wing halves together. There are some gaps and not logical steps in the instruction sheet so the Revell instructions helped a bit, especially when building it without the engine like me. Decals were Aeromaster set, Gunze colors, seat belts were scratched from paper. This kit had an appearance on our SIG Spitfire Serbia display table in Belgrade's New Years Cup. Hope you like it.
  5. Just a reminder that we have this month's Eduard kits in stock @ MJW Models http://mjwmodels.co.uk/ All are priced well under UK RRP and we offer our usual quick despatch and no VAT for non EU customers. Prices do not include post, our website will tell you the postage before you pay! Follow the link above to our home page for more details. thanks Mike 1/48 Typhoon, Our Price £36.90! 1/48 Fw190A-3, Our Price £26.90! 1/72 Spitfire IX double kit, Our price £26!
  6. After a 30 or so year gap since my last Spitfire model, I built an Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb for the RAF centenary group build. That started something - I dug these three straight out of the stash and got on with them as a triple build. These were built in the Carriers Ahoy and RAF centenary group builds - build threads and more photos over in the GB forums. All three are Airfix 1/48 kits - the Seafire XVII, Spitfire PR.XIX and the Eduard boxing of the Spitfire F.22. First up, the Seafire, finished using Mr Paint and Gunze acrylics and Freightog decals for a 1831 Sqn RNVR aircraft based at RNAS Stretton in 1946. My favourite of the three - really enjoyed this build. The PR.XIX is finished as a 541 Sqn aircraft from 1944, using Xtradecals. Finally the F.22. Not my favourite Spitfire mark - the big fin spoils the look for me. Finished in the markings of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn RAuxAF, using Alclad high speed silver. To be honest I'd prefer to have built the original Airfix kit rather than the Eduard rebox - didn't really enjoy working with the resin parts and didn't feel like they were worth the effort, although the decals were nice. I'm tempted to buy the Airfix re-release when it shows up in the shops here and use the Syrian decals from the Eduard sheet on it. thanks for looking Z
  7. Kit manufacture: Revell (Hasegawa original) Scale: 1/48 Type: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc Extras used: none Paints and colours used: All Tamiya RAF colours, Gloss coated with Alclad Aqua Gloss, matt finish with Vallejo Polyurethane Matt varnish. Weathering mixture of oils and Flory Dark Dirt This was a reasonably straight forward build, entirely out of box. The kit is lovely to work with, beautiful details and brilliant fit; and you can pick this up for a reasonable price so it's worth looking out for. Having said that, there a loads of well documented accuracy issues with this kit which we don't have to go into here! Decals are also OOB and performed perfectly. All in all, good fun! Thank you all for stopping by, it really is appreciated! Val
  8. The model I packed away ≈ 15 years ago. A quick image history to catch up to the present state of construction. My first use of MR. PAINT The test color came out much lighter. I guess due to the lack of primer. Camera color looks off between photos, I will investigate. My own masks... Not too shabby, although I'm always tense while taking off the masking tape.
  9. The MK I is nearly complete, so I decided to move on to the MK Vb. This is another model I had built many years ago and never painted. I'm using Stynylrez for the first time.
  10. Hi folk's,most of us of a certain age will remember Airfix's Spitfire Vb released in the seventies with it's beautiful artwork and that lovely blue plastic, since then that aircraft of Zumbach's has alway's been a favourite of mine due to it being often published with other's in colour which as you know was a rare wartime occurrence,Anyway as part of the RAF 100 GB I wanted to build a tribute to those overseas airmen especially from the occupied countries of Europe many who would never again see their homeland,Tamiya's Vb is not perfect if you are that way inclined but build's like a dream and look's like Mitchell's legend in every sense,Techmod decal's and I chose the earliest incarnation of his aircraft in the day fighter scheme. ,
  11. Daniel Cox

    Spitfire Legs (Warning Picture Heavy!)

    Hi All, I have started this new thread because I want to more broadly cover the things that Spitfires rest upon while on the ground. My intention is to cover/discuss the main undercarriage and tail wheel units as fitted to various Spitfire aircraft. While on occasion looking more closely at the specifics of Spitfire legs. To introduce the topic I will list the various types of struts as fitted on Spitfire main undercarriage and tail wheel units. Please note that the following list of main undercarriage and tail wheel unit strut types is incomplete (with some obvious omissions) and may even have unintended errors. This is due to the fact that for the moment this remains a work in progress and will be amended when I have time to complete it. The Struts Main Undercarriage Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 90273 (splined ram): Spitfire FI, FIIA, FIIB, FVA, FVB, FVB (T), FVI, PRIV, PRVII, PRXI & PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91244 (splined ram): Spitfire FVA, FVB, FVB (T), FV, FVC (T), FIX, HFIX, LFIX, PRXI & PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91244/L (torque/torsion link): Spitfire FV, FVC (T), FIX, HFIX, LFIX, FXII, PRXI, & PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91545 (splined ram): Spitfire FVII, Spitfire FVIII & LFVIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91776 (forward torque/torsion link): Spitfire F21 Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion links): FVA, FVB, FVB (T), FV, FVC (T), FVII, FVIII, LFVIII, HFVIII, FIX, LFIX, FXII, PRXI PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91986 (forward torque/torsion link): Spitfire FVC, FVC (T), FVII, FVIII, HFVIII, FIX, HFIX, LFIX, FXII, LFXVI, Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 92216: Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 92238: Tail Wheel Unit Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 90356: Spitfire FI, FIIA, FIIB, FVA, FVB (T), FVC, FVC (T) FVI, FIX, LFIX, HFIX, FXII, LFXVI, PRIV, PRVII, PRXIII & PRXIII. Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91328: Spitfire FVII, FVIII, LFVIII, HFVIII, FXII, FXIV & PRXI. A Closer Look Spitfire Mk VIII Main Undercarriage Oleo Struts To start I will show some examples of the various main undercarriage oleo struts as fitted to Spitfire Mk VIII aircraft. There were three types fitted to the Spitfire Mk VIII series, they were Vickers Oleo Pneumatic types as follows; 91545 (splined ram), 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) & 91986 (forward torque/torsion link). In terms of fitment the Type 91545, 91901 and 91986 struts were fitted to FVIII and LFVIII Spitfires. While the Type 91986 struts were fitted to HFVIII Spitfires. In terms of scale modeling Spitfires if you intend to represent a Spitfire that featured either the Type 91545 or 91986 struts you will be catered for through kit or aftermarket options. If you intend to represent a Spitfire that featured the Type 91901 struts you will have to undertake some scratch building for no kit or aftermarket manufacturer provides such struts. The following pictures should give you some idea of what you are looking for in terms of identifying the various main undercarriage oleo struts as fitted to Spitfire VIII aircraft. Type 91545 struts feature no torque/torsion links, Type 91901 struts feature aft torque/torsion links plus full bounce cut outs on the upper and lower link sleeves and Type 91986 struts feature forward torque/torsion links. These variations can sometimes be hard to spot, that said what one must look for is the following points: the Type 91545 struts start to taper above the top of the tyre. The Type 91901 struts don't taper above the tyre and can appear as if there's no taper or a slightly larger portion above the tyre which is related to the angle of the observer, also when viewed from the side the full bounce cut outs can be seen. You will not see the aft torque/torsion links at all because they are hidden completely by the wheel and tyre. The Type 91986 are perhaps the easiest to notice since they feature prominent forward torque/torsion links that are visible above the tyre. This unidentified Eastleigh built JF500 series Spitfire VIII from 92 Squadron (Sqn) Royal Air Force (RAF) that first flew sometime between 19 March and 22 June 1943. As shown here was photographed at Triolo, Italy, during 17 November 1943. This aircraft is fitted with Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91545 (splined ram) struts, note the taper on the strut above the tyre. On the far left is the Eastleigh built Spitfire LFVIII JF934/A58-315, which first flew 26 August 1943 and was subsequently received by the RAAF 25 October 1943. While next to it is JG467/A58-405, which was another Eastleigh built Spitfire LFVIII that first flew 21 October 1943 and was subsequently received by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 9 March 1944. These aircraft are fitted with Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) struts, please note that the strut doesn't taper and that the torque/torsion links cannot be seen while the full bounce cut outs are just discernible. Third in line from the camera is a Chattis Hill built Spitfire LFVIII JG3777/A58-395, which first flew 19 October 1943 and was subsequently received by the RAAF 7 February 1944. While closest to the camera in this instance is the before mentioned JG467/A58-405. Please note that all Spitfires pictured have Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) struts fitted and that the full bounce cut outs are prominent while the larger appearance sleeve for the torque/torsion links is identifiable. This unidentified Eastleigh built JF500 series Spitfire VIII that first flew sometime between 19 March and 22 June 1943. This aircraft as shown here was photographed at Nettuno, Italy, 2 February 1944 with Major (Maj) 0-727434 Virgil C. FIELDS, Jr. the Commanding Officer (CO) of the 307th Fighter Squadron (FS), United States Army Air Force (USAAF) in the cockpit (Fields was killed at Anzio, Italy five days after the above picture was taken). This aircraft is fitted with Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) struts. Here again the full bounce cut out is prominent on the upper sleeve for the torque/torsion links while the links themselves are not visible since they attach to the sleeve from this sight line below the tyre. Closest to the camera is an Eastleigh built Spitfire LFVIII MT726, was first noted at 9 Maintenance Unit 11 July 1944 and subsequently in India from 28 September 1944. This aircraft is fitted with Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91986 (forward torque/torsion link) struts. Here the torque/torsion links appear prominently above the wheel well making this type rather easy to spot. It should also be noted that the wheel well and main undercarriage doors were modified to accommodate the forward torque/torsion links that would otherwise not had enough room for operation. Close Up Type 91901 Struts Shown below are some pictures of mine that reveal the Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91901 (aft torque/torsion link) struts in close up. At some point in the future I will provide further information here within this discussion, until then I hope you find this post informative and appreciate what I have shared. Cheers, Daniel.
  12. I found this recently, sadly the Jockney piggy bank won't stretch this far http://epaclassics.com/epa_stock/circa-1940-supermarine-spitfire-cockpit-section-recreation/ So Santa, if you're reading this drop me a PM and I'll give you my address cheers Pat
  13. Airborne SF

    Spitfire Decals Needed 1/32 PCM Mk XIV

    About 18 months ago I built the 1/32 PCM Mk XIV Spitfire. I was fairly new to airbrushing and ended up painting a very rough surface using alcohol as a thinner (Tamiya Paints). I decaled the model and everything was fine up until the clear coat stage. You guessed it, about half of the decals silvered. My own stupid fault, but the Spitfire sits in hiding, ashamed to show the job I did on it. I have tried all sorts of things to fix it and nothing has worked. I intend to strip the paint and redo it properly, but now I can't find the decals for it. PCM has recently closed their doors, so I don't know how to get a replacement set. Zotz makes a nice set, sheet number 32-033, but I can't find anywhere online that has a set in stock. Does anyone know where I can get replacement decals? Either PCM or the Zotz set. Is there another set that is made for the Mk XIV? Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  14. Spitfire Mk V.III / IX / XVI Radiator Fairings (672173) 1:72 Eduard Brassin The wing radiators are distinctive on all Spitfire models, here the resin from Brassin gives more finesse to this part than the kit plastic (which TBH is pretty good). The pack contains two radiator housings, the flap (which can be added open or closed) and a small sheet of PE for the internal parts (be warned these are very fine). As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in a plastic box , with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts. Recommend if you want to add a little something extra to your 1/72 Spitfire. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Spitfire Mk. VIII 1:72 Eduard ProfiPACK Edition 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 presence at air shows, have combined to ensure the Spitfire is the one combat aircraft pretty much everyone can identify. One of the ultimate Merlin powered variants was the Mk. VIII. The Mk. VIII was intended to be the next major production variant after the Spitfire Mk. V, but the Mk. IX, intended to be an interim design while the Mk. VIII was being readied, proved to be up to the job. Nevertheless, it was the third most numerous variant after the Mk. IX and Mk. V although it served exclusively overseas. Supermarine's chief test pilot, Jeffrey Quill, considered the Mk. VIII the best Spitfire from a flying perspective but was scathing of the extended wingtip fitted to some early Mk. VIIIs, insisting that it did nothing other than reduce the rate of roll. The Kit Eduard's range of small scale Spitfires are typical of their recent output: exquisite detail and superb – if complex – engineering which puts them right at the pinnacle of modern kit manufacturing. This Weekend Edition of their Spitfire Mk. VIII joins the Mk. IX and Mk. XVI in replicating the 1:48 scale range of Spitfires that were released a few years ago. The quality of the mouldings is up to the usual Eduard standard, with clean, crisp details and no flaws anywhere. As with other recent kits from Eduard, there is plenty of fine detail, with parts such as the cockpit comparable to high-end resin items (which, in turn, should tell you how good Eduard's resin cockpit is). The surface detail on the outside of the airframe is exquisitely rendered, with fine recessed panel lines and delicately engraved rivet and fastener detail. Eduard take an uncompromising approach when it comes to detail, resulting in a cockpit that is extremely well detailed. The pilot's seat is made up from three parts, while the cockpit sidewalls have been moulded separately in order to maximise the amount of detail they have been able to pack in. Once the cockpit has been assembled and painted, it can be fitted between the vertically split fuselage halves, along with the engine firewall, a blank part into which the propeller is fitted later on, and the pilot's head armour. The breakdown of the wing is no less complex. As you might expect, the lower wing has been moulded as a single span, with separate upper wing surfaces. Between the two you must sandwich seven parts which together make up the walls of the main landing gear bay. The ailerons and wing tips have been moulded separately, which allows for the extended wing tip fitted to some early Mk. VIIIs to be used (one of the decal options has the extended wing tips). The same applies to the rudder and elevators. Multiple alternatives are included on the sprues, so make sure you use the correct version for your intended subject. The upper and lower cowlings are moulded separately, with the former split along the middle. Even the wing radiators are made up of six parts each, with the surface of the radiators themselves picked out in photo etched metal in this boxing. Turning the model over, the undercarriage is just as detailed as the rest of the kit. Each of the main landing gear legs is made up of seven parts, with the tyres moulded separately to the hubs and photo etched parts to represent hub covers (where fitted). The separate tyres will make painting easier and the wing cannon barrels are moulded separately, which means they can be added at the end of the build in order to avoid accidental damage. The transparent parts are nice and clear, and of course the canopy can be finished in open or closed position as you wish. Decals Decals are in house from Eduard and should pose no issues. There is a main sheet and a supplemental sheet for the stencils, markings are provided for a generous 6 examples; JF330, flown by AVM Harry Broadhurst, 1943 MD280, flown by F/Lt. Paul Ostrander, No. 155 Squadron RAF, Burma, 1945 HF Mk.VIII, flown by W/C Robert Gibbes, CO of No. 80 Fighter Wing, Dutch East Indies, 1945 MT714, flown by F/Lt A. W. Guest, No. 43 Squadron RAF, Ramatuelle Airfield, France, August 1944 JF470, 308th Fighter Squadron , 31st Fighter Group, , Fano Air Base, Italy, 1944 – 1945 MT560, flown by Lt. Antony Brooke Woodley, No. 145 Squadron, Bellaria – Igea Marina, Italy, March 1945 Conclusion This is a welcome new release from Eduard in a ProfiPACK box. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Finished two years ago, Gunze colours, no extras. Decals from Tamiya kit.
  17. Building Race #80 in 1/18 Scale Conversion of the Hph 1/18 Seafire KLP Publishing Online publishing is now starting to find its way into the modelling community. KLP Publishing is one of the new online publishers, specialising in eBooks for the scale aircraft modelling community. Their debut title Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to K.J. "Brick" Bricknell reviewed here has proved to be a success. This This 565-page eBook details Peter Castle‘s award-winning conversion of the HpH Models 1/18 Seafire 47 to represent a Spitfire XIVe—specifically, Race #80, as flown by James McArthur in the Tinnerman Air Races at Cleveland, Ohio, on September 4th 1949 One of the great aspects of digital publishing is the inclusion of a huge amount of pictures. Peter took this model to Scale Model World 2017 where he walked away with the top honour of Best In Show. Those of us who saw the model would have to agree with this. Conclusion This is the type of publication that the new digital format will embrace. The subject is not main stream enough for a traditional publication. This is clearly a book written by modellers for modellers. The text is clear and concise and the great selection of crisp pictures is welcome. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Hi, I am trying to find out the disposition of radio antennae wires on the Spitfire marks (fighter versions) in RAF/RAAF/RCAF/RNZAF service in WWII. From what I could gather from photos, in general (as built): Marks I to V: wire running from the radio mast to a short mast on top of the rudder; wire running from the top wire to the fuselage, near the radio mast; wires running from the horizontal stabilizers, near their tips, to the fuselage sides, near the left hand-side radio inspection door and about the same position on right fuselage. Marks VI to VIII: same as above, but: wire running from the radio mast to a short mast on top of the rudder, if using rounded rudder; to an opening in the front of the rudder, near the top, if using pointed rudder. Marks IX, XII and XVI: only had the top wire, same as in Marks VI to VIII. Mark XIV: small whip antenna on the top of fuselage, offset to the right, nearer to the cockpit than to the fin. I would appreciate if you could correct me as I may have made mistakes. Cheers Rudnei
  19. Hi everyone For my third build since returning to modelling in late 2016 after a 20+ year break, I'm building the Revell 1:32 Mk.II Spitfire. You know the one - cue box shot... hopefully I have actually been working on this one since about mid-November. Now, I'm not in the habit of taking photos of my builds, either WIP or finished, but I have been capturing a few images of this one because I am building it for my brother and wanted to show him that work was indeed progressing. As I became a member at Britmodeller earlier this month, I thought I could share the journey with you guys too. I really enjoy wandering round the forums taking a look at everyone's brilliant work, so I thought I'd make my own contribution. My brother received this kit for x-mas a couple of years ago, but he's into painting Warhammer stuff rather than building aircraft. When I got back into the hobby I asked him if he had started it and offered to make it for him when he confirmed that it remained untouched in a cupboard. That was Easter 2017. I originally planned for it to be a side project and to finish it by Christmas, but that didn't happen so it spent some more time in a cupboard albeit in a different location. As you can tell from some of the timelines of the above, I'm not particularly quick. Life has a habit of getting in the way of modelling progress, but I do get there in the end - most of the time. Actually I have recently signed up to the RAF Centenary Group Build, so I am working to an artificial deadline of the GB start date to get this one finished. Beginning of April if I remember correctly...
  20. Fatcawthorne

    Better Late than Never.....

    Hello, long time no see modelerinos, despite not posting for a while, (lurking yes, posting unfortunately not) I did manage a few glacial builds during 2017 and as I'm only just getting around to posting I will cheat a bit and add a couple that I've finished in the last months. The latest finish, and a real sapper of mojo was the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Ia. I bought this as a bag of off-the-sprue parts from @neilhlast August, so I did get it finished Neil!! I purchased some Airfix decals from eBay and yes I now know the last 0 in the serial number should be an 8, but it's another day at school. I didn't add any aftermarket but I did a fair bit of scratchbuilding (my first attempt at this dark art), most notably in the cockpit and the boxing-in of the undercarriage. I made a schoolboy error of deciding to add the scratchbuilding to the cockpit after I had primed it as I then decided it was just too empty! Therefore the actual details aren't as crisp as if I'd done the building first and then primed after. We live and learn. Speaking of living and learning, I built a spar for the wings, using internet diagrams to get the correct dihedral. Now when the wings and the fuselage were separate sub-assemblies it looked perfect. However once joined together, and the wingtips were taped together to keep an upward pull on the wings, and once the pressure was released there was only a fraction of the required dihedral left. After I had put so much effort into the scratchbuilding I decided I would have to live with this but have learnt for the future (and I do have 2 more in the stash!). Right enough waffle and on to the piccys..... Coming over the line at about the same time as the giant Spit was the 1/48 Hasegawa bubble top Hawker Typhoon (Early). I added resin shrouded exhaust stacks but I think that was all I added. As usual, there was a big gap in the cockpit insert, but the inserts were added to the fuselage sides before joining the two sides to get a smoother joint on the sides. I may have stuck the canopy on a bit too far back but again it’s too late and too well stuck. Used the kit decals as I couldn’t find any aftermarket available at the time . I did have problems with adding the rockets after construction was complete. In hindsight I would add the rails before painting to get a seamless join. The sharp-eyed amongst you will notice I have forgotten to unmask the wingtip navigation lights. Anyways “Show me the Money”!!!! Going back a bit further we have a bit of a Spit Fest with a IIb, a XIX and a Seafire FR47. Lastly we have the subject of my last post, back from the 2016 Made in Britain GB, a Red Arrows Gnat made OOB. Thanks for looking all.
  21. Took a while but at last started the Spitfire build. Pictures will follow it.
  22. Hi, all. Thought I'd share my latest complete kit. I bought the Tamiya Spitfire as a quick build while I struggled along with some of my other works in progress. It largely fell together. I made two small alterations. I sanded the nose to create a profile I was happy with. I lost some of the raised detail in the process, but I'm not worried. I also used a vacuum formed canopy. This is the Squadron Mk1 canopy. The rear section isn't vacuum formed, but is one of my spares from my Eduard Spitfires. I had to build up the airframe with plastic card and filler to meet the base of the new canopy. I've painted this bird as Alan Deere's Kiwi P9398. I've kept it rather clean apart from some light exhaust staining and some highlighting of certain panel lines. This shows better on the underside with the lighter colours. I believe this is the aircraft he was flying when he had a head on collision with a Bf109. Sticking with the New Zealanders in British aircraft theme you'll see Keith Park's Hurricane in the final photos. At some point I'll add Deere's Spitfire Mk. 9 to the collection. Not the best photos (indoors, afternoon, no direct light!) but you get the idea.
  23. pipthepilot

    Recently caught the modelling bug

    Hello Everyone, My name is Philip and I love Aeroplanes, they have always been my passion in life which is why eight years ago I learnt to fly real ones. Over Chrismas last year, I decided it would be fun to build a model Spitfire, so whilst learning from youtube videos and reading the forums on this site I completed my first model kit of a Mk.Vb. I was so pleased with my first attempt and enjoyed the process so much that I have built a few more since including a P-51, a De Havilland Mosquito and a Bf109. I find myself visiting Britmodeller quite often for research on aircraft and modelling techniques, so thought it would be only polite for me to signup, say hello and introduce myself. Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb Regards, Philip
  24. Hello Ladies and Gents, So after a 20+ year hiatus from mutilating and butchering 1/72 plastic aircraft models, I've decided to pick up a knife and paint brush again to get through these winter evenings. This forum has been a trove of information and advice which I've quietly browsed for several years, as such I already owe many members thanks for sharing their wisdom though I haven't even started a kit yet. Seeing the vast range of kits that are available these days, combined with the abundance of after-market items and weathering/finishing techniques that have evolved over the last two decades has me excited but also a little intimidated about returning to the hobby...the leaps and bounds taken during my break has me questioning whether I even really know the basics anymore, let alone the advanced stuff, so fellow members can expect some bone-head questions in the near future. I've decided to take things slowly and learn as much as I can about each stage of the build process, so will be making a nuisance of myself on these forums over the next few months. I've decided that 1/48 is now my scale of choice. I'll stick to aircraft, but no particular theme...just whatever takes my fancy, an airframe I admire or have some connection with. My first two projects will be a Spitfire V, (one of Malta's so-called Blue Defenders) and a commonwealth P-51D Mustang. My third project is intended to be an F7F Tigercat Air Tanker, but I'm trying not to get ahead of myself. Right now I'm purchasing tools/equipment and going through the research stage. The two former kits will most likely be Tamiya products, though I'm aware they have some issues (the Sptifire wings will be annoying). The Tigercat, probably the AMT kit. Any advice offered regarding these products, or potential alternatives, will be graciously received. Though I do prefer a degree of anonymity online, I certainly look forward to getting invovled in this the community which appears to be very generous and supportive! Cheers Everybody Launchpad
  25. 1/72 Eduard Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX first CAD picture: https://www.facebook.com/161026690575664/photos/a.909009385777387.1073741841.161026690575664/909012812443711/?type=3&theater