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  1. Ok ive been running in circles so im going to ask the forum. What kind of Spitfire did George Buerling fly when flying in Malta ? Ive seen Vb’s and Vc’s accredited to him ? Did he fly both types ? Or is this just a case of confusion from non experts with mis-identifying the V sub-types ? Yes i know a huge can of . But im trying to build a Vb from Malta and it comes with the decals for beurling ?
  2. AZ Model is to release 1/72nd Supermarine Spitfire Tr.8/.9. - Ref. AZ7478 - Supermarine Spitfire Tr.8 Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/product_info.php?products_id=741 - Ref. AZ7479 - Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 In Dutch service Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/product_info.php?products_id=742 - Ref. AZ7480 - Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 IAC & RIAF Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/product_info.php?products_id=743 V.P.
  3. Airfix's facebook page says they are announcing a new tool tomorrow in their workbench feature. It also feaures a cryptic clue!
  4. Long ago, probably 1978, I purchased the new Matchbox 1/32 Spitfire mark 22/24 I made a start, but quickly shelved the kit. put off by the way everything seemed to fit where they touch, sort of, the trench like panel lines and the feeling that the cowl/spinner were not right. this is what the kit looks like, taped together. In 2010 I came across a review of the Revell re-boxing of this kit. https://modelingmadness.com/review/korean/cleaver/gb/tmcspit24.htm It confirmed what I'd feared and added to it. The radiators and wheels are wrong, as is the complete nose, canopy and cannons.... I made a start. The interior is largely a fantasy, with indeterminate "things that don't really fit anywhere. Trying to line up the bits that are needed and work out what goes where is a nightmare: the instrument panel is a clear part that is also the fireproof bulkhead. The propellor has no obvious positive location for the blades.... Worse, the blades seem to be shaped for a RR Merlin rotation: the Griffin rotates the other way! There is flash on all edges and the plastic is hard and difficult to sand. So, What to do? Greymatter Figures offer a correction set..designed to improve some areas of the 1/32 Matchbox and Revell kits. The kit includes: IFF aerial, radiators, props, spinner and backplate, 3 spoke wheels, tail wheel and door, carb intake, nose, cannon barrels and vacformed sliding hood. It costs £37.80. That seems quite a lot, but the rest of the kit is quire good Also there are no other 1/32 scale F22 Spitfire kits. So, I've ordered the correction kit and will carry on the story when the parts arrive....!!
  5. 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.
  6. Deep breath, swallow your pride and just post the pictures!!! So........ Hi everyone! I've been hiding in the shadows admiring the amazing skills on show on this forum and have finally decided to share my partial WiP Mk1 Spitfire. She started life as a Tamiya Mk1 Supermarine Spitfire, purchased from Duxford in support of The Blenheim Society: Whilst I have carried out some minor additions to the pit, and have painted and weathered it, I forgot to take pictures!! So she miraculously jumped to this..... the wings fitted nicely without much fuss. This will be the first Spitfire I have built with an open cockpit so a steep learning curve for me!
  7. "Qu'il avoit cainte Escalibor, la meillor espee qui fust, qu'ele trenche fer come fust." [For at his belt hung Excalibur, the finest sword that there was, which sliced through iron as through wood.] -- Chrétien de Troyes, Perceval, le Conte du Graal (c.12th century) On 3 September 1944, eight Spitfire XIIs of 41 Squadron laden with 90-gallon "slipper" tanks took off from Lympne on Ranger A10, a deep penetration sweep in the Liege area, lead by Flight Lieutenant Terry Spencer at the head of Black Section. Over Louvain, with 7/10ths cloud all the way down to 4,500 feet, Spencer ordered White Section to remain up as top cover and took the four Spitfires of his own section down to look for trade. Almost immediately, Flight Lieutenant Bill Stowe spotted a trio of Fw190A-8s from Stab II./JG26, lead by Hauptmann Emil "Bully" Lang, a so-called "experte" with 173 victory claims, though all but 28 of these were from the Eastern Front; Lang was accompanied by the 52-claim ace Leutnant Alfred Goss, and Unteroffizier Hans-Joachim Borreck. The three aircraft were following the rest of JG26 in its ignominious flight east from Brussels-Melsbroek to Dusseldorf, ahead of the annihilating wave of the Allied ground advance, then in full swing. Lang's aircraft had mechanical difficulties, which had delayed his takeoff. Possibly, had he more than four months experience of the Western Front and what the RAF and USAAF were capable of, Lang would have been more circumspect about risking a daytime ferry flight in an aircraft with mechanical difficulties. The Spitfires swooped in to attack. Flight Lieutenant Spencer got behind Lang immediately and opened fire, but Leutnant Goss, flying #2 to Lang, began shooting at Spencer's Spitfire, hitting the starboard wing and elevator before Spencer brought the Spitfire's superior turning ability into play, pulling into a sharp turn to port that the Fw190 was unable to follow. Lang, too, had broken to port, and Spencer found himself again behind the German ace. With 1 and 1/2 rings deflection, Spencer opened fire again, and Lang's undercarriage, which had previously taken ten minutes to retract after he'd gotten airborne, dropped, slowing the Fw190 dramatically. Spencer gave Lang another long burst (he was found to have expended 220 rounds of 20mm and 840 rounds of .303, out of a total of 240 and 1200, respectively), and the butcher bird burst into flames and smashed itself to pieces upon the ground. It was Spencer's first victory over a manned aircraft. While all of this was happening, Warrant Officer Peter Chattin had engaged and damaged the Fw190 of Unteroffizier Borreck (who subsequently force-landed after his windscreen became obscured by oil), but was in turn shot down by Leutnant Goss; Chattin tried to belly-land his Spitfire, but died of a serious head injury, presumably from hitting his face on his gunsight during the landing, although it's not impossible that he was in fact murdered by the German soldiers who recovered his body, as subsequent information may suggest. He had two children, a son aged four years and a daughter only nine months old. Goss didn't have long to enjoy his victory, as the Flight Lieutenant Bill Stowe and his wingman, Warrant Officer Coleman turned in like medieval knights at a joust and attacked Goss's Fw190 head on in succession; Goss appears to have been attempting an Immelman turn, first dropping his nose to gain speed and then pulling up vertically, but he miscalculated badly, and went up directly in front of Coleman at a range of thirty yards. Coleman, who would ultimately end the war with five victories plus two shared, made the most of his opportunity, and gave the Fw190 everything he had at point blank range. Goss bailed out of his stricken aircraft, but was then shot and severely wounded in his parachute by German soldiers on the ground; he never flew again and died of TB in 1947. These two aerial victories were the only ones scored by 41 Squadron in all of 1944, and the last two aircraft shot down by Spitfire XIIs ever; at the time, Spencer and Coleman were the only two pilots in the squadron to have shot down enemy aircraft while with 41 (though Spencer had shot down a number of V-1s while on anti-Diver patrols, inlcuding one knocked down with his wingtip on 9 August 1944). They had permanently removed two German aces with combined claims of 225 Allied aircraft from the war, saving countless Allied lives. Subsequently, Terry Spencer had a fascinating career as a photojournalist (including following the then largely-unknown Beatles about in 1962) and married the film actress Leslie Brook, a union which lasted 62 years; they died within twenty-four hours of each other in 2009. He never shot down another aircraft after Lang. 41 Squadron is profoundly unusual among WWII-era RAF squadrons in that it's the beneficiary of a sweeping and comprehensively-researched two-volume squadron history by Steve Brew, both volumes of which I have, and either one of which, thrown with sufficient force, could stun or possibly even kill an adult water buffalo. This is rather helpful when researching stuff like this, though unfortunately there are few good photographs of the aircraft. I have decided to build Spencer's Spitfire XII on Ranger A10, EB-B/MB882; here she is in all her glory. 16807657_1429648753726599_7063633498269721299_n by Edward IX, on Flickr In September of 1944 when operating over the continent, she would surely have worn invasion stripes, and of course, if you wondered about something, Britmodeller has a thread about it. It would appear they were underside only, which is fine by me. I'll be using the Xtrakit Spitfire XII, which is of course a Sword kit, the prototype of all subsequent Sword Spitfire kits, and mighty rough it is, too. It's been a long time since I built an Xtrakit XII, but let's hop in the wayback machine and see what it looked like way back in 2011: 333717_272714309420055_1162695243_o by Edward IX, on Flickr Oh dear. My first task was to take my trusty micro-chisel and scrape out the many ejector pins that would prevent closure of the wings and fuselage: 20180918_221957 by Edward IX, on Flickr Then some test-fitting, something I expect to do a shedload of with this build. In fact, if you don't like test-fitting, let me save you some time: you won't like building Sword Spitfires. 20180918_222336 by Edward IX, on Flickr This actually looks a bit better than it is. 20180918_222352 by Edward IX, on Flickr Great. Even though it only causes pain and misery, I opted to box in the wheel wells with the kit parts: 20180918_232046 by Edward IX, on Flickr They are far too tall, as they are on all Sword kits, and will need murderous sanding down that will probably ultimately defeat the point of including them. I also drilled out the locating holes for the landing gear -- Sword/Xtrakit had left one totally filled in and the other too small to admit the landing gear (the last time around, I discovered this only when it was time to add the gear, a memory of defeat and frustration that has stuck with me these seven years.
  8. Before I start, I apologise for spamming so much this category, I'll try to reduce my posting here from now on. I've bought from abroad my first Eduard kit, a Bf 109G-14 in 48, but I noticed that it and many other Eduard 1:48 aircraft models don't have fuselage locating pins, should I expect to have issues when trying to align both fuselage halves, or does the cockpit serve as an alignment tool? Does Eduard have fuselage warping issues on their kits? Kind regards, Francisco.
  9. "What General Wegand called the Battle of France is over,I expect the Battle of Britain to begin.Upon this battle depend's the survival of Christian civilisation.Upon it depend's our own British life and the long continuity of our Empire and institution's" Winston Churchill 18th June 1940. Right that's the historical bit,I love Aircraft and since the eight year old me was taken to see The Battle of Britain have been enthralled by event's during the summer of 1940.I bought Johnny Kent's account of his career in the RAF last week and now plan to read Geoffrey Wellum's account when I borrow it off my eldest.I have a terrible track record in this section with the last four or five project's either dead in the water or still half finished! I'm aiming for a end of year finish so no rushing Tamiya's two old but still very good kit's,Box scheme for the Luftwaffe tribute not sure on the Spitfire yet be a week or so before I get a start.
  10. Fatcawthorne

    Spitfire Mk.VB BL676 (Seafire IB MB328)

    Of the four 1/48 Spits that I have on the bench at the moment, I would like to ask our favourite hive mind for some advice/confirmation on the colour scheme/equipment fit for Spitfire Mk.VB BL676 which was to become the first hooked Spitfire used for Carrier Landing trials before being converted to full Seafire specifications. I will be using the Dutch Decals Presentation Spitfires stickers and the On Target Model Alliance Seafires profile book for guidance. The On Target profile seems to be reasonably accurate as far as camouflage demarcations are concerned compared to the numerous photos of the airframe available from Google searching the serial number. I don't want to link copywrited photos here (and don't want a slapped wrist if I infringe other photographers' property) so have just included links to a number of easily found photos. If I can link them and I'm being too cautious can someone tell me what I should be doing/what info to include so as to keep in Mike's good books! Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Now a noticible difference that jumps out at me from the photos over the decal instructions/profiles is that both the windscreen and canopy framing appear to be in the complimentary camouflage colour rather than just the windscreen (very conspicuous in Photo 3). I'm assuming that the actual colours called out in the On Target profile, Mixed or Ocean Grey and Dark Green are correct as all photos I have seen (especially the earlier ones) have a high contrast between the two colours. Does the hive agree that the windshield/canopy framing should both be grey rather than the surrounding green? I am happy that the profile has correctly depicted the fuselage ID band (photo 7 shows it the clearest), as it has been overpainted in MSG on the underside (the decal instructions show it all round the fuselage). I am builing with a hook rather than the dummy one so have already overpainted the underside. The photos appear to show an aerial between between the antenna and the rudder post and I think I can make out IFF "cheesecutters" (is that the right term?) from the stabilator tips to the centre of the fuselage roundel. Also on photos 5, 6 and 7 there is clearly a FAA syle IFF aerial under the starboard outer wing. Photos 5 & 6 appear to be earlier photos as the hook has not yet been fitted (unless it could be easily be whipped off if not needed but I can't see that as credible). Would the IFF cheesecutters and FAA aerial be fitted at the same time? Lastly there are 4 patches on the airframe, an oval one on each side of the firewall and rectangular ones behind the cockpit but in front of the roundel. My best guess is that these are hoist points? In photos they appear quite light in colour. I can't see natural metal being left uncovered especially for a naval aircraft so what's the best guess for the colouring (and real purpose if they're not for hoisting) of these plates/patches. Thank you for your help and wisdom (which my time here shows me that the contributors to this site have in spade-loads). I promise an RFI as a thank you for all your anticipated input and can only apologise for the lack of WIP's of late as life outside the mancave has that annoying habit of getting right in the way. If I'm miles off the mark with any of my assumptions please let me know so I can take my beatings like a man now rather than in the RFI sections!!!
  11. Courageous

    A 3-float Spitfire Floatplane

    Hi guys, Slowly, floatplanes are starting to swim around in my head and also creeping into the stash. I have the 1/72 Spitfire Vb Floatplane by Brengun but have found this image: 3-Float Spit So far, I have found two spits fitted with these and was wondering how widespread were these? Also, does anybody know what Mk this is, if their is a conversion set or are we looking at kit robbing? Stuart
  12. After a long time, here I come to finish a model. Iatleri Spitfire Mk.IX C Egyptian Aviation. The model is well-known to everyone, so here's the picture. Enjoy.
  13. Fresh from the Air Fighting Development Unit, RAF, Duxford here is Revell's Spitfire Mk.IIa. Not a bad build and I had some issues, mostly of my own making. Read the WiP thread to find out more...I have left out a lot of weathering and muck. As a non-combative aircraft, it would have avoided much of that. Most of the paints are Vallejo or Vallejo Air except for the topside which are both Tamiya--XF-81 and -82. The decals are a slight mix since the fuselage decals were so out of register. I cannibalized the roundels from a Mk.V Revell kit and they worked out fine. In any case...here it is! Thanks! --John
  14. As I continue with my Spitfire A-Go-Go, I turn away from the foreign-based, post-war craft (all that garlic and spices!)to something more OOB and closer to home for the Spitfire. The Revell 1/72nd scale Spitfire looks good. I think it is a new tool and we have Eduard and other companies to thank for making Revell and Airfix stand up and make better kits with much better detail and accuracy. This is a good example. The kit comes with only one option, which is oddly comforting. So I will be building the Mk.IIa from the Air Fighting Development Unit, RAF, Duxford (the plans say 'Doxford'), England, April 1942. The detail looks good all around with very little flash. I have already primed the sprues. wee bit of flash on the pedals... A bit of flash around the rudder trim and I will take care removing it! Large rivets. Is this accurate on the Mk.IIa? Wing tips are supplied...I think they use this kit for their Mk.V series as well. The kit is supplied with blunt tips to attach if one wishes to build that kit. The decals look ok except for the fuselage roundels which are terribly out of register. I will have to find a replacement. They dropped the ball here, I think. I'll start in on her this evening... --John
  15. Hi everyone Once my 1/72 Airfix DC3 Dakota Mk IV is finished I'll be making a start on a 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk IXc. I've built the Mk XIV flavoured version of the phenomenal Tamiya Spitfire and after seeing Navy Bird's build here on this very site I've decided to bump it up on my to build list. My Spitfire Mk XIV finished as WX*V, TD240, 302 Polish Sqn, Germany 1945. For this build I will be using the resin goodies from available from Barracudacast.. I'll also utilise some bits and bobs from the Eduard Spitfire Mk IX early interior.. the Sutton QS Harness will be made up from the items available from RB productions.. The IP will be made up from elements of the products available from Airscale.. I'll add the missing rocker cover logos from some etch items from Iconicair.. For references I have the Wings and Wheels Publications Spitfire LF.Mk IX in detail.. and I also have access to the rather splendid resource Spitfire Mk IX & XVI engineered by Paul H Monforton available from Monforton press I intend to finish her as EN286, flown by Lt Eric Robinson, 1 Sqn RAAF, Luqa, Malta, June 1943 and for this I'll use the super mask set K32271 produced by Montex. Well I think that's everything! Cheers everyone Iain
  16. Spitfire madman

    Spitfire PRXI

    Hi all here is my recently finished 1:32 Supermarine Spitfire PRXI. The Tamiya Spitfire MKIX kit (60319) converted using Alley Cats PRXI conversion (AC32023C). Aircraft finished as MB948 “Oh johnie” based at mount farm Oxfordshire 1944/45 I added extra detail in the cockpit ie wiring and plumbing. Tamiya paints used XF-1 XF-16 XF-18 XF-71 XF-85 X-2 X-23 X-25 X-27 among others with Florys dark dirt wash and Humbrols weathering powders. Pledge floor care Windsor and Newton Matt varnish to finish Thanks for looking and Enjoy
  17. Spitfire Mk.IX wheel sets for Tamiya Eduard 1:32 The Tamiya 1:32 Spitfire Mk.IX is a beautiful kit throughout, but there are always ways of improving even a Tamiya uber kit, or at least that’s how Eduard think. These two sets provide the modeller the option for fitting different styles of tyres to their model. Both sets include a full set of wheel, including the tail wheel, which is a one for one replacement. The main wheels are split into three parts, the wheel and tyre, plus the inner and outer hubs, the inners having well produced brake detail. They also both feature the five spoke pattern wheels, the differences are the tyres themselves. Set 632 127 features smooth tyres, while set 632-128 features a treaded pattern tyre. All the parts are very nicely moulded, with correctly spelt sidewall deatil and are easily removed from the moulding blocks due to the thin webs holding them to said block. A quick clean up after removal and you’re ready to glue the hubs in place, paint and glue to the kit undercarriage legs and your work is done. For ease of painting the sets also come with a sheet of masks to help give that clean paint job. Smooth Tyres 632-127 Pattern Tyres 632-128 Conclusion As with any modelling it is best to check your references and build your Spitfire accordingly. With these sets you now have the option of building your model with the correct tyres if the ones in the kit aren’t suitable. The masks are a very handy addition to the sets, just to make life that little bit easier. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Afternoon from a sunny New Zealand A rather well known Spitfire Mk.Ia of Alan Deere called Kiwi II. Possibly the most famous NZ fighter pilot of WWII. He was with 54 Sqn at Hornchurch, July 1940 when flying this particular aircraft. I want to build Colin Greys Mk.Ia KL-T in future too as the two inseparable while at 54 Sqn. Markings come from DK Decals 1/72 Spitfire Mk.I/II Aces and were flawless in colour, density & adherence. Paints used were Mr Color lacquers. Very pleased with the overall result and weathering. Even after having to strip it back to bare plastic after a primer coat that failed to adhere. Overall a solid kit with loads of potential for weathering, this being my 7th build of this kit. There will be more as there are still 25 odd to choose from still on the DK sheet.
  19. Hello folks, 2018 - Celebrating 100years RAF and looking forward to our local show where we will have a dedicated table about that topic. So this is my first contribution to it: short wip sum-up Kit: Airfix Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Exhausts from Quickboost & Masks from Eduard Colors: Ocean Gray (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Medium Sea Gray (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Dark Green (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Sky (for Spinner) (The Color of Eagles (Aircraft Colors) Engine Cover Red (for the fuselage band) MRP Colors Weathering: Oil Colors
  20. So, here she is. My first model in about, oh, lets say twenty years at a guess. An Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mk1a in 1/72 scale: Handpainted using a mixture of Tamiya and Humbrol acrylics, and added some detail using Eduard photoetch in the cockpit. Also used the Tamiya Weathering Master sets for a bit of detail on the gunports, exhausts and grub on the tyres. On the whole fairly happy with a first attempt in a long time; the paint went on a bit thick so thinner is a 'to-do' for next time; also need to investigate dry-brushing and washes to try and bring the kit to life a bit more...but on the whole fairly happy. Pictures taken on an iPhone so apologies for the variable quality! All tips and advice gladly recieved!
  21. I like to have models in various states of the build process so I can choose what to work on. Here is another Spitfire start. Although the fit is acceptable, Hasegawa does not fit as well as the Tamiya. Also, I had to repair a tiny chunk missing out of the trailing edge from the center part of the canopy. I have zero intentions of building it with the box cover markings.
  22. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Eduard Spitfire IXe, built from the 'Royal Class' box that contains masks, photo-etch parts and resin wheels. I chose decal option 'K' for the aircraft of Jean-Marie Accart, CO of 345. Squadron, based at Deanland/East Sussex in September 1944. The model was painted with Gunze acrylics and weathered with artist's oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna!
  23. 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
  24. My poor poor winterized Harrier hit a big snag recently, so much in fact that Ii put it back in the box for a while. To cheer me up a little, I decided to have a deeper look into my Christmas gift: 31 different decal options, but only 2 complete set of kits. I really hope that Eduard will offer more Overtrees soon! First, I thought that I should do one of the Grey Nurses, since I do have a thing for Sharkmouths... And I definitely want to do a brown/green one, and a desert one with the blue/light blue roundels and one green one with bomb racks... So, instead of botching Bobby Gibbes rather spiffy looking machines I decided to start with this to learn how to build an Eduard Spitfire. Pictures to follow! //Christer
  25. Goday! During painting Wing Comander Johnnie Johnson's Spitfire MK392 with D-day markings I became a little confused by where the yellow leading edge id-stripes started. I've seen pictures (not of MK392) where the yellow stripes where overpainted by the outboard D-day bands. But in this case the painting instructions tells that the outboard white D-day bands didn't cover the yellow stripes. http://s164.photobucket.com/user/ChairmanRed/media/Instructions/Spitfire IXc A02065/SpitfireIXcA02065_0009.jpg.html What is correct? Was there a painting regulation concerning where the yellow stripes started inboard and out on a, b and c wings on Spitfire's? Cheers / André