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  1. 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.
  2. Tamiya Mk I moded with Brigade resin Spinner, prop, exhausts and skid with Falcon canopy. the paint was Gold with a daube of green.
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  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. 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.
  8. 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/
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Spitfire Vc from very modified Revell MK II kit with entirely new ammo covers and bubbles, Vokes filter and canopy from Hasegawa MK V. Master gun barrels, resin wheels from Halinski, bronze legs from Eduard, Eduard etch, Montex Masks. Lots of small corrections, cockpit was changed too. With older buddy:
  14. Hi all, I've just ordered my first Eduard kit, A 1/72 Spitfire Mk XVI Bubble-top. I have a question concerning this scheme I live quite close to the Auckland Museum and they have a spitfire with the same serial code on it however the roundels on the wings are different and the Eduard scheme has clipped wings whereas the Auckland one does not. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could tell me any information why the Auckland one is different, thanks in advance. -Cam
  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. I'm planning to build both varieties of Mark XII at some point - the main difference being the tailwheels. And one from each squadron too. Which leads me to this query about the markings. DL-K EN625 – is there any evidence for the signwritten “Nigeria” on the port cowling? Airfix include it in their 1/48 kit decals but not Brigade in their 1/72 ones for the Mk.XII, neither do Sword for a later Mk.XIV DL-K. There is a nice photo of 91sqn on parade with shiny brand new Vbs showing nicely signwritten cowlings – maybe that was the only time it appeared? Seems feasible that a special effort was made just for that photo publicity session. Also close up it seems beneath each swirly Nigeria it dedicates each aircraft to a different province of the country . I have only found the one photo for the Mk.XII DL-K which shows the starboard side. There is a photo of the portside of a crashed 91Sqn Twelve, but it doesn’t really show signwriting (or the bloke in the foreground is in the way). None of the photos of 91 Sqn XIVs I ‘ve seen show “Nigeria”. NB - Anyone offering a profile as “evidence” will be fined 5/- or a round in the mess. Cheers Will
  17. *This model was finished during January, but I made myself to take pictures of it only now... The mechanic took a week to make (Tamiya + Vallejo colours). After 5 years I declare this model FINISHED! The history of this build starts at the Heritage Aviation Models Ltd stand at the Scale Model World Telford in 2014. I bought the most expensive kit to that day (£40) there and I was so excited that I started building it at our autumn traditional model club weekend right after the show. There, I made the biggest mistake (due to really bad advice) and dipped the whole wing in to the Surfacer. I DO NOT know why I did that, bud it gave me a really hard time with sanding and mostly recreating the corrugated iron on the leading edges of the wings (more in the building thread). Due to this, the Supermarine was very often put back in to the stash for rest and, mostly, to forgot the mistake I had made on the most expensive model (I was 17 then...). Year after year I tried to continue and some minor progress was always made, but nothing serious. But, the last September, I found that poor box in my stash again and I pushed myself to finish it once and for all. And it was a successful attempt. I DO love Spitfire, I really do. And this is a part of it´s story, which was my motivation. I would also like to create the line of 1/48 Spitfires starting with S.6b, "224", K5054, K5054 (blue), first productional Spit, Speed Spitfire and so on... I really enjoyed the last term of modelling on this model. I tried many new things (NMF surface, HGW rivets - which can not be seen there , some scratched parts...) and mainly - this build kicked me into the serious modelling again after a long time. My friend Pavel helepd me with the masks (roundels and letters/numbers and Dunlop decal) and also with the figure of the mechanic (he painted the face ). I also added the base of the Southampton Supermarine factory together with the ladder and the airscrew cone. I used all the photos which I could found, from all over the internet, available books (The Spitfire Bible helped me the most) and the model portrays the K2890 before the RAF Pageant at Hendon at 30th June 1934. There are the most photos of the K2890 in this state and also I like the number "2" on the fuselage. You can see one error in the photos which is the hanging aerial, which changed its position due to the transport in cold weather. I hope it will not spoil your impression much. I hope you'll like the first Spitfire and do not worry to ask anything related to this kit/airplane/photos, I will gladly help with anything. Cheers, Andrew S. And now the model only:
  18. To properly make Clostermann's Spitfire, I had to sand down the teardrop shaped bulges on the wings and two fairings. I did it with an Xacto, and made several scratches to the surface that had to be filled with CA. Luckily the plastic was thick enough to resist several sanding sessions. The horizontal stabilizers pushed each other out, and had to be pressed so they could stay in their place. The propeller spins, that's a good feature of the kit. I used Eduard decals for the ID codes. The Hasegawa roundels bulged a bit over the raised detail on the wings, and the underwing roundels had to be broken so they could fit in their place.
  19. This model marks some firsts for me, it's my first Spitfire, my first properly British aircraft, and my first Pegasus Hobbies kit. Many of you may have read about this brand, which makes snap fit aircraft models. Now, some may consider them as unworthy of building because of their simplicity, but the decals that come with the kits are EXCELLENT: glossy, easy to work with and most importantly, need no setting solutions to conform into the panel lines (fifth photo). However, you should let them dry thoroughly before handling the aircraft, or you may end up distorting them (fourth photo). As always, the model was handpainted with Revell acrylics. Again, no decal softening solutions were needed.
  20. Spitfire Mk.IXe 1:72 Eduard ProfiPACK When the prototype Spitfire took to the air for the first time on 5 March 1936, few involved could have foreseen where the development of the type would lead. By the end of the Second World War, the type had earned itself a place in the history books as well as the nation's psyche. One of the ultimate Merlin powered variants was the Mk.IX. The Mk.IX was a response to the appearance of the Focke Wulf Fw190, which proved itself more than a match for the Spitfire Mk.V. Powered by the two-stage supercharged Merlin 61, the performance of the Mk.IX was a quantum leap over its forebears, enabling the Spitfire to meet its German foe on equal terms. By the end of the War, over 5,600 Mk.IXs rolled off the production line at Castle Bromwich. The Kit Eduard have earned an excellent reputation in recent years with world-class models such as their 1:72 Hellcat, Bf110 and MiG-15. Their models typically feature a mixture of exquisite detail and superb if complex engineering which puts them right at the pinnacle of modern kit manufacturers. The latest all-new 1:72 kit to roll off the Prague production line is the Spitfire Mk.IXe. The e here referring to the wing type which housed a pir of 20mm cannon out board of a pair of 0.5" calibre machine guns. Inside the sturdy box are five sprues of parts moulded in the blue-grey plastic often used by Eduard and a single sprue moulded in clear plastic. Altogether there are well over 150 plastic parts and, as this is a profipack edition, the plastic parts are accompanied by a small fret of pre-painted photo etched parts and a set of die-cut paint masks. The instruction book is a glossy, stapled A5 affair which includes full-colour painting diagrams. The overall impression is of a really premium quality package. 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. It's clear from the outset that Eduard have taken an uncompromising approach when it comes to detail. The cockpit is fabulous, particularly so in this Profipack edition with its extra photo etched parts. I don't think I've ever seen a Spitfire kit in this scale with a seat made up of three parts, so it's just as well that a set of pre-painted harnesses have been included too. There is a choice of plastic or photo etched parts for the pilot's armour, and further tiny photo etched details for the control column and throttle controls. The instrument panel also benefits from the addition of photo etched parts, with a detailed plastic alternative provided if you don't fancy using the metal parts. Unusually, the cockpit sidewalls have been moulded separately. I can only think that Eduard have done this in order to maximise the amount of detail they have been able to pack in, as well as paving the way for their resin cockpit, which uses the same approach. 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 leading edge wing root also has to be fitted at this stage. The fact that these parts have been moulded separately to the rest of the kit is testament to Eduard's commitment to detail, if not buildability! 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 multiple version to be built from the same moulds (alternative parts are included but marked as not for use for the aircraft depicted on this kit's decal sheet). 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. Choice is good though, as it makes for a very comprehensive package. 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 hob covers (where fitted). The separate tyres will make painting easier, which is just as well as the included paint masks don't cater for the landing gear. A long range fuel tank and a couple of small bombs are included, as are a two different types of slipper tanks. 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. Decals Decals are from Cartograf(main sheet) and Eduard (supplemental and should pose no issues. Markings are provided for 5 machines. 2003 (ex TE531), 105th Tajeset, Ramat David Air Base, Israel, September 1953 SM147, No. 73. Squadron RAF, Prkos Airfield, Yugoslavia, April/ May 1945 RK856, flown by Maj. C. Golding, CO of No. 3 Squadron SAAF, Italy, 1945 SM 26, Vorderings Vliegschool/Ecole de Pilotage Avancé, Brustem Air Base, Belgium, 1952 PL124, No. 312 Squadron RAF, B-10 Airfield Plumetôt, France, June 1944 Conclusion This is a welcome release from Eduard in 1.72 for all the Spitfire fans out there. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Turkish Airforce White 5531 6th Fighter Regiment, 3rd Company Date of Arrival: July 1944 Kit: Tamiya Scale: 1/48 Decals: Tigerhead Decals Paints: Mission Models Airbrush: Sparmax SP020 For all full size album photos: https://lensdump.com/a/spitfire-mkvb-trop-tamiya-48.AvZwD Cheers, Çetin...
  22. I just realized that I have two 1/72 Airfix Hurrys with fabric wings, but none of the two kits include the wooden 2-blade prop I want to use. However, I have the prop from Airfix's early Spitfire. Now the question ist: Are the props identical? I know the spinner on the Hurricane wooden prop is more pointed than the one fitted to the earliest Spitfires, but otherwise the props itself should be identical, shouldn't they? Thanks in advance! Ole
  23. This is the very nice Tamiya kit in 1/72, build straight from the box but I used the excellent Blackbird Models decal sheet for the markings. Colours are Middle stone, dark earth over azure blue.
  24. Hello! I need help! How could possibly look stencils for serial applied to Spitfire MH654 that was returned from USAAF to RAF No. 1435 Squadron in Italy in 1944? Can you please show me any clear, close up photos of serial numbers on Spitfires in that period, of numbers 4, 5 and 6 that would show how stencils, masks for painting numbers were cut? Thank you for reading. Marko Jeras Zagreb, Croatia marko.jeras@gmail.com
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