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Markie Smizzle

Airfix 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb

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I finally finished my Spitfire Vb yesterday, having struggled to find a decent matt varnish. I thoroughly enjoyed this kit, except for the landing gear.

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Looks very nice to me and the finish looks fine.

Thank you. It could have been finished a while ago, but I purcahsed some Humbrol matt Clear, and it silvered a test model up pretty bad, so I tried the matt cote. Luckily, even though it was cloudy, it came out fine

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Looks very, very nice. Lovely build. 😊

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Very nice work, the paint looks great

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Looks very, very nice. Lovely build.

Thank You very much

Very nice work, the paint looks great

Thank you, I used Tamiya flat earth, and Hu 27. The Humbrol paint really didn't like being used, hence there's a bit of 2 toning on the right wing. I can put that down to harsh weather conditions in the Mediterranean ;)

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NICE. Even though it has wings and no turret.

I'm not sure whether it's suitable for smaller scales than 1/35th, but I use Winsor and Newtons Galleria Acrylic matt varnish and it's lovely. Requires no or very little thinning and dries perfectly matt whatever underlies it.

Regards,

Badder

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NICE. Even though it has wings and no turret.

I'm not sure whether it's suitable for smaller scales than 1/35th, but I use Winsor and Newtons Galleria Acrylic matt varnish and it's lovely. Requires no or very little thinning and dries perfectly matt whatever underlies it.

Regards,

Badder

Thanks Badder! I've heard good things about that stuff, but it took me all my courage to use the matt cote after the clear issue haha

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Another option - I've found Vallejo's Matt Varnish (70.520) to be absolutely spot on - unlike their Gloss, which doesn't perform nearly as well for me.

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Very neat build indeed!

Maybe tone down the exhusts a bit to imitate burnt steel? And paint the crowbar green or steel. ;-)

Excellent modelling!

Kind regards,

Joachim

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A very nice model! Very good paint job. But I agree with Spitfire31. The exhaust could look a liitle bit more burnt. And if I may tell you : one thing that I learned hear, never paint the bar red........................except your model should show a restorated post war Spit.......

:shutup:

Andy

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Another option - I've found Vallejo's Matt Varnish (70.520) to be absolutely spot on - unlike their Gloss, which doesn't perform nearly as well for me.

Funny you should mention that, that stuff silvered the test area of my Hurricane. I thought it was weird as I've heard really good things of it

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ARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGG THE RED CROW BAR HAS STRUCK AGAIN. :hanging:

Very neat build indeed!

Maybe tone down the exhusts a bit to imitate burnt steel? And paint the crowbar green or steel. ;-)

Excellent modelling!

Kind regards,

Joachim

A very nice model! Very good paint job. But I agree with Spitfire31. The exhaust could look a liitle bit more burnt. And if I may tell you : one thing that I learned hear, never paint the bar red........................except your model should show a restorated post war Spit.......

:shutup:

Andy

Ah guys, you got me! You're right. Historical innaccuracies, eh? In my defence, all I know about spitfires and crowbars is that I've seen others do the same (having never ACTUALLY seen one with my own eyes).

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I present to you, the amended product.

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Very neat build indeed!

Maybe tone down the exhusts a bit to imitate burnt steel? And paint the crowbar green or steel. ;-)

Excellent modelling!

Kind regards,

Joachim

Could you recommend anything? I was thinking the exact same, but at the time of posting, that's the best I could muster up

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Excellent build and finish Mark,I,m not a fan of Humbrol clear,try Humbrol gloss coat thinned with enamel thinners and Matt coat treated the same way

a dry brush of black or rusty brown should tone down the exhaust's but this is best done before fixing in place and the brush needs to be very dry so it

almost "powder's" on

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Excellent build and finish Mark,I,m not a fan of Humbrol clear,try Humbrol gloss coat thinned with enamel thinners and Matt coat treated the same way

a dry brush of black or rusty brown should tone down the exhaust's but this is best done before fixing in place and the brush needs to be very dry so it

almost "powder's" on

I ended up using matt cote thinned down, I'll try the dry brushing technique for sure, Thanks Stevey Lad

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That's a great looking Vb. I have this kit to start, hopefully soon- how did the landing gear go?.. I've heard things.

You've done a lovely crisp paint and decal job. The exhausts could be toned down a bit for my taste.They were made from stainless steel that became gradually more bronze/brown with temp and use. A good way to replicate is to mix burnt umber with silver, for a bronze colour .Then mix in black to the above colour and thin almost to a wash,go over to darken/shade.

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That's a great looking Vb. I have this kit to start, hopefully soon- how did the landing gear go?.. I've heard things.

You've done a lovely crisp paint and decal job. The exhausts could be toned down a bit for my taste.They were made from stainless steel that became gradually more bronze/brown with temp and use. A good way to replicate is to mix burnt umber with silver, for a bronze colour .Then mix in black to the above colour and thin almost to a wash,go over to darken/shade.

Yeah, I'm going to sort the exhausts soon. I thought I'd used the same colour as my previous builds. It doesn't look too bad in person but the lighting in this makes it look light silver. The landing gear was a right pig, the pegs don't fit great, to the extent that even superglue took ages to set. I set it in an approximate position, and left it on stilts overnight which seemed to work

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It is a great kit (apart from the undercarriage!) and you've done a great job with it. Very well done. :thumbsup:

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It is a great kit (apart from the undercarriage!) and you've done a great job with it. Very well done. :thumbsup:

Thank You, and that's the very reason I'm taking a break from Spitfires for a little while. I have a Lightning and 2 Tornados to crack on with in the mean time :pilot:

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