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1/48 Airfix Spitfire Vb and Eduard Kittyhawk double build


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As part of my plans to save money and keep myself out of the pub for the foreseeable future, I've cracked out a couple of kits to blow away the modelling doldrums.

 

Both are WW2 RAF fighters in desert camo. The first is an ancient Airfix Spitfire Vb, and the second an Eduard P40M Kittyhawk. 

 

The Spitfire was slapped together pretty quickly, and is now at the sanding seam stage.

 

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The Kittyhawk has taken a little longer to get to this stage. Lots of dry fitting and figuring out how to fit the resin cockpit and radiator in before I'll zip it up. I just spent the evening spraying that and then assembled the wings for the next round of dry fitting.

 

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Nice kit this Eduard. Always fancied making a sharkmouth P-40. Just never got round to doing it.

 

I had to nip out today to get some basic paints. It's been so long since I've built anything. Even my glue was rubbish and I had to dig out a new bottle and redo the port wing of the P-40.

 

More to follow.

 

Cheers,

 

Nick

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A bit more done last night..

 

Resin wheel wells painted and in. Wings glued up.

 

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Resin radiator glued in (not the best sadly), spacer bars in the fuselage inserted and glued (terrible fit between the fuselage and wing root without them)..

 

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Work started on the cockpit floor and sidewalls.

 

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Lots of fiddly photo etch to paint and glue onto the cockpit sides, seat and IP now. Hope to have it ready for priming in a day or so.

 

Spitfire all sanded down and ready for priming.

 

Cheers,

 

Nick

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Well that was a pain..

 

In the two years I've taken off modelling, my eyesight has got progressively more long sighted, and even with my new specs, I can't see what I'm doing close up. If I start to take this up again regularly, I'm going to need to get some magnifiers.

 

This Eduard kit has got so much photo etch, but I just couldn't use half of it. I can't ruddy see it. Same for superpainting resin cockpit sidewalls. 

 

So.. They got a basic paint up. I used the photo etch belts, and put the IP in. All done with slow setting epoxy, as I hate superglue.

 

I think the bottoms of the sidewalls may need shaving off, and the bottom of the cockpit floor sanded down too. 

 

Nice kit, but a real ballache to use the ProfiPack parts..

 

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Will get the wings on tomorrow night.. Dihedral fix and wing root filler struggle on the horizon.

 

Cheers,

 

Nick

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I believe the kit is not of Eduard origine, but the old Muave one.

That might explain the fit problems together with the extra amounts of resin and so on.

The spreader bar is probably a good idea. Good luck with the floor and fitting of the wing!

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