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Crane

Hasegawa Spitfire MK IX

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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.

 

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I don't blame you for not using the box art. It is a bit over the top. Sort of distracts the eye from the beautiful form of the Mk IX. The pilot of that plane must have been feeling lonely...

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Synylrez white base with pre-shading completed.

White tail also complete, now it needs to be masked.

 

Below that is the canopy showing where the tiny missing chunk was located, it is still visible as a semicircle between the center and rear canopy, a little more filler and it will disappear completely.

 

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Hi, I don't want to rain on your parade  but there should be a ' notch ' in the rear of the sliding canopy, it's where the canopy meets the aerial mast when fully open.

I like the pre-shading, was it done with a brush?

 

regards

 

John

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On 9/19/2018 at 3:08 AM, Biggles87 said:

Hi, I don't want to rain on your parade  but there should be a ' notch ' in the rear of the sliding canopy, it's where the canopy meets the aerial mast when fully open.

I like the pre-shading, was it done with a brush?

 

regards

 

John

It's not rain, it's knowledge and thank you for it. I believe I can conjure the notch back into existence. I was aware of a notch, but there is none indicated on the box art or in the instructions. It does appear however, in a picture of the tree which is very small and near the end of the instructions.

The pre-shading is all air brush - loosely following panel lines.

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I'm letting the clear gloss coat dry on my Hellcat, so I had some time to get back into this build.

After spending lots of time mixing my own grey color, I made the mistake of airbrushing it onto a spare part that was painted blue. It looked great there! But on the Spitfire, it turned out looking different with the white base color.

Big lesson learned. Now I have to figure out how to rescue this grey coat - I'm not too happy with it.

 

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This grey may be useful for the lower fuselage colour. From the picture above it looks close to medium sea grey. You may want to mix some black on the original batch and spray it lightly to darken it.

 

My 2 cents.

Wlad

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Not exactly the color I wanted, but I lost a lot of the pre-shading and don't want to add another coat.

I got the color a bit darker with more of a blue tint and less red tint. This will have to do for now. 

 

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