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caterhamnut

Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Mk Vb

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So looked much better in matt...

 

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...so it was on to some weathering. I've only ever done one other, so I am sticking to what I know at this point - so the end result will be a 'used' Spitfire - as opposed to a polished-to-perfection version! I am very aware that half the skill during this next stage is knowing when to stop...
I'm missing my Tamiya Panel Gap wash (waaaay too dangerous for the UK apparently!) which worked very well, so it is straight to the oils....

 

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...always a bit scary this bit...

 

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...and then wipe off, hopefully leaving some detail behind! I wipe in the 'direction' of the airflow. The molded rivets did not hold much black - but I think it turned out ok.

 

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I pretty quickly started on adding localised detail, in the form of stains, smoke trails, exhaust etc...again using oils. I dotted oil on and brushed with a 'dry' brush. Used a mix of black and some burnt umber.

 

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You can see I have added some more parts - the light behind the cockpit, and the aerial mast.

I added the cockpit canopy - fitted surprisingly well, and the sliding bit...slides!

 

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At this point I also glued the prop on, and the airspeed tube on the underside of the wing (if that is what it is) - I also added an aerial wire - I AM AWARE THIS MAY NOT BE PERIOD/CORRECT :) - but it is a nice detail - I was showing my 'customer/mate' a little later yesterday, so I wanted all the fine stuff on - I'll probably take the wire back off again though... 

I used Tamiya flat clear sprayed from the can between various layers of oil etc - otherwise finger marks will show. The only main parts missing on these final photos are the exhausts - although I have added the exhaust staining. So very almost there! Just got to figure out how to mount it (in flight) but I do want to show it 'banking' as opposed to in level flight. 

 

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For such a much-maligned kit, I'm pretty chuffed with the end result...when it is 100% finished, I want to take some proper pictures of it - it is big though! I may even try some taken at the old WW2 airfield that is a few miles away - Harrowbeer, Yelverton.

 

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Looks terrific - and really shows what can be done with a fairly basic kit by a proper modeller.

Following avidly as you complete the final steps.

 

<stares wistfully at the stalled build on the shelf of doom />

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Amazing work and seriously impressive. Wow. Quite possibly the best built example of this kit I've ever seen. Well done. 

:yes:

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Lovely work,I have always wanted to have a go at the tropical version of this kit.Even more so now ☺.

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Cheers guys - yeah, I went a bit heavy on those - I may try and 'dilute' them a bit, so it is more of a smokey waft, rather than a streak.....

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Still got the exhausts to add, but been a bit distracted....took a few pictures in the photo cube anyway...

 

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WOW..impressive work there, it may be an old kit,but with some care and attention can be turned into a real looker..!! makes me wanna build one of mine, Great work !! 

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Fantastic work! 

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Final post on this one - it's a bloody miracle but I've actually finished a model, after numerous WIP threads....

Final touches first...

With this model being wheels up I needed some sort of stand to display it. Th eSpitfire is iconic in that banked view, so I wanted Mark to have the option of displaying like that - but this is also a big kit...

I'm quite chuffed with my solution...buy one LED light from IKEA, take out the lighty bits, cut the bendy bit down, add some supporting washers and enlarge the hole for the nav light in the belly of the plane - et voila - fully adjustable stand....it has worked really well - and the remaining bendy bit has been reunited with the light bits, given a wooden base and now becomes a usable LED light again....

 

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The model fits snuggly on the stand with no glue, so can be removed as required...

Final pieces on the kit was the exhausts. I added a bit of texture and weathered them a bit - and then used graphite pencil scrapings to add that metallic finish...

 

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And that was it! 

 

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So onto the finished pictures...

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Nicely done, I have just caught up with the build. 

 

Some lovely scratch building to add the cockpit detail. YOu paint and weathering looks great.

 

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