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Beggsy

Tamiya High Speed Spitfire 1/72

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Greetings everyone!

 

Along with my Airfix Spitfire Prototype, I've recently finished this model of the High Speed Spitfire.  I've chosen to model it in it's later form, with the radiator removed and the DeHavilland propeller (mainly because that was the easiest way).

 

The modifications are:

 - Filled panel lines except on the cowling.

 - Landing gear legs from the Airfix Mk.I kit (since I needed the Tamiya legs, which don't have gear doors attached, for the Airfix one)

 - Shortened and rounded wingtips (a suprisingly small amount given how different they look)

 - Removed radiator and filled the hole

 - Added fairings at the propeller blade tips from styrene sheet

 - Canopy from Falcon set

 - Omitted radio mast

 - Scratch built tail skid

 - Masked and painted tail number and stripe

 

The WIP is here, shared with the Airfix kit: 

 

And now, here it is!

 

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The propeller hub was painted using a Moltow chrome pen.  It would be tricky to do a much larger area without getting pen strokes in it, but wow am I happy with how shiny this turned out!!!

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The distinctive short wings:

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I'm still tempted to polish the surface again for a more uniform shine and to remove spots.

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The Airfix gear was very easy to attach, once I thinned down the attachment plug slightly.

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Thanks for taking a look, I hope you like it.

 

Beggsy.

 

 

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Looks cool ... and fast!

These Molotov chrome pens seem to be good idea for small parts. I might have a look for one.

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Thanks everyone!!

 

1 hour ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Good looking Speedfire 

That's a good name for it! :)

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What they all said. And absolutely tops marks with that pen; hugely impressive chrome finish. Love it.

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Is it possible to airbrush that molotow chrome? Or only use it straight out of the pen

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I've heard that it is, but I can't remember what you use to thin it, and it's very prone to pulling up at the edges when masking tape is removed.

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Not a 1/72 Spit you'd see every day!

Even standing still it looks like it's moving at high speed.

Magnificent work - all your cross-kitting and scratch-building really paid off.

:goodjob::clap:

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Wow. Very interesting concept for a spitfire! You've done quite an eye catching paint job!

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Great job. Really like that spinner - I don't think I'd ever noticed those fairings at the blade roots before. So good work!

 

Justin

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Now that is scrumdiddlyumptious!! Great build, great paint and I do like the effect of the Molotov chrome. All round terrificness.

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5 hours ago, Horatio Gruntfuttock said:

Now that is scrumdiddlyumptious!! Great build, great paint and I do like the effect of the Molotov chrome. All round terrificness.

 

That's a lot of compliments, you're far too kind.  All of you are!

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On 2/16/2019 at 9:18 PM, Witness said:

Is it possible to airbrush that molotow chrome? Or only use it straight out of the pen

Yup , Mr levelling thinner works seems to work well and you can buy refills so you don't have to dismantle the pens

 

 

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