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Robin-42

Matchbox/Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk 22/24

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As part of my effort to clear my backlog of started kits I have dug out my Matchbox Spitfire. I started this literaly decades ago, but didn’t get far. I have looked at it occasionally, but no action. Then I bought some Xtradecal decals for it,  SAC MkIX undercarriage legs, MasterCasters interior, Master gun barrels. Finally I found out about the Grey Matter correction set for the nose, which of course  I immediately ordered on a wim. Having now spent about ten times what the original kit cost, guilt has led me to this, my first WIP. It will not be a tutorial, I am not that good, it will not be a guide to the ultimate accurate Matchbox Spitfire, but posting about it will serve to prod me to get it built. With a little luck, at about the halfway point, somebody will announce a new accurate Mk 22/24 for you guys waiting for one.

 

We will start with the nose, the Grey Matter nose is one seriously large accurate lump of resin. I may scratchbuild the u/c legs out of brass because even the SAC legs might fold under the weight! It also might be the first Spitfire build to need weight in the tail to prevent it becoming a nose sitter. You can see the difference with the kit item. The panel lines look much more to scale than the Matchbox lines-lol.  

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The MasterCasters interior is a mix of amazing detail and rough molding. Still a vast improvement over the kit. Here is the seat compared to the kit item I had asembled a very long time ago. The kit seat seems to have been scaled for giants. The replacement is a perfect match for the Tamiya seat from my MkIX kit. A saner builder would be building that one instead!

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Rudder pedal and it’s associated structure got a little banana shaped, probably by me. Also seperated in two. It is a good representation and matches the Tamiya part with added flash. Popped the bits into boiling water and they went back to the proper shape. Used some blue tack to hold them together so I could glue them back with superglue and accelerator. A little more cleanup and I will throw some paint at it. Pushrods might need replacing.

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As usual, the questions come up early. Googling has not so far been too helpful, so if any of you guys have some links at your fingertips, it would be greatly appreciated. Looking for the following;

 

”Best” F22 drawings. I have a set in the SAM modellers guide, which appear to be good to my utterly untrained eye. 

 

Any in-service photo’s of PK613. Xtradecal must have based it on something?

 

There will be more as I putter along.

 

 

 

 

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After massacring the molded on detail in the cockpit and thinning the sidewalls as much as I dared, I elected to glue the port sidewall in first using the door as a guide. The instructions would have you install the tub as a completed unit, but that would make dealing with the seam around the door difficult. This way I also have a fixed datumn to work from for the rest of the bits.

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Rudder pushrods replaced with Albion Alloys tubing. One side down, one to go.

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The guides for the canopy were made to make the canopy movable. As a result they are over scale, so they are being filled. The headrest brace will have to go as well.

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On 8/28/2019 at 1:54 AM, Robin-42 said:

As usual, the questions come up early. Googling has not so far been too helpful, so if any of you guys have some links at your fingertips, it would be greatly appreciated. Looking for the following;

 

”Best” F22 drawings. I have a set in the SAM modellers guide, which appear to be good to my utterly untrained eye. 

 

Any in-service photo’s of PK613. Xtradecal must have based it on something?

 

There will be more as I putter along.

 

 

 

 

Sir,might one suggest that these drawing may indeed be superior:

 

http://soyuyo.main.jp/spit47/spit47-1.html

 

One may have to translate into English and then scroll down the page,but one will find excellent side,top and underside views

of the Spitfire 22.

The link for these came from a thread on the conversion of the 1/72nd Airfix Spit 22 into a Seafire FR.47.

They are superb.

 

Dave.

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Thanks Dave, even without a translation that was informative and intimidating!

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The replacement frame at the headrest is undersized. Well, if you simply removed the molded on detail from the kit, they would probably fit ok. The issue is the entrance door. The fuselage needs to be thinned down considerably, or it looks like tank armour thickness. As it is, I still have it too wide. I have added some strip along each side of the bulkhead, but there will still be a lot of filling to get it to look right. The real aircraft has the skin rivited to that frame, so no gaps allowed. The headrest is getting modified as well, more on that next time. It is going to get worse before it gets better........

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Very nice work so far. I have one that I will convert to a Seafire Mk47 using the AA productions conversion kit.  That conversion comes with resin U/C legs with brass rod moulded inside so should be strong enough to take the weight fingers crossed.

Keep up the good

All the best

Chris

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