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Progress! Wings are on! Now do I have enough milliput? The wing roots would have been massacred less if I had realized the wing roots on the resin engine would never match the existing ones.

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Wow! Just came across this thread, and it's a masterclass in improving and correcting an old kit. OK...maybe a masterclass in stubbornness too. 🙂 I love your solution for the horizontal stabilizers. I just filled your profile with likes.

 

You've combined using aftermarket improvements (that are sometimes not such a good fit either) and good old-fashioned modelling techniques. What you've done is brilliant, and should also help others wanting to build the kit to a better standard. I'm one of them, I have the Matchbox kit and plan to convert it to a Seafire 47. This will be a great help in correcting a lot of faults in the kit. I bought the Iconicair nose correction, which is hollow, and hopefully easier to work with. I also have the Freightdog Seafire 47 conversion, the Master cannon barrels, Mastercaster interior set and a box full of 1/32 Spitfire spare bits. 

 

I'll definitely be following this, it'll be a guide for my attempt...after I finish the 1/24 Mustang. I'll let you do all the hard work first. 😉

 

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Good to see the wings on Robin and as John said really starting to look the part now.   Good luck with the Milliputtery ahead too.  As Richard said I also have one to convert to a Seafire 47, but have the AA productions conversion,  so I can wait for both of you to finish yours !!!

Great work Robin

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Thanks for the motivation guys. If I was to summarize my life in one sentence it would be. “Robin finds brick walls and bashes his head against them until they fall over, even if he could walk around the wall.” I have stacks of near perfect kits I could build instead, but I keep falling for these. It won’t be perfect, but it will be as perfect as I can get it. 

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I was hoping to use the kit carb intake, but the Grey Matter one has a better shape. It’s not hollow though. The Mk22 had an intake shutter, normally closed on the ground to pass the air through a filter, so, I get to hollow it out and block it again... -don’t worry about the state of the fuselage skin, it will get better. Much sanding to go!

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Hard to tell how I am doing, I know there are some small flaws, but I am just working on shape at the moment. So when in doubt, throw some primer at it. Not too bad, but the top of the leading edge needs to be thickened. Couldn’t get a photo to show it. The Spitfire wing maintains its profile until it gets to the fuselage, then gets covered by a fairing. The graceful lines are what we love about the aircraft, but straight lines are few and far between!

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This arrived today, very well packaged. Another new item. Once I am done I should add up what this little project has cost...... In any case, support the small cottage industries if you can. Not ready for them yet, but getting there, I am done the major sanding and filling, scribing and mounting the stabs next.

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Hollowed out the carb intake. The carb had a door that was closed on the ground which forced the air up and through a filter in the fairing, so if you look in, all you see is a slightly bent piece of aluminum. It only took as long as New York City Serenade to hollow it out with my Dremel tool and some careful carving. Door was added using some card. I hollowed out some of the fuselage because from certain angles you could see the air had nowhere to go. I Painted it black, the door aluminum and the intake trunk Medium Sea Grey before installing the intake. 

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