Alex Gordon Posted May 18, 2020 Share Posted May 18, 2020 (edited) G'day Chums,it's been a good few years since I built an ICM Spitfire and,being as I've a handful in the stash,I thought why not.I was inspired by @Corsairfoxfouruncle Dennis' effort with his Dicer IX so that's what I'd like to do.This kit came to me pre-owned for not a lot of pennies from @trickydicky210 so if you're looking in Rich I hope you'll enjoy this one.I cracked into this a couple of weeks ago.First off the kit as it came to me. With all the bits I'm not going to need weeded out.It's a little less formidable looking. The previous owner evidently had grand plans for this one. Let's start with something easy thought I.The cannon bulges are acknowledged as being on the undernourished side of anorexic. I had a dig into the spares box for likely candidates.I used my Hasegawa IX as a rough guide to the size,laid a few out and selected a pair nearest in height and length. These were then cut away from their panels,no easy feat because the panels are curved and my saw blade wanted to go straight for a change,and sanded for height. The same was done to the kit panels,good thing I had a couple of spares of those,which I managed to make a mess of twice.These panels were slightly larger than their destination apertures making fettling to make a spot on fit a lot easier. I did a bit of image searching and came up with the usual suspects for pink Spitfires including this one. White V aircraft letter,5 spoke wheels,torpedo external fuel tank.This one'll do for me. The kit wheels are not the best.To be fair this particular pair are worse than usual,the other ICMs in the stash aren't as bad as these.The replacements are from Airfix,the backs are the wheels up tapered option from the new tool Vb and the 5 spoke fronts are probably from the XII but I'm not certain. The propellor blades are...erm...representative. The first thing to do was address the sink holes.The ends of a few bits of runner were heated and pushed into the holes and allowed to cool.Liquid glue was then applied and allowed to set. In comparison to the Eduard blades I happen to have the leading edges were in need of a little extending.Some more runner was stretched and glued into place.These were then put aside to set. The cockpit components as supplied. The seat is in need of some modification.It has little resemblance to the Airfix PR XIX seat which I used as a pattern The various bits after fettling. The seat had the sides chopped off,a reshape,new sides and front edge from thin plastic card and a backpad from thicker card. The control column had a new spade grip from guitar string,a gun button from shaped copper wire,a brake lever from thin wire and a slice of its insulation and the hoses down the front from thin copper wire. Replacement armour plate A start on the instrument panel and the pipe that joins the two air bottles. Of course all of this will be practically invisible to the naked eye once fitted.More soon chums,stay safe. Edited January 21, 2022 by Alex Gordon 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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