Jump to content

Recommended Posts

When I first went to airshows in the late 70s / early 80s there was a very eye catching bright red Spitfire on show.  Spencer Flack’s G-FIRE stood out from the crowd for me & I always wanted to do G-HUNT and G-FIRE in model form.  So when Airfix released their Mk.XIV kit with G-FIRE decals I had to have one.  Nice enough built too.  Great cockpit detail that you can barely see. There is a great thread on here of advice regarding build & colours too.  Anyway this is how she looks

 

lHY8i2W.jpg

 

And this is a picture of her I took at Mildenhall Airfete 82 (I think).  Funnily enough I found a better photo from the same show at the same time on Flickr.  I think the guy with a better camera was stood behind me when I too this.  I was only little at the time!

 

9GWBcHI.jpg
 

And a few more of the kit

 

DLlZu1k.jpg
 

HM0Ylfm.jpg
 

B5IG7TO.jpg
 

YrSdEXn.jpg
 

Well that is a bit of my childhood recreated.  Thanks for looking

 

  • Like 47
  • Thanks 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful work on a beautiful airplane!

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the kind comments guys

 

@Head in the clouds. it had to be G-FIRE for me, but a silver clipped wing Griffin Spit would be good too

 

@Tentacles he red was Humbrol 19 rattle can over a white base.  I did tape off under the stripes & kept those white so the decals would stand out.  Got to get the red & white painting sorted before the Chipmunk comes out later this year!

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Great one!

 

Nice to see a Spit looking in something other than camo for a change

 

Regards

 

Dave

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Lovely work, looks superb

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
13 minutes ago, bigbadbadge said:

This look absolutely stunning,  great work and love the photographic backround too, is that on a car?

Chris

No it’s a glass top garden table.  Gets nice reflection off the sky when it’s not trying to snow!  Nearly lost the whole lot in the first photo when the wind lifted the card base 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, bar side said:

No it’s a glass top garden table.  Gets nice reflection off the sky when it’s not trying to snow!  Nearly lost the whole lot in the first photo when the wind lifted the card base 

Yes it certainly does have a great reflection,  phew lucky you didn't lose the model in the wind.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, bigbadbadge said:

Yes it certainly does have a great reflection,  phew lucky you didn't lose the model in the wind.

 

The clouds were looking particularly menacing yesterday

 

xG9Ef01.jpg

 

And you can see the idea with a back scene when I don’t crop the picture

 

R5XKbSj.jpg

 

 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I never liked that scheme but you've done a good job on it. One of my mate's heard someone comment to Spencer Flack about how he thought it was an odd choice of colour scheme, to which Flack replied, 'Why - what colour's your Spitfire?' Touché!

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

A most eye-catching and beautifully built Spitfire.

I'm hard pressed to think of a scheme that would stand out in a collection more than this one.

Excellent!

:thumbsup:

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys, glad you like her.  
@Bell209 painting your spitfire red is something that surely appeals to every kid watching an airshow.  Not sure I would be brave enough to do that but I don’t remember bubble top griffon being in great demand compared to high back merlin types.

@kapam yes she will stand out.  Well until I try to make G-HUNT I guess.  I was hoping Airfix might go for the family.  Who know, even G-FURY ( saw her too!)

Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful build. The colorful livery suits the Spitfire very well.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful model - the red scheme really looks good on this Spitfire - would love to have seen  G-FIRE  in the air

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

A great finish, and I love the colour.

I'm currently building the other Airfix XIV in RAF camo colours, but I prefer the 'un-clipped' wings of G-FIRE.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Cheers @BerndM

@CJP I was luck to be taken to shows as a kid & see G-FIRE, G-HUNT, G-BOOM, G-FURY, the Black Knight (T-33), the Vintage Pair, the BAe Mossie and many more.  So reliving those days in 1/48 form

@Trevor L I get the appeal of a clipped wing Spit - the first Spit I remember was AR501, a clipped wing Vc at Duxford.  She left a lasting impression!

Cheers @Gary Brantley that’s why I remember her so well from airshows as a kid

 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

That looks fantastic and thanks for posting a link via the other thread. You’ve done an excellent job with this kit and she looks brilliant. 
Cheers and well modelled.. Dave

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Rabbit Leader said:

That looks fantastic and thanks for posting a link via the other thread. You’ve done an excellent job with this kit and she looks brilliant. 
Cheers and well modelled.. Dave

Cheers Dave the thread helped a lot - cockpit colour, no gun sight, two gun barrels per wing etc.  All good helpful info.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember that Spitfire from the early 80's .. that was the first time I saw a Spitfire display, and I was amazed at how fast it was! 

Your build brings back good memories and looks great!

 

kind regards,

Gerben

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...