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Hello all,

 

I started this project back in 2018. I decided to detail the cockpit using scratch built parts. The painel is the original decal enriched with some small wire circunfrences. After closing the fuselage the model was left to be painted.

 

Then in 2022 I decided to take another go at the model. My first issue was that the canopy was to thick. So I sawed it and thinned it considerably. It cannot be exposed open, but it is better than the original. Next I attended to the attachment of the wing root to the fuselage so as not to have a smooth finish. 

I also added some riviting to the model and proceding to paint stage (upper part only).

 

Here are some photos.

 

Best regards,

Octávio

 

 

 52282779862_6dd380f457_b.jpgIMG_7091 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

 

52282779942_aa3d2d3f7f_b.jpgIMG_7090 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

52284244395_cc7dbb994b_b.jpgIMG_8134 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

52283759656_4fb9eebdb3_b.jpgIMG_8138 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

52284242705_3b1591b6e6_b.jpgIMG_1230 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

52283759071_b59204d153_b.jpgIMG_1229 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

52283770298_23a3e6ae4f_b.jpgOriginal canopy thinned down by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

52284029599_11d6623662_b.jpg_MG_1643_2 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

52284029629_7a2d39648d_b.jpg_MG_1641_2 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

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Hi all,

 

I have a question about the registration of this aircraft that I would like to ask the forum.

 

Apparently this aircraft (WZ T) had as registration number: K9794. 

 

The airfix kit does not provide andy registration decals but a previous AZmodel kit issued this decal. On the other hand there is a photo os this aircraft with the registration covered.

 

My question is: Was this registration number covered on the real aircraft or was this covered only on the photo (so as not to reveil sensible information to the enemy)? 

 

Photo os the AZ kit:

52475495959_79cda93e3b.jpgCaptura de ecrã 2022-11-03 212404 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

Photo of the real aircraft:

52474712537_4e10da2072_c.jpgwzt3 - Cópia by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

Best regards,

Octávio

 

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On 11/3/2022 at 9:42 PM, Octávio Mântua said:

Was this registration number covered on the real aircraft or was this covered only on the photo (so as not to reveil sensible information to the enemy)? 


I don’t claim any expertise on the matter, but by coincidence I’m building a near neighbour of your Spitfire, K9797, in an earlier (pre-war) scheme from the Eduard 1/48 Profipack. One of the other decal options is another 19 Squadron plane with a WZ code (before 19 switched to QV). This must be around the same time as yours. No serial number is on the plane. In fact out of the seven decal options, three have no s/n at all and three have it only in tiny letters/numbers at the top of the tail fin. K9797, the earliest, has it in full size on the fuselage and also

on the underwings. I seem to remember reading somewhere that serial numbers were painted out for a while because of the reason you state. Eduard’s research I think is pretty good.

 

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Hope this helps.

 

Tony

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Thanks Chris and Tony for your comments. By the way I just checked Eduards intructions and they gave me some more hints on how to detail the airfix kit 🙂

 

By the way I opened the following topic in the "Military Aircraft Modelling - Discusion by Era" (also received very interesting information):

 

 

 

Best regards,

Octávio

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Hi Octavio, this is looking absolutely superb. I have only just found the topic but am so glad I did. You are making a masterpiece out of the humble little Airfix 1/72 Spitfire. 

 

Richie

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Hello everyone and hope you all have a great 2023.

 

I finaly made the update to the fuselage (front panel of the cockpit). I added two aluminum strips on the side of the fuselage and scribed a new panel line in front of the cockpit window.

 

Here are some photos of the change and after the painting.

 

Best regards,

Octávio

 

52631798100_28b1f225f4_b.jpg_MG_6395 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

52631360971_9ac4cd459b_b.jpg_MG_6430 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

52631839533_b8ae496f56_b.jpg_MG_6431 by ZlinXII, no Flickr

 

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