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  1. Here's my Airfix new mold 1/72 Spitfire PR XIX using Blackbird Models Turkish Spitfires decal sheet. It's a pretty nice little kit, only taking a week to build. The only fault with it is the lower camera bay clear parts are a bit small for the area they are meant to cover, so I used Testors clear parts glue for the clear there. Also new was my use of SMS paints PRU Blue. I bought it on a whim as Humbrol has discontinued their colour and Gunze don't match it. Very nice paint, sprayable right out of the bottle. I'll be buying more of them for sure.
  2. Some of you may have seen these and remember them from other places on the 'net,some of you may not have seen them at all. All I'm going to say is that they are pretty much ALL 1/72nd scale and well modified by my old mate Tim. Enjoy. http://spitfiresite.com/2010/07/spitfire-models-by-tim-prosser-2.html Ooh,BTW,the Tiger Moth IS the ancient Airfix kit,not the new tooled one. Right,m'off to fit a door and hood to something old and modern,all will be revealed in good time children,all in good time.
  3. 1/48 Spitfire HF Mk.VIII ProfiPACK Eduard Catalogue # 8287 Available from Eduard for €37.45 The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during and after World War II. Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter produced continuously throughout the war. The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works. Mitchell pushed the Spitfire's distinctive elliptical wing, designed by Beverley Shenstone, to have the thinnest possible cross-section, helping give the aircraft a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer, overseeing the Spitfire's development through its multitude of variants. In September 1941, a hitherto unknown German radial engine fighter appeared in the west European sky. The new airplane was superior to British fighters, most distressingly to the Spitfire Mk.V. The German design was soon recognized as the Focke-Wulf Fw 190A. The first response to the new German weapon was the Spitfire Mk.VIII, but the design changes were so complex that initiating timely production was not possible. The only British fighter aircraft deemed suitable to oppose the Fw 190A were the Spitfire Mk. VII and VIII powered by the Merlin 61 engine. The Mk VIII was an adaptation of the Mk VII without the pressurised cabin and was intended to become the main production model of the Spitfire. When the "interim" Mk IX proved itself to be adequate for the RAF it was decided to use the shadow factory at Castle Bromwich to produce that version only. Apart from the lack of pressurisation, the Mk VIII differed little from the Mk VII. Some early production models had extended wingtips but the majority were fitted with the standard version. There were three sub-variants for low altitude (LF Mk VIII), medium altitude (F Mk VIII) and high altitude (HF Mk VIII) which were powered respectively by the Merlin 66, Merlin 63 and Merlin 70 engines. The kit This release is packaged into the standard size box that we see for many of Eduard’s 1/48 aircraft and has the familiar orange ProfiPACK band along the top edge. Eduard’s artworks seem to get better and better, with this having an image of the high-altitude Spit in overall grey, chasing a wounded Ju 188 above the clouds. The edges of the box show profiles for the FIVE schemes that are supplied with this release, and varied they are too. I know that whilst Supermarine test pilot Jeffrey Quill didn’t like the extended wing-tip version because it screwed with aileron performance, there is actually something quite alluring to the eye with this version, so I was pleased to be able to get my hands on this review copy. Inside this box we have four medium-grey sprues packed into two re-sealable clear sleeves, and a single clear sprue that resides within its own zip-lock wallet to protect it from scratches etc. Being a ProfiPACK release, we also have a fret of colour-printed PE, plus a small sheet of masks. To complete the contents, a 20-page A4 manual is included. No resin is included in this release. Sprue A Sprue F Sprue G Sprue H Sprue I Photo Etch Masks Decals Instructions Despite my kit being properly packed, it didn’t stop the clear hood becoming detached in the clear sleeve. No problem though as the delicate part was thankfully undamaged. I quite like the way that Eduard arrange these parts on the circular sprue. Clarity is superb, and the mouldings are realistically thin. As it comes, the model is designed to have the canopy posed in the open position, and separate parts are included to do that, but it you want to close up the office, then a part is supplied which has the hood and rear canopy moulded as one. To fit this, you will also have to undertake a very small amount of simple surgery to the fuselage halves. Nothing too difficult though. Unlike Eduard’s Bf 109 series where the cockpit wall detail is moulded in situ, the Spitfire kits have a separate cockpit tub that fits into the fuselage after paint and assembly, although I do tend to add the side walls into the fuselage first. This design allows the modeller to use the resin Brassin cockpit release as a drop-in item. If you don’t wish to go down that route, then the plastic kit parts are very, very presentable and offer the modeller an above standard level of detail right out of the box. As well as the detailed side walls that have superbly rendered airframe constructional details as well as separate detail elements such as undercarriage selector, throttle quadrant, trim wheels, oxygen tanks etc. Instead of looking directly into the bottom of the cockpit and seeing the inside wing plastic, this model of course has a fully detailed area which includes the actuators that the rudder pedals attach to, plus a myriad of other small details that mean this area is as busy as anywhere else in the pilot’s office. A seat with moulded rear cushion is supplies as a three-part assembly, and of course, colour-printed PE seatbelts are included with this release, as are numerous other cockpit parts, including armoured plates for the rear seat and head rest, spade grip trigger, etc. When it comes to the instrument panel, this ProfiPACK release has a layered, multi-part PE option that is colour-printed. These actually look very nice when installed, and an improvement on the already nice plastic parts. Should you want to use the plastic option, then a decal is supplied for this too, in case you didn’t want to paint the small details. Of course, some decal setting solution is recommended! If you’ve never seen an Eduard Spitfire kit, then you are missing out. Those who have will agree when I say that the external details are exquisite, with delicately rendered panel line, port and rivet details. Note the breakdown of the fuselage too, allowing Eduard to tool different versions. The lower engine cowl is separate and supplied as halves, as it the upper. It’s actually here that causes the modeller a little bit of grief as removing the upper cowl seam is troublesome with the surrounding moulded details. Due to the undercuts though, this was a necessary evil. Thankfully, Eduard also sell a resin alternative, cast as a single piece and exhibiting the same finesse of detail. Sticking with the engine, a beautiful set of fishtail exhausts are to be used with this kit, with their stubs only slightly hollow. Again, resin alternatives are available separately, should you want to go the extra mile. More PE parts are included for the lower cowl intake. The fuselage rudder and wing fairing leading edges are separate parts to allow for different versions to be built, and if you look at the interior of the fuselage, you’ll note the radio/battery compartment door is moulded so it can be easily cut away to accommodate extra detail sets. Of course, it’s the Spitfire’s wing which is the real star of the show. An almost full span lower part and upper panels make up the bulk of this wing. Not quite full span as you have to fit the wingtips as separate parts, again helping Eduard to tool different versions of this aircraft. As this is the HF Mk.VIII, this time we get to use the extended, slightly pointy wingtips which give the aircraft the feeling of a little awkward grace, with the beautiful, elliptical lines slightly disturbed. I quite like this look and was hooked on it from the 1/32 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.VI that I built as a kid. Ailerons are also separate, but landing flaps are integral and moulded closed. The design of this model again allows for Eduard’s own aftermarket sets to be added with minimal surgery. As with the fuselage, the surface details are first rate, with fine panel lines and rivets. Cannon stubs are moulded separately, as as the underwing radiators. The latter are made up from six parts each, and the wing has the correct intake and exit ramps moulded in situ. To ensure the wing maintains the correct dihedral and has some rigidity, a wing spar is included. The remaining control and flying surfaces are nicely recreated, with the ailerons having an accurate metal skin and rivet finish, and the rudder and full-span elevator being of fabric and tape appearance. When it comes to the main gear wells, the liners have been split into three parts in very much the same way that Tamiya moulded their 1/32 kit. The reason for this is because the walls aren’t vertical, and the alignment of the liner is skewed. The solution works very well, and the remainder of the detail in this area is moulded onto the lower side of the upper wing panels. Eduard do sell the bronze gear struts, and they are excellent, but the kit parts certainly do come up to muster. Both plastic and PE oleo scissors are supplied, and the wheels are moulded as halves, with separate hubs. Unfortunately, these aren’t weighted either, so you may opt for the resin alternative that is separately available. That powerful Merlin engine also demanded a four-blade prop, and this is moulded as a single piece, with a two-part spinner. A single colour PE fret is included and is nicely printed. Part connection tabs are thin and will be easy to cut through. Other parts on here include the inside handle for the sliding hood, numerous cockpit detail parts including the door release mechanism, and of course, the colour seatbelts. A set of wheel hub plates are included, but not for use with this release. Masks are included for the canopy, wingtip lights, and the various underside wing and fuse lights. Kabuki is Eduard’s material of choice and the set is finely cut and you can guarantee it will be a precise fit. Two decal sheets are included. The first one contains the numerous stencils that are dotted around the airframe. Both sheets are printed in-house by Eduard and are superbly thin, with minimal carrier film and perfect registration. The second sheet contains the various national markings, serials and codes etc. No, that orange in the roundel etc. is correct. Those are the SAAF markings! There are FIVE schemes possible with this release, and they are: JF364, No. 32 Squadron, Foggia, Italy, early 1944 JF476, No. 92 Squadron, Triolo, Sicily, November 1943 JF519, No. 1 Squadron SAAF, Trigno, Italy, February 1944 JF630, flown by F/O L. Cronin, No. 81 Squadron, Palel, India, March 1944 308th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, Castel Volturno, Italy, 1944 Instructions are supplied as a 20p-age, glossy A4 publication, with a parts map and the construction broken down into easy to follow line drawings with selective use of colour to highlight parts installation etc. Paint references are also supplied throughout, in both Gunze Aqueous and Mr Colour reference codes. The last pages are taken over with the five schemes, all printed in colour, and including a stencil map. Indications for scheme parts options are easy to see throughout the build. Conclusion This far, there have been almost 20 various releases of Eduard’s Spitfire family in the last 5yrs, and they show no signs of slowing down. It’s hardly surprising when you consider that this must be the best, most accurate and most catered-for 1/48 Spitfire kits on the market. Having built a couple in the past, I can say that these are amongst some of the most fun and satisfying model kits to have hit the market in recent years. This long-wing version really is a beauty and one that I’ve been personally wanting to see for a while. As I write, I have a box of resin and brass goodies coming, and you will see this in a forthcoming issue of Military Illustrated Modeller. Highly recommended My sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample seen here. To purchase this directly, click THIS link.
  4. I hope I'm in. I can not post in time, becouse of the forum shotdown. Here is the start.
  5. In order to prove that I do, occasionally, make a model and even more occasionally finish one here is my first of the year, A Spitfire PR.1b in 72nd scale from the recent Airfix starter kit set. Started on 27th of December and tried to keep it simple. This resulted in me finishing it yesterday after only 10 days. Adding some very basic seatbelts from foil along with the seat adjustment handle from plastic rod to the kit part after thinning down it's sides and drilling out the small slot in the back and removing the gunsight from the instrument panel was the only changes made to the kit interior. Externally the wing gained the majority of the attention with the gun access panels and ports filled in then holes drilled in the undersurface to represent the camera port in each wing and the messy lumps close to each tip replaced by small sections of rod to better represent the navigation lights. A little extra work was done on the radiator cowl and the rudder control rod added. Then the kit canopy had it's windsreen armour filed off and polished up to represent the curved PR type windcreen before the centre section was removed and replaced with the blistered piece from a Pavla replacement set. With the aerial left off and it's location hole filled as well as the rudder tip post removed the model was ready for a coat of some old Humbrol Hu230 enamel. All went well until I started adding the Model Alliance decals from their Photo Reconnaisance Spitfires Part 1 sheet MA-72131. Some big claims are made on the instruction sheet about how marvelous these decals are but the reality is rather different; the lighter colours lack density with the white in particular turning a dirty grey when applied over the PRU Blue, the yellow faced a similar fate and was also printed slightly out of register - ironic when the red centers are supplied seperately to avoid this issue. In the end only the slightly fuzzy serial codes were used and all four roundels were replaced by ones taken from various other Airfix Spitfire kits. This later move delayed the proper finishing of our subject by a couple days while I cursed MA decals and tried to think of a solution other than hiding an otherwise fun project in the back of my display cabinet. In summary I can honestly say I enjoyed this one. So much so I've started two more PR Spitfires using the same kit
  6. Lonesome Polecat has always had a spot in my heart. Growing up, I got a book from my grandparents, "Fighter Command" that featured color photos of the ETO during World War 2. The Polecat was one of the planes with numerous photos and I decided then that I would build her someday. Then Eduard came out with their offering of the Mk. VIII and Eagle Strike released a set of markings for the 31st Fighter Group and my dream became a reality. My color selections are questionable, but when color correcting the old photos, the US Sand seemed to be a better match, IMO, than the Middle Stone. So that's what I went with. Colors were from the Mr. Paint line. The rest of the completed and WIP photos can be found here.
  7. Hot off the workbench - in fact, still on it in these pics - is Tamiya's Spitfire IX, supplemented with a Yahu instrument panel and Barracuda wheels, and with markings from Xtradecal. The aircraft depicted is serving with 73 Sqn RAF, based at Prkos, Yugoslavia, in April-May 1945. They were flying mainly ground-attack sorties at the time, hence the name "Bombfire". 73 Sqn was one of the very few units to wear pre-war-style unit markings during the war - after serving in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, in Hurricanes, they transferred to the Desert and revived the markings there. Anyway, on with the show - these are on the bench, I'll do some proper "beauty shots" later. Thanks for looking.
  8. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI. And personal aircraft of AVM James Milne Robb, who was head of Fighter Command at the time. And who had the gun bays modified to stow luggage. The AVM specified the special Light Blue colour to make it more conspicuous. AVM Robb took delivery of SL721 in February, 1948, and used it to tour Fighter Command bases around the UK. SL721 was based at RAF Hendon and RAF Northolt until it was involved in a serious landing accident when SL721 was being flown by AVM John Boothman. While SL721 was being repaired, Robb was promoted to Commander-in- Chief, Airforces Europe and the three star rank pennant on the fuselage was upgraded to five stars. In 1951, when Robb was due to retire, he flew Spitfire SL721 one last time - to RAF Little Rissington, home of the Royal Air Force’s Central Flying School (and later, the Red Arrows). The figure is a CMK one, that I did last year. And is just there to give scale. DSC_7177_5880 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr DSC_7179_5881 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr DSC_7180_5882 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr DSC_7181_5883 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr
  9. Hi folks, I finished this one a couple of months ago for Military Illustrated Modeller. This is a home-brew conversion of the Tamiya Mk.IXc Spit, adapted with a Williamson F-24 camera. I don't have any other photos of this than what I posted here, so if you want to see the others, you'll have to buy the mag! Sorry about that. Model is finished with MR PAINT PRU Pink.
  10. Here she is, PM631 in all her glory. AIRFIX PRXIX, OOB, in valejo PRU blue with resin cameras, and decals from an old Airfix BBMF fighter set.
  11. Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk.IIa Back converted to Spitfire Mk.Ia Built this one at the start of the year I used one James Hatch's great book for reference on the build. Loads of aftermarket used on this one. Paint is AK Interactive and the camo was achieved by using Topnotch models' masks. I added the WingsCockpit figure to add a bit to the overall model. People keep telling me this is one of my best models and this was vindicated when I won best in class medal at the Essex Modellers Show last weekend.
  12. MikeC

    Spitfire IIa

    Just to establish what I really love - I could almost build nothing but - I'll start with a Spitfire. The kit is the Revell 1:32 Mk IIa, and I used the MDC correction set, Eduard wheels, MDC harness, and some generic codes to produce a later Mk IIa of no 313 (Czechoslovak) Sqn, RAF Portreath, where the Squadron was based between August and November 1941. The particular aircraft was flown by Fg Off (later Lt Gen) Frantisek Fajtl. http://www.telegraph...isek-Fajtl.html https://en.wikipedia...František_Fajtl The aircraft only joined 313 Sqn on 2 October 1941 following what seem to have been major repairs at AST (http://www.airhistor...tfire/p005.html) I chose this subject because I have considerable interest in the Czechoslovak, Czech and Slovak air arms, and it's a IIa just after colours changed from Dark Earth and Green over Sky to Ocean Grey and Green over Medium Sea Grey. I particularly like this variant of the day fighter scheme, with ocean gey and green, but with the A/A1/B markings. The aircraft was fresh out of repair, so it seems likely she was in the new scheme. So I kept weathering to a minimum, in keeping with the circumstances: in particular there's no gun staining and very little exhaust staining, and underneath just the beginning of the characteristic Spitfire oil stains. I did this one for a group build over on LSP, a tribute to Edgar Brooks, so if you're interested here's the WIP thread. http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=59953&hl= Thanks for looking - comments and constructive criticism welcome.
  13. Due to the speed at which I complete models, and the fact that this is the only one I care to share photos of, here's the Airfix 1/72nd scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX I completed last year. It was painted with Tamiya acrylics thinned with lacquer/cellulose thinners. Final varnish is Winsor & Newton Galeria Matt, panel lines accentuated with a medium grey "Les's Dirty Wash", streaking and staining by same, exhaust and ejector chute staining by chalk pastels. Noisy photos courtesy of me and a lack of light:
  14. Good afternoon gentlemen with this first post in this new forum, I'd like to share with you a few pics from my second airplane. My first one was the Tamiya FW190 A8 in 48th scale. I'm actually a diorama builder and AFV guy and used to overlook planes. But recently I regained my interest in planes and especially the Battle of Britain. So here goes my Revell Spitfire Mk.IIa by Revell in 1/32 scale. Nothing spectacular so far, but I thought you might like it. Best Gunnar As you can see, thereare some imperfections in the canopy I need to get rid of. Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures. Just some smartphone shots.
  15. So after a bit of hassle with the wheel covers and alignment (still don't think it's 100%, but not much scope for adjustment) I'm calling this one finished. It's built OOB apart from Eduard belts, acetate gunsight and Techmod decals. Not a bad kit considering its age, but there were some issues with the canopy framing being poorly defined, particularly the rear section which is pretty much DIY. Anyway, here are some pics: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXc, 306 (Polish) Squadron, F/Lt Jozef Zulikowski, RAF Northolt 1942.
  16. This is the superb Tamiya 1:72 Spitfire Mk1.The model is of N3249, No.92 Squadron, Biggin Hill, September 1940. I've added an Aires detail kit comprising gun bays, engine and cockpit, plus Eduard p/e flaps, Xtradecal decals and a partial vacform canopy (windscreen section is Tamiya becasue it was a perfect fit). Overall I'm pleased with it, although it's by no means perfect - I'm not really happy with the framing behind the spinner, I think it's too high, but there's not much to be done without major surgery of the Aires engine. Here it is with the Airfix BF109 E4: This model won first prize at the 2014 IPMS Wakefield model show at Huddersfield: The tools are from a 1:72 Brengun Models set, and the table and chairs are 1:76, from Dan Taylor Modelworks.
  17. This was sure a fun model to build, and was built from a test shot for the ADH title: How to Build the Revell Spitfire Mk.IIa I've heard some folk say that this model is hard to build. Well, apart from the troublesome windscreen, I'd have to disagree. It's far from a perfect model either. Poor wheel well detail, missing and poor cockpit detail, machine-gunned rivets on fuse and stab, awful wheels, and naff looking prop and spinner. That's for starters. No problems with this kit are insurmountable to the average mortal, with perhaps the exception of the fat wing root that would require more work and patience. Having said that, it sure looks a beautiful model when completed. Here are a few pics from my book. To buy this title, click THIS link
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