1/32 Spitfire Mk.VIII ‘Bobby’ Gibbs - Home Country Modern Aircraft/Spitfire Marks GB

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  1. Wayne Little

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    Entry : Mk.VIII Spitfire flown by Wing Commander “Bobby” Gibbs of No.80 Wing based at morotai Island, Dutch East Indies 1945.
    Kit : 1/32 Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII

    Accessories : Probably None Kit has just about everything!

    Been longing to tackle this kit for some time, and the opportunity has now presented itself.
    I have 2 of these beautiful kits, both reserved for the Australian Aces Bobby Gibbs and Clive Caldwell.
    Decided to run with the Sharkmouth aircraft of Bobby Gibbs first…

    Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes DSO, DFC Bar, OAM (6 May 1916 – 11 April 2007) was a leading Australian fighter ace of World War II. He was officially credited with shooting down 10¼ enemy aircraft, although his score is often reported as 12 destroyed. Born in rural New South Wales, Gibbes worked as a jackaroo and salesman before joining the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in February 1940. Posted to the Middle East in May 1941, he became commanding officer of No. 3 Squadron RAAF during the North African campaign, where his leadership and fighting skills earned him the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar. Subsequently posted to the South West Pacific Theatre, he served with the Australian First Tactical Air Force, and took part in the "Morotai Mutiny" of April 1945. After the war he spent many years in New Guinea, developing local industry, for which he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004. He died in April 2007, at the age of 90.

    So away we go….

    Image Source : from of the Internet BUT clearly the Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial collection.
     

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    Nice Wayne. Shall be fun and instructive to watch.
     
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    I'm getting the popcorn.....
     
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    Bout bloody time Wayne! :lol: Can't wait mate :cool:
     
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    Cheers fellas...pics up soon!
     
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    nice one Wayne
     
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    Really looking forward to this one !
     
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    Really looking forward to this one Wayne!
     
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    Ok real simple start to kick things off...rear lower fuselage section for the open tail wheel of the Mk.VIII the parts as you can see fit flawlessly into place along panel lines!
     

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    Its a great kit to build Wayne, I can't wait to see the results!
     
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    Glad to see you doing a spit!
     
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    Cheers fellas, all i needed was a real good excuse to kick me in the @ss....and here it is! :D
     
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    Nice to see Wayne, crossing over for a change and on the other side of the fence so to speak.
     
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    If there's any other time you need a kick in the a$$ Wayne, let me know!
     
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    Wayne Little Well-Known Member

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    Well...er...thanks Andy.....I think? :D
     
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    Looking forward to this build Wayne.
     
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    Some more...Rudder and Elevators assembled, thes items have small metal rods and metal attachments that fit inside the plastic components....
     

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    looks great, though way to much detail for me to mess up !
     
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