1/48 SAAF Spitfire

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  1. Fearsome-13

    Fearsome-13 New Member

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    Greetings from South Africa...

    I present to you, for your viewing pleasure (or not).... the ICM Spitfire XVIe in 1:48.

    I finished the aircraft as a low back Spitfire IXe, which the South African Air Force received at the end of the Second World War as an Imperial gift (I believe).

    The kit itself was a peach to build, but needed a little bit of grey matter usage. The firewall/engine are good ideas in theory, but in practice are a nightmare. I'd done a fair bit of research on other XVIe builds, and noted that the brave few who tried to persuade the fuselage to close around the firewall, ended up with Spitties with no form of dihedral at all.

    The kit was painted with Tam acrylics, finished with the Tam rattle cans, and weathered ever so slightly with pastels.

    Decals were the magnificent Alley Cat SAAF Spitfire set.

    This particular aircraft, was a gate guard at one of our Air Force Bases, and was restored back to airworthy status... unfortunately she was ultimately damaged extensively during a forced landing, following an engine failure.

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    Yessir, very nice and I've always liked the Harvard in those markings.

    Geo
     
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    I agree, very nicely done, and welcome to the forum.
     
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    Good work!
     
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    Welcome to the forum. I've built two of the ICM Spits (which can be seen in the GB's) and I feel your pain. I have the XVI to do yet as well and this will be in RCAF markings. As you've pointed out, there is some surgery needed to get the proper dihedral but I did manage it in the end as you have as well. Great build!
     
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    Nicely done.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Looking great and welcome to the forum....
     
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    Nice work along with some nice photography ;)
     
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    Beautiful work and photography. Looks like you could climb into it and fly away.
     
  12. Fearsome-13

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    Thanks for the kind words guys!

    I will surely post a few more WW2 subjects that I have finished...

    a SAAF Hurricane Mk1, RAF Spitfire Mk1a, USAAF P-47D....
     
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    Sweet Spitfire and I like the Harvard too.
     
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    nice work 8)
     
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    With all here. Beautifully done. Gotta love Spittys!
     
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    Thanks again for the warm welcome chaps!

    I will see if I have any pics of other WW2 birds uploaded and post 'em!
     
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