1/72 FAA Seafire Mk 46

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  1. conkerking

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    #1 conkerking, May 3, 2010
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    Vickers Supermarine Seafire Mk. 46 LA546 900/LM
    Personal mount of Capt. Caspar John
    Station Flight, RNAS Lossiemouth, early 1948


    Finally polished this one off:

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    This is probably the build I'm most proud of, not because it's anything spectacular to look at (it ain't) but the fact I managed to see it through to completion. on at least three occasions I nearly wrote it off and moved on to something else. On one, I was ready to put it on the floor and stomp on it. Even when I sprayed the wrong kind of varnish on it and watched the paint blister and crack before my very eyes, I took a deep breath and reached for the sandpaper.

    The kit is the Jays/Ventura Mk. 47 - or some of it is. After knocking together a variety of Spits from Airfix, Tamiya, Kopro, Heller, Revell and others, this kit - "for the experienced modeller" - was a whole new ballgame. Endless cutting, sanding and filling to get it to fit but (I gather) an accurate representation dimension-wise. From the kit I used only the fuselage, wings/tailfins, wheel covers and tradiators, everything else is cannibalised from other kits. The prop is a lovely Aeroclub metal job. Cheers to Evan for the canopy :D. The decals are Model Alliance, and very nice.

    The kite in question was the personal 'plane of Capt. (later Admiral) Caspar John who was a pioneer of the FAA - Caspar John - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - quite a career. I have a pic of the original airframe:

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    I think my EDSG turned out a bit dark, though the 'plane seems to be very will lit in this pic. NB being land based it didn't have an arrestor hook fitted. There should be a little guard thing in front of the tailwheel but that would have been beyond fiddly, I can live without it!

    Cheers!
     
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    That's a lovely looking machine CK, a nice clean finish.

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    Good work!
     
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    Hey mate...good work, be proud!:D
     
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    A fine job. May have been a challenge but it does not show.
    Ed
     
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    Beaut job mate! Personally, I think the contra-rotating prop spoiled the look of the kite, but it still looks nice. I think the EDSG looks ok, maybe it's just the scale when viewed 'in the flesh? Nice work Conk.
     
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    Cheers chaps! :D
     
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    Cool subject. And well done, buddy.
     
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    With all, nice work mate! The contra-rotating prop sure makes a different look to earlier marks!
     
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    looks great to me
     
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    If you put this next to an "early" Seafire about the only thing they have in common is the name...

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    Almost completely different! I think they mentioned in my Squadron book that they wanted to change the name from the Mk.21 already (which the later Seafires closely resemble) feeling it was a completely new aircraft, but weren't authorized to by the AM. They finally got permission with the Spiteful.
     
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    Yep, 'Seafang' was one of the names used.
     
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    #14 T Bolt, May 4, 2010
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    It's amazing how much the Spitfire progressed in 10 short years not only in looks but in performance, gross weight and fuel capacity. I just finished reading "The Spitfire Story" (Sorry I cant remember the authors name off hand)((Alfred Price)) and was amazed at the changes they made to the basic airframe to get every once of performance out of it. I highly recommend the Book. (I'll edit this later to include the author)
     
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    Is it Dr. Alfred Price?
     
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    Yes, that's him! Wonderful book. Reading the book I felt as if I was there watching the development of the Spitfire. Highly recommended!
     
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    Nice build. Something to be proud of. Especially when you think back on what you had to go through to get it to this point.
     
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