Supermarine Spitfire Mk I Tamiya 1/48

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    #1 Hotntot, Sep 7, 2011
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    Here's a Tamiya 1/48 kit just recently finished. I decided to have a go at cutting and altering the wing flaps to add some interest as I planned to display the model 'in flight'. It was my first attempt at doing that so I was a bit nervous of the results I'd get. The kit went together very well with no filling needed which allowed me to concentrate on getting to grips with the camouflage scheme and all the techniques I needed (need) to learn.

    First off on the spraying front was to start on the underside - putting on the sky and then the black on the port wing and also the green in the wheel wells. Getting to the point of putting on the colours took a while as I poured over other model examples and searched various web and book sources to check on the exact colours used for the period - 1941/2 - and then converting them into the best Humbrol match.

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    Once the two top camouflge colours were on - Dark Earth and Dark Green - I then did some shading which I was reasonably pleased with for a first attempt.

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    Then it was on to the gloss coat, all the decal application with some micro sol which did a nice job of sitting them down on the surfaces. Adding all the delicate external bits that would otherwise get knocked off or damaged, some touching up, then a clear coat again in preparation for some weathering before a final matt coat.

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    While proudly sitting out on display it's collected a little dust.

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    The decals on the underside were tricky to sit properly over the bulges on the wings. But that was probably down to my technique needing some improvement.

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    The port side of the front windscreen section has some slight damage. A lesson learnt on taking more care with clear parts; it doesn't take much to cause irreparable damage and long term despair when things go wrong.

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    Thats a pretty good first effort, well done!
     
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    Very good first effort! One thing though - both ailerons are equally deflected. In a left bank, the port aileron would be up, and the starboard down.
     
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    Good stuff!
     
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    Nice effort, like the finish
     
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    #6 Hotntot, Sep 7, 2011
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    Much appreciated. Thinking hard about what the next one will be...
     
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    #7 Hotntot, Sep 7, 2011
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    ...thanks guys. Good point Airframes, all part of the learning curve.
     
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    Very good result there!

    Cheers

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    Very well done !!! Happy to see her here.
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    With all here. :)
     
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    You're welcome mate. If you want to be really authentic, the canopy would either be fully open, or fully closed. If only part open, it caused severe buffeting and other unpleasant effects.
     
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    Great job buddy...
     
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    Thanks for the nice comments everyone and tips along the way. Very helpful. Cheers all.
     
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    Great job.
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    Nicely done!
     
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    Nice build! Paint job and weathering look great.
     
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    I especially like the paint fading topside and your panel line wash. Very well done, indeed.
     
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    Vert nice work :thumbright:
     
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