Tamiya 1:48 Spitfire Mk.Vb

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  1. Peebs

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    G'day All,

    About to start on my latest project, branching out a little with the Eduard enhancement kits, going to model [email protected] of 243 squaron as dipicted on the box. After seeing lots of models with open canopies and cockpit doors was really keen to do same, pleased to see Tamiya have made provision to allow for easy removal of the door.

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    Nice Choice! Will be looking forward to seeing your progress!
     
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    Agree with above......really look forward to this!!
     
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    Should be a good one Peter, and trouble free. Just take it step by step with the Eduard stuff and you should be fine. Looks like a nice PE set btw.
     
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    For those who may be interested, a pic showing the thin moulding around the cockpit door so as to allow easy removal for displaying it open...

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    as you can see, the sunlight highlights the thin areas

    cheers
    pete
     
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    Looking forward to this mate!
     
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    Looking like it's going to be a good one Pete, all that photo etched. Keep us posted mate.

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    Would buy this one, just for the boxart!
     
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    The more I build Tamiya's, themore I like them.
     
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    Should be a nice model Pete. I know the Tamiya Mk1 is a wonderful kit and it looks like this one is of the same quality.
     
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    ok here we go.....

    Frame 11 as supplied with the kit..... wonder why they left the 6 holes half 'drilled', my spitfire manual shows them punched through....

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    Seat support brakets removed and holes drilled through

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    one of the PE brackets

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    Bracket made up

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    The PE brackets in place

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    A before and after.... sorry its not a great pic

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    Good stuff Pete and pics are ok mate.

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    A top kit...you should do well with this and adding the etch stuff....
     
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    Nice work mate! I think the part open 'lightening' holes are probably just a limitation of the moulding process. As you discovered, easy enough to drill out.
     
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    Great start Pete.
     
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    progress report!

    PE pedals constructed and used in place of those supplied with the kit

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    The PE seat built

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    All painted and assemled along with the PE belts

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    A before and after of frame 8, the instrument panel. all ready for the PE instrument panel and other bits

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    The PE instrument panel assembled and ready

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    This is amazing, the seat belt is looks like the real thing and really brings the seat alive. As for the instrument panel, you could almost take it for the real thing.
     
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    Nice work mate. Just one thing - the seat is the right colour for the bakelite / papier mache seat, but the backrest is the 'half leather' cover, which should be a very dark brown, almost black. The flare rack on the front of the seat was not often seen after early Mk1s.
     
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