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Hello Guys,

I thought I would join in the fun with this entry.

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Managed to buy it on E-bay recently for a reasonable price and am looking forward to building it.
It's quite detailed but I may add a bit of scratch building to improve it.
I also have some PE seatbelts which I'll definitely be using.

I'll add some sprue shots etc later before I start the actual build along with some background on I.R.Gleed.

Thanks for looking 😁

Geoff.


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Looks a good one.  We follow with interest.

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Can't go wrong with a spitfire! Looking forward to see your build!
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Nice one! Always a great subject! 
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Great choice.  Looking forward to following this one.
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Very good choice... this aircraft is so beautifull... can't wait to see the build
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I still have to finish my first Spitfire 😅. Enjoy and good luck.
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Hello Guys.

I have made a start on the Spit but before I show progress made so far here is a bit of background on the man who flew the original aircraft the kit is based on.

Wing Commander Ian Richard Gleed DSO, DFC ( 3rd July 1916 - 16th April 1943)

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Nicknamed "Widge" in the RAF  from "Wizard Midget" apparently due to his short stature and extensive use of Wizard as an adjective he fought in the Battle of France and Battle of Britain before being shot down and killed over the Cap Bon area of Tunisia.
Despite the Mk.IX Spitfire becoming available around the time he was killed Gleed continued to fly the Mk.Vb insisting that the more inexperienced pilots should have the benefit of the Mk.IX.
gleed021.jpg It is believed that he was shot down and killed by Luftwaffe ace Ernst Wilhelm Reinhert. At the time of his death Gleeds "score" was thirteen destroyed, seven probables, four damaged with one damaged and one destroyed on the ground.
He was buried at the Enfidaville Military Cemetery where his grave stone inscription reads - 'One who held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,sleep to wake'.
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Wing Commander Christopher "Bunny" Currant described Gleed as "a pocket sized man with care for others and courage beyond compare".

Now on to the kit [biggrin]

20190705_162328.jpg  Nice box art.

20190705_162350.jpg  Instruction and colour painting guide.

20190705_162421.jpg  Fuselage etc.
20190709_104051.jpg  wings and other bits and bobs
20190705_162614.jpg  Air filter and wing tips.
20190709_104028.jpg  Decals and clear parts.
The decals appear to have yellowed slightly in the white parts so I will stick them up in a sunny window which will hopefully improve them.

So I have started, and as with most aircraft builds the instructions indicate the cockpit should be tackled first.
All the 11 cockpit pieces were removed from the sprues and cleaned up before being given a coat of Black Stynlrez primer.
20190709_104004.jpg  Some reasonable detail but I have seen better [frown]
20190709_103936.jpg  The colour call out in the instructions indicate Mr Hobby paints, however I will be mainly using Vallejo Model Air for the build.
So once the primer had dried they were given a coat of Vallejo Model Air 71.305 interior grey/green.
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Some of the details were then picked out and a little bit of dry brushing done in silver to recreate wear and tear.

There is a bit more detail painting and weathering to do next, another update soon.

Thanks for looking [thumb]

Geoff.



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Off to a great start, Geoff.
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Thanks Kit  [thumb]

I've managed a bit more progress over the last few days.

Firstly the cockpit parts all got a coat of Tamiya X-22 clear, which was followed by a liberal coat of Flory Models Dark Dirt wash.
I also added the instrument decal to the instrument panel at this stage.
Once dry most of the wash was cleaned off but the residue helped to add some depth.
I was in two minds whether to add more detailing to the cockpit but after some dry fitting it was clear that not much would be seen by the time it was all buttoned up.
So I decided just to add the Eduard photo-etch RAF WWII seat harness and leave it at that rather than get too  bogged down with the build.

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The wire sticking out at the back is a piece of 5 Amp fuse wire attached with CA glue to replicate the seat harness fittings.

I the cemented the cockpit into one of the fuselage halves and then buttoned it all up.

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I've also started on the wings too.

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Still some work to do but it's started to take shape [smile]

Another update soon.

Thanks for looking [thumb]

Geoff.


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Wow, cockpit looks great!
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Firstly thanks Daniel [thumb] I'm very pleased with how the cockpit has turned out.

I have managed quite a bit of progress over the last week or so.

After buttoning up the fuselage and wings it was time to join these together but this is where things went a bit wrong.
I'm not sure if joining the upper wings to the fuselage would have made things better but following the instructions and joining the upper and lower wings first left some sizable gaps with a prominent step between the wing and fuselage.

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So it was time for some inspiration

20190718_104725.jpg  of the liquid variety [wink]


To try and eliminate the step I added some noggins made from strips of styrene cemented together these lifted the upper section of wing slightly.

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  These were trimmed and the fuselage carefully cemented into place with Mr Cement SP, the  step was now gone but it still left some quite sizable gaps.
These were filled with strips of styrene sheet cemeted into place and then trimmed to shape.

20190716_114823.jpg  Syrene strips in place

20190716_114837.jpg   Lower fuselage gap


Any remaining gaps were filled with home made sprue goo and it was blended together with a lot of sanding.
There was some rescribing needed and at the same time I cut out the cartridge ejector slots on the lower wings. I really shoud have thinned the wing first before doing this as I feel it would have given a better scale effect.
I also cut a small disc from styrene sheet to cover the fuel filler cap to hide a prominent seam line.
After this I decided to give it all a coat of Black Stynlrez primer which will allow me to see any seam lines which need further attention.

20190723_121931.jpg   Upper fuselage after priming.

20190723_122004.jpg  Lower fuselage

20190723_122047.jpg  Lower wing with cut out cartridge ejector chutes

20190723_122025.jpg  Bits and bobs

The primer has shown a couple of small areas that will need a bit more work but its not far from  being ready for the camo work.

Another update soon.

Thanks for looking [thumb]

Geoff.


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Top hole what what, absolutely wizard progress old chap !! [biggrin]

Really liking the fact that you've included some of the back story with this build !

The name Widge reminds of a character called Wedge from Star Wars,
can't help but wonder if that was a deliberate nod from Lucas given how influential WW2 was on the movies ?

Anyhow, jolly good luck with the build [smile]

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Very well done Geoff.. great work. Love the paint job in the cockpit. Very nice and clean.
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Love how you fixed the gappage problem.  Great work.
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