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ddoc666

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Great work with filling/sanding/re-scribing. Looks perfect!
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Great progress and beautiful cockpit!
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Thanks for the kind remarks guys [thumb]

No progress to report, I'm waiting for a set of paint masks to be delivered. 
I usually like to do my own masking but the clear parts have no real definition between the canopy framing and clear areas. So rather than mess it up I've ordered a set of Eduard masks.

Another update soon [smile][smile]

Geoff

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Always room for a Spitfire--Looking fantastic already!!!
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Thanks Ted [thumb]

Well the masks have arrived and I'm back from my holidays so have managed some more progress.

I got a bit of inspiration while on holiday, I had the unexpected but very  welcome pleasure of seeing a Spitfire performing victory rolls over the white cliffs of Beachy Head. Unfortunately I didn't get chance to take any pics but its seared into my memory banks [biggrin].

Anyway onto the build. 20190806_212851.jpg 

As I said the Eduard paint masks arrived and I've put them to use.

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 The clear parts and wheels were masked and painted along with the props (no masks for these)
The clear parts have been given a coat of interior green and will have the top camo coat over this. Hopefully this will give the impression of the inside of the frames being painted without the tricky task of masking the insides.

The primer has had plenty of time to cure so it was time to start the top coats. I have tried the black basing technique or rather my cack handed version of it.

20190808_115945.jpg  upper surface

20190808_120013.jpg  underside

I used Vallejo 71.306 Sky Blue for the marbling effect and once this was dry it was onto the top coat.

The instructions call out Light Mediterranean Blue as the under fuselage colour but I have also seen some suggestion it should be Azure Blue. Despite some internet searching I couldn't find a definitive answer to which was the correct colour so put my trust in Hasegawa's research and went with the suggested Light Med Blue.
I used Vallejo 71.113 (IDF blue) but also listed as Light Med Blue in their Air Wars sets thinned 50/50 with Vallejo Airbrush Cleaner.

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The marbling effect doesn't show up too well in the photos as its quite subtle, to be honest I think I may have put on one too many coats [rolleyes].

I'll leave it a few days to cure now before starting the top camo.

Another update soon.

Thanks for looking [thumb]

Geoff


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Wow—-excellent work!!
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Thanks Ted [thumb] and anyone else following along.

Well I've managed a bit more progress over the last few days, the initial upper camo paint has been applied.
Firstly I applied Vallejo Model Air Mid Stone 71-031 and when that was dry marked out the darker camo areas with blue tac worms.
I used Vallejo Model Air 71 -323 Dark Earth for these areas, unfortunately I tried to cut corners here and failed to mask of the Mid Stone which left quite a bit of overspray. So once it was all dry I masked off the Dark Earth - properly this time and applied another thin coat of Mid Stone [rolleyes].
20190815_114526.jpg  If a jobs worth doing [biggrin]

Fortunately this did the trick and it looks much better.

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Incidently the few white spots are blue/white tac which i need to remove.

Weathering next....I'm going to fade the paint a bit but am in two minds whether to bleach the panels with a very thinned lightened paint or try a using salt and over spraying with the same which I've seen used but never tried myself.

I'm going to have a think but will update soon.

Thanks for looking [thumb]

Geoff.


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I also like how you handled the gap problems earlier in the thread. Nice progress! The paint looks really smooth . Great work
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Thanks Ted.


Grrrr [mad][mad]

After some research I decided to use the Salt technique for the weathering/bleaching process,this really needs the decals applying first to get a better finish.
So sat down last night to start the decaling only to find that the decals were completely unusable - firstly they would not separate from the backing paper and went slightly wrinkly, then when I finally managed to separate them they disintegrated [bawl] 

Fortunately I have found that Xtradecal do a sheet with the appropriate markings for Gleeds Spitfire so all is not lost.

So build is on hold until they arrive, just when I was on a roll with the build [rolleyes]

Geoff.

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I’m assuming from the decals that this is an older kit? Well, decals are the most vulnerable portion of a kit—unless heat has warped plastic parts. You were on a steamroll but I bet you will drop right back in the zone when you see the new decals! Best wishes!
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Cheers  Ted.

Yes it was initially released in 1994 so while not ancient obviously old enough for the decals to spoil.
The rest of the kit has been fine though and it was an ebay bargain so I can't really complain.

At least I can get replacement decals so can continue with the build as planned and the new decal sheet has markings for several other Spitfires so a great excuse for more builds [biggrin]

Geoff.

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I can’t say anything really—I chose two models from 1976 and one from 1956. I’ve seen really older kits turned into winners. It is most often the patience of the modeler that makes the difference.
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Paintjob looks great and looking forward to see your progress on the salt technique for weathering!! Hope decals arrive soon 😉
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Spitfire is one of my all-time favs. Beautiful job so far! Great tip on dealing with the step/gap on the wing root. I'm taking notes!! [smile] Can't wait to see the weathering!
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Hello Guys,

Thanks for the encouraging comments 

I thought it was time for a quick  update, the decals have arrived. The set has some other nice Spitfire schemes so I will have an excuse to build more Spits once I've finished this one [biggrin].
I also purchased some generic Spitfire stencils to replace the useless kit ones.20190823_095214.jpg I have started the decalling process.
20190829_213614.jpg  I'm pleased to say they are going on with no real problems. I am using Micro Set and Sol which has helped settle them down.

Another update soon.

Thanks for looking  [thumb]

Geoff.


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