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Thought I had better get my finger out and join this group build!

As this is only my third model since restarting the hobby after 30 years, I wanted to try and extend my skills by incorporating photoetch and minimal resin bits!!

Anyway, I'd better start off with some photo's of the kit...









Wanted to do something slightly different, so chose the 3D-Kits decals for the Rotol Spitfire Mk. I and II.



and plan to do this one from 54 Sqn, RAF Hornchurch March 1940 (will get at least one more kit to do one of the Mk.II's).





and the Ultracast resin doors and Rotol 3 blade prop and spinner (don't want to do too much major surgery to the kit).



and finally, the ubiquitous Eduard photoetch...



Hope to make a start on this one in the next few days.

Thanks for looking

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Great kit you have there you will enjoy it, 
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OK, time for a small update! Haven't really had a lot of time to do too much (family life, hot weather, BBQ's) but here are the results so far.

I started off by spraying most of the cockpit area with Xtracrylics Interior Green. I had heard all sorts of horror stories about using these paints in an airbrush, but thinned with Vallejo thinners they seemed to spray very well indeed.

Next up was the dreaded photoetch! As it was the first time I had used this, I decided to be minimalist and only use what I thought enhanced the model. I did draw the line at fitting the folded up boxes as I was not sure how they would 1) fit and 2) how much of it would be seen. That being said I did construct them for a little practise and was suprised how well they went.. as long as you took your time!!



Hand painted smaller details with Vallejo and Tamiya paints before using Citadel silver dry brushed to try and give the illusion of wear. I tried to be very conservative with this as I didn't want to spoil the effect. When all of this was complete, the surfaces were given a wash of Abteillung Brown Wash oil paint thinned with odourless thinners.





The remainder of the cockpit was then painted and constructed before adding the Eduard etched harnesses (which I think look the part - if a little stiff!).








That's about it for now! Must start thinking about putting the fuselage together next...

Any pointers, glaring errors, hints and/or critcisms most gratefully accepted - it's the only way I'm going to learn and improve my skills!

Thanks for looking in!




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Great looking instrument panel, the pit looks good  , keep'em coming 
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Did a little bit of reading over the weekend about things Spitfire related.

It appears that the Spitfire Mk.II was originally a Mk.I but with the Merlin Mk.XII engine fitted - the main external difference being the fitting of a Coffman engine starter (no longer meant having to use a trolley accumulator for engine start) which resulted in a small teardrop blister on the starboard cowling.

These new Mk.II's were also fitted with Rotol wide bladed propellers with its more rounded spinner. This new powerplant/propeller combination gave a slightly higher speed but a much more improved climb rate.

So, you are probably wondering where I am going with all of this...

Well, I'd already decided to go ahead with the Rotol propeller conversion, but in the Ultracast set is also a coffman starter bulge so I've decided to forge ahead with a different scheme to that already quoted at the beginning of this thread. I will now be modelling a Mk.IIa Spitfire of 71 "Eagle" Squadron as flown by Pilot Officer Bill Dunn (the first American Ace of WWII).



I hope that this falls within the rules of the group build. If not I will happily revert back to my original scheme.



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Nice progress Andy. I really need to extract my finger and start contributing to this gb!
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Thanks helldiver. Like you I thought it was time I pulled my finger out as well! Actually I was c@"??;ng myself posting this thread. I have to say though, it has made me discover some new techniques which I thought were only for master modellers. My efforts are still mediocre, but I'm learning as I go along - what more could I ask for?
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Great piece of history there. Learning lots about Spitfires, thanks 
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The cockpit detailing is superb and the instruments are very convincing, and the photo etch harness's are the DB's, looking forward to seeing this build progress love the Spitfires.
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Managed to get a little more done to the Spitfire over the last few days...

Started by getting the fuselage halves together - have to say they went together really well with only tiny gaps needing filling around the aerial post.



Wings were then attached and the fit was superb, the only areas that needed filling were on the lower wing/fuselage joins - not much of a problem though.









Just have to do a little tidying up of the seams now and rescribe a couple of panel lines then on with the undercarriage and prop.

Thanks for looking in!



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Coming along nicely Andy.
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Had the luxury of another day at home, so managed to do a small amount before trips out to the US and Far East take over my diary for the next week or so!

As part of my research for this build (don't worry, it was only an hour or so online!) it appears that the wheel wells, undercarriage doors,legs and hubs were painted either 1) interior green or 2) aluminium or 3) undersurface colour - these could also be changed if the aircraft was repainted 'in the field'. So... I've taken the plunge, having been unable to find a definitive photo or reference to paint the gear in the undersurface colour. 



the metallic portion of the oleo was painted with Mr Metal Color Stainless and given a gentle buff when dry.





Wheels were painted with Tamiya Rubber Black, hubs with Sky and then the hubs were given a wash with Abteillung Black and Wash Brown oils. I tried to be subtle with the weathering to give it a more 'used rather than abused' look. Do you think I have been a little too restrained, or have I overdone it? I'm still learning and would appreciate your feedback!

When the oils are dry, the wheels will get a protective coat of varnish.

The propeller blades and spinner (from Ultracast) were the next bits to get attention.

I first primed the blades and spinner with Vallejo primer and when dry, gave the blades a light misting of Tamiya Silver - the idea being it would allow me to scratch through the subsequent coats to give the effect of weathering on the blades (read about it somewhere recently, but can't remember where).



Tamiya yellow was then sprayed on for the prop tips (need a little bit more control of the airbrush to try and get the paint where I need it rather than over most of the blade)

When dry, this was then given a coat of future to protect it prior to masking and painting the black.



Spinner was obviously painted Sky and after a coat of future, was given a light was with black and wash brown oils to try and bring out the fine details.



That's all for the next week or so1

Thanks for looking in!



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thanks for sharing so many great images and the work you are doing. its all looking great. cannot wait to see the final roll out!
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Thats looking really good so far look forward to seeing your progress.
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Fantastic work so far, keep'em coming 
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