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TedUSA

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Building a Spitfire Mk.IX from a 1:48 Italeri Kit. The kit looks good. Nice engraved panel lines and rivets. A couple of mold aberrations but no step offs or dips--will not show with paint. Decals look ok--as far as I know right now. Lots of options and stencils. Instructions  are fold out and straight forward. This build will be my first in 40+ yrs. First time to use airbrush and most all of the current products. Sorry the pictures are not better. Still using a borrowed pocket camera while my DSLR is in the shop. Will have it out soon.










Images from first build session--what else? the cockpit of course


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Welcome on board Ted, great start. Certainly no grass growing under your feet. [smile] If you don't mind, may I suggest you "insert" the photos into your post rather than posting a link, this way we can scroll through all rather than back and forth. Aidan
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TedUSA

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Thanks Aidan,
I had posted everything in an existing group build thread instead of starting my own thread-DOH! I had to repost everything and just got lazy.
I will change the links to pictures. Really enjoying the kit so far. No problems. I originally thought that the kit was simply designated Mk.IX,
but looking at the instructions made me realize that several variants were also possible by adding or omitting parts. I will be building the "C"
variant.I may not follow the paint scheme exactly.

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Good to see you started on this one and a nice bit of progress so far look forward to seeing the build develop, Good luck.
Gary

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Good to see you started on this one and a nice bit of progress so far look forward to seeing the build develop, Good luck.
Gary


Thank you very much. I have had some great support in getting going.

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A bit of work at the bench this evening.




Thats all for now.

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The kit goes together very well. Overall it will need very little putty. It would need even less if I had spent more time dry fitting!
The wing roots do need some filling. The nose of the fuselage has a separate piece over the engine which allows some creativity or you can
glue it down. The only flash was on the exhausts and the machine guns [usually the small complex pieces are worst?]. I may be away
for a few days. Last pictures of this bench session:




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Hi Ted

Nice cockpit in your Spit. Keep up good work.[thumb]

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Nice cockpit in your Spit. Keep up good work.[thumb]


Thanks Wally! having fun and learning the tools, materials, and techniques.

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On the Bench today:

Only "real" gap is the port side wing root. Everything else is going to be minimal filling/bit of sanding/restoration of panel detail.

I did find a mistake in the instructions [see scan of instruction sheet]. Step 2 shows you which holes to open in the bottom wing
section according to which version you are building. I am building variant "C" so I drilled the holes as indicated. Turns out the instructions
are reversed. I actually drilled the holes for the "B" version
. Then I went back online and found more IX images--and the scoop on
most all of them is is the larger one!
So the mistake is "OK" and that is good cause I love the larger scoop!! Step 6 in the instructions
actually shows the two scoops and indicates which one is which variant and the
placement,..... but....if you don't study the plans
enough and highlight certain items--you got a problem. I got lucky?With a large line of variations and over 57 independent modifications,
there is some license in the build?




Still thinking about scratch building the top of the back of the engine. the rear "compartment" would need to be opened up and modified,
then engine components added. Hmmmmm.......decisions.



The kit has one 500lb bomb and two 250lb bombs + the racks, but there are no instructions for placement and that section of the sprue is indicated "do not use".
They must be crazy! I love weapons stores. I went online and dug around for images of Bombs/bomb racks for the Mk.IX. I found some nice "restored" maintenance
manual pages. I also found an image of another modelers bombs and they look nice! One problem is the kit pylons for the bombs. I plan to modify the 500lb bomb rack
to make it hang more like photos and another illustration I saw. My mod is minimal.





The bombs pictured below are not my work. I found the picture on a website. I am going to borrow the paint scheme somewhat.



Time to go work on some bits and pieces.

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TedUSA

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Clipping, trimming, sanding, OH MY![Wizard of OZ]........ finally got 99% of the bits ready to paint.
Bamboo skewer/alligator clips
make it easier to handle the small stuff.


After I modified/scratch built a better[?] pylon for the 500lb bomb, the 250lb bombs looked like they
needed something too, so I fabricated some styrene
parts. Must dry thoroughly before I can do final trim and sand.



After painting the small parts it will be time for putty. It will be a few days before I am at the bench again.
Best wishes to everyone for the weekend.

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Bit of work on the bench this evening. Did some filling, sanding, and then I tackled the canopy. Trying to mask the small delicate
pieces, I broke one and cracked another. I had filled the inside of the canopy pieces with TAC, trying to avoid exactly what happened.
Thank goodness the kit had two complete sets of the front and middle pieces of the canopy. I am sure there are small differences
but all the pieces worked together. I cleaned the pieces inside and outside, then glued them ALL in place with Tamiya extra thin cement.
I will mask the canopy as a whole, and deal with the frame in final steps [fingers crossed] after everything is complete.


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Thats coming along very nicely Ted the scratch build pylons are a very good touch.
Good luck with the rest and hope you are enjoying it along the way.
Gary

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TedUSA

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Thats coming along very nicely Ted the scratch build pylons are a very good touch.
Good luck with the rest and hope you are enjoying it along the way.
Gary


Thanks for the positive comments. The more I looked at the pylons and the maintenance illustrations I ran across, the more I realized that all I really did was create some spacers. Could have really worked at it a bit more, but didn't. Thanks for taking a look. Trying to move forward a bit each day and keep my interest high.It is a joy to sit down and have the time and freedom to work as little or long on the build.

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Today I masked that pesky canopy, the exhausts, and the tip of the nose [nose did not need it but I could not stop myself!].
Applied some "primer" but had a bit of problem with the AB. Took everything apart and guess what? Had a tiny tiny spot of the last
color I used on the needle [it was yellow for the tips of the propeller blades]. I remember Bob emphasizing keeping the AB clean and
I thought that I had. That's what I get for thinking---I should be KNOWING that it is clean. Got to finish primer later.


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