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TedUSA

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Finished with my 1/48 Spitfire Mk.-IX C
The Italeri kit [No. 2685] Aviation GLORY WWII ACES--American Aces
Instructions for 5 versions including optional parts and colors and decals.
The Kit barely needed any Filling at all. It was a seriously excellent fit all
round. The instructions are good, although there is one misleading error
involving holes to be drilled for the center air scoop. Careful study of the
instruction sheet will avoid confusion. The decals are excellent except for the
fact that one of the "lines" that mark the wing walk areas is missing. I simply
drew the line on with a soft 2B pencil [the line follows a panel line--easy fix].
The cockpit is reasonable but could be replaced with an nice AM kit if the
canopy will be left open or the access door opened. There is minimal detail
on the side fuselage around the cockpit. Again, an AM kit or ambitious scratch
building would benefit here.
ALL the problems associated with my build were my impatience, rushing, not
following the great methods and techniques presented in Bob's Step by Step
build, etc. The worst area of the model finish is around the canopy. Rough surface.
The overall finish is not smooth. I did many touchups with a brush and left
uneven spots on the surface.
I did do some minor scratch building for the bomb pylons because I wanted to
include the 500lb and 250lb bombs. I also replaced three of the navigation
lights with Micro Krystal Klear.
I have enjoyed this build for the opportunity to practice skills with modern glues,
The Veda 180 AB, AB paints, and all the other tools and materials.
I have had great support from the members here on the forums. Their encouragement,
suggestions, and tips have been invaluable.
Finally, I give a huge thanks to helldiver [Aidan] for pulling this Spitfire Kit from
his stash and sending it to me in the post--no charge. He inquired about a comment I
made in the forums and upon finding out that my funds were very low, offered the kit
and shipping w/o compensation. Hats off to the spirit of fellowship between hobbyists
that he has displayed. A relative helped me obtain my AB and compressor with time to pay
them back. Now I am in a much better financial situation with my hobby work.






The last image is re-posted from my build thread.

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Very nice Spit Ted great effort and results[thumb][thumb][thumb]
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Very nice model. All that hard work has paid off for you! Your weathering job makes the spitfire look as though it has been in a serious battle.

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TedUSA

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Thanks for the nice comments. It was fun and frustration and fun and......!
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Nice model. Well done.
I used you as a roll model last night. Had a nightmare with painting. thought of how you didnt give up.
took a step back calmed down and put things right. again truly very nice work.

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TedUSA

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Nice model. Well done.
I used you as a roll model last night. Had a nightmare with painting. thought of how you didnt give up.
took a step back calmed down and put things right. again truly very nice work.


I believe that we all do that and its a special benefit of the group build. we kind of pull each other along.
the work I have seen everyone else do inspires me to keep working. Thank you for your comments!

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eduardo

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Fantatic looking Spit, well done Tad :-)
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TedUSA

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Fantatic looking Spit, well done Tad :-)


I take that as a great compliment coming from you! thanks.

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Very well done Ted. The fact that you enjoyed it is thanks enough but your kind words were very much appreciated. As mentioned above, take a step back when things go awry, gird the loins, count to ten, kick the cat, have a shot (Irish of course!) regroup and redress the issue. Worst case scenario, chuck it in the bin, Sacrilege! some will say. Life's too short says I. Aidan
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Great finish, it's a fantastic looking Spit and the panel lines come out really well. Very well done.
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Great build Ted love the weathering and the panel line detail great effort mate well done. [thumb][thumb][thumb][thumb]
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TedUSA

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Great finish, it's a fantastic looking Spit and the panel lines come out really well. Very well done.


Nev,
Thank you very much for the kind comments!

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Great build Ted love the weathering and the panel line detail great effort mate well done. [thumb][thumb][thumb][thumb]
Gary


Gary,
Thank you very much. You guys are way too kind, but my head can take it!!!

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Although I have done the final reveal, I still want to go back and try to "correct" the terrible surface problem around the cockpit. I also need to add a bit of weathering to the propeller blades,especially since the spinner is weathered. After that, I probably want to try a diorama type base and put the Spit in a case with cover?? I had so much time, I should have done ALL these things before the reveal---got lazy!!
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Hi Ted, hard to get over the finishing line sometimes. Wasn't really happy with my own outcome, allowed the wash to dry and stain, my pics are very poor and I wanted to finish the pilot and have him in the foreground. Ah well....next time. But I did enjoy it and that's the main thing. Aidan
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