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M.Brindos

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Wow Gary. Nice detailing!
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Thanks Mike its a lovely kit and lends itself to adding extra detail although much of it will not be seen, as said before I know its there, got a few good hours in today, sprayed the cockpit walls and painted the individual controls in relevant colours, and added the 2 remaining cockpit decals, added harness's from the pilots shoulders and fed through slot in the fuselage spar, and added a buckle attached to some .03 mm lead wire to replicate the harness tensioner cable, added the gun sight and then assembled the lower cockpit sides, the fit on this kit so has been superb. Fixed the tub into the starboard side fuselage half, used some 5 minute epoxy to ensure it don't go anywhere, then mated the 2 fuselage halves together, just a small gap on top in front of the cockpit, used some Perfect Plastic putty and cleaned up with a dampened cotton swab, at this point realised I had knocked off the damn gun sight, nowhere to be seen, scratch built another from evergreen tube and clear acetate sheet, attached to the instrument panel.
Stared clean up of the seams felling well pleased with result, then noticed gun sight number 2 had also gone west, getting tedious now, gun sight number 3 this time used some 1/24 scale photo etch car roll cage brackets and clear acetate super glued in now hopefully will not need a mark 4.
Wings and stabilisers and rudder assembled, and added the replacement oil cooler and radiator housing by MDC no issues at all here.
It's starting to resemble a Spitfire now and really enjoying it.





















































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That's a sweet bird when it all starts coming together hey Gary? Really nice work on the cockpit, and had a look at PJ's Luftwaffe Pilot for the Stuka, if it was a single pilot jobby I would've grabbed it, they are excellent, and nice job on him too.
Now the fun starts!! [biggrin]

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Lovely work Gary, bit of a nightmare with the jinxed gunsight, but the one you have built is much nicer than the kit one ! The pilot looks bang tidy in the cockpit with his harness on too, he really does have bags of character and a proper RAF tache to boot.
It is a lovely kit to build isn't it, only needs a smear of filler, a lot of modellers seem to steer clear of Revell, but these newer kits are fantastic and can't be beaten for value.
Won't be too long until camo time now mate, I'm really keen to see the spit in its colours.
Did you get the MDC exhausts and cooler too ?

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Pete & Simon thanks for the encouragement guys, this has been a really enjoyable kit so far and as for value for money it's incredible, if it had a Asian/ Japanese name on the box it would be easily 3 or 4 times the price, Revell really have mastered the art of producing a great kit in a large scale for little dollars,
I did get the MDC upgrades Pete the oil cooler radiator exhausts and I got the spinner and prop set as well got them from Bob at Telford in November.
I am in the process of casting some better wheels and tyres with the correct ringed tyre tread pattern on them, and with a weighted appearance as these are a weak feature of the kit itself.
On the subject of value for money when I was at Yeovilton the other weekend I picked up from various traders and club stands 9 1/32 Revell Hawk Red Arrows kits,for an unbelievable £70 total, guess what might be a big build project at some point in the future
Thanks again guys will hopefully get some more done on the Spitfire on my day off tomorrow.
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Some paint now going on, undersides sprayed a mix of Tamiya Sky, and Gunze Ghost Grey, and upper surfaces with Gunze Dark Earth and Light tan, next will be the
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Started on the application of the camouflage using Gunze dark green airbrushing heavily diluted free hand and allowing a patchy effect to the finish, have also gone over with a very thin mix of Tamiya smoke and Gunze soot black, have also masked off a sprayed the band around the rear fuselage section, have rubbed away the Vallejo masking fluid to allow the chipping effect to come through, given the underside a light weathering also.





























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Ooo! I really like that uneven human applied element to the paint. Looking fantastic Gary!  [biggrin]
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Looking great now Gary, the camo and underside is spot on.
Love the preshading coming through underneath, perfect. Going to really come alive now. [smile]

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Very nice , It looks like a proper Spitefire now mate ! Those Gunze paints go on beautifully too don't they. It's really going to pop once you start putting the markings on Gary, are you going with the kit ones ? They are really nice quality (maybe Cartograf?) and go down tidy

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Thanks guys this is a great kit and I still cannot believe it was only £20, or so it is starting to take shape now next on the decals some more light weathering then the matt coat, think its about 50% there now
Pete, yes going with the kit decals they look pretty good.

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Update as its been on the shelf for a week or so, cleaned up the wheel well covers there were some nasty ejector pin marks so filled with cyano and kicker  then sanded flush, added some .06 lead wire for the brake lines, then airbrushed Tamiya XF16, and the outers with Tamiya Sky.
Saga of the damn gun sight when I removed what I thought was a clever way of masking the cockpit with Blutak off it pinged to god knows where, so version 4 remade, and in hindsight happier with this one, added the MDC prop and spinner cover, and got it on its wheels, have started the decals but not taken pictures of this stage yet, will hopefully crack on with it over the next few days.

























Thanks for looking will post photos of the decaling stage next.
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You aren't done yet? [wink] lol

Who needs gun sights anyways, right? You're doing much better than I am Gary. My Corsair just isn't turning out as I envisioned.

I'm still loving this build. [smile]
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Hi Mike thanks for that mate, still plodding on my trouble is I get easily distracted, I started on 2 1/12th scale Ferrari 126 C2's while I was waiting for the Harrier to dry, then I stated my Hunter again while the tubs of the Ferrari's were drying then realised I hadn't touched the Spitfire for a few weeks, concentration span of a gnat.
The Corsair is certainly looking like a labour of love mate, but sure looks like your winning the fight, the extra work you have put in is incredible.
I have been building a 1/43rd scale Tameo Lotus 81 for 3 years now the working suspension drove me nuts, so it became a case of when ever I feel brave enough I spend another hour on it, then put it away just before the temptation to launch it at the wall takes over.
Keep going mate it will be worth it.and every model is just a rehearsal for the next. Did Confuscious say that or was it Freud? lol
Gary

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Ah, Buddha I think. Lol its a little known fact that he was a plastiholic like us. [wink]
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