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I'm going to have a bash at this kit, it won't be a quick build as modelling time is going to be severely limited after this week due to other commitments, I have a diorama idea but I will see how it goes after I get this finished

I went up to the man cave to paint the figures for my Phantom diorama, and thought that while I was doing figures I might as well paint the RAF pilots too, but this meant I needed to start building the spitfire so I could make sure the seated pilot would fit
I'm only going to build the bare minimum i need to test fit the pilot, then I will paint and build the cockpit in sub assemblies as normal
This is the new tool Revell spitfire, and the detail looks pretty good for a 20 quid kit

The seat is comprised of five parts including the flare rack, the seat back looks nothing like the ones in my reference book, but the pilot will hide it, so I can leave it as is.
I'm aware that the flare rack should be left out of a MkII but I want to use it as a test and build some flares to put in it

The pilot is a resin one from MDC and is a lovely sculpt, I had to trim the parachute pack down to fit him in the seat
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He fits a treat now !
You might have noticed in the pic of the cockpit , that I haven't fitted the pedals, this is because the pilot has them sculpted onto his feet, but to be honest I don't imagine his feet will be very visible in the finished model
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Great start Pete as you know I picked up 1 of these the at Avon show as well, and got a PJ Productions resin pilot to go with it so I will be following your build as a guide for mine, the reviews are mainly all positive for the kit some rivet counters have bemoaned the oil cooler is the wrong shape and the instrument panel is not 100% accurate, but for £20 it aint going to be 100% but to my untrained eyes it looks pretty bloody good, and if its anything like their 109 kit it will be a joy to build.
Look forward to following this Pete.
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Nice instrument panel, and good start. Those, limited, figures from MDC are nice. Picked one up for my 1/32 Messerschmitt.
Good luck with rest of the build.
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That's one of the other builds I have going on along with the 1/32 Bf109. They are great kits for the price. Looking good btw Pete!!
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Great start Pete as you know I picked up 1 of these the at Avon show as well, and got a PJ Productions resin pilot to go with it so I will be following your build as a guide for mine, the reviews are mainly all positive for the kit some rivet counters have bemoaned the oil cooler is the wrong shape and the instrument panel is not 100% accurate, but for £20 it aint going to be 100% but to my untrained eyes it looks pretty bloody good, and if its anything like their 109 kit it will be a joy to build.
Look forward to following this Pete.
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I have seen some pretty harsh discussions regarding this kit too ! I think I paid £18 for mine and to me that's a bit of a bargain. I have read about the inaccuracies, and I'm far from being an expert on the aircraft but there's no doubt when you open the box that it's anything else other than a spitfire, I'm really impressed with the detail in the cockpit it should look great with a bit of paint on it.
I hope Revell keep pushing out these new 1/32 kits, they really can't be beaten for value, I wish they would do a 1/32 intruder, the trumpeter one is lovely but a bit to steep for me at the moment, going by the prices of Revell 1/32 jets it would be around 40 or 50 quid, I would be all over one at that price

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Nice instrument panel, and good start. Those, limited, figures from MDC are nice. Picked one up for my 1/32 Messerschmitt.
Good luck with rest of the build.


It's a nice little kit, I'm amazed at how much detail is in the cockpit out if the box, amazing considering the low cost. The MDC figures are nice and not too expensive, I will definitely bag a few more at Telford

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That's one of the other builds I have going on along with the 1/32 Bf109. They are great kits for the price. Looking good btw Pete!!


Cheers Neil ! I agree these kits are great value for Money, I have got a couple of the 1/32 twin engine german bombers too, the ju-88 looks amazing

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Made a bit more progress, the seat frame is a bit fiddly to put together as the glue locations are a little vague, but if you are careful it goes together fine in the end

I have given the figures a wash to remove the mould release agent, and the pilot in the armchair got a quick dry fit

He was supposed to have a cigarette in his hand, but it wasn't moulded on mine so I drilled a tiny hole between the fingers and glued in a tiny bit of wire

Seat frame glued to the bulkhead, detail is really nice even the lightening holes are moulded clear so no drilling required

Fixed in place

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Seems Revell is continuing to improve their reputation with these nicer kits and still at a better price? sweet. nice pilot that resin fellow is.
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Soon be ready to paint

I'm also impressed by the lack of pin visible pin marks so far, there is this one in the centre of the cockpit floor, but it won't be seen when the pilot is in place

The left and right sidewalls are moulded separately to the cockpit and have detail pieces that glue on, it will make painting a bit easier too

The pilot and seat are just dry fitted , but all is good so I can paint the figure now

Details look great on the pilot, I can't wait to paint him
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Seems Revell is continuing to improve their reputation with these nicer kits and still at a better price? sweet. nice pilot that resin fellow is.


It's really nice so far, I don't think you can go far wrong for the money. Sure the Tamiya one is much better but it's 5 x the price. The decals for this kit are very nice also

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Wow those pilots are great!! Looks like it's a perfect fit. Looking good Pete your gonna love this kit. Here's a couple of pics of my spit front office




Made some belts for mine also. They are a bit out of scale but it will do



So you see it paints up nice!

P.S. Sorry Pete, Ted must be rubbing off on me Learning some thread hijacking!! lol...<"< >">  /looking out for Ted



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The cockpit does look nice with some paint on Neil, did you use the decal for the instrument panel ? I haven't decided if I'm going to use it or just punch out the dial faces
The belts look fine, I have a couple of sets of RB productions fabric belts, the only problem is that they are for US aircraft I'm going to see if it will be possible to cobble together a sutton harness from them, if not i should still be able to use the buckles with a bit of tamiya tape.
No worries about the thread either buddy, nice to see the progress on your spitfire, how far along have you got and have you come across any fit issues ?

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Those are the decals Pete just laid it over the IP and about 3-4 coats of micro sol and they laid down nicely. Got primer on it and the 109 was doing both at the same time. No fit issues so far it's going together pretty good, although I had some slight small gaps at the rear of the wing roots but that's it.
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