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Ray Von Ryan

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My very first Group Build, and as I have a few ICM Spitfire kits in my stash I thought I'd give it a bash.
Here is the kit out of the box.

I have built the ICM Spitfire XVI previously and though there are issues that need some attention, these are not insurmountable. Overall I thought it was a great kit with lots of detail and probably the most accurate Spitfire in 1/48 (until Eduard released their superb Spitfire MkIX).  My intention is to build this kit out of the box except for the addition of scratch built detail to show off the installed engine with covers off, plus Eduard Seat belts for the cockpit.
I started with the Merlin engine. ICM provide us with 21 components which build into a nice representation of a Merlin 60 series engine with its 2 stage supercharger and intercooler.

I assembled these parts together using liquid cement and gave it a quick coat of my own steel mix.


As I intend to show the aircraft with the engine covers removed I felt a bit more detail was needed to give it the necessary busy look. I made the ignition harnesses from plastic card & lead wire.  A number of oil pipes were added with lead wire and the unit on the port side of the engine  (is it the starter housing??) was made from brass rod and plastic tubing with brackets fashioned from an aluminium can

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At this point I felt that further detail for the engine and its accessories is best added once engine is installed.  Therefore my next step is shift my attention to work on the cockpit to add some finer detail and also replace the strangely square control column grip with a correct round "spectacle" grip.  
More later bye for now



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What a great start Ray, lovely work. Aidan
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Looking good mate, liking the scratch build on the engine. What's your own steel mix? Have you tried tamiya smoke? It's good stuff.
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My mix is nothing special, just black, bit of silver, bit of blue, bit of gray and rub it over with Zebrite black grate polish (bought from Robey's many years ago and still going strong).  Its basically like a black rub 'n buff.
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Great start,[thumb] unfortunately the photos are not very sharp.[frown]
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Apologies for the poor picture quality, my camera is away for repair so am left with my mobile phone camera.  Not sure they would be any better even if my camera was around, as photography has never been my forte.
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Latest update. Put the cockpit together now.  I replaced the kit rudder pedals from scrap brass sheet and rod. New control column from plastic card, wire and lead strip.  I separated the upper half (spade grip) from the bottom and replaced the square spectacle with a copper wire wound round a 1.5 mm drill item.  The spade grip (and upper part of column) was secured to lower part of control column by fine wire(representing the brake cable and as a result is now positionable.  I also added the elevator control cable from the column,which can be seen running out under the seat.
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I also added some Eduard etched seat belts, and replaced the seat armour and headrest with aluminium sheet.

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The Instrument panel was painted, dry brushed, individual insrument decals (from spares box) added and "glassed over with a drop of Johnsons Klear.
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I then put it cockpit assembly together and installed it into the assembled and painted fuselage (sorry forgot pics) without any fit issues.
Onto the wings.  The instructions would have you assemble the upper halves of the wings to the one piece lower half.  I have always found more success with any Spitfire kit by attaching the upper halves of the wings to the fuselage before attaching the lower wing to the fuselage, then to the upper wing halves. 
I got as far as attaching each upper wing half to the fuselage, where it became obvious there was a bit of an issue as the trailing edge of each upper wing did not match up with fuselage wing fillet.  A trial fit of the lower wing shows that the lower wing and fuselage filet exhibit the same mismatch so I can only surmise the fuselage fillet is slightly short, something I will need to address with filler. See picture which illustrated the issue.  Note I did not have this problem on my previous ICM Spitfire, so maybe its a batch issue.
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[image] As you can see the leading edges of upper wing/fuselage fillet alignp well photo IMG_3067_zps46160e16.jpg" class="bbc_img">

[image]The 20mm canon access panels were fitted before lower wing is fitted to aid fit.  One problem is the sink marks on the upperwings  immediately in front of each aileron. Again this issue was not evident on my previous ICM Spitfire (a Mk XVI). photo IMG_3053_zps9aa18e0a.jpg" class="bbc_img">

Rudder and elevators fitted without issue or filler.  Next step is to install lower wing, clean and fill any joints.
That's it for now 

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How time flies when you're having "fun". Following my last post I fitted the lower wing, guns (using brass rod insert to stiffen them) and filled and sanded without much issue.
Then on with a coat of primer (Vallejo), followed by a fair bit of clean up, re-priming and painting in a silver base coat folowed by a MSG/PRU blue hi-altitude Spitfire scheme.    On with the gloss coat and after leaving to go hard I applied the kit decals.  I have had trouble with ICM before so approached with some trepidation, but did cover the decals with decal film prior to use.  Roundels went on OK but my chosen squadron markings ust broke up.  Never mind I thought, I'll use the alternative scheme which meant adding D-Day stripes, which is where it all went Pete Tong.  
Despite using Tamiya tape the paint (and upper wing decals) pulled off big style  [mad].  I think the MSG/PRU enamel did not like the silver undercoat and I almost ended up binning this kit.  However after talking to fellow modellers at my club night I decided to strip it back to bare and start again[bawl].  Very time consuming.
Though I am not as happy with the finish as I was with the first attempt, I have now managed to paint it to represent Pete Brothers' aircraft in Aug 1944 with decals from the decal bank (not yet finished).  Hopefully I will get the engine installed, weather the paintwork and add all the little bits to complete before the deadline - barring further disasters.
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Here are some progress pics.  Engine installed (after considerable messing around) I added pipes from the horseshoe shaped tank at front and from oil tank which I run to the bulkhead using a variety of different diameter lead and copper wire.
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I also added a sludge wash, and at that point I dropped the Spit onto its nose, so had to fix the stoved- in front end.  

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As you can probably tell if you have read this thread, this has not been a good build for me, with a series of errors and accidents that I don't normally suffer from.  On a more positive note however is that if it hadn't been for the GB this may well have ended up in the BIN.
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I am determined to finish this and put it in final reveal, despite its many (self-induced) shortcomings.
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Wow, that is all looking GREAT. I have committed a number of "conscious errors" [things I saw instruction on, but failed to follow]. So far I have
have been able to recover. Down to the finishing lap now. Got to focus and not do an irreparable goof up. Best wishes on this build. Anxious to see the final
results--it will be a winner I am sure!

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Here are some views of the Spitfire - post weathering and adding the fiddly bits.  The Group Build certainly encouraged me to finish this model despite all the obstacles I encountered (caused) so it does go to show it gets you building (and completing) which is what it is all abouat. Hope you enjoy and see more pictures on the final reveal.

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Looking excellent despite your problems. Glad you did not can the kit but took the tough route and finished beautifully!
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