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Timbo

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Hello again,

  For this GB I will be building a kit that I have been wanting to build for some time now, the Tamiya 1/32 scale spitfire Mk.IX.  You might be thinking, hold on the kit in the pictures below is a Mk.VIII spitfre not a Mk.IX, well the story is that my LHS sells a lot of kits that are usually opened boxes and one day I walked in and he had to Tamiya 1/32 spitfires, a Mk.VIII and a Mk.IX and both were a very enticing price.  So I looked through both kits and they were both complete, I thought for awhile then decided on the Mk.VIII because it came with RCAF decals, paid for it and took it home.  Then, as I usually do, the next day I changed my mind and decided I wanted the more common Mk.IX and after doing some research I realized the main difference between the two is that the Mk.VIII had a retractable rear landing gear.  Before returning back to my LHS I noticed that the kit I purchased actually had the correct parts for the Mk.IX rear landing gear but everything else, ie. decals, instructions, etc., were for the Mk.VIII.  Satisfied with that I started looking for new decals for a Mk.IX spitfire.

  I will be building this, mostly out of the box, with the only aftermarket items being:
1 - EagleCals decals, EC#114 KH-B MA 585 
2 - Master, AM-32-016 20mm cannon barrels
3 - Eduard, 32666 Mk.IX early interior PE set

  I choose the decals for this kit, KH-B MA585, which was an RCAF spitfire flown by George "Buzz" Beurling who was the leading Canadian ace in WWII with 31 confirmed victories.  This Mk.IX was his personal spitfire later in the war, most of his victories were achieved in a Mk.X spitfire over Malta.

  Here are the kit photos.....

DSC_0394_1514757363043 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0395_1514757358897 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0396_1514757362643 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0397_1514757360525 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0398_1514757361955 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0399_1514757362778 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0400_1514757362911 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr

  I'm hoping to get started on this build in the next few days.

  As always, thanks for looking.

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Nice model! I think this would be intersting to follow. Sad that again win proposal i didn't going to participate in. But, from other hand, i will have more time to comment other build topics! [biggrin]
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Excellent choice! Looking forward to follow you’re build.
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A really beautiful kit, indeed! I'm looking forward to the next pictures and your progress with this project [thumb]
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Hawker Hurricane Mk. I, 1:24 by Airfix
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I started this build last night, I don't have any progress pictures but wow, am I ever impressed with the fit and quality of this kit so far.  I will try to get some more work done and post some photos.
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Tamiya in 1/32--should be an awesome buildup! Subscribed!
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Finally, I have some progress photos to share with everyone.  Looking at the pictures it doesn't seem like I have done much but the cockpit is busy and has a lot of small parts that need to be painted and assembled.  

Also, I gained a new respect for modelers that, 1) enjoy photo etch and 2) are good at PE.  I had the lots of issues with the tiny parts.

Anyways, here are some shots of progress so far.......

DSC_0397_1515553207607 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0400_1515553207470 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0401_1515553206276 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0402_1515553207872 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0403_1515553207194 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0404_1515553207749 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr

As you can see, I have decided to add the pilot seated in the plane.  I have most of the main colour on him and still have some work to make him look more realistic.  I don't usually add figures to my builds as I'm just not very good at painting them but I thought I'd give it a go on this one.  We'll see how it turns out.

Thanks
 

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Wow, that’s some serious progress! Nice. Good pictures too.
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Thanks Ted, this kit truly is a joy to build.  I haven't had to fight it as with other kits.
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Very nice progress - looking good!
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Great progress so far, very nice weathering on cockpit and fuselage interior side. Thanks for the pictures :-). 
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Hawker Hurricane Mk. I, 1:24 by Airfix
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looking good
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Hi, another small update of what I have completed so far.  I finished painting the pilot and installed him in the cockpit and attached the PE harness.  Once that was done I was able to attache the sidewalls of the cockpit and then close up the 2 fuselage halves.  Next steps are on to the stabilizers and wings.  I'll have a plane soon enough.

DSC_0397_1515760456601 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0398_1515760456911 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0399_1515760456340 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0404_1515760456465 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr
DSC_0405_1515760455901 by Tim Ashton, on Flickr

Thanks for looking,

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The pilot looks great! Looks like you can fly here trough the living room soon :-)
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As I'm looking forward at the next steps of the build I have come across a little dilemma, of the 2 options provided in the kit, I'm not sure which style elevator to use on this particular plane.

I know it is a Mk.IX and I assume that because it has the longer air filter on the bottom of the engine, it is a late version of the Mk.IX.

So, of the 2 options below which do I use???  I've seen photos of models of this same aircraft with both versions of the elevator so I'm stuck.

Any insight would be helpful.

elevator by Tim Ashton, on Flickr

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