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Pacific Coast Models Spitfire IXc
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 04:38 PM UTC
Hi All, here is my next build, Pacific Coast Models Spitfire IXc in 1/32 scale:

At first blush, it looks pretty decent, some nice Eduard PE:

Lots of resin for the cockpit, wheel wells, two different types of wheels and exhaust stacks:


But closer looks reveal a fair bit of clean up is required...and this:

That's a helluva bubble! Well, we'll see if I can fix it up. Cleaned up the cockpit resin, seems more brittle than other resin I've dealt with, a few breaks that needed fixing but ready for primer:

Some of the pastic mouldings seem a bit suspect, a fair bit of flash and large sprue attachment points. I'll have my work cut out for me.
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 01:06 AM UTC
Ouch... that's quite an air bubble alright. Good thing it's a smooth tyre - should be relatively easy to fill with milliput and sand to shape.

Good luck with the build. I've heard Pacific Coast kits can be a handful to build.
thegirl
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 02:00 AM UTC
Oh my , that is a nasty air bubble . Will follow on your adventure with this build . Any idea on a scheme ?



Terri
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 03:36 AM UTC
I've actually built this kit a couple of times. Tamiya, it ain't. But it's a good solid kit, rather better than some other limited runs I've dealt with. That's the first time I've seen a bubble like that, hope you can fix it.

Take your time, test fit a couple of times, and you can come up with a very nice model!

Michael
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 03:45 AM UTC
Yeah, I did a lot of research on this before buying the kit, so I had a pretty good idea what I was getting myself into (except for that bubble!), but it was only about 1/3 the cost of the Tamiya offering, so figured it would be good practice. I am building it as a surprise for my brother who is an airplane fan and loves Spitfires. I will either do Wing Cdr Johnnie Johnson or Wing Cdr Jack Charles, probably the latter, Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey with D-Day stripes. Just going to have to be patient as you say with lots of test fitting.
ColinEdm
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Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 - 11:49 AM UTC
Pilots office is pretty much done, maybe some touchups and dry brushing to go, then see if I can get the fuselage to fit together over it all. The instructions are rather vague about the placement of the control stick/rudder pedal assembly...


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Posted: Friday, December 07, 2018 - 09:56 AM UTC
Hi Colin

Nice work on your Spit! If you haven't already closed the fuselage, there are a couple of points that might be worth checking:

The area behind the seat was usually left unpainted originally (it's often painted Grey-Green on restorations) along with the rear face of the fuselage frame that the pilot's seat attached to.

Also, the pre-coloured instrument panel does look rather grey in your photo. Maybe it's darker to the naked eye? Going by the photo, though, I'd be tempted to carefully apply a black wash because the real thing was finished in black.

All the best

Rowan
ColinEdm
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Posted: Friday, December 07, 2018 - 01:25 PM UTC
Thanks for the tips Rowan! Unfortunately I have already closed up the fuselage but I will file for future reference - hopefully Tamiya's 1/32 Spit which will seem like a dream after this one!
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Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 04:48 AM UTC
Wow You have some courage to get into this kit. I know Michael said its solid, but Im suspecting he would say the same thing about a short run limited copy of a 50 years old vacuform
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 06:27 AM UTC
Much filing, fitting, filling and f*cking about has ensued...along with significant adult language (and beverages).
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Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 11:44 PM UTC

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Thanks for the tips Rowan! Unfortunately I have already closed up the fuselage but I will file for future reference - hopefully Tamiya's 1/32 Spit which will seem like a dream after this one!



Hi Colin

I'm sorry I was too late with my post, but going by the quality of what you've done so far you're going to have a great looking Spit! And, yes, the Tamiya kit is in a different league of fit and engineering. I'm also really tempted to get the Revell Mk. IX, because that does seem to be a great value alternative, but there are just so many kits competing for attention and so little time available at the workbench these days.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 03:02 AM UTC
Your progress is coming along nicely so far Colin . The Tamiya spit will be a dream to build , built one already with another in the stash .

Colourful language hitsas all when sitting in front of the bench ...I'm pretty sure of it ..


Looking forward on your next up-date .



Terri
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 10:52 AM UTC
Yup, the hobby can be frustrating at times. Some significant wing root gaps that needed to be filled (seems to be a common problem with this kit), started off with styrene strip for bulk fill and using Mr. Surfacer for the final touches - fill, sand, prime, wet sand, repeat until I'm happy. Rescribing a lot of the panel lines as well, some just because they are just not there...also have to try to close up those wheel well to top wing joints better...




Cheers