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Edgar Brooks Memorial Spitfire Campaign
TimReynaga
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 09:32 PM UTC
This simple build is close to the finish line, but not quite there yet... the extension is most welcome!

At this point the kit decals are on, applied over a Future gloss coat, with another coat to seal them in.

It is fun dressing up the familiar British Spitfire (known as the S 31 in the Swedish Air Force) in these unusual markings!

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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 01:25 AM UTC
Im not allowed to drive until December 5th and stitches out after that. Hand kind of numb and swollen. I will try and have it done by then. Time to learn to paint left handed.

Thanks.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 04:58 AM UTC
How about until the end of November? Or do you think you'll need longer?

Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:00 AM UTC
An extension would be good. I have had an operation on my dominant hand and the swelling is yet to go down. Near to finishing and I will see what I can do before the 19th.
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 02:18 AM UTC
Hi Michael

The Mk. XIV's looking excellent. It's always been one of my favourite marks - a great blend of the Griffon with the classic airframe.

I could certainly use the extra couple of weeks if you're kind enough to grant them. I'm hoping to squeeze in an hour on the Seafire in the morning before a late start tomorrow at Oxfam. If I can get all the building side of things down this week, and maybe even some basic painting, I'll be quite chuffed.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 06:30 PM UTC
I'm considering a short (two week?) extension of this campaign. Anyone interested?

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 05:45 AM UTC
Sorry to hear that Rowan, you seem so close. If more time is needed, I'm easily persuaded...

Meanwhile, not a bad weekend's work on the PacCoast Mk.XIV:

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I may pull this off yet!

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 09:17 PM UTC
Hi Tim

Your tip about turning the pilot's head makes a huge difference - it looks far more natural.

Michael - your PCM Spit is looking superb! It's not a kit we see built often these days, so it's great to see it get its turn in the limelight.

Thank you both for your encouragement. Here's where my Seafire's got to:



There's still a lot to do - probably about solid three days' work in my terms. Realistically, between a busy week at Oxfam and writing reviews, I just won't have time to finish it by next weekend. I won't give up on it, but I've paid the price for my ball's-up with the Tamiya Spit.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:27 PM UTC
One week left everyone, let's get going!

Michael
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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 - 06:19 AM UTC

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Hi Tim

I think you should do a figure-painting Feature article for us! That pilot is streets ahead of most that I see and a How-To would encourage a lot of us (me included) to have a try.

I squeezed an hour in on my Seafire today. No pics, but it's not looking too bad. Looking at my work schedule for the week ahead, though, I doubt I'll get a chance to get back to the workbench before weekend-next, so there's realistically not a hope I'll bring it home by the deadline.

All the best

Rowan



Thanks Rowan, but in all honesty, I really don’t do figures that well at all!

One simple trick I can share is to simply turn the head a little. In the pic below the two figures on the left are the ones provided with dozens of 1/72 Airfix kits over the years:

They are identical except that I’ve turned the head of the middle one to the left. For some reason, that simple change makes figures look so much more animated and natural! The pilot I used in this PRXIX build is like that one (the figure on the right is the one that actually came with the PRXIX kit).

And Rowan, one should never let real-life work get in the way of one’s model building ... just sayin’!


Michael, your big Spit is looking really good (love the splotchy underbelly)!
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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 - 05:58 AM UTC
Damn it Rowan, never give up!

Speaking of which, paint on the 1/32 Pacific Coast Spit XIV. Gloss coat for decals on tomorrow!

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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 - 03:16 AM UTC
Hi Tim

I think you should do a figure-painting Feature article for us! That pilot is streets ahead of most that I see and a How-To would encourage a lot of us (me included) to have a try.

I squeezed an hour in on my Seafire today. No pics, but it's not looking too bad. Looking at my work schedule for the week ahead, though, I doubt I'll get a chance to get back to the workbench before weekend-next, so there's realistically not a hope I'll bring it home by the deadline.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 08:40 AM UTC
After masking off the canopy and camera lenses with Tamiya tape...


...the reconnaissance Spitfire gets dressed up in her coat of slightly lightened Model Master Royal Air Force Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (P.R.U.) Blue enamel.

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Posted: Monday, November 07, 2016 - 07:39 AM UTC
Thanks Oliver,

The PRXIX kit isn't bad, and the canopy is well done, if a bit thick. Nothing a dip in Future won't fix!

As for the pilot, he is the ancient, but nice, figure that has come with many Airfix 1/72 kits since the 1960s (this guy came originally with their TBD Devastator kit). There is a different one that comes with the PRXIX. I actually like this older one better.
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 09:27 PM UTC
Tim,

nice kick off for Your Spit. I always wanted to built this kit. How do You judge it. The canopy seems crystal clear and the pilot looks really good!

Oliver
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 09:52 AM UTC
PRXIX airframe assembly is complete!


I cheated a bit though... the pilot is an Airfix guy, but he’s an already painted up leftover from a previous project.

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Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2016 - 07:47 PM UTC
Hi again

The Seafire is starting to look aeroplane-shaped:



I've sliced off the elevators to droop them. There are a few seams still needing attention and then I'll probably give an overall basecoat with Alclad's filler-primer to make sure everything's looking reasonable.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2016 - 01:29 AM UTC
Hi Tim

Go for it!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2016 - 12:33 AM UTC
I’m in! Veeeeeeery late, but I’ll build this one with no frills!

Here’s the start pic of my 1/72 Airfix Spitfire PRXIX with a copy of “The Week” dated November 11. I actually started the model when the mag came in the mail yesterday, November 4.



We’ll see if I can knock this thing out in two weeks!

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Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 01:34 AM UTC
Cheers Oliver and Thomas

I really appreciate you kind comments. The Special Hobby kit has a nicely detailed cockpit. The plastic parts need a little bit of extra clean-up (it's "semi-limited run"), but the effort is worth it. The "old school" etched instrument panel with a film backing is very effective in my opinion, and rivals the more recent trend to pre-painted ones. The only addition I made was to scratchbuild the flare rack for the seat, which Special Hobby missed despite showing in the instructions.

I'll try to get the basic airframe together over the next couple of days to give myself half a hope of finishing by the deadline.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 08:42 PM UTC
Beautiful work Rowan, you really get the details.

Oliver, the Spit is looking extremely nice! Paint, panel wash & weathering are very well done and the dio's cool with a relaxed pilot!
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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 07:16 PM UTC
Rowan,

the cockpit-area of Your Seafire looks good!

Nice update!

Oliver
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 11:45 PM UTC
Hi again

Just a few pictures to go with the update. I need to do a couple of tweaks, but the fuselage is about ready to close up:






Touch wood, it all fits in and the wing roots seem a good fit...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 01:30 AM UTC
Hi again

Some great builds!

@ Oliver - That's interesting. I didn't try Micro Sol with my Tamiya decals because I'd read somewhere that it didn't work. I wish I'd given it a go...

Anyway, I'm make progress with the Seafire. The interior's basically finished and the wings are ready to fit once the fuselage is closed up. I don't know if I'll make the deadline, because I'm hitting the busiest time of year at work and I've also got reviews to write, but I'll do my best.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 01:32 AM UTC
Hello everybody,

the Spitfire is now complete. I added just a little bit fading and some dirt. Hope You like it:

Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I, scale 1:72



Could not resist to make a little dio:


Blue skies Edgar!

Oliver