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Edgar Brooks Memorial Spitfire Campaign
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 04:57 PM UTC
Very nice Linus!

Michael
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 02:17 AM UTC
Well the other Mk.XVI stalled as I was waiting for bits to arrive in the mail. I have those parts now and work can now continue.

DSC_7223_5919 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

And also got the IP done.

DSC_7226_5922 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7229_5923 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7232_5925 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

And I commenced work on the cockpit floor and control column

DSC_7224_5920 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

And I'll be using a few of the Roy Sutherland bits, the rest will go in the spares box. The bits I am using have already been painted and are ready for decalling before installing.

DSC_7233_5926 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7234_5927 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 06:42 PM UTC
Linus: Excellent Spit! Congratulation to this one!

Darren: You have an amazing speed in building! Keep up!

Oliver (temporarily stuck in house removal)
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 11:12 PM UTC


I figured I'd toss my hat into the ring and do something simple.

EDIT: Hopefully the picture works now. Also pictured: my Labrador, who is plotting how to best chew up all plastic models
ZAPanzer
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Posted: Monday, August 29, 2016 - 05:25 PM UTC
Hi

A bit of an update so far

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My first attempt at the new Airfix kits and I'm quite impressed, they just need to vary the subject matter a bit I think.
bulivyf
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Posted: Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 01:30 AM UTC
Hi all,
I started 2nd August Spitfire Mk.Vb 1/32 Hobby Boss wit Upgrade set HPH.
I also used Aires seat and Hasegawa canopy.
F-Lt Václav Jícha DFC AFC, 313. Czechoslovak Fighter Squadron RAF





darreng
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2016 - 02:38 AM UTC
The work done so far on the other Mk.XVI.

DSC_7259_5949 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7288_5976 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7289_5977 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7296_5981 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

More soon(ish)
bulivyf
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Posted: Monday, September 05, 2016 - 01:03 AM UTC
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mrockhill
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Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 05:39 AM UTC
Beautiful spit! I like the foam blocks you're using to support the plane, I'll be using that idea in the future.

Its probably time for an update, its been a while. Ive been working on my Italeri/ocidental spitfire IX focusing on the cockpit. Its nearing completion and paint will be soon. Its a bit excessive considering aftermarket is available (not to mention better kits)but I really wanted to do the work myself.





Its not intended to be super accurate mostly representative but based on what info I could find online since my personal spitfite references are lacking. Im going to laminate the instrument panel with some airscale decals on a backing plate. Im not yet decided if Im going to use after market harness and gunsight, which I have or if im going to continue the theme and make my own.

I've also obtained an Aeroclub correction set for the nose to correct this kits biggest fault, the nose. More to come!


darreng
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Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 03:34 PM UTC
The progress so far on the Mk.XVI.

DSC_7463_6101 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7465_6102 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7467_6104 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

More soon.
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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2016 - 02:16 PM UTC
Hi again

Wow! There have been some brilliant builds since I last checked in!

I've got a short break from work next week, so I hope it'll allow some time to try to push my poor neglected Spit towards the finishing line. A rather chaotic summer meant I didn't have a chance to take any in-progress shots while I tinkered with the kit occasionally since my last update months ago. As well as adding the armour plate, I've made a couple of other changes based on photos of Battle of Britain aircraft, removing the flash-hiders and the crowbar. The model will be sat on its wheels, so I sliced off the elevators to give a bit of their characteristic droop.



Touch wood, I'll have some fun throwing paint at it next week.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 02:48 PM UTC
Hi again

I've got the undersides roughed out:



I'm aiming to use Alclad's Mil Spec enamels throughout and have gone for the partly-black scheme to give a varied canvas on which to try out Life Colour's washes:

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:33 PM UTC
Hi again

The Spit's provided my first opportunity to try Tamiya's Masking Tape for Curves and I'm pretty impressed:



It's quick and easy to use - and the Alclad dries so quickly, I should get the basic camo done this evening.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 01:53 AM UTC
Hi again

Well, as I hoped, the topsides are done and the masking's off. The result?... the contrast between the Dark Earth and Dark Green isn't quite what I expected, but I want to see it in the cold clear light of day before drawing any firm conclusions.

More tomorrow.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 01:53 PM UTC
Hi again

I don't know about the "cold clear light of day" - it's more of a dingy overcast this morning here on the Island.

Anyway, here's the result - there's obviously a little repair work needed where I sprayed the Dark Earth to thin in a couple of places:



As for the colours - well, the Dark Earth is definitely less red than the RAF Museum colour chip:



And the Dark Green is a tad muted:



As I've noted before, the colour chips in the RAF Museum book have been found to vary, so shouldn't be taken as "gospel". Both the Mil Spec colours are lighter than than the museum chips - call it "scale effect" (in fact the Dark Earth is a good deal paler) - so it could be the lack of red in the Dark Earth that counts towards the lack of contrast that struck me last night.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:48 AM UTC
Hi again

No progress to show today, because I've been busy gloss-coating. I started with Alclad's own enamel gloss varnish, but then realised I need review some Wilder oils too, so I figured Klear (Future) would be safer.

I'm going to go with the kit's decals and have read some ominous reports of them silvering badly, so I'm going to take my time and try to make sure I have a really nicely polished surface ready for them...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 03:39 AM UTC
Awesome work guys, I have just taken some time to scroll through the pages of this thread and the work going into these builds is super impressive. Everything from basic builds, after market upgrades to scratch detailing, then such a variety of masking and painting and weathering techniques. This is going to be a thread that is bookmarked and reviewed as reference material for a long time to come, by a lot of us I'm sure.

Looking forward to more progress reports.

Cheers, D
Merlin
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 01:47 AM UTC
Hi again

No pics (again!), but just proof that every tool has it's moment of glory! I recently bought a great set of polishing cloths... perfect for the Spit to get a glass-like finish ready for these somewhat notorious Tamiya decals.

Except... when the time came, could I find the b*ggers? No chance! Instead, I spotted a MasterCasters Miracle Polisher that I reviewed 10 years ago lurking forgotten in my tool stash. 10 years?... it seems like yesterday! - Ohh my goodness, I feel old!

And, yes - it did a brilliant job - just like it did back in the Dark Ages of the Noughties.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 08:19 PM UTC
My Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk.XVI currently in the painting process.

DSC_7525_6157 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

More soon
darreng
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Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2016 - 12:16 AM UTC
Hi guys. I'm still plugging away the Spit. She's had paint and decals applied. Photos later or if not sometime tomorrow.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2016 - 03:59 AM UTC
Great work going on here! I haven't forgotten this one and have the fuselage together on The Pac Coast 1/32 Mk.XIV. Now working on fitting the wing. Pretty typical Pac Coast Spit, but I'm getting the hang of them. Pics soon,I hope.

Michael
darreng
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Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2016 - 09:19 PM UTC
Here's how she looks as of an hour ago.

DSC_7535_6165 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7536_6166 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

The radiator flaps are in paint, as are the prop, chassis and spinner.
Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 06:35 PM UTC
Hi there!
Lot of great work has been here. The removal has been accomplished and the man cave has been re-installed successfully. But, there still is lots of annoying dust from renovating .

My Spit has been closed for painting now.



And I tried to mix up the correct color with Tamiya acrylics.



The mixing instructions given by Tamiya were not convincing. Maybe, these colors will come close to the original?



What You say? Any clues are welcome.

Oliver
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Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 10:32 PM UTC
This afternoon's progress on the Mk.XVI (hopefully finished over the weekend).

DSC_7551_6112 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7553_6114 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

Still some tidying up to do on the paintwork before final finishing.
darreng
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Posted: Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 03:27 PM UTC
And she's done. My last airplane model for the year. Now back to my beloved military vehicles (my first love) So this model depicts a Spitfire LF Mk.XVI of the Central Gunnery School at RAF Leconfield in Yorkshire in 1946-1947 where the Spitfire's along with Mosquito's were used in the Fighter affiliation role at the School. The Central Gunnery School later became the Fighter Weapons School.

DSC_7555_6116 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7556_6117 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

DSC_7559_6120 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

I've also put a picture of both entries in the Gallery.