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Edgar Brooks Memorial Spitfire Campaign
greif8
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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 05:27 PM UTC
Following are some photos of the progress I have made on the Spitfire. Thus far things have gone fairly smoothly. The Barracuda AM parts have all fit well, and the minor surgery I did to the lower wing to fit the radiator and oil cooler AM parts went off without a hitch. After measuring the correct dimensions, I used the UMM scriber to score the plastic until it was thin enough to snap away cleanly.

The IP turned out very well, though a few of the instrument decals that I used do not show the correct gauge in every case. The photo makes the black look "clunky" but that is the reflection caused by the gloss coat. The rest of the pit also turned out fairly well. The Sutton Harness is the most complex, and fiddly, cloth seatbelt that I have built to date. It does look the part however. It will be very hard to see, but I made two wires leading back from the end buckle of the seatbelt toward the rear of the fuselage. I think this was part of the retracting system on the real thing. I like how the Barracuda AM door turned out, it looks MUCH better then the kit part.

You can't very much of the scratch built wiring I made for the cockpit now that it is closed up. But that is pretty common for scale model pits. Anyway, on to the photos.

The IP


The Barracuda AM radiator and oil cooler installed.


The very nice Barracuda access door.


The HGW Sutton Harness.


You can just make out the wires I made at the right of the photo. (I noticed that I needed to paint the seat braces green. Doh!)


Cockpit tub installed in left fuselage half.


All closed up.

BlackWidow
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Posted: Monday, March 21, 2016 - 12:31 AM UTC
Thanks Damian!
I always use different brands on my kits, because I don't like mixing paints. You know, 5 parts paint A, 3 parts paint B, 2 parts paint C and so on. Revell is the best negative example for that. I look what colour comes closest to the desired one and that's my choice. I have 5 brands of paints in my easel and they work perfect with each other. On my Finnish Air Force Saab Draken I have painted Gunze Midnight Blue over Vallejo Olive Drab on the upperside. No cracks at all. First paint is alcohol based and the second is water based. Here you can see the main paints I use on my Spitfire now. Vallejo, Gunze and Revell ....

Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 01:54 AM UTC
Impressive progress on lots of fronts here guys!

Torsten, my first thought was caramel sauce, but your toffee description fits better. Either way, please don't bite into it, it is looking great!
Do you have any issues with the different paint brands not agreeing with each other? I have a couple of builds where my base colour was Tamiya acrylic, and once it was fully cured I used Gunze acrylic for the second camo colour. After a while the top colour developed a lot of very fine cracks. This hasn't happened every time, but often enough for me to avoid mixing brands at all any more.

Ernest, super detail work! As Torsten said, I hope some of it is still visible once you get it buttoned up.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 06:02 PM UTC
Nice choices, Cam and Paul. Good luck for your builds. That cockpit is looking really fine, Ernest. Hope you can still see that work when it's finished (and not only know that it's there ....)
Well folks, here's another small update of my Spit 9. First white primer is on ....

.... next step was Azure Blue No. 71108 from Vallejo. First it looked like "Baby Boy Blue" but now that it's dry it looks nice ....

.... after masking the underside on 2 evenings, this morning it was airbrush time again with Middle Stone H 71 from Gunze. Looks like a big yummy toffee candy now ....


Next step is airbrushing Dark Earth from Gunze. The main painting work should be done right before Easter.

Have a nice Sunday everyone!
Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 01:14 AM UTC
Tamiya 1:48 Spitfire Mk.Vb

Thought I would build something for this since it has such a long window to finish. I need something simple to work on when the Ho 229 is drying/setting whatever, and haven't built Tamiya's Spitfire yet. I'll be doing "Lima Challenger" flown by LT Wooten from the 307th FS, 31st FG out of West Sussex in August 1942.



ludwig113
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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 10:51 PM UTC
hi all,

well my build is going well(eduard 1/48 mk1Xe) but my photobucket isn't !... really need to sort another photo host.

i've finished the cockpit and will be closing it all up soon.

all the best

paul
greif8
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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:58 PM UTC
Using Revell of Germany's 1/32 scale Spitfire MkII as base, I plan to build a BoB Spitfire MkIa. There were very few external differences between the aircraft as far as I know, so the Revell kit should suffice for exterior viewing. I will likely make a few minor corrections as needed, but I don't plan to do any major make overs. I realize that the kit has a few minor, in my view at least, dimensional errors, but I am not much of a rivet counter, and I don't plan to spend the time required to bend and sand the fuselage and wings to correct a millimeter or less here and there. What I do plan to do is a bit of super detailing of the cockpit, to include either scratch building some of the important, and seeable, equipment that would have been in a MkIa Spitfire; or use some of the excellent Barracuda AM parts to correct kit errors. I will also use a couple of the Barracuda AM packs to fix a few of the exterior issues on the kit, as well as, Eagle Parts excellent prop.

I won't be correcting every single thing; some because I lack the skill or ambition to do so and a couple because you won't be able to see them anyway. For those interested, following is a list, not comprehensive as I am definitely not an expert here, of cockpit related items that can be corrected to make the MkII pit a MkIa pit:

The lower right of the IP should have two fuel gauges. (I won't be correcting this.)

Rudder Pedals should have cloth retainers at the top.

The Landing Lights device should be on the lower left of the IP just to the below right of the Brake Pressure Gauge.

The kit instructions are wrong when they say to paint the gun firing button all red. It should be brass, with the ring around it in red.

I am replacing the seat with the Barracuda one. It has the correct seat back cushion and the armor plate. Also I will not be installing the Very pistol cartridge holder to the front of the seat.

I will make a radiator flap lever. This goes on the floor just to the left of left rudder operating rod.

I won't install part 36, the IFF destructor panel; they were not installed until after BoB.

I won't install parts 37 and 38, VHF radios were very uncommon during BoB.

I will be installing all the Barracuda AM cockpit stuff, as that is all accurate for a BoB period Spit.

There is very likely a few other things that I have missed as I am not an in depth expert on the Spitfire, but I think I will be able to construct a pretty accurate pit with what I do know. Of course I am all ears if any of you have better or more accurate knowledge then I do.

On to the photos of what I have done thus far.

Overall shot showing most of the pit parts. The resin parts are all Barracuda, the white, beige or darker grey parts are what I have scratched as is the wire of course.


IP cabling and the Landing Lights switch.


Pit side walls with resin and scratched parts.


Rudder Pedal Assembly, the beige colored pieces are extensions I made. The very nice Barracuda Control Stick.

The seat bulkhead with the insulated cable I made using a piece of plastic rod drilled out with small pieces of copper wire that are installed in the voltage regulator.
greif8
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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:16 PM UTC
I have started my build. I did not know Edgar personally, but I have benefited from his knowledge over the years; hopefully my build will do justice to his memory.

First up is a photo of the kit box that I forgot to post when I took it early this week. My next post will explain where I am heading with this build.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 03:48 AM UTC
Hi there

I realised this build was slipping away from me - and I really do want to add something as a thank-you to all the help Edgar gave me over the years. As lovely as the Alley Cat Spitfire Prototype is, I've hit some major fit issues - something I'll need to step back from and do a re-assessment as to how to proceed.

It was tempting to turn to Trumpeter's ghastly Spiteful - something Edgar and I corresponded on - and a kit that I know irked him deeply, but that's a major undertaking and something I don't want to rush.

So, in the interests of getting something built, I've started the Airfix PR.XIX and I'll use some Xtradecals for a wartime scheme.

All the best

Rowan
Cam
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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 03:43 AM UTC
I would like to enter this campaign with a Seafire 47. I built a Seafire IIb for the Med campaign and will go the the other end of the Seafires time line with a Mk.47 in the kits Korean war markings.
BlackWidow
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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 01:23 AM UTC
Thanks Matt! Hope to see some photos of your Spit soon! I've built the Mk. XII some time ago and really enjoyed it. No major problems.
Well, my US-Spit is nearly ready to get some paint .... This is how she looks this evening.




Torsten
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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 03:03 AM UTC
Looking good so far there Torsten.

I have been busy with work and other projects recently but will be dragging my Airfix Spitfire Mk XII on to the workbench very soon.
BlackWidow
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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 02:17 AM UTC
Seems as if I'm the first to start building in this campaign ....
Here are my first shots. Cockpit is done and fuselage and wings are together now. Everything fits fine so far, no problems at all.





More to follow soon as I'm already a bit further now.

Torsten
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Posted: Friday, March 04, 2016 - 05:46 PM UTC
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPITFIRE

http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/themes/spitfire-80th-anniversary.html?utm_campaign=1122375_Airfix%20-%20Spitfire%20Anniversary%20-%20week%2049%202016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Hornby%20PLC&utm_content=Spitfire&_%24ja=tsid%3A71284&dm_i=2DJZ

What is your favorite Mark ?
Me, it is the Ia


Cheers

BlackWidow
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Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 12:52 AM UTC
Ooops! That pilot took the words "Flying Home" literally ....

Just want to let you guys all know that I've started my campaign build last week and hópe to show some WIP photos soon.

Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 04:22 PM UTC
I think we're going to need a bigger display cabinet . . . . . , ,



Cheers, D
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Thursday, February 04, 2016 - 06:45 PM UTC
I am in for this one.

I think I have an old monogram kit somewhere in the stash. I think it is a Spitfire II/III maybe?

Alternative is Eduard's royal class, which looks to be a beautiful kit.
BlackWidow
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Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 05:21 PM UTC
This will be my campaign build for Edgar. First time I lay my hands on the highly praised Eduard Spitfire. As usual it will be an oob build with the decals shown. Unfortunatly there are no stencils on the sheet, so I have to look where I can get some ....
I'll start this build as soon as I have finished my Fw 190 "overhang" from 2015, which will hopefully be next week.
greif8
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Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 03:22 PM UTC
I'm in with Revell's MkII, that I will be correcting with the Barracuda Wings, Seat and Armor, Wheels, Cockpit Detail and Cockpit Door sets, as well as, the prop and blades correction set from either Eagle Editions or MDC, as soon as I find a place that is not OOS. This will be a spring/summer timeframe build, as Tamiya's 1/32 A6m2b Zero is before this build in the line up.
mrockhill
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Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 06:59 AM UTC
When I first awoke this morning, I felt it was a cockpit building day so with no cockpits currently underway I decided to get a start on my Edgar Brooks Memorial Spitfire build. For this campaign I picked the Italeri Mk.IX American Aces, a reboxing of the Occidental kit with a nice decal sheet (Incidentally my original decal sheet was badly out of register! Thankfully upon request Italeri send a perfect replacement right out to me)

Im not completely settled on my marking choice but for sure 1 of the 3 still visible on the lid. It will likely will be the bottom a/c in desert scheme flown by Lt. Vic Cabas 52nd FG, North Africa early 1943. Should contrast nicely with the RAF mustang I plan to build for the upcoming recce campaign

The cockpit of this kit cries for some better detail and as I would like to open this bird up I will make some scratch built improvements to busy it up a bit. Outside of that I dont forsee needing to add too much possibly exhaust, the kit part suffered some mold misalignment but I may be able to save it. I may also use a vac canopy but will give the kit parts a chance first and see if they look right with the hood slid back.

Im not that well versed on spitfires and my library shows it! But I'm always open to learn new bits of info so feel free to chime in on any technical info or other details that may improve my build, even if its too late because Ive got plenty other Mk.IXs to build later!!!
ludwig113
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Posted: Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 08:38 PM UTC
got the kit now need to find the time!


paul
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Posted: Monday, January 04, 2016 - 03:32 AM UTC
Interior of the FRe..




Bigskip
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Posted: Monday, January 04, 2016 - 03:27 AM UTC
Hi All I'm in. Thanks to AussieReg for spotting my build log elsewhere.

I'm building a pair of MK XIV one FR e and one c. to be depicted as post war aircraft.

With pretty spinners....


ludwig113
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Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 03:45 PM UTC
got the decals for the edgar brooks campaign, just need to decide which ones to use... 41 schemes !



paul
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Posted: Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 01:08 PM UTC
Here's the link:
Edgar Brooks memorial campaign Spitfire MkI