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World War II: Great Britain
Aircraft of Great Britain in WWII.
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Hobbycraft 1/48 Seafire Mk XV
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:03 PM GMT+7
Hobbycraft????? I can almost hear the dismay LOL. I got this kit gifted to me with a rather large buy up of somebody else's stash so it cost me nothing. (Free is good ..... right??) And I thought I need a build for the Pacific campaign and I haven't built a Spitfire in mumble mumble years. This particular kit is For the British pacific fleet so perfect.

I looked at the engine cowl and thought UGH! Sink marks, shape is soft and possibly wrong. Then looked through the kit ..... wait a minute! No exhausts well Sugar Honey Ice Tea! Okay lets kill two birds with one resin stone so to speak. I got Quickboost's Spitfire Mk XIV cowl and exhausts for the Academy kit. Hobbycraft and Academy kits often share a common heritage so I thought this should work. Well almost the fuselage needed a little cinching in to Make it work but it fit rather well. But I get ahead of the build process.

I started by assembling the cockpit bulkheads and frame then gluing them into one side of the fuselage. Then trapping them in place with the other half of the fuselage taping it all together and then leaving it to dry. The next day I separated the halves and set about attaching the other piece of resin I got for it a seat as the Hobbycraft one while not bad wasn't great either. I used superglue gel and kicker to set once it was in place properly. Then it was on with a coat of Tamiya cockpit green and Tamiya Rubber black for the I.P. and junction boxes. The seat back got a coat of Tamiya red brown to simulate the leather backrest. The seat belts and buckles were painted with Humbrol enamels. This was followed by an oil wash to darken and dirty the cockpit.

IMG_1962 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1963 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1966 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:25 PM GMT+7
The following day everything was zipped up and the wings were strapped up with masking tape to give the the missing dihedral. Once everything was dry it was out with the razor saw, a deep breath and cut along the panel lines. Look at the resin part and realise that the back of it slants forward. Okay adjust the cut to compensate then test fit. Oooppps! Removed way to much! Okay I need to shim this out, grab some plasticard strips and add. Test fit well hell perfect! Notice that the resin part is actually narrower and taller than the fuselage. Solution compress fuselage with a clamp and test fit, Remove some of the front of the casting block as the nose is thicker than the resin allows for, test fit perfect! Time to glue the resin piece in place so out with the super glue and kicker. Apply superglue to resin piece and insert hit it with kicker. Disaster!

The kicker which is supposedly safe for plastic softens the plastic and makes it brittle, result? Fuselage caves in around where the clamp is and pulls away from the wing! Release the clamp fuselage springs back a little. Notice that the kicker has softened all the glue joints. Separate the wings and put plastic sprue spreader in place in the fuselage. The spreader is set to the correct width for the new resin piece so I can glue and compress the fuselage and adjust the fit for the resin piece. Result? Not as good as before but manageable. I've had this happened before with a couple of Academy kits but not at so critical a juncture. Moral? Don't use kicker on Academy of Hobbycraft kits!

IMG_1967 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1970 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1971 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1976 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1977 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1978 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1979 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 09:41 PM GMT+7
A little filing and sanding later I'm as happy with the engine cowl as I'm going to be. I turned my attention to the gun sight which must have had a mount that stuck two scale feet into the cockpit! I cut it off shortened it and glued it back together. I gave it a couple of hours to dry then painted it black before attaching it in the cockpit. Then it was time to glue the canopy in place which went off without a hitch.

Next up were the landing gear and the prop. The landing gear were anorexic and lacking any sort of detail. The props were short, the wrong profile and also a little thin. So after some research to find out what I needed I was thinking of getting resin replacements but that was expensive and not really worth the investment. So I was toying with the idea of adding plasticard strips and carving a new blade when I suddenly remembered that I'd picked up two Aeroclub sets in white metal and I was sure one was for a Seafire but which one? Next thought? Where the hell did I put them!

So after a hour of searching I found them and one of them was for a 1/48 Seafire, yes! Oh ..... it was for the Airfix Fr47 kit with contra rotating props. But the other set was for a Griffon engined spitfire, Score! So it had 5 props I took the best 4 and looked at the spinner. Okay needs a serious sanding and a little reprofiling. I spent around 45 minutes sanding it so that it was an even curved cone. Not sure if the profile is correct but it fits the fuselage nicely so I guess that's a plus. Look at the Aeroclub blades and realise that the shafts are about 2.5mm thick, need to drill out the spinner. I put a drill the right size in the drill press and carefully drilled out the spinner. The blades were a tight fit but that was fine, add a little glue and fit them in. Then spend a few minutes checking to make sure I had them oriented correctly. It looks way better than the kit offerings so I'm happy with that.

Next up the landing gear! I added some Tamiya 2mm wide vinyl masking tape around the top and bottom of the oleos and drilled a hole to fit a copper wire loop that vaguely matches the tie down eyes on the real thing. Then added a coat of Humbrol metallisers Aluminium to blend it all together. This was perhaps the easiest part so far. Once dry I glued the gear doors on and set them aside for an oil wash tomorrow evening.


IMG_1982 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1983 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1981 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1986 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

I've got the canopy masked next up a coat of paint!
greif8
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Bayern, Germany
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:37 PM GMT+7
Chris, you are braver, and far more patient, man then me. You are doing yeoman's work on a pretty shoddy kit, with AM not purpose made for it to boot!

Ernest
c4willy
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 07:23 PM GMT+7
My thanks Ernest, but I've seen your work (Damn fine work it is too) and you are a man after my own heart!

After a little research I discovered I couldn't use the fish tail exhausts of the Mk XIV as they were only used on the 3 prototypes. Fortunately the Falcon accessories came with round exhausts they needed drilling out however. So after a small amount of work I had them drilled out and fitted. They were perhaps a little small for the openings but I centered them as best I could and they don't look to bad. Next up a little filling and sanding then off the paint shops!

IMG_1991 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1990 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1989 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1988 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

magnusf
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 09:23 PM GMT+7
Seafire XV: coolest Seafire ever made and one of the few where you actually have a quite nice selection of different operators besides the FAA! Good choice Chris!



Magnus
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:07 PM GMT+7
Hi Magnus and my thanks. Isn't she though? This bird was a real hot rod 400mph top speed and an unbelievable 5000 feet per minute climb rate. To give you an idea that's 1500 feet faster than a P51D! And a 1000 faster than a p47 it was the fastest climbing fighter during WW2, not surprising in a C.A.P. fighter. From memory France, Canada and the Irish Aircorp flew the type.
c4willy
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 09:17 PM GMT+7
She's out of the paint shop and doesn't look half bad. A few touch ups here and there but overall I'm pretty happy. Also there's just something about the FAA colour scheme it's familiar yet the colours are totally different from your usual Spitfire. Next up gloss coat, decals, then a wash and some light weathering.

IMG_1998 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1999 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2000 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr
GazzaS
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 09:42 PM GMT+7
Chris,
Wow! Your patience and effort have paid off! Great job on that oldie.

Gaz
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:21 PM GMT+7
Hey thanks Gaz, but when it comes to patience you have it in spades after all you metal foiled a B-29!