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heller 1/72 spitfire XVIe (lots of pics!)
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 02:52 AM UTC
well i've been tinkering with this since xmas, and have been taking in progress pics but due to one thing and another its only now i've got around to posting them. this kit is one i bought at telford 07 (yes its a queue jumper!) i also have this same kit in a spitfire box set with two decal options, the one in the heller kit and a nmf version so i will build both options eventually. the kit has raised panel lines and dodgy fit in some areas, notably the top of the engine and the wings to fusalage join. i wanted to build this as filler-less as possible, so as not to damage the raised lines, and as a practise for the nmf one that will have to be near perfect for alclad paints. that said the areas i had to fill had little or no lines so its looking nice and neat.
right heres the pics!







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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 12:15 AM UTC
Spitfire XVI, got to be one of the best looking Spits and this is looking good Phil, dispite all the raised panel lines, which would have me twitching Can I ask why light grey for the cockpit and not interior green? I have the 1/48 Italeri boxing of, what I think is, the ICM kit.Quite a basic kit but a nice shape (although I need to check out the lower nose contour). I now feel like I want to get on and build it Keep us posted Phil, I'm looking forward to seeing this in camo
Mal
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 04:41 AM UTC
hi mal, i thought this might catch your attention!
the grey interior is called out as humbrol 87 in the instructions from the airfix spitfire box set, the heller instruction sheet, off the top of my head dos'nt have any info about internal colour except black for the gunsight, stick and seat. i did wonder whether 87 was correct, but i got stuck right in to building it, and maybe should have posted a question and been a bit patient! i intend to pick up some a/m decals on sunday because although i actually have two sets for this version there are issues with both -

out of register on the top set and just plain wrong on the bottom, (they're supposed to be sky!)
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Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 02:34 AM UTC
Hi Phil.
Id definately go down the AM decal route mate
On the subject of the cockpit colour,,maybe its a typo and Humbrol 87 should in fact read Humbrol 78,cockpit green?
Just a thought
Looking forward to seeing how this comes together.
Nige
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Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 03:08 AM UTC
you could have a point there nige! however, i posted these same pics up on the classic kits forum and another member posted up a pic of a MK XVI under restoration and the interior does look like a blue grey
check out the thread here- http://gregers.7.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=2883
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Posted: Friday, February 02, 2007 - 09:46 PM UTC
Interesting Phil, but that is a restoration and I doubt that originally the Mk XVI was painted so. However if you do manage to find out to the contrary I'm all ears.
Mal
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 04:50 AM UTC

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Interesting Phil, but that is a restoration and I doubt that originally the Mk XVI was painted so. However if you do manage to find out to the contrary I'm all ears.
Mal


i think i may have commited an "oopsie" time and time again you read about sometimes its not quite a good idea to use restored aircraft as research.
i think we should just keep this between ourselves!
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 11:41 PM UTC
Not to worry Phil, I wont tell It will still look good, from the outside
Mal
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2007 - 04:00 AM UTC
heres an update on this one, i now have a set of a/m decals that are the same as the kit option, and i used my new toy for the first time! at the time of posting all the main painting is finished, and i'll give it a coat of kleer later. this new airbrush is real nice to use compared to my old aztec 470. the small valve under the nozzle controls the air, as well as being able to turn it up and down at the compressor, and let me touch up the odd bits of overspray with no trouble.
bring on luftwaffe nightfighter mottle!


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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2007 - 06:39 PM UTC
It's looking good Phil.

Andy
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 12:04 AM UTC
Looking good Phil, but with an airbrush of such quality I would expect free hand camo
Mal
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 12:19 AM UTC
one step at a time mal!
as its a good night on telly (life on mars back on-yayy!) heres a quick pic as she stands now-