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Postby snapdragon » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:11 pm

This is my crimble competition build.

Sorry for starting so late, but I had to do a test build and it was a priority.

Airfix's 1/48 Spitfire Mk 1

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They say that there are two build options in this kit but on inspection I see 3 options. There are 3 different props - the initial 2 blade one and the standard 3 blade de Havilland and the 3 bladed ROTOL. Also there are three separate canopies including the initial flat sided and 2 slightly different "blown" Malcom hoods and armoured and non armoured windscreens with 3 different parts for the cowling where the windscreen fits. They include 8 Machine guns but in order to display them open you have to cut out the access panels in the wings and they also provide a separate cockpit door but to display the cockpit door open you have to cut the moulded shut one off the fuselage!

Considering what I have seen with the SWS ZM 1/48 kits which are roughly the same as the 1/32 kits this airfix kit is very much a beginners basic model.

There is no engine included and I am not going to mess about opening access panels, cutting out cockpit doors etc. This is just a straight forward basic build up as I only have a couple of days to beat the deadline.

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I am using paints from Vallejo's Battle of Britain set
I will be using paints from Vallejo's Battle of Britain set and instead of using Sky which was the official colour, but in very short supply Duck Egg Blue, one of the approved alternative colours will be used on the underside.

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I couldn't resist doing as much painting on the sprues as I could and painted the interior parts and some of the exterior. I was curious about the Duck Egg Blue!

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So.... Put a movie on... I think the 1969 Battle Of Britain Movie is appropriate and let's get sticking stuff together!
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby chill » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:20 pm

Great to see your entry. Just in the nick of time
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby royjess » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:20 am

Welcome in board. I'm pleased to see that you manage to start your diary build. Good luck with finishing it on time

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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby steve131 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:43 pm

Well done Snaps ,for Paul .K Awarded.
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby wingnut » Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:07 pm

Hello snapdragon, what was your test build ?
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby number1 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:19 pm

Looks a nice kit, still plenty of time to finish :whistle:
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby Mark » Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:53 pm

Glad you could make it in time - good luck James !!
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby snapdragon » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:11 am

I am sorry, Mike, but I was asked not to say anything and I do want to stay as a test builder.

Don't worry. All will be revealed when the time comes, so sVe up your pennies.
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby wingnut » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:26 pm

snapdragon wrote:I am sorry, Mike, but I was asked not to say anything and I do want to stay as a test builder.

Don't worry. All will be revealed when the time comes, so sVe up your pennies.

Understood ;)
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby casper » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:21 pm

Glad you could join in the fun snaps :)
the kit parts look really nice, plenty of detail and the cockpit interior looks very good.
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby morrigan » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:08 am

and Snaps has scrambled!
another nice kit from the new improved Airfix.
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby snapdragon » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:05 pm

Here we go!

The production area has been scrambled, the paintshop are on standby and it is a race to get this thing to its squadron in time!

This is a new mould from airfix and it is a rush job. I have found some fit problems and the kit is a simple one. The fit problems could be me though as I am working fast!

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There you go. Some additional work has been done, undercart put on, aircoolers, oil coolers etc and all it needs are the decals to put on which I will be doing first thing tomorrow (31st). the upper surface camo has a feathered edge as I just didn't have the time to make some hard edge masks.

really this is a bare bones spitfire and looking at the parts left of the sprues there are parts for Mk II and V spits!

In reality, although it says two build options on the box you can get a Mk I early and late, Mk II and a Va out of it. A Vb is not possible without new upper wing parts and cannon
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby royjess » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:46 pm

Looking good, will the plane be piloted by a fizzy bear or two? :lol:
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby snapdragon » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:14 pm

Sorry! Fizzy bears have been digested, but the boxes make great storage!

Ok. I have skimped on decals because they are thick and stiff and would need a lot of decal solution. Very much a budget offering from Airfix. Most of the stencil decals are a bit oversize for 1/48 and to put on and deal with would take more time that I have available. I have put national and squadron insignia on.

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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby royjess » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:45 pm

Very nice, well done :clap: :clap: :clap:

Same about the fizzy bears, it would have been nice to see a few of them floating down with parachutes attached :lol:

ps...don't forget to add a link to this thread on your comp entry post
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby Mark » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:57 pm

Nice clean build James - well done finishing it in the nick of time :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: snapdragon's Airfix spitfire

Postby morrigan » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:25 pm

Mission accomplished!
After debrief, please report to the pub for a well deserved pint.

A nice kit, and nice job putting her together :clap:
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