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1/48 Spitfire Mk Vb Trop

This is the Tamiya kit with a few PE and resin bits added. Rivets were added using Rosie The Riveter tools. All markings were painted on using Montex paint masks and the stencilling comes from Hobby Decal dry transfers, eliminating the need for various clear coats.
The Tamiya 48th scale Spitfire kits are not without faults but they still go together very well. All in all this was a very fun project that I really enjoyed from start to finish.

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8 responses to 1/48 Spitfire Mk Vb Trop

  1. Excellent Spitfire. These smoke and oil stains are brilliantly done. It’s hard to believe that they are all done by freehand airbrushing (?), wonder if you use any other techniques? Love these fuel/oil spills.
    Thanks for sharing /m.

  2. Really nice work here. One small nit (not a complaint), but the US Spit Vs were all Vc’s – too bad we don’t have a good one to use. Tamiya could make a killing if they’d just issue this with a revised wing.

    The work on this is really first class.

  3. Really nice work here. One small nit (not a complaint), but the US Spit Vs were all Vc’s – too bad we don’t have a good one to use. Tamiya could make a killing if they’d just issue this with a revised wing.

    The work on this is really first class. I gave you a “10” for excellent skills.

    • Actually, before starting this one I briefly had a SH Mk Vc on my workbench. I did some dryfitting but decided the SH offering was not worth the effort, and went with the Tamiya Spitfire instead.
      However, as I started this build I asked around on Britmodeller regarding which version HL-U could be and I seem to remember there was a chance this could be a Mk Vb after all, so I decided – right or wrong – that portraying this airframe as a Mk Vb was close enough.

      Agreed, if Tamiya just decide to modify the wing they would have a sure winner for a Mk Vc.

      Thanks, Tom!

  4. Wing aside, it’s gorgeous.

  5. i hope I can build my Tamiya Vb Trop to this level! Going to try and do mine over my Christmas break. Your build is very inspiring!

  6. Thanks Bryan and Dan, very much appreciated.
    Dan, good luck and have fun with your Vb Trop!

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