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Tamiya Spitfire Mk.XVIe 1/32 – An Aircraft Against Tyranny

April 28, 2014 in Aviation

The Aircraft.
Built by a German who loves the aircraft that kept us from wearing uniforms and doing parades from morning to nightfall. An aircraft against barbarism and tyranny. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. A design object with perfect proportions, slender, lissom, a poem of an aircraft, filled to the brim with fame. Medium sea grey, dark sea grey, dark green, classic RAF set-up.

The Model.
Yes, another Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire. All is said.
I wanted the paint to be as flat as possible. Testors Model Master plus some very thin layers of Revell Nr. 2.
Decent weathering, still far from the junk yard side of the line. The complete absence of glossy coats inhibits extensive use of washes as excess material could not be polished off. Therefore dark and brown dirt have been sprayed alongside the joints. Not one decal. All numbers and signs are sprayed using the amazing masks from Montex.

The Build.
Two months, some hours per day. My first model since twenty years. A trial still, the good one is yet to come. Charles Whall’s and Chris Wauchop’s models have been the inspiration.

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26 responses to Tamiya Spitfire Mk.XVIe 1/32 – An Aircraft Against Tyranny

  1. awesome piece of work

  2. As an avid Spitfire fan, superb. Amazed that you can paint the roundels/markings instead of decals. I like the finish as it isn’t ‘over weathered’. One Question – what paint did you use for the ‘cockpit green’? One Request – If the best is yet to come please make the next one without the clipped wings!

  3. Thx, Richard. The cockpit green is Model Master 20761.
    Placed an order for a Mk.VIII today … desert camouflage and no wing clipping.

  4. Beautiful Spitfire Halvar. I used Montex Masks on my Spitfire Mk.II and I doubt I will ever go back to using decals.

  5. Gorgeous work. 20 year lay-off? Can’t tell by looking.
    Not sure I’d fly her as the ailerons might operate differently than expected.
    Need to find the Montex man. Impressive.

  6. Outstanding!!!!!

  7. You definitely haven’t lost your touch, sir…a stellar piece of workmanship AND photography.

  8. You’ve got to love a Spit well built. Really beautiful.

  9. Lovely build, Halvar. Nicely photographed, too.

  10. Beautiful, a nice looking Spitfire.
    It shows that you have not lost your touch.
    Well done sir.

  11. Lovely Build Halvar,

  12. That pilot’s going to get a 10 Pound fine for leaving the flaps down after shutdown. 🙂

    Nothing like diving into the deep end of the pool for a return to the hobby. Nice work.

  13. Nice clean build.

  14. OK, I give in, the Spitfire does look beautiful! But I still prefer the Hurricane……..

  15. Halvar,
    Absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to see more of your skills.

  16. beautifully built, and beautifully written up.
    a first rate effort all round. well done Halvar.

  17. Halvar – you are very welcome !

    “…An aircraft against barbarism and tyranny. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. A design object with perfect proportions, slender, lissom, a poem of an aircraft, filled to the brim with fame…”

    Now that is my kind of aircraft review ! (I wish I had written it !)


  18. Hello again Halvar
    I did reply to your message, but I’m not sure if it made it through. (I sent it from my phone whilst I was at work, and it may have got lost)


  19. Hi Halvar absolutely stunning,especially with this Montex masks !

    All the Best

    • Thanks, Bernd.
      The only thing that troubles me a bit with masks in general is that it’s fairly difficult to get the roundels concentrically aligned. Very tricky.

      • Hi Halvar, yes that is tricky, i guess, it is like the Eduard masks
        for the canopys, to get them correctly on is also a challenge,
        especially in 1/72.


  20. I have this kit in my stash and I have moved it up to the top…..once we move to a new home…..but what a beautiful build of a beuatiful plane! Well done!

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