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Hasegawa/Paragon 1/32 conversion: Spitfire F.IXA

Started this back in 2000 with a Hasegawa Spitfire Vb kit and the Paragon Mk. IX conversion set. Basically kept the nose parts, spinner and cannon bulges and tossed everything else. Scratchbuilt radiator fairings, carb intake, propeller blades. Heavily reshaped and Milliput-ed upper cowling. Rescribed panel lines and access covers.
Quickboost exhaust stacks and Barracuda Studios cockpit door and five-spoke wheels.
Scratchbuilt internal windscreen armor glass and mounting bolts, various cockpit details along with kit cockpit parts. Opened radio hatch and added basic radio transmitter box.
Leftover decals for No. 145 Sqdn Polish Flight from the Pacific Coast Models Spit Mk IXc kit. Testors Model Master enamels. Weathering with a combination of pre- and postshading paint, artists’ oil washes, chalk pastels, Tamiya weathering powders, airbrushed exhaust staining and chipping with Prismacolor pencil and metallic paint.

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7 responses to Hasegawa/Paragon 1/32 conversion: Spitfire F.IXA

  1. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Very nice work Mike. All your efforts can really be appreciated.
    The weathering is very well executed.
    This is a real joy to see, thank you for sharing the images.

  2. Good looking model here Mike. Nice, convincing finish on a really nice paint scehme !

  3. Good-lookin’ work there, Mike….and welcome to iModeler – I think you’re gonna like it here.

  4. Damn… that’s nice!

  5. Fantastic Spitfire!

  6. Great looking Spit. I appreciate your effort to get a “realistic” looking build rather than a toy. Great weathering and detailing.

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