Shelf of Doom Pt 2 Eduard Spitfire FR IX
This is another testament to my bad choices! 30 months ago, when I still lived in the UK, I very happily surveyed the contents of the highly praised Eduard Spitfire MkIX profipack. It was due to be my second build upon returning to the hobby. I began work on it in after having arrived in Australia, primed it and coated it in a rattle can full of misery that made it turn a nasty shade of pink (not quite bubble-gum but super shiny for sure)! It narrowly missed a rapid trip to the dump.
I came across Mr Paint ‘WW2 RAF PRU Pink’ as I searched for some other colours and thought that I should at some point open the box again and resurrect the build. I already had Barracuda resin Camera set and decals, and a pair of Czech Master Brass Hispano 20mm Cannons. It was either get another kit or try to revive the one I had.
Fighter reconnaissance versions of the MkIX were at Normandy and Red X is a popular subject for modellers. As most will know they flew relatively low, and the pink (off-white) colour was useful against back-drops of cloud during dusk and dawn. They did account for a number of Me109s while out taking photos.
I’m not sure I made the best job of what is head and shoulders the best kit I’ve met since coming back to the hobby, I could certainly have reduced the rivets (these were often pared back to help with speed). I’d certainly sing the praises of Mr Paint. I think the colour and mild semi-gloss finish are good (PR Spits were often polished to get some extra speed – and it is said to have worked) and it went on really well out of the bottle.
Anyway from where it was to where it is I can’t be anything but happy in a relieved way. Hopefully I won’t return to the self-inflicted area of the shelf of doom in the near future….
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