Eduard Spitfire IXc (late production)
OOB other than using the last of my Victory Productions decal sheet for the national insignia and decals from an old Aeromaster sheet to do John Plagis’ Spitfire IXc as it probably appeared on July 24, 1944 when he scored his last aerial victory.
A more complete review at M2 tomorrow. There are a few items that to my mind are unnecessarily complicated (like having to position the exhausts before painting the model and the assembly of the wheel wells and radiator housings) that do not contribute additional detail when compared with either of Airfix’s recent Spitfires, the F. XII and P.R. XIX, but at least the over-engineering isn’t as awful as the first series of Fw-190s. The rivets aren’t nearly as bad as expected, you can’t see them under a coat of paint from further than a scale 20 feet away unless in strong lighting, pretty much like the real thing as seen on the two we had out at Chino. Martin was right that sanding off the ferschlugginah rivets from the wing ahead of the spar improves things. The kit cockpit is adequate, given you can’t see that much of a 1/48 Spitfire cockpit when it’s in the model – no need to increase the cost of the model 50% for a Brassin cockpit you can’t see, when you can spend the money on another model.
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