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Spitfire Mk.I in 1/48 by Tamiya.

October 24, 2015 · in Aviation · · 21 · 1.8K

This was going to be a double build along with the new Airfix Mk.I, but when I got started I just kept going. This kit just falls together & the only modification was to reduce the windscreen side panels to improve the proportions. Eduard seat belts were also added. Paints were Model Master acrylics & decals from the kit.

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  1. Tony, Nice work here. I like that you did not over due the powder residue off the gun ports, and the camo looks very nice. The Tamiya Spitfires are great, despite the age of the kit. I could never figure out why they didn't make other versions.

    • Thanks Terry. Bring on a Mk.Vc Airfix; all you need is a new wing!
      Don't hold your breath waiting for one from Tamiya.

      • I never could figure why nobody of the usual suspects ever did a Vc. Except as an aftermarket resin wing.
        Granted, the Airfix Seafire had the wing, but the panel lines!
        Did Special Hobby do one?
        Guess I'm looking for refinement, that'll teach me!
        Tony, looks really good.

        • Thanks Bernie. Yes, Special Hobby do a Vc, but in my opinion it needs far too much work & the kit I tried ended up in the bin! I had more pleasure & success with modifying a Hasegawa Mk.IX. Took more time but worth it!

          • Thanks, Tony! I've got their Seafire III, and I'd describe it as "clunky", but then I've been spoiled by the likes of Tamiya, Eduard, and Hasegawa.

            I always suspected that the Hasegawa Spit IX fuselage problem might have resulted by their doing what the Supermarine folks did, modifying a Spit V.

            Have you got a picture of your mod Spit IX? I bought a couple of them, then heard the virtuoso wailing, though I was thinking about the Otaki VIII fuselage mated to the Hase wing (which has the wingroot "dip")

            Damn, I've got too many models!

            It would be nice to use up them Hasegawas, nice moldings, but truncated fuselage. ICM might also work, provided one can get past the "engine" detail.

            Fine if you're doing a maint dio, but many pieces make for much turmoil. (1 Hackett vs 4)

  2. Nicely finished and photographed, Tony...I like it.

  3. Nice and subtle Tony, you can never have too many Spitfires as some one else says.
    Well done mate.

  4. Dark earth, brown look litlle PINk or
    It is guilty of shooting light?

    Nice build

    • Thanks P.k. You're quite right. I changed my lighting after the first two shots. The dark earth is Model Master Acryl 4846. Sorry I didn't notice before posting.

  5. Nice work, Tony.

  6. Great looking Spitfire!

  7. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Love the SPITFIRE, this model is no different. Very nice work. I have said it again and again, seems like AIRFIX has made a big improvement. The more I see the new models, the more convinced I get.

  8. Excellent Spitfire, Tony !

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