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Pacific Coast Models 1/32 Spitfire Mk IXc

January 14, 2016 · in Aviation · · 7 · 3.2K

It may not have all the bells and whistles of Tamiya's IX, but the kit gives you a pretty accurate Mk IX without having to worry about a stratospheric parts count. While in many ways a limited-run kit not for the inexperienced modeler, anyone familiar with the old Hasegawa Mk V kit should be pretty comfortable with this kit.

You get photoeched cockpit and intake details, plenty of resin - a well-detailed cockpit, accurate wheel wells, two styles of exhaust, spoked and covered wheels - and plenty of options including early carb intake, Vokes Aero Vee carb filter and wide and narrow cannon bulges.

The Cartograf decal sheet gives plenty of options for wartime and postwar Mk IX's, including Soviet and Italian examples. Some of the markings options have questionable aspects, however, but there are plenty of aftermarket decal sheets available.

The wheels looked a bit chunky, so I replaced those with Barracuda Resin five-spoked wheels. I also used a Barracuda Mk. V/IX resin cockpit door. Even with all that, I still managed to keep the parts cost below $100 - about half as expensive as the Tamiya offering.

The kit propeller blades are quite acceptable, but I scratchbuilt blades as I was also working on a conversion of the Hasegawa Mk V. into a IX with the old Paragon Mk IX resin set - I used the PCM blades as a master.

I cut away the kit elevators and installed drooped kinked-edge elevators from the Paragon Mk IX resin set - one of the few useful parts from that set.

As I got into the project, I also wanted some underwing store besides the typical slipper tank. I had built a 30-gallon slipper tank using the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire XII's tank as a pattern, but I really wanted a cylindrical tank. I researched drawings and photos and managed to eyeball a tank using styrene tube, the ends from a Monogram P-47 paper droptank, and plenty of styrene strip, rod and punched discs.

The overall finish is Testors Model Master RAF enamels. To simulate the field-applied invasion striping, I masked and sprayed the white areas and then the black areas just shy of wing leading edges. After that cured, I used Vallejo acyrlic white and black to hand-paint along the stripe edges and then dry-brushed white and black roughly up to the leading edges.

I used Eagle Editions decals to make a No. 125 Wing Spit for RCAF Wing Commander George Keefer. Weathering was done with a combination of artist's oil washed, acrylic pin washes, chalk pastels and Tamiya weathering powders.

Also, for reference and to save your sanity, you don't need to rig a radio aerial wire on Mk IXs (or most Mk Vs or many Mk IIs, for that matter).

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7 responses

  1. I never get tired of looking at Spitfires, especially one as nice as this. Nice light touch on the weathering.

    • Thanks. That means a lot from you, especially since I still remember how fundamentally good that F/A-18A was that you did for FineScale Modeler's cover back in the late 80s. I'm doing my level best to avoid that 'Spanish school' weathering from hell that you see all the time now and try to use a little reality heh heh.

  2. WOW- lovely! I will be stealing your treatment of invasion stripes when i do my Normandy C-47! best treatment I have seen so far.
    I have the PCM Spit as well- one will be an IX and the second will be a XV (RCN) after conversion. Would have been nice if PCM had done a XII and XV as a by product of the work done on the IX.
    In any case- gorgeous build sir- I am working my way towards getting my 1/32 WW2 fighters going- this is great inspiration.

    • Thanks! I was worried how the stripes were going to turn out, but I was pretty pleased after recomparing them with photos.

      I'd hoped that Hasegawa or Revell Germany would have done a good 'curbside' Spit VII/VIII/IX/XII/XIV series like they've done with Bf 109s now, but it looks like all we've got is the PCM kit, the Hasegawa Mk V and all the aftermarket and conversion sets out there,
      I do have a homemade Mk XII conversion in the works using the Hasegawa Mk V, a hand-carved nose and spare parts from my last two 1/32 Spits, heh heh.

  3. Exemplary work, Mike...a stellar job on this particular build (and no easy feat, from what I've heard/read). I commend you on your modeling skills.

  4. Absolutely love it! I looked at the pics first, and almost responded about the stripes before I read your play-by-play, because I liked them so much. Like Dan said above, I'm gonna borrow your technique!

  5. It seems like Spitfires are posted almost daily, and frankly I think that's just fine, especially when they are this nice. This is simply beautiful. Well done Mike !

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