Revell 1/32 Spitfire MkII
I,d like to share my most recent project with you. I had never ever built an early Spitfire in any scale, which in nearly forty years of modelling I should be ashamed! :o)). Having recently built a Dragon Me109E4 (see my previous post) in the same scale I thought this would look really nice sat next to it on the shelf (so long as they didn,t fight when no one is looking!).
Anyway, I am really pleased with both the kit and the final outcome. I really do like Revells approach to models these days, which seem to be a very good balance of detail and accuracy vs very reasonable prices.
Because it is such good value for money, I added quite a lot of after market details, as follows:
Eduard Zoom cockpit set
Barracuda seat (I hate doing harnesses!)
Barracuda cockpit enhancement set
Barracuda canvas flaps
Barracuda cockpit door
SAC metal u/c legs
Quick boost exhausts
It has to be stressed that this was my choice, simply because i like enhancing my models, but even with all of these, the price was still pretty good, and well below the Tamiya MkIX kit (which is now being eyed in the stash…!), and even without, the kit builds into a very impressive model.
I used Tamiya paints, and the kit decals. These were good, but I had a little bit of silvering in places, probably as a result of my own fault than those of the kit! The camo was applied using the time honoured “blu-tac worm” method. Weathering was done with oils and an HB pencil.
It took me two weeks to complete, and was a very pleasant build with no pitfalls. Maybe one observation for improvement would be the bulges on the underside of the wings where the roundels sit. These are too big for the decals to snuggle down over, so you either have to remove the bulges and scratch build them after applying the decals, or cut the decal to allow it settle down, requiring a little bit of painting to blend it all in.
Revell might have been better making the bumps separately, or making gaps in the decals fit over the bumps, which would help the less experienced modeller, for everyone else, forwarned is forearmed!
According to our goodly Mr Ulgur on here in his WIP thread, there are some other simple mods to be made to make the kit more accurate, and if I had seen his notes prior to building this model I would have made the necessary corrections, but I,m happy with it in general, and would highly recommend it.
Happy modelling everyone!
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