Eduard 1/48th Spitfire Mk VIII
This is Eduard’s 1/48th Profipack boxing of the Spitfire Mk VIII finished as JF470, a squadron “hack” plane belonging to the 31st Fighter Group, 308th Fighter Squadron based at Fano, Italy in 1944. It is box stock with the exception of Eduard Brassin wheels. The photoetch details came with the kit. Paint is Testor’s Model Master enamel FS36492 Light Gray over a custom mix of Ocean Grey (RAF) and Cobalt Blue to get as close as I could to PRU Blue for the underside. Decals are from the kit, and went down beautifully with some Walther’s Solvaset. The clear gloss used was Alclad Aqua Gloss and a final coat of Alclad Klear Flat. The panels were “post highlighted’ with lighter shades of the base colors. The wash was done with Grumbacher Odorless Thinner and Windsor and Newton Payne’s Grey for the bottom and Windsor and Newtown Burnt Umber for the top. Cheap pastel chalks were used for the stains, watercolor pencils handled some of the chipping/ fading, and a couple of India Ink brush pens in black and sepia handled the fuel and fluid stains.
The fit of this kit was phenomenal and it was really a joy to build.
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