Spitfire Mk. IXc – ICM 1/48
Some time ago, as part of the payment from a customer, I received this model. I’ve always wanted to build the Spitfire at this scale, but what I found with this one was a real challenge.
When you open the box, you find a real collection of well moulded pieces to build almost all the Mk. IX versions. At least that’s what I thought…
At the moment you read the instructions you realize the real mess it is.
So I started with the engine. ICM model comes with a more or less good merlin engine and its support. It was enough, but I decided to go scratch with it, adding the wiring, fuel pumps, radiator conducts… ending with a really good representation of it.
Next was the interior. Although it was good enough, again, i decided to modify it in order to improve it by adding wiring and some other missing parts.
And here comes the big problem: when you join the fuselage, it doesn’t fit well, and it needs a lot (A LOT) of putty to correct the joint.
The wings offer you the option to add the different wingtips for each version. I’ve chosen the C version. ICM also offers the option to leave the gun bay open. Here I found that the cannons in the model were wrong, so I changed them, and added some parts to leave it complete.
Again, problems with the joints: it fits yes, but barely stands in its place. So it needs a lot of corrections so the wings stands horizontally and in place.
After some sanding and preparation, it came the paint time. ICM proposes two schemes, both of Normandy with the invasion stripes. Since I don’t like the stripes, I’ve only painted the normal camouflage.
Three tones, all from vallejo model color: cold grey, wolf grey and light green.
After barnishing with future, I added the decals. It comes with the standard British decals plus some stencils. Unfortunately the stencils were so bad that they banished in the moment I dipped them in water. The other decals were a little difficult to adapt (I needed about 4-5 applications of microset)
Finally, some panelling with oil and a little weathering.
I can say it’s a really good model when you finish it, but it’s not definitely a model for beginners. If you have it in your stash, it’s worth build it.
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