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Spitfire MK.22

HI All,

I recently watched the documentary, Spitfire, and of course, I just had to build one. While the early models are “the classics” I favor the later Griffon powered Spits, so I chose the 1/48, Airfix Mk.22/24. While simultaneously working on a P-40 diorama, I wanted a quick, get it done and on the shelf, out-of-the-box build, though I did choose to use a Barracuda prop/spinner and AeroMaster Decals. To simulate the British silver paint, I used Tamiya flat aluminum mixed with a small amount of flat white to give it a less metallic look. Next up was a couple of coats of clear, using Pledge acrylic floor finish, for the decals, which are a combination of the AeroMaster set and kit provided stencils. I chose not to add any weathering so I completed the job with a light coat of flat clear. Other than the canopy not being very clear, I encountered no problems building this Airfix kit and it definitely met my intent for a quick build. I’m looking forward to adding another Griffon powered Spit with Airfix’s, hope to be released soon, Mk.XIV. Hope you all like my results. Enjoy your builds and keep ‘em fun!

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20 responses to Spitfire MK.22

  1. Stellar looking build, sir…..simply outstanding work.

  2. BEAUTIFUL rendition of arguably the best looking Spitfires produced. You did an amazing job on this one. Well done!!!

  3. I think these NMF Spitfires are beautiful to look at. Somehow the finish sets off the graceful curves just perfectly.

    This is a lovely project, Gary. Especially as a ‘filler’ build. Nice photography, too – the shadows really set off those silver lines.

    ‘Liked’

    • Thanks, David. From the research I did, these birds were not natural metal but actually painted silver, though I’m sure there was some non-painted versions out there.

      LOL, Yeah, my mobile communicator unit does take some nice shots!!!!

  4. What a beautiful Spitfire! I like the Griffon powered ones also.

  5. Likin’ this one a whole lot, Gary. The Griffon Spits go back to the racers.

  6. I am your biggest fan!

  7. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Nice clean and sharp looking model Gary , the metal sheen is so well applied.

  8. Looks fantastic! I’ve got one of these in 1/72 – now I’m gonna have to take it out of the stash…

  9. Fantastic build- I just pulled my Mk.24 out of the stash before I saw your post! I must have ESPN. Thanks for sharing your work- I will be sending you a message…
    Dan from Bermuda.

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