Another Tamiya Spitfire Mk.IX
I’m not going to go into a ton of detail on this build since there are hundreds of WIP builds on this bird out there, but to say it’s many mini-kits in one, is an understatement. After some research I chose Johnnie Johnson’s version to replicate. Every time I build an actual warbird flown by an actual pilot, I’m astounded by what these men did when they were all so young.
If the P-51 Mustang was the Cadillac of U.S. fighters, the Spitfire was Rolls-Royce of British fighters. Literally—since it was powered by that legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. Which I guess is where this build starts.The engine itself is a gem and everything fits very well. Those thin engine panels fit “pretty good” I was very skeptical that they would stay in place with those itty-bitty magnets, but they do—along with the prop.
I took one look at the multi-piece wing decals and said, “Hell no.” So I purchased some Motex masks for the roundel insignias and painted those on as well as the leading wing edge markings. The paints are all Vallejo Model Air. I have way too many of these colors already, so I wasn’t about to buy the “RAF Day Fighter” color set, so I experimented with color combos of what I have already had and custom mixed the ocean gray, sea gray and cream. The OD green is straight out of the bottle. Is it exact? No idea, but it looks good enough for me.
I got real sick of fighting with my cheap airbrush, so my son & I finally broke down a got a Iwata. What a difference. So, I actually pre-shaded the panel Iines on this build. I tried to keep this not too distressed, but I might have overdone the flaps. With that, there’s really not much else to say. I present you my version of Johnnie Johnson’s Supermarine Spitfire MK. IX EN398. Comment away, keep building!
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