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1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I (new tool), 19 Sqn Op. Dynamo

The Spitfire is complete! This is the new tool 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I. The first completion for 2020, let’s hope I can keep up with this pace! Just over four weeks from start to finish. Some oils, exhaust stain and a few water colour pencil marks. I haven’t enjoyed a build like this one in a long time.

The weathering was kept to a minimum as N3200 only flew once due to it being shot down and crashing on a beach of which the photos are well known.

It flies again nowadays.

Hope you like it.


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31 responses to 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I (new tool), 19 Sqn Op. Dynamo

  1. Nicely done Mick!

  2. Just lovely – a sharp rendition of the perfect plane.

  3. This kit really is a beauty, it captures the Spitfire lines perfectly.
    It’s a beautiful model, congratulations. What I like best is the fine but perfect to scale aerial wires

  4. She’s a real beauty. Marvelous work Mick!

  5. Very well done!!

  6. Very nice indeed.

  7. Mick….your fit and finish are great. That photo of your prize-winner in the black background is super-cool.

  8. Beautifully built, rendered, and finished Mk I – a lovely early Spitfire.


  9. I like it! (and “liked” it). Great work.

  10. Lovely work, very crisp!

  11. Lovely build and finish, makes me want to start one!

  12. Immaculate Spit! Well done.

  13. Michael, what paints did you use and did you pre-shade the kit and do some post shading , did you use a pin wash?

    My go too paint has gone south and has the nerve to drop British paints so where looking at Tamiya paints and they don’t make a proper tan or your left mixing a concoction of several paints which are too red dish brown. Looks like you have a perfect match in the paint dept.

    Two thumbs up on this one.

    • Hi Stephen. I don’t pre-shade any of my models as I get a lot more control with thin layers of different paint shades. That being said, this is a fairly clean build as it represents that aircraft before its first flight when it was subsequently shot down.

      If you want to have a look at the post shading I do take a look at the recent Airfix P-40 in my gallery.

      The paints I used on this one were Mr Color lacquers, namely their Dark Earth and Dark Green. After both colours were down, I made up a 50:50 mix (thinned another 100%) of the two paints and then dusted it all over the top side colours. The bottom colours are Tamiya white and black with the gun access panels coloured slightly differently. The MSG is also from the Mr Color range.

      A pin wash has been applied to the panels. In this case it is applied over a Mr Color gloss finish and I used a 50:50 mix of the Tamiya black and grey enamel panel liners. On the underside black I added more grey to the mix to get a bit of contrast into the panel lines. The white is the same colour used on the topside.

      Great to hear you like it and this info points you in a good direction.


  14. Stunning build, Michael. Paint & weathering are perfect & your photography meets the ‘up close’ test. It looks like I’ll be upgrading my earlier builds! The quality of Tamiya mouldings these days are amazing.

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