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Stan Traas
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Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk. IX early

January 26, 2020 · in Aviation · · 8 · 1.7K

Cheating on my darling Luftwaffe and having a passionate affair with the . This is the Profipak reissue of the early Mk. IX. I think I've finally built something that truly qualifies for out-of-the-box! A very fine kit- Fit and surface detail are beautiful, straight forward engineering/parts breakdown, excellent decals, and, I actually completed it in 4-5 weeks instead of months as per usual.

Must work on photography though- My wife's iPhone 6 is a great camera which does a superb job of revealing a static-dusty canopy and my oh-so-sophisticated old black T-shirt photo backdrop. And, the cheese cutters look huge in the photos...I attribute that to camera shake due to lack of tripod use- in person they look far more subtle (really!)

And... to anyone who has not yet had the pleasure of using MRP paints from Slovenia (distributed in US by Hobby World USA)... WOW! I though Gunze Mr. Color was great. MRP is (pinky-swear) truly airbrush able out of the bottle, desirably translucent (can't wait to mottle something), and, with NO thinning needed, you can load up the cup and pour what's left back in to the bottle 'cause you've not had to thin it! OK- it's solved based and fume-ey, so use a vented booth, respirator or otherwise protect the lungs. Not cheap on the face of it, but you get a generous amount in a bottle.

So now that I have almost every RAF colour (STOP IT spellcheck- it's the Queen's English!) for WWII... I've ordered the New-tooled Spitfire Mk. I. But... but Liebchen... the purr of that Merlin and those elliptical wings... have mercy on me!

I'd better order some flowers for my Luftwaffe stash... 😉

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  1. Thats SOLVENT BASED... What happened to EDIT?!?!

  2. What a marvelous looking Spitfire... Outstanding in every sense of the word.

  3. Lovely Spit, Stan.

    Your weathering is, for me, just exactly in the Goldilocks zone.


  4. Great looking Spitfire Stan. I’ve been using MRP paints for some time now, and yes they spray beautifully straight from the bottle, but I also dilute them 50/50 ratio for my Luftwaffe mottling. Unlike other paints when diluted MRP doesn’t lose its consistency, so it’s less prone to splashing the paint in the model. The only problem is that spilling a bottle is easy, ask me how...

  5. That's a pretty looking Spit Stan.

  6. Nicely done Spitfire!

  7. Great stuff Dude. Masterful shading and depth to the paint. That paint looks and sounds like a winner to me. Right out of the bottle is very handy.
    Please don't do DW O K (on the Mk I)

  8. It is a pretty Spit! I can see why the mottled suitors would be jealous...

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