1/72 Heller Spitfire MK 16E
Started Jan. 2020
Finished March 2020
This kit has been in my stash for over 40 years. The box art on this inexpensive kit from the late 70s caught my eye. A Spitfire in bare metal finish is not that common. I was lucky to see the “Silver Spitfire” at the Kelowna airport on part of it’s world tour last summer and was impressed by it’s gleaming bare metal finish. This encounter spurred me into building this little kit. Lately I have been on “build it stock” mission, including using the kit decals.
Heller kits from the 70s were pretty impressive for their day. Raised panel lines were very fine and restrained. Details such wheels and landing gear were quite good compared to other popular brands from that era. The weak link in my opinion was that the canopies were pretty thick and the decals had whites that were more of a cream colour. This wasn’t uncommon for the era.
Assembly was pretty straight forward with no issues. A little bit of Mr. Surfacer 500 was used to fill seam lines. I skipped the primer and airbrushed the entire aircraft with Humbrol polished aluminium Metalcote paint thinned with lacquer thinner. The original kit decals were used. Hot water helped form the decals over panel lines etc.
I applied an acrylic dark gray sludge wash with a brush to bring out some of the details. The excess was rubbed off with a twin tip. No clear cote was used.
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