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Japanese Spitfire

Recently I completed an Arii Spitfire Mk VIII. The MkVIII is my favorite

version of the Spitfire and as fate would have it, there was this one waiting in my stash of unbuilt kits. It was the first time I had made extensive use of paper masks for the camouflage pattern. It’s a fairly simple kit that goes together with little drama.

From what I found on the internet, this Spitfire was completed at the end of the war in Europe, so it was created up and sent to Australia. The war was about over when it arrived, and was sold after the war, still in the crate, for I believe $25 . It was many years before it found a forever home in the UK and was restored and is still flying today.

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16 responses to Japanese Spitfire

  1. Jay, really nice Spit! What makes it Japanese?
    The photos you included of the real aircraft are a great bonus!

    • Hi Jeff…. Thank you !! the kit was made in Japan.

        • THI IS FOR …………. JAY MITCHELL…………

          AIRBRUSH PROBLEMS: ???

          SOLVED WITH THIS METHOD.

          I got one Badger-200 “Internal Mix” airbrush back in 1980. then I got another two of them. One had the fine needle in it, and the 2nd one had the medium needle in it and the 3rd one had the heavy duty needle in it.

          I was told by a “Graphic Artist” who had been using them for many years that they were the “BEST” air-brusher’s on the market as they mixed the paint with the air in the gun.

          His “secret” was: YOU MIX YOUR PAINT TO A “WATER-LIKE” FLUID.
          He said to add “4 parts thinner” to one part paint.
          I was using automotive “Lacquer” paints with their thinner. ((Do not use ordinary lacquer thinner)).

          When Tamiya Acrylic water-base paint came on the market, I was told to mix one part of it to 4 parts of “Denatured Alcohol” (DA). The DA is equal to Tamiya’s thinner and “one heck of a lot” cheaper.
          RJW
          “““““

          • When I use my airbrush, I do it in the garage, not in the house. It is so humid here in NE Oklahoma during the summer, when I use my airbrush, the compressor gets hot and it causes the moisture from the air to spray out with the paint, ruining the paint on the model. I have a moisture trap on the compressor but it doesn’t seem to do anything to alleviate the problem. I’m thinking of trying to attach the airbrush to a compressed gas container. I’ve heard of that being done, but I haven’t yet researched that to see what I need . For this Spitfire project I used spray cans of Tamiya paint.

  2. Beautifully done!

  3. That’s a great Spitfire, Jay!

  4. CJ said on July 4, 2020

    Nice work, Jay! Glad to see you knocked this off your “un-built kits” list. Keep ’em coming.

  5. Nice and clean build.
    Well done.

  6. Lovely looking Spit, Jay. Is it 1/72 or 1/48 scale ?

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