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Bob Torres
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Fujimi Spitfire Mk. Vb 1/48 scale

April 21, 2021 · in Aviation · · 14 · 2.2K

I hope this is okay to post a build I made many years ago. This was built in 1990, my last build until I recently got back into building kits again. This is 's 1/48th scale Spitfire Mk. Vb...The box will say 1/48th but believe me, this is 1/50th scale! When these kits first came out, an electric motor can be added to make the propeller spin. When I built this kit this was the second time building it but on this build I wanted to do a few corrections. I replaced the carburetor inlet by cutting it off from the Monogram Spitfire Mk. IX, replaced the exhaust stacks, took them from a Airfix Spitfire Mk V...I had to shave them down to make it fit for this kit. The spinner and propellers were taken from an Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk. I. I took the De Havilland props/spinner and they had to be sanded down to match the 1/50th scale of the Fujimi's kit. The rest is straight from the kit, I did had to block out both radiators under the wings. Build up the cockpit and the decals came from different sources. I do remember this being a fun build and did become one of my favorite builds.

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  1. Your hard work and attention to detail paid off... it looks very nice.

  2. Awesome Spitfire, nice work!

  3. Great work on this Spit, Bob.
    Modifications are well done.

  4. Love it, Bob! A beautifully done spitfire!
    Has held on very well through all these years!

  5. Looks like a good save on an old kit.

    • Thanks, I felt the kit looked good enough to do some kit bashing to see if it would help the overall looks. When done I was pretty happy with it.

  6. A nice clean build of an old kit! Well done.

  7. Nice looking Spitfire. Great builds are timeless!
    I think I have that kit somewhere in my stash with other 1/50 Fujimi's.
    Last year I completed a Fujimi FW190 which was boxed as 1/48 scale but I found out the hard way when I applied 1/48th scale decals and they were too big.

    • This build had similar issues from the decals and they came from the kit. I left it as is but the serial numbers does look a bit bigger than it should.

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