1/32 609 Squadron Spitfire MkIA
I was inspired to build this by an EAA video of a man named Bob DeFord who built a full sized Spitfire from scratch.
Its an inspiring story.
I wanted a big Spitfire of my own !
This kit is an older Hasegawa kit, it wasn't overly complicated and went together without any problems. The most difficult part of this build, for me, was getting the Earth color "just right". I used Tamiya paints, and they don't seem offer the proper earth tone. I had this painted and then decided the Earth tone was too light and the green too dark, so I stripped off the paint and started a search for the proper colors. I found imodeler member David Mills @davem to be a great resource on Spitfires, BoB, The RAF, and Tamiya paints. ( I wouldn't be surprised to learn he worked for the Imperial War Museum.) He gave me several formulas to mix my own home brew dark earth paint. I used 2 parts Tamiya XF-49, 2 parts XF-52, and 1 part XF-3. For the green I used XF-81 and for the lower surface XF21 was used. For masking the camo pattern I used AML paint masks. They work great and are worth the money.
Although the decals looked good, I found that they were past their prime. They broke apart when they came in contact with water. There were no aftermarket decals that I saw that interested me enough to pay the extra $$ for them. I sprayed the decal sheet with a rattle can of clear gloss. That kept them from breaking apart, but seemed to make them resistant to water. Fortunately, the major decals were useable. I
Over all I think it turned out OK and will represent the RAF and 609 Squadron well in my small aircraft collection.