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. I attached the video from YouTube.
Its an inspiring story. I wanted a a big Spitfire too !
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, 2parts 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.
Another source of angst was the decal sheet. Although they looked good, I found that they were past their prime. They broke apart when they were used. 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. A new sheet of 1/32 decals for it were too expensive, in my estimation.
This should have been an easy project, but I had a lot of self inflicted hurdles to over come. Coming down with Covid during the build didn't make things smoother. Over all I think it turned out OK and will represent the RAF and 609 Squadron well in my small aircraft collection.
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