Matchbox 1/72 Spitfire Mk. VIII (conversion)
This is Matchbox's 1/72 Spitfire Mk. IX (Pk-2) first released in 1972. In 1973 I built my first Spitfire from Matchbox and loved it. The one displayed here was made in 1984 and I converted it into a Mk. VIII.
There was a few things I wanted to improve on this build, I reworked the spinner by adding some putty to the front and filed it to a more pointier look, I also bent the four propeller blades back a bit to straighten them out. The original look was all four blades were swept forward too much. Filed out some material on the lower a rear fuselage to make a wheel well for the tail wheel and also made the gear doors. I used the Heller's Spitfire Mk. XVI carburetor inlet filter, exhaust stacks and Airfix's Spitfire Mk. V main under carriage.
The paint I used was Poly-S, used Future for the clear and again Poly-S for the flat. Decals are from Micro Scale.
I was pretty happy with the end results back then. To be honest I would not mind making another today.
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