Shelf of Doom
This kit has been on my “Shelf of Doom” for about three years. I completed it in response to Roy Sutherland’s “Shelf of Doom” group build challenge on the Barracuda Studios Ready Room Facebook group.
This build replicates the Spit that P/O George “Buzz/Screwball” Beurling flew while assigned to RCAF 403 Sqdn in Sept 1943, and scored his last kill, a Fw 190, while flying this airplane. Beurling was the highest scoring Canadian ace of WWII and scored his last kill, a Fw 190, flying this aircraft. Below is a link to his Wiki bio…
The kit had nothing to do with the model ending up on the shelf. I just lost motivation with Beurling’s personality. The more I studied him, the more I didn’t really “like” him. Thus, my motivation to put in the work needed to complete the build flagged. He WAS a “screwball”. He never reached a rank higher than Pilot Officer during the entire war because he p****d off too many people along the way, even his own squadron mates…and on a continuing basis. Today, you might say that he “was on the spectrum”. That said, Beurling still deserves his place in history…and not on the shelf.
The kit began life as an Eduard ProfiPack Spit Mk IXc (early) but was converted to a late “round tail” Mk IXc with Mk III IFF instead of the “Cheese cutter” Mk II IFF antenna wires…among other small details.
The kit went together well, like any of the Eduard Spits. The only warning, for anyone who hasn’t built an Eduard kit before, is that tolerances are tight so paint on mating surface will cause issues down the road.
I painted the model with Vallejo Air paints and used homemade oil panel line washes for details. Oil leaks/streaks were made using a combination of AK Weathering Pencils, oils, and Tamiya weathering pastels. I used a mixture of kit decals and EagleCals #114 for Beurling’s markings.
My Shelf of Doom is now empty…
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