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Rafi Ben-Shahar
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Invasion stripes: Clostermann's Spitfire

June 7, 2024 · in Aviation · · 18 · 240

When 's 1/48th scale Mk. IXc appeared, it was a big disappointment due to the short fuselage that seemed to doom the kit. Yet overall, the kit had a finely engraved panel lines and was easy to build.

Hasegawa's flaw was corrected by Aeroclub that produced an accurate dimensional fuselage. I planned to build several models of the kind and did not want to rely on the availability of Aeroclub's accessory or build a stumpy Hasegawa Spitfire. Having studied the differences between the molds, there were two areas in the positions of bulkheads that needed to extend in order to achieve the correct length. Mission accomplished.

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  1. Fantastic job as always, Rafi!
    Excellent home made fuselage correction!

  2. Nice work Rafi

  3. Well done, Rafi

  4. Wow, I have read where the fuselage extension corrections are needed but I cannot spot a tell tale sign on your build. Very nicely done. I am still impressed with the kit that Hasegawa turned out, but I went with the Loon Models replacement fuselage. And I still consider Clostermann’s, The Big Show, one of the best WWII pilot narratives I have read. Beautiful camouflage and overall finish.

  5. Don't often see Spits dolled up with stripes - she's a real beauty!

  6. Nice work on this and a great save. Looks very good.

    Fortunately I had built the kits I had long before the definitive Eduard kit came to the rescue.

  7. A very fine result on this Spitfire, Rafi @blackmopane
    Definitely a mission accomplished.

  8. Very nice Spitfire with your usual high standards.

  9. Excellent Spitfire Rafi! 👏👏

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