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Recently Completed Revell of Germany Spitfire IX C

  • Here are a few pictures of a Spitfire IX C that I completed today.  There is one decal that was applied improperly, I've ordered a new set from Revell.  This was my first model that I attempted a artist oil pin wash on.

    Overall I'm pretty happy with the results.  I would like to add some chipped paint, but don't want to weather it too heavily.

    Any overall suggestions or critiques/comments are appreciated.

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  • looks like the wash came out really well. A little chipped paint in the appropriate areas adds alot to the model. Nice build.

    Nathan

     

  • Beautiful job!  Really sweet build.  Are you planning on weathering it?

    In the Hangar: 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18D RAAF Hornet,

    On the Tarmac:  F4U-1D RNZAF Corsair 1/48 Scale.

  • I lightly drybrushed an exhaust stain on each side of the fuselage.  I'm going to attempt to add some paint chips, and possibly some oil stains.

    I don't want to over do the weathering, but I think that it needs something else for sure.

     

     

  • Very nice.  It looks much better than the one I just finished.

     

    Eric

  • Be careful not to overdo it.  It's easy to go to far when weathering.  I would do a medium wash using acrylics to bring out the panel details a bit more and then look at some actual photos of older Spits if the one you are doing has been in service long.  If it's fresh from the factory, then a very light wash would do.  Most paint chips are on the leading edges of the wings, the pro and the bottom of the wings and fuselage from small stons from what I have seen.  I was on Vacation in England back in 1986 and we visited the Imperial War Museum.  They had a great exhibit which represented planes from the Battle of Britain.  One was a beautiful MK.IXe Spitfire.  I remember that most chips did seem to be on the leading edges and the prop.  Oil stains were not that prevalent.  The bird in the museum had been restored to her combat condition, as she appeared in the field, so I try to use my memory of her as a reference when working with Spitfires.  Another thing about the exhaust stains.  On the museum bird, they did not flash out straight behind the exhaust, they were sort of downward a few degrees and back from each exhaust port.  The exhaust itself was rather rust colored.  Heat corrosion.  I would use "Burnt Iron" mixed with some "Rust" to get the right effect.  The bottom of the wings and fuselage were a mess.  These aircraft frequently took off and landed from strips which were often little more than compacted mud.  dirt spatters and streaks in blacks, greys and browns were normal. 

     

    I hope this is useful.  Looks like a beauty.

    Rich

     

    abunn1

    I lightly drybrushed an exhaust stain on each side of the fuselage.  I'm going to attempt to add some paint chips, and possibly some oil stains.

    I don't want to over do the weathering, but I think that it needs something else for sure.

     

     

    In the Hangar: 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18D RAAF Hornet,

    On the Tarmac:  F4U-1D RNZAF Corsair 1/48 Scale.

  • Interesting choice of roundels for the top of the wings...  Dates it as being in-service between January '45 to early 1947...  Is that the only choice of markings for that kit, or did it have the Type B Roundels (the Blue & Red ones) as well?

    Overall, I think the weathering is pretty much there for a post-war Mk IX  (given the markings used)... It'd be pretty well-maintained once the shooting stopped... Yours is marked as a No. 43 Squadron, "The Fighting C ocks" bird...  No. 43 Sqn flew Spitfire IXs from August of 43 to it's disbandonment in May, 1947...

    When it first received the Mk IXs, it was based in Pachino, Sicily and remained in the MTO and Italy until moving to Ramatuelle, France in August of 1944, and ending the war in Italy, then moving to Klagenfurt, Austria. Sicily's climate would've been pretty hard on the paint of any aircraft based there... Also, the Merlin used a "Partial Loss" oil system, so some oil leakage would be pretty common, although not to the extent that the early Merlins on the Mk Is & Mk IIs, which would sometimes be black with oil from the rear of the engine cowl to the empennage...

    Given all that, you can really do about any amount of weathering you want, including leaving it  "as is"..  I can't see the S/N of the aircraft, so I don't know if it survived the war, though if the Type C.1 roundels on the upper wing-surface are correct, it would appear that it did... 

  • Hans von Hammer

    Interesting choice of roundels for the top of the wings...  Dates it as being in-service between January '45 to early 1947...  Is that the only choice of markings for that kit, or did it have the Type B Roundels (the Blue & Red ones) as well?

    Overall, I think the weathering is pretty much there for a post-war Mk IX  (given the markings used)... It'd be pretty well-maintained once the shooting stopped... Yours is marked as a No. 43 Squadron, "The Fighting C ocks" bird...  No. 43 Sqn flew Spitfire IXs from August of 43 to it's disbandonment in May, 1947...

    When it first received the Mk IXs, it was based in Pachino, Sicily and remained in the MTO and Italy until moving to Ramatuelle, France in August of 1944, and ending the war in Italy, then moving to Klagenfurt, Austria. Sicily's climate would've been pretty hard on the paint of any aircraft based there... Also, the Merlin used a "Partial Loss" oil system, so some oil leakage would be pretty common, although not to the extent that the early Merlins on the Mk Is & Mk IIs, which would sometimes be black with oil from the rear of the engine cowl to the empennage...

    Given all that, you can really do about any amount of weathering you want, including leaving it  "as is"..  I can't see the S/N of the aircraft, so I don't know if it survived the war, though if the Type C.1 roundels on the upper wing-surface are correct, it would appear that it did... 

    The roundels that I used were the only ones available in the kit.  The kit had the option of building of the Mk IX bird, but it had the same roundels.  

    For weathering I used a pin wash of raw umber mixed with a slight bit of black on the panel lines.

    I may add some cordite streaking around the gun ports on the wing, and possibly an oil stain or two.  I don't want to overdo the weathering too much.  I will probably add a wash to the landing gear and some pigments around the gear and underside to simulate dust, but thats about it.

     

     

  • The roundels that I used were the only ones available in the kit.  

    That's what I figured...  I got a 1/72 kit with the same (lack of) options..

    I may add some cordite streaking around the gun ports on the wing

    Keep in mind that the only streaking would be from the.303s... The 20 mike-mikes wouldn't streak the wings since the muzzles are so far out in front...   It really looks good though... Your pin-wash is really neatly done. I didn't see ANY blooming anywhere, and that's not easy to avoid sometimes..

     

  • Very nice and cleanly done! Yes  I just picked up a Tamiya Spitfire the other day that I will start soon.

     

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  • I think it looks great.  Love the paint job.Yes

  • Very nice Spitfire.  Well done Yes.

    Regards,  Rick

    RICK At My Age, I've Seen It All, Done It All, But I Don't Remember It All...
  • Nice clean build I like it! Thanks for sharing

     


    13151015

  • I'm with Hans on this one.  I think the weathering is just great!  Less is more.  Maybe a slight wash for the landing gear would be nice but, based on what I can see in the pictures, I love it the way it is.

    The only reason I haven't built a Spitfire yet is because I know mine won't turn out as nicely as yours.  All I can say is "WOW!"

    Eric

  • Great job - she looks good! Yes