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Spitfire Mk.IXc (Monogram 1/48)

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Spitfire Mk.IXc (Monogram 1/48)
Posted by Visconti on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 2:59 PM

My last work is about the old Monogram's 1/48 Spitfire (the model is of 1962). Although the shape is correct, the model is ruined because of two essential defects: over-heavy paneling with excess bolting (the surface of the Spitfire was very smooth in reality), and the canopy excessively thick.

The first defect of the two was easily removed, but the second was really a challenge. Using the original canopy as master, I thermoformed another identical using a heated sheet of acetate over a flame, next, with great care, I cut the copy with a very sharp cutter. The frames were made with plasticard.

All the interiors have been self-built using cardboard, plasticard, copper wire, and other material. Engine exhausts has been also self-constructed using copper wire rods. The wheels have been replaced with others with the right thickness, self-building the rims too.

The result of all this work, which has been committed to me for several months, is visible in the photos. I hope you will appreciate it.

The model represents the aircraft of Sdn.Ldr. Hugo T. Armstrong, of 611 Sqdn, who was shot down over Boulogne (F) on February 5, 1943.

(p.s. forgive me for my bad english)

Vincenzo

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:57 PM

That canopy came out clean, not easy to do when trying to mold over an open flame.  

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2:00 PM

Very nice work.

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2:19 PM

Outstanding! You really did a nice job with an old kit. 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2:23 PM

Excellent work bringing that old kit up to more than acceptable standards.  Very nice attention to detail, and the painting is spot on.  Good job!

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by Visconti on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:08 PM

Yes Scottrc, you are absolutely right, it is very difficult to get a thermoformed copy as the original. I use a small self-built device to limit errors to a maximum. It is based on the principle of vac-u-form: it is a cubic-shaped wooden box with a metal grid at the top and a hole in one of the side faces.

The picture above should clarify the working principle.

Inside the hole apply the tube of a vacuum cleaner while it is on, and on the upper grid (where I have attached the master to thermoforming) apply a sheet of acetate already heated on a flame. To handle it better, the acetate sheet is fixed on a wooden telation on the edges. After some testing, and some adjustments, the copies are perfect. The only serious problem is to find acetate sheets of the right thickness wide enough to cover the top grid in full without leaving the sides empty.

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Posted by Visconti on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:09 PM
Thank you templar :)

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Posted by Visconti on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:10 PM
Thank you very much Man :)

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Posted by Visconti on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:10 PM
Many many thanks Paladin :)

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Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:38 PM

Fantastic job.  I really like how those exhaust tubes turned out.  Thanks for sharing!

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Posted by Visconti on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 4:46 PM

Thank you so much Greatmaker Smile

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Posted by shamoo on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 5:46 PM

That looks just fine. And your English is much better than my Italian 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:20 PM

Nice sctratchbuilding, Vincenzo.

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:45 PM

Outstanding job dressing up that classic kit. You have some serious talent!

 

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Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:04 PM

The build and the painting are very well done. Thank you for posting this beautiful model

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Chemteacher on Saturday, December 02, 2017 10:55 AM
Hey, great job on a classic kit. Your exhaust stacks look great. I like how they look rusty. Great detail. Nice job.

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Posted by Visconti on Sunday, December 03, 2017 9:24 AM
Thank you very much Shamoo, you are really kind :)

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Posted by Visconti on Sunday, December 03, 2017 9:25 AM

Thank you so much Jeaton :)

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Posted by Visconti on Sunday, December 03, 2017 9:26 AM
Many many thanks Pusher :)

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Posted by Visconti on Sunday, December 03, 2017 9:26 AM
Thank you very much Jay Jay

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Posted by Visconti on Sunday, December 03, 2017 9:27 AM

I'm glad you liked it, thank you so much Chemteacher

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Posted by Wirraway on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 4:59 AM
Really nice work. Thanks for posting !

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 8:14 AM

It looks great! (Way better than that kit probably should look.)

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:14 AM

Excellent work sir!

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Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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