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1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I (Dunkirk) Work in Progress..

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  • From: Parma, Ohio
1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I (Dunkirk) Work in Progress..
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, February 09, 2018 1:19 AM

After my tank adventure, I'm happy to slip back into something more "comfortable".  It's not that I didn't enjoy the tank, but it took me way out of my comfort zone so I'm ready for a nice easy build.  A few months ago I was asked to build a pre Battle of Britain Spit in Dunkirk markings, that being one with the black and white undersides.  I figured now was a good time to drag out the Tamiya Mk.I which I've had my stash for quite a while. They don't get much easier build-wise.  The kit is typical Tamiya with nice detail out of the box with a low parts count.  This truly is the quintessential shake and bake kit.    

    

This one will get some PE seatbelts and Airscale intrument dials, that's it.  Like I said.....painless.  It will be in the 610 Squadron DWQ #L1016 flown by Albert Medcalf.  Medcalf reportedly went MIA in this aircraft on 05-27-1940. (bottom option below).  I will likely paint the roundels though and maybe try some of the techniques I learned from the tank, namely the AK products.  

 

I started with the cockpit.  It's nice out of the box.  I normally drop in a resin seat, but this time I opted to add some Eduard Photoetch belts I had in the stash. I used XF-71 Cockpit Green cut with a touch of XF-19 Sky Grey. I used XF-64 Red Brown mixed with a touch of XF-7 Red to depict the plastic SRBP (Synthetic Resin Bonded Paper) seat.  These were apparently fitted to Spits from mid May of 1940 onwards.  I could have gone metal I suppose, but I wanted it to stand out. 

  

  

The kit instrument is awesome.  It's nicely three dimensional, which is way better than any PE replacement.  The dials are blank and perfect for Airscale instrument decals.  I love these. 

 

Everything fits like a glove.

I added a few decal placards to spruce it up.

I cut open the pilot door.  I can't say I've ever "not" done this on a Spitfire. 

 

I glued the fuselage and test fitted the wings.  Like a glove.

I should be painting in no time..

    

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, February 09, 2018 1:33 AM

This should be good! 

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

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Posted by damouav on Friday, February 09, 2018 1:47 AM

Good God Man, don't you every Sleep!

You only just completed your stunning Armour build!

It is highly likely you will complete over 4 or 5 builds in the time will take me to complete one!

Excellent work, again, Joe.

Cheers

Damian

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, February 09, 2018 1:55 AM

Another specialty build by you.  You never cease to surprise me.

Your friend, Toshi

 

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, February 09, 2018 2:06 AM

Just finished that kit a month or so ago.  It really is a nice simple but detailed kit.  Those dials look fantastic!  I was scratching a bit of white with a toothpick....had I known.

Looks really nice

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, February 09, 2018 2:16 AM

Thanks guys.

 

Kdog, those dial decals do work great. Sprue Brothers carries them. They come in all scales and you can get Luftwaffe, Allied, RAF and Japanese. I bought a few of each. Here's the link. .

http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/ascas48raf.htm

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Posted by rooster513 on Friday, February 09, 2018 6:42 AM

Man Joe this one is flying together! Very nice start and looking forward to paint!

-Andy

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, February 09, 2018 6:46 AM
Woohoo another treat form lawdog

 

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Posted by blkhwkmatt on Friday, February 09, 2018 10:36 PM

Amazing start once again.  Looking forward to seeing how this comes out!

<Matt

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Posted by Greg on Friday, February 09, 2018 10:42 PM

Looking good, Joe.

The airscale instrument decals are way cool. Everything else looking top-notch, as usual.

I missed your tank if it was a WIP. I you do anything with AK stuff on this Spit, I hope you document it as I'd like to learn about the products.

-Greg

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, February 09, 2018 11:09 PM

Superb cockpit as always!

Chad

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, February 10, 2018 1:15 AM

What’s your ratio of Cockpit Green to Sky Gray to make Interior Gray Green?

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 10, 2018 2:18 AM

stikpusher

What’s your ratio of Cockpit Green to Sky Gray to make Interior Gray Green?

 

 

Thanks guys,

 

Stik, no ratio, I just added some grey drops until I liked what I saw. I’d go with 5 drops green to 3 drops grey. 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:08 PM

Fantastic work as always Joe. Your cockpits are always consistently exceptional.  

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, February 10, 2018 5:52 PM

Thanks lawdog. I’ll eyeball it along your ratios then... 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by RadMax8 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 10:33 AM

And here I am, slogging away on the ancient Airfix kit like an idiot.

I’m going to need to invest in those instrument decals. I have a sheet of Mike Grant’s instruments from ages ago, but these look really really good. 

Looks fantastic. You were working on a Japanese plane before your armor adventure... did you finish that one and I missed it?

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Posted by BrandonD on Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:24 PM

Love these early Spits. Great job so far, as always. I also love the black/white underside. That's how I did mine a year or two ago, and I think it's a pretty cool look.

-BD-

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Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:59 PM

A nice break after the armor build, and looks great.  Looking forward to the paint on her.

 

Greg - in the armor page, Meng British Mk V, a true beauty for a first attempt at armor.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, February 19, 2018 4:56 AM

RadMax8

 

You were working on a Japanese plane before your armor adventure... did you finish that one and I missed it?

 

Thanks guys...

Max, Indeed I was working on the Hasegawa N1K1.  The prop hub went missing (no idea where it went) so had to shelve it for now.  It's impossible to get replacement parts from Hasegawa, so I'm waiting on a cheap one to show up on ebay.  No luck yet.    

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