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Italeri 1/72 Stirling Mk I

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  • Member since
    April, 2012
Italeri 1/72 Stirling Mk I
Posted by nearsightedjohn on Friday, July 06, 2018 5:00 PM

This one was a comedy of errors for me. I had it nearly completed last winter but failed to paint the cockpit edges beneath the main canopy before pre-paint assembly and upon removing the paint masks, discovered unpainted plastic along each side of the canopy Once the masks were removed. In trying to pry the canopy off of the fuselage, I shattered it into pieces, UGH!!!! I contacted Italeri USA for a replacement canopy and received a prompt response from a nice lady who I suspect was laid off soon afterwards due to the Revell bankruptcy, so the part never arrived. Once the dust settled with Revell‘s aquisition by Revell AG and Italeri lost their US distributors, I contacted Italeri directly in Italy and they were able to send me my canopy for 6 Euros postage. The final canopy fit is not as nice as my original but at least the cockpit is fully painted.

This is not the easiest kit to assemble but once together, really shows off the weird proportions of the Stirling, RAF‘s first “heavy” (tall front, narrow wingspan, long fuselage) which was spec’d out based on existing hangar dimensions (what were they thinking???). Now that I know what to watch out for, I would like to build another one of these someday with better results. Cheers,


  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, July 06, 2018 5:08 PM

Nice job, canopy problems notwithstanding!  I avoided the kit when I read about the excessive panel line depth, but yours looks fine.  Are the carb intakes OOTB, or did you detail them?

Hey I just noticed in the last photo that there is a sock puppet with a cell phone following your aircraft!  UFO?  Stick out tongue

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, July 06, 2018 5:32 PM

I'm planning on getting this kit soon so really nice to see one built up. It looks nice, scheme is well done.

And nice to see you had better luck getting a new canopy than i am with Academy.

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  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, July 06, 2018 6:17 PM

I’m glad to hear eventually had a positive customer service experience.  The final result is stunning!


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  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, July 06, 2018 7:33 PM

Looks really nice!  Great job



  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Friday, July 06, 2018 8:10 PM

What a stunning build.  Congratulations on a job well done!

Your friend, Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell


Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi



  • Member since
    April, 2012
Posted by nearsightedjohn on Friday, July 06, 2018 10:47 PM

Thanks to all for the compliments.

The entire build including the carb intacts was OOTB. Italeri includes a thick sheet of stainless steel photo etch, challenging to work with but provides nice  additional detail without having to spend extra $ on an Eduards set.

The biggest assembly pains besides my canopy screw-up was the need to install the landing gear assemblies before painting, the fiddly fit of the bomb bay doors and the need to cut out side window openings along both fuselage sides. The heavy panel lines didnt seem like a big deal to me due to the dark tone nature of the camo and black. Paints used we’re Tamiya fine light grey spray primer, Tamiya XF-1 flat black pre-shading, Tamiya XF-58 olive green for the dark green, XF-52 + XF-64 1:1 for the earth and XF-18 semi-gloss, sealed with Future. Panel line highlighting done using lamp black oil washes in mineral spirits. Kit decals were used (pretty good or Italeri) before applying a final coat of Testors Dullcote.

This kit is a good example of one where you should buy two, one to “dry-run” build to learn the idiosyncrasies before building the “final run” to avoid all the heartaches.



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