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Tamiya Spitfire Mk. Vb - WIP

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  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Northern Utah, USA
Tamiya Spitfire Mk. Vb - WIP
Posted by Possible Pilot Deviation on Saturday, January 16, 2021 8:32 PM

Started a new Spitfire today. Going to try and document the build here. Would love to hear any feedback you might have as I proceed so I can keep improving my skills. 

 

First, I set up a temporary workstation in my spare bedroom. I recently purchased the book in the photo, and it has a lot of great images for fine details. Not sure I have the skills to pull all those tiny details, but I'll give it a go.

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Northern Utah, USA
Posted by Possible Pilot Deviation on Saturday, January 16, 2021 8:39 PM

The kit is a Mk. Vb from Tamiya in 1/48. I think this one has been around for a while, so many of you may have already done one?

I bought some PE parts from Eduard. It comes with several pieces, but I really just want to replace the instrument panel and add seatbelts as I will not be including a pilot. To prep for those parts, I flattened the instrument panel using an Xacto to get rid of most of the raised bits then sanded it down.

Then I used Tamiya grey primer in a rattle can to prime as much of the interior as I could. I used some blue tack to cover the instrument panel since it doesn't need to be primed. Hopefully, if I am careful, it will peel away leaving just that part unprimed. Going to let this dry until tomorrow night when I will start doing a little painting.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:09 AM
I'll keep an eye on this. Did the Hasegawa Mk.V quite a few years ago

 

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Northern Utah, USA
Posted by Possible Pilot Deviation on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:40 PM

Been busy this week, but found time to get a little work done on the cockpit and interior.

Painted most of the major pieces and did a little dry brushing on the interior frame. Once all this cures, I'm going to clear coat it and add a brown wash. Probably tomorrow or the next day. Then I'll go back over it with a dull coat. 

Still waiting on some Eduard PE parts for the instrument panel and seatbelts. Should be here this weekend, maybe.

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:47 PM

So far, really good!

The crow bar on the exit door is actually a raw steel color. They didn't start painting them red until after the war.

I had to be told this when I built my Spit and now I'm just passing it on. Smile

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Northern Utah, USA
Posted by Possible Pilot Deviation on Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:28 AM
That's fair. Thank you for the information. I'm not going for complete accuracy here, so a little mis coloring here and there, if it looks decent, is fine by me.
  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:25 PM

Possible Pilot Deviation
That's fair. Thank you for the information. I'm not going for complete accuracy here, so a little mis coloring here and there, if it looks decent, is fine by me.
 

I can certainly respect that! Carry on.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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