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Douglas Bader's Spitfire, Eduard 1:48 scale kit "the Few"

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  • Member since
    May 2011
Douglas Bader's Spitfire, Eduard 1:48 scale kit "the Few"
Posted by dazzjazz on Thursday, January 20, 2022 6:47 PM

Hi all,

Amongst airbrush issues and paint incompatibilities,  I've managed to finish this nice kit - throughout most of the build I was listening to the audiobook of Douglas Bader's biography, which was completely fascinating and inspiring! I highly recommend it.

This kit wasn't easy for my skill level, but I learned a lot. There where issues around the wing roots, and the wheel struts don't sit quite right, which is something to do with the internal construction of the wings - even though I put a lot of effort into getting that right.

Given the endless airbrush issues I've had, I ended up using my 0.2 Sparmax for the whole job. I'm proud of the camoflage job, which I did freehand (with my heart in my mouth!). I had planned on using Vallejo model air for this, but the colours didn't look right, so ended up using Tamiya instead.

I was fairly successful in removing the clear carrier film on the Eduard decals - a couple of tears here and there (lucky it's a double kit, so there were spare decals to cannibalise). The ones I've not fixed add a touch of wear and tear!

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 21, 2022 7:50 PM

Nice!  I had the same wingroot issue and their kits are notorious for lousy landing gear attachments.  I just left the "film" on my decals and it was invisible under a coat of gloss.  Eduard said removal of the film is not necessary. Nice freehand camo too.  Thanks for sharing.    

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  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, January 21, 2022 8:17 PM

That's a mighty fine looking Spitfire. I haven't assembled one yet but I'll take care with the wing roots. Decals came out fine as well.


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

  • Member since
    May 2011
Posted by dazzjazz on Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:21 PM


Nice!  I had the same wingroot issue and their kits are notorious for lousy landing gear attachments. 

Ah, that's interesting that you've had a similar issue. This kit has two of everything, so I will have another shot at better wingroot and landing gear construction.

Thank you!

  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, January 29, 2022 2:49 PM

Looks great. I have a couple of the Eduard Spitfires in the stash and will watch out for the wing root and landing gear issues. 


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