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Revell 1/32 SPITFIRE Mk II

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Revell 1/32 SPITFIRE Mk II
Posted by gregbale on Monday, October 25, 2021 2:51 PM

Revell's 1/32 Mk. I/II Spitfire -- the old, '60s vintage one, in its more recent 'Seafire' release -- with a little TLC thrown at it. I used bits from Eduard, Barracudacast and Waldron in the cockpit, with Techmod decals.

Spitfire Mk. II P8385 'Impregnable' flew with No. 303 (Polish) Squadron at Northolt during May-July 1941. This aircraft was credited with at least 6 enemy damaged or destroyed, flown by mutiple squadron pilots, before it was transferred to No. 306 Squadron in mid-July 1941.

Tally ho!

 

 

Greg

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, October 25, 2021 2:55 PM

Looks fantastic Greg. 303 Squadron, Polish yes?

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, October 25, 2021 3:19 PM

Beauty.  That cockpit detail is fantastic.  303 was one of the Polish squadrons as was 306 where she transferred to.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, October 25, 2021 3:27 PM

Nice Job!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, October 25, 2021 11:52 PM

Excellent work.  You don't see too many early spits with nose art.  

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:02 AM

Thanks for the kind words, guys. Beer

I've been a huge fan of the Polish squadrons and their courageous pilots since first reading about them as a little shaver...but seeing the big-screen epic "Battle of Britain" in the '60s...with its memorable "Stop that Polish chatter" scene...just cemented that affection forever.

"Repeat please...." Wink

Greg

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Posted by Space Ranger on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:42 AM
Beautiful!
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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:46 AM

Did you see Mission Of Honor/Hurricane?  A 2018 film about 303 squadron. 

https://youtu.be/ZrztYPr2TyQ

Oddly enough two films came out in 2018/19 about 303 squadron so it's a bit confusing.  The other is called 303 Squadron and I have yet to watch:

https://youtu.be/vSHeKwLnp8o

Thanks,

John

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 9:47 AM

Nice build, Greg!  It's always great to see one of the classic Revell 1/32 kits get built.  And yes, I thought of Barry Foster and his Polish pilots immediately, too!  "Repit, pliz!"

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 9:53 AM

Hi Greg,

I don't want to take up the space here on the forum with "Polish chit chat" (loved that movie) but excellent job on this vintage kit.  I love it when a skilled modeler takes their time with one of these older kits and turns it into a stunner!  I know that the P-51 Mustang gets all of the attention but in my opinion the British Spitfire, especially the early marks, was the most beautiful/elegant fighter of WWII.  Now, is Revell's 1/32 Hawker Hurricane or their F4U Corsair, both from the late 60s or early 70s, next on your workbench?

TJS

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:05 AM

Hello!

NIce job - it's always good to see a Polish machine here on the forums! I'd like to add that the 303rd transferred to Spitfires after Battle of Britain - before that they flew Hurricanes and had many kills with them. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:16 AM

MR TOM SCHRY
I know that the P-51 Mustang gets all of the attention but in my opinion the British Spitfire, especially the early marks, was the most beautiful/elegant fighter of WWII.

The Spit is often cited...particularly by British commentators, as is entirely understandable...as the most aesthetically-pleasing fighter design, ever. It's hard to disagree; I love all marks of the Mustang, but to me its 'look' is a sleek and efficient well-designed machine...but not a sort of aerial 'work of art.' The Spitfire, on the other hand, with its elliptical wing shape and almost fish-like fuselage, is graceful...almost angelic...in a way few other warplanes have ever been.

MR TOM SCHRY
Now, is Revell's 1/32 Hawker Hurricane or their F4U Corsair, both from the late 60s or early 70s, next on your workbench?

I have the 'old' Hurricane -- and a lot of AM detail stuff for it -- in the stash.Big Smile I last did a super-detailed version of the similar-vintage Corsair in the late '80s -- it was literally the 'Baa Baa Blacksheep' boxing...but it's well past time to do another. (I've had several Waldron sets all ready for it, all this time!)

I'll probably do it as Ike Kepford's bird, since I did Boyington's...and I just can't resist that gorgeous 3-tone camouflage scheme!

Thanks to all for your comments.Yes

Cheers

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:30 AM

keavdog
Did you see Mission Of Honor/Hurricane? A 2018 film about 303 squadron.

John, thanks for the heads-up on both films. Hadn't heard of either, but I've got the first bookmarked to watch soon...and I'll probably end up ordering the second, since it's dirt-cheap. Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:39 PM

Nice job.  I love all the additions you made to the pit.

I built the original '60s release a few years back along with Tamiya's 32nd scale XIc around the time the movie Dunkirk came out.  Always loved those old Revell kits (just completed the Stuka).

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Posted by Back to the bench on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:25 PM

Very, very nice! It's great to be reminded that you don't have to have the latest, highest tech, most expensive kit to achieve great results. Just good old fashioned modeling skills and patience.

Gil
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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:57 PM

Beautiful work.  You're a craftsman and a real credit to the hobby.  

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:52 PM

Fine work Greg, and a lovely model.

John

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:13 AM

Thanks, guys!

wpwar11

Beautiful work.  You're a craftsman and a real credit to the hobby.

I'll (narrowly) accept the 'craftsman' part...since I've been at it for 5+ decades, now...but I categorically reject that I've ever been a 'credit' to anything....Wink

Greg

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, October 30, 2021 6:33 PM

Wonderful cockpit detail. Looking great. Wonderful work. 

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