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1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk. IIa Eagle Squadron "Bill Dunn" (Finished)

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk. IIa Eagle Squadron "Bill Dunn" (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 2:33 AM

After Tamiya's new Spitfire Mk.I, which is probably one of the best kits ever made, I was surprised that Eduard released a new early Spit series.  Even Tamiya's old 1993 Mk. I is quite good in my opinion. So of course I can't resist an early Spitfire so I had to give the Eduard offering a whirl to compare the two and see if they set the bar even higher.  I decided on their Mk.II release as something a bit different.  

This is one awesome package.  I love how Eduard provide two full kits, one Mk. IIa (machine gun) and one Mk.IIb (cannon) kit.  I decided on Bill "Poppy" Dunn's 71st Eagle Squadron Mk IIa machine from 1941.  Dunn was one of several Americans who joined the RAF before America entered the war.  They were placed into the 71st Squadron which would eventually become the 4th FG when the US entered the war.   Dunn would hold the distinction of being the first American ace and would claim 8.5 in the air, along with 4 unconfirmed and 3 probables by war's end. Of course I had to pay homage to this hero.  

As I said I wanted to compare it to Tamiya's Spitfire.  In short, Eduard wins in surface detail as I don't think they missed a rivet. I also appreciate all the extras included that you don't have to buy, so you can just get busy building.  I did have a few fit issuesm particularly the starboard wing root.  It may have been my fault though. 

This said, Tamiya's engineering is second to none. Eduard still has the tenency to overcomplicate things, making the build more challenging than necessary, hence my wing root issue I suspect. 

I wanted to depict a well used Spitfire and continued to practice chipping, however, I was going for a bit more restrained than a typical Japanese machine.  I kept chipping limited to the port wingroot, nose, and wing leading edges.  Paint is Tamiya XF-81 RAF Green, XF-82 Ocean Grey, over XF-83 Medium Sea Grey which was all heavily faded. 

All main markings were painted on with Maketar masks. The decals I did use were wonderful. I've read all the hoopla about about their new decals and the film on them.  Apparently if you try to peel it off the decal it  will rip it off. I had no such issue.  I just left the film there and it's not even visible.  Ammo Mig enamels were used for a wash and I added a dark brown fliter to dirty it up, especially at the wing root.  

In conclusion, I'm quite happy.  I see their new Zero 21 in my near future.....

 

  

  

A few in-progress pics...

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Posted by RacerToo on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 4:00 AM

Amazing Job. I'm looking for a new project since I'm about to wrap-up my Kearsarge. Looks like the Eduard Spitfire is a good choice. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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Posted by RacerToo on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 4:02 AM

Are those the kit's decals? If so, they look really good.

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 4:21 AM

RacerToo

Amazing Job. I'm looking for a new project since I'm about to wrap-up my Kearsarge. Looks like the Eduard Spitfire is a good choice. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

 

Thank you, and your welcome

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 4:24 AM

RacerToo

Are those the kit's decals? If so, they look really good.

 

Painted on with Maketar masks.  I only use decals when I have to.  The Eagle Squadron symbol, the small P7308, and the other little markings are decals from the kit.  

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Posted by patrick206 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 9:27 AM

Just dandy fine, Joe, a real quality build. The markings are perfect, I can see why you prefer masks and paint, but those decals on this one seem ideal. Thanks for the post and photos, always a real pleasure.

Patrick

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 9:56 AM

Stunning work!  The construction,painting, and weathering are spot on!  Really like the streaking on the underside and the paint chipping by the wing root, very realistic.

TJS

TJS

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 12:32 PM

Great to hear the kit is nice.  We have lots of spits to choose from.  I have a Hasegawa MKIXc in the stash I'm doing as one Gabreski flew before the US involvement as well.

I like that camo scheme you did.  Another beauty.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by wpwar11 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 3:48 PM

Always like your builds.  Thanks for posting another gem.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:54 AM

patrick206

Just dandy fine, Joe, a real quality build. The markings are perfect, I can see why you prefer masks and paint, but those decals on this one seem ideal. Thanks for the post and photos, always a real pleasure.

Patrick

 

Thank Patrick. I hope your doing well. 

 "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 lawdog114 on Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:54 AM

MR TOM SCHRY

Stunning work!  The construction,painting, and weathering are spot on!  Really like the streaking on the underside and the paint chipping by the wing root, very realistic.

TJS

 

Thanks Tom

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

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:56 AM

keavdog

Great to hear the kit is nice.  We have lots of spits to choose from.  I have a Hasegawa MKIXc in the stash I'm doing as one Gabreski flew before the US involvement as well.

I like that camo scheme you did.  Another beauty.

 

Thanks Keav. I just started the Hasegawa Spit Mk. V just for the heck of it. I've never built a Hasegawa Spit. 

 "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 lawdog114 on Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:57 AM

wpwar11

Always like your builds.  Thanks for posting another gem.  

 

Thanks, your welcome.  

 "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 Hoss WA on Thursday, January 13, 2022 5:59 PM

Stellar as always, LD. Love your shading and fading. Congrats. 

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Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:24 PM

Very nice work.  I always love a dirty Spitfire!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:31 PM

A beautiful quality build as always!

Chad

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 3:21 AM

Hoss WA

Stellar as always, LD. Love your shading and fading. Congrats. 

 

Thanks Hoss

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 3:23 AM

Aggieman

Very nice work.  I always love a dirty Spitfire!

 

Thank you Aggie

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 3:23 AM

Mopar Madness

A beautiful quality build as always!

 

Thanks Chad

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 6:35 AM

Beautiful work LD, both the pit and airframe colors and weathering are spot on. Great color modulation used for paint wear/weathering.Toast  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 21, 2022 8:25 PM

plasticjunkie

Beautiful work LD, both the pit and airframe colors and weathering are spot on. Great color modulation used for paint wear/weathering.Toast  

 

Thanks PJ.  Truthfully, the more I look at it, I'm not happy with the Ocean Grey, which was XF-82 Ocean Grey.  Seems too blue to my eye. Perhaps I'll add more grey to it next time I think.    

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