Derek Huggett Ahhhh...Airfix 1965 at its best(?) - didn't have the prop discs or flashy stand back in those days though. Was probably among my first half-dozen builds ('build' being a literal term at that age! More glue than plastic, and nary a drop of paint to be seen!) Do it justice Gordon!
17. July, 13:52
Gordon Sørensen SCM database shows it a 1968 vintage - same as me!
This is the MPC boxing, and the discs and stand are included in the instructions.
Decals are taped against a window to try to sun-bleach some of the yellowing.
17. July, 14:10
Derek Huggett The original Airfix release hails from 1965 on the models timeline (after my vintage - yikes!). I expect the parts MPC added were seen as 'cutting edge' at the time, Either way, I wonder if anyone ever thought it might still be around after all these years! Bonne chance mon ami.
17. July, 18:58
Gordon Sørensen Scratchbuilt some interior detail. I know most won't be seen, but its fun...
Seperated the elevators and rudder. I like to show them deflected.
23. July, 12:42
wilky An old kit for sure.
For many years the Airfix Boomerang was the only kit available.
It's a pity Airfix haven't updated it
23. July, 14:09
Łukasz Gliński Wow, what an oldtimer. Not so bad for 1960s, it has some interior!
23. July, 14:28
Gordon Sørensen Built up the interior, looks pretty good. Going to add a couple black squares to represent the controls. Printed out an instrument panel, just have to scale-size it properly...
29. July, 20:25
Gary Kitchen Excuse my ignorance but what are the discs for?
4. August, 17:04
Gordon Sørensen Finished the interior. Looks great, and nothing will be able to be seen once the canopy is on...
Fuselage together, wings and horizontal stabilizers attached. Going to need a bit of putty on the belly.
@Gary - the discs are suppose to represent the prop spinning. Funny thing is, they aren't the same diameter as the plastic prop.
4. August, 19:16
Andy Ball wow, this is a "base metal to gold" kinda build...
Gordon Sørensen Thanks Chris!
Masked and sprayed the leading edge anti-ice boots with Tamiya TS-29.
Going to use a piece of a Wine Bottle Seal to replicate the oil coolers. Has a nice checkerboard pattern. Should look good with a light wash.
7. June, 19:15
Gordon Sørensen Looking at reference photos, I just noticed the actual aircraft has eight windows on the right side. Three of them have the yellow emergency exit markings. Luckily, I have two of the RDAF marking sets from the old ESCI Montgomery Dakota boxing.
13. June, 19:50
Gordon Sørensen Decalling Complete!
Noticed a couple other differences between pics of the real thing and the decal diagram. I think the decals are based on a museum example.
Still have the exhausts, atenna and landing lights to go...
6. July, 17:21
Gordon Sørensen Added the ADF aerial and mounts using EZ-Line.
Finished with a Semi-Gloss which I am not sure I am happy with. Seems a little more Gloss than Semi...
17. July, 00:28
Chris Parsons Hey Gord, it looks good, not too gloss I think....and, Tuborg or not Tuborg...that is the question
Question for all you WWII knowledgable types....
Was reading about Vickers Wellingtons tasked with "mining" various ports and bays. Tried looking on google...
What did these mines look like? How many would a Wellington carry?
Gordon Sørensen Scratchbuilt an interior and the wheel well details.
Airframe complete and in white primer.
Have to raid the spares box, mostly from an Airfix Mk.IX. Will use the prop and spinner, exhausts, main landing gear and wheels, and the seat and backing plate
14. April, 01:16
wilky If you're making Clive Caldwell's Spitfire the serial number is wrong.
It's A58-484 not 464 which the decals have
Guy Rump The nose is looking very impressive Gordon. A very interesting subject, I wasn't previously aware of such a colour scheme on a Spit.
26. March, 16:39
Gordon Sørensen Got the nose stripes painted. Not sure they are correct, but very little photo evidence of how they go...
Need to do some little touch-ups on the grey of the camo, then on to decalling!
Gordon Sørensen Decaling finished. The upper roundels cracked and splintered so had to replece them with the Eagle Strike Spitfire/Hurricane Roundels (Early) I have had in my stash for years.
Just need to let the Klear dry so I can Dulcote, add the antenna wire (ez-line) and it will be complete.
7. April, 04:10
Gordon Sørensen Finished! Spit #31 of the collection. 2 more on the bench, 1 on the shelf of doom, and 55 more in the stash...
12. April, 17:48
Guy Rump Lovely build and unusual as well, like it Gordon
12. April, 17:55
Łukasz Gliński Wow, you're a real Spitfire fan You got me hooked with this camo, I have to build it one day too
Gordon Sørensen Started on the Harvard IIb.
Cast a couple copies of the Academy T-6G interior. Probably not 100% correct, but looks the part...
Cut off the rudder and elevators with a trusty razor-saw.
Got the fuselage closed up and horizontal stabs installed, added the wing. Starting to look like a Harvard!
Gordon Sørensen 251st production airframe.
Delivered in 1939.
Abandoned and captured by the germans in May 1940.
Only Spitfire deliverd to a foreign air force directly from Supermarine (all others were ex-RAF stock)
5. March, 14:40
Jean Pierre CULIS-FERY Hello, Its a nice build. One remarque: The blue color from the cocardes ins to blue. In 1940 the blue where a blue/grey color.
5. March, 14:58
Gordon Sørensen Merci Jean-Pierre! The decals are from AZ. Absolutely horrible. Cracked and split very easily.
Hopefully it will look a bit better when I apply a dullcote.
5. March, 17:13
Łukasz Gliński Interesting topic and a story unknown to me till now. It definitely deserves more pics
Vegard Øksenholt I hope you manage to fix it soon. It's gonna look good after you finish it
6. May 2015, 19:57
Kerry COX Oh, how sweet to hear one of these overhead these days, and it's even nicer to see on here on SM.
It looks so delicate and frail mate, and I too hope you can effect some repairs, as it will be a stunning little bird in the end.
6. May 2015, 21:12
Gordon Sørensen Patience (and glue!) have the struts repaired. Rigging started, but I think I will skip the wires on the fuselage between the wing mounts. Too fiddly and not a lot of room...
17. May 2015, 17:12
Gordon Sørensen Having issues getting a nice paint finish on the engine cowling. One more round of sand and paint.
Finally finished the flying wire rigging. Now just have to see about the control surface wires at the back....
Ben STONE What are you using for the rigging Gordon? It's looking good, if anyone has any tips regarding set up of struts on old planes I'd like to hear them. Can't help but think I've fudged them so far.
Gordon Sørensen This is a nice little kit! Finished MOSTLY out of the box... Just added Tamiya Tape seatbelts and Antenna Wire from Ez-Line. Also sepereated the elevators from the horizontal stabilizers to be able to mount them deflected down.
Brush painted with Humbrol Enamels on top and the lower camoflague was done with Tamiya Rattle Cans.
Gordon Sørensen Thanks Erik, Serge and Stephan.
Got some green on the aircraft today. Its a mix of Humbrol 30 and 163. A lot of the forums I have read say Humbrol 30 Dark Green is too bright but 163 looks too dark to me.
20. September 2019, 16:36
Gordon Sørensen Ready for decalling! I have an older boxing as well as the latest, and comparing the squadron codes, there is quite a difference. The newer decals definitely look way too green. Going to use the older boxing's squadron codes but the roundels from the newer release.
2. October 2019, 19:45
Gordon Sørensen Found a picture of RB159 sporting a drop-tank
I have one in the stash somewhere. Definately going to add it!
4. October 2019, 21:37
Gordon Sørensen Some of the decals shattered, so had to use spares and cobble together the Squadron codes on one side.
Just the canopy, propeller, and pitot tube to add. Have read online that the prop is wrong. It does look a little too fat (wide cord) to me. Going to sand that down a little.
Gordon Sørensen There is a grand total of 14 parts in the kit. And it has the detail you would expect from a kit that has 14 parts... The instructions (what little there is) have you scratchbuild a lot of the interior, as well as some exterior parts..
Instead, I made a resin cast copy of the tailwheel, antenna, sidewall, floor and seats from the Academy T-6G. I also cast a copy of the engine and airscoop from the AZUR NAA-57..
10. May 2019, 17:43
Matthew A This looks intresting. From what I have heard Beechnut Models are accurate in shape but need a lot of work
10. May 2019, 17:50
Erik De Smet I once had this kit too and it ended in the waste bin, once the AZUR kits came out ...
15. May 2019, 18:33
Gordon Sørensen Got the resin interior installed. Still have to do the rear bulkhead and shelf, but that will be done in plasticard.
Either through bravado or over-estimation of my abilities, I razor-sawed the cowling off.
Figured there was no way I was going to be able to mount the interior and the engine, and close the fuselage up...
Added a 0.5mm spacer to give the cowling a little more visual impact. That, and to give me a little more room for the replacement resin engine. Still had to trim the heck out of it to get it to fit though.
15. May 2019, 18:41
Matthew A Good idea removing the cowling to make work easier
15. May 2019, 18:44
Gordon Sørensen The fuselage came together OK. The rear of the cockpit on one fuselage side was short-shot, so built that up with a bit of putty. A lot of sanding required to get ride of a step in the fuselage seem. That removed some of the detail so I re-scribed the panel lines with a razor saw.
Split the elevators from the horizontal stabilizers. Like most short-run kits, they are a butt-joint. The profile difference between the stab and fuselage mount is huge. Not sure if I should use card-stock to build it up or just Putty it....
Checked the wings, and the profile doesn't even come close to matching the mount on the fuselage...
9. June 2019, 12:35
Gordon Sørensen Painted the engine. Scratchbuilt front and rear instrument panels. Quite happy with how they turned out.
4. July 2019, 00:04
Gordon Sørensen The instrument panels are not quite accurate, but better than what was included in the kit (nothing).
Detailed the propelller. I think it looks a lot better. Need to repaint the propeller hub a different silver though....
10. July 2019, 15:36
Gordon Sørensen Mounted the wings. They are a different thickness than the wing roots, so a lot of putty and sanding is in my future....
Gordon Sørensen Very nice cockpit detail... but, the insert isn't quite wide enough and leaves a gap between it and the fuselage sidewalls.
Split the rudder from the fuselage, and royally screwed that up. Using the Razor saw, got out of the panel line and made a cut in the tail. A little Tamiya Putty later, and hopefully no one will notice too much.
Split the elevators from the horizontal stabilizers too. That went much better...
The Fuselage/Wing fit is excellent. Much better than the Academy Spitfire Mk. XIV...
9. June 2019, 13:20
Gordon Sørensen A little putty on the wing/fuselage junction and a bit at the tail. Painted the Anti-Glare panel. Masked the ailerons. Going to do them, the elevators and the rudder in Testors Silver.
4. July 2019, 00:01
Gordon Sørensen Painted the control surfaces. Need to do the wing walkways, mask them and the nose anti-glare and will be ready for more paint.
10. July 2019, 15:33
Gordon Sørensen Main painting complete. Now just for the decalling and adding the little bits...
25. July 2019, 13:47
Stefan Schacht Count me in Gordon, i like the T6 and the Royal Danish Air Force.
31. July 2019, 15:19
Gordon Sørensen Thanks, Stefan! Great little kit. Decals went down nicely. Added the two antenna and pitot tube. Painted some of the rear canopy, the last little bit of framing is going to be hard to mask.
I am having a bugger of a time painting the wheels. Can't get a nice paint division between the hub and the wheel. Cleaned the paint off three times now. Fouth times the charm!