WIP 1/32 Spitfire Mk.22, Revell (ex-Matchbox)

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WIP 1/32 Spitfire Mk.22, Revell (ex-Matchbox)

Joined: October 3rd, 2004, 10:23 pm

June 19th, 2012, 10:19 pm #1

I had a new shower installed a couple of weeks ago and was chatting the builder (he is married to one of my work colleagues) whilst he was doing the tiling and got onto the subject of my hobby as he had seen my work in the display cabinet in my lounge. He went into raptures about how he loved Spitfires as a kid at airshows and said he had always wanted a Spitfire model in his office/study at home.
He did a fantastic job of the shower room and for a "mates rates" price so I thought I would drag this out of the stash and build it for his office as a thanks.
I am gonna build it with wing gun bays closed and cowling on and straight-outta-the-box. I may even put the pilot in if I can make a decent paint job of him. Just been assembling bits and pieces this evening and had some black in the airbrush for another model I am working on so gave the engine a base coat as the only parts to be seen will be the exhausts.

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As none of it will be seen and most will just hinder the fuselage assembly I left out all the gubbins behind the firewall, I will just add the IP/control column and seat frame with its bulkhead. The seatbelts are my approximation of the sutton harness made from painted masking tape and all sealed in with Xtracolor Flat.
The pilot is a bit rubbish so he has taken up residence in the waste bin.

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The wings and spars all fitted pretty good, the underside seams may need some putty but that will be dealt with later once the fuselage and wings are together. The gun bays covers needed a smear of Vallejo putty to lessen the panel lines.

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These next photos are brought to you in association with Zap-a-gap, Johnsons Talc and Zipkicker, also featuring ACME Elbow Grease.
But it is being whipped into shape.

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Continuing with battering this beast into submission, as anyone who has built this kit will attest to, the cowl panels put up a fight but were no match for CA/Talc and Zipkicker .
It all needs polishing out but the bulk of clean up is done here.

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Onto the painting stages, hurrah!

I did a pre-shade whilst I had black in the airbrush to paint the prop blades and insides of the radiators, also the windscreen got a blast. You might be able to make out the plasticard and filler awaiting sanding down where the front of the windscreen meets the fuselage.

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Using Tamiya's RAF Colours I sprayed the undersides with Medium Sea Grey and added some lighter post shading before blending with a heavily thinned base colour again.

Its difficult to see in the photos, then again I was aiming for subtlety.

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Then masked it off and did the same with Ocean Grey. I will let this dry out before masking up for the Dark Green.

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Camouflage and Klear'd this evening.
Just need to mask up and spray the Sky fuselage band and I can get some decals on her.

Masked up with White tack and tape

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Sprayed the Dark Green

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Unmask and spray Klear generously

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I managed to get the decals on whilst watching the football this evening. They are still drying off here.
No.613 (City of Manchester)sqn., Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Ringway, 1943


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Joined: October 25th, 2004, 1:51 pm

June 19th, 2012, 10:54 pm #2

and I am sure he is gonna love it, for it is looking real good!





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Joined: November 14th, 2005, 7:39 pm

June 20th, 2012, 1:29 am #3

I had a new shower installed a couple of weeks ago and was chatting the builder (he is married to one of my work colleagues) whilst he was doing the tiling and got onto the subject of my hobby as he had seen my work in the display cabinet in my lounge. He went into raptures about how he loved Spitfires as a kid at airshows and said he had always wanted a Spitfire model in his office/study at home.
He did a fantastic job of the shower room and for a "mates rates" price so I thought I would drag this out of the stash and build it for his office as a thanks.
I am gonna build it with wing gun bays closed and cowling on and straight-outta-the-box. I may even put the pilot in if I can make a decent paint job of him. Just been assembling bits and pieces this evening and had some black in the airbrush for another model I am working on so gave the engine a base coat as the only parts to be seen will be the exhausts.

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As none of it will be seen and most will just hinder the fuselage assembly I left out all the gubbins behind the firewall, I will just add the IP/control column and seat frame with its bulkhead. The seatbelts are my approximation of the sutton harness made from painted masking tape and all sealed in with Xtracolor Flat.
The pilot is a bit rubbish so he has taken up residence in the waste bin.

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The wings and spars all fitted pretty good, the underside seams may need some putty but that will be dealt with later once the fuselage and wings are together. The gun bays covers needed a smear of Vallejo putty to lessen the panel lines.

[/img]

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These next photos are brought to you in association with Zap-a-gap, Johnsons Talc and Zipkicker, also featuring ACME Elbow Grease.
But it is being whipped into shape.

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Continuing with battering this beast into submission, as anyone who has built this kit will attest to, the cowl panels put up a fight but were no match for CA/Talc and Zipkicker .
It all needs polishing out but the bulk of clean up is done here.

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Onto the painting stages, hurrah!

I did a pre-shade whilst I had black in the airbrush to paint the prop blades and insides of the radiators, also the windscreen got a blast. You might be able to make out the plasticard and filler awaiting sanding down where the front of the windscreen meets the fuselage.

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Using Tamiya's RAF Colours I sprayed the undersides with Medium Sea Grey and added some lighter post shading before blending with a heavily thinned base colour again.

Its difficult to see in the photos, then again I was aiming for subtlety.

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Then masked it off and did the same with Ocean Grey. I will let this dry out before masking up for the Dark Green.

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Camouflage and Klear'd this evening.
Just need to mask up and spray the Sky fuselage band and I can get some decals on her.

Masked up with White tack and tape

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Sprayed the Dark Green

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Unmask and spray Klear generously

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I managed to get the decals on whilst watching the football this evening. They are still drying off here.
No.613 (City of Manchester)sqn., Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Ringway, 1943


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Looks really good!!!!

"Never run out of airspeed,altitude and ideas all at the same time" Pilots Creed
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Joined: June 6th, 2008, 8:22 am

June 20th, 2012, 5:43 am #4

I had a new shower installed a couple of weeks ago and was chatting the builder (he is married to one of my work colleagues) whilst he was doing the tiling and got onto the subject of my hobby as he had seen my work in the display cabinet in my lounge. He went into raptures about how he loved Spitfires as a kid at airshows and said he had always wanted a Spitfire model in his office/study at home.
He did a fantastic job of the shower room and for a "mates rates" price so I thought I would drag this out of the stash and build it for his office as a thanks.
I am gonna build it with wing gun bays closed and cowling on and straight-outta-the-box. I may even put the pilot in if I can make a decent paint job of him. Just been assembling bits and pieces this evening and had some black in the airbrush for another model I am working on so gave the engine a base coat as the only parts to be seen will be the exhausts.

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As none of it will be seen and most will just hinder the fuselage assembly I left out all the gubbins behind the firewall, I will just add the IP/control column and seat frame with its bulkhead. The seatbelts are my approximation of the sutton harness made from painted masking tape and all sealed in with Xtracolor Flat.
The pilot is a bit rubbish so he has taken up residence in the waste bin.

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The wings and spars all fitted pretty good, the underside seams may need some putty but that will be dealt with later once the fuselage and wings are together. The gun bays covers needed a smear of Vallejo putty to lessen the panel lines.

[/img]

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These next photos are brought to you in association with Zap-a-gap, Johnsons Talc and Zipkicker, also featuring ACME Elbow Grease.
But it is being whipped into shape.

[/img]

[/img]

[/img]

Continuing with battering this beast into submission, as anyone who has built this kit will attest to, the cowl panels put up a fight but were no match for CA/Talc and Zipkicker .
It all needs polishing out but the bulk of clean up is done here.

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Onto the painting stages, hurrah!

I did a pre-shade whilst I had black in the airbrush to paint the prop blades and insides of the radiators, also the windscreen got a blast. You might be able to make out the plasticard and filler awaiting sanding down where the front of the windscreen meets the fuselage.

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Using Tamiya's RAF Colours I sprayed the undersides with Medium Sea Grey and added some lighter post shading before blending with a heavily thinned base colour again.

Its difficult to see in the photos, then again I was aiming for subtlety.

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Then masked it off and did the same with Ocean Grey. I will let this dry out before masking up for the Dark Green.

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Camouflage and Klear'd this evening.
Just need to mask up and spray the Sky fuselage band and I can get some decals on her.

Masked up with White tack and tape

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Sprayed the Dark Green

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Unmask and spray Klear generously

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I managed to get the decals on whilst watching the football this evening. They are still drying off here.
No.613 (City of Manchester)sqn., Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Ringway, 1943


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I finished the model about 6 months ago and one problem I had was thestrength of the oleos. I finally used whitemetal ones used on the Spitfire Mk IX but reversed them so the oleo struts were placed at the rear. If you need same I have close up photos of a Mk 22 inclusive of cockpit. and the undercarriage doors. If desperate use the Airfix Mk 22/24 to give some guidance in this area..


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Joined: April 4th, 2006, 7:00 pm

June 20th, 2012, 3:57 pm #5

I had a new shower installed a couple of weeks ago and was chatting the builder (he is married to one of my work colleagues) whilst he was doing the tiling and got onto the subject of my hobby as he had seen my work in the display cabinet in my lounge. He went into raptures about how he loved Spitfires as a kid at airshows and said he had always wanted a Spitfire model in his office/study at home.
He did a fantastic job of the shower room and for a "mates rates" price so I thought I would drag this out of the stash and build it for his office as a thanks.
I am gonna build it with wing gun bays closed and cowling on and straight-outta-the-box. I may even put the pilot in if I can make a decent paint job of him. Just been assembling bits and pieces this evening and had some black in the airbrush for another model I am working on so gave the engine a base coat as the only parts to be seen will be the exhausts.

[/img]

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As none of it will be seen and most will just hinder the fuselage assembly I left out all the gubbins behind the firewall, I will just add the IP/control column and seat frame with its bulkhead. The seatbelts are my approximation of the sutton harness made from painted masking tape and all sealed in with Xtracolor Flat.
The pilot is a bit rubbish so he has taken up residence in the waste bin.

[/img]

The wings and spars all fitted pretty good, the underside seams may need some putty but that will be dealt with later once the fuselage and wings are together. The gun bays covers needed a smear of Vallejo putty to lessen the panel lines.

[/img]

[/img]

These next photos are brought to you in association with Zap-a-gap, Johnsons Talc and Zipkicker, also featuring ACME Elbow Grease.
But it is being whipped into shape.

[/img]

[/img]

[/img]

Continuing with battering this beast into submission, as anyone who has built this kit will attest to, the cowl panels put up a fight but were no match for CA/Talc and Zipkicker .
It all needs polishing out but the bulk of clean up is done here.

[/img]

[/img]

[/img]

Onto the painting stages, hurrah!

I did a pre-shade whilst I had black in the airbrush to paint the prop blades and insides of the radiators, also the windscreen got a blast. You might be able to make out the plasticard and filler awaiting sanding down where the front of the windscreen meets the fuselage.

[/img]

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Using Tamiya's RAF Colours I sprayed the undersides with Medium Sea Grey and added some lighter post shading before blending with a heavily thinned base colour again.

Its difficult to see in the photos, then again I was aiming for subtlety.

[/img]

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Then masked it off and did the same with Ocean Grey. I will let this dry out before masking up for the Dark Green.

[/img]

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Camouflage and Klear'd this evening.
Just need to mask up and spray the Sky fuselage band and I can get some decals on her.

Masked up with White tack and tape

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[/img]

Sprayed the Dark Green

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[/img]

Unmask and spray Klear generously

[/img]

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I managed to get the decals on whilst watching the football this evening. They are still drying off here.
No.613 (City of Manchester)sqn., Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Ringway, 1943


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