Airfix 1/72nd

Spitfire PRXIX

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Airfix 1/72nd scale Spitfiure PRXIX

Quick-build for my daughter

Model built between November 2015 & January 2016

 

This is one of our "non-canon" builds that turned out well enough to put on the gallery. These are the models we throw together for my daughter. This kit was given to her for Christmas 2014 by her Aunt but gathered dust for a few months. Having some time off work in late 2015 allowed me enough time to pick it up and start it.

 

The only aftermarket used was the Eduard colour photoetch for the cockpit and the Montex masks (which were the vinyl kind and almost useless). Although a "new-mold" by Airfix I developed a low opinion of this kit. Putting aside the fact that it was not my preferred scale I found that, apart from the tail, the surface detail was crude, the panel lines deep and wide, the injection molding badly performed and the fit terrible. It required a lot of filler. I rushed it through and made my share of mistakes. For example the camera ports are misted-over whereas they should be see-through & dark. But my daughter likes it.

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November 3rd 2015.   Very poor cockpit fit.  
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Painting the cockpit interiour the same colour as the Eduard colour photoetch. The colour Eduard photoetch cockpit. At this stage my daughter helped me build up the main components: wings, tail & fuselage. Lots of filler.
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Prepped for painting. More Eduard photoetch. Primed with pre-shade.  
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First coat of light grey. Nice simple scheme. Masking for the darker PRU Blue coat. Crappy Montex masks. Useless. Alclad II for the exhausts.
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Alclad II on the undercarriage. Decals go on. Decals done. Panel line wash, a coat of Humbrol Satin & it's done.
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Bit of Mig Jiminex Streaking Grime works a charm. I airbrushed the exhaust streak with Xtracolor Exhaust. Final photos 28th January 2016.  
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