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Well time to belly up to the bar. I will attempt to stand in such esteemed company as I see gathered here already and offer my 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk XVIe to the modelling Gods. In honour of our 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings and the birth of the ANZAC legend in 1915, it will be finished in the scheme of 485 Squadron (NZ) RAF, based at Fassberg in Germany in 1945. Coincidentally, my construction of said aircraft will be guided by the build of Dave Johnson, whose build appears in the September 2011 (issue 005) of MIM and has been an addition to the latest iteration of Tamiya's "How to Build.." series on the 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire. Enough waffle on with the obligatory pre build layout: Some marking options and accessories (I have also ordered a set of Miracle Masks from Mal as he originally did a set for Dave's build): The aftermarket emporium (I should have bought shares in Barracudacast), Master E wing barrels, RB harness and intakes and some MDC oxygen hose: The reference library (short version): Now to actually hit the books and articles to see what the fun is about and maybe put blade to plastic sometime over the next few days. Thanks for having me and good luck to all who sail in this GB. Regards,
This was my first published article that I ever did.. It appeared in the September 2011 issue of Military Illustrated Modeller magazine... Cockpit had wiring and hydraulic lines added (this was before Barracuda's Sidewall upgrade set was on the market), Eduard's Late Mk.IX harness and some of Interior PE set was used. I also added Barracuda's fantastic Cockpit upgrade set, Padded Seat and access door and 4 slot wheels. This scheme is included in the Tamiya boxing, but its incorrect. I was lucky and was able to contact the pilot's son, and he confirmed with me with the correct serial number that I had found during my research. All the markings were painted on with custom paint masks made from Miracle Masks Hope you like!