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Tamiya Spitfire MK XVIe


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Phil, pretty good idea for showing so light weathering. Any thoughts of maybe using hairspray over the Extreme Metal and then with water bringing out the weathering and chipping? Just a thought that might add to the effect. 

Normally except for some panel line washes and a bit of dry brushing, I don't do much weathering as I prefer to keep my engines/aircraft on the clean side. 

 

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21 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

It was for a XVI I built a couple years ago. As @HubertB mentioned, it was for a warbird. 

 

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I got the colour info from an LSP member who worked on the actual plane. 

In real life that Spitfire amazed me, for years I drove passed it when it was a "Gate Gardian" at RAF Sealand near where I live, sitting out in all that the weather could do to it, then it disapeared only to resurface in airworthy condition.

They did a fantastic restoration job on it, and your rendition looks great.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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The Major Components

I’ve been pushing ahead completing most of the major assemblies and started sanding some seams and filler where needed. Did I say filler and Tamiya in the same sentence … you bet ya and no question, I was a bit too aggressive and sloppy in spots with the various sanding sticks and sponges and the result was some filler would be needed.

I finished the front office, added the interior tailwheel assemble the tailwheel fitting. I decided to leave off a few of the more delicate interior parts that I would still be able to break or knock off and would add them later on, when it would be safe to do so. Part fit was right on the money and as with most Tamiya kits, paint left on the mating surfaces would need to be removed or the parts will not fit together correctly: excellent, solid engineering. The fuselage halves were now glued up, taped together tightly and left to dry a good 48 hours to be on the safe side. I’m becoming a fan of Revell Contacta Professional Glue for internal glue areas and large flat area where Extra Thin has its issues and put it to good use as needed.

With the fuselage drying, I went to work on the wings which required knowing which of the three aircraft is being modeled: Scheme A: D GE. I’ve gone through the instructions a few times now, carefully highlighting the correct parts and which holes need to be drilled out out for my specific aircraft. There is an abundance of parts that are not used, which are not only dependent on the specific aircraft being replicated but there are frets/sprues common to all three of the Tamiya Spitfire kits, with specific parts for each mark on the frets. Go slow and double check.

I worked my way through the “E Wing” which is the clipped wing for my Spit and care needs to be taken, as there are so many options. All the control surfaces were built with each having their own set of PE hinges, allowing them to be moveable. I have everything working but my plan is once the Spit is assembled, I’ll position the control surfaces and then glue them solidly in place.

Yup, my one big bugaboo on a good deal of WWII aircraft is the MG leading edge plugs which never seem to fit, at least for me.

Not shown in the photographs is the Mighty Merlin 60, which is now basically assembled and painted semi gloss black. Since Tamiya used the basic Merlin in three kits: three Spitfires, three Mustangs and the Mosquito and Merlin’s were manufactured on both sides of the pond, there are again a lot of extra parts which are not used depending on which Merlion for which aircraft.

QXBWhb.jpg

A few more parts need to be painted and added to the bottom of the cockpit framing.

eAwq1i.jpg

Quinta's IP does look mighty good

VkZXu3.jpg

Working my way through the wing assemblies and making notes for myself. 

BzWI10.jpg

y6FLWQ.jpg

All the fcontrol surfaces are now done and ready for polishing and primer.

LylcYH.jpg

Additional parts and assemblies in various stages. The only injector pin marks that needed any attention were the three in the front of the radiator housing and I doubt if I didn't remove them, you could actually see them on the finished model 

RwgBoX.jpg

 

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45 minutes ago, Peterpools said:

The Major Components

I’ve been pushing ahead completing most of the major assemblies and started sanding some seams and filler where needed. Did I say filler and Tamiya in the same sentence … you bet ya and no question, I was a bit too aggressive and sloppy in spots with the various sanding sticks and sponges and the result was some filler would be needed.

I finished the front office, added the interior tailwheel assemble the tailwheel fitting. I decided to leave off a few of the more delicate interior parts that I would still be able to break or knock off and would add them later on, when it would be safe to do so. Part fit was right on the money and as with most Tamiya kits, paint left on the mating surfaces would need to be removed or the parts will not fit together correctly: excellent, solid engineering. The fuselage halves were now glued up, taped together tightly and left to dry a good 48 hours to be on the safe side. I’m becoming a fan of Revell Contacta Professional Glue for internal glue areas and large flat area where Extra Thin has its issues and put it to good use as needed.

With the fuselage drying, I went to work on the wings which required knowing which of the three aircraft is being modeled: Scheme A: D GE. I’ve gone through the instructions a few times now, carefully highlighting the correct parts and which holes need to be drilled out out for my specific aircraft. There is an abundance of parts that are not used, which are not only dependent on the specific aircraft being replicated but there are frets/sprues common to all three of the Tamiya Spitfire kits, with specific parts for each mark on the frets. Go slow and double check.

I worked my way through the “E Wing” which is the clipped wing for my Spit and care needs to be taken, as there are so many options. All the control surfaces were built with each having their own set of PE hinges, allowing them to be moveable. I have everything working but my plan is once the Spit is assembled, I’ll position the control surfaces and then glue them solidly in place.

Yup, my one big bugaboo on a good deal of WWII aircraft is the MG leading edge plugs which never seem to fit, at least for me.

Not shown in the photographs is the Mighty Merlin 60, which is now basically assembled and painted semi gloss black. Since Tamiya used the basic Merlin in three kits: three Spitfires, three Mustangs and the Mosquito and Merlin’s were manufactured on both sides of the pond, there are again a lot of extra parts which are not used depending on which Merlion for which aircraft.

QXBWhb.jpg

A few more parts need to be painted and added to the bottom of the cockpit framing.

eAwq1i.jpg

Quinta's IP does look mighty good

VkZXu3.jpg

Working my way through the wing assemblies and making notes for myself. 

BzWI10.jpg

y6FLWQ.jpg

All the fcontrol surfaces are now done and ready for polishing and primer.

LylcYH.jpg

Additional parts and assemblies in various stages. The only injector pin marks that needed any attention were the three in the front of the radiator housing and I doubt if I didn't remove them, you could actually see them on the finished model 

RwgBoX.jpg

 

Coming along nicely Peter. Those Tamiya Spits are a pleasure to build. :)

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