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1 hour ago, Peterpools said:

Thanks John, but how true. I only have made this much progress in a short time for me, as I started a number of the assemblies while working on both the GT40 and Embraer 190, waiting for the gloss paint to dry. Lots of waiting time and nothing to do on either build, so I started small assemblies on the Spit. Seems to have worked out well, as so many of these assemblies were done and waiting in the wings for the build to actually start.



That's a good approach Peter and one I use frequently. I prefer to always have SOMETHING I can work on while waiting for paint/glue, etc to dry. :)

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9 hours ago, Spitfire said:

This from Edgar the late Spitfire expert in a Britmodeller thread about the crowbar.


Posted 25 April 2010 - 08:43 PM


On the door 23-1-42; before that (3-2-41) beside the seat (right side,) and it could have been plain steel, bronze green, or black, never red (until post-war.)


It was retro-fitted, to all Marks, but not until those dates.




So, there was a « before » and an « after » for the crowbar ? Thank you very much for this information.


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Coming Together

She is finally starting to have the graceful lines of the legendary Spitfire. With the wing, tail and control surfaces glued on (the ailerons and elevators still need to be fixed in position with CCA), it was time to make some decisions regarding the Merlin. I’ve built a lot of Tamiya 1/32 WWII aircraft kits and out of the grouping of Mustangs, Spitfires and the Mossie, there is at least one model of each group with the RR/Packard Merlin with the cowling panels off, exposing the complete engine and the Mossie having both Merlin’s hanging open for display. I want to show some of this late model 60 Merlin, will most likely have the bottom and top cowlings on and leaving the side panels off, at least that is my thinking right now.

I built and painted the Merlin as per the kit instructions, highlighting the details both by brush and dry brushing with Model Air Aluminum. The coolant plumbing was primed with MRP Black Primer and then finished with MRP Copper. Only about five years ago I did the same and hand painted or used foil for the s/s clamps – this time around, my hand just isn't steady enough anymore for such detail painting. 

The prop and hub assemblies are done, all the prop/hub parts added but other then black primer, zippo detail painting as they will be inside the spinner and never seen – just no point in wasting time painting those details. All the screws/holes on the hub were drilled out a bit deeper so they will hold a light wash and have some relief at the same time. At the same time, I drilled out all the screw fastener holes on the cowling framing and a good number of hours was needed for all the hand drilling; time well spent.

The Barracuda resin wheel set was cleaned up and the axel holes were drilled out to fit (fingers crossed) the landing gear axels. next the Barracuda drop down door with the much-mentioned crowbar (to be added) was cleaned up replacing the kits rendition.

I just couldn’t help myself and wanted to see how Tamiya’s gorgeous glass fit and looked: a knock out and what can I say, leave the filler in the box, the fit seems to be perfect. I’ll be final sanding and getting the Spit ready for primer later this week.

Thanks for checking in





Parts and assemblies ready for MRP primer 


Primed and ready for color coats





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Great work on the Spitfire Peter. The engine looks splendid and it's always a tough decision to display it or not. Generally, I prefer an iconic plane to be shown in it's flight ready shape, closed up, but I like the detail and eye catching abilities of a plane sans cowlings as well. Your momentarily approach, to open the sides will keep the maximum of the Spitfires shape, so maybe it's a good compromise.

Cheers Rob

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Thanks Rob and I whole heartedly agree - while detailed engines and open access panels look good, I do prefer the smooth clean lines for display. I've built enough Merlin's now that the next group of Merline powered fighters, will be all closed up and why I'm happy the Kotare Spit Mk Ia has no engine - I wouldn't be using it anyway.


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