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Hi guys,

     This is my first Spitfire since the monogram kit I built in 1978 or 79.  So be patient...   I'll try not to paint the cockpit in RLM 66.

Anyway...   enough with my bio and habits...   Let's dry fit.

 

You'll notice how the light passes through the plastic.  The trailing edges are rapier thin.

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Even with the wing taped together, light passes through.  But the flaps are molded 'up' for you.

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The fuel tank cover was a little reticent to fit...   this is the only trimming I did to get stuff to fit.   I widened the hole by the arrow with a hobby blade.

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The wing fillets have to be attached to the wing to attach the fuselage...   otherwise, the contact area is very tiny.

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Somebody will wonder about this area...

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This looks really 'stepped' at the moment.  Tape just can't do what Tamiya extra thin can.

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The closed canopy is friction fitted...

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The wing roots are a joy to behold...

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Likewise the fit of the tailplane.

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The aft fuselage has a lot of surface detail...

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Anyway...   that's it for now.  Pretty awesome, eh?

 

 

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Good start—— painting by Friday ? 
 

How does the canopy look open, it’s one of my bug bears with the Revell thingy - you have to really come up with a workaround as the hood  is way too thick to sit on the fuselage,

 

Also given this is Tamiya pricing not Revell I am surprised at the amount of moulded in detail and lack of engine , but that’s just looking at pix rather than plastic .

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52 minutes ago, PanzerWomble said:

Good start—— painting by Friday ? 
 

How does the canopy look open, it’s one of my bug bears with the Revell thingy - you have to really come up with a workaround as the hood  is way too thick to sit on the fuselage,

 

Also given this is Tamiya pricing not Revell I am surprised at the amount of moulded in detail and lack of engine , but that’s just looking at pix rather than plastic .

I haven't removed the open canopy from the sprue yet.  I wanted to save that for later so I didn't have those parts floating around.  Gonna start playing with the interior bits tomorrow...   there is some rigging to do inside.

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52 minutes ago, PanzerWomble said:

The nose shape looks bang on , also looks like they have included the extra “armour” plate over they Mk 1 fuel tank , thats a very Mk1 thing. 👍

I'm glad for those positive comments...   i just don't know enough about the bird, yet.

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Thanks for showing Gary, seems to be a decent kit from your pics, lets wait, how it goes together with glue. I never build a Spitfire and have non in large scale in my stash. I wait if this one urges me enough. There is also the new 1/24 Airfix MK IXc or the Tamiya offerings. I prefer the later models, but lets see, maybe this one pulls the trigger.

Cheers Rob 

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thanks for posting, looking good so far. I really like the way they have engineered the kit so there is no central seam to sort our where the fuselage halves join together. I'm waiting for the early mk1 kit to be released. 

neil

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This does look promising.  For one, I’m a real fan of a closed up airframe, and Kotare seems to have delivered. The open radio or storage hatch bugs me, though. 
But as was said by PanzerWomble, the armored fuel tank is a  Mk.l thing and it’s good to see it wasn’t missed.

Like others, I’m also anxious to see how the open hood sits on the spine. 

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Gaz

Thanks so much for posting all the 'tape-together' photographs - looks as promised - a brilliant kit. So far, I've built:  three Tamiya Spitfires (all with the Merline exposed and cowling off) and two more in the stash and am building the Revell Mk IIa (no Merline - cowl closed). Can't wait for mine to arrive and diving in.

Will be following your build ever so closely.

 

 

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8 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Hi guys,

     This is my first Spitfire since the monogram kit I built in 1978 or 79.  So be patient...   I'll try not to paint the cockpit in RLM 66.

Anyway...   enough with my bio and habits...   Let's dry fit.

 

You'll notice how the light passes through the plastic.  The trailing edges are rapier thin.

IMG_1876.thumb.JPG.270f8395e3368cfbb49a0b8feb48cb38.JPG

 

Even with the wing taped together, light passes through.  But the flaps are molded 'up' for you.

IMG_1878.thumb.JPG.a2be11c19138088298b305bc934679bf.JPG

 

The fuel tank cover was a little reticent to fit...   this is the only trimming I did to get stuff to fit.   I widened the hole by the arrow with a hobby blade.

IMG_1882.thumb.JPG.b8c9e7046b86017ca69490f98e2e5c2b.JPG

 

The wing fillets have to be attached to the wing to attach the fuselage...   otherwise, the contact area is very tiny.

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Somebody will wonder about this area...

IMG_1886.thumb.JPG.8c1c2e5d8be9837182b807ad345d059d.JPG

 

This looks really 'stepped' at the moment.  Tape just can't do what Tamiya extra thin can.

IMG_1887.thumb.JPG.77ad5d4fd13171e56878dd804b91f670.JPG

 

The closed canopy is friction fitted...

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The wing roots are a joy to behold...

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Likewise the fit of the tailplane.

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The aft fuselage has a lot of surface detail...

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Anyway...   that's it for now.  Pretty awesome, eh?

 

 

Yep, looks real good! :)

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Thanks for the preview. Looking forward to the start of glue and paint flying.

I'm very much a late model Spitfire fan (can someone say Griffon power?) but it's definitely worth adding a kit of this caliber to the collection and rounding things out. 

For the cockpit, a better match might be RLM 02 and not 66. :D

 

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G'day!

    The would-be Kotare Spitfire builder will have to place 49 decals into the cockpit before they can weather it.  The decals are wonderfully thin and perfectly in register.  They also lay in very well and conform to surfaces easily...  unlike Tamiya or Hasegawa's.  Some are very tiny though, so my hat's off to anyone who can avoid losing any.  I lost two, both of which were the size of an average comma. 

 

I found a tiny mistake in the directions.  It involves the placement of the large compass decal 142.  They accidentally  tell you to put 141 in that location.   Fortunately, I had already placed 141 in the correct position.  

 

These pictures aren't very good.  But I wanted to show the decals before I weather the pit.

 

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Excellent looks really good , can't see a single ejector pin mark at all is that the case ? The details like the riveted ribs are exquisite. 

Yer paint jobs really made all of this pop as well . The IP instruments were one by one I'm guessing ?

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Gaz

Some mighty nice work on the IP and agreed the Kotare decals look great. of course, I'm a glutton for punishment and when I'm ready to start mine and if Quinta has a set available by then, I would most likely use it, as I'm addicted to them.

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9 hours ago, PanzerWomble said:

Excellent looks really good , can't see a single ejector pin mark at all is that the case ? The details like the riveted ribs are exquisite. 

Yer paint jobs really made all of this pop as well . The IP instruments were one by one I'm guessing ?

Thanks Guy.  I there are ejector pin marks.  But all very cleverly placed.  I haven't sanded one, yet.  The IP decals are sometimes in small groups, and sometimes 1 X 1.  There are about 4 that just cover the surface of a small knob.  Two of which I lost.

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9 hours ago, DocRob said:

Wow Gary, this IP is looking sharp and will shine after all the treatments. Good to see, that no AM is needed for once, as the provided tedious way looks perfectly good.

Cheers Rob

It's really a great kit so far and the color call outs are very useful.  All I've used to paint the details is the color call outs...   since every spitfire pit I looked at on the web is for later models.

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4 hours ago, Peterpools said:

Gaz

Some mighty nice work on the IP and agreed the Kotare decals look great. of course, I'm a glutton for punishment and when I'm ready to start mine and if Quinta has a set available by then, I would most likely use it, as I'm addicted to them.

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Thank you, Peter.  I actually was wondering how everything would have looked had you done it.  Those Quinta sets look nice...   But I won't buy anything from Russia.

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Gaz

I'm still on the fence about this issue as well and there are other model companies whose kits are sold by all the major online vendors such as Zvezda being as an example. Seeing how SB has so much of Quinta's inventory now as out of stock, maybe they are no longer shipping to the states or to the western countries or the vendors are not purchasing from them - I have no idea. The Lancaster set which is available direct, which I will not do, hasn't reached any of the normal vendors. It's a tough call for sure.

 

 

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The problem for Quinta is that they cannot receive payments, thanks to the international sanctions. At least, it proves that the sanctions have an impact on Russian economic activities 👍.

Hubert

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2 minutes ago, Peterpools said:

Hubert

If that is the case and it very well might, be. nothing will be coming from Quinta or Zvezda and other Russian companies.

 

What I know is that direct orders to Quinta fail because the payment process cannot be completed …

Hubert

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