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Tamiya 1/32 Mk IX Spitfire Polish Fighting Team


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It's been a while since I built a Tamiya Spit (a couple of Revell's, yes) so I decided it was time to get with the program. The Tamiya kits are SO MUCH better than the Revell kits, even though there is a fairly big difference in their prices, I decided a Tamiya build was the way to go. The Revell kits are pretty good but, like I said, the Tamiya kits are better. Excellent detail and fit. So here's the one I'm intending to do. I plan for it to be OOB except some after market wheels to replace the kit rubber ones. Decals for this a/c are provided in the kit. I've about got the cockpit sub assembly completed even using the fiddly kit PE belts. Stay tuned.

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John

Nice start on your Spit - and completely agree 100%. Nice to see the Northern African scheme. Nice going with the kits belts and harnesses, they look mighty good.

:construction: 

 

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1 hour ago, Peterpools said:

John

Nice start on your Spit - and completely agree 100%. Nice to see the Northern African scheme. Nice going with the kits belts and harnesses, they look mighty good.

:construction: 

 

Thanks Peter. I've always liked the looks of those Spits the Poles flew in N. Africa. The blue/white codes go well with that a/c. :)

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13 minutes ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Like Peter said, nice to see a Spitfire in the Med scheme. I should do one in this camo one day. 

Agreed Carl. A bit different from the Green/Grey scheme. :)

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47 minutes ago, KevinM said:

Like the scheme John the MTO and PTO have been peaking my interest of late.;)

Yes indeed Kevin. Schemes out of the "usual" can create a lot of interest. The blue/white codes on those Polish Farting Team a/c look really good. :)

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Great start!

I built the Eduard 1/48 mk IX and it was an absolute joy.  So I have really coveted the Tamiya mk IX  (and now the Airfix 1/24 mk IX).

I will watch your build with interest.

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4 hours ago, KUROK said:

Great start!

I built the Eduard 1/48 mk IX and it was an absolute joy.  So I have really coveted the Tamiya mk IX  (and now the Airfix 1/24 mk IX).

I will watch your build with interest.

It's a very nice kit KUROK. Some areas are pretty fiddly due to the detachable cowlings. Not easy to get them to fit just right. That's where I am right now on mine. I hope to have them sorted out today some time.

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Love the scheme and terrific start to the build, John. I do like the Eduard kits as well, but seems like Tamiya has the market cornered.  The North African scheme is beautiful.  Can't wait to follow along.

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9 hours ago, CANicoll said:

Love the scheme and terrific start to the build, John. I do like the Eduard kits as well, but seems like Tamiya has the market cornered.  The North African scheme is beautiful.  Can't wait to follow along.

Me too Chris. Most of the N. Africa schemes look interesting, especially for the Poles with the blue/white codes. I wish Tamiya would resurrect their 1/32 a/c line. Too much to hope for I'm afraid.

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4 hours ago, Peterpools said:

John

Looking so good and have to agree - covering up the prop hub is a shame as the detail and your finish look so good.

:construction:

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43 minutes ago, Spitfire said:

Great start, nice crisp detail and that desert scheme always looks really good on a Spitfire.

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Dennis

Thanks Dennis. I agree that color scheme looks good on a Spitfire. I think the color scheme plus the blue/white codes really "pop" on these desert birds. :)

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Applied the Xtracolor Azure Blue this afternoon. Wow! Nearly had to put my dark glasses on!!! LOL I really like Xtracolor but it takes quite a while to dry. I'll set the Spit aside until tomorrow. It should be dry by then and I can apply one of the top colors.:)

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2 hours ago, Spitfire said:

It's always nice airbrushing Xtracolor, saves a lot of hassle getting that nice glossy finish without varnish.

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Dennis

Excellent paint. Airbrushes very well and you get a really nice gloss finish. Too bad it isn't readily available in the US.

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