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Tamiya Spitfire IXe with ModXXX


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This one's for Martin! This is my current Tamiya Spitfire build. The plan is to do it as JE-J jr with her infamous ModXXX beer barrels. 

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Profimideller make a conversion set for this but they make you assemble the barrels from individual staves. Not being a cooper, i couldn't make that work for me so I found some wood barrels in a suitable size:

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Much easier.:D

JE-J Jr is a IXe so I had to modify the wing armament to match. AML make a suitable conversion set so I used that.

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Cannon barrels are from Master.

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The engine all assembled and ready for her cradle.

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Now to start on the cockpit.  

Carl

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13 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

Nice one! 

Thanks!

7 hours ago, DocRob said:

Planes and beer, what a great combination :D, will follow your build.

Cheers Rob

Thanks Rob. It's too bad the British tax agency ruined the fun for them.

5 hours ago, Jeff said:

Carl, not only are the Gun Barrels from 'Master", the WHOLE Spitfire is from THE Master............ another top drawer Spit, mine is still partly done in the box..... I MUST get back to it...  I'm following along once again

Jeff

Thanks Jeff. These are my go-to build for when I want something stress free and straightforward.

 

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On 9/22/2018 at 7:43 PM, Peterpools said:

Carl

Just love following your Spitfire builds.. Quickie question: I'm assuming the cowling will be off to show off the Merlin

Keep 'em comin

Peter ;)

Thanks Peter! 

For the cowls, I usually have them in place but still removable. I've managed to get them to stay in place for the most part. When I'm gluing the cowls in place, I build the minimum amount of the engine needed like this one:

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Finally back at this one. I was waiting for seatbelts to arrive but then found one set in the stash so I was able to start up again.

First up was the IP. I used a Yahu panel for this.

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Then it was onto the rest of the cockpit.

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The belts I used are from Wako, a Japanese brand.

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Once I get the waist belts done, I'll be ready to close the fuselage up.

Carl

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Nice looking belts. Hadn't heard of that manufacturer before, so must check them out.

Recently did the Mk XVIe and they are great kits but I'd just say watch the engine alignment if you want to get the cowling covers to fit well.

Great start here though.

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On 11/16/2018 at 3:45 PM, GazzaS said:

Great work so far!  Disappointed with the XXX, though.  I was expecting some jiggly-floppy bits adorning the cowling or empennage.

 

Gaz

LOL! Well if they drank enough beer, there might have been jiggly floppy stuff happening.

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On 11/16/2018 at 4:24 PM, MARU 5137 said:

Carl...

 

NOW this is gonna be the thread to follow...   

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EXEMPLARY start and excellent choice for a stressless build to relax oneself!

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ROCK ON Carl !!:unworthy:

Thanks Maru! I really do find the Tamiya Spitfires to be a stress-free build, especially after having done so many.

On 11/16/2018 at 4:59 PM, GusMac said:

Nice looking belts. Hadn't heard of that manufacturer before, so must check them out.

Recently did the Mk XVIe and they are great kits but I'd just say watch the engine alignment if you want to get the cowling covers to fit well.

Great start here though.

Thanks Gus! I find they have the best layout for the buckles on their frets as well as instructions. You can actually see how everything should go together.

The cowls are a hit or miss affair. I've had most go on without any issues but there's been a couple where they've been fussy. 

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