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Tamiya's 1:32 Spitfire Mk. VIII  

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  1. 1. Which glorious bird should I go with?

    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (JF814) coded ‘WFD’, the personal mount of Air Vice Marshal Sir William F. Dickson, the AOC (Air Officer Commanding) of the Desert Air Force since April 1944
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    • Spitfire Mk VIII (JF447) coded ‘UF-7’ of No 601 Sqn RAF, flown by S/Ldr Stanisław Skalski, Sicily, August 1943
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (MT714) coded ‘FT-F’ of No 43 Sqn RAF, flown by F/Lt A.W. Guest, Ramatuelle, Southern France, August 1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (MD324) coded ‘KW-R’ of No 615 Sqn RAF, Palel, India, June 1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (MT687) coded ‘BQ-C’ of No 451 Sqn RAAF, Gragnano, Italy, October 1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (A58-411, ex-JG611) ‘Betsy’ coded ‘QY-P’ of No 452 Sqn RAAF, flown by F/O Peter Bullock, Sattler, Northern Territory, latter part of 1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (A58-516, ex-JG690) coded ‘QY-T’ of No 452 Sqn RAAF, flown by F/Lt L.S. Compton, Morotai, December 1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (MT982) coded ‘UM-C’ of No 152 Sqn RAF, flown by the squadron’s CO, S/Ldr Grant Kerr, India, 1945
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (A58-517, ex-MT594) ‘Hava-Go-Jo!!’ coded ‘UP-F’ of No 79 Sqn RAAF, flown by F/Lt Norm Smithells, Morotai, early 1945
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    • Spitfire Mk VIII (JF404) coded ‘GZ-M’ of No 32 Sqn RAF; Foggia, Italy, early 1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (A58-379, ex-JG270) coded ‘ZF-Z’ of No 549 Sqn RAF, flown by F/Lt Dave Glaser, Strauss, Northern Territory, October 1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (A58-457, ex-MD296) ‘Sweet As A Song’ coded ‘ZP-Z’ of No 457 Sqn RAAF, flown by S/Ldr Tom Trimble, Sattler, Northern Territory, late 1944
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    • Spitfire Mk VIII ‘Betty Jane’ coded ‘CM-M’ of 31st Fighter Group USAAF, flown by Col. Charles M. McCorkle, Castel Volturno, Italy, March 1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (LV729) coded ‘ZX-M’ of No 145 Sqn RAF, flown by S/Ldr George R.S. McKay; Bellaria, Italy, late 1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (A58-435, ex-JG622) coded ‘QY-T’ of No 452 Sqn RAAF, flown by F/Lt William ‘Ron’ Cundy, Sattler, Northern Territory, mid-1944
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (A58-522, ex-MT514) ‘Hal-Far’ coded ‘UP-A’ of No 79 Sqn RAAF, flown by F/Lt Leonard ‘Len’ Reid, Morotai, Netherlands East Indies, 1945
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    • Spitfire LF Mk VIII (A58-526, ex-MT552) ‘Avagrog’ coded ‘UP-L’ of No 79 Sqn RAAF, Morotai, mid-1945
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Hello All!

 

I'm posting my first build on LSM, and I've decided to make it a bit interactive.

 

I've started building the Spitfire Mk VII from Tamiya with only decals and the HGW seatbelts as aftermarket. Speaking of decals... I bought Kagero's Topcolors 18 Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII a while back, which includes many gorgeous schemes to choose from -- unfortunately, I cannot decide which one to select. I do have a few favorites, but I've decided to ask my fellow modellers here at LSM to help me choose. 

 

The poll includes all the markings options available in Topcolors 18, and I set the polling to allow everyone to select more than one. Here are the markings in full color (credit goes to Kagero/Barkhorn for the pic and polling text which was borrowed from the post over at LSP):

 

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... and here are the first progress pics. Pics were taken with my iPhone (only camera I have). Apologies in advance.

 

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Guest styrenedemon

Ahh....Spitfire....I love me some Spitfires!

 

You have made this insanely hard. I love Spits in US markings and the earth tone camo (I'll do my Mk. VII in those I'm sure). I also seriously like the Tri-tone with the red spinner and letters...just killer, and I love the colors on the last two...and one has nose art! Thanks for allowing multiple votes..hehe...

 

Looking really good so far too. I love the look of those harnesses. 

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Thanks for the participation guys! I appreciate the comments/compliments too.

 

The HGW harness is really nice, and highly recommended. The one used here is not the pre-cut version, and I would definitely suggesting going the pre-cut route over attempting to carve a straight line. I didn't crinkle them as suggested (I forgot), but I did apply a wash of MIG's Oil & Grease Stain mixture. I'm still trying to get the hang of weathering. So, I am leaning towards 'too little' rather than 'too much' for right now.

 

Anyway, I was able to get some additional work done this weekend such as buttoning up the cockpit and adding the tail feathers. I had to make a decision on the rudder style now, and luckily the votes are trending toward the late (sharper curve at the top) and away from the early (more gently curved) rudder style. (Of course, it also helps most of the markings schemes are late style too.  :) )

 

Here are some pics:

 

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