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LeftHook04 Mar 2021 8:01 a.m. PST

My recent return to models was a simple Mk II Spitfire which will support my Bolt Action British troops from the sky. For now it sits in a field "Somewhere in England" awaiting a scramble. The sound of that Rolls-Royce Merlin engine is of course missing from the kit. I have uploaded an airshow video I took to the blog to solve this. Enjoy.





King Monkey04 Mar 2021 8:59 a.m. PST

Very nice work.

Huscarle04 Mar 2021 12:53 p.m. PST

Tally ho thumbs up

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2021 2:28 p.m. PST

Lovely modeling!

Tango0104 Mar 2021 3:28 p.m. PST

Beautifull work!… congratulations!…


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2021 3:56 p.m. PST

I think aircraft modelling to this level is incredible. With AFVs of any sort we can cover any mistakes with drybrushed weathering, even lumps of mud. We can cover vehicles with crews, riders or kit. But a Spitfire (or any fast mover) has to look fairly pristine.

I have heard folk argue for exhaust darkening along the fuselage, but seen it overdone too. I think I would have the exhausts a bit browner than silver, but this from someone who could not remotely work to this level.

LeftHook04 Mar 2021 4:29 p.m. PST

Thank you all. @deadhead, I agree with your points. Since I'm just getting back into modeling I was struggling to locate/ use the best exhaust and weathering effects. Tamiya, Vallejo, humbrol – I wasted a ton of money and couldn't quite get it right. I destroyed about 4 P40 model kits prior to this kit HA!

Finally, I just went with the old school approach of build, paint, enjoy. I figured this level would be enough for my wargaming purposes and it was certainly better than my P40 scrap pile! Also, tossing another plane into the scrap pile would have likely seen me bayoneted by my wife who asked "are you going to ever finish one". So another life saved by the Spitfire:)

Garand04 Mar 2021 5:21 p.m. PST

I would argue that armor modeling is just as challenging as aircraft modeling, but the challenges are different. With aircraft, the painting process is much, much more complex. With exposed landing gear wells, cockpits, possibility of external ordinance (usually of a different color), multi-color camo schemes, or even tricky natural metal finishes.

OTOH, armor models usually have far, far more parts, far more involved in the construction phase. And while they are usually easier to paint than aircraft, and weathering can cover a multitude of errors, the trend with individual or link-&-length tracks complicates painting much more than it did in the past.

Great looking model, BTW. I've always thought the Spit was one of the prettiest aircraft the British ever produced, quite the opposite compared to their tanks!


Inch High Guy05 Mar 2021 8:08 a.m. PST

Beautiful work! I agree with your approach, if you're not having fun you're not doing it right!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2021 9:04 a.m. PST

You certainly raised a laugh here with the "Are you ever going to finish one line?"

I got that for years, until lockdown. Now it is "do you really need any more Free French vehicles for Paris 1944?"

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2021 5:12 a.m. PST

Great work.

paul liddle06 Mar 2021 5:13 a.m. PST

You have done a cracking job on that Spitfire, your photos are very well done too.
You could post it on one of the modelling forums too, I am sure they would appreciate it.

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