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Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk.XVIe 2 months 2 weeks ago #1

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I decided to make a start on this kit on Saturday arvo.



I will be building it as 'Rongotea' from 485 Squadron. I have a few Barracuda Studios resin upgrades, HGW harnesses and Montex Masks to use on this one.

I began by filling and sanding ejector marks on the fuselage interior;




Compass assembly built;



After airbrushing the IP with Nato Black, I heavily diluted German Grey and sprayed it through a Scotch Brite to add some weathering;




After detail painting, I applied Ammo's US Navy Jets medium grey PLW;




After excess wash removed, matt varnish applied and instrument glass sections glued in. I am going to resin this further to give it a less dusty appearance;




Interior airbrushed Tamiya Nato Green. This is just the dark base for what it to follow as I work up to the interior green colour;




Some chipping added with Gunze aluminium. This will be revealed using the hairspray chipping technique;

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Will be watching this one!
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Two coats of hairspray applied straight over the basecoat and once dry, a topcoat of Tamiya Cockpit Green diluted with water airbrushed on.




Once dry, the topcoat was hydrated with water and then scrubbed to reveal the base coat.






Tamiya Cockpit Green was then diluted with Tamiya Lacquer Thinner at a ratio of 2 parts thinner to 1 part paint and airbrushed over the scrubbed paint. The photo isn't the greatest, but you can just make out the effect.




Paint scraped with the point of a sharp blade to reveal the silver chipping.




Next will be some oil paint rendering and other chipping effects.

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Lots of build up work with the paint there. Very good tutorial

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Slightly thinned raw umber oil paint brushed onto the panels on the port side of cockpit and then blended with a brush moistened with odourless turps and wiped almost completely dry on a paper towel;






And then the starboard side treated the same way;






Then I flicked dark green enamel paint over the cockpit sidewalls. You want to flick paint off the brush onto a piece of scrap paper until you're only getting the finest spray of paint. Then and only then, flick it over your model;




The final result;

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Drilled out the lightening holes in the cockpit bulkhead last night.






Painted some of the other cockpit component. I first airbrushed them Tamiya Nato Green followed by highly diluted RAF Grey through a scotch bride and then Cockpit Green over the top to finish off. The effect is very subtle and was hard to get a decent photo of with the phone.









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Oil paint rendering continued. First off = Testing on the side of a bulkhead that won't be seen;










Then applying to the other pieces;








And after the flicked paint treatment;







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Pretty much spent all day yesterday at the bench

Oil paint rendering – sidewalls before and after comparison;






Panels masked and airbrushed before rendering with grey oils;




Completed sidewalls;




Completed IP and front bulkhead (I flicked dust and earth coloured enamels on the pedal boards);

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Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk.XVIe 2 months 1 week ago #9

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Harness assembly = lots of fun :lol:







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Lovely work on the IP and harness mate!! Good idea feeding the straps through the PE hardware while still on the sprue!!! I will be using that next time! Simple things huh! Why didnt I think of that!!
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That's a tip I picked up from another modeller. So easy for one of these microscopic parts to fly off and into the mouth of the carpet monster, never to be seen again :silly:

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BOOOO! Down with the Carpet Monster!!:P

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Gave the belts a coat of matt varnish and once dry, applied some highly diluted raw umber oil paint to tone down the colour and make them look aged.

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Are these still only printed on one side or are they double sided? It's a shame that Eduard's are single sided.
I must say at the moment I prefer the RB Productions belts as they are coloured both sides, the down side is they aren't printed like these, I like the look of these.

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This is looking very good already, nice to see a large-scale Spit build that isn't a V or IX. Carry-on, sir...



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Gary wrote: Are these still only printed on one side or are they double sided? It's a shame that Eduard's are single sided.
I must say at the moment I prefer the RB Productions belts as they are coloured both sides, the down side is they aren't printed like these, I like the look of these.


They still only print on one side. Probably not too difficult to colour the reverse side. Was going to try doing that with an oil wash. Will give it a go tonight and report back.
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A bit of weathering applied to the pilot's seat cushion, domes touched in with Mr Metal aluminium applied with a toothpick and a little graphite pencil on the front of the flare rack where the pilot's legs might rub.




Lap belts assembled and ready for toning down as done to the shoulder harnesses. Little finger for scale :lol:

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Excellent work! Love seat
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Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk.XVIe 2 months 5 days ago #20

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It's a pity this detail is completely obscured once the cockpit is assembled.




The best gunsight I have ever encountered in a mass produced kit.



Cockpit assembly completed.






Fuselage closed up.




Working on the control surfaces now.

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Put the wheel bays together last night and primed them ready for paint. She's coming together rather quickly. I'm really looking forward to getting this one built and on to painting.

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Lost for words here. Forget the Mona Lisa, that’s a work of art!!
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Managed to get a fair bit more done on the Spit;

Wheel bays and flap areas painted and weathered;






Wings and tail assembled;






Air intakes painted with Vallejo metal duraluminium and dulled down with matt coat in prep for weathering;






Radiators primed with Vallejo black primer and dry brushed with Mr Metal aluminium;



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Man, thats looking great
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Wow!! Fair tearin through this!! Looking good too..I am taking notes!
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Stainage applied with oil paints

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Coming along nicely!!
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Amazing work :woohoo: seems a shame to close the fuselage up.
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Attached the intake cowlings are first masking them. I will put foam block in to seal them off from the paint to come

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I originally planned to build this kit with the flaps in the down position, but changed my mind as I was about to cut the flaps to display them that way, after I noticed all the ejector marks which I decided would be a pain in the ass to fill and sand. So the flaps were glued in the up position. I attached the ailerons, bomb racks and then after masking the fuselage opening (easier to do this now) by using small strips of double sided tape to temporarily attach the kit door (I have the Barracuda Studio's replacement with separate crowbar) and Tamiya tape to seal the opening, I mated the fuselage to the wings. Very nice and tight fit with no gaps whatsoever at the wing root. The fit on the underside aft of the wings is a little less perfect, but passable.

I will remove the seam line from the canopy next and then polish up both sections before masking them inside and out with the Montex masks.

She's getting close to painting now. The intakes are now fully sealed, so I just need to seal off the undercarriage bays now.

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