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After a small break, the Defiant is back on the workbench (for the time being at least)




In a first for me, I decided to get the turret finished first (it is after all a major part of this build). Many thanks to Eduard for the superb etches and masks...




Making sure the turret fits...


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Progress has slowed slightly, partly because I've been putting off doing the turrets and as a result I started a Mosquito build intended as a simple build as some 'light relief' from the more complicated Whitley project. I also did some preparation on a Swordfish kit which I'm doing as a Model Club Build, hence I've fallen into the trap of having too many projects on the go at the same time.


But I've got a light dirt wash on the Whitley now and am doing the open bomb bay doors which I'm having to re-paint after filling and sanding of a number of heavy ejector pin marks. I am also making location rods/tabs as so far my only criticism of the kit is that there are no location tabs for fitting the bomb doors in the open positions. Is this an oversight cos they are on the open undercarriage doors, though these are moulded separately. 


I hope to have some pictures uploaded tonight.

Yes the bomb bay doors were a challenge to fit, might be worth making some tabs out of styrene strip.


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The kit is nearly 50 years old.


1201/09320-8/12001-6/9 12001/12001/A12001/A12001A

Supermarine Spitfire Ia

1/24 scale.

Available as 1201 from 1970 to 1972. 

Issued as 09320-8 from 1973 to 1975.

Issued as 12001-6 from 1976 to 1982.

Issued as 9 12001 from 1983 to 1984.

Issued as 12001 from 1985 to 2007.

Extra sprues added for Supermarine Spitfire Vb (12005) in 2001.

Issued as A12001 from 2008 to 2009.

Issued as A12001A with decals for DW-K 610 Sqn and QJ-B 92 Sqn from 2010.


I built one (again) a couple of years ago, my notes are here (though the pictures have mostly been lost)



The fit is not great, espeacially compared with the much newer Typhoon, but with care can be built into a reasonable model.


Mine was made as R7192, which was built at Supermarine, Southampton as a Mk. I, and converted to Mk Vb standard before delivery to No 92 Squadron (QJ) as PETERBOROUGH AND DISTRICT on 23-03-41. Here it was favoured by Wing Commander A. G. ‘Sailor’ Malan and consequently flew fewer missions. Following damage sustained on 07-07-41 she was sent for repair on 25-07-41. She was then assigned to No 111 Squadron (JU) on 25-08-41, where it became the aircraft of Pilot Officer Prihoda. On 12-02-42 he claimed a Bf109. A month later she was damaged beyond repair and struck off charge on 31-03-42.


I have the VB to build at some point, your build notes should prove useful












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Going together quite nicely so far, a little of bit of fettling required here and there (mainly to get the wings to fit nice a flush). There should only be the slightest amount of filling too



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Okay just the one photo, but a lot of progress...



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Yeah, I do that with cabin interiors (and wing spars when applicable) too.

It makes any aircraft kit go together, far more easily Wink


Some progress has been made - these 'Made in the UK' kits seem go together far better than some of their 'Made elsewhere' sisters...


The Eduard photo-etches are worth the investment - the main instrument panel is a minor work of art. I didn't add etches that weren't visible or the safety belts.



I do think Airfix missed out making this kit extra special by not adding the engine, judging by how much effort went into the rest of the kit.



As I type this, the two fuselage sides are glued together (and curing) and the wings are assembled....


.... more photo's to come today (hopefully)


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And now for something slightly smaller and in a case of deja vu for me, as just 2 years ago I built the Defiant's 1/72nd scale cousin.


A couple of hours work (with some of the Eduard etches - I'm not using all of them), and the interior is ready for paint. As per usual I've used the fuselage halves as a jig to ensure the cockpit went together true.



More to come, however work and loco's will get in the way.


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Progress has been slow over the past week or so with having to work Frown but here is the update you have been eagerly waiting for ?

The main parts fitted together well, especially the cockpit to wing section when you consider the number of angles, curves and straight edges that had to meet exactly for a perfect fit. And they did!. The rear fuselage section to the wings was another good fit with only a smear of filler along the root edges. Only the engine nacelles required any real effort, as the panel edge at the wing joint was a little proud. No gaps or filler, just a few minutes sanding to smooth the join.

The main assembly was complete so I was ready for some paint, and the Whitley was masked and sponge used to fill gaps where I didn't want any paint.

I used the complete bomb bay doors and 1 piece under-carriage doors placed over the recesses as perfect fit masking and much easier than worrying abount tape.

After a coat of grey primer, a couple of coats of black were applied all over.

The Decals were applied after a coat of Klear, then an additional coat of Klear to seal and protect the decals.

Some accessory parts such as the propellers, bombs etc were added before I move onto the weathering coat. I will update with that soon. I also still have the turrets to complete ...............

Brings back distant memories of my Whitely build, looking good in black Wink


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@Pretty mediocre modeller


Some accessory parts such as the propellers, bombs etc were added before I move onto the weathering coat. I will update with that soon. I also still have the turrets to complete ...............

Watch out for those turrets, in my experience they were the worst part of the kit. The frame lines take some masking and the front turret surround needs thinning out to almost wafer thickness to fit properly.

Your build's looking great by the way 

The most fiddley part of the kit, I figured out that reducing the height of the front turret glazing - got the best fit. It's also vital to get the nose glazing to fit flush to help with the turret fit Cool


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Nice progress on the Stuka Heather, I know the feeling of having a pending tray (a Lancaster's been sitting in it) while train stuff takes precedence.


Though a certain Dad's Army scene always springs to mind, when I see a Stuka mentioned.... Money Mouth

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