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Nice tidy build Ratch, it's good to do something outside your usual occasionally. Also like the use of a map as backdrop.

Things have been progressing well with my Spitfire. The wing was assembled after first removing the standard wingtips by scoring along the panel line repeatly with my craft knife, and painting the inside black to save bare plastic showing through the spent cartridge ejector slot.

In the photo you can also see the constructed wheel bays, made up from two plastic circles and two mini spars, and the wheel leg attachments all painted dull aluminium metalcote. 

 

Once the wing was together it was joined to the fuselage. I started by gluing the 'tail' of the wing and once that was cured worked forward, securing with tape and clamps. Even though in other online builds of this kit that I had read they had no problem with the wing attachment I was left with a step and a few gaps where it met the wingroot.

As this is a later war Mk V, I'll be leaving the two strengthening strips on each top surface. The clear wingtips have also been cemented on, and were a reasonable fit.The tail went on next, each tailplane made from two halves, then the one piece elevator followed by the small retaining part and rudder. All were slightly offset to add a little life. 

 

The basic airframe was soon all together and the joints filled and sanded. The only filler needed was at the wingroots and the rear of the wing underside join. On the following images the light grey painted areas are were done to check after they were filled and sanded. The radiator, oil cooler and carb intake all went on nicely, but the undernose part needed a little sanding to get a good fit.

The ailerons were also put on slightly offset. The model was washed with soapy water with an old toothbrush to remove dust and grease then rinsed, and painting will begin once dry.

Thanks for the comments guys.

Just a quick update on the armoured fuel tank cover. 

When first test fitted it looked like this as the top of the instrument panel was fouling it.

 

After carefully sanding down the top of the instrument panel and several test fits as I went I got a fit like this.

Note that this part should sit slightly proud of the rest of the fuselage as it represents the armour plating over the top of the tank.

In recent times there have been Spitfires flying in Malta schemes. About 5 years ago there was something called 'Merlins over Malta', when a Hurricane and Spitfire in malta markings were flown from the UK to Malta.

 

More recently (2016) the Heritage Hanger at Biggin Hill restored a Mk V in Malta markings aswell.

Hi All,

After the Lightning and 109 I seem to have got a taste for 1/48 builds. This kit has been lurking in the lift for the last few years, but I thought it was time to bring it down as I haven't built a Spitfire for a while.

I'm planning on building the Air Sea Rescue version in standard mid-war day camouflage and not the nightfighter.

The instructions, paint guide and decals. I did pull out some old markings I had in my spares box from the old tool Airfix Vb for a desert bird, but thought better of it.

The plastic parts. Surface detail is well executed engraved lines, and internal is very complete with about 30 parts making up the cockpit. There are also many options, several of which are not relevant to this boxing. They include two different props, tropical filters, 250lb bombs, large ferry tank, different canopies, armoured or plain fuel tank cover infront of the cockpit, plain or spoked wheel hubs and normal or clipped wings. The clipped wingtips come as solid plastic or clear parts. A pilot figure with seperate arms is included and the undercart can be modelled lowered or raised.

I started the build by assembling the cockpit parts. These all fitted well, although some perts were small and fiddly. There are internal skins onto which the rest of the cockpit builds onto before going into the fuselage, and four internal bulkheads.

Sub-assemblies painted up and weathered. The instrument panel is a decal.

The cockpit all put together, this required very careful lining up to get everything square, and any paint had to be scraped off mating surfaces to get a proper join.

As the paint was drying inbetween cockpit stages I started putting the prop together.

The construction method means that the prop can be added after the main assembly of the airframe is complete.

Fuselage joined with no issues at all. The fuel tank cover can also be seen. This didn't quite sit down properly over the instrument panel bulkhead, which had to be sanded down a little at a time to get a good fit.

 

More coming soon when the wings go on.

Finish the decalling and given it another coat of Klear to seal everything in. While working on the main airframe I also worked on some of the smaller sub assemblies so they would be ready when the time came. 

The canopy was hand painted black, and the main part has 12 decals on it, all those little yellow 'cut here' dashes are individual. I actually managed to loss one of them and had to paint it in with a very fine brush and an illuminated magnifier!

The canopy went on without trouble with white glue, then it was time for the undercarriage. All three main units fitted positively, but the problem was with the retraction jacks on the main legs, two on each. They have no location points whatsoever so were attached with guesswork and superglue.

It was soon time for the finishing touches of the many tiny aerials. These all had minuscule location pips and several were eventually replaced with plastic card (all the triangular white ones). The final touch were the wingtip navigation lights, which were attached with wood glue and given a coat of clear green and red, and then she was done.

The two yellow rod aerials on the spine were added into pre-drilled holes using Evergreen rod.

 

In the end I was pleased with my results, even the hand painted natural metal finish wasn't to bad (it is a little streaky close up). The model went together well,  has nice surface detail and looks good in the silver and blue scheme. A collection of three or four of these with different coloured tails would look great! I even managed to get the scale right on the data card.

Spent the last couple of evenings putting the decals on. For being over twenty years old that behaved very well with no carrier film showing and settled down into the panel lines. I've still few more stencils to put on, and then it's down to things like undercarriage, missiles, canopy and small parts, then it's done.

 

Sorry about the long break on this build, I kind of lost my modelling mojo for a while and ended up building a 1/48 Bf 109E to get back into it.

Anyway, I've since got the lightning back down off the shelf and dusted the model off, sanded the joins and hand painted it with Humbrol Metalcote polished aluminium. For a hand painted silver finish it's not to bad from a normal viewing distance, but up close you can see the brush marks. A couple of coats of Klear followed and now it's ready for decals. I'm going for the 92 Squadron F2 with the blue tail.

 

@Paws4thot

"Even though I don't usually build in 1/48 "

It shows, not least in the data plate that reads "Scale 1/72".

Well spotted, I'll change that tonight thenEmbarassed

My 109 now's all done and finished. The undercarriage when on easily enough, with a good positive strong fit for the made legs, which have a square peg that ensures correct alignment. The canopy was in three parts, so it could be modelled open or closed (I chose closed). The kit also contains the earlier E-1 or 3 canopy variant, which is more rounded as an alternative. It was then just the small bits and pieces, a couple of coats of varnish and a little weathering and that was it. The weathering was kept to a minimum to represent an aircraft that had just started testing.

 

Even though I don't usually build in 1/48, I found this kit straightforward to put together, with good fit and nice detail. There are plenty of options that allow almost any 109E variant to be built, including three different types of bomb. Building this kit has really helped me get over my modelling block!

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