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Spitfire Mk IX Tamiya

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#1 Iain (32SIG)

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:34 PM

Have been commissioned to build a 'Grace' type two-seat Spitfire model in 1:32 - based upon the superb Tamiya Mk IX kit and my client has kindly given permission for me to post progress here.

 

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Photo by Darren Harbar, via Eastern Daily Press

 

This is a complex project and will have to create a lot of things from scratch, but will have assistance in terms of drawings and details from one of the UK's leading Spitfire engineers.

 

As an example of the changes the front 'pit is moved foward by 13.5 inches on the full-size airframe, and the rear canopy is not the standard Spitfire 'bubble' (it's longer) - so it's not as straightforward as first meets the eye.

 

Aiming to complete the project early in the New Year - but in order to make a start with some of the more straightforward work, I've commenced with that glorious Merlin:

 

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Rocker covers have been replaced with the excellent Barracuda items which feature the Rolls-Royce name.

 

Small gaps in assembly now filled and should start getting paint on later today...

 

This project will take priorty over my other builds.

 

Blue Skies!

 

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 03:33 PM

Iain,

Yep Client has chosen well in you to build his commissioned Spitfire.
NEAT start and the Merlin Engine looking Very good.

Taken a seat to watch and follow along. :yahoo:

Good Luck (not that you will need it ).
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 03:38 PM

Oh boy am I excited to watch this.
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 03:44 PM

What a great project, I never realised that the real aircraft had the cockpit moved forward, you live and learn, will be watching this one closely

 

Cheers

 

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 07:40 PM

Oooh! Looking forward to seeing this one come off Iain

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:06 PM

I was in Duxford around 2005, 2006 and as I was leaving the museum, I heard the distinctive growl of a lonely Merlin late in the afternoon and it was the Grace Spitfire taking off. What a sight!

 

So yes I will be watching this build!


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 10:22 PM

Nice!

Many years ago when I didn't know what I was doing I tried to make one out of the big airfix kit..... needless to say it didn't end well.

I have no doubt yours will be an absolute gem when it's done though!

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 10:39 PM

That's a very kool project Iain!

 

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 10:26 PM

Perhaps the most graceful of all the two-seat Spitfires, I look forward to following your progress!

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:53 PM

Thanks for the interest folks...

 

Agreed Tony - definately the best looking of the two-seaters.

 

Just getting my head around the ignition harnesses I need to make up - I will post some more images soon.

 

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 11:50 PM

Watching! Nice project!

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:20 AM

Interesting and challenging - good luck!


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:15 PM

This will be interesting. Sounds like surgery :)



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 06:51 PM

What was the  purpose of the original two seater Spit?

Training? 

How many were produced?

It is so well designed that it keeps the beautiful looks of the single seat Spit. 

Lovely.

 


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 07:32 PM

Awesome project Iain, I want to do one of these myself eventually. I have seen Ben from Firefly models: http://www.firefly-models.com do one of these on commission too. It's under his projects tab on his website. He had talked about maybe producing a resin conversion set for the Tamiya Spitfire Mk IXc kit. I'm definitely interested in watching you build this especially if you are going to be in contact with the Spitfire's UK engineers.

 

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