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#1 Haggis

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 04:29 PM

Hi guys

I haven't done any WIP on here for a while so here goes. This is Tamiya's wonderful Spitfire IX, I'll be doing thios one strictly straight from the box. Unfortunately, as soon as she's finished I have to pack her up and send her to her owner. Sometimes commission builds are a *****!

Here's the cockpit so far.

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The wheel wells.

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The wings so far. All in all, pretty much the perfect kit.

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#2 brewer

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 05:56 PM

I've always enjoyed your builds, looking great so far!

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 07:47 PM

Oh, YEAH BABY!!! I am really chuffed about this one. Could you explain how you achieved such a convincing weathered effect on the cockpit parts? It looks superb.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 04:05 PM

Good to see you back again Jamie...Nice start :speak_cool:

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 10:48 AM

Welcome back, Haggis. Loving the weathering in the cockpit so far. Hope all is well with you. Please keep the updates coming!!!!

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#6 Wolf Buddee

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 03:36 AM

I'm looking forward to seeing your take on this fantastic kit Jamie. I'm really enjoying my own build and I'm interested to see what your impressions are as you delve deeper in to your build. I have to tell you though, I couldn't bring myself to build it out of the box. There's just too much stuff crying out to me to add more and more. It's a sickness, I really do need therapy! LOL!!!

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#7 Haggis

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 03:47 PM

Cheers guys.

Wolf - I know what you mean. I have a Mk VIII with all the Eduard sets plus I'll be scratch building and adding some of Roy's Barracuda stuff as well.

Daywalker - The base coat is Mr Color lacquer. This then had a Mig productions dark wash applied as a pin wash, when dry the excess was removed with a clean brush moistened in white (mineral) spirit. The areas of shadow were enhanced with a thin mix of Tamiya matt black before the paint chips were added with a fine brush and a sponge.

#8 Haggis

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:23 PM

Here's some more progress. Airframe is done.

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As is the engine. next up a lick of paint for the engine and on to the firewall and mounts.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:33 PM

very impressive paint. :clap2:

#10 Wolf Buddee

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 02:00 AM

Nicely done Jamie! You obviously had a better time of it when fitting the gun and cannon inserts. I played around with them quite a bit and the fit was less than stellar. Nothing a little Mr. Surfacer 500 didn't fix but so far those were the only ill fitting bits on my own build. Very nicely done and quick too I might add.

Cheers,
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:45 AM

A quick update, the engine is done.

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Argh, white balance.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:56 PM

Oh sure, just like that! Took no time at all, Posted Image! I only wish I was that far. It gives me inspiration to push on though. Looks great Jamie!

Cheers,
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#13 Anthony in NZ

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:17 AM

As always Jamie, your builds are an inspiration. Love the Spit progress, the engine looks great. I dont know how you can let them go after all you put into them.

Thanks mate, always a pleasure to see your workmanship
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:46 PM

I've started the painting. First the wing roots were under coated with Alclad Duralumin then had a mist coat of light grey to knock back the silver. When dry was light coat of hairspray was applied.

The base coat was a mix of Gunze and Tamiya. I lightened the paint with white and/or yellow and applied it in a random patchy fashion. It looks a bit over done but the filters and subsequent weathering will bring it back in line.

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When dry to the touch, the chipping began. I use a cut down stiff paint brush and water to scrub away to reveal the metal under coat. I find it best not to use too much water and work in small areas, that way not too much paint is removed.

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Next up will be a gloss coat and decals.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:59 AM

Wow Jamie, that looks amazing. Any brand of hairspray preferred? Mr Hair Stiffer?

Kev




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