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#1 Daywalker

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:42 AM

Just finished this one today, what an amazing kit which needs no introduction.  This is the second Tamiya release, the Mk.VIII finished in the markings of Col. Charles "Sandy" McCorkle- CO of the 31st FG.  Destroying 5 enemy aircraft in the air, he became one of a handful of American Spitfire Aces. 

 

I used the HGW seatbelts on this build, as well as Barracudacast resin wheels, canopy latch and seat.  The cannon barrels are Master turned brass.  I used custom mixes of Tamiya acrylics for the paint, and decals from the Spitfire Mk.VIII booklet from Kagero and upper wing and fuselage stars from a Victory Productions sheet.  The bottom star was masked and painted with Maketar masks due to the lumps and bumps under the wing.  I opted not to remove the seam on the sliding canopy, had a bad feeling that I would destroy it doing so.  I can live with the seam. 

 

All feedback and constructive criticism gladly received.  Thank you for looking!

 

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:45 AM

A couple more...

 

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#3 LSP_Kevin

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:50 AM

That is a beautifully-finished model Frank! One for the website I reckon...

 

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:04 AM

Wow!...that is absolutely gorgeous Frank!

 

Beautiful piece of work.

 

 

Cheer's,

Jeff.



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:06 AM

I'm with Kevin, that's one gorgeous looking Spitfire Frank! Well done indeed!

Cheers,
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:31 AM

That's beautiful! Wow, thats a nice Spitfire.

 

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:32 AM

That's a beautiful looking Spitfire, Frank. Got a pink one and a blue one to build but I haven't thought of doing one in the desert scheme so may just have to after seeing yours.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:17 AM

Like the others said Frank, that's a beautifully made and finished Spitfire, with just the right touch of weathering to make it look like the real thing.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:17 AM

Absolutely gorgeous - bravo!

I'm really impressed and will sue your weathering as a guide for mine.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:52 AM

Congrats, that is one sweeeet Spit...



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:25 AM

Frank, that is superb! Great job.



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:51 AM

Frank, That is one IMPRESSIVE, IMPECCABLY GORGEOUS. Looking Spitfire Mk VIII you have build. It looks FLAWLESS and the painting is exemplary .. :wow: She looks very RESPLENDENT. :wub: :wub: :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:06 AM

Hi Daywalker,


Another great model to your credit!


I like the top notch painting and subtle wheathering. Wing root chipping and exhaust staining are very appropriate.


To be picky, I have a couple of remarks:


I find the wheathering of the wheels a bit too "flashy" (I guess a sandy color was airbrushed - I would have used pigments instead).


Instinctively, I would have placed the sand/brown and blue camo hard separation line at the natural limits of the side/lower cowling panels. If not at the panel limits, as you did, I would have prefer a soft demarcation. Well, I haven't seen any picture of the actual aircraft so I might be wrong...

Cheers

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:00 AM

beautiful


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:27 AM

Frank,
Outstanding result.
Its got everything I like.
The Med/North Africa scheme and I have a particular thing for builds in markings different to the country of manufacture.
Very, very nice Spit.
 
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