This is my first post of a 'work in progress' nature, so go easy on me!
To get my 'eye in' so to speak before I dived into the LSP pool, I made half a dozen 1/48 scale kits - a mixture of Airfix, Eduard and Tamiya.
Here are the Eduard Mk.IX and the Tamiya P-51D
By no means perfect, but useful practise to get me going!
My chosen subject for my first 1/32 build was the new Revell Spitfire. I have a long term aspiration to build as many marks of Spit in 1/32 as I possibly can, and a secondary desire to make a model of as many of the existing flying Spitfires in the UK as I can.. so this group build was an opportunity to get started on both ambitions!
The Mk.Ia I am going to build is X4650 of No.54 squadron, marked KL-A which is based at Duxford.
It (like many of the other flying Spits) has a fascinating history:
I bought the Eagle Cals EC#157 set of decals, which includes X4650's more famous squadron mate N3183 KL-B flown by Al Deere and I will modify them to suit (somehow!)
For the Mk.IIa I am building P8088 NK-K which does have its own actual decals on EC#158, so no modification required there!
I built the 'old' Airfix 1/48 version of this as part of my 'training'!
I've bought a ton of aftermarket stuff to be used across the two builds.
I filled my boots the last time Barracudacals had a sale and were offering free shipping to the tune of:
Seat with backpad BR32172
Wing correction set BR32175
Five slot mainwheels BR32176
Cockpit upgrade set BR32174
Replacement door with no crowbar BR32173
I also bought from EagleParts:
Their resin Rotol Spinner and replacement prop blades EP #70-32
Corrected oil cooler EP #71-32
CMK Quick & Easy replacement seat with harness Q32 230
HGW Spitfire Mk.II Seatbelts 132548
Brassin Spitfire Mk.I/II replacement wheels 632 038
2x Eduard Spitfire Mk.II mask sets JX168
Quickboost replacement exhaust set QB 32 168
Pavla models Spitfire door U 32-02
Eduard coloured PE cockpit interior set - 33138 which includes seat belts
And my favourite so far:
The Yahu Models instrument panel YMA3201 which is really lovely.
A lot of AM! But it gives me the opportunity to try a number of the different manufacturers for myself and see what they are like across the two builds.
Here's the Hannants page for this model, which lists all the AM they stock for it - a useful resource
Right, off I go then!