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You're absolutely right Shaka. It definitely simplifies the build and lets me leave out a lot of painting and assembly.  I figure I've two already with fully painted and assembled engines so I'd save myself some work.

 

A small update for the moment.

I've cleaned up the inside of the fuselage in the cockpit area of ejector pin marks and started painting the various cockpit pieces.

 

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I've given them a quick wash and after a dry brush, I'll start the detail painting.

 

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Nice fix on the wing bulges!! Just a heads up, i've repaired holes using this method, found the repaired area shrunk and caused a sink mark long after it appeared hard. Those movable surfaces reminded me of the early Trumpeter kits, was suprised to see them on a Tamiya kit. Interested to see how the engine/panel assembly fits to the fuselage.

 

Dob

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Nice work Carl.

Omitting the engine or rather, closing it in, certainly helps the build progress. I did the same on a P-51D a while ago.

 

Nice job on the cockpit components.

 

Cheers.

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Nice fix on the wing bulges!! Just a heads up, i've repaired holes using this method, found the repaired area shrunk and caused a sink mark long after it appeared hard. Those movable surfaces reminded me of the early Trumpeter kits, was suprised to see them on a Tamiya kit. Interested to see how the engine/panel assembly fits to the fuselage.

 

Dob

 

Don, thanks for the heads up on the possible shrinkage. I'll keep an eye on it. Hopefully since the styrene blank i glued in was mostly flush, there won't be any shrinkage or very little. 

 

 

Nice work Carl.

Omitting the engine or rather, closing it in, certainly helps the build progress. I did the same on a P-51D a while ago.

 

Nice job on the cockpit components.

 

Cheers.

 

Guy, it has certainly accelerated the build quite a bit. I'm still working on the cockpit but once it's done, I think it'll go even faster.

 

Carl

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Thanks Maru!

 

I've made more progress on the build. I assembled the rest of the cockpit components starting with the seat bulkhead.

 

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I used fabric belts made by Wako. The instructions were a bit unclear but after reading the ones included with their deluxe set, I was able to figure them out.

 

I then built the IP bulkhead and side panels.

 

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All together:

 

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Which meant it was time to close up the fuselage halves.

 

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After this dried, I gave the seams a quick sanding. There are a couple small gaps to fill but Mr Surfacer 500 well take care of them nicely.

 

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The fuselage bone is connected to the wing bone...

 

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...and it's starting to look like a Spitfire.

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On a slightly unrelated note, has anyone used the Masterdetails pilot figure in their Spitfire build? I'm concerned about the pilot's size, in particular his height. Here's the torso compared to the Tamiya kit pilot:

 

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The chute pack is shaped to fit into the kit seat but when you do so, he's still quite a bit taller.

 

Masterdetails pilot:

 

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Tamiya pilot:

 

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Any thoughts? Should I trim the chute pack and/or seat down a bit and get him to sit lower? Or will he fit OK?

 

 

Carl

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I'd be tempted to trim the parachute pack till he fits well, but it depends on which is the better figure from the moulding point of view; the crisper the moulding to easier the figure is to paint in my experience.

Max

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Dennis, so I tried with his head on and the canopy won't close. So I guess I'll have to do some trimming.

 

Max, the Masterdetails figure is in tropical dress and will be for a MK VIII build. As well, the detail is quite nice and better than the Tamiya one. I was just surprised by the size difference.

 

Carl

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