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Hi Chuck,

 

Did you use the Quickboost exhasts released for the Revell Spitfire?

 

Nope, I used the ones for the Tamiya kit, QB32-143.  They are readily available just about everywhere.

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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May 1/18

 

A brief update!

 

After painting the lower intake Gloss Black> Alclad Aluminum> X-22> oil wash and then a flat coat, the lower intake is ready for installation. This later intake is for the "C" version of this kit, even though most of what I've done so far is for the earlier A/B version of the Mk IX. According to the instructions, there is a lower metal plate (Part a-5) that you should install just above the intake, as shown below. More on this later..... :BANGHEAD2:

 

 

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I think the intake looks quite realistic now, with a bit of oil staining that you would see on the bottom of any leaky engine, which the Merlin was....

 

 

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I spent extra time and care on the top of the grill, to make it look just right....

 

 

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Installed on the bottom of the engine, it looks the part...

 

 

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HOWEVER, that friggin' lower plate covers the entire grill at the top. You can hardly see anything, even with a flashlight! :BANGHEAD2: Moral of this story? Leave the metal plate off! Restored Spits don't seem to have it anyway.

 

 

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On the right side, you can see that I moved the engine starter connection (Part H-41) from the bottom to the side, to replace the one I cut off as per the A/B instructions. It's not perfect or as good as the original kit part, but it fits right where that copper coolant pipe bends inwards, almost like it was made that way to accommodate the connector. Lucky! Note all the raised rivet detail, using both Archer decal rivets and Eduard PE.

 

 

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A couple more shots, to show more rivet detail. It looks nice and busy now.....

 

 

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Work and now good weather are starting to get in the way of modeling- and I'm going on vacation in a few days. Yes again. When you're a geezer like me, you try and travel as much as possible, before you can't any longer! I may get back to this bird in a few weeks, or not. ;)

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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Hey Chuck,

 

It's lookin' awesome!

 

The plate that sits over top of the air intake filter should be failrlyclose to the top of the intake as it prevented oil from dripping in to the filter element and clogging up the air filter element. Mine was an extremely tight fit with the extra fastener detail I added to the photo-etch top piece.

 

Have fun on your holidays and hopefully you're going some place you'll tan rather than freeze or rust!

 

Cheers,

Wolf

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Hey Chuck,

 

It's lookin' awesome!

 

The plate that sits over top of the air intake filter should be failrlyclose to the top of the intake as it prevented oil from dripping in to the filter element and clogging up the air filter element. Mine was an extremely tight fit with the extra fastener detail I added to the photo-etch top piece.

 

Have fun on your holidays and hopefully you're going some place you'll tan rather than freeze or rust!

 

Cheers,

Wolf

 

 

Thanks Wolf!  I'm going to Mexico again, but the east side this time. B)

 

Did you leave the plate off?  In your pics I can see the top of the air cleaner, so it appears to be missing.  Not a criticism at all, because I wish I had left mine off so that I could see the same detail, but I really glued that plate on solid to avoid it popping off and if I removed it, the fix would be worse than the problem.

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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I'm going to say I left it off but I really can't remember. I just know the fit was so tight with the extra detail I added. I'll have to check but it hardly matters. The thing is so hard to see once everything is in place. <_<

 

Cheers,

Wolf

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HOWEVER, that friggin' lower plate covers the entire grill at the top.  You can hardly see anything, even with a flashlight!  :BANGHEAD2:  Moral of this story?  Leave the metal plate off!  Restored Spits don't seem to have it anyway.

 

*****

 

So much for working smarter rather than harder on stuff you won't see.  :D

 

Just funnin' ya, Chuck.  You know that no good deed ever goes unpunished?  That seems to have happened here.  It's unfortunate that the detail was covered up but it's very impressive none the less.  Enjoy your vacation and decompression time.  A battery recharge is never out of order.

 

Mike

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Thanks Guys!

 

 

That! is some very nice modelling, Chuck.

 

Is the link aftermarket?  Or kit supplied?

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

The front arm is kit supplied, but where it attaches in the middle and the linkages attached are scratch made from styrene, spare PE and electronic wire.  The brackets on either side towards the rear are from the Eduard exterior kit.

 

I just noticed that the engine is covered with lint and other crap in my new pics.  Sorry about that, but handling this engine is now a very delicate operation and I've been using a soft paper towel (and resultant lint) as a platform so that I don't erode off any more paint or other fine details.  That is why I've thrown in the towel on adding any more plumbing.  Spitfire guys will notice that there's a few key coolant lines missing, but every time I add a new feature, an existing detail or other part is compromised.  Time to quit now while I'm a bit ahead!

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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The engine looks fantastic, Chuck! You're one of the few who can actually post close ups to showcase how clean/dirty/real the model looks!

 

What's with this Mexico thing? Hawaii's calling....Chuck...Chuck...Aloooha.....

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