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The undead Spitfire

 

Well the Mojo kicked in - maybe triggered by my raflle win - and a bunch of long awaited AM has arrived from Hannants.

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I'll use some of Pastor John's beautiful PE parts to dress up my FR IX - most importantly the camera compartment door.

My scratch built attempt was for sure everything but beautiful.

The Barracuda parts are meant to solve two emiment shortcomings of the Revell kit.

 

A: the horrible radiators

The replacement parts were ordered for my planned RP XI conversion (with another AIMS set) buuuuuut they would suit this Spitty as well.

Only problem: I already glued the wings and you're supposed to drop them in from above.

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I see the following options:

  1. live with what Revell provides
  2. cut the alignment tabs from the resin part, drop in in from below and then struggle a lot to get them flush
  3. try to wiggle them in with their alignment tabs - may be possible since the inboard quarter (I guess) isn't covered from the wing's top

What would you recommend?

 

B: the carb intake

Revell's intake is awfully short and misses the prominent lip. My initial plan was to hack up the Tamiya part and that to Revell's lower cowl.

The Barracuda part adresses said issue with a drop fit replacement.

But see for yourself (Tamiya - Revell - Barracuda):

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Well, upon closer inspection I noticed that a certain someone ordered the wrong resin part.:BANGHEAD2:

Now I have the short intake as opposed to the (late) long one.

Hello - another order from Hannants...

 

C: the swiss cheese, eh rivets

A well critized aspect of the Revell kit is that they let Trumpy's mad rivetter let do the fuselage surface detail.

They are really way too deep. For unknown reasons the detail on the wings and one side of each elevator is much more refined.

My solution so far: a heavy coat of primer sanded back to plastic to make the rivets more shallow

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The rivets on the engine cowl are much finer. Didn't notice that without the primer though.

Up clos to where we are now.

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The vertical lines aren't stressed skin but nasty sink marks. I'll get the CA and sanding stick ready.

Once the surface is clean and smooth, I will finally get to install the camera in its compartment, insert the cockpit and close up the fuselage.

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21 hours ago, Fanes said:

I see the following options:

  1. live with what Revell provides
  2. cut the alignment tabs from the resin part, drop in in from below and then struggle a lot to get them flush
  3. try to wiggle them in with their alignment tabs - may be possible since the inboard quarter (I guess) isn't covered from the wing's top

What would you recommend?

Hi

 

I'd go with the Revell bits for this one. I'm doing a PR 1G and using Barracudas correction set and you need to insert then file away a lot to get the top wing to settle.

 

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15 hours ago, Pastor John said:

Like what you have done to the rivets, will do the same, thanks and looking forward to seeing the end result

Thanks for checking in John! I hope your hands will be getting better - there's so many more Ju 88s to build for you ;)

31 minutes ago, Wackyracer said:

 

I'd go with the Revell bits for this one. I'm doing a PR 1G and using Barracudas correction set and you need to insert then file away a lot to get the top wing to settle.

That's what I feared, Aaron. Thank you very much for protecting me from a (too) late finding.

Anyway, how's your PR 1G coming along?

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  • Fanes changed the title to Revell Spitfire FRIXc MK915 pink recon

Filling, sanding and filling again isn't that much photo worthy but unfortunately necessary.

I've been looking through my saved reference pictures aof MK716 and stumbled over a "wrong" photo:

FR_IX-1V.jpg

 

That's clearly not MK716 but with some digging that seems to be MK915, which is included in Pastor John's Spitfire decal sheet .

It doesn't seem to be built as often as MK716 which makes it even more appealing.

Both airframes look quite similar with two details from the above photo that differ from MK915:

  1. it doesn't have the wheel covers but 5 spoke wheels;
    Revell only includes 4 spoke ones and I thought to get away with adding the Tamiya PE covers for MK915
    --> luckily there's a set of Barracuda wheels with the correct amount of spokes in the stash
  2. MK716 carries a drop tank under the fuselage. I was only aware of the slipper tank but this seems to be the cigar shaped one which was originally from the Hurricane or Typhoon

Brengun makes a 1/32 drop tank and it seems to be of the correct size and shape:

BRL32019.jpg

(picture from the Brengun website)

A question to the experts: is that the correct drop tank for a Spitfire? If not. what's an alternative source?

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6 hours ago, Fanes said:

Filling, sanding and filling again isn't that much photo worthy but unfortunately necessary.

I've been looking through my saved reference pictures aof MK716 and stumbled over a "wrong" photo:

FR_IX-1V.jpg

 

That's clearly not MK716 but with some digging that seems to be MK915, which is included in Pastor John's Spitfire decal sheet .

It doesn't seem to be built as often as MK716 which makes it even more appealing.

Both airframes look quite similar with two details from the above photo that differ from MK915:

  1. it doesn't have the wheel covers but 5 spoke wheels;
    Revell only includes 4 spoke ones and I thought to get away with adding the Tamiya PE covers for MK915
    --> luckily there's a set of Barracuda wheels with the correct amount of spokes in the stash
  2. MK716 carries a drop tank under the fuselage. I was only aware of the slipper tank but this seems to be the cigar shaped one which was originally from the Hurricane or Typhoon

Brengun makes a 1/32 drop tank and it seems to be of the correct size and shape:

BRL32019.jpg

(picture from the Brengun website)

A question to the experts: is that the correct drop tank for a Spitfire? If not. what's an alternative source?

Ah "V" my personal favourite pink Spitfire 

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8 hours ago, Fanes said:

Brengun makes a 1/32 drop tank and it seems to be of the correct size and shape:

BRL32019.jpg

(picture from the Brengun website)

A question to the experts: is that the correct drop tank for a Spitfire? If not. what's an alternative source?

Yes, there's a nice profile and pic in allied aircraft in the Ardennes.

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Thanks Aaron and Kage - drop tank is on order!

16 hours ago, Vince Blackburn said:

Ah "V" my personal favourite pink Spitfire 

Hehe, you're welcome :D

12 hours ago, monthebiff said:

Looking very  good, that Baracuda radiator is a whole lot of work to install properly but worth it in the end!

 

Regards. Andy 

Allright Andy, you got me there..

 

Fiddling with the radiators

Luckily I have a second (and soon a third) Revell Mk. IX in my stash and it's supposed to become a PR XI in the future.

Since the PR XI is my favourite Spitfire by far - just so elegant and sleek - it will definitely get the Barracuda radiators.

But for now it will be my test mule.

Did some chain drilling on the port side:

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A quick cut later:

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(sorry for the vertical photo - scalemates annoyingly doesn't want it to be horizontal)

After some cutting, scraping and sanding we have a positive fit!

 

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I don't know why, but I only had  to cut a little of the upper wing half to get it to fit - no modifications on the Barracuda part were necessary.

Or am I mistaking somethin @Wackyracer?

 

Here's a direct comparison of both versions from above.

For reasons I don't fully understand, the Revell part fits worse than its resin sibling:hmmm:

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And why am I doing this? - well for anyone who hasn't seen this mess before:

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compared to:

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I guess the winner is clear!

But back to my initial problem and the already assembled wing with the guns fitted, the rivets on the leading edge filled and the weird bulge above the wheel wells removed.

Does it blend??

- hell yeah it does!!!

As you can see, the wing halves were taped together to simulate the glued wing and I was able to do that:

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You can remove the radiator after the assembly which means it is feasable to insert it in the glued wings as well.

The only problem now is to make the cutout on the assembled wing. I will try this later on the starboard side of my test mule.

 

Stay tuned

Joachim

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Test run succesful

As mentioned above, I did a preliminary test on the starboard wing.

The halves were tapes and clamped together to simulate the glued wings.

Long story short:

Eureka - it works :yahoo:

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Same procedure as before was applied supported by some work with a grinding disc to open up the wing roots.

It took me about twice as long as with the unassembled parts but after some sweating and swearing and around one hour I was this point

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It's not as good and clean as the other side but I'm now confident enough to cut the real thing

As a bonus I have a prepared set of wings for my next build.

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9 hours ago, Fanes said:

 

I don't know why, but I only had  to cut a little of the upper wing half to get it to fit - no modifications on the Barracuda part were necessary.

Or am I mistaking somethin @Wackyracer?

Mine was for a mk.I/II wing so maybe that's were the difference is. That filter didn't go right to the back of the wing and I believe its deeper to?

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12 hours ago, Wackyracer said:

Mine was for a mk.I/II wing so maybe that's were the difference is. That filter didn't go right to the back of the wing and I believe its deeper to?

Makes sense - what a lucky coincidence for me :D

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