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Revell's 1/32 Spitfire IX - Too cheap?

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A lot has been written about Revell's 1/32 Spitfire IX, and no review can help itself and HAS to compare it to Tamiya's, a four times more expensive kit. Well I do love Tamiya's kits, but can't pass up on this cheap Spit. Hence, my first build on LSP. I switched to 1/32 a while ago because my eyes need bigger things :D

 

It will be finished as one of these two, haven't decided yet but lean toward the bottom one with the larger roundels:

 

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Starting with the cockpit, I added a few tidbits to make it look a tad more interesting (and expensive :D )

 

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Nice start - now I want to revisit my stalled Revell Spit build :D

Are you planning to add any aftermarket parts?
The seat cushion begs for a replacement seat!

Edited by Fanes

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Welcome! Great way to introduce yourself, with a Spitfire that's a little bit different. 

 

Enjoy it! The Revell kit still has lots to offer for the price, and builds up nicely. 

 

...and I know what you mean about having eyes that no longer like the smaller scales. ;)

 

Richard

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20 hours ago, Fanes said:

Nice start - now I want to revisit my stalled Revell Spit build :D

Are you planning to add any aftermarket parts?
The seat cushion begs for a replacement seat!

 

No aftermarket will be hurt in this build. The seat, while not perfect, looks okay enough I believe.

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Some progress. The instrument panel's raised details do not correspond to the decal at all. Shame. Probably the Mk.II panel in the kit.

 

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Both sidewalls with some dirtying-up.

 

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But the end-result is passable after a bit of weathering. I still have to add the gunsight and compass.

 

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Wing fit leaves something to be desired (could be me of course), especially the right hand side. Not exactly putty-territory....

 

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From sprue I made a spreader with small metal wire protruding a tiny bit in to the receiving plastic so it will not slip, secured with siper glue.

 

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Much better and within putty territory:

 

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Squeezing the wing dihedral in will also lessen it a tad more. So far, this Revell does not dissappoint me.

 

Edited by Grunticus
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2 hours ago, Grunticus said:

 

No aftermarket will be hurt in this build. The seat, while not perfect, looks okay enough I believe.

Did the dutch Spits have the armour plates behind the seat installed?
Revell simply forgot to include one in their kit..

The Revell seat depicts a post war seat cushion which may apply to your Spit.

Nice fix on the wings. I'm taking notes for my build!

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12 hours ago, Fanes said:

Did the dutch Spits have the armour plates behind the seat installed?
Revell simply forgot to include one in their kit..

The Revell seat depicts a post war seat cushion which may apply to your Spit.

Nice fix on the wings. I'm taking notes for my build!

 They most probably were delivered with them installed. I have no idea if MK632 had it while wearing this livery. I did think about adding it but reasoned it was just dead weight post WW2 and was removed.

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Got a bit of work done on the wing seams. First I masked them off.

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Next I filled them with Vallejo acrylic putty. I never used this before and am quite impressed with the stuff so far. The tube has a tiny nozzle which helps to apply it precisely. It dries quickly but needs time to dry hard enough for sanding. Obviously I found that out by being too impatient :whistle:

 

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Then I smoothed it out with a wet finger, let it dry, and lastly applie a final layer of good old Tamiya putty. I know for a fact it sands out ver smoothly, the Vallejo stuff I will test in that respect on another part of this Spit.

 

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I also started on the lower engine cover. To get that to fit snuggly one needs to reserve an hour of their time, but I got it to fit nicely without the need of much putty as i do not like sanding. I still had to invest time, just not in sanding. Plus, the adjescent detail would be destoyed by sanding. That makes me lazy or efficient depending from point of view :D Pics will follow next time.

 

Still happy!

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