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1/24 Airfix MkVb to LF MkIX

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Final report of a completed long haul conversion from a 1/24 Airfix Spitfire MkVb to a late LF MkIX

Started this one last July so about 8 months worth of bench time. This one really put my mojo to test and I'm glad it's over !!

I guess I now understand why we don't see too many late Mk Spitfires in 1/24 :)

but in the best tradition, I am now clearing Airfix (or anyone else) to release one  ...  

 

Full WIP is in the in progress forum

 

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Thank you all LSpers for the support while building. I doubt this would have been completed without the forum :)

 

 

 

 

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Excellent work! That thing fought you all the way but the result is absolutely gorgeous! 

 

It was a pleasure following the build and watching you overcome a lot of problems that were not your fault, and would have stopped a lot of other people. It's superb, and the finish and weathering just perfect. 

 

Richard

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That is GORGEOUS. Following the WIP, it looks as if this fought you all the way - you can’t tell now she’s finished as it looks like a standard kit which is huge credit to your skills. 
 

I may be wrong, but I thought the longer nose Spits had more of a forward rake on the main gear legs to help address the extra weight forward. Not a criticism, just an observation and I’m curious in case my memory is playing tricks...
 

All the best,

Tom

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36 minutes ago, tomprobert said:

I may be wrong, but I thought the longer nose Spits had more of a forward rake on the main gear legs to help address the extra weight forward. Not a criticism, just an observation and I’m curious in case my memory is playing tricks…

Nope, you're right.
It's a feature of the C wing, and Indeed most of the MkIX had that feature. But to be honest It's one I found out after initial assembly of the model's wings as I was reasearching the canon configuration. And even then I think I would probably have overlooked it on the principle that the small detail was not worth the huge hassle to rebuild to whole underwing section :)

 

Thank you all for your comments again. 

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24 minutes ago, red Dog said:

Nope, you're right.
It's a feature of the C wing, and Indeed most of the MkIX had that feature. But to be honest It's one I found out after initial assembly of the model's wings as I was reasearching the canon configuration. And even then I think I would probably have overlooked it on the principle that the small detail was not worth the huge hassle to rebuild to whole underwing section :)

 

Thank you all for your comments again. 


Glad I’m not dreaming things! 
 

And totally understand your logic regarding the extra hassle - I don’t blame you! 
 

You really have done a beautiful job and given an old kit a real modern-standard makeover. It’s a stunner. 
 

All the best,

Tom

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