The venerable Revell Seafire
Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:45 PM
The "under 50" group build inspired me to join the LSP discussion forum and to tackle one of my old 1/32 Revell kits. And yes, it's again a spitfire. Ok, I know this Spit Mk.1 has no gull wing effect, odd looking mainwheels (skinny and an oversized hub) and oversized hinges for all the moving rudders. However, dimensionally its quite good and it has excellent surface detailing. How about fine inscribed panel lines and rivet detail on a kit from 1969-1970? The Revell conversion to a Seafire 1B is not so hot: two cannons and oversized bulges on top of the wing only and an external arrester hook. Good Vokes filter though. Mine is a reissue from the nineties and it shows. Lots of flash and misshapen blobs on many small parts. A nice colour scheme of overall dark blue with white stripe on the fuselage comes with the kit so an ideal candidate for a quick build.
Here are the contents of the kit, I don't have the box anymore.
Preparation in progress. It's like building a short run kit. The Merlin engine and the cockpit is taking shape. And yes...you need all the needle files. By the way, I'm working on the Revell Sea Venom as well but that one is subject to AMS!!
Thanks for looking!
Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:58 PM
Yes the build progresses well. I'll show in a next posting
I'll make some shots of the Sea Venom as well.
Posted 16 February 2008 - 09:24 PM
Just one question: i see two spinners..........a twin spit????..
everyone in the circuit switch off your radios....now switch 'em back on again......
Posted 17 February 2008 - 10:02 AM
Here the wing is closed, using MEK, tape and copious amount of clothes pegs.
Interior parts ready for installation.
Note I only used a few colors: interior green, coal black, aluminium, light grey for drybrushing and if you looked carefully at the pictures, brick red for the seat.
Jonhsons Klear is used for the dials. By the way, the gear remains retractable, the weels will be mounted later on. I cheated a bit by closing up the oil cooler with card to prevent a see-through effect. AMS is hard to resist...
Posted 18 February 2008 - 04:12 PM
The interior components were installed. Seat belts were fabricated from cigarette paper (no, I don't smoke while using MEK ) and a couple of buckles.
To tackle a slight warping and to avoid extensive sanding, I glued the fuselage shut with MEK, working from segment to segment.
The same approach was followed glueing the wings to the fuselage.
Here the right wing is attached. The clamp was required to keep the upper surface level with the wing root fairing.
To attach the left wing, I had to reopen and widen the seam in the underside of the fuselage, to avoid a nasty seam at the wing root.
Here's how I fixed the left wing while the glue dried:
Now it's time for some filling and sanding. After that I'll be back with Vokes filter, tailplanes and rudders installed.
Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:14 AM
Welcome to LSP and also to the GB!
Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:54 PM
I just putty'd it so its drying time now.
Posted 24 February 2008 - 07:00 PM
Here's the Seafire wit all the airframe bits put on and ready to be given a fresh layer of grey primer.
Let's hope not too much trouble is showing up...
Posted 24 February 2008 - 07:04 PM
Initial impressions are encouraging.
I'll let the paint dry for a day or so before checking the surface for area's in need of extra attention.
Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:46 PM
Your Seafire looks great. I loved the pegs clamping the wing...raid the clothes line did we?
Will look forward to seeing it painted.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:31 PM
Ray "Bad Omen" Peterson
Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:34 PM
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