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Yet Another Big Build - Airfix 1:24th Scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VB Tropical Part 3

Posted by toboldlygo , 11 February 2018 · 401 views

Another update, though progress has slowed due to me having the cold from hell..

 

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Most of the underside bits added - the tropical radiator Vokes Air Filter required some serious fettling to fit properly)

 

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A small amount of filler was required to get all the unsightly gaps filled (and the redundant gun positions - kit can make the MK.1A as well)

 

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Masked up and ready for the underside to be painted (engine side panels are blu-tacked in place - as they won't be fitted permanently)

 

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A study in UK Azure Blue

 

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Canopy painted and partially installed, radio mast and wheels also fitted. When I feel better I'll get the masking done and venture into the paintshop..

 

That's all for now.

 

TBG

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The device under the nose is in fact the engine air intake. The oil cooler is the smaller 'pod' under the port wing.

 

 

........... jus' sayin'

 

 

Emma

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toboldlygo
Feb 12 2018 21:15

The device under the nose is in fact the engine air intake. The oil cooler is the smaller 'pod' under the port wing.

 

 

........... jus' sayin'

 

 

Emma

 

 

As I pointed out in the opening line of my blog entry, I have the Cold from Hell. It's actually a Vokes Air Filter, but in some literary sources it's referred to as a Tropical Radiator or Filter.

 

Blog entry has been amended

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railroadbill
Feb 15 2018 23:22

Looking good.

 

Been lent a book "Life on a Spitfire Squadron" about "Barney" Barnfather,  a WW2 fighter pilot who flew mainly Spitfires over a 5 year period (he survived the war).  The book is nearly all entries form his log books and diaries, with some explanations of the background,  just detailing all the flying and operations he took part in. Some of this was in Sicily and North Africa and illustrations show Spitfire Vs with tropical filters, like your model.  Interesting book, just tells you the facts rather than a story.

 

You've encouraged me to dig my 1:32 Revell (ex Matchbox) Spitfire Mk22/24 out of the stash. Can't decide whether it should be camo or silver.... 

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toboldlygo
Feb 16 2018 11:40

If memory serves the Silver scheme is the Mk 24 and the camo scheme is the Mk 22

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railroadbill
Feb 17 2018 14:05
That's it although curiously the decals and instructions in this kit are for 3 camo versions. Airfix are releasing a 1:48 kit later this year which has markings for both schemes. I guess the standard raf all over silver paint finish came in later post war.
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toboldlygo
Feb 18 2018 18:06

Not necessarily, as training units used the silver scheme.

 

There are versions of the Revel (Matchbox) 1/32nd Spitfire with the Silver Scheme

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railroadbill
Feb 24 2018 21:58

Just as a matter of interest, the Revell ex matchbox kit I've got has 2007 on the instructions and box so must be a later rerun. Moulded in Poland with decals printed in Italy. Has 3 schemes for mk 22 PK555, 73 sqn Malta 1948,  mk22 PK596 613 sqn Ringway 1949, and Mk 24 80 sqn Hong Kong 1951, all grey/green camouflage.

However it would be easy to paint in the silver scheme as the roundels etc I think are the standard ones that would have been used.

A friend some years ago had one of these that he's built up into an impressive model if I remember correctly and that did have silver scheme markings included.

I've now opened the box so I'd better start on it...

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