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KP Models (AZ) Spitfire Mk.Vb is desert colors; With some improvements
Topic Started: Mar 16 2018, 02:26 PM (607 Views)
ww2nut
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Howdy all,

The Spitfire Mk.Vb is finally finished up. Great little kit of this version of the Spitfire. I had planned to have the canopy closed but when I removed the masks, some strange fogging had appeared inside the sliding section. Simply removing the canopy wasn't an option as AZ decided to make the clear section include part of the forward fuselage decking as well...which of course had been filled, blended and painted. I chose to carefully cut out the sliding section of the canopy and replace it with a Rob Taurus vac part. This worked well but cutting the entry hatch open at this point would have been very risky, so I chose to leave it closed.

A few other changes were made to the model:
* New prop, spinner and exhausts from QuickBoost.
* New canon barrels from Master Models
* New pitot tube from stainless wire
* Removed radio wire mast from top of rudder
* New fuel filler port on forward fuselage
* Eduard PE seat belts added
* New ventral formation light from MV Resin
* New topside clear position light made using my Bondic tool
* Drilled out the centers of the tie down mounts on main gear legs
* Rear view mirror made from stock plastic and brass.
* Wing markings and fin flash were painted on...kit decals for the rest to represent Neville Duke's aircraft.

Posted ImageKP Spitfire Mk Vb 4 done 1-11 by Joseph Youngerman, on Flickr

Posted ImageKP Spitfire Mk Vb 4 done 1-8 by Joseph Youngerman, on Flickr

Posted ImageKP Spitfire Mk Vb 4 done 1-5 by Joseph Youngerman, on Flickr

Posted ImageKP Spitfire Mk Vb 4 done 1-3 by Joseph Youngerman, on Flickr

Posted ImageKP Spitfire Mk Vb 4 done 1-2 by Joseph Youngerman, on Flickr


Posted ImageKP Spitfire Mk Vb 4 done 1-4 by Joseph Youngerman, on Flickr

Posted ImageKP Spitfire Mk Vb 4 done 1-9 by Joseph Youngerman, on Flickr

Happy Modeling,

Joe Youngerman
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Ruudster
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Looks great Joe!
Ruud van der Salm
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OMS-IPMS, Portland OR
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woody
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Looks great Joe. If I may ask, what's a Bondic tool?
Cheers,
Woody
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stimpy
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Really nice one!
Did I just stick my fingers to my tongue again? Of course you did darling, but I love you anyway.
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dixieflyer
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I love it Joe, really beautiful.

Warren
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ww2nut
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Thanks guys,

Woody....the Bondic tool is a great little invention I picked up for about $14. Iíve made plenty of use out of it creating small fairings and lights. It dries 100% clear.

Check out this video to see it in action.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xTsfwL61CR8

Joe

Edited by ww2nut, Mar 18 2018, 03:17 PM.
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FAAMAN
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Beautiful work, very "real" finish :bow: :bow:
Collectors beware . . . . if found anywhere or if I've got it in the stash, it WILL be built!!! Then . . "prepare to be assembled!!!"

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walrus
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Another "Hmmm now I want one" moment
Great job Joe :clap:
Paul from Birmingham, UK
Now living in Barnsley.
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kingofmen
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I wonder if this Bondic stuff would craze a vac canopy if you used it for the adhesive. Anyone with experience? Gotta work better than superglue, right?
Kevin Callahan
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All hail 1:72!
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ww2nut
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Thanks guys...

Kevin, I havenít tried it but I doubt any crazing would occur. Itís worth trying on some scrap clear vac sections.

Joe
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woody
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Thanks Joe.
Cheers,
Woody
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Good save on the canopy! Everything looks right to a non-boffin like me. Thanks for the glue link too.

Best
Chuck
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Erik the H
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Excellent work Mr. Youngerman. Would love to get an explanation of your finishing/weathering techniques.
Erik the H
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Tommy
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A beautifully finished kit of a beautiful aircraft. Weathered (IMHO) just right.
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ww2nut
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Thanks for the kind feedback guys...

Erik, the panel lines were accented using Tamiyaís new panel line washes, in this case dark brown. The exhaust stains were sprayed on using a highly diluted mix of Mr.color black and tire black. The overall grime and smudging was accomplished mostly with artist oils diluted with mineral spirits....I do this with several light applications, highly diluted, using a fine tipped brush to build up the staining in areas crew would be handling. The undersides are a mix of the same technique and some pastels applied with a stiff but narrow brush. Paint chipping was accomplished using a prismacolor silver pastel pencil.

Iím happy to explain in further detail on any of the techniques you may have questions about.

Joe
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