1/48 Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vb Colin Gray 1942

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1 year 9 months ago - 1 year 9 months ago #1 by Terry
The new tooled Spitfire kit took a surprising amount of finding (in NZ eventually) given it's relative recent release. I wonder whether Airfix is only in business to go broke!? The Gray specific decals are from the Spitfire-Aces of the Empire sheet and the only aftermarket part on the aircraft are Finemolds plastic seatbelts. The rest is Airfix. The inspiration for the base and setting came from an actual photo in Colin Gray's autobiography Spitfire Patrol depicting the aircraft in winter 1942 in the snow at King's Cliffe where Gray was posted as CO of 616 Squadron at the time.

The kit (my first ever 1/48 model) was a mostly pleasant experience, save for the mis-aligned panel lines on the engine cover, poor fitting clear canopy in closed position, and the infamous undercarriage legs with pathetic joints, a short half housed joint that was all too likely to break off, so the legs and mounting stub were drilled out and reinforced with a piece of nickel rod. Got to give ups to Airfix for the separate rear elevators and rudder allowing them to be posed. Paints used were Tamiya and Gunze acrylics, and oils for weathering.

The snow covered aircraft and base (a first for me) was done with Precision Ice and Snow, and the figure is a hybrid made from two resin figures, painted with both oils and acrylics.





















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1 year 9 months ago #2 by Grant
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Looking good Terry. I really like the figure with hands firmly in pockets. It really sells it. :)
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1 year 9 months ago #3 by Bishop
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What a fine looking model. I really like the way you’ve added just enough snow on the wings to tell the story perfectly.

Amateur plastic surgeon!
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1 year 9 months ago #4 by Nosferatu
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Great work Terry!!

"Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most"
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1 year 9 months ago #5 by Viperbuilder
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Nice work Terry. The snow you used looks pretty good. Was it available locally?

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1 year 9 months ago #6 by Terry
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Viperbuilder wrote: Nice work Terry. The snow you used looks pretty good. Was it available locally?


Thanks Steve. I've not seen the Precision product locally. I actually piggy backed it to an order from a US Supplier for some scale trees (for diorama use) taking advantage of the scary postage for the trees. :ohmy: I like the Precision product a lot, and would happily buy it again, but next time from the manufacturer in the UK.
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1 year 9 months ago #7 by Fritz
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Wow that's very cool Terry! I Like that.

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