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Smeg's Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII (Eduard)

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Something very odd happened when I moved this thread to the "Finished Entries" folder ... the lot disappeared! With nothing short of reprogramming a swag of SQL code, I couldn't recover it even in my role as an Administrator. Fortunately, I managed to scroll back to view the original thread and so have reconstructed it here. Apologies to Ryan B., ajmm and Wege for reducing their posting statistics by one apiece! :oops:

Original Post by smeg1959 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:25 am

Unfinished from Group Build 4 thanks to everything happening outside the Man Cave. Quick precis, I was building Spitfire Mk VIII A58-526 "Avagrog" of 79 Squadron, RAAF using a combination of parts from both the Eduard Mk IXc and Mk IXe kits. When things came to a screeching halt on the modelling front, I'd got to the stage when the thing was largely assembled and primed and the cockpit had been taken care of (not visible in the photo below).
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF A58-526 (02).jpg
That was 25 May 2016. So I'm now/still at the point where it's time to start masking and painting. Probably start this after the present GB concludes in April.
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Original Post by Ryan B. Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:45 am

I'm looking forward to this one!
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Original Post by smeg1959 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:40 pm

Despite all the delicious Spitfire/Seafire postings from others in recent weeks, my SoS pair has sat idle until very recently (thanks to the usual, well, you know). A week prior to the biplane GB, I got a few precious milliseconds to myself and did some work on the two. Got much further with the Mk VIII, hence this update. I began by airbrushing the underside with Tamiya XF81 before turning the thing right-side-up and completing the camo with XF82 and XF83. It was about this time that I recalled something Angus said regarding ... SLIPPER TANKS. Damn, every photo of "Avagrog" ever taken shows a 90-gallon slipper tank nestling under the fuselage. Now there was a temptation to say, "What the heck? Must have been a time when they took the thing off for servicing, polishing, whatever." But I would never have slept a wink again knowing what I'd done ... or not, in this case.

Upshot is that on Monday night after a Model Expo-free long weekend (grrrrr!!!), I found a schematic, did some calculations ...
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF A58-526 (06).jpg
got a suitably sized piece of plasticard and went to it with the emery paper and a small file. Surprisingly for me, the first attempt hit the mark ...
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF A58-526 (07).jpg
A little extra curvature where the tank secures to the underwing area and voila, Avagrog's flying range has been extended past the end of the street.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF A58-526 (08).jpg
She's since been primed and painted to match the underside. Other details will be added and, hopefully, I'll only be 36 behind ajmm for 2017 completions. Mind you, it won't happen if the &^$#^% Carpet Monster swallows any more kit parts. Late last night the Spit's tailwheel disappeared and no amount of scouring the floor with an illuminated magnifier revealed in which part of the Monster's digestive system it now resides. :cry:
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Original Post by ajmm » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:08 pm

Great work Smeg - that slipper tank really looks the business. V nicely done. Almost there now! Looking forwards to seeing how this turns out.
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Original Post by smeg1959 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:07 pm

The Tale of the Tailwheel. Bloody Carpet Monster never regurgitated the part despite further extensive forensic examination. Recalling that the Mk VIII and late Mk IXs had a retractable tailwheel, turns out that only one of my four Eduard Spits (the one that is the subject of this build) came with the tailwheel as a separate entity on the sprue. The others - all fixed tailwheels - have the part integral to one of the fuselage halves. I decided against cutting one of these adrift and replacing its missing sibling on my Mk VIII. I pulled out my old Minicraft Mk V and Revell Mk I kits from the stash with the same intention but quickly dismissed the idea when I saw how bad each was ... an amorphous blob on a stick would have been more accurate. Just makes me appreciate Tom's Revell Hellcat and Hayabusa builds even more.

In the end, I scratched a tailwheel using a small disk cut from plastic rod and a couple of pieces of stretched sprue. Not in the same class as the missing Eduard part or a creation by our super-detailing specialists here but good enough to pass muster after painting. A pair of undercarriage doors from 5-thou plastic card and the pitot under the port wing (strangely, Eduard forgot both of these), et voila, we have a Mk VIII.

Note: Should have been a couple of progress happy snaps here but something happened to the saved JPGs and I ended up with a couple of zero byte files. Damn! :evil:
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Original Post by Wege » Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:45 pm

Camera Monster bytes? :D
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Thanks for pointing that out. I now know the Carpet and the Camera to be in collusion. Along with Tamiya ... stay tuned.

The final stage is reached. OK, I nearly forgot the ubiquitous white leading edges on the wings, something that makes RAAF aircraft in the latter part of WW2 stand out IMHO. If I'd remembered, I would have done the white first, masked it off then added the three camo colours. As it happens, using rattle can TS-27 white gave decent coverage over the greys and green after just a couple of passes. I was about to finalise the build once and for all by applying the KitsWorld decals and the cockpit canopy when I had this brainwave. Other forum members do such wonderful jobs with weathering so why not me? Hey, worked a treat on my AFVs.

Well, let’s say this brainwave didn’t go entirely to plan. As per the time-honoured approach, I sprayed the aircraft with Tamiya’s TS-79 semi-gloss clear lacquer, let the thing dry for nigh on a week then began using the same company’s black Panel Line solution. Within 5 minutes, the lacquer had returned to a semi-liquid state and worse, the XF-81 green started to come off in places. Not sure whether my panicky removal of the offending Panel Line stuff helped but, in the end, I limited the damage. Did require some touching up of the XF-81 with a hairy stick and even then the bloody paint dried a lighter shade than the original airbrushed application.

This is not the first time I’ve had issues with Tamiya’s surface coatings. If it wasn’t for the blocking of airbrushes, I’d always choose Lifecolor acrylics first. Mute point now that I can’t buy Lifecolor locally. May try out a couple of Gunze colours during the Falco build as this range is still widely available and there’s plenty of good reports on the brand. For what it’s worth, I closed off the build with the KitsWorld decals – very thin and beautifully in register – followed by a couple of fine sprays of the ubiquitous TS-80 matt clear coat.

And so, with mobile phone camera working again, here’s “Avagrog” ready to finally depart the Shelf of Shame ...
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF A58-526 (14).jpg
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF A58-526 (12).jpg
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF A58-526 (10).jpg
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF A58-526 (17).jpg
And not forgetting the DIY tailwheel ...
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF A58-526 (19).jpg
Learnings from the build? On the positive side, I can construct elementary bits and bobs if and when I need them. Not in the F_IV/Tom's mould, I might add, but enough to get me by. And those KitsWorld decals are gorgeous ... must check out what other juicy possibilities there are in the 1/144 range. On the negative side, don't trust Tamiya surface treatments. Whilst the model looks OK from a distance in these photos, closer inspection shows just how uneven the paint became in spots. I use an airbrush to avoid brushstrokes, yet the abortive weathering attempt gave me just that. Expletive deleted! :oops:
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looks good in the pictures anyway and I am sure it looks good in the display cabinet as well.
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Very nice! Despite all your trials with the paint the final edit looks superb from my seat. Great work! And congratulations on ridding the shelf of shame of one build.

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