Jump to content
ARC Discussion Forums
gb_madcat_sl

1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.IX

Recommended Posts

I've been working on this for the last month or so as part of a Spitfire group build with a couple of local modellers. Kit is Eduard and I'll be using decals for a 310 Sqn bird with invasion stripes from AML. So far the build has gone on without a hitch with perfectly fitting parts and excellent detail. 

 

Cockpit was painted with Mr Color lacquers and weathered with various enamels, oils and pigments.

 

37228009470_c4ff19a467_o.jpg

 

23633799368_c28615b631_o.jpg

 

37228026790_a1a48e9e99_o.jpg

 

Then the fuselage was closed up and the transparencies were masked in preparation for paint.

 

37437980386_833e7ddc46_b.jpg

 

36816525173_0b98da2f93_b.jpg

 

37485824471_68cde9ab7c_b.jpg

 

The model was then primed with Mr Color Surfacer 1200 from a rattle can and pre-shaded with Mr Color tyre black.

 

37228009760_aba8cb93ec_b.jpg

 

For the camouflage colours, I used Mr Color's mid to late war RAF camouflage colour set. The bottom was sprayed in medium sea grey and the top in ocean grey and dark green. As the actual aircraft camouflage was done using rubber masks, I decided to use a masking tape to simulate the hard edged camouflage that resulted.

 

37228026860_6aaa8ecf80_b.jpg

 

23633807008_daae553ed0_b.jpg

 

37228011060_ebe6e813e1_b.jpg

 

37455049112_52b0aa2724_b.jpg

 

I also masked and painted the yellow leading edges by firstly applying a white base followed by the yellow.

 

37485824811_70d97b8d5a_b.jpg

 

36776316034_20dca40321_b.jpg

 

36816525943_ebb3569fa4_b.jpg

 

The propeller was painted with a light green from Mr Color's Gundam range which closely matched the RAF sky colour and flat black with yellow tips. Decals were then applied over a gloss coat.

 

37228009560_ff98d3f140_b.jpg

 

This last photo shows the current state of play with the masking for the invasion stripes being applied.

 

23633806858_f5764753be_b.jpg

 

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After yet another round of masking, I sprayed the invasion stripe areas in flat white and masked out the black parts after that.

 

37483491102_3b04a0cbb9_b.jpg

 

37514712081_1ff03e8a29_b.jpg

 

Then I sprayed flat black in the appropriate areas and removed the masking tape.

 

37256443530_6b397b1c03_b.jpg

 

37483491162_a93c5fc3b7_b.jpg

 

37256444380_4db76895f5_b.jpg

 

As the AML decal sheet provided vinyl masks for the roundels, I sprayed them too.

 

37256444220_c0abf73875_b.jpg

 

37256444030_a688e27511_b.jpg

 

23662567128_a93c5fc3b7_b.jpg

 

23662567058_d4ef42391a_b.jpg

 

Some touching up to be done but they generally came out alright.

 

37256444050_d98665ddda_b.jpg

 

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mark,

   I built the Eduard Mk IXc and it's a great kit, just super detailed. You did an excellent job on the cockpit especially the painting and weathering.  It's too late now, but the flare holder on the front of the seat was removed more times then not as it was very annoying to the pilot as their feet constantly rubbed up against it. This tip came from the late Edgar Brooks, so I never questioned it as Edgar really knew his stuff. 

 

  Your A type camo paint scheme came out perfect as did the invasion stripes.  I'm super impressed with your masking of the Roundels, as done correctly they look exactly as they should.\

 

  Looking forward to your next update.
 

Joel

 

 

  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice! The camo and roundels look perfect!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Fantastic work!  Your paint work is very clean and well done.   I’m working on an Eduard Spitfire right now as well- they are great kits!  

 

Steve

Edited by Falconxlvi

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the kind words gents. A small update today. Masked and sprayed the code letters in RAF Sky.

 

36882472113_9c533ab633_b.jpg

 

Masked and sprayed the exhausts with Mr Color Burnt Iron.

 

36842139424_7ece78f737_b.jpg

 

37293576710_ca15790a17_b.jpg

 

And an overall shot of the build. It is ready for a gloss coat and then the decals.

 

23699984538_c67374ce42_b.jpg

 

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mark,

 Outstanding. the masked letters just look superb. I'm really thinking about starting to learn how to make my own masks using a Silhouette cutter for simple letters/numbers, and then moving to national insignias. 

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mark

Simply stellar work on the Spit - awesome paint work and cammo.

Keep 'em coming :thumbsup:

Peter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks again for all the positive feedback.

 

Now that the painting is out of the way, I started on the decals. One of the reasons why I chose this particular scheme was because of the swastika kill markings.

 

36875516464_47cc506d6e_b.jpg

 

I'm hoping to display it on a turf surface after finishing. This is just a mock-up.

 

23733469448_9cfb81e182_b.jpg

 

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mark,

  The combination of decals and masks really came out fantastic. 

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

wow, very nicely done

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the continued encouragement, everyone!

 

I have completed the application of the stencils and decals in general. They were thin and reacted well to the Mr Mark Softer which I used. Next up will the panel line wash and weathering.

 

37596576912_55b600aab3_b.jpg

 

36918381824_fc7907f546_b.jpg

 

37596577062_55d8909772_b.jpg

 

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mark,

  

The stenciling looks excellent. Well done.

  

  I do have one question, your use of Mr. Mark  Softner &  Setter. Few people seem to use them including me. I've found that they seem to be a little stronger then Solvaset, so I tend to only use them on stubborn to thick decals as a last resort. My greatest fear is that they will attack and ruin thinner decals.  But after seeing how they worked on your decals, I'm once again confused as what their actual use should be in my decaling arsenal.  

 

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, Joel_W said:

Mark,

  

The stenciling looks excellent. Well done.

  

  I do have one question, your use of Mr. Mark  Softner &  Setter. Few people seem to use them including me. I've found that they seem to be a little stronger then Solvaset, so I tend to only use them on stubborn to thick decals as a last resort. My greatest fear is that they will attack and ruin thinner decals.  But after seeing how they worked on your decals, I'm once again confused as what their actual use should be in my decaling arsenal.  

 

Joel

 

Hi Joel,

 

I have used Mr Mark Softer exclusively ever since I picked up this hobby about 15 years back. To date I have used it with no problems on decals from all origins with the exception of those from Academy. Nothing with the exception of industrial lacquer thinner reacts with those decals!

 

The "trick" to using it is to be really careful after application so instead of using a rolling motion to wick up the excess under the decal, I gently dab the q-tip from directly above the decal. This will ensure that it doesn't irrecoverably skew the decal out of shape because of an accidental slip up. 

 

Which brings me the my next small update. I have applied a wash over a gloss coat. I used Tamiya enamels.

 

37655318851_699799de8e_b.jpg

 

37655319121_6d2b0747c2_b.jpg

 

37622366982_f384601e28_b.jpg

 

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mark,

  The wash really has brought the bottom of the Spit to life. :thumbsup:

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mark,

 

A truly excellent build and result. The painting is truly a cut above.The only criticism I have concerns the emergency bar on the door hatch which appears to me to have been painted red. Wartime bars were metallic and not red as this is a modern requirement for such emergency equipment appearing on restorations. A quick lick of a brush should be able to resolve it.

 

Kind Regards,

Edited by Kahunaminor

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×