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Reviews : British Last Updated: Apr 21st, 2015 - 23:52:06

Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB. 1/48 Tamiya
By Calum Gibson -
Jul 12, 2006, 16:22

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Like the other Tamiya kit I have built (Mosquito) it just fell together. In my limited experience Tamiya Kits are excellent and easy for even a amateur like me to build a good model.
Calum Gibson

Spitfire MkVB BM239 "OU-N"via Calum Gibson

My only minor criticism is the exhausts, so I added the excellent Ultracast exhaust set. I also added some seatbelts made from masking tape, and a piece of solder was used of the tube on the right side of the cockpit wall Apart from those details and the custom decals from the kit was made straight from the box. As the kit doesn't have the type A and A1 decals that the 485 Sqn Spitfires used I needed I had to buy some. I used the Xtradecal Sets no's X031-48 (Type A), X032-48(Type A1) and the Tallyho number set. I also dropped the elevators and moved the rudder, this was the first time I tried this and I was happy with the result.

I used Gunze 302 for the dark green, Tamiya 54 for the dark gray, for the undersides I used Tamiya Sky Grey. As far as I'm concerned these are close enough for the RAF Dark Green, Ocean Grey and Medium Sea Gray colours, the Sky spinner was Tamiya Sky. The only acrylics my local shop stock are Tamiya, so this is why I use them a fair bit, plus I find them very easy to use and clean up well with water and IPA.

I did make a major cock-up which forced me to strip and repaint the upper surfaces of the wings, basically this was due to spraying too thin a coat of Tamiya smoke.

It was this model that I finally mastered the spraying of Future (or One Go as I use) I applied several light coats of this, let is set for about 4 days or so then applied the decals. I used an oil wash of a mixture of raw umber and black. For the underside I used a dark grey.

A flat coat of Gunze Flat was applied and them some weathering with a silver artist's pencil. Another coat of Gunze Flat was applied and she was done. I also whipped up the mounting base to give me a nice platform to display my most recently finished project.

Calum Gibson

Calum Gibson

Calum Gibson

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