Academy's Spitfire MkXIVc - good stuff!
I'm very happy with the outcome of this one, even though I did my level best to destroy it right before I got the camera out!
IDK if everyone else has similar experiences but I swear each one of these kits sees some serious drama unfold (for a model maker, admittedly...)
First of all it suffered from the same fate as my FW190A5-U12 in that it was blasted with black primer BEFORE leaving the sprue... where do I get these ideas from?? And as such was super glued together - not happy...
After that I managed to break one of the landing gear oleos off and had to do my best to get it back on the Spitfire where it belongs!
I wasn't finished yet! Even after that I decided to give it a spray of matt-cote to bring the colours together a bit, and promptly forgot to mask the fucking canopy! F U C K.
Not to leave something half done, I then proceeded to base the fighter and then in truest Ace form drop it from a not insubstantial height and break the landing gear off one side...
Sigh. So, with all of that having transpired here she is...
Great fun really =)
Yes, I know it doesn't look like the one on the box. I always like to complicate things by doing something a bit different and after seeing the lovely SM832 (below) in John Dibb's Spitfire book I really wanted to do a SEAC/Burma scheme!
This Spitfire features in Dibb's excellent book - 'Spitfire Flying Legend' - if you like Spits - GET IT!
However, I wanted it to be EVEN MORE DIFFICULT (sigh) and decided to paint my bird up to resemble No17 Sqn Spitfire RN152. I did leave off the 'fighter band' which you can see on the tail section of the lead aircraft below - I just preferred it without!
Shot of RN152 with some friends. This is from Dibb's book... hope he doesn't mind!
Based in Singapore during the war these Spits would have seen a lot of wear and tear from the extreme climate they operated in - perfect chance for me to beat the crap out of the paint scheme =) I
love doing that!
So there you go, another one done and dusted.
Well here's a peek...
I call him Wally. Having a paper clip stuck up your bum can't be fun!
Wally will be piloting a P51D Mustang, my first aircraft with the wheels up... lets see what horrible mistakes I can make with that!