It is a feature of good old Tamiya Spitfire. Built in April 2015.
When I discovered the caterpillar track of the tiger I the other day, various plastic models came out of my cave. Spitfire of this North African front version is very old (around 20 years ago?), but Tamiya has good parts fitting and seems to be assembled without any problem. Is it the German bomber Dornier Do-17? This package during the battle is very cool. Probably this picture attracted me and I purchased it.
I cut out main parts and check the fitting. Firstly, this kit was released as normal spitfire and after that added parts of the desert climate. The pilot uniform is for tropical, too. Normal and tropical uniform figure, two types are in this box, someday other figure has a chance to be made.
I checked every part, joint of the main wing and landing gear. I adjusted Pilot pose to the seat. I think the cockpit space is really narrow, his knees seem to hit the panel.
The inside body color including the cockpit is 1:3:1 mixing with XF-5 mat green, XF-21 sky and XF-65 field gray by the instruction. I replace the color which I’m having now Creos Mr.Color, No.6 Green, No.118 RLM78 light blue and No.52 field gray. But it’s a little different from my image so mixed with No.124 Japanese Navy plane color and No.27 Interior color.
I know later Creos released an aircraft interior color set of US and British WWII planes. I wonder why these are not sold separately?
I think Tamiya abandons the strange pride and have an additional information of color numbers of Creos and Humbrol.
Blew the surfacer on this figure, it’s only 3cm. It’s a good looking short sleeve and short pants pilot.
Because there was not the decal of the cockpit panel in this kit, I did handwriting unwillingly. At first I painted the panel in matte black, next drybrushing in silver. I did washing lightly inside of the meters in white. The white inside meters are sometimes have surface irregularity and it looks like meter needles and scale marks. Anyway, it’s better than my image. I wonder when is the start of the panel decal attached in airplane kit.
I am painting the pilot figure. It’s bad to start painting not fixed on the hold tight, I just have attached double-stick tape to the chip of wood. The figure almost comes off from the tape on the way and cannot paint it calmly. It’s better to use a metal stick to fixed in the wood chip usually.
I feel this pilot resembles Count Cagliostro in “Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro” which is a famous Japanese animation for 35 years, the director was Mr. Hayao Miyazaki.
I made the exhaust vent on these engine mufflers by my motor tool. The left is just I drilled one. I think it’s no need to drill too deep, it’s easily broken.
There is a gap between the body and main wing. I thought it’s no problem while painting because it’s so small gap, but anyway I molded with melted plastic runner (handmade plastic putty), again carved panel line and rivets. Maybe needed more smooth surface treatment.
Fuselage underside color is cobalt blue, it seems blending when we viewed up from the bottom in the blue sky of the Mediterranean. After I show you the viewed from the upper side, it is brown camouflage, such as fit in with the Sahara. Spitfire was appeared in the comic “The cockpit” which is a famous Japanese artist Mr. Leiji Matsumoto’s works, the first episode was the battle of Spitfire vs Messerschmitt in North Africa.
This is the masking seal which is not usually using Tamiya brand, I tried to use it for the more broad width of the cover. Masking is easy, but I was worried a little that it’s too sticky. I dropped the sticking power to peel off and attach with my jeans a couple of times. There was no particular problem when I later removed them.
Back side is as this photo.
Camouflage color is Mr.Color 39 dark yellow and 43 wood brown 4:1. Tamiya instructions said dark yellow and dessert yellow 1:1. I’ve a little adjustment adding 21 middle stone, I noticed this color is specially for the Royal Air Force camouflage so using this color alone is OK, I suppose. Brown was painted in 310 Brown FS80219. I’m a favor of a pale brown color this time, so it’s just matched to my feeling.
Well, it was a fiasco… Since Tamiya decals cannot be used, cracked many and too old. I searched Hasegawa’s same situation decals in my house, very lucky. This Hasegawa decal was new type and first for me, it’s something like slide decal which was required to scrub strongly. It does not move even going to change the little position adjustment, once I attached it, it’s very very difficult handling. Well, it’s not moving so I tried to peel off but impossible… OK, so I scraped it to file! I’m afraid to damage the basic color to hesitate too much scratches the surface. Now I’m lost in abstraction at the last stage of a process that should be the most enjoyable work of decal changed to catastrophe, now I’m thinking the recovery.
Come to think of it, a long time ago, maybe I let it go this decal that seems difficult handling.
I mistook to understand the explanation of this decal, I should have peeled off the thick paper, remain only semi-transparent paper to attach to the body. But the situation is almost same that the decal location should be fixed one-shot.
The decal under the cockpit and some others are not good. One good point, this Hasegawa decal’s color is vivid and looks cool.
There are 4 notification letters under the main wing, I succeeded 3 in 4, the only one from Tamiya old decal I tried. As this photo, the decal is melted in the water…..
I coated this decal with clear paint in my own style. The unnatural glossy coat was unified after the final semi-gloss coating, I suppose.
Roundel national insignia was also retouched by brush. Brushing part is matted and visible, although not much recognized unnatural area in this photo. It will be cleared after coating splay. It’s a relief that the cat character decal was good paste no fail. It’s smooth ink in the panel lines in a dark color on the glossy surface, at this point glossy surface.
The Spitfire is now completed. This aircraft is equipped with a sand proof filter suitable for combat in the desert region in the North African Campaign. The shape of the main wing and coloring was different from the airplane which was assigned in the UK mainland.
I drilled the muzzle of Hispano Mk.I 20mm machine-gun by design knife.
This marking is the 244th Wing Commander Ian R Gleed,1943 Tunisia North Africa. Tamiya’s decal was too old to use so I tried to use Hasegawa decal just I have. It’s a very troubled work. Anyway, I completed.
Antenna cable is a thin metal wire that usually used in the ship model. It looks a little slack. I wonder whether it is a suitable for battle ship, but not airplanes. I need research of fishing line and metal line that which is good for antenna.
Camouflage Brown is a little different from others. It’s like the color used to Messerschmitt. Sometimes I look the similar coloring, but minority. Well, it looks cool so melted in the desert field.
2 x 20mm machine-gun, 4 x 7.7 mm machine-gun is quite heavily armed. At first I wonder the black decals and the holes front side of the main wing, total 6 machine-guns in this little air flame is amazing.
Adhesion of the cockpit and air frame did not go very well. I level up the higher completion if this work is properly…
I blew dark brown on the back of the exhaust pipes. I was careful not to cover this blowing over the cartoon character decal.
I did peel off paint weathering on the joint of the left main wing and body that the pilot got on and off repeatedly. Considering the severe climate of North Africa, harder weathering looks natural.
I made harder washing and weathering on the underside.
I failed to paste the Hasegawa decal underside of some notice message one, I pasted the Tamiya. Since the size and type of the font is different from Hasegawa’s, I usually decorate it every day, no seeing underside so it’s OK only I felt a sense of accomplishment to do fully paste the decals.
Lieutenant Colonel Ian·R·Greed fought in the air war of the German invasion to France and the famous Battle of Britain. When he was appointed to North Africa, he was the 244th Wing Commander. Unfortunately, he was killed in action at the age of 26 in April 1943. His Spitfire Vb seems to be outdated compared to the Focke-Wulf German fighters. He was credited with 13 victories, including shared victories and probables, total around 20 credit.
This cat Figaro was released in 1940 from Disney characters. It came into the cartoon of Pinocchio, this cat ill natured to Pinocchio. Figaro is breaking into shatters the German marking swastika.
Spitfire propeller seems to have been wooden at the first stage, now this Mark Vb’s made of metal. I tried to paint the effect of the peeling of the original paint. The tires are fresh I forgot to have pastel work, the others are good atmosphere, I suppose.
I forgot to set out the size of the comparison sample, overall length about 21cm, the full width about 22cm. It’s the best distance to look at this plane, too close looking is not great.
I think this angle looks the most favorite. Now I love this Spitfire very much as it makes me many hard works especially decals and painting.
Still slightly slanting this antenna cable that I retried more tension after the above photo. Many points I have to be improved next time.