It is a feature of the good old Tamiya Spitfire. I made it in April 2015.
When I discovered the caterpillar track of the tiger 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 the main parts and check the fitting. Firstly, this kit was released as a normal spitfire and after that added parts of the desert climate. The pilot uniform is for tropical, too. The normal and tropical uniform figure, two types are in this box, someday another figure has a chance to be made.
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 has additional information on the color numbers of Creos and Humbrol.
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 dry brushing in silver. I did washing lightly inside of the meters in white. The white inside meters 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 to an airplane kit.
I am painting the pilot figure. It’s bad to start painting not fixed on the hold tight, I just have attached the 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.
There is a gap between the body and the main wing. I thought it’s no problem while painting because it’s so small a gap, but anyway I molded it with a melted plastic runner (handmade plastic putty), again carved panel line and rivets. Maybe needed more smooth surface treatment.
The fuselage underside color is cobalt blue, it seems to blend when we viewed up from the bottom in the blue sky of the Mediterranean. After I show you the view from the upper side, it is brown camouflage, such as fit in with the Sahara. Spitfire appeared in the comic “The cockpit” which is a famous Japanese artist Mr. Leiji Matsumoto works, the first episode was the battle of Spitfire vs Messerschmitt in North Africa.
This is the masking seal which is not usually using the 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 to my jeans a couple of times. There was no particular problem when I later removed them.
Camouflage color is Mr.Color 39 dark yellow and 43 wood brown 4:1. Tamiya’s instructions said dark yellow and dessert yellow 1:1. I have a little adjustment adding 21 middle stones, I noticed this color is especially for the Royal Air Force camouflage so using this color alone is OK, I suppose. Brown was painted in 310 Brown FS80219. I’m in favor of a pale brown color this time, so it’s just matched 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 a 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 many scratches on 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 the same that the decal location should be fixed one-shot.
Roundel’s national insignia was also retouched by brush. The brushing part is matted and visible, although not much recognized the unnatural area in this photo. It will be cleared after coating the 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.
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 the Hasegawa decal just I have. It’s a very troubled work. Anyway, I completed it.
An antenna cable is a thin metal wire that is usually used in the ship model. It looks a little slack. I wonder whether it is suitable for a battleship, but not airplanes. I need research on fishing line and metal line that which is good for the antenna.
Camouflage Brown is a little different from others. It’s like the color used to Messerschmitt. Sometimes I look the similar coloring, but a 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 about the black decals and the holes front side of the main wing, a total of 6 machine guns in this little air flame is amazing.
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 are 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 of 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 a probable, total of around 20 credits.
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 a good atmosphere, I suppose.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.