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New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *Finished!
« on: February 22, 2021, 03:25:36 AM »
Afternoon all,

After my trials and tribulations over the Fokker D.VII  :P - and a 4 month absence, Iíve decided to go for a mojo building Tamiya build   :)  to get me back in the swing.

The quite new Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I, golly what a super kit, I havenít made a Tamiya kit for ages and what a pleasure it is already, what a shame theyíve never delved into WW1.

As itís a confidence building exercise - itíll be out of the box, just the Eduard ĎLookí instrument panel (which comes with pre painted belts - one area you could improve on the kit - comes with their usual stiff, unpainted steel PE). I do have masks too (thanks Fredrik  ;D ). Iím planning on building Douglas Baderís BoB mount - P9443, this is an option in the Eduard ĎLast of the Fewí boxing, but not in the Tamiya box, hence the masks (and theyíre nicer anyway  :) ).






The Eduard Mk.I is smothered in detailed rivets, the Tamiya kit isnít. I personally think they both look great, just comes down to personal preference. Thereís also something luxurious about a Tamiya build, it feels like a guilty pleasure building one.

Here are some early shots - I cracked open the box yesterday afternoon. The cockpit looks really detailed. But as expected, everything just falls together with very little effort!












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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2021, 03:49:50 AM »
Great choice to slip back into the saddle with Guy, and no one can see too many Spitfires! I agree, Tamiya does a wonderful Kit and it is a shame they have avoided the WW.I era. My last "Off Topic" Build was their new 1:32 Scale Mk. IX Spit and it was an incredible and enjoyable box of modelling wonder! Based on that experience I couldn't resist their Mk. XVI boxing and I am much looking forward to it!
I'll be following this Build with interest, enjoy!
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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2021, 06:58:53 AM »
Hi Lance,

Yes, Iíve built both of those and the Mustang, and as you say, itís a modelling experience everyone should partake in!

Just imagine a WW1 1/48 series, it would be like getting Wingnuts back  :D


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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2021, 01:27:58 PM »
Will be following along on this one Guy  :) when I can


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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2021, 06:36:21 PM »
Glad to have you Alexis  :D


I finished off the interior yesterday, (Tamiya XF-71), all goes together like a dream as youíd expect. They manage to have a super detailed interior, but itís simplicity itself to slot together.

I would thoroughly recommend the ĎLookí instrument panel set, a really easy improvement and the set belts are equally impressive.

Not much else to say really, just clicked together and I threw some paint at it!


thinking of you poems for her












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Ps I may have given the big red knob a little too much bling!  ::)
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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *cockpit
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2021, 11:27:21 PM »
We all know guys like knobs  ;)

Excellent job on the cockpit Guy . Love it ! Also noted the link to the site with poems , just what I needed  :-*


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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *cockpit
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2021, 12:10:56 AM »
The original Tamiya 1/48th Spit was good but this one looks amazing! Terrific work on the pit!
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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *cockpit
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2021, 02:01:57 AM »
We all know guys like knobs  ;)

Excellent job on the cockpit Guy . Love it ! Also noted the link to the site with poems , just what I needed  :-*


Alexis

Yes, I was waiting for that one Alexis! I was going to make some kind of gag but thought I wouldnít lower the tone, but youíve done it for me!  ;D

The poem link is weird.. saw it after I posted and when I go to edit it out itís not there.. spooky

Thanks Rick, yes, it is a special model.

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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *cockpit
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2021, 02:23:02 AM »
Looking really good! But with Tamiya plastic and you as the builder, what else could you expect. I'm looking forward to the rest, but especially the markings.

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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *cockpit
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2021, 04:54:30 AM »
We all know guys like knobs  ;)

Excellent job on the cockpit Guy . Love it ! Also noted the link to the site with poems , just what I needed  :-*


Alexis

Yes, I was waiting for that one Alexis! I was going to make some kind of gag but thought I wouldnít lower the tone, but youíve done it for me!  ;D

The poem link is weird.. saw it after I posted and when I go to edit it out itís not there.. spooky

Thanks Rick, yes, it is a special model.

Guy

At least you didn't say ..." polishing " the knob ..that would  have been to much information  ;)

Yes that is weird with the link showing ...The Lord works in wonderful ways  :)


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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *cockpit
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2021, 04:08:37 PM »
Thanks Fredrik  :)

And Alexis...  :o ;D


All closed up now.






Fit is lovely, but I did have a sliver of a gap along the wing roots (maybe me). Now normally, Iíd get filler in all the detail and end up mucking the whole thing up, but I saw Fredrik use masking tape on his Eduard Spitfire build and I know it must be obvious to everyone else, but Iíd never thought of that before (doh)  ::). Tried it here and it worked beautifully! No mess anywhere. Canít believe Iíve never tried that before! Thereís no rivet detail on the top engine cowling and tbh Iím hugely grateful for that - it must be nigh on impossible to do that neatly and retain the detail.

Not really a criticism, as it all fits so well, but Iím never a fan of unnecessary joins - I realise they need to to give options for other marks but there is a big side panel section in the fuselage (each side, and a further one on the nose) that requires glue - itís all but invisible, but still, and ditto for the wingtips.

The exhausts are slightly odd to me too, they come as 3 parts each and I canít quite see the logic in this, and itís quite fiddly - having had a closer look at these they look solid - no hollows - so Iíve ordered the Eduard Brassin ones as a treat  ;)

Anyway... not far off priming her now.









Guy

 

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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *built
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2021, 11:21:48 PM »
Nice build!! Tamiya does provide therapeutic builds. Got the P47 on the bench for the same reason.

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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *built
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2021, 12:48:12 AM »
Looking really good Guy , with these kits one just needs to toss in glue and paint in the box and shake for 5 minutes !

Yes , using tape to cover details for filling works a charm . Being doing this for many years , mush easier and faster then having to replace the detail lost form sanding .

Looking forward on seeing some colour laid down on her  :)


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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *built
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2021, 01:29:34 AM »
Thanks Steve,

Yes, I think the P-47 will have to go on my list - I made one when it came out and remember being blown away by it...


Looking really good Guy , with these kits one just needs to toss in glue and paint in the box and shake for 5 minutes!

Yes , using tape to cover details for filling works a charm . Being doing this for many years , mush easier and faster then having to replace the detail lost form sanding .

Alexis


No one like a show off Alexis  :D I canít believe Iíve never done that.. what a dope!

It will probably take me 6 or 7 minutes as Iím a perfectionist  ;D


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Re: New Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I *built
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2021, 05:21:30 AM »
6-7 minutes , Who's showing off now  ;)

Then again it would be most impressive if the whole build was finished in 6-7 minutes ;D


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