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    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72

    ArmouredSprue
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    Mensagem  ArmouredSprue em 15/06/13, 10:30 pm

    Hi all!

    Starting a new project today, the new tooling Airfix 1/72 Spitfire MK I.

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Airfix_1071_title

    Another out of the box building.

    Some researches I did has shown that DW code was used by No. 610 Sq, County of Chester.
    No. 610 Squadron was formed at Hooton Park in Cheshire, in February 1936, as a bomber unit. In January l939 it re-mustered as a fighter squadron and in October 1939, moved to R.A.F. Station, Wittering, Northants. Spring of the following year brought a move for the Squadron to Scotland, but its sojourn here was brief. A month later the Germans invaded the Low Countries and the Squadron rushed to the South for air operations covering the evacuation from Dunkirk. The squadron was dismantled in 1957.

    The squadron badge:
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 610Sqn

    Back to the model, I have a few questions in regards this version.
    There were a few MK I airframes that carried the DW-K code, namely: N3289, P9495, X4067 and X4102.
    The Airfix decal brings the registration for P9495.
    The N3289 was lost during Dunkirk operations and probably was replaced by P9495 since "P9495 Mk1a – Arrived at 610 Squadron early June 1940. Flown as DW-K throughout June and July. Damaged in fight with 109 on 12.8.40 a/c written off". 
    Interestingly we have this photo:
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Q-3
    Tactics had clearly changed, as evidenced by the famous air-air photograph featuring L1043 DW-O and P9495 DW-K. Often this is cited as a ‘Battle of Britain’ image but it was in fact taken in June. While the three aircraft in the foreground of the picture are in a traditional ‘vic’ it should be noted that the rest of the squadron is in a loose staggered formation with sections of three aircraft in line astern.

    These other photos show DW-K during BoB time:
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 38157868

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 A3c40ca0

    Note that there is not registration number on the fuselage (at least is not appearing).

    Then there is this profile:
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Spitty2
    Showing the X4067, that was probably a replacement for P9495 that was lost in 12/08/40, the caption date says 24/8/40 which is the day this airframe was lost according to this information here: 24/8/40 (Biggin Hill): An epic engagement against 109s in the morning sees heavy damage inflicted on 610. Sgt A.J. Arnfield broke an ankle after baling out, airframe DW-S (R6686) crashed in flames. Pilot Officer DE.S. Aldous was unhurt when DW-X (R6641) sustained repairable combat damage. Pilot Officer D. McI. Gray is wounded, airframe DW-K (X4067) a write-off after crash-landing. Pilot Officer C. Merrick wounded, airframe DW-D write-off after crash-landing. However, Sgt Hamlyn of 610 Squadron records 5 confirmed victories in this action – the first RAF pilot ever to do so! In the afternoon a second scramble for the surviving aircraft sees 610 join 151 and 501 Squadrons attack an incoming raid of Ju88s with 109 escort – raid broken up without loss. The profile then is the replacement for the X4067, making it the last MKI with DW-K code.

    My questions:
    - Does P9495 registration appears on the fuselage? By the photos I would say no!
    - Does this aircraft have the yellow losange on the upper left wing? (the gas indication?) I could not find a photo to corroborate this and Airfix has not included it on the decal sheet.

    Here is what I did so far:
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 E8718536-ed95-443b-a7f3-7288249012a7

    Cheers!

    Paulo

    PS: pessoal estou com preguiça de traduzir isso tudo pois estou postando essa montagem em outro site de modelismo, se alguém quiser saber algum detalhe me perguntem e eu respondo.
    Se o administrador achar que não está certo escrever em inglês aqui é só me avisar que apago o tópico.
    Desculpem! Paulo
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    Mensagem  ArmouredSprue em 19/06/13, 10:02 am

    Hi all
    Here are some photos showing the progress so far.

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 E8718536-ed95-443b-a7f3-7288249012a7

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Null-4

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Null-5

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Null-3

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Null-2

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Null-1

    I'll also try something different for the sea tbelts, because the canopy will be left in the closed position I'll just decals fo seat belts, these came from a Tamiya kit, I just glued them in an aluminium foil using a pre-coat of Future, them another coat on top to seal everything.
    Tomorrow I'll cut and glue.
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Null

    Cheers

    Paulo
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    Mensagem  ArmouredSprue em 21/06/13, 07:36 pm

    Hi all
    Some progres:

    Here how the seatbelts turned out
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3467

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3466

    I liked the volume.

    Fuselage is closed and ready for sanding.
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3468

    That's all for now, stay tuned!
    Cheers
    Paulo
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    Mensagem  ArmouredSprue em 22/06/13, 04:54 am

    Hi mates!
    Enjoying a cold, rainy day in Adelaide, I spent Saturday arvo modelling, here are some updates:

    Fuselage sanded
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3472  

    Canopy dipped into Future and set aside to dry. Very nice fit, only a small sand on the back and it's done!
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 B488aa7b-0106-4dc2-9f64-f166f5c14ceb  

    Perfect fit on the wings (here is glued but not sanded yet)
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3475  

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3474  

    General view
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3476  

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3479  

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3480  

    Here I found a mistake, there were missing those lines indicated in the photo.
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 37582513-2073-498b-b849-505e453b9b25  

    That's it so far! Comments always welcome!
    Cheers
    Paulo
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    Mensagem  ArmouredSprue em 02/07/13, 04:31 am

    Hi all!

    Here some photos to check the progress. This time I'm half the way with decalling.

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image3

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image9

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image2

    How you can se, I'm pretty happy with the big decals, no silvering and they have conformed very well into the fuselage and panel lines.
    I used Future as decal solvent, it is easier to use, just place the decals in and after removing the water/humidity excess brush some future on top and on the sides, let it dry and that's it!

    The following photos are to show the small stencils. They are a lot and they are small, but very well printed, you are able to read them all.

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image5

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image1

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image7

    Now, my biggest mistake, have a look on the lines on the upper wing, I should have put them prior to the roundels, I think the idea is to have the roundels located in between them (there is a gap in the lines). However, if you put the roundels following the gap they will be located too much inside the wing, which is wrong.

    My question is: Does this line goes over the roundel or the roundel goes over the line? Depending what is correct the way I'll approach to correct it will be easier or more difficult. :rolleyes:

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image8

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image4

    Now is just a matter to put all the zillion small stencils left to the underside Very Happy

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 Image6

    That's it for while 🆒

    Cheers

    Paulo
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    Mensagem  ArmouredSprue em 04/07/13, 04:21 am

    Decals = Done!

    Under side:
    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3516

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3518

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3520

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3519

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3517

    Roundels and re-touched line:

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3513

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3515

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3514

    Spitfire MKIa - DWoK BoB - Airfix 1/72 IMG_3512

    Now is washes 'n' weathering time! :cool:
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    Mensagem  ArmouredSprue em 07/07/13, 02:00 am

    Modelo terminado, fotos aqui: Spitfire MKI (Airfix 1/72)
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    Mensagem  Zarichta em 10/09/13, 05:16 pm

    Cool ArmoredSpruel!
    This kit seems easy to assemble. The Airfix have released good kits.

    Liked. Congratulations my friend!
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    Mensagem  ArmouredSprue em 10/09/13, 06:00 pm

    Thanks heaps Zarichta!
    I'm glad you liked!
    Cheers mate!

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