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The Big Spit Is Operational!

June 4 2011 at 5:13 PM

Ted Preston  (Login TeddieP)
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Since the last post on this build back around Easter, I made the final push on The Big Spit. First up was correcting that brown overspray on the cowling that JP Foster caught:
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Then it was on to the acrylic flat coat. I mixed my Tamiya acrylic flat base about 50/50 with the recommended Tamiya thinner. I ended up not so much with a flat coat but a covering of what can best be described as acrylic flat dust - almost like a light snow. I scrubbed a lot of it off with an old T-shirt and the result looked fairly okay:
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I ground up some black pastel chalk and scrubbed in the gunsmoke stains on the lower and upper wings. I don't trust myself to finesse this with an airbrush:
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The wingtip lights were painted using a mix of Micro Crystal Clear and the appropriate paint colour:
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I reshaped the rearmost kit exhaust pipes by drilling in some lengths of plastic rod:
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Last night I soldered the engine wires to the wires coming out of the stand and shoved the whole works into the stand mount. After a liberal application of liquid cement on the mating surfaces, I finally joined the two together. The Spit was quite wobbly and so I shored it up with some paint cans and left it to dry overnight:
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When I got up this morning I removed the cans and voila! The Spit stood proud on her stand, solid as a rock. Perfect!
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Last step was to add the aerial wire, a simple piece of stretched sprue. Holy crap - she's done! Okay, what are we waiting for? Ground crew standby! Starter cart plugged in! Engine primed, magneto switches on and...Eureka! A flying 1/24 scale Airfix Spitfire!
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I snapped one photo with the flash and it stopped the prop in mid-air; weird!
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Looking closely at the real thing, there's quite of bit of cockpit detail visible, even though it doesn't show in the photo:
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On the shelf, finally! This project began in August 2010 with the Airfix Battle Of Britain Group Build. I'm the last straggler in, but at least I made the airfield:
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A project with a lot of firsts for me: first 1/24 scale kit, first motorizing job, first use of Future, first extensive use of acrylics, etc etc. I sincerely thank all of you who have been so generous with your advise, building and painting tips, and more - you know who you are!

WIP Builds:

The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7; The Big Spit Pt.8; The Big Spit Pt.9; The Big Spit Pt.10; The Big Spit Pt.11;

Previous WIP Builds:
Me109 Pt.1; Me109 Pt.2; Me109 Pt.3; Me109 Finish;
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

Tall Tales:
Cold War Incident
The Lucky Mig

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