(Login fredcoulson) HyperScale Forums from IP address 188.8.131.52
In between work on the two Seafires I started on the next Spitfire conversion. This time a PR.XI. I also wanted to do as much of this using the more traditional methods rather than using a resin conversion.
This is a combination of the Airfix Mk.IX and the Airfix PR.XIX. Basically its the fuselage of the former mated to the wings of the latter.
First step was to remove the lower cowling from the Mk.IX nose.
After working on the cockpit the two fuselage halves were joined. I then took the lower cowling from a scrap Italeri Mk.IX I have used for spares and inserting small wedges of plasticard at the front joined this onto the nose of the Airfix fuselage. This gave me a basic shaped of the deepened nose on the Mk. X/XI. I then filled the gaps and the front portion and then sanded back and shaped.
I then joined the Airfix XIX wings into place after cutting both it and the fuselage so that the rear portion of the wings could fit the fuselage. The front portion of the cowling on the wings was removed.
It was here I realised that in using the Airfix Mk.IX fuselage I had forgotten to make allowance for the side mounted camera. I have since drilled a hole which I will need to glaze latter on. I also think I will need to do something with the rear mounted cameras on the fuselage underside. The tail on the Mk. IX had to changed to a pointed unit, so I had a rudder from a griffon spitfire tht was oversized. After narrowing it and reducing its depth I added a piece of card to represent the more pointed tip, This will be sanded to match the correct profile
Still a ways to go with an additional camera blister under the wing and fitting a retractable tail wheel and the Mk.IX style radiators
Not a 100% sure, as the original intention was to do her as a SEAC PR Spitfire for the Pacific Group Build; and I may still paint her in that scheme as I think the white bands and PR Blue would be a nice contrast. If not I will have to research an alternative scheme and may be something other than RAF
Fred Coulson (Login fredcoulson) HyperScale Forums 184.108.40.206
Luigi, I agree
January 12 2012, 11:31 PM
but they are not perfect fits as each is modified to suit the particular variant. Even the old Mk.Vb was OK and took to the new wings with little difficulty other than reducing the depth of the fairing to fit the more correct thinner wing. I also found that parts from the Italeri spitfires can be a reasonable fit, but the Academy fits are terrible.
All Airfix need to do is a tear drop canopy version ie a late Mk. XVIe and a deep nosed PR. X or XI and almost all variants are within your grasp.
I know little amounts but not the entire nuts and bolts. I leave that to others I am just having fun mucking around with them at the moment. The next one and last for now will be a Mk.XIVe. Then its a Lincoln for the Pacific Group Build as a Whiffer, the conversion kit arrive yesterday from the UK
After years of working 14 hour days I am now back to a more normal 8-9 hours so I have time on my hands that I am not used to. In fact I only spend about an hour a night on the models during the working week, after which my mind wanders to other things, I can and do get easily side tracked. Also I have stopped repairing friends computers that definitely gave me back a lot of time
The weekends gives me more time and I may do 5-8 hours over a weekend. Also sometimes doing 2-3 kits at a time allows me to work on one whilst the other is drying etc. Its bit of a production line and doing kits of the same type at the same time also helps.
I don't always get to finish them, I have a 1/48 Lancaster II conversion, that has been sitting around for a couple of years waiting me to finish her off, plus at the moment I know that I still have the Airfix Centurion to finish.
Also the weather here has not been too hot so far this summer and that helps, once it gets into the high 30's and low 40's I am no where near the hobby desk.
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