1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk1, Gordon Olive 65 Sqn RAF

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1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk1, Gordon Olive 65 Sqn RAF

Postby David E » Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:52 am

When I started my Beaufighter Mk II I noticed that Gordon Olive was the CO of 456 Sqn RAAF at the time. That sounded familiar, and I dragged the PD Decals sheet that included his BoB Spitfire out of the pile. Also sitting unused was the starter set boxing of the Airfix Spitfire Mk1.

The Airfix kit is nice, and the only drawback to me is the very deep panel panel detail. Build was simple with just a PE harness added to the seat. To tone the panel lines down I hit the assembled model with a coat of SCA Primer Surfacer, first time I've tried it for that use. Worked well on the wing but needed more on the fuselage.

I had some Humbrol Authentics RAF Sky that went on very well, and used Humbrol 29 and 163 for the rest. Gunze rattle can Gloss had things ready for decals.

The kit national markings were usable other than one underwing roundel which had a yellow outline. The PD decals are fragile, even after a coat of Testors Decal Bonder. No stencils are supplied in the kit but I had a Tally Ho sheet to use.

For the matt coat I used my regular Vallejo acrylic but this time I decanted it and airbrushed with a little GP thinners. Went on much nicer.

I couldn't find a lot of BoB Spitfire pics online and had to resort to the bookcase for references showing the degree of paint wear and tear.

One of my easier builds for the year and very enjoyable.
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Re: 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk1, Gordon Olive 65 Sqn RAF

Postby bell209 » Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:59 am

Lovely job, David! How well does the SCA filler work? Might be a cheaper alternative to Mr Surfacer.
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Re: 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk1, Gordon Olive 65 Sqn RAF

Postby RayS » Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:36 am

Noice!
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Re: 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk1, Gordon Olive 65 Sqn RAF

Postby David E » Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:45 am

t goes on ok, a bit thicker than Mr Surfacer 500/
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Re: 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk1, Gordon Olive 65 Sqn RAF

Postby rowdy75 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:01 am

Nice work
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Re: 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk1, Gordon Olive 65 Sqn RAF

Postby Peter Roberts » Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:43 am

Great job David! Yes, PD Decals are brittle now, going on 30 years old, but looks like you did a good job saving them.
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Re: 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk1, Gordon Olive 65 Sqn RAF

Postby Dave Brewer » Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:43 am

Very nice work David, well done.
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Re: 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk1, Gordon Olive 65 Sqn RAF

Postby RAAFBrat » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:17 pm

Lovely job. :)
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