Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF 80 Wing, Bobby Gibbes

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Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF 80 Wing, Bobby Gibbes

Postby Michael Louey » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:20 am

This is the 2nd of the RAAF Spitfires I build over Summer, this time the Profipack. I built this one after finishing a Weekender so I'd learnt a few lessons in that build and this one was a lot easier. It took a bit more time in some respect due to the more complex colour scheme. I've wanted to build this airframe for a while however none of the previous decal sets were quite right for the code letters and all the Mk VIII's up to AZ kit had their problems (Hasegawa) or were hard builds (Ventura).

This is the profipack which had the niceties such as an instrument panel, radiator faces and etch seat armour as well as instrument fittings. I decided to open the cockpit up since it would be hard to see some of this with it closed. This did introduce the problem of the sliding canopy. Eduard do supply an optional canopy with an open sliding hood however as pointed out on Britmodeller, this required a compromise to be able to fit over the rear glazing and spine. Basically the canopy is over size looking a bit bulbous from profile. The 2 options are to slim down the rear fuselage and use a cutdown hood from a "closed transparency" or as I did replace it with a vacform (in this case one of the Falcon range). The only extras other than the canopy are some Barracuda block tread wheels. Nearly all the photos of RAAF spitfires seem to show them which is not surprising with the roughness of the strips up in Northern Australia and the Islands.

The plane is Bobby Gibbes early incarnation of the Shark Mouth scheme which has a smaller "mouth". The scheme is actually a lot more complex than I first imagined, as there are overpaints with Foliage Green and RAAF Dark Sea Grey over the original Day Fighter Scheme. I also tried out some AK interactive chipping on the white id markings to try to replicate photos

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Re: Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF 80 Wing, Bobby Gibbe

Postby hughb » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:30 pm

Great build, could easily pass for a larger scale. I like the smaller shark mouth motif on the front, looks like he's smiling!
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Re: Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF 80 Wing, Bobby Gibbe

Postby qfa_tsv » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:22 am

You ae doing some great work with those Eduard Spits Michael
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Re: Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF 80 Wing, Bobby Gibbe

Postby David E » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:24 pm

Lovely
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Re: Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF 80 Wing, Bobby Gibbe

Postby Brenden S » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:54 pm

Love your work
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Re: Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF 80 Wing, Bobby Gibbe

Postby thevespabandit » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:19 pm

Mmmmm gotta love that! Nice work mate.
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Re: Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF 80 Wing, Bobby Gibbe

Postby Paulg » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:30 am

Lovely work Michael !
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Re: Eduard 1/72 Spitfire Mk VIII - RAAF 80 Wing, Bobby Gibbe

Postby RAAFBrat » Thu May 02, 2019 7:34 pm

Great job, especially in 1/72.
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