Tamiya's 1/48 scale
by Anthony Manzoli
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb
No. 417 (City of Windsor) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force, North
scale Spitfire Vb Tropical kit is available online from Squadron.com
Here is Tamiya's 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk. Vb Trop.
I have always found this colourful scheme to be the most
appealing of all the spitfire schemes used during WWII.
Construction of the kit was very straight forward.
Absolutely no filler was necessary. I built the kit out of the box, only
adding fuse wire for the brake lines. I will be adding some seat belts
The kit has been painted using Gunze acrylics Dark Earth
and Middle stone on the upper surface and Vallejo Azul on the lower
surface. I used the kits camouflage guide by cutting it out and applying
it on the model with small amounts of Blue Tac under the edges. By doing
this, it allows for a soft edge on the camouflage.
Once the kit was painted, I proceeded to apply some
weathering by fading the paint by adding a few drops of flat white to
the colours and hitting the panels. The kit was then sprayed with Shine
Magic for the gloss coat and allowed to dry for 12 hours and then the
kit was decaled.
The kit decals were used and with Micro set and Micro
Sol they performed well.
After the kit was allowed to sit over night I followed
up with another light coat of Shine Magic, and finished the weathering
by adding Citadel brown ink to the panel lines.
The last step was adding Tamiya flat base to the Shine
Magic for the final matte coat. I decided the kit was not weathered
enough, so I shaded the panel lines with very diluted Tamiya smoke and
reapplied the matte coat with more Flat Base added to it to give a more
faded look to the camouflage.
I am very happy with the result.
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