Here is my recently completed 1/24 scale Spitfire Mk. Ia.
The model is based on the old Airfix kit. The Merlin engine is from the 1/24 Airfix Hurricane as this was far more detailed than the original Spitfire one. Furthermore,. the egnie had plumbing & electrical wiring added using copper wire and the black PVC insulation stripped from it. The kit engine mount was scrapped and I made a new one from soldered brass tube and plastic stock. I cut off the kit nose and used the underside of it as a base to build up the frame around
The frame that the cowling panels were attached to was also replaced with a new scratch built one.
The pilots seat was modified with a Milliput leather back and the Sutton harness was fabricated from masking tape and fuse wire. Most of the cockpit levers and controls were replaced with ones made from scrap brass & plastic. The instruments are scanned from a photo film instrument panel from another Spitfire kit then cut & sandwiched between the panel and a backing plate of plastic card. The result looks quite pleasing but a little thick. You can’t really see this in the cockpit, though if I was doing it again I would make a thinner panel as well.
Underneath I walled the undercarriage wells with plastic card and added detail to the wheel wells. The wheels up/down indicators on the upper wing surfaces were opened out and set in the “wheels down” position.
References were unclear on the exact camouflage colour on the underside for this aircraft. I had about equal sources saying it was “sky” or “night & white” Preferring the look of the quintessential sky colour I opted for this scheme.
The paint was Gunze acrylics applied with an airbrush. I used some pre-shading on the underside to break up the single colour. Detail was brought out with enamels and a brush. Wear was simulated with aluminium paint and a soft lead pencil. Then the whole model was sealed with a flat base coat.
The serial number that came with the kit decals was incorrect ending in a “0” instead of an “8” this was rectified by robbing the Hurricane once more for the right digit.
Greetings from Perth, Western Australia.