Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk. I

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I just finished this Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk. I a few weeks ago. This aircraft was flown by Squadron Leader Brian Lane of No. ...

I just finished this Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk. I a few weeks ago. This aircraft was flown by Squadron Leader Brian Lane of No. 19 Squadron at Fowlmere in September of 1940. It was also flown by No 19 Squadron ace Flt Lt Walter Lawson and the aircraft is credited with downing two Bf-110’s and an He 111 during the Battle of Britain. This plane stood out from other Battle of Britain Spitfires due to its yellow spinner which was supposedly a result of the aircraft’s former duties at an Operational Training Unit.

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By Aaron Pegram  |  2010-05-09 at 22:49  |  permalink

Well done Geoff, a beautiful Spit! Im just about to embark on my own Mk.I Battle of Britain oddesy with the same kit – did you use the supplied cockpit or were you lucky enough to find a replacement? Your preshading is just superb!

All the best,

Aaron

By Geoffrey Abreu  |  2010-05-15 at 16:18  |  permalink

Hi Aaron,

Sorry I am so late with my reply as I have been busy with work. You will really enjoy the Tamiya kit it is excellent! Something I did not do with mine is change the gun configuration, on most BoB spits, none of the barrels were protruding from the wing leading edge, an easy thing to correct. My kit was all OOB with the exception of the seat harness which was PE. I found the cockpit to be good and I added instrument decals to the IP. As for the paint, it was actually post shaded, one of my first attempts and a bit heavy handed, but this model is still one of my favorite builds and I have to do another soon. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best Regards,

Geoffrey Abreu

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