Spitfire Models by Tim Prosser

Spitfire Site

Another blast from the past, here is an incredible photo gallery of Tim Prosser's 65 inspirational 1/72 Spitfire models. 50 images are provided.

Greetings to all from Perth, Western Australia. Here are a few of the 65 built Spitfire and Seafire models in my own collection. The collection steadily increases and each new addition is photographed soon after completion. Right now there are 20 Spitfires and Seafires in various stages of construction on the production line. Most of my models are in 1/72 scale, but I build also 1/32 and 1/48 scale kits.

I’ve been a dedicated Spitfire worshipper since I built my first Airfix Mark IX in 1967 and traded ‘Battle of Britain’ bubble-gum cards at school in ’68. It’s good to know that there are plenty of others out there with the same enthusiasm, and I applaud what the Spitfire Site is aiming for.

I always try to photograph my models in realistic-looking settings. The vast majority of the models shown here are to 1/72 scale, and I build them these days purely to take photographs of them. This, in most cases, tends to mean retracted undercarriages and crew figures – not fashionable, I know, but I’ve never been one for following fashions either in clothing or modelling!

The method I use for photographing models ‘in flight’ is a very rudimentary one. The models are mounted with nothing more sophisticated than lumps of ‘blue-tack’ onto a pane of glass, which is positioned in front of simple hand-painted backdrops (no computer-generated backdrops here – I wouldn’t have a clue how to do THAT!).

Propellers are fitted with brass tube shafts and lubricated with graphite, so that they spin beautifully with the aid of an electric fan just out of camera-shot. A simple and inexpensive polarising filter eliminates reflections on the glass and the whole exercise is conducted outdoors to take advantage of natural light. People viewing my pictures are usually astounded that the process is so simple!

Of course, I build and photograph models of aircraft other than Spitfires, but the beautiful Spit remains my first love. My aim (if I live long enough and my arthritic fingers and failing eyesight allow) is to build as many Spitfire variants in as many national colours and markings as possible, including Seafires, Spitefuls and Seafangs.

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By ferret_64  |  2010-07-07 at 20:26  |  permalink

Truely jaw-dropping. Because of their slight grainyness these pictures got a nicely authentic “period” feeling with a strong, highly convincing atmosphere.

BTW: Did you ever build a CAC Boomerang? This stubby little fighter is another of my favourite warbirds, albeit completely different from the Spit.

Regards, Martin

By Editor  |  2010-07-07 at 21:41  |  permalink

Ferret,

When I first saw the pictures my reaction was exactly the same – how did he do it? I was surprised to learn from Tim that all pics were taken with analogue (film) camera, and, IIRC glass plate as a prop to hold the model and a fan to get the blur on the propellers.

In these days of easy shooting with digital camsthese images are truly remarkable.

By Kees van 't Hof  |  2010-07-11 at 22:47  |  permalink

Tim,

What a fantastic collection of models and pictures.
I just started putting together the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire, was looking for details on the internet and came across your photographs. I can only hope to reach the level of perfection they show. Compliments!!

Kees, The Netherlands

By Peter  |  2011-06-12 at 06:42  |  permalink

Hi Tim,
If you read this can you contact me. I work at a school in Mandurah and are currently doing a project with 12 students on the battle of britain. They are each building there own 1/72 Spitfire and I thought maybe you could visit to inspire them with your knowledge and experience with your models. Its good to get the experts to inspire the kids.
Thanks in advance. I live in Pinjarra.. You can contact me on 95311091 or pjruges@e-wire.net.au
Thanks, Pete

By Nick Pratley  |  2011-07-29 at 13:51  |  permalink

Hi Tim
Please may I use your brilliant photograph of the Miles Master for an article in a book I am putting together on behalf of my late father Jack Pratley.
My dad had compiled the complete history of the former wartime bomber station RAF Wellesbourne Mountford near Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. England.
Wellesbourne was an Operational Training Unit for Bomber Command dedicated to the training commonwealth airmen to combat status, with the main nationality of the pupil aircrews being Canadian.
In July 1945 Wellesbourne’s roll changed to a glider training school with Hotspur Gliders and Miles Master aircraft used to train crews for the possible invasion of Japan but with the dropping of the Atomic Bombs the unit basically disbanded.
The main 70 year history of the airfield is complete but to keep things interesting for the average punter I am putting together featured sections on the aircraft that were based at Wellesbourne, the main types being Wellingtons Ansons, Oxfords and Masters.
The other sections are all complete and I have used my dads collection of black and white Hotspur / Master pictures taken at Wellesbourne to illustrate the segment, but the picture you posted is brilliant and would enhance the article nicely. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to charity.
I live in Perth too (The Vines) having emigrated from the U.K. 20 years ago. Full credit will be given for the permission to use the image etc.
Please let me know.
Cheers
Best Wishes
Nick Pratley
9297 4347
0409 804 905

By Michael Rainsberry  |  2017-07-19 at 22:21  |  permalink

Hello Nick Pratley
My name is Michael Rainsberry and I have a special interest in RAF Wellesbourne-Mountford. My late father was once the Padre there. I’m doing my best to try and find copies of your father’s two volumes – “Wings over Wellesbourne” in various libraries here in Warwickshire. I would be very grateful if you could make contact as it’s possible that you may be able to help me with a key element of historical research. This is a missing piece of jigsaw that I think you might hold. It occurs to me that my father might have met yours at some point. Don’t suppose you were born near Wellesbourne when your father was there. I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards
Michael

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