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 Bob  |  2012-03-24 at 19:07  |  permalink

Hi Tim,

Rather like yourself, I have been collecting many and building a few Spitfire kits. I got hooked on the Spitfire as a teenager with the very basic Airfix 1/72 MkIX JE-J. I then started to understand that many variants had been built as I tackled a Revell 1/32 Mk1 DW-K. I still have it, it has been repaired a few times over the years. My aim was, a bit like yourself, to build as many variants as possible and in varying national colours and paint schemes, from as many kit manufacturers as possible (although some are really not worth the effort). The task is getting bigger than I thought.The collection is now over 90 kits of which I have built 30. I plan to build the rest when I retire. My shopping list is at around 60, if I keep to 1/72 and 1/48, but there are new releases all the time. So i’ll have to call it a day sometime ! Displaying is always a problem, so I was very interested in your photo technique for static and flying poses. Keep up the good work.
Brgds Bob

By Michael Rainsberry  |  2017-07-19 at 22:01  |  permalink

Hello, I have been referred to this excellent website by Charlie Gilbert who is a member of Wellesbourne History Society, here in the UK. He says that this website is a way to reach Nick Pratley. I am most keen to communicate with Nick Pratley about the books his late father wrote about RAF Wellesbourne-Mountford. I would be most grateful if you could pass this email onto Nick. Many thanks in anticipation.
Michael Rainsberry

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