Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vc Batch Build in 1/72 Scale Part II

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The fuselages fit together well with no surprises. I am intending to display two of the models with open canopies, and have removed the door pieces from the fuselage side.

 

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The wing assembly left a bit of a gap at the wing roots.

 

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There were also gaps around the filter. This problem was not present on all the models to the degree shown here so this may have been an error on my part.

 

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Perfect Plastic Putty is ideal for filling these sort of gaps as any excess can be wiped away with a moist cotton swab without damaging the surrounding details. Another trick is to go around the canopy mating surfaces with a black Sharpie. This will prevent the plastic color showing through at the joints and the Sharpie ink will not inhibit the glue from bonding.

 

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While I do love canopy masking sets some manufacturers are now demanding ridiculous prices for the convenience. On a simple single-seat aircraft I would rather mask by hand and save the money for additional kits.

 

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A coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000 revealed a few seams to address. Always a good idea to check as I inevitably have some errors show through.

5 thoughts on “Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vc Batch Build in 1/72 Scale Part II

  1. I concur…

    While I do love canopy masking sets some manufacturers are now demanding ridiculous prices for the convenience. On a simple single-seat aircraft I would rather mask by hand and save the money for additional kits.

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  2. While I do like the new way Airfix is adding the wings/cockpit assemblies, I’m equally glad to see that it wasn’t just me who had large wing root gaps to fill. Can’t wait to see the paint schemes!

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    1. It may be distortion in the soft plastic Airfix uses, on a couple of these kits the wings fit very well. Could just be me. If I obsess about getting a “perfect” fit I find I still need some sanding anyway so doing some filling and sanding is always on the schedule.

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