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

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This Spitfire will be in post-war Greek markings. Mr. Color #5 was a good match for the blue in the Greek roundels. The natural metal finish almost did me in on this one though, as the soft Airfix plastic scratched easily and the Alclad made any scratches jump right out. I ended up buffing out scratches and re-shooting the Alclad a couple of times.
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Everyone agrees that several of the Malta Spitfires were oversprayed in blues, but there is little consensus as to what blues and to what extent they were covered. Here I have layered on two USN colors, Intermediate Blue and Blue Gray.
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For a darker blue Malta scheme I used Model Master Insignia Blue. I still have some stocks of the MM paints, although they do not age well and I often discover a few unusable bottles during every build.
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The last will be another Greek Spitfire in the more usual Temperate Sea scheme. This one will have the hybrid markings with RAF Type B roundels on the upper wings and Greek roundels in the other positions.
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A group shot all glossed up and ready for decals.
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This is the ugly stage of a “sludge wash” to bring out the panel lines. The sludge wash is a diluted dark gray acrylic mixed with a little dish soap. This is best applied over a gloss finish with the excess wiped away before it is completely dry.
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Here the excess has been removed with a damp cotton swab. Always work in the direction of the airflow and any streaking will add depth to your weathering.
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The finished batch. I borrowed some spare Type B roundel decals from the Eduard kit as the Xtradecal sheet didn’t have enough to do every subject I wanted. The only real flaw with this kit is the center sections of the canopies are not as clear as they should be, I replaced what I could with spares from Eduard kits which are much better molded. Overall though I am happy with these kits as they go together well and are fun builds.  In total I spent 26.5 hours on these, or about 6 hours and 40 minutes per kit.

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

  1. Re: the Malta “blue” Spitfires – if you are thinking these would have been from those ferried on USS Wasp in April/May 1942, there would have been no Intermediate Blue available then, since at the time it didn’t exist yet. The Navy didn’t start using the tri-color scheme for another year.

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    1. Well versed in the USN colors, I’ve done several posts on them. I’m not as well versed on the Malta blues, but from what I’ve read there is no accepted consensus on what colors or local mixes were used. I have guessed the “dark blue” might have been close to Insignia Blue, the “light blue” appears to be more than one tone, which may include USN Blue Gray on some aircraft but not others. Some also say the lighter blues were misted over one or both colors of the standard RAF schemes. It’s interesting to compare the profile artists interpretations of the same aircraft.

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