Tamiya + Watermark 1/48 scale
by Bob Aikens
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk.Vb is available online from Squadron.com
This was one of those 'I'm tired of looking at that kit,...and I've
got to do something with those decals' projects.The kit had been sitting
in the stash for a good 5 years-and I had already used some of the
decals to build up 2 Spitfires from the old Airfix Vb.
The WaterMark 'Canadian Spitfire' decals came out in 1996. IPMS Canada
has been producing fine quality decals on Canadian subjects for years;
but something dedicated to Canadian Spitfires and their pilots seemed
intriguing. Despite the good research and graphics the decals themselves
seemed a bit of a disappointment, the film being a bit on the thick side
- sort of like old Airfix decals. But modelers, being modelers, work
through such stuff.
There is nothing exceptional about this build other than the subject
It is however, almost 'totally Tamiya' - the painting was done with
Tamiya blends, and the kit national insignia went down quite well
(without the white backing provided). I also used Tamiya masking tape to
effect the camouflage pattern. (yes, I know-but). Leading edge yellow
also a Tamiya mixture.
I cut around the Y-OQ with a fresh blade, hoping to get rid of most of
the decal film-this was only partially successful as once the film is
cut away, the 'crispiness' of the film became more evident. After
treatment with Future and an extra sealing coat of Glosscote, they
became just adequate. "Better days ahead", I said to myself..
The only additions are Eduard seat belts and a small piece of flexible
rubber for the oxygen hose.
The Tamiya Spitfire Vb first came out in 1994 and is probably still
the standard in 1/48 scale for fit and simplicity-just what I needed at
Apropos to the two 'scenic shots' - I have deliberately reduced the
color saturation on the 'wooded area' pic - a little experiment in how
color affects the mood of a picture. Also, it wasn't until I enlarged
the small pic of Y-OQ, that I noticed that Ibbotson's Spitfire had no
padded headrest on the backplate...
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2007 by Bob Aikens
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Last Updated 24 December, 2007
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