A mix of white and gray pastel was lightly applied aft
of the exhaust stacks to give a heat-worn look to the paint while suggesting
that the ground crew had wiped the stains clean with gasoline or even soap
and water. I then applied some of the thinned 'oil' wash from the upper nose
fuel cap, allowing it to flow down the sides of the nose to simulate
staining from a gasoline spill (Fig. 10).
Another small touch is the tire slippage marks on the main wheels and tires
(Fig 11). These were made with chalk, white tape, red-doped fabric patches,
paint, whitewash . . . . you get the message.
And, courtesy of RAF medical services, are "rubber"-ized muzzle covers on
the 20 mm cannon barrels (Fig. 12). This wasn't a frequent occurrence, but
they were used when the standard muzzle covers were unavailable. I made
these by dipping the muzzles four or five times in Testors Clear Parts
Cement and painting the dried covers with thinned Testors Model Master
Radome Tan for a latex appearance.
You may thing the finished product is missing the radio aerial wire and the
tail-to-fuselage IFF wires. A photo in Squadron/Signal's handy little
Spitfire in Action contains an in-flight photo of SN-M, and all three aerial
wires are conspicuously absent. Always check your photos . . .
The weathering on this model may not be the most spectacular, but sometimes
understated weathering does look more realistic. The point is to make your
model look less like it did ten rounds in a junkyard and more like it saw a
realistic period of service.
When you think it's not enough, maybe it is a good time to quit.
(A big thanks to Bob Swadding for forcing me to rethink everything I thought
I knew about Spitfires!!!)
Spitfire In Action, Squadron Signal Publications
Spitfire: The History, Eric B. Morgan and Edward Shacklady
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