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Tamiya 1:32 Spitfire Mk.IX finished
TedMamere
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 01:18 AM UTC
Hi all,

Here are some pictures of Tamiya's new 1:32 scale Spitfire Mk.IX. The model was built out of the box except for the use of Mal's Miracle Masks for the roundels, code letters, fin flash and serial numbers...











The model will be featured in the next issue of Tamiya Mag France so I can't say much more than this: it's a great kit!

Jean-Luc
ludwig113
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 01:42 AM UTC
stunning!
now i've decided not to get the airfix mossie i think i'll get this...
Automaton
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 02:12 AM UTC
Wow! That's a gorgeous build of what is apparently an outstanding kit. One of the most "real-looking" models I've seen in a while. SWMBO has been trying to feel me out for Xmas gift ideas, and although this isn't my normal scale, I think you just gave me a thought.

Regards,

Automaton
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 03:17 AM UTC
I was going to write exactly what Automaton said: this is one of the most realistic looking models I have seen. The paint wear around the panels is superb. I hope there is a feature coming describing some hints for achieving this greatness, Jean-Luc
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 04:09 AM UTC
I usually don't click on Spitfire or Mustang threads because in the last 5 years of being on Aeroscale I've seen thousands of beautiful examples of each. This one however stands out from all the rest. What a realistic model!
Knowing you Jean-Luc, you probably spent a total of 2 hours from start to finish building this one. It looks like at least a one hundred hour build.

Very nice, beautiful.
Hermon
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 06:01 AM UTC
That is one good looking Spit there, friend. All over excellent build. The color variations in the paint around the access panels really stand out in a noticable yet not overdone sort of way.

Thanks for showing this!
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 09:43 AM UTC
Hi Jean-Luc

Fantastic work as usual!

I too love the weathering around the access panels, but the subtle shading and highlighting on the instrument panel is also a treat to behold.

It's such a shame you couldn't share this with us as you were building it - it would have been the "scoop of all scoops"! You must have been itching to let the cat out of the bag!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 10:40 AM UTC
Stunning work as usual Jean-Luc, I particularly like the way that you have done the markings
This is a must have kit and, as everyone knows; "You just can't have too many Spitfires".
ShawnM
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:03 AM UTC
wow
thats O.O.B!? Now I have another kit to add to the stash because thats amazing. Great build and pics, thank you for sharing.
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:36 AM UTC
Stunning work J-L, simply stunning !!
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 07:12 PM UTC
Jean-Luc, as usual, you've completed another excellent model.

B24Liberator
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 12:35 AM UTC
Outstanding!
thegirl
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 12:41 AM UTC
Even though it's a kit I will never pic up little lone build , but I must say Jean-Luc ......Another master piece comes for your bench !!!

Congrats Jean -Luc
TedMamere
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 04:29 AM UTC
Hi all,

Thank you vey much for your kind words. I'm sorry if the Spitfire pictures made you want to buy a kit for Christmas, but you sure won't regret it if you do...


Quoted Text

It's such a shame you couldn't share this with us as you were building it - it would have been the "scoop of all scoops"! You must have been itching to let the cat out of the bag!



Yes, that was indeed the case all the time... oh well...

I must also say a special thank you to Mal for cutting the masks so fast. Without him the result wouldn't have been the same. The masks really help to preserve all that fine detail work made by Tamiya. In 1:32 scale it really makes sense to use them in my opinion.

Jean-Luc
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 04:33 AM UTC
Terrific!
I've never built in 1/32, but looking at this one and Eduard's new kits... well I might think about it!
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 06:34 AM UTC
Yes, terrific job. I agree with everyone else about the roundels. I've always like painted on markings instead of decals because decals look like decals.
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 07:22 AM UTC
Stunning work Jean-Luc.
Andy
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 07:33 AM UTC
Incredible....so many things to love.....but for me I like the oil streaks underneath the best. Such a prominent feature on real Spits, so rarely seen on models



British modellers face a tough choice in the next few months - Tamiya Spit or Airfix Mossie?
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 08:37 AM UTC
(yawn!!!)

cheers

Steffen
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 11:17 AM UTC
Superbe (as your French would say)!
Brad-M
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 04:14 PM UTC
Wow, fantastic Sir! Since I'll never see a copy of Tamiya France, would you be able to explain briefly your technique of using your masks for the roundels, for example, what order did you do the fuselage roundel colours?

Thanks and super finish to a great model!

All the best
Brad
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TedMamere
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 09:22 AM UTC
Hi Brad


Quoted Text

Wow, fantastic Sir! Since I'll never see a copy of Tamiya France, would you be able to explain briefly your technique of using your masks for the roundels, for example, what order did you do the fuselage roundel colours?



To answer this question I think the best is to let the master speak: The Story of Miracle Paint Masks

Jean-Luc
Brad-M
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 10:46 AM UTC
Thanks for the reply and link Jean-Luc

All the best
Brad
Moeggo
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Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 09:35 PM UTC
Jean-Luc,

What colours and brand of paint did you use for the roundels and fin flash?

Cheers

Dave
TedMamere
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Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 08:14 AM UTC
Hi Dave,

I have used my own mix of Tamiya paints (blue and red in which I have added some black). I hope that the roundel colors of the model don't look too bad...

Jean-Luc