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150th Model! Airfix’s 1/48 Spitfire Mk. XIX

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This kit is my 150th build since getting back into the hobby in February 2006. And it’s my 53rd Spitfire build!

The kit itself is great… no complaints about it. I ran into problems with the paint.. I used Vallejo Model Air PRU Blue. It turned out to be the most fragile paint, even after putting a primer coat on AND overcoating it with Future. It would scratch or rub off if you looked at it. I compounded problems by trying some different things to try and weather such a monotone scheme, but they didn’t really work out. Eventually I just got frustrated with it, glued the final bits on and gave it a flat coat.

Oh, and to top it off, I had some decals from Kits World standing by for this one, because I thought I had picked a fairly unique scheme. I get the decals on Saturday… then Monday Brett Green posts his in the same markings. (Maybe he was spying on me? 🙂 )

I’m going to have to build another one of these soon and use Tamiya paints, which I like much better.

It’s a great kit, if a bit boring visually. Except for a Turkish bird that is green over light blue, it’s pretty much PRU Blue or MSG/PRU Blue for everything and anything.

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