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In Progess- Alley Cat’s 1/48 Spitfire Prototype

I’ve got the paint on the resin Spitfire Prototype kit. I used Vallejo metal for the underlying coat, and then Tamiya XF-4 thinned with Future to get a semi-transparent primer coat on the parts that had it. I’m not sure about the color of the lower cowl panel. The instructions say it should be a reddish color, and I’ve not found anything definitive to counter that. Black and white photos do show that panel as being much darker, but dark red just seems odd. Still, I figured it the absence of any other data, I’d go with conventional wisdom.

This is a very nice resin kit. It gets more of the little details right than using the Tamiya kit and the Pargaon conversion. Still, the more I research K5054, the more I find I should have done different even on this kit to get a truly accurate example. Oh well… always next time.

 

2 comments

  1. Hi. Stumbled on your post, as I am considering to get one for myself.

    you say ” Still, the more I research K5054, the more I find I should have done different even on this kit to get a truly accurate example. Oh well… always next time.”

    Can you detail that, so I am aware of these problems ?

    1. Hi Nuno,

      Unfortunately, I can’t recall! I’m getting old. 🙂

      It seems there may have been some details about the panel lines on the upper wings, the sections being built in strips. Though I may be wrong about that, and confusing it with something else. I know there were some fine points about the configuration of the gear doors and exhausts also, though I’m not sure if the kit instructions cover those or not. I believe there was an anti-fouling assembly added at some point on the upper rudder when it had an anti-spin parachute on it.

      But what I had in mind specifically when I wrote that seems to have slipped away.

      I do thank you for reading the blog though!

      Jon

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