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.

 

By Jon Bius

Jon Bius is a scale modeler, building models in a variety of genres, including Gunpla, Maschinen Krieger, Star Wars and other scifi. Through his blog and video channel, Jon shares the tools and techniques he uses to produce results than anyone can achieve - and have fun doing so!

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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