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Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« on: December 01, 2011, 02:28:50 PM »
Hi everyone!

This is a "sort of" conversion of a Spitfire Mk. Vb to a Seafire Ib. I scribed in the arrestor hook area, cut out a notch and added a tail hook, and added the sling points. I did not add the wing stiffners, as I was simply ready to move on to the painting, which is why I love the FAA birds- those colors are so cool to me.

Cockpit is a True Details resin cockpit. I normally don't do resin, but I had it, and the process wasn't too distasteful.

Colors are Xtracrylix for the camo. Not a bad kit, with good fit.









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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2011, 03:22:05 PM »
You become expert for Spitfires :) Nice work  :-ok

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2011, 04:08:08 PM »
I like it! Good job! :-clap

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2011, 11:51:31 PM »
Very nice, and I agree about the Fleet Air Arm color schemes!

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011, 08:08:55 AM »
Splendid!!! The FAA is effectively a good source of inspiration for model making ;)

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2011, 08:59:37 AM »
Splendid!!! The FAA is effectively a good source of inspiration for model making ;)

You will have double chance in January 2012 :))

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2011, 09:42:47 AM »
Splendid!!! The FAA is effectively a good source of inspiration for model making ;)

You will have double chance in January 2012 :))

Sure mate, and I'm impatient for that!!! ;)

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2011, 01:54:56 AM »
Nicely done and restrained colour. Very nice. Is there a picture of the underside? I'd like to see your interpretation of the arrestor hook, if thats possible? :)

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2011, 02:03:25 AM »
Thanks for the kind words everyone!

As to the tail-hook, it's not much to see really. I mainly wanted the tailhook to peek out from the side view, and wasn't too concerned about it looking accurate underneath. (My pet theory is "who looks at the bottom of a model?" :) ). I took measurements from the Special Hobby Seafire III using my handy-dandy scale ruler left over from drafting class in '82 and '83. The forward portion of it should have a little "bump" in it, but I just scribed it straight. As you can see, I'm not good at scribing straight lines, so curves are not going to happen.

I took the measurements, drew it out on paper, and used the paper to make a template of three layers of Tamiya tape. I then applied it to the model and scribed. Worked OK. Then I drilled out some holes, and used my xacto and a file to make the hole. The tail hook is simply a piece of melted and bent sprue, sanded to a very rough "beak". Anyway.... it's not pretty, nor particularly accurate, but it was a fun little diversion.



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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2011, 02:14:19 AM »
Thanks, the pictures are very useful, as I have the Airfix 1:48 Seafire III which I'd like to do as a IB too. I have only taped the parts together, so it's nice to see a similar kit made up. The biggest problem is finding codes and serial numbers for the IB :(

Great work, and well-executed camouflage. I hope Airfix release a Seafire XV in 1:48 now! And a Spitfire 21 in the same scale. A PR.XI would be nice as well.

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2011, 02:16:59 AM »
You can actually make a Seafire XV by combining the Airfix Mk. XII fuselage with the Seafire XVII wings.

I agree on the 21 and XI! Love to see those kitted. In fact, if Airfix would just add a few parts to their existing Mk. IX kit, they could get an XI from that.
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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2011, 02:29:00 AM »
I'm using the XVII folding wings on my Airfix Seafire III :) I think Airfix should concentrate on 1:48 British classics -they should update their Hurricane I and do the II and IV, they'd sell well. I'm surprised they haven't done the PR.XIX in 1:48 yet :(

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2011, 02:31:55 AM »
I agree completely. If they did some more Spits, and the Hurricanes you mentioned in 1/48, that would be great. And something odd, like a Barracuda. :)
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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2011, 02:39:00 AM »
Imagine them doing a 1:48 Spitfire floatplane as well. Now that would be spectacular. I think they'll do a Scimitar next though, the Sea Vixen has sold very well. 1:48 is really a growth industry, although I like 1:72. The recent Eduard 1:48 stuff is really setting the standard, their MiG-21 is superb, as is the Fw190.

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2011, 05:39:09 AM »
 :-ok

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2011, 10:11:14 PM »
Like it a lot!

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Re: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb built as a Seafire Ib
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2011, 02:07:54 AM »
Thank you! :)
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