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Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« on: September 19, 2011, 03:22:22 PM »
I enjoyed this build very much. Aside from an Aerowaves Mk. XVIII rudder, and adding camera ports to the lower fuselage, and some Eduard belts, this kit is pretty much OOB. The stripes were painted on, and I was happy with how they looked when complete.









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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2011, 03:27:17 PM »
Amazing build  :-eek I have build one but far from this level!!! Excellent! I specially like narrow bands on nose, very tricky to be make  :-clap :-clap

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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 03:34:07 PM »
Thanks!

The nose was actually easier than I thought it would be. I sprayed on Tamiya black, then cut strips of masking tape that were 4 inches wide (to scale, of course) with Tamiya tape. I put down the first stripe, then stuck on a small piece of tape on either side that was 4 scale inches where the yellow would go, and used that to align the masking for the next black stripe. Once the black stripes were masked, I painted on the yellow, and then masked it all off to finish the painting.

The Tamiya tape went around the curves quite well, I thought. Having small guide strips of the correct width around a few places on the cowling made alignment much easier. If you look close, you can see the first stripe aft of the spinner is about 6 inches... messed up my measurements a bit. :)

Still- it was much easier than trying to get the decals to fit! :D
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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 03:57:39 PM »
Very nice machine, Jon. Welcome to LLL!

Your striping is very nice and now I have to buy some Tamiya tape! I've always used vinyl automotive pinstriping tape to mask with but could never have gotten it to follow the contours of your cowling.

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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 04:04:48 PM »
No doubt that it is easy to paint it then to use decals. Scott- I use automotive tape but they are some kind of paper type, like Eduard mask, work great!

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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011, 05:55:48 PM »
Have some Spits under my belt, but this one is far in other galaxy... :-eek
Not an usual RAF scheme, that's why I like it even more :-ok
Regarding Tamiya tape, there's no better, I'll tell you...

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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2011, 06:13:24 PM »
Excellent build mate!! Real pearl! :-clap :-clap :-clap

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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2011, 05:29:03 PM »
Thanks everyone!
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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2011, 09:40:39 PM »
Hello Jon,

Splendid!!! A jewel!!!

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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2011, 11:22:28 AM »
Nice and clean job,loved the painting scheme.Well done mate. :-clap

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Re: Academy's Spitfire Mk. XIVe built as a Mk. XVIII
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2011, 11:58:46 AM »
Thanks!
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