Thursday, 13 January 2022

1/48 Eduard Supermarine Spitfire 1A - No. 603 Sqn RAF


Depicted as aircraft  R6835 XT-W flown by a New Zealander Brian J. Carbury, 

Being a Kiwi I tend to look for New Zealand subjects in my modelling.  It's not hard for Battle of Britain pilots. Pilots from New Zealand made up the third largest number in Fighter Command, only behind those from Poland and United Kingdom itself.  This Eduard kit had 2 Kiwi options, Colin Gray and Brian Carbury.  

Paraphrased from the Eduard Instructions.

He shot down two Bf 109Es on August 27th, 1940, when No. 603 Squadron arrived at Hornchurch to replace the battle-weary No. 65 Squadron. He scored 15½ kills during the Battle of Britain. On August 31st, 1940, he shot down five enemy aircraft over the span of three sorties, becoming one of two RAF ‘Ace of the Day’ pilots able to claim that status during the Battle of Britain.

The Kit

  • 1/48 Eduard Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1A . Kit No ED82151 


  • None


  • Kit Decals


  • Interior Green - SMS Interior Green
  • Dark Green  - Mr Color C369 and Tamiya XF81
  • Dark Earth -  Mr Color C369 lightened with some white
  • Sky  - Mr Color C368
  • Yellow -  SMS Trainer Yellow
  • Black - Gaianotes Black Grey
  • Tamiya AS 12 for chipped areas
  • Clear Gloss -  SMS Clear Gloss
  • Flat Coat - SMS Clear Flat

The Build

This was a pretty straight forward build. 

The areas to watch are getting everything internal aligned when fitting the cockpit and getting the mounts for the landing gear fitted in the right spot.  The fit of the under nose panel also required some work.  

The kit cockpit is very detailed straight from the box.  But it is also very fiddly.  It’s an exercise in patience getting everything aligned so you can close up the fuselage.

Fit of the fuselage to wings resulted in a little gap between the wings and fuselage in some spots. Not sure why but I am rushing this a little so that is probably a factor.  I also had a gap for the tail planes to fuselage joints.  I filled all these gaps with Magic Sculpt which is 2 part epoxy putty.

The worst area of fit is the panel under the nose.  I really had to spend some time dry fitting, and removing material to try and get a reasonable join.  I think I could have done a better job than I did as the gaps are bigger than I’d hoped and don't look like a panel line.  I will fill these with Magic Sculpt.

There is also a little gap between the fuselage and the rear of the wing assembly 


After seam clean up I sprayed some Tamiya AS-12 and then a light coat of hairspray for the wing root chipping.  I used the excess As-12 to check the joints any areas I missed during the initial clean-up.  Nothing shows up surface flaws like silver.

Fit of the clear parts it perfect. I masked these up and then painted the black no walk lines.  These were then masked with 1mm tape.  You’ll notice I have incorrectly made the starboard wing the same as the port wing.   The Starboard wing walkway on Mk 1 – MK V should go straight to the wing root and not down to the trailing edge.  Bruce advised me of this error and I’ll correct it later

I then applied Mr Color Dark Earth (C369) lightened a little with some white.   

I scaled up the instructions and printed them out on self-adhesive label paper.  I then cut out the pattern, de-tacked the pieces and stuck them onto the model.

I then painted the dark green.  I removed the masks and used Splatter masks were used to add some variation to the paint finish.


After masking out the upper surfaces the Sky (Mr Color) was applied. Splatter masks and various shades of greys and browns were used to apply some tonal variation.


This kit has the Eduard Decals with the (not by design) peel-able carrier film.  I written have a detailed article on how to apply them (click here) .

On the underside the decals struggled to go over the fairings. A mate had another great idea (2 this year already - WTF), apply the flat PE part on wing surface but leave the fairing off until the decal is applied then attach the fairing.  That is for next time.

I struggled to remove the film from the really tiny stencils so I just left it on those.


Chipping was done over a hairspray coat which was over some Tamiya AS12.  A toothpick and stiff brushes were used.  After that a wash of thinned oil paint was applied liberally over the model and wiped off with a paper towel. 

Streaking on the underside was done with oils. Mr Weathering Color was stippled on the panels under the wing where the gun smoke staining was.

Other weathering on the upper surfaces was done with Mr Weather color flicked on the model from a paint brush then blended with a barely damp brush.  Oils and some pigments where used for the exhaust stacks.  Mr Weathering Color was used for darker bits of exhaust staining, and grey from a Tamiya weathering set was used for the lighter bits.

A darker application of Mr Weathering Color was applied in those lines for hatches that are regularly opened.  

A silver pencil was used for some chipping around the door and some of the gun hatches.  All the weathering was applied over a coat of SMS flat.

Chipping on the prop was down with Citadel leadbelacher paint applied with a sponge.

Antenna wire is Infini Aero Rigging thread. 

The Photos

Sunday, 19 December 2021

2021 - A Year in Review

Well 2021 is pretty much done.  I don't see me finishing any of my current builds before the end of the year so it's time for the usual recap of the years efforts.

Another pandemic affected year with a two month lockdown in the middle meant I did get a bit of time at the bench.  That said I didn't get through as many builds as I'd hoped, This was partially because jets dominated my attention this year and they just take more time than props. 

This years tally included seven aircraft and one armour piece, all in 1/48.   If you are interested in more of any builds the titles link to the actual build article.  But enough waffle, on to the builds

Hasegawa A-4K Skyhawk of No. 75 Sqn RNZAF

Those of you who know me know I worked on these for a while so the subject is close to my heart.  As such I wrote an article on modelling the RNZAF aircraft here.  

A fair bit of work went into both Skyhawk builds so there is a separate build article here .  This article has tips useful for any Hasegawa Skyhawk build


1/48 Eduard North American P-51D Mustang - Master Mike

This is my second Eduard P-51D. After the first one (see here) caused me a few issues, (the decals anyway) I decided I wanted to have another go - partly to see if it was me and partly as the Hasegawa Skyhawks were dragging me down at the time.

1/48 Hasegawa Douglas TA-4K Skyhawk - No. 2 Sqn RNZAF

Next was the second Hasegawa Skyhawk.  This time T-bird depicted as a 2 Sqn aircraft base at HMAS Albatross in Australia. 

1/48 Kinetic Mitsubishi F-104J Starfighter 202 Sqn JASDF

This was a quick palette cleanser. It was excellent build and made me want to build more.

1/48 Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk 1F - No 25 Sqn RAF

I have a think for early war RAF subjects so the Blenheim was right up my alley.  Overall it's a decent build .  I'd love to see a Blenheim MK IV from Airfix.  There is a full build article here.

1/48 Tamiya T-34/76 - Tank No. 106 - Recon Platoon - 1st Regiment - Eastern Front 1944

The only armour piece for the year. I had a couple things I wanted to try on this build, those being multi colour hairspray chipping and a muddy. . I was really happy with the outcome.

1/48 Tamiya Lockheed Martin F-16C Viper - Arctic Aggressor

I'd been wanting to do this scheme for ages.  I had a bit of an issue with the SMS light tan paint which set me back but overall it came out ok.   There is a full build article here

1/48 Eduard Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4B - 6 Staffel LG 2

Another palette cleanser to finish the year.  I managed to knock it off in less than month.  It was also an experiment to try out the "new" Eduard Decals .  I wrote an article on my experiences with those decals here.

Well if you got this far down,  thanks for looking . As for 2022, well I've got another Skyhawk on the go, a Su-122 and I have to do a Eduard Mk 1 Spitfire as part of a buddy build with a mate over at Bruce's Scale Models on Facebook.

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