1/48 Academy Spitfire Mk XIVc

by Brad Main

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This is my Spitfire Mk XIVc converted to an “e” wing. I built it as an airplane flown by F/L Brian “Blackie” MacConnell while flying with 402 Squadron RCAF in March 1945. He was credited with downing an Arado 234 on April 19, 1945. 

The kit was easy to build, while the cockpit is ok OOB, a nice detail set would make the kit even better. To spruce this kit up, I added a seat and a set of wheels from Ultracast.

 There were a few “firsts” for me when building this kit. First off, I have finally beaten the silvering decal woes. I used Polyscale paints for the first time and really enjoyed them. When distilled water is added (ratio= 80:20) paint to thinner, the paint went on very smooth and even. I then followed this up with 2 wet coats of Model Master Gloss clear Acryl prior to decaling. I applied Micro Scale Sol over the decals to soften them up to ease into the panel lines. After the decals were dry, I applied one more coat of gloss, and then followed that up with a dull coat using Model Master Flat clear Acryl.

The second first for me was I used a wash technique I found out about from an article here on ARC submitted by Will Hendriks. I used pastel chalk and a bit of water, mixed together with a drop or two of dish soap, and then I painted the areas I wanted to with it. When partially dried, I began wiping the access paint off and this left behind and awesome wash in the panel likes and even the raised detail. I followed the weathering up with pastels for exhaust stains, and various staining underneath the aircraft.

 

The third first for me was I drilled out the exhaust and the cannon barrels. This gave a nice realistic look to them. I also masked the canopy using E-Z Masks and will not use anything else again for masking canopies. I used a piece of a hairbrush bristle for the whip antenna, and I was done. I hope you enjoy this kit as I did. I intend on building Academy’s 1/48 scale Low back Mk XIVe in the future

Brad

Photos and text © by Brad Main