1/32 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.Vb

Gallery Article by Elger Abbink

 

These are pictures of my Hasegawa 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Vb. It was built almost straight from the box.

The cockpit looks quite adequate straight from the box, apart from the solid floor. I only added paper seatbelts and the brake lever to the control stick. The instruments panel looks alright after painting.

 

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I painted the interior with Humbrol 78, which I later drybrushed with Humbrol aluminum. All the edges of gauges were painted white, except the motor and oil temperature gauge, which were painted yellow and red respectively. When the paint had dried, I filled the gauges with a drop of Tamiya acrylic clear.

Before attaching the landing gear and other fragile parts, I painted the entire aircraft. I started with ocean gray. I enlarged and mirrored a 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Mk I camouflage pattern to make camouflage masks that would fit on my model. I attached them with masking tape and the dark green was sprayed on next. When it had dried, the underside was painted with medium sea gray. I mixed Tamiya Acrylics to get the right tone for each colour. After I had painted the "sky" band, I sprayed the entire model with acrylic clear.

The decals came from Dutch Decals and were excellent. The decals were followed by another coat of acrylic clear, and then all the remaining parts were installed and painted. Weathering was done with drybrushing Humbrol aluminum, silver and black on the raised panels, and with a bit of powdered chalk around the exhaust pipes and guns. It was all sealed with Humbrol satin.

Although it was built almost straight from the box, it took longer to complete than usual. I just put in some extra work this time, I guess. It is the first aircraft I built in this scale since a long time, but I'll probably build more because I really enjoyed it.

Elger Abbink

      

Photos and text by Elger Abbink