1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk IX

 51st Fighter Wing


by Busolini Massimo


  Italy National Day 2007 


Today I'd like to show you my 1/48 scale Spitfire from Hasegawa, in markings for the 51 Fighter Wing of the Italian Air Force.  The quality of the detailling on the parts is the usual quality we expect from Hasegawa, and that is excellent, and with a very beautiful level of surface detail.  These Spitfires Mk IX primarily operated from northern Italy and exactly from Treviso S. Angelo airport in 1948.  The only additions that I have done to the kit, the seatbelts have been produced in photoengraving and the various cables of the radio.

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Once I finished building my Spitfire, it was time ot move onto the painting process, which was performed with the Model-Master colors, particularly the aluminium metalizer, an excellent product, also because once dry, it can be polished with a soft cloth giving excellent results.

Once I completed the painting, I applied the first coat of transparent shiny varnish, followed by a second, and once dry I applied the decals, which are followed by another coat of transparent shiny varnish.  I did some very careful chipping of the paint with a toothpick to give my Spitfire that used look.  A very  beautiful kit that I recommend to everybody.


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Photos and text by Busolini Massimo