Tamiya's 1/48 scale
by Anthony Manzoli
Supermarine Spitfire VB
No. 417 (City of Windsor) Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Force, North Africa
scale Spitfire Vb Trop is available online from Squadron.com
Here is Tamiya's 1/48 scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VB
Trop kit, finished in the markings of No. 417 (City of Windsor) Sqn,
I have always found this colorful scheme to be the most
appealing of all the Spitfire schemes used during WWII.
Construction of the kit was very straight forward,
absolutely no filler was necessary. I built the kit out of the box, only
adding fuse wire for the brake lines.
I will be adding some seat belts next time.
The kit has been painted using Gunze acrylics Dark Earth
and Middle stone on the upper surface and Vallejo Azul on the lower
I used the kits camouflage guide by cutting it out and
applying it on the model with small amounts of Blue- Tac under the
edges. By doing this, it allows for a soft edge on the camouflage.
Once the kit was painted, I proceeded to apply some
weathering by fading the paint by adding a few drops of flat white to
the colors and hitting the panels. The kit was then sprayed with Shine
Magic for the gloss coat and allowed to dry for 12 hours and then the
kit was decaled.
The kit decals were used and with Micro set and Micro
Sol they performed well. After the kit was allowed to sit over night I
followed up with another light coat of Shine Magic, and finished the
weathering by adding Citadel brown ink to the panel lines. The last step
was adding Tamiya flat base to the Shine Magic for the final matte coat.
I decided the kit was not weathered enough, so I shaded
the panel lines with very diluted Tamiya smoke and reapplied the matte
coat with more Flat Base added to it to give a more faded look to the
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