Supermarine Spitfire IXc
by Roger Fabrocini
1/48 scale Spitfire IX is available online from
This is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Supermarine
Spitfire Mk. IXc (kit JT-79) built as LF.IX NH342 SZ-G of OC #131 (Polish)
wing, G/Cpt. A.K. Gabszewicz, summer/autumn 1944.
Thanks goes to Mirage Hobby's book "Spitfire
IX & XVI of Polish Airmen" by Wojtek Matusiak. Not only is this an
excellent reference source, but also a great source of inspiration.
The book is highly recommended to all
modelers interested in Spitfires.
The following after market parts were used,
whole or in part:
Aries resin cockpit #4129
Techmod decals #48034
Czech Master exterior set #cmk4103
Ultracast: covered wheels #48067
Ultracast: 1-pc. lower cowling #48094
Eduard photo etch set #49203
The Aries cockpit is beautiful, but the fit
is poor. Next time I will try the Czech Master set.
Floquil's British interior green was used
over Gunze Mr. Resin Primer. Vallejo acrylics were used for detail.
No problems (other then the fit of the
cockpit) were experienced with construction and all after market parts fit
well. I was most pleased with Czech Master's fuselage extension, giving
the Spit a more balanced look.
Mr. Surfacer 1000 was used as a primer.
The color coat is tamiya acrylics, mixed per
published ratios, thinned with Tamiya thinner. XF-19 & XF-54 for Sea Gray
Medium, XF-18/XF-21/XF-24 used for Ocean Gray, and XF-58/XF-65 used for
the British Dark Green.
The airframe was pre shaded with a Tamiya
dark gray. My method of paint application is to start with a mix of the
original colors with approximately 65-75% thinner tracing over all panel
lines and corners, over spraying into the panels. then a successive
application of lightened and thinned color, slowly working into the middle
of each panel.
The subsequent camouflage colors are applied
in the same fashion, just starting at the color demarcation line, then
filling in the appropriate areas.
Future was used as a gloss coat. Pactra
acrylic flat is used as a final coat.
Decals are from the above mentioned Techmod
sheet. the sheet depicts G/Cpt. A. GAbszewicz's Mk.IX #NH214, but I chose
to model his previous mount, #NH342.
I wanted the challenge of replicating the
hand painted invasion stripes depicted in the Mirage Hobby book. Codes,
personal markings, national and squadron insignias seemed to be identical
only placement differed. aircraft serial were taken from a tally-ho sheet
of codes and serial numbers.
Weathering was done with artist oils, a mix
of black and raw umber and turpentine, and Prismacolor silver pencil.
The invasion stripes were added last after
everything was done, using vallejo acrylics, white, off white and gray
black, dry brushed on using masking tape masks.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge
HyperScale and all those visitors who submit articles and posts on the
forum for all the tips, info, help and inspiration. Most of all thanks to
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