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MiniSpit-16tb
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:22:49 pm »
This is a project now, but I have bought the kit and building it may start soon.

I built this Spitfire Mk.16e Heller 1/72 in the 1990s, not finishing it alas (like most models I made in that sad time, looking for too much perfection). Now I am a what-ifer and all changes, I start this model again.
The plastic is no more grey but black, no problem. As I will use putty, this will need paint anyway, sky blue overall I think.
When I bought the Spits 16e in the old time, I was disliking only this Merlin bubble model is in normal injected plastic, not short run, because I preferred so much the Griffon Spit silhouettes (Mk 24 or 22 or 14 bubble).
My first project in 2018 was a STB, Rolls-Royce Spitfire Test Bed, with the canopy just after the propeller and the piston exhausts above the wing. Calling it Mk 16tb (test bed).
Then I thought of shorter wings and fuselage, into a MiniSpit, with much truncation and putty fairing.
Now I think of using the 16tb name for twin-boom, and this may be an asymmetric plane with little fuselage on the port side and micro-boom on starboard, from a middle wing to reach the single tailplane. I will illustrate that with drawings soon.
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 08:54:50 pm »
Here is the genealogy of the project of mine, the 2018 one.
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2018, 08:57:55 am »
While the Mustang-T paint is drying, I must avoid dust (sanding my Boeing 7474) so this is the right time to start gluing the Spit, in a normal way for a start, so sad... :-X
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2018, 02:00:53 am »
Now that my Mustang-T model is finished, I can saw, butcher... and the MiniSpit is born!
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2018, 09:01:08 am »
Putty time is starting:

I do not plan to join smoothly the big front and the narrow rear, there will be a step, but I will try to avoid a hole there, simply. :-\ ;)
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2018, 11:46:01 am »
After sanding/gluing, while drying:

yes, yes, this has been a Spitfire...
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2018, 03:22:31 am »
The Minispit is taking shape, yeah... ;D
The extra tailplane will be an extra fin at mid wing on starboard (when the port wing will have a boom towards its tailplane).
For the wings, either I will make like a step in the plastic or glue them a little swept, I will see.
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2018, 09:55:34 am »
The step in the wing chord has been cut and now the wings are glued on. But I am not satisfied with the result:

My project now is to glue reinforcement under the wing at the chord/fuselage junction, then I will use putty above the wing to have all smooth. I hope.
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2018, 01:13:46 am »
This is going to work:
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2018, 05:28:13 am »
The twin-boom asymmetric Spitfire midget is finished:

Just remains paint (black for the canopy).
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2018, 05:12:21 am »
My son Jacky, 9 years old, painted the underside, thanks.

Normally, I should not show this side, hidden, but this is a step like the others on the workbench.
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2018, 03:08:02 am »
My Filipino son Jacky painting the side above...
Little boy and little plane... (No, this would be an insult for him, I am sorry) I mean: a big big boy and a tiny plane... ;D
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2018, 06:30:11 am »
Wonderful to see the concentration  :thumbsup:
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2018, 04:03:24 am »
Thanks!

Now the twin-boom asymmetric Mini-Spitfire model is finished!
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Re: MiniSpit-16tb
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2018, 06:25:06 am »
From 4 angles:
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