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Title: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 03, 2015, 05:33:13 am
Getting ready to rumble - this will be a rather simple whif kit, no major conversions, rather some cosmetics, an exotic user and an appropriate background story. Had this project on the list for a while, though, and the 1WGB is a good excuse to tackle it.

Here the major ingredients for the next week:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7630/16396792304_08669aa9ac_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qYVR6A)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe with some mods (https://flic.kr/p/qYVR6A) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

Stay tuned, work will start tomorrow.  :wacko:

Title: Re: A whiffy Spitfire Mk. XVIe
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 03, 2015, 11:28:09 am
A Spitfire with a HURRICANE upgrade set???  :unsure:
Title: Re: A whiffy Spitfire Mk. XVIe
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 04, 2015, 02:06:53 am
Keen eye... yes. I take what I can get.  ;D
Title: Re: A whiffy Spitfire Mk. XVIe
Post by: JayBee on April 04, 2015, 02:36:12 am
...and Frecce markings!  :o
Title: Re: A whiffy Spitfire Mk. XVIe
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 04, 2015, 03:55:48 am
...and Frecce markings!  :o

It's not as weird as you might think... ;) But I will have to improvise for the markings.

BTW, there are first signs of progress: Bits and pieces of the vintage Heller Spitfire Mk. XVIe.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8751/17028890805_8a7daf3549_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rWMvXB)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe with some mods (https://flic.kr/p/rWMvXB) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


The radiators are molded into the kit's wings and feature a blank "box" inside. While the material is thin, that box rather looks ugly, so I decided to add some foamed plastic as protective mesh inside of the radiators.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7643/16408735973_d3a3a19526_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qZZ4wV)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe with some mods (https://flic.kr/p/qZZ4wV) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7608/17028888255_eda6b9191a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rWMvcD)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe with some mods (https://flic.kr/p/rWMvcD) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


As per usual, I modified the propeller mount into a styrene tube construction that holds a free-spinning iron wire axis.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8709/17028026501_f2c07bf178_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rWH62P)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe with some mods (https://flic.kr/p/rWH62P) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


The cockpit - OOB, just painted with RAF Interior Green, a black ink wash and some dry painting with Light Grey. A pilot will be added for beauty pics later.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8743/17028025951_a81fcf5678_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rWH5Sk)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe with some mods (https://flic.kr/p/rWH5Sk) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop.
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 04, 2015, 05:23:31 am
More progress, and confirmation of Kit's observation: it will become a Mk. XVIe trop., with a dust filter borrowed from a Pavla Hurricane conversion kit, since the aircraft's user will be located in the Mediterranean region...

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7612/16841703728_c744a1808f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rEf8Ld)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/rEf8Ld) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


And: a neat find in the spares box! These slipper tanks come from a late Griffon Spitfire/Seafire kit (Special Hobby), and I might add them on this one for the odd look?

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8749/17028620591_9e012469c1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rWL8CK)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/rWL8CK) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


Currently I face strong opposition from the fuselage/wings intersection. Nothing fits - shape is O.K., but the thin plastic of the kit makes glueing a challenge and there's a 1mm(!) gap at bot wing roots that don't help with stability... otherwise things look good.
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop.
Post by: TallEng on April 04, 2015, 08:56:04 am
Must admit I'm not a big fan of that style of Fuel tank, much preferring the simple
Tear drop shape or Fairey Firefly style (as per ye olde Airfix kit) ;D
Mind you they do look awfully like index wing Gun gondola/pods.
Hope the wing joint doesn't cause to much bother  :thumbsup:

Regards
Keith
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop.
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 05, 2015, 12:59:44 am
More progress... Test fitting of the free spinning propeller:

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8724/16416393394_d088a124a3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r1EiPq)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/r1EiPq) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


Canopy glued into its place - the side door is opened, too, for later 'static display'.
Notice the tons of putty at the wing/fuselage intersection - a 1mm (!) gap had to bridged, on BOTH sides.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7715/17012830766_07c573bb97_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rVncSo)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/rVncSo) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7641/17012830306_07c563ccc9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rVncJs)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/rVncJs) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


(Basic) Painting started - this XVI Spitfire will be finished in classic 'RAF Tropical Scheme', with an upper camouflage in Mid Stone and Dark Green, and with Light Blue undersides.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8746/17037970611_3212c74c6b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rXA44Z)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/rXA44Z) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7589/17037377722_6a6269a12a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rXx1PL)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/rXx1PL) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


The drop tanks will be kept seperately until the end, not certain to fit them yet. Selling point is that they belong to post WWII versions, and the decidedly odd look. Fit is very good, but I will wait how this modified Mk. XVI will eventually look. The dust filter is already dedicatedly ugly, I guess the slipper tanks won't hurt much more...  ;)

Stay tuned!
Title: Re: A Mediterranean Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop.
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 05, 2015, 05:15:27 am
Painting progress. Basic tones applied, as well as some panel shading with lighter tones. Now a thin black ink wash was added.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7660/17040754145_e78c97cde4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rXQjvX)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/rXQjvX) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: A Mediterranean Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop.
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 05, 2015, 06:55:01 am
More progress, on the lower surfaces, too, with some shading after the black ink had dried and was wiped away with a soft cotton cloth.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7644/16419191584_8a10c1e045_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r1UDC5)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional, Levantine post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/r1UDC5) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: A Mediterranean Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop.
Post by: NARSES2 on April 05, 2015, 07:21:52 am
Flippin Ada, he's almost there  :blink: ;D
Title: Re: A Mediterranean Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop.
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 05, 2015, 08:12:02 am
Posted from my personal warp bubble... More "Sand & Spinach" painting progress: additional panel shading and corrections before the decals come, probably this evening.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7656/17016432896_822c9fd2d4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rVFEE5)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com - a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. in fictional, Levantine post WW2 use (https://flic.kr/p/rVFEE5) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


Things run smoothly!  :ph34r:
Title: Re: A Mediterranean Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop.
Post by: Army of One on April 05, 2015, 10:05:19 am
Great work......it's evening now..... ;)
Title: Re: A Mediterranean Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop.
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 05, 2015, 12:11:35 pm
Great work......it's evening now..... ;)

Thanks for asking. Now I unveil the Spitfire's operator: the Lebanon!  :mellow:

Austrian roundels from a TL Modellbau aftermarket sheet...

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8747/17044123411_ab7df47454_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rY8A5K)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com: 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (https://flic.kr/p/rY8A5K) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

...become Lebanese Air Force marking with hand-made, dark green dots for the roundels' center (just dark green enemale paint on clear decal sheet and a hole punch)!

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7616/17044124031_30e5eec0b5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rY8Agr)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com: 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (https://flic.kr/p/rY8Agr) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

That's the result:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7660/16857173248_f34eb56f1d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rFBqj5)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com: 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (https://flic.kr/p/rFBqj5) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

And with some more markings we have a 1st generation fighter of the Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya) in 1951!

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8762/17043501082_5db72fe461_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rY5p5W)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com: 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (https://flic.kr/p/rY5p5W) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


Some more weathering (exhaust soot, oil) to come, and matt varnish tomorrow.  ;D
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Army of One on April 05, 2015, 12:21:39 pm
Oh wow.......spanking awesome work.....love it...... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 05, 2015, 02:01:52 pm
I said he'd have it done by Tuesday, maybe make that MONDAY?
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on April 05, 2015, 03:42:49 pm
I like it - good looking and plausible! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 06, 2015, 02:13:06 am
Finishing touches on Monday morning (e. g. soot stains, some oil and dry painting with silver e .g. around the canopy hatch) and a coat of acrylic matt varnish:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7698/17051450901_3b5f471970_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rYM9hM)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com: 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (https://flic.kr/p/rYM9hM) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


BTW: the plan had been to build this one as a plausible whif - it fits seamlessly into real world's history, wait for the beauty pics and the story... not certain if that is feasible today, but at least the kit will get finished and I might add first pics for the GB's gallery.  ;)
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Bungle on April 06, 2015, 03:20:51 am
Amazing ! Not just the speed but the quality.

I haven't even got the wings on mine yet !
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Captain Canada on April 06, 2015, 03:54:42 am
Gorgeous. Colours and markings look superb. Nice to see the prop housing as well, might have to try that !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: McColm on April 06, 2015, 06:15:40 am
Wow! :bow:
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 06, 2015, 06:55:16 am
Thank you, gentlemen. "In the meantime, Mos Eisley, space port..."

The finished article, with everything in place:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7714/17054649255_f98f54b2ee_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ4x3P)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com: 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (https://flic.kr/p/rZ4x3P) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


...and preparation for beauty pics! Might get everthing together today.  :drink:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7640/16434501903_1657f06b00_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r3g7R6)"One Week Group Build" at whatifmodelers.com: 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (https://flic.kr/p/r3g7R6) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: NARSES2 on April 06, 2015, 07:37:55 am
There is no way my paint would dry that quickly  :blink:

There has to be a hole in the space/time thingamy gidgum ! I blame that Haldron Collider thing  ;D
Title: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 06, 2015, 08:05:20 am
Finished! Quicker than expected (and THAT means something...  :rolleyes:), and here's the story behind it; I present to you a 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7692/17029199756_ff18be7680_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rWP6Nm)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rWP6Nm) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8755/16867407218_9cbe451d95_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rGvSvQ)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rGvSvQ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


Some background:
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft.

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works (which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from 1928). In accordance with its role as an interceptor, Mitchell designed the Spitfire's distinctive elliptical wing to have the thinnest possible cross-section; this thin wing enabled the Spitfire to have a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7616/16867649740_e40941f072_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rGx7Bf)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rGx7Bf) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7584/17054394911_c98900d276_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3erz)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3erz) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8775/16867408508_16174023d3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rGvSU5)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rGvSU5) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


It was the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout World War II, and remained in service with several air forces around the world for several years. One of its post-war operators was the Lebanese Air Force, or Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya (لقوات الجوية اللبنانية‎).
The Lebanese Air Force was established in 1949 under the command of then-Lieutenant Colonel Emile Boustany who later became commander of the army. Soon after its establishment, a number of planes were donated by the British, French, and Italian governments, with additional planes donated by Britain and Italy later that same year.

Britain donated 4 Percival Prentices, 2 World War II-era Percival Proctors and seven trpocailized Supermarine Spitfires (six Mk. XVIe and one TR.8 two-seater), while Italy donated 4 Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 bombers which were mainly used for transportation.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7705/17054401191_27177aa619_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3giR)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3giR) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7600/17054398931_fc11bb45f5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3fCT)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3fCT) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8737/17054397411_fcf48b0942_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3fbF)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3fbF) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


The Mk XVI Spitfire was a WWII design, and the last variant powered by a Merlin engine and based on the original, sleek fuselage. It was basically the same as the Mk IX, except for the engine, a Merlin 266. The Merlin 266 was the Merlin 66 and was built under licence in the USA by the Packard Motor Company. The "2" was added as a prefix in order to avoid confusion with the engines, as they required different tooling.

All Mk XVI aircraft produced (a total of 1,054 Mk XVIs left Castle Bromwich) were of the Low-Altitude Fighter (LF) variety. This was not determined by the length of the wings (clipped wings were fitted to most LF Spitfires), but by the engine, which had been optimised for low-altitude operation. All production Mk XVIs had clipped wings for low altitude work and were fitted with the rear fuselage fuel tanks with a combined capacity of 75 gal. Many XVIs featured cut-down rear fuselages with bubble canopies. On these aircraft the rear fuselage tank capacity was limited to 66 gal.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8720/17029212716_3f816a94d4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rWPaDN)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rWPaDN) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7691/17053724942_5cc9163393_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rYYNho)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rYYNho) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7635/17029200746_f12f4c90d6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rWP76q)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rWP76q) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


Because of a slightly taller intercooler and rearranged accessories on the Packard Merlins a new, bulged upper cowling was introduced, a detail that also appeared on late production IXs. For the service in the Middel East region the Lebanese machines received dust filters which considerably changed the aircraft's silhouette.

Armament consisted of  two 20 mm Hispano II cannons - each with 120 rpg - and two 0.50 calibre Browning machine guns - each with 250 rpg. 1 500 lb (227 kg) bomb could be carried underneath the centre rack, and 1 250 lb (114 kg) bomb could be slung under each wing. As a special feature, the wing hardpoints of the Lebanese Spitfires were "wet" so that slipper tanks with 24 gal. each could be carried, compensating for the reduces rear fuselage tank due to the bubble canopy's lowered dorsal spine.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7683/16868986989_a0eb798d10_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rGDY8g)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rGDY8g) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8706/16847799427_979671257c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rEMnNt)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rEMnNt) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


The Lebanese Spitfires only saw a short service, since in 1953, jet fighters were introduced when 16 de Havilland Vampire jets were received, and the first Hawker Hunters arrived in 1959, which replaced the obsolete Spitfires. This initial Hunter batch was followed by more Hunters through 1977.

In 1968, 12 Mirage IIIELs were delivered from France but were grounded in the late 1970s due to lack of funds. In 2000, the grounded Mirages were sold to Pakistan, and four Hunters were even revived in 2008 and served until 2014.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7627/16435057903_016acdccd7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r3iY8i)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/r3iY8i) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7689/17054386251_673549d613_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3bSg)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3bSg) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr





General characteristics:
    Crew: one pilot
    Length: 29 ft 11 in (9.12 m)
    Wingspan: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
    Height: 11 ft 5 in (3.86 m)
    Wing area: 242.1 ft2 (22.48 m2)
    Airfoil: NACA 2209.4(tip)
    Empty weight: 5,065 lb (2,297 kg)
    Loaded weight: 6,622 lb (3,000 kg)
    Max. takeoff weight: 6,700 lb (3,039 kg)

Powerplant:
    1 Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 supercharged V12 engine,
    rated at 1.470 hp (1.096 kW) at 9.250 ft (2.820 m)

Performance:
    Maximum speed: 370 mph, (322 kn, 595 km/h)
    Combat radius: 410 nmi (470 mi, 760 km)
    Ferry range: 991 nmi (1,135 mi, 1,827 km)
    Service ceiling: 36,500 ft (11,125 m)
    Rate of climb: 2,600 ft/min (13.2 m/s)
    Wing loading: 27.35 lb/ft2 (133.5 kg/m)
    Power/mass: 0.22 hp/lb (0.36 kW/kg)

Armament:
    2x 20mm Hispano Mk II cannon (120 RPG)
    2x .5 in Browning machine guns (250 RPG)
    Three hardpoints (1 ventral, 1 under each outer wing) for up to 1.000 lb (454 kg).



(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7627/16432762884_51c87c47c7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r37cU1)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/r37cU1) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8814/16432765954_9eed710a65_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r37dNW)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/r37dNW) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7632/17054390171_70ae513f49_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3d2R)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rZ3d2R) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8798/16868974739_ccf2054ee7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rGDUu4)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rGDUu4) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7662/16867659840_a5d5f2e985_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rGxaBo)1:72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe Trop (Type 361); aircraft "١٥٤ ﻞ/L 154" of 2nd Squadron, Lebanese Air Force (LAF) (القوات الجوية اللبنانية‎/Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnaniyya); Rayak Air Base, 1951 (Whif/Heller kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/rGxaBo) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


I'll admit it's not a spectacular whif, and overall rather simple concerning build and painting. But it's a proud addition to whatifmodelers.com's "2015 One Week Group Build", even though this was already finished in just three days from sprues to beauty pics...  :cheers:
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: JayBee on April 06, 2015, 08:47:47 am
In all aspects..........

 :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Supertom on April 06, 2015, 08:50:23 am
May I propose that for future One Week Builds, that Dizzy is not allowed to participate and instead has to do Three Day Builds.
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: kitbasher on April 06, 2015, 08:52:33 am
May I propose that for future One Week Builds, that Dizzy is not allowed to participate and instead has to do Three Day Builds.

Or impound his time machine!
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 06, 2015, 09:42:11 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Nils on April 07, 2015, 01:20:53 am
looks very, very good  :thumbsup:
hard to believe you finished this build in only a few days  :mellow:

ive build the Heller Kit to (converted it to a Belgian LF.14e).
a great kit, although a but fragile, but thats pretty much Hellers weak point.
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Supertom on April 07, 2015, 12:06:51 pm
Hey Dizzy, have you done a how-to on photography? I've do like the way you do your photos.
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 07, 2015, 04:39:42 pm
It's not that fragile a kit, although later boxings have that awful black plastic which is absolute garbage.  The u/c can be a weak point, but that goes for a lot of Heller kits anyway

I like it.  Apart from the filter and the flaps.  The 16 - like the mid to late production VIII, IX, X and XI - all had the longer Aerovee filter which was intended for tropical use anyway and it's the kit one, albeit a bit too 'boxy'. There's also no "trop" designation for anything past the mk V either.  The flaps - none of the Spitfire family bar the Seafire 47 had flaps with intermediate settings; they were either fully up or down, with nowt inbetween. There's photos of Seafire IIIs with flaps in that position, but locked open with wooden chocks prior to take off from a carrier.

If I was being *really* picky, I'd have said that the wheels were too small (which is a kit flaw - the wheels are the right size for the four spoke wartime ones, but have three spokes and are too small if used for post war.  Best replaced with aftermarket) and the exhausts for post war aircraft are tubular, not fishtail.  Both are in the kit, but the post war ones are dreadful and not fit for purpose.

Final thing that concerns me is the mark no. Visually identical to late mk IXs, the designation XVI was to ensure that the spares for that type didn't end up on standard IXs as it had US built and supplied engines.  They were under the same lease-lend agreement that had the UK being bled white for the next 60 years and prevented their resale.  No mk XVIs were exported* although Belgium and France had them under loan.  The Danish and South African low backs were all late mk IXs.

*The Greek 16s are the only exception but I've a feeling that the US may have had a hand in paying for them.
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 08, 2015, 12:25:45 am
Hey Dizzy, have you done a how-to on photography? I've do like the way you do your photos.

No, not really, it's self-tutorial. I got the basics from a really vintage, French book about modelling I found in a library when I was a child. Covered many aspects, including dioramas, and photography. That was the start, and I tried my first serious model pics maybe 15 years ago. The I read some basics concerning macro photography in general, and from there things evolved with experience/trial and error. I still stick to the basic concept of models on a base or display in front of a printed background, a very simple digital pocket camera, plus some CG editing (this is also an evolving art by trial & error) with different softwares. No rocket science. :)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2785/4430166108_bf38c46db5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/7KtL3h)"Hell's kitchen" or: what to do with an oven if not for cooking ;) (https://flic.kr/p/7KtL3h) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/people/14802581@N07/), on Flickr


Check this here as a "how to guide":
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/4430166108
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: NARSES2 on April 08, 2015, 07:43:26 am
Right lads

I can't quite work out how to move individual comments so I'm posting the individual comments from the finished builds threads here all in one post.

By HMAN - Blimey this a one week build...  you must have access to a time machine!  Nice build by the way Thumbs Up

By Glen Gilbertson - That looks good - and suitably well-used! Thumbs Up

By Caveman - Blimey this a one week build...  you must have access to a time machine!  Nice build by the way Thumbs Up


He did say time warped...

By Capt Canada - Finally the truth comes out in how he builds do fast lol ! Beautiful shot. Wub

By Nightflyer - As always a brilliant, amazingly speedy, idea provoking build

One nit-pick ....and only because I'm insanely jealous of the speed and final appearance of the build


Can somebody provide the pilot with a cushion to sit on .....? Wink

Reply from Dizzy - Actually, it's a "HO scale pygmy pilot" (hence the bone dome), just for the beauty pics. Normally the cockpit is empty - in this pic I also "closed" the cockpit door with CG magic.  Wink
I could not fit any 1:72 pilot in there without... amputations, so a tinier guy had to do the job. Wink

By Nightflyer - And there I was thinking all pilot figures had to have their legs removed to fit in plastic model cockpits!  Wink

It's amazing the difference in size between some pilot figures isn't it!
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 08, 2015, 07:50:01 am
Thanks - good idea to keep the finished models thread "clean", should be reserved for the items. Any more comments or discussions concerning the Lebanese Spitfire welcomed here.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Done: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe trop. of the Lebanese Air Force, 1951
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 08, 2015, 02:14:16 pm
3 days...  :o :bow: