Notes on a 1/32 Spitfire Mk IX conversion

I keep hoping that 21st Century Toys will do a 1/32 Spitfire Mk IX kit but, until that time, one just has to start from the Hasegawa Spit Mk V or the old Revell Spitfire Mk. I if you want a Mk IX.

In the conversion kit route, there’s two main alternatives: Paragon and Warbird. Frankly, based on my experience using the Paragon set, I wish I’d known about the Warbird conversion first.

But since the Paragon set was all I had access to, you work with what you’ve got.

I’ll be maintaining a separate page here on progression (slow as it has been), but here’s a sample of the initial cockpit work.

As basically right the Hasegawa Mk. V kit was, it lacks some necessary features for a contest-quality open-cockpit Spit. The Hasegawa designers got one point almost right with the lower cockpit sidewall liners between the seat bulkhead and the instrument panel. If you’re going to go head to head with modelers at a contest, however, those liners need to extend back at least two frames behind the cockpit if you’re going to defeat the penlight-and-mirror judges.

I didn’t, but I did make liners on a Revell Spit Mk I kit that’s on the assembly line. I’ll include some pics later to show the basic configuration.

Also, the Hasegawa fuselage includes no frame detail aft of the seat bulkhead. Simple strip may suffice for the visual effect, but T-section longerons are more to scale. I made t-section longerons by cementing thin flat strips and capping them with square-section strip.

This photo shows the T-longerons to better effect. I had to extend the stringers further aft on the starboard side since I had opened the radio hatch and thus the view inside.


3 responses to “Notes on a 1/32 Spitfire Mk IX conversion

  1. Pingback: Filling out that nasty Spitfire fillet area . . . « Frontier Modeler

  2. I do modeling for a living and i must say that this is one of the most beautiful conversion cockpits i have ever seen. incredible work, this will give me much insparation on for my next replica.

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