Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Wanderer » 14 Dec 2017, 00:21

I have just ordered (and hope it arrived in time!) an Airfix 1:24 Spitfire Mk Vb with tropical chin radiator that will represent one of 666's aircraft from Sweeps the Desert. It will go nicely with some 1:24 pilot figures I have that will represent (most likely) Biggles, Algy, Ginger and someone else *(not necessarily Bertie).

s-l1600.jpg
(Raymond) "'It's the early bird that catches the worm, you know,'
'... Not always. Sometimes he catches a slug—in the back of the neck,' contradicted Biggles.
User avatar
Wanderer
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 575
Images: 11
Joined: 24 Apr 2016, 15:35
Location: Australia

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby VickersVandal » 14 Dec 2017, 02:36

1/24 :shock:
That'll be one big fella!

Can't wait to see this one - especially with those figures!
User avatar
VickersVandal
Site Orderly
Site Orderly
 
Posts: 1111
Images: 310
Joined: 03 May 2013, 10:33
Location: The depths of Sydney.
Reading last: Whatever I needed to complete the last model
Reading now: Whatever I need to complete the current model
Reading next: Whatever I need to complete the next model
My top chap: Dickpa
Starsign: Star of Bethlehem
Aircraft: The Vandal
Random: NOT FROM YOU, YOU'RE COVERED IN BEES!

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Fairblue » 14 Dec 2017, 09:35

Could I ask that when the finished photograph is taken that something is placed beside it for scale? I know this will be big but I can't visualise the size.
The Decision to Survive - A good pilot is both born and made. The best would look upon his work as a combination of adventure and a serious mission. – Major General Sir Frederick Sykes
User avatar
Fairblue
Air vice marshal
Air vice marshal
 
Posts: 25452
Images: 119
Joined: 21 Apr 2013, 11:05
Location: Arbroath, Scotland
Reading now: Darwin Spitfires - Anthony Cooper
Reading next: Depends on my mood
My top chap: Bertie - who else?
Starsign: Leo
Aircraft: Spitfire

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Wanderer » 14 Dec 2017, 11:26

Fairblue wrote:Could I ask that when the finished photograph is taken that something is placed beside it for scale? I know this will be big but I can't visualise the size.

Certainly. At this scale is has a wingspan of approx 18 inches or 47 cm (three times, of course, of the common or garden 1:72 Airfic kit!) If I'd wanted something truly huge I'd have gone for the 1:24 Mosquito :-)
(Raymond) "'It's the early bird that catches the worm, you know,'
'... Not always. Sometimes he catches a slug—in the back of the neck,' contradicted Biggles.
User avatar
Wanderer
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 575
Images: 11
Joined: 24 Apr 2016, 15:35
Location: Australia

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Frecks » 14 Dec 2017, 12:10

1/24 is half the scale of my figures so I can imagine it quite well. I am really looking forward to seeing the aircraft and the figures.
Frecks
Wing commander
Wing commander
 
Posts: 3782
Images: 41
Joined: 26 Jun 2014, 19:14

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby kylie_koyote » 14 Dec 2017, 12:12

Wow that looks amazing! I can't wait.
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
"That's better."
User avatar
kylie_koyote
Air commodore
Air commodore
 
Posts: 11222
Images: 399
Joined: 06 Dec 2013, 19:32
Location: Northeast USA
Reading last: Sharpe's Tiger
Reading now: Tumult in the Clouds
Reading next: so many choices...
My top chap: Ginger
Aircraft: Spitfire

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Babanango » 16 Dec 2017, 19:28

I can't wait to see this monster finished. I thought about getting one a while back, but then didn't know where to put it once it was finished. I've built some WW1 kits in 1/24, and they take up way more space that I'm comfortable with. Here's a size comparison of a 1/24 SPAD next to a 1/72 SPAD.

1945
“Never play your trump cards too soon. No, by Jove!”
User avatar
Babanango
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 299
Images: 156
Joined: 23 Nov 2015, 01:58
Location: Michigan, USA
Reading last: Biggles in the Terai
Reading now: Mystic Voices
Reading next: ?
My top chap: Dickpa
Aircraft: P-40B Tomahawk

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Wanderer » 03 Jan 2018, 02:58

OK. Kit has arrived and am just off to get the paint... Its a rather big beast some 192 parts although not all will be used. Quality of parts variable with fuselage and wings looking like a bit of fiddling will be needed to get everything to fit properly. The pilot figure is excellent so I won't need to chase another "after market" replacement. Some other components may well be worth replacing....

20180102_134651s.jpg

20180102_134553s.jpg

20180102_134634s.jpg
(Raymond) "'It's the early bird that catches the worm, you know,'
'... Not always. Sometimes he catches a slug—in the back of the neck,' contradicted Biggles.
User avatar
Wanderer
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 575
Images: 11
Joined: 24 Apr 2016, 15:35
Location: Australia

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby 266 » 03 Jan 2018, 04:12

That should keep you busy for a while...
Zorotov: "We shall meet again."
Biggles: "If we do, the pleasure will be all yours."
User avatar
266
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 518
Images: 10
Joined: 22 May 2013, 05:18
Location: New Zealand
Reading last: In the days of the comet
Reading now: Biggles in France
Reading next: War of the Worlds
My top chap: WEJ - the founder of the feast
Aircraft: Concorde
Random: Ahhh....de Havilland....

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby kylie_koyote » 03 Jan 2018, 12:22

That looks enormous! Wishing you the very best of luck with that. I wouldn't know where to begin!
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
"That's better."
User avatar
kylie_koyote
Air commodore
Air commodore
 
Posts: 11222
Images: 399
Joined: 06 Dec 2013, 19:32
Location: Northeast USA
Reading last: Sharpe's Tiger
Reading now: Tumult in the Clouds
Reading next: so many choices...
My top chap: Ginger
Aircraft: Spitfire

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Fairblue » 03 Jan 2018, 12:35

Me neither. At least with a jigsaw puzzle you have corners and edges to start with.
The Decision to Survive - A good pilot is both born and made. The best would look upon his work as a combination of adventure and a serious mission. – Major General Sir Frederick Sykes
User avatar
Fairblue
Air vice marshal
Air vice marshal
 
Posts: 25452
Images: 119
Joined: 21 Apr 2013, 11:05
Location: Arbroath, Scotland
Reading now: Darwin Spitfires - Anthony Cooper
Reading next: Depends on my mood
My top chap: Bertie - who else?
Starsign: Leo
Aircraft: Spitfire

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Wanderer » 04 Jan 2018, 09:44

...its a bit like the old puzzle "how do you eat an elephant" - one bite at a time. In this case, three coats of Humbrol Azure Blue for the underside, Mid Stone for the rest of the outer surfaces (the Dark Earth camouflage will be added after assembly), Cockpit Green for the inside and black and gunmetal for the machinery. The main parts of the Merlin engine (in black) are in the middle of the box and will shortly be going together. A pair of scissors and a Stanley Knife for scale, for those who are interested. Also a collection of Humbrol tins that cost nearly as much as the kit.... For someone used to building 1:350 aircraft carriers, this kit is neither all that large or all that complicated.

The colour scheme is essentially identical to that the USAF used for its Spitfire Vbs in North Africa during the winter of 1943. Although Sweeps the Desert is set about a year earlier I am fairly certain everyone was doing something similar. If anyone can give me a clue as to what lettering 666 Squadron might have used at the time, it would be most appreciated.

20180104_191303s.jpg
(Raymond) "'It's the early bird that catches the worm, you know,'
'... Not always. Sometimes he catches a slug—in the back of the neck,' contradicted Biggles.
User avatar
Wanderer
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 575
Images: 11
Joined: 24 Apr 2016, 15:35
Location: Australia

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Wanderer » 06 Jan 2018, 13:57

The first sub-assembly - the Rolls Royce Merlin 45 V12 engine rated at 1440 h.p. with propeller.

I am assuming that 666 would have received early VB(Trop) aircraft with the large Volkes chin radiator and the more pointed propeller boss of the Rotol propeller rather than the earlier De Havilland propeller - the photo has the shorter rounded boss of the latter type just for comparison here so you will see the difference on the finished aircraft. It does not yet have the distinctive exhaust pipes added as these go on the model after its fitted into the fuselage.

The model will also have the 2 x cannon, 4 x machine gun armament typical of this model rather than the 8 x machine guns of earlier Spitfires, but will have the original rounded rather than clipped wing that was standard a little later than I believe the book is set (around mid-1941).

The Airfix kit is delightfully crude and I think I should have gone for the Trumpeter one, but thems the breaks.

20180106_232214s.jpg
(Raymond) "'It's the early bird that catches the worm, you know,'
'... Not always. Sometimes he catches a slug—in the back of the neck,' contradicted Biggles.
User avatar
Wanderer
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 575
Images: 11
Joined: 24 Apr 2016, 15:35
Location: Australia

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Wanderer » 21 Jan 2018, 08:31

21-01-2018s.jpg

Some progress to report. The four internal bulkheads in place with seat and pedal mechanism.
(Raymond) "'It's the early bird that catches the worm, you know,'
'... Not always. Sometimes he catches a slug—in the back of the neck,' contradicted Biggles.
User avatar
Wanderer
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 575
Images: 11
Joined: 24 Apr 2016, 15:35
Location: Australia

Re: Wanderer's Sweeps the Desert Spitfire Mk. Vb

Postby Fairblue » 21 Jan 2018, 11:11

Wanderer wrote:Some progress to report. The four internal bulkheads in place with seat and pedal mechanism.

Excellent. Looking forward to seeing the finished article.
The Decision to Survive - A good pilot is both born and made. The best would look upon his work as a combination of adventure and a serious mission. – Major General Sir Frederick Sykes
User avatar
Fairblue
Air vice marshal
Air vice marshal
 
Posts: 25452
Images: 119
Joined: 21 Apr 2013, 11:05
Location: Arbroath, Scotland
Reading now: Darwin Spitfires - Anthony Cooper
Reading next: Depends on my mood
My top chap: Bertie - who else?
Starsign: Leo
Aircraft: Spitfire


Return to Biggles World War II Group Builld 2017/18

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron