Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk XIV Conversion

By Jim Brown

This conversion of the Mk XIV (Griffon engine Spitfire) I have used the Revell Mk IIa Spitfire as the host kit though any Spitfire can be used as the host with the appropriate modifications. I used the Revell kit as it is easily available at a very reasonable price and is readily available to buy almost anywhere. This is used in conjunction with the Mk XIV conversion kit, available from my eBay shop (jimleroybrown).

The best sequence to build the kit is to measure & remove cowls from the plastic kit (using replacement cowl as a guide), see pics 1-3.

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Any mistakes can be later rectified by adjusting the cut sections and by filling with putty, next it I removed the tail section as shown (see pics 4, 6, 7), I then measured and removed the intake sections from the wings, again any mistakes can be rectified, I then removed the the opening for the tail wheel. I then filled any lines and access disc recesses and then scribed all the required panel lines and newly positioned access discs on the wings, both upper and lower.

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I then painted the model with primer so that all surfaces were the same resin and plastic. I then painted the undersurfaces with Tamiya acrylic Sea Grey and then the upper surfaces with Tamiya Ocean Grey, I the masked off the camouflage pattern for the Tamiya RAF green using White tack (not blue tack as this does not leave any marks on the paint surface) as I have read on the forums. It is also cheaper only a quid from the pound shops. Then filling the spaces not to be painted with masking tape. After painting I then sprayed the model with.

Not Future which is not very easy to get hold of and is very expensive, for a very small amount (after trying half a dozen different wax polishes, floor and furniture). I have used a very good substitute/alternative for Future...which can be both brushed and sprayed with very good results. This Astonish wood and floor polish, and is very cheap and readily available in most hardware shops (costs less than 2 quid for 750ml), using with a brush it dries with a shiny surface but when sprayed dries with a semi gloss sheen and takes decals quite well.

I have now applied the decals to the kit. Roundels were taken from my stash but I had to buy decals for the sky codes and the black serial numbers, both of which were provided by Xtradecals. I will now apply a further coating of Astonish to seal all the decals, paint and the pastels used. I have also included some pics of the cockpit, I forgot to add the armour behind the seat…too much of a hurry to finish the model.

© Jim Brown 2017

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This article was published on Tuesday, January 24 2017; Last modified on Tuesday, January 24 2017