Supermarine Spitfire IXc
by Chuck Zellmer
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc
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Ever since myself and Johnnie Johnson's son, Michael
Johnson, successfully convinced JEJ to visit the Pacific Northwest a couple of
years back, I've longed to build one of his mounts (Johnnie's subsequent illness
and eventual death, prevented the visit from occurring). I spoke with Michael
about which Spitfire version and paint scheme was his dad's favorite, and the
following is what we decided upon.
Johnnie's Black Lab "Sally" was never far from his side during the war years,
and was very dear to his heart, so I felt compelled to include her on the base.
The kit is the Hasegawa 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk.IXc. I decided not to "fuss" with
lengthening the fuselage.
I added Eduard's Cockpit Detailing set, and also used
Moskit's hollow exhaust accessory. Both after market kits were quite good,
although the Moskit exhaust's required trimming to fit properly. The final
results were pleasing. There were several challenging sink-holes which need to
be repaired in the cockpit tub provided in the kit, otherwise fit/finish of all
sets used was very good.
The cockpit interior was painted with Tamiya Acrylics, with an oil wash
consisting of Raw Umber and rectified Turpentine as a thinner. The aircraft
exterior was painted with Model Master Enamels, and flat-coated with Model
Master "Flat Clear Lacquer".
AeroMaster decals were employed, and set down with Gunze
"Mr. Mark Softer". Pastel's and a silver pencil were used to add some
weathering. The IFF "antennae" were made using 1lb (.002" diameter) nylon
fishing line, and heated with my wife's blow-dryer to make the line taunt. The
figure is from ICM, although I need to darken up Johnnie's hair some (more brown
than blond in color).
I plan on giving this model to Michael Johnson after I enter it in a few IPMS
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