Supermarine Spitfire Vb
by Brad Main
This Spitfire Vb EP548 NH-B was flown by Wing Commander Norman H. Bretz, CO of RCAF 416 Squadron in Digby, England. Lloyd Chadburn, coded LV-C, previously flew his aircraft.
Bretz's initials as the code letters and also the 6 exhaust stacks characterize this Mk Vb.
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Spitfire Vb was the hardest model I have ever built.
The cockpit was straight out of the box and quite well detailed. Harness were added from masking tape.
The fit, for the most part, was good but some portions of the wing root required major filling. The forward and after join areas of the wing to the fuselage also required filling.
I built the kit out of the box, with the exception of the exhaust stacks as I wanted to depict Norman's actual aircraft. These were after-market parts from KMC.
I used Model Master Acrylics and painted the kit using shades of Flat Gull Grey for the under surfaces and RAF Dark Green and Dark Gull Grey for the upper surfaces. Once the painting was done I applied 2 coats of Model Master semi-gloss clear coat.
The decals were a combination of Aeromaster roundels and fin flashes with Watermark sheet #48006 for Bretz's markings, which is a Canadian Spitfire sheet of markings for various Spitfires.
I applied a single coat of Model Master clear matt after the weathering was done.
I want to personally thank Robert Swaddling for all the motivation to continue when the building of the kit got tough. Also, all the endless answers to questions from all the HyperScale guys.
Models, Text and Photography Copyright ©
2001 by Brad Main