1/32 Spitfire Vb by Hobby Boss
A new year means a new project. Having spent 2016 wrestling with Italeriís Mirage IIIc, Iím switching my attention to what I hope will be a more straightforward build; Hobby Bossí 1/32 scale Spitfire Vb. Iíve read a few reviews and this seems to be a good kit. There are minor flaws and a few accuracy issues that can be fixed quite easily. Iím not a rivet counter, so a finished model that looks largely like a Spitfire Vb will be good enough for me. The aftermarket parts Iíve bought are mostly to help enhance the kit, and they are:
paint masks from PMask for the roundels and tail markings, and some alternative decals from Xtra decal;
Quickboost replacement stabilisers because the ones supplied in the kit aren't accurate; they show a canvas finish whereas the Vbís were made from metal, or so I read. I also bought the Quickboost propeller and exhausts. These don't look entirely necessary but weíll see as the build goes on;
Master Model replacement cannons. They add detail and definition.
Those are the parts. The plan is to make a straightforward build, only adding the aftermarket and a few scratch built items when they make a visible difference.
The Vb had a long life for a wartime fighter and that means a lot of paint options. They range from the early war green and brown through green and grey to the same with D-day invasion stripes. Itís that latter version Iím going for because it offers a lot of potential fun with weathering and painting, and also an interesting final model.
Luckily there is a wealth of reference material available on-line, including restored aircraft that look like they emerged through a time-warp into 2017. Here are the references Iíll be using:
In addition Iíll look to wartime photos of Spitfires and other aircraft to try and keep the weathering authentic.
Thatís the plan, so pull up a chair, if you want to. Any and all views are always welcome, and so is advice and discussion about techniques, and anything at all.
Oh, and you just know that this is going to be playing in the background as I work, and yes I know the Vb wasn't operational during the period depicted, but by god sir it stirs an Englishmanís* loins! Time for a warm beer and fish and chips.
*And possibly the loins of people from other countries whose pilots fought in Spitfires, including Poland, New Zealand, Canada. Czechoslovakia (as it was), Belgium, Australia, South Africa, France, Ireland, USA, Soviet Union, (as it was) Rhodesia, (as it was), Barbados, India, Portugal, Sweden, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Italy and others that my quick Google search didn't reveal.