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Last of 2017 - Another Spitfire
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PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 5:05 pm 
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Here is the 1:72nd KP Spitfire.
I've tried to model a subject that had gone through the maintenance units extensively, and subsequently acquired an obvious field repaired camo scheme. W3834 was an example attached to 401sqn, RCAF. There is a widely distributed photo of this aircraft in circulation.
The gun barrels are from Master and the markings are Xtradecal.
Just my opinion, but, I believe KP has the best 72nd scale Spitfire Vb available.
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That looks very smart indeed; I have one in the stash somewhere and will be very pleased if it turned out as well as yours

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A very nice build indeed although from an aesthetics point of view I'm not a fan of clipped wing Spitfires - but yes, I do understand the combat reasons for butchering that lovely elliptical wing shape. That doesn't detract form your excellent build here though, 59'er!

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A genuine "Clapped,Clipped and Cropped"Vb is W3834 IIRC.

The idea was that they were a batch of worn out,well used(Clapped)Spits that had the clipped tips fitted(Clipped)
to improve the rate of roll(this mod also raised the wing loading giving a larger turning circle and
also the stalling/landing speed by some 3kts/5mph).
Several different versions of the Merlin 45/50 family were used, including the Merlin 45M which had a smaller “cropped” supercharger impeller and boost increased to +18 lb. This engine produced 1,585 hp (1,182 kW) at 2,750 ft (838 m), increasing the L.F VB’s maximum rate of climb to 4270 ft/min (21.6 m/sec) at 3850 ft,hence "Cropped".

By 1941/early 42 the Spit Vb was being outclassed by the Fw190,the above modifications were an attempt to bring
the Spit Vb to a more level playing field with the '190 before the introduction of the Spit IX.

Nice work 59north,she looks great.

As to the KP being the best Vb in 1/72nd?,I've not handled one myself,but for accuracy of dimension and shape,
Airfix's old 1973 offering is still classed as the "perfect gold standard"this side of the pond.

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Beautifully finished Spit, well done!!! :beer:

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Thank you for the kind words, gentlemen. I am rather pleased with the way this one turned out. It doesn't always go that way in modelling.


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Personally I think that that is a model which I would like to have in my collection. That would grace any competition table or better still, display cabinet.


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That's a really nice Spit, very nicely finished.

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That model looks just right!
Shape and finish.
KP Spitfire Vb? I have never heard of it. Where did that come from?

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It would be interesting to see one of these, I still use the OT Airfix mkVb as my preferred kit- they are cheap and plentiful now but eventually they will be unavailable at reasonable cost. KP has recently changed their mkIX kit from their own older tooling to a bought in AZ kit so maybe this also is the AZ offering in which case could be quite good, must get one to check.

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skypirate wrote:
KP Spitfire Vb? I have never heard of it.

Kovozavody Prostejov (KP) I believe are a Czech company, offering the Vb in boxings with various markings. I purchased this one out of Hannants mail order.
The KP Spitfire is very similar to and slightly better than the AZ offering, in my opinion. I have both, and have compared them to each other side by side. I do not believe they come from the same mold.
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59North wrote:
Kovozavody Prostejov (KP) I believe are a Czech company, offering the Vb in boxings with various markings. I purchased this one out of Hannants mail order.
The KP Spitfire is very similar to and slightly better than the AZ offering, in my opinion. I have both, and have compared them to each other side by side. I do not believe they come from the same mold.

Very interesting, thanks.
Seems very scarce. Heaps of different KP 1/72 Spitfire box illustrations on the internet. All unfamiliar to me (except for the old Mk IX).

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That is a lovely build 59. Excellent paint work.

I would agree with you about the KP, a real gem and a worthy successor to the classic Airfix kit. It was a new tool in 2016 IIRC. The original release was a Mk.1 but they are planning to cover all the early versions. I found a review here http://www.hyperscale.com/2016/reviews/kits/kpm0056reviewmd_1.htm

Looks like KP are now owned by the same parent company as AZ.

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Looks like a really good job you've done there and it makes a change to see one with the clipped wings.

I have a KP Piper L-4A/B that my other half bought me for Christmas and I have to say that when I frottered the kit I was most impressed and I'm looking forward to building it (I normally build CBK's).

Good work, keep it up :)

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