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PostPosted: Sat 04 Mar 2017 12:13 pm 
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Has anyone had a go at one of these kits? I bought it on a whim, setting aside my usual "Oh, yet another Spit/109" feelings due to the interesting markings, but online reviews do suggest it may be more of a pain than it's worth due to very ill-fitting parts, bad decals (which were the main reason for buying) and an out-of-scale engine. I'm torn on whether to give it a go or to start my first maybe-next-year stash.

Should I build or put it on ice?

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Mar 2017 00:18 am 
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Hi Matt,
I also bought a few of them and as per usual started the 'play and glue bits' game. I've read the reviews and jotted my notes but I have found that mine (4 ICM Spitfires) are all pretty good with very little flash, and sink marks only on the propellers, wings, and tail wheel. I've put the engine together OOB and haven't decided whether I'll install it or not, but I am enjoying it so far and when I've taped the fuselage together, added the cockpit and the rear engine wall, slapped it onto the taped wings (hmmm do I do the gun panels opened or not???) it looks good, fits well and still makes the excellent nyeeearrrhhhhhh noises.
I may go aftermarket on the others but this one, long story short, is fun.


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PostPosted: Wed 15 Mar 2017 16:32 pm 
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On the assumption that it's similar to their XVI, you need the engine mounts, block and reduction gear to support the prop, but you can make life way easier beyond that by either skipping the other parts and closing everything engine related up or doing a maintenance diorama.

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Mar 2017 21:06 pm 
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I thought of that,
And a quick installation of the engine unit looks like there may be some fit issues. I'm thinking of simply copying the rear wall and nose plate in styrene, and putting a male plug in the spinner rather like a Tamiya kit for easy removal. I should have some time this weekend to put some work in. I have thought about removing the valve covers and doing the sand and fit trials for the whole engine mount as well so we shall see what happens.

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PostPosted: Thu 16 Mar 2017 10:17 am 
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Thanks for the info, I'm still on the fence but may fall off on the "build it" side depending on how the decals go. Would you mind letting me know if they're up to scratch once you get around to them. I am a bit narked at the poor engine fit, it would have been nice to have everything open so my wife can see how clever I am at building plastic aeroplanes.

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PostPosted: Tue 21 Mar 2017 21:20 pm 
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Well,
I tried it out this weekend and the engine won't fit in and still get the engine cover on, so I think I'll stick with my plan to copy/modify the nose and firewall parts and leave the engine as a separate 'model'. Besides, it should prevent me having to weight the tail down anyway.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Aug 2017 22:01 pm 
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Sorry for not keeping up with the updates; I tend not to take 'in-progress shots' and I don't post pictures to hosting sites but here where I am now. I scratch built a nose cap from sheet styrene and use the kit part as a template for holes and notches, then glued a metal rod into the nose cone so that it would fit à la Tamiya and have enough depth to make it stable. But that wasn't good enough for me so I worked at the fit problem.

in the end I filed down the tops and bottoms of each of the manifolds by approximately 1mm as well as the engines covers, ground down the necessary areas inside of the engine cover with my dremel and it now fits like a glove!


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