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PostPosted: Wed 29 Dec 2010 20:06 pm 
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Today i bought a Supermarine Spitfire MK1a and having built up a copuple of hurricanes (to my displeasure) i opened the box and found a nice simplified kit im not complaining but i was shocked can somebody explain?


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Which kit did you buy/ If its the new Airfix one its a lovely little kit, nice and accurate, fits together well and has good detail. It would help if you gave us a few more specific details about the kit you bought :idea:

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Besides what Jamesy asks, what is it that you are shocked about?

I am intrigued about your post. Hope you don't mind being a bit more specific.

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You're not the only one intrigued Jorge.

Having made most manufacturers Hurricanes and Spitfires, 'shocked' and 'displeasure' are words that don't spring immediately to mind.

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Sorry i chose the wrong words it was the new spitfire kit and i must agree with jamesy its well detail but the undercarridge was interesting as instead of giving you wheels you attach a premoulded wheel and frame for wheels up  Or attach a wheel to the frame for wheels down

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Boo hiss @ discomfort of building Hurricanes! lol

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rileyjm03:285043 wrote:
Sorry i chose the wrong words it was the new spitfire kit and i must agree with jamesy its well detail but the undercarridge was interesting as instead of giving you wheels you attach a premoulded wheel and frame for wheels up  Or attach a wheel to the frame for wheels down

This is done in several kits by various makers because the scale wing thickness will not accept a scale thickness wheel etc as the wheel well top skin would be too thin to mould reliably to allow fitting of a full scale wheel , quite a neat solution with all things considered.

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I had some problems with the undercarriage on mine, it kept snapping off, as it couldn't  support the weight of the plane. had to reglue it like 5 times. sorted it now though :wink:

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Sometimes you need to let it dry COMPLETELY in order to get the most strength from the glued plastic :D and try propping the plane upside down so no weight is on the undercarriage as it glues.
Just a friendly heads up for next time :wink: Cheers, Strider

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just painted my bt-k spit, let the undercarriage glue dry overnight. no problems :D

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All good then :D
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What was wrong with the Hurricane? I just built one and had no issues at all, granted its a little basic now compared to the new Spitfire but Its still a great little kit.

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AFAIK, one of the 1:72 Airfix Hurricanes has a the canopy not fitting correctly :(
Would someone mind telling me which type?
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Probably the Airfix releases of the Heller IIc Strider. I've had no trouble with bad fit on he Airfix moulded ones

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SPITFIRE:     183 ,,26,,,,4,,,,4,,, 0    4   16        


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I may be being silly, but.... lol. Where is the machine gun on the mk1a? am relatively new to ww2 planes so not sure unless the are visible

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun 2017 20:21 pm 
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Hi Trev, there are 4 in each wing that fire through a red dope patch (that keeps FOD out of the guns before firing) :wink:
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Cheers Ratch. so they are internal in the wing and don't show externally then?

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That's right, you can see the cartridge ejector slots under the wings :arrow:
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ah all makes sense now :) cheers for clearing that up Ratch

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@Skior - My preferred method of keeping "weight off wheels" is to sit the model on 2 or 3 paint tins (depending on type) whilst the glue cures fully.

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