Hasegawa 1/32 Spitfire Mk Va “Douglas Bader”
By Tolga Ulgur
This is 1/32 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.Va with the markings of Douglas Bader’s W3185 flown by him in August 1941 in Tangmere.
I have used Hasegawa’s Mk II No. 41 kit. This is re-tooled Hasegawa Mk V with new wings parts, years ago. So it s based on old Hasegawa's Mk Vb with raised panel lines fuselage, cockpit, landing gears etc. Retooled wings are very nice and have engraved panel lines with shell ejector ports.
You can see construction process from WIP section:
First of all I rescribed raised panels lines of the fuselage halves.
Construction started from the cockpit as usual. I decided to modify cockpit by using:
- Barracuda cockpit upgrade set
- Barracuda seat
- Eduard instrument panel
- MDC seat belts
Fuselage parts went together nicely. After few sanding process of the fuselage I have used “Archer fine transfer resin fastener set” for the fastener on the cowling
Horizontal stabilizers replaced by “Master details” Spitfire Mk II Horizontal tail surfaces.
Painting was done by Gunze Sangyo acrylics. Upper surfaces painted to RAF Dark green/ Dark earth and under surfaces to RAF Sky duck egg green. I have used a combination of Life like and EagleCals decal sets.
Other modifications are:
- Quickboost exhaust
- Barracudacast wheels
- Quickboost spinner and propeller set
- Scale Aircraft Conversiın white metal landing gear set
- Barracudacast cockpit door
After some weathering I have applied matt coat from Gunze Sangyo.
This article was published on Tuesday, July 25 2017; Last modified on Thursday, January 04 2018