Hobby Boss 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop - Ralph Riese - Brisbane, Australia

This is the 1/32 Hobby Boss Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop kit enhanced with some left-over parts from Hasegawa's Mk.I, Tamiya's Mk.IX, and some aftermarket parts, namely: prop blades from Grey Matter Figures; exhausts from Quickboost; wing cannons from Master-Model; and BarracudaCast's five slot mainwheels (BR32005). As Roy's wheels are designed for the Tamiya Spitfires, the inner hub spaces were filled with plastic discs and redrilled to take the Hobby Boss undercarriage axles. Left-over Tamiya Mk.IX PE covers hide the crisp outer hub detail.

The model was painted with Tamiya acrylic colors to represent a "Malta Spitfire" flown by Australian pilot Flt. Sgt. Colin Parkinson RAAF, No.185 Squadron RAF, Malta 1942. During the air defense of Malta a number of non-standard blue and blue-grey camo colors were introduced to help camouflage aircraft patrolling over water. A number of color combinations have been put forward for EP200, including the one shown here. Very recently the standard Fleet Air Arm maritime colors have been suggested for EP200. A tropicalised Spitfire in FAA colors - one to think about for a future project perhaps.

Aircraft codes, serials and National insignia for EP200 were painted on using custom masks supplied by Miracle Paint Masks. MIG 502 Abteilung oil paints were used as washes to highlight the recessed detail. Weathering was applied using layers of Vallejo and Citadel acrylic colors, AK Interactive enamel streaking grime products, and water-soluble Faber-Castell colored pencils. Earth effects were applied to Roy's wheels using Maru Technics' easy-to-use water-soluble acrylic paste "Easy Mud".

Barracuda Studios parts used:
BR32005 Spitfire 5-Slot Mainwheels
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