1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire MK1 X T twin build

Gallery Article by Richard Spreckley on May 6 2016

 

      

1/48 Spitfire MK1 X T twin build MJ627 Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger

Having built a 1:48 MKIX T only a few months ago I was asked to build another, which I was very honored to do. The aircraft in question was MJ627 from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar which offers flights to those that can afford to pay for it! MJ627 is a WWII veteran that flew as a single seat aircraft with 441Sqn RCAF with at least one confrimed ME109 kill, it was later converted into a twin seat MKIX and after a colourful career now offers an amazing experience from the famous Biggin Hill.

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Having taken on the challenge I decided that I would like one of these builds for my own collection. Using the 1:48 Hasegawa MKIX to fit the Brigade Models resin conversion set, along with Eduard PE and HSL fabric seatbelts I started the build. To make things abit more interesting I decided to build the aircraft in its two liveries since being with the Heritage Hangar, one pre-crash 9G P and one post crash 9G Q. Like any resin conversion there are always some fit issues, but I have to say that the Brigade set is superb and fits with the donor kit with minimal fuss if you are willing to spend time and patience prepping and fitting before assembly.

I painted both aircraft in Vallejo Air and washes and finished with a matt cote.

Some of the steeley eyed amongst you may notice that it appears that the wheel bay doors are on the wrong way round......fear not, after extensive research and looking at many photos I can assure you they are not. I have yet to have an explanation why they are set the opposite way round, but they are.

I really enjoy building these kits and to have one in my collection now (9G P) is very exciting!

Richard Spreckley

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Photos and text by Richard Spreckley