1/32 Revell Supermarine Spitfire MK.1/II

Gallery Article by Rich Rowan


Photos by Mr. Steve Byars

     I am a retired U.S. Naval Flight Officer (22 yrs) with over 3,000 hrs and 250 carrier arrested landings in the Lockheed S-3B Viking aircraft. I was an avid modeler up until I graduated from college in 1979 and went off to Pensacola, FL to receive my wings of gold after attending Aviation Officer Candidate School, commissioning and flight school. My modeling has virtually been on hold since then.  


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     Currently, I work for a defense contractor supporting Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet, Aviation Life Support Systems Class Desk. My decision for building this Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire MK-1/II kit was twofold:  First, I wanted to present it to our Martin-Baker ejection seat representative on the occasion of his retirement after 38 yrs of support service to our command. He is an avid aircraft enthusiast with special interest in WWII British aircraft;  and second, it rekindled my modeling interest and gave me a chance get the rust off of my skills.

     The kit is basically out of the box with some minor scratchbuilding (seat cushions) and aftermarket seat belts and resin bulge tires.  I bored out the pilot figure head leaving the helmet.  Additionally, cut the gloves off and sanded the bottoms to make them lay flat.  Both were painted, weathered and placed on the canopy rail and left wing root, respectively.  All painting and drybrushing of the cockpit and exterior was done with Testor's RAF WWII acrylics and a final coat of clear semi-gloss.  I did some minor kit bashing regarding decals.  I wanted to personalize it for him so I put his initials (BD) on the fuselage along with a P for his hometown (Pinner) in England. As you may know, many Spitfires were named for villages (towns) in England because the townspeople donated pots, pans, etc. that were melted down to be used to produce aircraft in support of the war effort.  

    You will see some minor flaws (skills are still a little rusty) and also had some problems with masking tape pulling off parts of some decals. I did some paint touch up and it looked acceptable. Overall, I was happy with the final result considering how long it had been since I took on a project.


Rich Rowan

CDR  USN (Ret)

Note:  Wooden base handmade out of Philippine mahogany and photos taken by Mr. Steve Byars


Photos and text by Rich Rowan and Mr. Steve Byars