Construction of 1/72 Spitfire MkIa

Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby

Taking a welcome break from painting millions of minute Roman figures, we are building a Spitfire!

Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
1) First things first – the sprues are given a quick rinse and primed in white.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
2) Inside the cockpit – the pilot sitting smartly ready for take-off.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
3) The plane is assembled.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
4) A dark green base coat is painted.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
5) A layer of dark earth-brown is added to create the iconic camouflage.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
6) Finally, markings are added to the plane.
Spitfire MkIa Airfix Starter Set Dundee Model Shop Scotland Fife Broughty Ferry Hobby
Our Spitfire is complete!

Construction of Miniart Greek Hoplite

Our latest completed model is the Greek Hoplite – a common citizen-soldiers that can quickly take up arms to go to war. They are typically armed with a spear, shield, and sword.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

1) Included in the kit are the sprues for the 1:16 figure, armour, weapons, decals and a base.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

2) Here is the partially assembled model ready for priming.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

3) The skirt was shaded with three colours, here is the finished outcome that we are particularly proud of.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

4) This model came with some decals for the shield, but some details on the artwork are missing. For example the edge of the shield had to be drawn on and painted by hand.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

5) Once all the parts were painted, they were varnished with a wash. Various shades were applied, for example, a flesh tone was applied to the skin and a purple/blue tone to the armour.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

6) Another detail that was not included were the ropes inside the shield, lining the spear, and attached to the sword. To make the rope, we plaited together three threads (to add thickness) and glued onto the various parts using superglue.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland
Details of the rope shown on the inside of the shield

7) Finally, we stuck the figure on to the base and added vegetation.

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

8) Here is our finished model:

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

Miniart Greek Hoplite Space Craft Broughty Ferry Dundee Model Shop Scotland

Construction of Microace Five-Story Pagoda

Recently we worked on the Five-Story Pagoda from Microace. We don’t sell any Microace kits in the shop (sorry to disappoint), but it so nice that we had to show it off here.

This 1/250 kit consists of all you need to make your own mini Japanese garden. It comes with plastic sprues for the garden structures and seeds to grow the plants in the garden. In our built we decided against planting the seeds because keeping things alive, in general, isn’t one of our forte.

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

1) Included in the kit are: a base to hold the scenery, a pagoda, a bridge, the entrance and surrounding walls, and seeds.

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft
Base and sceneries

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft
Coloured sprues of the pagoda

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft
Planting seeds and basing materials

2) We completed the main model as per the instructions. Instead of planting seeds in the area under bridge we decided to model a river.

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

3) To start off, we covered the river base with texture paint.

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

4) Next, we painted over the texture paint to create a realistic riverbed.

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

5) The riverbed was sealed with a layer of varnish then rocks and grass were added to the riverbank.

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

6) An even layer of Javis Simulated Water was poured onto the base and left to dry.

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

7) Here is the finished model.

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

Microace Pagoda Model Shop Dundee Scotland Space Craft

Construction of Revell Mil Mi-24D Hind

Revell Hind Broughty Ferry Model Shop Space Craft

First introduced in 1972, the Mi-24 “flying tank” is the first Soviet helicopter capable of transporting cargo and troops without compromising its attack capabilities.

1) Included in the kit are:

Revell Hind Broughty Ferry Model Shop Space Craft

2) The canopy was carefully masked over before brush-on primer was applied.

Revell Hind Broughty Ferry Model Shop Space Craft

3) Individual parts were painted before assembling.

Revell Hind Broughty Ferry Model Shop Space Craft

Revell Hind Broughty Ferry Model Shop Space Craft

5) This is the assembled model with decals added:

Revell Hind Broughty Ferry Model Shop Space Craft

6) To finish off, a layer of dark wash was applied to accentuate the panel lines and protect the model.

Revell Hind Broughty Ferry Model Shop Space Craft

Construction of Meng World War Toons King Tiger

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

Our latest build is the King Tiger from Meng World War Toons series – welcome to the world of cartoon tanks!

1) Included in the kit are the sprues, rubber tracks, and a small sheet of decal – which is a nice change from the Airbus A350.

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

2) This is a snap kit, the parts fitted nicely together but glue might handy for smaller parts.

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

3) The sprues come in grey, but we decided to prime it with a matt grey coat for a more realistic look. The finer details are picked out by hand.

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

4) In the final stage, decals are added. All the areas were nice and flat – no dramas here.

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

This is simple and straight forward kit, which can be built in an hour. The tank feels very sturdy, despite almost no glue was used.

Construction of Hasegawa Eggplane

Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for some chibi cuteness. For in this project we are building an eggplane!

“Eggplane? You mean something that is edible and can be flown in?”

Well no….

“A vehicle that transports poultry away from the cruelty of mankind?”

What…? No!

“Please don’t tell me it’s just an egg-shaped plane?”

Without further ado, here is how we built our egg-shaped Mustang:

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

  1. Inside the box, we were confronted with some chubby airplane parts.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

2) The parts were cut out from the sprues and pieced together. We masked the canopy ready for priming.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

3) We sprayed on an even coat of primer before we started painting.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

4) Carefully we separated and painted the individual parts. Once all our parts were painted, we glued it back together and applied the decals.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

5) Finally, the paint was sealed with a layer of varnish and our eggplane is ready to roll!

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang
Not all the eggplanes come with a figure. We made sure we our plane had one; here is our focused-looking wide-eyed pilot.

Construction of Guillow Supermarine Spitfire Mk-1

Best known for their role in the Battle of Britain, Spitfire Mk-I fought alongside the Hawker Hurricane to defend Britain against the Luftwaffe, and arguably changed the outcome of the war. Many variations of Spitfire were developed during WW2 to counter the ever-threatening German air force. Over 20,000 Spitfires were produced during the course of the war.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

  1. Included in the kit are:
    • Laser cut balsa parts
    • Plastic nose cowl, canopy, radiator, propeller, and wheels
    • Wire propeller shaft
    • Covering tissues
    • Decals

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

2. The frame was assembled using the building plan. Each basal piece was lined up with the drawing to ensure they were correctly placed.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

3. Once the main pieces were glued together with wood glue, the stringers were cut to the required length and glued to the main frame. Here is the finished fuselage:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

4. Building the wings was a slightly messy process. We made use of a few items available on hand to create the dihedral angle.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

5. Here is the completed frame:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

6. To cover the frame, the cover tissue was cut slightly large than each section and glued on with diluted wood glue. Finally, any excess tissue was trimmed off.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

7. This is what it looked like after all the frames are covered, notice the winkles on the tissues:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

8. We lightly sprayed water over it. Once dried, all the winkles are now removed. To protect the tissues, the frame was covered with a diluted layer of wood glue.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

9. The plastic and additional parts are added. To make the rear windows, we used the paper and plastic film from an envelope. I’m told the plastic film from a tea cake box works well too, but can you imagine the awful process of eating the cakes inside?

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

10. The plane was painted with enamel.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

11. Lastly, the decals and landing gears were added. Here is the finished plane:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry