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Title: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on December 01, 2010, 12:16:30 PM
Good morning to all, new to the forum, my name is John and i come from Greece. I am a Lt. Col. in The Hellenic Air Force (H.A.F.) former A-7H pilot, unfortunately now transferred to office work. I have been dealing with static models for 1 year now. For the time being i am building the Tamiya's 1/32 spitfire trying to replicate the aircraft that was assigned to an ace of the RAF, a Greek from Rhodesia, Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis.
Before continuing i have to thank a guy in here, Edgar, for his valuable info about the specific airplane.
Well i present you Ioannis Agoarastos Plagis

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/plagis-spit-ix.jpg)

More for this Greek Aviator you can read here

John Plagis (http://"http://www.acesofww2.com/rhodesia/Plagis.htm")

I will try to replicate this profile

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/plagis_spitfire.jpg)

which is the aircraft Plagis used to fly as Commander of 126 squadron of RAF.

The stuff:

The Kit, I do not think that we need to say anything about that, just turned my teeth fell when I saw the number of the pieces, the engine by itself is a kit.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/P1030228.jpg)

But also some aftermarket piecies

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/th_P1030225.jpg) (http://"http://s1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/?action=view&current=P1030225.jpg") (http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/th_P1030226.jpg) (http://"http://s1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/?action=view&current=P1030226.jpg") (http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/th_32001-spit-seat-1.jpg) (http://"http://s1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/?action=view&current=32001-spit-seat-1.jpg") (http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/th_32002-spit-door-1.jpg) (http://"http://s1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/?action=view&current=32002-spit-door-1.jpg") (http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/th_32003-spit-cockpit-1a.jpg) (http://"http://s1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/?action=view&current=32003-spit-cockpit-1a.jpg")

Which are: Interior - exterior set by Eduard, Zolt decals (i have also masks because there is a big possibility to paint the insignias), Sutton QK type Harness bought from 1/32 Sutton QK Harness [RB-P32016] - €4.50 : RB Productions Store, Scale models and accessories by Radu Brinzan (http://"http://www.radubstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89&products_id=332"), Hispano 20mm cannons from Master-model.pl and pilot seat, door and some other internal details from here Display Products (http://"http://barracudacals.com/products.php?cat=13").

To be continued.....

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on December 01, 2010, 12:29:28 PM
I painted the cockpit with White Ensign's grey-green and i continued with the cockpit wiring and piping trying to replicate the interior as much as i could. I have to underline that the small decals are from Barracuda studios, sent together with the resign details i bought from Roy, and the placards are dry transfers from Archer.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030442.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030430.jpg)


More photoes...with the cockpit weathering proccess...

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030558.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030613.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030567.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030593.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030472.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030522.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030534.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030537.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030538.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030541.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030545.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030671.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030675.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030647.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030646.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030641.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030686.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030684.jpg)




Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on December 01, 2010, 12:40:15 PM
And finally the finished cockpit, i have assempled the right side of it, which was the most difficult side with most of the details there.

 (http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030752.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030753-1.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030812.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030755.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030756.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030769.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030783.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030799.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030802.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030809.jpg)

Here with the seat belts corrected as they were ''flying'' around...

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/P1030819.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/P1030823.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/P1030827.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/P1030828.jpg)

Thats all so far gents, i have assembled the fuselage and i let it rest a little so that for the glue to completely dry. i have a lot of work ahead of me so stay tuned for the next update. Hope you like it so far.

John

P.S. Once again i have to thank Edgar for all the useful info he provided me.


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: magnusf on December 01, 2010, 01:24:33 PM
I'll keep an eye on your progress! Youv'e done a very good job so far.

Regards

Magnus


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on December 01, 2010, 01:36:53 PM
Thanks Magnus

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on December 03, 2010, 07:10:44 AM
Good morning gents, does anyone knows how should i depict the radiator flaps on the ground for my spitfire IX? open or closed?

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: magnusf on December 03, 2010, 09:29:59 PM
Generally speaking: closed! I have taken a quick look in my reference books and the Mk IX seems to be parked with the radiator flaps in the closed position more or less always. This differs compared to the Mk V that seems to be parked with the radiator flaps open quite often but not always!

I don't know WHY though, I would say that is something for Edgar to answer!

Best regards

Magnus


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on December 03, 2010, 09:34:42 PM
Thanks Magnus, i also wait for Edgar to show up  :) :)


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: Edgar Brooks on December 18, 2010, 12:48:27 AM
Sorry, gentlemen, I had my internet cut off (literally, by a workman's shovel) for 5 weeks, and only got reconnected yesterday.
 The short answer is that I don't know, but the IX's radiator flaps were totally automatic, and designed to open when the coolant reached 115C, so, in the time it took the pilot to select everything down and land, if the temperature had dropped below that, the flaps would have closed.
 On the V, the flap was controlled by a lever, beside the seat, which had to be pushed forward for operation. It's entirely feasible for a pilot to want the thing out of his way, as he got out, so he would shove it forward.
Edgar


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on December 18, 2010, 07:08:39 AM
Thanks Edgar,  ;)

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: malt1977 on December 24, 2010, 12:03:29 AM
I look forward to following this thread, keep up the good work.


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on December 28, 2010, 04:04:42 PM
Good morning guys, Merry Christmas to you all.
My progress is slow but steady. I assembled the fuselage, was allowed to rest in 2 weeks, i didn't want to chase ghost seams again, while I was working the wings, where i spent some time due to some fitting problems as you will see below. Finally i assembled the fuselage with the wings facing no problems at all, the fitting on this kit is 95% superb. Unfortunatelly lots of cockpit detail was lost as i closed the fuselage.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030830.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030833.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030841.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030850.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030857.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030859.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030863.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030864.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030868.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030874.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030875.jpg)

The fitting problems with the gun ports which were solved using instant glue, gel type, as a filling agent with exellent results. After the sanding, i redo all the affected rivets one by one, time consuming job but worth it.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030876.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030877.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030948.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030949.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030951.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030952.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030955.jpg)

Some detail on the radiator covers, which i choosed to depict them closed, and the G-factor landing gear which is going to be used.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030879.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030957.jpg)

Thats all for now, untill the next update,
I wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR.

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: magnusf on January 10, 2011, 03:26:13 PM
That is one very nice and busy-looking cockpit! Nice work!

Best regards

Magnus


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on January 16, 2011, 06:37:40 PM
Good evening guys, my progress is a bit slow but steady. Well this is what i have done during the past few days.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030987.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030988.jpg)

The main landing gear

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030991.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030992.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030993.jpg)

The landing gear doors

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030995.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1030997.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040001.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040002.jpg)

the wheels

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040003.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040005.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040006.jpg)

The photoes are a bit more lighten due to flash, real things are more balanced.
Well next update with the propeller (i keep thinking of this engine which comes next....)

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on January 17, 2011, 06:16:51 AM

 You may just wow items (http://www.mmopowerlevel.net/powerlist.php?fid=688) be doing your job.....


What this has to do  with my post? My freind you are in a wrong forum.

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: Edgar Brooks on January 17, 2011, 11:15:18 AM
It's spam, John; I've reported it to the boss.
Edgar


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on January 17, 2011, 12:15:41 PM
I know Edgar, i have reported it too, thanks.

John



Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on January 21, 2011, 11:32:31 AM
Propeller almost finished, i have to seal it with satin varnish. I went easy with the weathering on that following Edgar's advice. I also tried to tone down the color of the chipping. Edgar, I hope i didn't overdo it.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040015.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040021.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040026.jpg)

Thanks for looking

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: magnusf on January 21, 2011, 11:34:27 AM
Beautiful! I especially like the oil streaks.

Regards

Magnus


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on January 21, 2011, 11:37:18 AM
Thanks Magnusf

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on February 13, 2011, 06:14:40 PM
Good evening guys, after a long time i return with the first episode of the ''Merlin 66 engine'' series. Hope you like it so far, of course i have a long way ahead with the engine but i think that the first step has been done.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040159.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040160.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040164.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040165.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040166.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040172.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040173.jpg)

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: magnusf on February 27, 2011, 09:05:13 AM
Any more progress John? I am missing your updates!  :)

A beautiful Merlin and you have done a good job on bringing an all-black engine to life!

Best regards

Magnus


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on March 10, 2011, 07:40:32 PM
Good evening, a small progress regarding the engine compartment, evrything has been painted, washed and dry brushed with titanium white oil..

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040248.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040250.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040251.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040253.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040257.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040258.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040271.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040277.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040279.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040281.jpg)

After that i did the plumping on the firewall and i assembled it with the frames. I also have to assemble the engine and do the final plumbing and wiring on it.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040285.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040290.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040294.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040299.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040302.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040303.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040304.jpg)

Hope you like it,

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: magnusf on March 11, 2011, 09:17:42 AM
Painting on that plumbing is really first-class! You obviously have other talents apart from just being a SLUF-driver  ;D

Best regards

Magnus


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on March 13, 2011, 07:20:27 AM
Guys good morning, finally after almost a month's time i have finished the engine, a model itself. Lets hope that everything will fit, at least with minor corrections. A test dry fit revealed that there is going to be some but i will face it when the time comes. Next ''episode''...painting.

Here without the frames in order to see the details:

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040311.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040315.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040318.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040339.jpg)

Here the fimally assembly:

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040344.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040349.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040351.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040353.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040355.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040358.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040368.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040373.jpg)

Jonh


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: Spits on March 14, 2011, 07:57:43 AM
Didn,t the engraved Rocker Covers only come with the early Mark Spitfires?Beautiful job otherwise :)


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: Jaybee on March 14, 2011, 07:56:37 PM
It's difficult to tell in some photos but it looks as if most Rolls-Royce built ( as opposed to Packard ) Merlins had the plaque on the rocker covers, but the lettering wasn't always picked out. Just to confuse the issue, I've seen a photo of a Merlin III in an early ( two blade prop ) Mk. 1 with plain rocker covers!


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on April 16, 2011, 03:50:40 PM
Good evening, after a long time i would like to present you a little update. I have painted the two greys and the invasion stripes. These ones took me some time, a lot of masking and masking.... Well now the green is on the row.
Here i have already painted the two greys and the basic white

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040401.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040402.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040403.jpg)

Afterwards the masking started...

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040417.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040420.jpg)

And here you can see the final outcome

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040432.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040433.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040435.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040436.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040438.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040439.jpg)

As you may noticed i left unpainted, with the black, the place where the roundel is going to be painted. Thats all for now, hope you like it, until the next update, i wish you Happy Easter.

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: glen3312 on April 17, 2011, 11:35:09 AM
this is awesome work, i am looking forward to seeing the finished result ;)


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on April 21, 2011, 11:51:59 AM
A small update with the Dark Green applied. I think, generally speaking, that it is one of the most beautiful profiles on a spitfire.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040441.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040442.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040443.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040444.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040445.jpg)

Thanks for looking,

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: marluc on April 23, 2011, 02:45:12 PM
Great work John,the Merlin looks like the real thing,the wheathering efect on the plumbing,firewall and engine is outstanding.And the paintwork on the Spitfire and it invasion stripes is very neat and tidy,well done.
Keep up with the good work,greetings.

Martin


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on April 23, 2011, 03:18:03 PM
Thanks Martin

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: JamesF on May 01, 2011, 02:37:58 AM
Hello John,

A fantastic job!!  Best I've seen, so much is good, but the seat and harness and panel look fantastic.  Very inspirational, hope I can do my Tamiya kit the same justice.  Keep up the posts!


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: JamesF on May 02, 2011, 01:41:17 PM
John, you are doing an amazing job!!  How did you weather the engine?  That effort has got to be a show winner!  Just a suggestion about the prop, from the photos, it looks like you have done some excellent weathering effect with silver?  Have a look at that as I think the MkIX propellor blades were wood, with a copper or brass leading edge?  Really am impressed with your weathering techniques.



Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on May 02, 2011, 08:52:23 PM
Thank you very much James. For the engine i used oils, wash and dry brush, and mig pigments. I tried not to overdo it. As for the propeller, i now about that, but i also saw this picture

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/BostonMillsPress-SpitfireIITheCanadians3.jpg)

it seems a bit silver to me, in fact i used citadel bolt gun metal. May be it seems a bit silver due to the flash. Thanks again for your comments.

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: JamesF on May 03, 2011, 10:59:39 AM
John, 

What a great photo!  What's the story behind that?  Looking at it I would say it looks like a dulled brass under the chipped paint?  Anyway, I think you're right about your camera flash making your prop weathering shine.  Was interesting to see in that great photo, the oil leak staining on the spinner.  Was looking at my Tamiya kit's instruction booklet today, it really is an amazing kit.  I have a book of "Air Aces", in it there's a great shot of the Norwegian ace Flt Lt Svein Heglund, above his head can be seen his Spifire's spinner which is badly damaged, apparently from a piece of airframe that broke off an FW 190 he was busy shooting down.


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on May 03, 2011, 11:26:55 AM
Good morning James, this photo is from a book something like ''spitfire The Canadians'' or something like that. Yes it is a great photo but i really dont know the story behind it! Anyway if you are planning to build thiw great kit, i wish you luck and patience.

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: Edgar Brooks on May 03, 2011, 01:26:01 PM
It's likely to be a Sunday service, possibly while at readiness; I'd say the bespectacled gentleman, far right, is the padre.
Edgar


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: Jaybee on May 03, 2011, 10:02:50 PM
-A Rotol propellor using Jablo blades having an armoured leading edge was tested on Mk Vc EF713 in October 1943. If the drawing in ' Spitfire - the history ' depicts the production version the blade had a mild steel sheath from the root to 10 3/4 " from the tip, and brass from there to the leading edge tip.


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on May 08, 2011, 03:52:44 PM
Good evening guys, as i am waiting for the colors of the roundels to dry i decided to deal with the exhausts. Well here is my result

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040522.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040523.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040525.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040527.jpg)

Hope you like it so far,

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on May 15, 2011, 04:24:51 PM
Good evening guys, today i finally finished with the painting of the roundels and Fuselage codes. But let me put the facts in order.
First i put the stencils, dry transfers by hobbydecal. Then i spayed two light coats of future and started painting the roundels, codes and the yellow stripe using masks and white ensign colors. Afterwards i sanded them lightly and put the rest of the decals. Finally i gave it another light future coat and now it waits for the washes and weathering. Hope you like it.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040590.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040592.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040593.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040595.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040597.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040598.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040599.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040600.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040601.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040602.jpg)

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: JamesF on May 17, 2011, 12:09:50 PM
Fantastic John!  Looks brilliant.  Very interesting markings. 

You have really motivated me to get stuck into mine!  Busy building a Westland Lysander 1/32 scale, so need to finish that first.  Not to mention the 1966 Mercedes Benz W108 250S I'm restoring, but that's another story entirely...........!

When It's finished, how are you going to display it?  I would say that would need to go into a perspex box or glass case?  I have always wanted to put mine in a glass or preferably perspex box, on a nice heavy wooden base, and leave a bit of wood overlap to the rear, to which I want to attach a brass tube, and make a side table lamp out of it.


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on June 05, 2011, 03:37:11 PM
Good evening guys, i am truly very proud to present you ''Miss KAY'' finished. Photoes are not my strongest point but i will try....

Here with her ''clothes on'' in a dry fit manner, usually she will pose ''naked''

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040803.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040805.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040811.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040815.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040816.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040825.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040826.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040828.jpg)

...continued


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on June 05, 2011, 03:38:02 PM
...And here a bit ''naked'', as she is going to be presented.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040829.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040830.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040834.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040835.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040836.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040837.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040851.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040854.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040855.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040861.jpg)

Thank very much for watching, waiting for your comments

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: JamesF on June 06, 2011, 11:03:54 AM
Wow John,  that's a brilliant model.  It is like owning your own Spitfire, wish we could shrink?  What a job, what a great kit by Tamiya.  I think your weathering is spot on.  I've seen some Spits with heavy oil staining on the belly, but I think very often models are over weathered.  Having also been in the military for all of my flying career, most aircraft, even the old SAAF Harvards, were generally kept pretty clean. 

Really like Tamiya's representation of the air filter/ram air scoop under the engine.  The SAAF Museum Mk IX had a lever in the cockpit near the throttle if memory serves, which you could select to ram air or filtered.  When selected to filtered, the carburettor air was drawn from inside the cowling, through a rough sponge type filter, lying along the top of that duct, into the carb intake.  Pretty clever, and was probably also good for an anti icing system.  Ram air opened the little flap located in the duct "mouth", drawing in outside "ram"  air straight down the duct when at speed.  This of course was unfiltered but not an issue at height.  Beautifully re-created in minature on the model!


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on June 06, 2011, 11:15:50 AM
Thanks James, are you or were you a flying officer? I am a flying officer my self, Lt. Colonel of the HAF, with almost 2000 flying hours in A-7H Corsair.


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: JamesF on June 07, 2011, 01:37:41 PM
Hello John. Yes I had read about your position with the Greek Air Force in your first post.  Fantastic to have done 2000 hrs on an A7!  Great looking jet.  An ex Squadron boss of mine Tony Smit, got to fly an A7 with the Portugese Air Force on a visit a few years ago.  He said it was great.  Fantastic visability from the cockpit and very roomy inside!

Yes I spent most of my career with the South African Air Force (SAAF).  I trained on Harvards and Machi jets which we called the Impala.  My main operational type was helicopters, the Alouette III, S330 Puma and Oryx, basically a Super Puma.  I also did three years on contract in the Middle East as a QFI with the Royal Air Force of Oman flying the Pilatus PC9M.  I had innitially done instructors course in the SAAF and as a QFI flew the good old Harvard (Spamcan), on which I did about 800 Hrs. After a tour at CFS, I was posted to 87 Heli FS, instructing on the Alouette III.  I am now with the Australian Army, on Helicopters.  Was instructing on B206 Kiowa's and presently doing a tour with Defence Aviation Safety.

Just before going to the Middle East I was posted in to the SAAF Museum as the 2IC.  Got to fly the Harvards again, and did a few hours in the Museum Chipmunk beautiful little aircraft, had the best braking system I've ever seen on a tail dragger!  But the absolute highlight, indeed a career highlight, was I got to fly the SAAF Museum Spitfire MkIX as the display pilot from 1999 to April 2000.  This was infact a rare Mk IX bubble top with the clipped wings.  Rare in that most of these were MkXVI's, but ours had the Merlin 70 instead of the Packhard built engine.  What can I say!  One of the most reponsive, viceless aircraft I've flown, and basically very easy to fly.  Certianly easier to fly than the Harvard.  The only tricky part was the after landing roll as you have no slipstream over the rudder and a castoring tailwheel, so you could get quite busy on the rudder, as any swing had to be stopped immediately.  Tragically, the Spitfire crashed shortly after I left for Oman, after suffering an in flight carb problem leading to engine failure.  The pilot got out thankfully, with a few cuts and bruises, but sadly the Spitfire will need to have a lot of money thrown at it, if it is to fly again.

There are a lot of cliches about the Spitfire, one of which was "you don't get into a Spitfire, you put it on and wear it", or as the famous Spitfire pilot Pete Brothers used to say, "you thought it and it did it",  all I can say is, the "cliches" are true!!


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on July 06, 2011, 04:22:16 PM
Some better photoes, took some time but...

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040803-1.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040807.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040817.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040818.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040870.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040871.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040875.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040877.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040878.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040882.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040883.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040886.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040887.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040888.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040889.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040897.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040901.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040902.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040904.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040906.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040908.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040912.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040914.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af308/zaxos345/John%20Plagis/P1040915.jpg)


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: JamesF on July 18, 2011, 05:17:41 AM
Hello John,

Fantastic, great job, the cockpit lettering on the U/C selector and throttle quadrant really do add a great look to the model.  I'll have a beer this afternoon and do a toast to all the Rhodesians that flew for Britain, in her time of need! 


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: marluc on July 23, 2011, 02:39:41 PM
Congratulations,you´ve made a superb model.The detailling work is excellent,I particularly like the cockpit interior and the engine with all the pipework.Thanks for sharing the progress with us,greetings.

Martin


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: Editor on September 17, 2011, 08:10:44 PM
Fantastic work on the model, I love it! You have done justice to the Tamiya kit, and more  8)
Thanks for sharing the build in this very informative thread.


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: zaxos345 on September 17, 2011, 08:18:08 PM
Thank you very much,

John


Title: Re: Tamiya Spitfire 1/32 - Ioannis ''Agorastos'' Plagis
Post by: Damiaes on November 18, 2011, 02:22:58 AM
Great work, congratulations from Portugal  :) :) :) :)