Revell 1/48 Spitfire IX/XVI
|PRICE:||£16-99 (about $27.00)|
|NOTES:||Rebox of Hasegawa kit|
The Spitfire IX is the most prolific of the Spitfire series, produced in great numbers and was the most widely exported variant. Many regard it as the purest and most attractive variant and even in the 21st century it is the most sought after in the full size warbird market place. In simple terms, the Mk XVI is a IX fitted with a US-built Packard Merlin engine, but there is a raft of detail variations between different airframes at different points in the service history of the type.
My Spitfire and Seafire collection in scale has gone from representative to near-obsessive and over the last five years has grown to 48 completed airframes, with no sign of getting to the end of the line. In order for the collection to provide a comparative overview of the development of the line, I have evolved a policy of default kits for the collection. For the Merlin engined variants:
Mks I, II, V & VI – based on the Tamiya Mk1 and MkV
Mks VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XVI – based on the Hasegawa VIII/IX
Hasegawa 1:48 Spitfire series has been hotly debated many times; there is little
doubt that the fuselage is too short, but in spite of any dimensional flaws - it
works for me, it looks like a Spit IX, it is straightforward to build and I like
its predictable and precise engineering. Revell Europe has re-boxed the Hasegawa
mouldings in its familiar letterbox type end opening box and at a price in the
An overall build and review of the Hasegawa kit is provided by Scott van Aken’s MM article of March 2007, so I will confine my comments to an overview of what is in the box and how it relates to my collection.
So having a box of raw material from Revell, I have a reasonably priced and flexible package to work into my collection. Focussing on the Mk IX as the basis for the widest variation of users and colour schemes I have evolved a check list of the characteristics that need to be covered, as follows.
Horizontal tail – standard type or later version with enlarged horn balance.
Rudder – rounded or pointed tip.
Wing cannon fairing – three types, large early bulged fairing, late skinny type with either inboard or outboard cannon location.
Carburettor air intake under chin cowling – early small type or later enlarged filer type.
Wheel hub pattern.
Good reference sources are essential, preferably backed up with photographic evidence, but with over 24,000 Spitfires and Seafires built and about 30 military air arms using the types, a bit of inspired guesswork and logical deduction is necessary.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
When finishing I use an undercoat of auto primer applied from a rattle can. For camouflage colours I always look first to the Xtracrylix range. Primary colours such as black, white, reds, yellows and silvers come from the Tamiya Color range. All applied with my trusty Iwata HP-C airbrush. After a gentle pass over the paint finish with an ultra fine sanding stick, two coats of Future/Kleer provide a base for the decals, applied with Microsol and Microset as required, finally sealed with a coat of Xtracrylix varnish
Shown in various locations within this article are Spitfires from :
All decal sheets are out
of print once they have been made and many of these are not going to be easy to
All decal sheets are out of print once they have been made and many of these are not going to be easy to find.
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