Eagle Cals #174: Spitfire Mk.Ia
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Scott Van Aken

This is Eagle Cals' newest Spitfire sheet in 1/72 scale. It is also available in the other major scales. Undoubtedly the recently released kits from Tamiya and Eduard  in 1/48 are the incentive for this new sheet, however, these two companies do not have new kits in 1/72 scale (yet). However, we are not lacking in available kits as Airfix released a new took a while back and even their older kit is very nice. Tamiya's 1/72 Spitfire I is a nice builder, but isn't up to modern standards. We are hoping they do a smaller version of their new 1/48 kit in the near future. There are a variety of other Spit Is by other kit makers, but these are the best around.

All of these aircraft are in the early war upper colors of dark green and dark earth. The initial offering has the underside colors in black and white split right down the center of the airframe. The others are in sky and duck egg blue.

First up is Al Deere's plane from 54 Squadron in May 1940. Note that this plane has no long wire antenna though the mast is there.

The second option also has no long wire antenna. This is Bernard Jennings' aircraft with 19 squadron in September 1940.

Finally our duck egg blue plane with 66 Squadron. This aircraft was flown by Rupert Leigh in October 1940 and had the misfortune of being shot down by Werner Molders.

As usual, the instructions are first rate with lots of notes. Decals are printed by Cartograf so you know they are good. This sheet is available in 1/48 and 1/32 as well.

November 2020

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