After the Lightning and 109 I seem to have got a taste for 1/48 builds. This kit has been lurking in the lift for the last few years, but I thought it was time to bring it down as I haven't built a Spitfire for a while.
I'm planning on building the Air Sea Rescue version in standard mid-war day camouflage and not the nightfighter.
The instructions, paint guide and decals. I did pull out some old markings I had in my spares box from the old tool Airfix Vb for a desert bird, but thought better of it.
The plastic parts. Surface detail is well executed engraved lines, and internal is very complete with about 30 parts making up the cockpit. There are also many options, several of which are not relevant to this boxing. They include two different props, tropical filters, 250lb bombs, large ferry tank, different canopies, armoured or plain fuel tank cover infront of the cockpit, plain or spoked wheel hubs and normal or clipped wings. The clipped wingtips come as solid plastic or clear parts. A pilot figure with seperate arms is included and the undercart can be modelled lowered or raised.
I started the build by assembling the cockpit parts. These all fitted well, although some perts were small and fiddly. There are internal skins onto which the rest of the cockpit builds onto before going into the fuselage, and four internal bulkheads.
Sub-assemblies painted up and weathered. The instrument panel is a decal.
The cockpit all put together, this required very careful lining up to get everything square, and any paint had to be scraped off mating surfaces to get a proper join.
As the paint was drying inbetween cockpit stages I started putting the prop together.
The construction method means that the prop can be added after the main assembly of the airframe is complete.
Fuselage joined with no issues at all. The fuel tank cover can also be seen. This didn't quite sit down properly over the instrument panel bulkhead, which had to be sanded down a little at a time to get a good fit.
More coming soon when the wings go on.