Profile Photo
John Healy
152 articles

1/48 Airfix Spitfires

July 17, 2014 · in Aviation · · 29 · 1.8K

I took these pics to share with a friend who is a and neophyte. I thought I'd post them for you guys too. The fuselage decals on the City of Edinburgh Mk. 22 are oversized, but didn't know it until a year after it was done.

I can't wait for the new Mk.Vb to get to the US. Got to have a yearly Spitfire fix!

Reader reactions:
5  Awesome

4 additional images. Click to enlarge.

29 responses

  1. I thought the Neophytes were in Doctor Who LOL;),gorgeous little Spitfire collection ,I especialy like the Mk1,thanks for sharing these John.

  2. Airfix & Spitfires! can't go wrong there 🙂

  3. Some lovely planes there John.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nice collection. If you're doing a lot of Spits in 1/48, it is worth investing in the Falcon "Spitfire Special" vacuform canopy set, which includes several sets of each. Spitfire canopies are much easier to open up with vacuform canopies, not to mention the Falcon vacuform canopies are the proper shape (the one thing Airfix got irremediably wrong on the 22/24, and ICM got wrong on the XVI).

  5. Nickel ok king Spits John. Well done

  6. said on July 17, 2014

    hi john,
    great metallic finish- makes me want to start mine if not for the fact
    I have too many "ongoing" kits. can you tell me if the kit decals are okay for size? I assume you used aftermarket ones?

    • Thanks Dan. The decals are from an Aeromaster or Eagle Strike sheet for late model Spits. I don't remember if the kit decals were oversized, but they were horrible. Thick, waxy, out of register, and ivory whites. FYI, the Mk.22/24 has never been re-released as a stand alone kit. Eduard issued it as a special addition with some extra upgrades as a limited run a few years back. Interestingly, the current Airfix red box issue of the 1/48 Seafire 46/47 contains all of the parts to make an RAF Mk.22/24 should you be so inclined. It only has decals for the Seafires though. The other Mk.22 I posted, the light blue Rhodesian bird, was finished with decals from the same sheet as the silver Mk.22 However, the Rhodesian markings are accurate.

  7. Excellent set of Spitfires John.

  8. Hi John a great collection of Spits, i ve got the Mk.22 in the same markings
    using Aeromaster decals as well. Love the Seafire, very colourful : - )


  9. Great collection. I never net a Spitfire I didn't like. 🙂

  10. Nice John, I liked Paul's comment, to true! I think one must be able to model the entire Spitfire model line up in 1/48 these days. When I saw the light blue Mk22 I wondered looking at those colours, if that was early Rhodesian markings, very interesting. The Rhodesians had to retire their Mk22s because apparently the wooden prop blades shrunk in the African heat and the normally tight fit in the prop hubs went out of tolerance. By then the Vampires were coming into service and basically the propellor age was over.

  11. Great looking collection John. You'll be wanting an Airfix new tool Mk Vb no doubt? Maybe an Eduard Mk IX as well? I think you could pretty well do every version now with a little bit of ingenuity.

    • Thanks Tony! I will be getting a couple of the new Vb kits. I think it's great they chose McNair's Malta a/c as one of the options. I already built the Eduard IXc, great kit. I posted it here, take a look. I did it in USAAF markings from the Italian theater.

  12. said on July 20, 2014

    Nice Spits. FWIW the 603 fuselage decals are not only oversize but the wrong colour, the checks should be pale blue and pale red.

  13. said on July 20, 2014

    I should have also added that PK570 probably had a nmf nose with the rest of the fuselage painted aluminium. See here:

  14. Beautiful pictures, John.

  15. John,
    These are gorgeous. You do Spitfires proud.

Leave a Reply