Airfix 1/48 Spitfire XII
Now that there aren’t any Spitfires on the main page I will post the kit I won last year here (random best choice award). The Airfix Spitfire XII, painted freehand with Tamiya RAF Ocean Grey, Dark Green and Sea Grey Medium, using Victory Models “Spitfire: Aces of the Empire” decals to do the Spitfire XII flown by Squadron Leader Ray Harries, OC 91 “Nigeria” Squadron, the top-scoring Spitfire XII ace with 10 victories score in type and the Spitfire XII of 41 Squadron, the last users of the type, circa August/September 1944, just before they re-equipped with the Mk. XIVe.
The first of “New Airfix,” the kit is superb. Since I first saw a picture of the XII in William Green’s “Famous Fighters of the Second World War” Vol. I, I have liked this Spitfire the best, for reasons I can’t put words to other than “it looks cool.” Airfix got it right. This one is an early Spitfire XII based on a Spitfire V airframe without the retractable tailwheel. Later XIIs were based on the Spitfire VIII, and the early ones were modified with retractable tailwheel.
The kit provides these markings, but the decals in the Victory Productions sheet are ten orders of magnitude better. It’s the best decal sheet for Spitfires in 1/48 (Caveat Emptor: I was part of the team that originally produced it back in 2002).
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