A Guilty Pleasure: Airfix’s 1/72 Spitfire Mk.1a Starter Set
To keep with the theme of things Airfix this is a recent out of box build of their Spitfire Mk1a starter set: Purchased for the princely sum of $10 a year or so ago from my local Aldi Supermarket in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane, this kit is the perfect antidote to AMS (Advanced Modeller’s Syndrome). The paints supplied are best ignored, but the kit itself is a real gem:
Markings are provided for No.92 Squadron based at Manston, Kent in December 1940.
One word of warning to those building the kit, is that Airfix somehow managed to transpose the camo colours round the wrong way: what is shown on the left handside should be on the right & vice versa. No major dramas, just something to be mindful of…
Decals are from Cartograph, which are nicely printed if a tad on the thick side.
Everything goes together with no major issues.
Also being issued early on in the Airfix Renaissance there are the dread deep panel lines to contend with.
I found that a couple of coats of Mr Surfacer 1500 helps to ameliorate the worst effects and it looks Ok from a foot away.
The interior is very nicely done, it’s just a pity you see next to nothing of it once the one piece canopy is fitted.
The scheme includes the black underside wing half for Anti-Aircraft Recognition, which is a nice touch.
I used Lifecolors’s Battle Of Britain acrylic colours, which doesn’t look too bad at all, and the whole lot was sealed with a clear coats of Future.
Any comments more than welcome, but in the meantime thanks for looking.