1/48 Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.22
Eduard’s Limited Edition re-pop of Airfix’s Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.22 from the late 1990’s.
Markings are for a scheme included in the kit for a 1948 entry in the Cooper Trophy Air Race, from No.607 RauxAF County of Durham Squadron.
The Eduard boxing is a great package, but there is a fly in the ointment with the resin cockpit interior. Yes it’s beautifully detailed but it won’t fit if you follow the kit instructions.
If you have this kit & have yet to build it, my advice would be to thin down the resin side walls before gluing directly to the fuselage sides. (& please do a lot of trimming and dry fitting beforehand). Then add the front and rear bulkheads followed by the seat & floor.
…Or you can save yourself the bother as most folks won’t even see the amount of work put into the interior and use BarracudaCasts’s late model Spitfire Update set and Eduard’s photo etch set.
Once you get past the cockpit issues the rest of the kit goes together pretty well.
…Until you get to the landing gear. Not one of Airfix’s best efforts and consequently is a bit fiddly to fit. Be prepared to trim the odd stub arm in order to get the assembly to fit snugly.
I also used some additional aftermarket on the build, namely BarracudCast’s replacement prop & spinner. The kit blades look a tad strange to me to say the least and the resin replacements are a worthwhile addition.
Also used is a vac-formed canopy, as the kit one unfortunately was damaged.
(I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out, but for the time being it’ll do!).
Also, the exhausts were hollowed out.
Paints were a mix of Tamiya & Gunze acrylics, followed by a clear coat and the usual pin washes from Mig and a final dull coat on top.
So in summary a very nice kit from Airfix that still looks good twenty years on, and the Eduard enhancements though good in parts can be a mixed blessing in places.
Comments as always most welcome, bit in the meantime thanks for looking.