Airfix Spitfire PR XIX, 1/48
This is my attempt at Airfix’s 1/48 Spitfire PR XIX. Some time ago I decided to try and add the most Spitfires variants possible to my collection, which stands at a modest 8 kits build by now, and I sure am thankful to Airfix for releasing nicely detailed and affordable kits of least common variants such as the Mk XII and this PR XIX.
The kit is simple but nicely detailed. It is built straight from the box, the only modifications being the added seatbelts, cooling flap actuators, whip antenna and drilled exhausts.
I never close the canopies on 48th scale kits, but decided against it in this particular build because I wanted to preserve the beautiful, clean lines of this aircraft.
I opted for the swedish bird because I wanted a full PRU color scheme, and even though the other option is very historically significant (the last Spitfire to fly an operarional sortie for the RAF), the story behind the swedish Spit is also very interesting: it flew recon missions over the soviet union and couldn’t get caught by the early commie jets.
The only shortcoming I found are the landing gear legs: they demand trimming to fit their slots and become too flimsy to support the weight of the model. I added some superglue between the edge of the wheel well and the lg covers to strenghten the joint, but then the bulged tires didn’t align properly to the ground. I’m thinking of building a simple base and adding wheel chocks to hide this little defect.
Model Master PRU enamel and Tamiya acrylics were used, with a simple pin wash of tube oils on the panel lines and exhausts, with pastel lightly rubbed to create exhaust stains. Weathering was kept light as I read that these planes were very well kept.
Thanks for looking and, as always, all feedback is welcome.
Cheers and a happy 2019 to all of you!
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