Spitfire! 1/48 F Mk. 24
This is my stab at the last of the Spitfires, the mighty F Mk. 24 via the Airfix 1/48 kit. Inspired by the version at Duxford, this depicts VN318 from No. 80 Squadron based in Hong Kong, circa 1955.
1996 is the year stamped on the inside of the fuselage, but for a kit of that vintage it all went together cleanly, requiring only a small amount of putty. I drilled out the canon barrels as well as the exhaust stubs, plus added the whiplash aerial with a piece of fishing line – all ideas borrowed from other modelers. I also used some interior upgrades from Barracuda. Although the resin seat was lovely, it was just too small, so I added a lead foil harness and cushion to the seat supplied.
I encountered the same problem with this kit other builders have, in that the canopy is too narrow to sit on the fuselage properly in the open position; I used a vac-formed replacement from Squadron instead. This build really showed me the challenge of using after-market parts, breaking lots of delicate resin parts in my attempt to hack them free.
This is a late Christmas present for my brother, a Spitfire enthusiast of the first order. His attraction to the Mk. 24 got me to look beyond my resistance to the late Griffon Spits, with their low backs and extended front ends. While it doesn’t have the sheer elegance of the Mk. I or the purposeful grace of the Mk. IX, one has to admire the evolution of the design into this big silver cigar. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this craft through this great – yet fairly simple – kit.
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