Just picked up the new Airfix Spitfire FR XIVE at the LHS.
Looking through it, this is the Spitfire XIV we’ve always wanted. Accurate shape, accurate dimensions. Good detail.
Note in the photo of the sprues that the wing comes full-span, and that both the early narrow-chord and later wide-chord rudders are supplied. There is also the early and later bubble canopy. This means you can do the FR XVIII as well as the FR XIV.
Moldings are crisp, clear parts are clear. Decals are good.
For those who are already complaining that it isn’t the “high-back” Spitfire XIV, do consider that in marketing a product with different variations, it’s always good to put out the one that may be the lesser-seller first. The high-back will certainly be on its way.
Do note that the first run has already sold out with pre-orders at the Airfix website, and orders by the major online sources (which is why I pre-ordered two from Hannant’s). Amazingly, kits have already reached North America within a week of UK release. The LHS snagged two, of which this is one. Get ’em while they’re still available. Do not wait.
I’ve long said that the company that did a Spitfire XIV right would have a license to print money. Airfix finally realized what they were sitting on. You can officially consign the Academy kits to the doorstops they’ve always aspired to be.
Buy. In. Confidence.
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