1/48 Spitfire FR 18.
This is the new Airfix Mk. XIVe kit finished as an FR 18. The XIV/18 are my favorite Spitfires and I’m really glad this kit came about. I bought three of them in early June when they were released. Two were perfectly molded, one had seriously bad short shots on the horizontal stab parts and cockpit tub halves. Airfix made it right within 10 days. Much has been said about the QC issues with this kit and justifiably so. However, it is a seriously nice model kit that deserves to be bought and built in large numbers. The first run has sold out, so get them when they do the second run. To build an FR18 from this kit, simply keep the full span wings, use the wide chord rudder, and use the bigger tires with the three spoke hubs. The jury is out as to what the vertical camera installations looked like so I didn’t make them. Some say they were covered with mud flaps, others believe they were never used in this plane and were paneled over. I chose to make a 208 Squadron a/c that was based in Palestine/Cyprus/Egypt during the late 1940s. These Spitfires saw combat with both Egyptian and Israeli Spitfires during those years. The odd camouflage scheme was applied in Egypt in 1949. It consists of Dark Earth/Light Slate Grey over Medium Sea Grey. The paints I used were Xtracolor Dark Earth and Humbrol #31 Slate Grey over Humbrol #165 Medium Sea Grey. I picked up a Model Alliance sheet with decals for this aircraft but was disappointed with the color printing. Ultimately, I only used the black serial numbers from the Model Alliance sheet. I sourced the roundels, a/c letter, and fin flash from my decal dungeon while using the wing walk stripes and limited stencils from the kit. The only aftermarket parts I used were some Eduard seat belts.
My second kit is almost finished and Should be posted soon. Get your hands on one of these and enjoy it.
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