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Spitfire IX, Royal Egyptian Air Force, Kovozavody Prostejov (KPM) 1/72

April 17, 2024 · in Aviation · · 16 · 171

Does the world need another Spitfire Mk IX kit, especially short run, when there are so many mainstream kits out there?

Probably wouldn't have purchased the kit, but my buddy won it at a model show raffle, and it's not his scale.

This boxing contains three complete copies of the kit. The plentiful decals are for ten Czech air force planes and six RAF planes flown by Czech pilots. There is a full set of stencils (which I didn't use for the Egyptian plane).

I've included shots of the sprues, which show how much detail is packed in at this scale.

As my first attempt at a short-run kit, it was relatively painless. I wish they had made the full wing the default. Instead, you have to attach the full wing tips to the clipped wing after trimming it. I drilled holes and used bits of paper clip to create locating pins
The only other complaint might be that it was hard to get the landing gear angles right.

Out of box except:
Eduard seatbelts
Clear gunsight panel
Canopy parts from spares box
Techmod Decals ( first decal I put on [ID stripes] split, rescued the rest of the sheet with Testors decal spray.)
Italeri paints for camouflage
weathered with chalk pastels and a bit of silver coloured pencil and silver ink pen.

Happy modeling everyone

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16 responses

  1. Well done, Aldo. You really got the most out of this one.

  2. Beautifully done, Aldo @aldog
    The camouflage scheme looks really nice on this Egyption Spitfire.

  3. Excellent result on this challenging kit, Aldo!
    Well done!

  4. Great looking Spit Aldo. She looks seductive in the Egyptian colour scheme. Excellent result on a first go limited run kit. 👍

  5. Nice looking Spit, and love the scheme and markings. I see what you mean about the wing tips - I think if I built the kit I'd probably do a clipped-wing version and save the decals for a different kit for that version!

    • Thanks Greg. The TechMod decals include markings for some Israeli Spitfires with clipped wings. I still have two full planes in the KPM three pack. Doing one with Stars of David might make an interesting pairing with this one.

  6. Nicely done Aldo.

  7. Triple whammy on that KP kit, Aldo (@aldog)!
    I have a couple of other KP kits and they do look good.
    Great choice on the finish, doing an IDF spitfire would also be a great companion choice.
    Excellent looking Spitfire.

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