Improving Academy’s 1/48 Spitfire FR.14e

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This is my 1/48 Spitfire FR.14e finished in the markings of NH915, EB-H flown by Lt. Derek Rake of No. 41 Squadron at B118 ...

This is my 1/48 Spitfire FR.14e finished in the markings of NH915, EB-H flown by Lt. Derek Rake of No. 41 Squadron at B118 Celle during spring 1945.

The project was started a couple of years ago but due to some reasons it was reluctant to get back to work on it. Finally I finished it this spring.

The base kit is from Academy. Released back in 1997, it’s a modern kit and the only one available of the Griffon Spitfire Mk. XIV in 1/48 scale. Unfortunately, the kit is hampered by dimensional errors, the most notable one being the shape of the nose and spinner.

Therefore I decided to correct it by using a dedicated improvement set by Daco Models, which provides a complete new nose, plus a wealth of other parts in cream coloured resin and white metal.

The extent of Daco correction set for Academy 1/48 Spitfire Mk. XIV is evident in this picture

The quality of the castings was very good, with delicately rendered panel lines and clean edges, and the set was easy enough to use. In the end, I am still not convinced that the Daco replacement nose solved the problem completely. But it is best to accept it as is and don’t make life unbearable.

Additionally, I have made some improvements in the cockpit:

  • Eduard instrument panel
  • Ultracast resin seat
  • Ultracast resin Access door
  • Canopy “bubble” from Squadron

The painting was done with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics, my usual preference.  Upper surfaces painted in RAF Dark Green / Ocean Grey and the under surfaces in Medium Sea Grey. Roundels and code letters came from several Xtradecal sets.

Happy Modelling to all!

References
– Osprey Publications – Griffon Spitfires

Additonal images, click to enlarge

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