1/48 Airfix Spitfire Mk. I

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This is the 1/48th scale Airfix Spitfire Mk. I/IIa.  I used the Aeromaster sheet no. 48-078  entitled Battle of Britain Spitfires. I picked the ...

This is the 1/48th scale Airfix Spitfire Mk. I/IIa.  I used the Aeromaster sheet no. 48-078  entitled Battle of Britain Spitfires. I picked the markings of the aircraft flown by Flt Lt Charles Green of 421 Flight. I just happened to miss the fact that I should have put a PRU sliding canopy section on it… but I like the finished model and I hope that you will enjoy it, too!

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By Magnus  |  2011-01-02 at 19:44  |  permalink

Me likey! A lot! And I don’t care about that canopy at all 🙂


By Steve Budd  |  2011-01-03 at 15:53  |  permalink

Thanks Magnus – a very happy Spitfire filled New Year to you and yours.
Best regards.

By Antoni Lachetta  |  2011-01-03 at 11:22  |  permalink

During October 1940, the Germans switched their tactics to high altitude raids by a mixed force of fighters and fighter-bombers. For various technical reasons the RAF found such raids difficult to spot and track. Even when they were detected, the comparatively high speed and altitude made the raids difficult to intercept. It was decided that the best way to plug the gap in defences was to resort to standing patrols of aircraft at high altitude which would spot the enemy formations as they approached, identify the types involved, and report their strength and position until the defending fighter squadrons could intercept.

To undertake the task, a new unit, 421 (Reconnaissance) Flight was formed on 8th October at Gravesend from a nucleus of 66 Squadron, initially equipped with some of the first Hurricane Mk IIs. The pilots were tasked with flying individual sorties throughout the daylight hours in order to spot incoming raids. Because their task was to observe and report back, pilots were instructed to avoid engaging the enemy unless they were obliged to do so. This was in part encouraged by the fact that only two of the machine guns were loaded so as to improve performance at altitude. The Hurricanes were not popular with the pilots who complained to Fighter Command. As a result the unit reequipped with Spitfire Mk IIs at the end of October.

At first patrols were made by single aircraft, later it was thought prudent to mount patrols of two aircraft for mutual protection.

421 Flight eventually settled at Hawkinge from mid-November 1940 after spending a short time at West Malling and Biggin Hill. $21 Flight was brought up to squadron strength and renumbered at 91 Squadron on 11th January 1941.

Presumably, because of the close ties with 66 Squadron, 421 Flight adopted the same LZ codes but separated them with a hyphen or dash usually applied as a small square.

This particular Spitfire, P7531, was photographed at Gravesend, November 1940. It may have had under wing roundels by then but it is not possible to see in the poor quality photograph. The Spitfire was fitted with a PRU hood with tear-drop blisters on the sides. The other noticeable mistake it that the on the starboard side the codes L-Z were behind the roundel, painted over, and partly obscuring the serial number.

By Steve Budd  |  2011-01-03 at 15:51  |  permalink

Hi Antoni:
Thank you for sharing your knowledge of this particular aircraft – it’s much appreciated.
I finished it in accordance with Aeromaster’s printed info and of course realise that their research was not always as thorough as it could have been.
Interesting what you say about the port side LZ – I have the intention to build a further 48th scale Mk I Airfix Spitfire in the same markings but corrected in the areas I’m now aware of. A full build article dealing with the Airfix kit is available at my website… 😉
Thanks again.
Best regards

By ferret_64  |  2011-01-07 at 07:18  |  permalink

Superb job! This model got just the right feeling to it. The excellent quality of the pictures does it full justice. Keep up your good work.

Greetings, Martin

By Steve Budd  |  2011-01-10 at 17:01  |  permalink

Thanks Martin – that’s very much appreciated. I’m currently torturing Airfix’s weeny little 1:72 new tool Spit MkIX… 😉
Best regards

By Jon Bius  |  2011-07-29 at 17:11  |  permalink

Great stuff Steve! 🙂

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