Recently Airfix has been releasing all new tooling kits of their classic 1/72 aircraft subjects. In the best-selling Spitfire category, we’ve seen a PR MK. XIX, then a replacement of the iconic Mk. IX which dated back from the early 1960s. Now the time has come for an entirely new Airfix Spitfire Mk. I, a new version of the kit that has been in Airfix’s inventory since late-1970s. The old kit wasn’t a marvel of engineering but had an opinion of being accurate in outline – arguably the best of Airfix “old” Spitfires in this scale, and was an easy enough build.
This is the new tool Airfix MkIa kit (A01071) that has been converted to a MkIIa using the very nice 3D-kits conversion set. The conversion includes the Rotol propellor and spinner as well as new seat, control stick and coffman starter bulge. The conversion kit also contained decals for several planes and I used the ones for one flown by American Bill Dunn of the Eagle Squadron.
The model was painted with Mr Color paints and weathered with pastels, silver pencil and oils. I drilled out the exhausts and landing gear leg eyelets as well as adding a resin nav light on the fuselage spine.
The fit of the kit was very good and it was a very enjoyable build. Well done Airfix.