Review: Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc

I don’t think the venerable Spitfire needs an introduction, I don’t think there are a lot of people who do not know the Spitfire and besides who hasn’t built a Spit at some point during his/her model-maker career? If you haven’t: welcome to the I-haven’t-built-a-Spit Club. The beer is on the left, and grab a chair from the fridge.

The kit

It’s based on an earlier release from 2009 with only an updated box and decals. This kit features two paint schemes, both model a Spitfire piloted by a Frenchman. More on that later.

The kit itself is fairly simple and not as high quality as their latest kits. That’s not to say this one is bad, it really is good in terms of fitment. All the parts are nearly flash free, here and there is a hint of flash, but after reading other reviews this might be exemplary. And it’s not a huge problem anyway. Panel lines and exterior details are quite good as well, with nicely defined panel lines and surface details. The one thing where this kit falls flat is the cockpit: it just a seat, a floor and a headrest. So keep that pilot figure included in the kit safe, because you’re going to need it. And the prop looks a bit strange to me..

Clear part

There is just one clear part: the one-piece canopy. It’s quite thick, but reasonably free from distortion. But it’s a shame they included this ‘bulletproof’ canopy, because in later kits Airfix includes some really nice and thin canopies. You could get an aftermarket part of vacu-form it, but that would easily double the cost of this kit. And you’d need an aftermarket cockpit as well.

Color options and decals

There are two color schemes:

  • RAF: 341 (French) Sqn. BS538 / NL-B (Sgt. Pierre Clostermann),
    Biggin Hill, June 1943
  • Free French Air Force: GC 1/7 Provence MA574 / A, Dijon, September 1944

Both are basically rehashes of the 2009 kit, but now with British and French markings instead of Canadian and British. The decals are nicely printed and in register though, so points for that.

Conclusion

This kit is fairly cheap and simple, so it’s a good beginners kit. It does suffer from some minor accuracy problems, but the overall shape of the kit looks good (to me at least). The biggest problem for me is the lack of an even halfway decent cockpit.

Models for Heroes

On every Airfix kit there are Airfix Club Flying Hours, you can save these for a free kit of choice. Or you can donate them to a UK charity named Models for Heroes

A short quote from their website:

We’re a non-for-profit organisation that supply model kits, materials and model making sundries to the mental health organisations and charities around the UK while raising awareness of the mental health benefits of scale modelling.

Please consider donating your Airfix Flying Hours to MfH or other charities.

Score

7.5/10

Info

Vehicle: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXc
Manufacturer: Airfix
Scale: 1/72
Kit#:A02065A
Number of parts: 39
Number of sprues: 4
Price: €9,95
Released: 2014

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