Review: Revell 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa

Yet Another Spitfire Review. Yes, my 50th post this year is about a newly tooled Spitfire. Revell kind of surprised me with this one when I saw it in the shop.. Released in 2016 it slipped under my radar until yesterday. Do we need a new Revell Spit? Well.. A new budget kit is always welcome in my stash.

But is it any good? Lets find out!

The Kit

It comes in Revells new box design featuring some really nice boxart by Andrzej Deredos with two Spitfires in flight, presumably looking for Huns. The only downside is that a part of that art is hidden from view by the Revell blurb on the right. Apart from the Side-Opening-Box that is Revells trademark, the packaging is alright. Inside we find the usual safety sheet/decal protector, manual and a bag of four sprues with 38 parts in total this isn’t the biggest kit around. It looks like this is going to be a great starter or weekend kit.

But after inspecting the sprues i have a bit of a mixed feeling, yes, the details are pretty nice. Very fine panellines, a fairly well detailed cockpit and easy construction and a manual that is easy to follow. The downsides are flash, and there is a lot of it in some places. Not just on the small parts, but also on the fuselage. I expected better from a new tool. On the plus side: there aren’t a lot of fitting issues, all the parts line up fairly well, with only needing a bit of putty at the wing roots and the lower engine cowling. With one exception: the propeller hub didn’t fit all too well. It has big seamlines with too much flash. But even that is not too hard to solve, even for the inexperienced modeller. It just feels a bit unneccessary for a new kit.

Clear parts

This is where this kit fails a bit. The canopy is waaay to thick, even if only the little windshield at the front was that thick it would’ve been overscale. That said, the parts are well molded with no distortion. It also makes the kit a bit more beginner-friendly. Really thin clear parts tend to break easily, obviously.

Decals and color options

The kit comes with only one option: a Spit that served with the RAF Air Fighting Development Unit, ‘Doxford’ [sic], England, April 1942 in the typical RAF color scheme. Not a whole lot of options, but the Mk. IIa is well served by the aftermarket manufacturers.

Conclusion

This is a nice little kit, not quite up to new Airfix standards, but easy to build and simple enough for beginners. But it’s hard to choose between the Airfix and Revell kits. it depends on availability. But you can’t really go wrong with the Revell version.

Score

8/10

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Info

Vehicle: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa
Manufacturer: Revell
Scale: 1/72
Kit#: 03953
Number of parts: 38
Number of sprues: 4
Length: 127 mm
Wingspan 155 mm
Price: €14,95
Released: 2016

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