Best 1/48th Spitfire VIII kit to portray 136 Squadron

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Best 1/48th Spitfire VIII kit to portray 136 Squadron

Joined: December 3rd, 2004, 8:17 am

May 9th, 2012, 1:33 am #1

and any reference, written or photographic to depict such a plane would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you
Jamie

http://www.armourworkshop.ca
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:34 pm

May 9th, 2012, 4:45 am #2

"Best 1/48 Spitfire" will get you many answers on this forum. I believe that the Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk.VIII/IX kits have the best detail and fit of any other similar scale kits. But, their big drawback is accuracy. From the cockpit aft they are a tad short, to put it nicely. Some say 1/50 scale. There are other issues with the spinner and some bumps on the wing that don't belong. That said, it builds up easily. This is my model of a SEAC Spitfire Mk.VIII. I knew about the inaccuracies going in, but I still enjoyed the build and the finished outcome.



You can judge for yourself whether or not it will meet your needs.

This Hasegawa boxing has decals for a 136 Spitfire.http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10031273

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Joined: February 28th, 2005, 6:02 pm

May 9th, 2012, 6:12 am #3

and any reference, written or photographic to depict such a plane would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you
Jamie

http://www.armourworkshop.ca
This kit is a good starting point. Ebay or similar should have cheap.
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Joined: June 6th, 2008, 8:22 am

May 9th, 2012, 8:39 am #4

With regards to the kit the only deficiency is that it does not have the gull wing. However if you have access to the Airfix Seafire III which has spare wings to allow the different wings then you can cut the gull wing out of the non used wing ( and I can testify that it fits perfectly) and hay presto problem solved and the model comes up well.

James Levingston
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May 9th, 2012, 8:59 am #5

"Best 1/48 Spitfire" will get you many answers on this forum. I believe that the Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk.VIII/IX kits have the best detail and fit of any other similar scale kits. But, their big drawback is accuracy. From the cockpit aft they are a tad short, to put it nicely. Some say 1/50 scale. There are other issues with the spinner and some bumps on the wing that don't belong. That said, it builds up easily. This is my model of a SEAC Spitfire Mk.VIII. I knew about the inaccuracies going in, but I still enjoyed the build and the finished outcome.



You can judge for yourself whether or not it will meet your needs.

This Hasegawa boxing has decals for a 136 Spitfire.http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10031273
Looks good to me. I've got a couple of Hasegawa Spitfires that I am also going to build without doing anything about the fuselage. Just keep them on a different shelve from any ICM ones! The Hasegawa kit is getting a bit expensive now, best bet is the Revell boxing.
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Joined: December 29th, 2007, 7:47 am

May 9th, 2012, 10:13 am #6

With regards to the kit the only deficiency is that it does not have the gull wing. However if you have access to the Airfix Seafire III which has spare wings to allow the different wings then you can cut the gull wing out of the non used wing ( and I can testify that it fits perfectly) and hay presto problem solved and the model comes up well.

James Levingston
There were a couple of resin inserts available in 1/48 - Red Roo Models, and Aeroclub. Both appear to be out of production now, but may appear on evilbay..
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May 9th, 2012, 10:38 am #7

and any reference, written or photographic to depict such a plane would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you
Jamie

http://www.armourworkshop.ca
The ICM kit doesn't exactly fall together but I've seen some great models built from this kit.

Both Aeroclub and Loon Models had fuselage replacements for the Hasegawa kit, google should show availability.
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Joined: September 4th, 2007, 12:26 am

May 9th, 2012, 12:40 pm #8

and any reference, written or photographic to depict such a plane would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you
Jamie

http://www.armourworkshop.ca
... the Hasegawa, Arii, and ICM kits. (Well, the Hasegawa IX and ICM VII, but it's the same plastic.)

To echo and perhaps add to the information already here with my own opinions:

- The Hasegawa kit had the best fit, nicest surface detailing, and overall best detail, I thought. As has been pointed out, it has some shape issues with the fuselage. However, it is a very pleasant build with no fuss involved regarding fit, etc.http://goo.gl/5INXK)

- The ICM kit is also well detailed, though I give the nod to Hasegawa regarding cockpit detail, but only by a nod. (Adding a resin seat to the ICM kit helps.) This one has the engine included, which can be great if you want to display the engine, though a bit fiddly if you don't. I found it can be built quite well without the engine at all, so that is a possibility. Overall the ICM kit has the nicest shape out of the box of any of the 1/48 Mk. IX's I've built. (And I've built the Occidental and Airfix offerings, too.)http://goo.gl/UrSrL)

- The Arii/Otaki kit is a trouble free build, and it's overall shape isn't bad. It's cockpit is simplistic, and as was noted, it does not have the inverted gull-wing shape on the underside. If you don't flip it over and leave the cockpit buttoned up, it looks the part.http://goo.gl/VPhCM)

- The Airfix Mk. IX can actually be made in to a Mk. VIII.... all the parts are there. But of the Mk. VIII/IX kits available, it was probably the least satisfying build due to fit issues, and some shape issues, especially with the wing thickness. Still, it looks the part when done, and I did enjoy it. (Of course, I love Airfix, so it gets a lot of grace during a build. It must, as I've done two Mk. IXs and am now working on the XVIe bubble top.....)

Depending on your preferences & building style-
- If shape is your primary concern, I'd opt for the ICM kit. It will look great and is very affordable.

- If cost is your primary concern, then I'd say look for the cheapest ICM or Hasegawa kit you can find. The Hasegawa Mk. IX kit I built had the parts to make the Mk. VIII conversion. However, *I've been told* (though I have not confirmed myself) that the newer boxings do not contain all the necessary parts. Also, Revel''s boxing of the the Mk. IX/XVIe is the Hasegawa plastic, and it may contain the appropriate parts for a Mk. VIII. And it can usually be had for a much lower price than the same plastic in a Hasegawa box.

- If a "fiddly-free" build is most important, go with the Hasegawa/Revell boxing (noting the cautions regarding the Mk. VIII parts mentioned above.)

Please feel free to contact me if I can help out in any way.

Jon Bius
www.agapemodels.com
Modeling with a Higher Purpose
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Joined: December 4th, 2006, 2:42 am

May 9th, 2012, 12:53 pm #9

This kit is a good starting point. Ebay or similar should have cheap.
Besides the lack of the "gull wing" on the underside, the Otaki/Arii/Amt kit has the full span ailerons of the Mk IX. The Mk VIII had the shorter ailerons.
This is an easy enough fix requiring only a bit of filling/sanding and re-scribing the outer edge of the aileron. I believe the leading edge wing tank(s) panel lines will have to added also. Again, a simple matter of scribing them in. I have built several of these kits both as Mk VIII's and MK IX's. They accept the True Details Mk IX resin cockpit (TD48487) without too much trouble and the radiators can be dressed up with PE if desired. I removed 1 mm from the length of the landing gear legs in order to improve the "sit" of the aircraft which appeared too nose high using the un-altered kit landing gear. HTH
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Joined: April 4th, 2006, 7:00 pm

May 9th, 2012, 5:21 pm #10

"Best 1/48 Spitfire" will get you many answers on this forum. I believe that the Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk.VIII/IX kits have the best detail and fit of any other similar scale kits. But, their big drawback is accuracy. From the cockpit aft they are a tad short, to put it nicely. Some say 1/50 scale. There are other issues with the spinner and some bumps on the wing that don't belong. That said, it builds up easily. This is my model of a SEAC Spitfire Mk.VIII. I knew about the inaccuracies going in, but I still enjoyed the build and the finished outcome.



You can judge for yourself whether or not it will meet your needs.

This Hasegawa boxing has decals for a 136 Spitfire.http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10031273
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