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Kitbashed Revell 1/72 scale
Supermarine Spitfire VI

by Mark Davies


Supermarine Spitfire HF.VI

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The Spitfire is truly a plane to be admired, loved even (by plane lovers if you know what I mean). As a pommie-born Kiwi (English born New Zealander) of 1960 it goes without saying that Iím affected by the Spitfireís spell. This is despite having a real fondness for ugly French planes of the 1930ís that I build whenever possible.

Despite my appreciation of Britainís most famous fighter, I try to avoid getting too anally-retentive as some Spitfire modellers can be prone to be. Instead I aim for a general accuracy within reasonable limits. These limits are premised on averaging 12 models finished a year, and always aiming for 24.



I wonít bore readers with a history on the Spitfire Mk VI other than to say it was an early attempt at a high altitude interceptor version with pressurised cockpit and extended wings often associated with high flying PR Mk VIIís (although also applied to Mk VIIIís and IXís).

My model is an amalgam of the Revell Mk Vb, Airfix Mk Vb and Heller Mk XVIe , and Smer Mk VI The Smer kit is itself a Heller Mk V with the parts to make a Mk VI; these being the wing tips, 4-blade prop, cockpit pressurisation intake and markings).

I used the Revell Mk V as the main basis of my airframe. A friend of mine who restores Spitfires for a living, and who is an excellent modeller, believes the Revell kit to be very good. Its main faults being a lack of the gull-wing effect on the wingís rear underside where it meets the fuselage, imperfect exhausts, and of course basic cockpit (like the exhausts, a feature of most 1:72 Spitfire kits). To correct the wing error I let in a part cut from the Airfix Mk V kit. The Revell kit offers the choice of normal or clipped wing tips, so it was a simple matter to attach the Smer extended tips, plus Smer provided the cockpit pressurisation intake. The Smer 4-blade prop was not convincing in my view, so I used a Heller Mk XVI example instead. The Smer decals were very good and problem free.


I started this kit and got it to the almost ready to paint stage about six or seven years ago, but only found the drive to finish it late in 2006. Itís no prize winner, but it serves my purpose of adding an interesting mark of Spitfire to my display cabinet.


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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2007 by Mark Davies
Page Created 11 May, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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