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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XII

by G. Kent Roberts

 

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XII



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Description


Here is my 1/72 scale Spitfire Mk.XII. I built this model about 8 years ago. This model represents a No. 41 Squadron aircraft based at Westhampnett, England in September of 1943.

The main components are from the Hasegawa 1/72 scale Spitfire Mk. VIII kit which includes the wings, fuselage, rudder, main gear struts, tail wheel, canopy and other miscellaneous parts.

 

 

The engine cowling (from approximately the firewall forward), spinner, and propeller blades are from the Minicraft Spitfire Mk. XIV kit. The prop and spinner were changed to a 4-blade configuration and the blades were reshaped to the correct profile and diameter for this early Griffon variant.

The port coolant radiator was removed and replaced with an earlier, circular oil cooler from a Revell Germany Spitfire Mk.V kit. I also used the 5-spoke main wheels and the landing gear covers from the Revell Germany kit.

The proper style exhaust stacks are from a Fujimi Spitfire F Mk.XIV kit.

The upper center fairing on the engine between the cylinder banks and the squadron code decals are from the Model News Spitfire Mk. XII kit. The rest of the markings are from the stock decals included in the Italeri Spitfire Mk. IX kit.

 

 

The cockpit interior is a Cooper Details Spitfire Set with many additional scratch-built parts added (most of which are just about impossible to see).

The cannon barrels were scratch-built using fine brass tubing. I added a scratch-built intake ice guard and a beam approach antenna. The coolant and oil radiator grills were also scratch-built. The elevator tips were rescribed to the correct, earlier profile.

I custom mixed most of the colors and lightened them slightly for scale effect.

 

 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2007 by G. Kent Roberts
Page Created 08 October, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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