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Airfix Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX Airplane Building Kit, 1:48 Scale
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- 1:48 scale plastic scale model kit
- Skill level: 2 (where 1 is for the beginner and 4 is for the more experienced modeler)
- Number of parts: 98
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A05119 Features: -1:48 Scale plastic Scale model kit. -Skill level: 2 (where 1 is for the beginner and 4 is for the more experienced modeler). -Number of parts: 98. Product Type: -Hobby / Model Kits. Vehicle Type: -Military Vehicles. Vehicle Type: -Planes. Material: -Plastic. Color: -Blue. Generic Dimensions: -8.4" H x 9.25" W x 3" D, 0.5 lb. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -8.4 Inches. Overall Width - Side to Side: -9.25 Inches. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -3 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -0.5 Pounds.
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The Mk XIX was the last and most successful photographic reconnaissance variant of the Spitfire. It combined features of the Mk XI with the Griffon engine of the Mk XIV. After the first 25 (type 389s) were produced, later aircraft were also fitted with the pressurized cabin of the MkX and the fuel capacity was increased to 256 gallons, three-and-a-half times that of the original Spitfire. The first MkXIXs entered service in May 1944, and, by the end of the war, the type had virtually replaced the earlier Mk XI. A total of 225 were built with production ceasing in early 1946. Features include optional dropped flaps, poseable rudder, open or closed canopy option ,detailed camera parts, fine surface detail and optional undercarriage up or down.
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However, I'm mighty impressed overall, and that begins w/ Airfix's newer bright red box (that identifies their newer tooled kits)- all parts were carefully packed in plastic bags, the intructions are clearly written and well illustrated, incl welcomed color illustrations of the two different schemes that one could build from the kit's decal sheet. btw - the decals are exquiste- all in-register, realistically colored, and crisply drawn. Didn't notice any sink and/or ejector marks on any of the plastic parts. Recessed - not raised - panel lines are nicely defined - not too wide, and yet deep enough to faciliate one applying a 'wash coat' to highlight the various recessed panel lines. The cockpit has more than enough details to satisfy most everyone, except for a few fanatical rivet copunters! The clear canopy is distortion-free and much thinner than the clear canopies found in older Airfix kits.
I haven't assembled this kit yet, but other reviewers have not identified any glitches of any significance that would affect even a relatively novice builder from being able to build a very credible scale model of what some consider perhaps the most attractive of all the many Spitfire variants. I give this kit my highest recommendation, and it certainly will not be the last Airfix kit I purchase - esp in 1/48th scale. And, this unique Spitfire is priced competitively, and for all intents and purposes, it's an equal to Tamiya's & Hasegawa's 1/48th scale offerings. Lastly, Amazon delivered this purchase in a couple of days and it was shipped in a carefully packaged carton, too. Couldn't be more pleased, overall!
UPDATE: I'm changing my previous rating to 4 stars. I'm at the finish line to complete this unit and wanted to provide additional detail. While I'm still not happy with the way many of the parts fit (lack of detail that my Tamiya models had to make fitting easier), I'm overall satisfied with my purchase and would recommend this model to others. I think my favorite thing about this model so far is the panel lines are really nice and easier to work with than I have found on other models. The decals also went on very smoothly compared to other brands.
As a premier British manufacturer, Airfix has always offered a wide range of Brit aircraft types and variants unavailable from other manufacturers. This 1/48 scale kit of the Spitfire PR.XIX is one of Airfix's new generation utilizing 21st century tooling and presented in a signature red-themed box. It's accurately proportioned and the shape is just right, with fine recessed panel lines. The exquisitely detailed parts have no noticeable sink marks from ejector pins and are presented on three large molding sprues packed in a sealed polythene bag. The cockpit interior is very detailed for 1/48 scale and goes together smoothly; transparencies are clear and not too thick and fit of all major parts is excellent. The assembly instructions are clearly illustrated and well designed, the superb decals in precise register and fine enough to sink down into the panel lines to produce a `sprayed-on' look.
The only possible issue when modelling this subject is that the exterior paint schemes tend to be rather bland: standard RAF PR blue all over, or with occasional monotone pale grey upper surfaces as variation. Paradoxically, this bland color scheme makes the ideal subject for the novice airbrusher to practice his skills, as there's not too much masking involved. The model may be finished as a 1954 RAF PR.XIX based in Singapore (`The Last'), or a 1955 Royal Swedish Air Force example in the same ubiquitous PR blue excepting a red spinner. Multiple aftermarket decal options are available for the PR.XIX enabling late WW2 RAF examples to be accurately modelled, or those serving with other air forces (Turkey, Belgium, France) in the 1945-60 era.
The late Spitfires were fabulous looking machines, the last word in piston-engined aircraft design with their huge V-12 RR Griffon engines and five-bladed props to harness the power. The finished PR.XIX model looks as though it's doing 500mph even when standing still on its wheels. As a PR example the absence of armament gives the aircraft the clean pure look of an air racer, and the cameras in the aircraft interior may be modelled with the hatches open to expose the fine detail.