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Revell Germany Spitfire Mk.IIa

FineScale Modeler reviews the 1/72 scale plastic model aircraft kit
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Revell’s new kit of the iconic early Spitfire features optional windscreens, well-illustrated instructions, and comprehensive decals with markings for one aircraft.

Cockpit assembly was trouble-free. I painted most of the components with Testors Model Master RAF interior green; a brown artist’s oil wash popped the molded details. After applying the instrument and seat belt decals, I sealed the assembly with clear flat.

The fuselage halves fit so well that I didn’t need filler to eliminate a seam. Be careful, though, as the tail wheel and fin antenna mast are molded on one of the halves and easily knocked off during assembly and painting.

The wing fit well except for small gaps at the joins with the separate wingtips; I filled those areas with white glue. Both the wing and the horizontal stabilizers fit perfectly.

The canopy pieces were a bit thick, especially the armored windscreen, which seems to protrude too far forward. However, the clear parts fit without modification, and you can see the interior despite the thick parts.

I painted the RAF day fighter camouflage with Testors Model Master enamels. Recessed panel lines received a brown wash.

The decals were the one low point; some laid down nicely but others were too stiff, even on a glossy surface. I used decal softener on the bottom roundels with limited success because of the uneven surfaces. The red tape for the gun muzzles refused to conform to the leading edges without decal softener. Some of the decal silvered, but another dose of solvent remedied the problem. Testors clear flat dulled and sealed the finish.

I spent eight hours building and painting this little jewel. Parts breakdown points to the possibility of other versions in the future. The kit is a good value and would make a good first airplane build.


Note: A version of this review appeared in the January 2018 issue.

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