Czech Master Resin, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||CMR No. 5175 Supermarine Spitfire
F.IX - Rolls-Royce Conversion
|Contents and Media:
||58 cream coloured resin parts; two
parts in black resin; two parts in clear resin; four vac-formed clear canopies;
colour photo-etch fret; decals for
six aircraft; self-adhesive canopy and wheel masks; five A4 sized double-sided instruction sheets
including four build
diagrams and paint/decal drawings.
USD$70.65 available online from Squadron
from £22.12 available online from Hannants
and specialist hobby outlets worldwide
||Highly detailed inside and out,
beautifully cast with fine surface detail; impressive colour
photo-etched parts by Eduard; includes canopy masks; fairly manageable casting
blocks; high-quality decals.
||Experience required; some flash to
clean up; roundel red may be slightly too bright.
||Highly Recommended to all
by Brett Green
CMR's 1/72 scale Spitfire F.IX is available online from Squadron.com
The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 asserted its authority as soon as it appeared
over the Channel Front in September 1941. It was so clearly superior to
the Spitfire Mk.V that RAF Fighter Command curtailed operations twice -
from November 1941 to March 1942, and again from 13 June 1942, due to
unacceptably high losses against the Luftwaffe's "Butcher Bird".
The Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series engines would offer the Spitfire the
essential edge it needed to balance the scales against this new foe, but
the high altitude Spitfire Mk.VII and the unpressurised Mk.VIII were
still many months away from production.
An interim proposal was therefore made to provide a suitable solution
in a more timely fashion. The Merlin 61 engine would be fitted to the
existing Spitfire Mk.V airframe, matching the Fw 190s performance at
medium and high altitudes. This aircraft was known as the Spitfire
F.Mk.IX, Type No.361.
These early Spitfire IX conversions were undertaken by Rolls-Royce
and could be distinguished by their hand-made extended cowls with
additional lumps and bumps to accommodate the new engine. The close
cowls were streamlined in later full production batches of the Spitfire
As far as I am aware, this is the first time that the early
Rolls-Royce conversion has been offered as a full kit in any scale.
Czech Master Resin's 1/72 scale Spitfire F.IX Rolls-Royce Conversion
comprises 62 resin parts, a pre-painted photo-etch fret, four vacformed canopies,
canopy masks and markings for six aircraft.
The resin parts are superbly cast with crisp, finely recessed surface
The wings are particularly noteworthy, both being single-piece castings
with ejector ports and deep wheel wells all cast in
place. Two complete wings are supplied - one "C" type with regular
elliptical wingtips, and a high altitude "C" type wing with pointed wing
tips. Trailing edges are admirably thin, and the large castings are free
of warpage. Cannon barrels, machine gun stubs and blank stubs plus two
styles of "C" wing gun blisters are all supplied as separate parts.
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The fuselage halves are already separated from their casting blocks,
but some cleanup and thinning of the bottom fuselage will be required. This should be a fairly straightforward task.
The wings should be equally fast to remove from the their resin strips.
A few more minutes cleaning the flash from the leading edge, and these
major components will be ready for assembly.
Smaller parts are packed securely in separate compartments of a
plastic bag. These are as impressively cast and as well detailed
as the wings and fuselage. Two options are supplied for the four-bladed
propeller. One is cast with the spinner and prop blades in place, while
the other provides separate parts for a more refined effect.
Control surfaces are cast in neutral positions except the rudder,
which is supplied separately. A slipper tank is also included as an
A nice bonus in recent CMR kit releases is the inclusion of an Eduard
colour photo-etched fret. These are not generic, but have been produced
for the specific models. In this case, we are supplied with a fabulously
detailed instrument panel and harness in full colour, with other
important details such as the sidewalls, pilot's armour, undercarriage
covers, radiator faces, wheel hubs, oleo scissors also being finely
Two styles of canopy are included. Two of each are
supplied in case of a slip-up with your hobby knife. These clear parts
are nice and clear with well defined canopy frames.
Markings are supplied for six early Spitfire Mk.IXs.
Five are in Dark Green and Ocean Grey over Medium Sea Grey, but one is a
high altitude interceptor painted Medium Sea Grey on all upper surfaces
and PRU Blue below. This option uses the pointed wing tips. The decals,
printed by Tally Ho! are perfectly in register with excellent
opacity, even for the white, and
appear to be very thin.
Resin tends to be a less forgiving medium to work with
than polystyrene, but the relatively simple parts breakdown and superb
quality will make this kit ideal for the modeller who wants to try their
first all-resin kit.
This is a gorgeous kit of an attractive and interesting
Thanks to CMR for the review sample
CMR Models are available
online from Hannants in the UK,
NKR Models in Australia and
quality specialist model retailers worldwide.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 11 July, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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