Spitfire F/HF Mk.VII
Czech Master Resin, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||CMR No. 5178 Supermarine Spitfire F/HF
|Contents and Media:
||56 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
nine aircraft; self-adhesive canopy and wheel masks; five A4 sized double-sided instruction sheets
diagrams and paint/decal drawings.
USD$70.65 available online from Squadron
from £22.97 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
||Highly Recommended to all
by Brett Green
CMR's 1/72 scale Spitfire F/HF Mk.VII is available online
Czech Master Resin continues their relentless quest to produce every
Spitfire variant known to man with their latest, the Supermarine
Spitfire F/HF Mk.VII high altitude interceptor.
The Spitfire Mk.VII was a dedicated high altitude fighter which
was fitted with the Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series
engine. This high performance powerplant was equipped with a two-stage supercharger. The
Spitfire Mk.VII therefore required a longer nose than its predecessor, the
Spitfire Mk.VI, to accommodate the new engine. This lengthened fuselage also
applied to the Mk.VIII, Mk.IX (which actually preceded the Mk.VII into
service), PR.X, PR.XI and the Mk.XVI.
Other changes compared to the Mk.V included pointed and extended wing
tips, reduced span ailerons, fully retractable tail wheel, symmetrical
radiator / cooler housings under the wings, increased fuel capacity, a
narrow intake for the pressurised cockpit beneath the starboard exhausts
and the introduction of a new style rudder during production. The
Spitfire Mk.VII was fitted with the "C" wing as standard.
Czech Master Resin's 1/72 scale Supermarine Spitfire F/HF Mk.VII
comprises 56 resin parts, a pre-painted photo-etch fret, four vacformed canopies,
canopy masks and markings for nine aircraft.
The resin parts are superbly cast with crisp, finely recessed surface
The wing is particularly noteworthy, being a single-piece casting
with ejector ports and deep wheel wells cast in
place. This is the 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 "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 alternate
rudders, which are supplied separately. One of each of the standard
rudder and the broad-chord pointed rudder are included. A choice of
either the early "unkinked" or later "kinked" elevators is also
provided. A slipper tank is another option.
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 a whopping nine
Spitfire F/HF Mk.VIIs. Five are in Dark Green and Ocean Grey over Medium
Sea Grey, one is in an interesting early high altitude interceptor
scheme of PRU Blue upper surfaces and Deep Sky lowers, while the
remaining three are painted Medium Sea Grey on all upper surfaces and
PRU Blue below. A number of marking options include the narrow invasion
stripes used by high altitude fighters on and after 6 June 1944.
fact, there are more than nine possible marking combinations because
several subjects offer different markings for different dates. Also, where there is some question about the colour of
codes, two choices are supplied.
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.
Czech Master Resin has delivered another gem with this
1/72 scale Spitfire H/HF Mk.VII.
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 12 July, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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