Xtrakit, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Xtrakit XK 72006
Spitfire Mk. XII
mid-grey plastic parts on one sprue; 2 clear parts on one
sprue; decals for 4 aircraft plus a 10 page A5 sized
instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 9 build
diagrams, 1 page of stencil placement instructions and 4
pages of paint/decal drawings.
GBP£8.50 available online from Hannants website
||Long awaited subject,
excellent surface detail, injected canopy is clear and thin,
optional main and tail wheels; extremely good decals with a
full set of stencils.
||Cockpit side wall
detail a bit sparse; canopy in one piece; side door not
Reviewed by Glen Porter
The Spitfire Mk. XII was the first
Griffon powered Spitfire design. It was planned primarily to combat
the hit and run raids against the east coast of England. Fw 190s and
Bf 109s approached at low level to avoid British radar, so the Mk.
XII did not need to have a good high altitude performance. With
clipped wings and a single stage two speed blown 36 litre engine, it
had the performance required to deal with these surface hugging
Only 100 Spitfire Mk.XIIs were built, and these were issued to only
two Squadrons – Nos. 41 and 91. No Mk. XIIs left England, and they
operated solely in the defensive role.
Of all the Spitfire Marks, the XII is the one we've been waiting for
the longest. Sure, there have been conversions in this scale and one
short-run plastic kit from an obscure Eastern European company which
wasn't worth having, but nothing of any quality.
So was the brand new 1/72 scale Xtrakit Spitfire XII worth waiting
Xtrakit’s new Spitfire Mk.XII comprises 58 mid-grey plastic parts on
one sprue, 2 clear parts on one sprue, decals for 4 aircraft plus a
10 page A5 sized instruction booklet. The plastic is glossy and of
high quality, with crisp and finely engraved panel lines
supplemented with a small number of recessed fasteners.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The kit offers optional wheels –
covered hub or five spoke - and fixed or retracting tail wheel, but
only the early elevators without the kinked horn balance. The
undercarriage torque link option is not supplied either, but the
upper wing wheel bulge is separate so it can be left off if so
The fuselage halves are moulded very similarly to Fujimi's Mk. XIV
with separate upper cowl sections.
Interior parts are broken down in a similar manner to Tamiya's small
scale Spitfires except the seat is a more realistic width, but the
sidewall detail is a bit disappointing. Other than the framework,
there is nothing there - no throttle quadrant or undercarriage
controls, nothing. Behind the seat mount frame, there is not even
any framework, just two oxygen bottles a la Tamiya. The pilot’s
access door is moulded closed but that should pose no problem for
most modellers. I would be inclined to look for a suitable resin
cockpit set although all components other than the sidewalls are
acceptable. The one-piece injected canopy looks very similar to the
item in the Hasagawa Mk. VIII/IX kit but is thin enough to be cut
open to show off a resin interior.
I can't vouch for the absolute accuracy but the kit certainly looks
the goods in the box. There has been a lot of talk about the level
of accuracy of Spitfire wings, but I have never been able to
determine exactly what the problem was. I compared Xtrakit’s wings
to Tamiya's Mk.VB, Hasagawa's VIII/IXC and CMR's Mk.XVIE and they
all looked the same except for armament and cooling systems.
Certainly, the plan form was close enough that I couldn't tell any
The decal sheet I assume is from Xtradecal, but it does not say so.
There are markings for four aircraft,
all 41 Squadron coded EB. “A” is B, MB882, the last Mk. XII produced
and flown by Australian pilot Flt. Donald Smith, Friston, April
1944. “B” is aircraft H, MB794, dated 1943 and “C” is D, MB858,
another well photographed aircraft, Westhampnett, late 1943. Last is
“D”, aircraft V, EN237, one of the earlier production flown by Sqn.
Ldr. Thomas Neil, CO of 41 Squadron RAF, Hawking, spring 1943. All
four aircraft are in the same Day Fighter Scheme of Dark Green,
Ocean Grey uppers and Sea Grey Medium on the lower surfaces. All
have a Sky Type “S” band and spinner with yellow leading edge on
outer wing panels. Codes are Sky with a small aircraft letter under
the nose also in Sky. All national markings look accurate in colour
and size with perfect register.
There is a full set of stencils
including walk-way lies and red MG patches.
At last we have a good
quality Spitfire Mk.XII in 1/72 scale.
is a very good kit indeed that won't need a lot of experience to
I just hope it leads to other variants of Spitfire being produced.
Hannants for the sample
Xtrakits, Xtraparts and Xtradecals are
available online from Hannants'
Text Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
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24 December, 2007
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