Supermarine Spitfire F.21
Supermarine Spitfire F.21
1/48 scale Spitfire Mk. 22/24 is available online at
In my opinion, the Spitfire Mk.
21 is absolutely the most beautiful version of this well-know airplane.
Except for a 1/72 box of MPM,
the model is not available as a "straight from the box" proposition. As
far as 1/48 scale is concerned, there is nothing on the market except a
conversion from Aeroclub.
The alternative is to mix the
contents from two different boxes - the Airfix 1/48 scale Spitfire M.k
22/24 and the Academy Mk. XIVc. Another possibility is to use the Airfix
Seafire Mk. 46/47 where, in addition to the folding wing, you will find
Mk. 46 fixed wing combined with long guns. If you choose this option, you
will be left with some very useful parts after finishing your folded-wing
Mk. 47, among which is the wing.
The main point of difference
between the Mk. XIV and its later cousin is the wing, which in the Mk. 21
lost its pure elliptical shape to turn into a much more streamlined
laminar flow design. The Mk 21 is the only Spitfire provided with the new
kind of wing which keeps both Mk XIV fuselage and Griffon engine.
I will refrain from discussing
the difficult history of this version, but I would recommend Alfred
Price's "Spitfire, the History" as an excellent reference.
In any case you will need the
Mk XIVc Academy, where you will source the fuselage and many other
components. If by any chance you have a friend able to duplicate the resin
parts, you should copy the Airfix the bulges of the engine cowling that
are completely wrong in the Academy kit, the wing radiators, the
undercarriage doors, the propeller blades and the spinner.
You will have to thin the
fuselage until it corresponds to the Airfix spinner, also the wings root
which will have to correspond with the much thinner Airfix wing.
The size of the cockpit in the
Academy model is wrong. It is too big. The mistake is clearely visible if
you compare the canopy of a Hasegawa or Tamiya Spitfire - the canopy
is completely out of proportion. In my model I used the hood left over
from an Hasegawa box, just by modifying the size of the side surfaces with
two small plasticard pieces. On the other hand the small window leading
into the cockpit comes from a Tamiya box.
Going back to the wing, filling
is necessary mainly in the lower area where the wing connects to the
fuselage. Owing to the larger dimension of the propeller disk, like on the
real Mk21 it was necessary to extend the length of the undercarriage legs
by about 3 mm.
The Airfix propeller shape is
wrong. It was modified according to photos by using a file. The wheels
come from the Academy box.
The colour is in the standard
continental scheme used in the RAF at the end of the war, that is dark
green and ocean grey for the upper surfaces and medium sea grey for the
lower surfaces. Sky is used for codes and the fuselage band.
Codes were painted with my
airbrush after masking, while the decals come from both Academy and Airfix
This Spitfire belongs to the 91
Sqn, the only unit that saw wartime service with the Mk 21.
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