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Supermarine Spitfire VIII

by Jon Freeman


Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII
85 Sqn. RAAF, New Guinea, 1944


Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Spitfire VIII is now available online from Squadron.com




Hasegawas' beautiful 1/48 scale Spitfire MkIXc Spitfire has the components in the box to make a MkVIII so I built a RAAF machine from 85 Sqn which was tasked with mopping up operations over New Guinea 1944.

I utilised Halfords Nissan Silver Auto spray paint and Alclad II for the finish with the White tail painted in Aeromaster White (Yes I still have some left!).

The kit itself has some minor inaccuracies (ie. nose 3.5mm too short in length and the fuselage near the tail not being deep enough by a hair's width). Also note that the two bulges on the wings are from the modern warbird spit that Hasesgawa took dimensions from so they will need to be sanded off.(Which I later found out to my annoyance) but what the hell - it certainly looks like a late Merlin engined Spitfire!

I have only three more in the loft to make now but I'm sure that I will indulge very soon...Anyone for a PRU Pink LFIXc?


P.S the kit decals are wrong for the kit i.e. 316 Sqn never operated late series Mk.IXcs and the serial NH214 was a Mk.IXe and served with 302 Polish Sqn.

The other option although correct in serial etc needs a Mk.XVI wing alas there is not the parts or options to change the armament around for this marque in the kit.

Model, Text and Images Copyright 2001 by Jon Freeman
Page Created 30 November, 2001
Last Updated 30 November, 2001

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