Supermarine Spitfire VIII
by Jon Freeman
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
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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