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Spitfire Mk.I / II and Prototype

Xtradecal, 1/72 & 1/48 scales

 

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Description and Item Number: Xtradecal X72075 Spitfire Mk I/II and Prototype
Xtradecal X48059 Spitfire Mk I/II and Prototype
Scale and Price: 1/72 scale from GBP5.91 available online from Hannants website
1/48 scale from GBP5.95 available online from Hannants website
Review Type: FirstLook
Contents and Media: A5 sized decal sheet with markings for 5 aircraft, an 4 page A5 sized full colour instruction sheet in the usual window fronted envelope
Advantages: Very good register and colour density with minimum carrier film, not the usual aircraft.
Disadvantages: No stencil markings
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Glen Porter

 

FirstLook

 

Here is another excellent sheet from Xtradecal in 1/72nd scale, this time for the old but accurate Airfix Mk 1 Spitfire or the better detailed but less accurate Tamiya kit. Personally, I would prefer the Tamiya Mk I but thats just me, a lazy sod when it comes to detail and accuracy.

There are also markings for the Spitfire prototype K5054 after it was painted in French Grey. Again, the two kits above could be use with appropriate modifications or the very nice CMR kit.

These subjects are also available from Xtradecal in 1/48 scale, and will be appropriate for the Tamiya and Airfix Mk.I Spitfires in that scale. You'll need the Paragon conversion to depict the Spitfire prototype in 1/48 scale.



The Decals

As we've come to expect from one of the premier decal suppliers in the hobby, the sheet is near perfection and there is enough markings to build all five of the aircraft involved plus some spares.

Although there are no stencils, good Spitfire stencils are available from other decal suppliers. All the other markings are supplied for all five aircraft including codes, serials and any special markings like presentation names.

The prototype, K5054 has a complete set of roundels plus a spare set and there is a spare set of fuselage and under-wing roundels for one of the Mk Is.

All three-colour roundels have separate red centres.

 

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The five aircraft covered are:

  • Spitfire Mk I, P9386, QV-K from No. 19 Squadron, Fowlmere, from March to September 1940, flown by Sqn.Ldr Brian Lane. This Spitfire is in the A scheme with a Yellow spinner.

  • Spitfire Mk.I, N3249, QJ-P from No. 92 Squadron, Biggin Hill, September 1940 in the B pattern with a Black spinner.

  • Spitfire Mk.IIa, P7840, GW-E, of No. 340 (French) Squadron, RAF Turnhouse, December 1941 also in the B scheme with a Sky spinner and fuselage band.

  • Spitfire Mk.IIa, P5822, RF-W from No. 303 (Polish) Squadron, RAF Northolt, in June/July 1941, in the A pattern also with the Sky spinner and band. Both of these Mk.IIas are presentation aircraft with the appropriate markings.

  • Spitfire Prototype, K5054, shown after repainting with French Grey. There are notes on the colour French Grey plus some conversion tips
     

 

Conclusion



This sheet is obviously only the start of marking for the early Spitfires and with the recent Xtrakit Mk.XII having only four No.41 Squadron options, I would expect to see some Mk.XII markings for No.91 Squadron soon. In the meantime, we have this very nice Mk.I/II set to go on with.

Enjoy.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Hannants for the review sample


Xtradecals are available online from Hannants' website


Review Text Copyright 2007 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 10 December, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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