The kit I am using is Tamiya’s fabulous Supermarine Spitfire which is recognised everywhere as the best detailed and most. 9/12/ This is my next build. As you can see I’ve assembled some aftermarket bits produced by Roy Sutherland (BarracudaCals and. Single Issue – How to Build the Tamiya Spitfire 3rd Edition model company Tamiya has released Spitfire , and kits in scale.

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How to build an acrylic-rod display. Great War Scale Modeling. Subscribe Renew Digital Gift. COM Kk keywords or a search phrase below: By Jim Zeske December 18, The Supermarine Spitfire Mk. As it turned out, the design was so successful that more than 5, were built. Details and options abound: The cockpit is exquisite.

Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc – build review Dave Coward – Scale Modelling Now

Clear parts and decals make for a convincing instrument panel. The Merlin engine is a stand-alone gem! Plan to spend some time with it; its some parts occupy four sprues! Test-fit often, as the main engine components will affect the attachment of the cowling panels later on. Be sure to install the large magnet in the intercooler box parts Y1, 2, 3, 4.


The completed engine plugs neatly into the fuselage firewall. Tamiya has molded the cowling parts as thinly as possible. Small magnets allow them to be removable.

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Under the cowling, the kit is designed to tmaiya either long or short intakes. I worried that the lower one-piece wing would be weak, as it has numerous cutouts for the wheel wells, wing panels and dpitfire. However, once everything is attached the completed wing is a robust structure. The wing-to-fuselage fit was perfect — the best I have ever encountered! All flying surfaces are movable, thanks to photoetched-metal hinges and a metal rod trapped within the parts.

An especially nice detail is the small wing door and actuating arm that protrudes when the flaps are down. The guild lets you choose retracted or deployed landing gear with a clever method of attachment, along with two sets of landing gear legs and covers. The tires are molded in black vinyl. Note that the French version has some variation ix the detail parts. The blemish-free canopy was extremely clear. The sliding hood had a barely perceptible mold seam down the middle; I did not attempt to clean it off.

Decals are provided for two RAF and one French aircraft. Kxc found buuild decals performed well enough with some decal solution, but they are brittle. The wing roundels cracked as I worked them over some bumps and sharp surfaces.


I would recommend some good aftermarket decals to replace them. My primary reference was The Super-marine Spitfire, Part 1: I finished my Spitfire in 35 hours. I was extremely happy with the end result. Tamiya pulled out all the stops on this kit, with engineering, detail, and innovative design setting a new standard in large-scale aircraft kits. Dora Wings Gee Bee R1. Dora Wings Percival Vega Gull.

Quick Builds – Tamiya 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc

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