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Reviews : British Last Updated: Apr 21st, 2015 - 23:52:06

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Which 72nd scale Spitfire kit?
Two Stage Merlins and Griffon engine kit summary.
Sep 11, 2006, 10:55

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Blackburn Buccaneer. 1/48. Airfix
I had heard many bad things about the Airfix 1/48 Buccaneer, but it's the only option in this scale so I had no choice. The kit wasn't quite as bad as I'd been led to believe...
Aug 25, 2006, 17:16

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB. 1/48 Tamiya
In my limited experience Tamiya Kits are excellent and easy for even a amateur like me to build a good model. My only minor criticism is the exhausts, so I added the excellent Ultracast exhaust set.
Jul 12, 2006, 16:22

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Fairey Battle, engine test bed, conversion. Classic Airframe. 1/72nd
What sparked this conversion was a profile photo of the Hercules-Battle in the Profile series of publications. I had engines and cowlings left over from the Tamiya Beaufighter conversion ( Mark 2, with Merlins) and a Classic Airframe Battle in the 'To do' pile.
Apr 20, 2006, 09:38

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S.E.5a with Wolseley Viper. Roden. 1/72nd
I believe that the model accurately reflects the angular looks of the S.E.5. The kit would be better if the various mounting locations were better defined and more mounting pins were included but it can be built by most slightly experienced modelers.
Apr 17, 2006, 01:34

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Avro Vulcan. Aeroclub. 1/48th
When this kit was first announced, I felt that I had to have one in my collection. There were the usual choruses of size and expense. Plus the fact that it was a vacuform, which had some waving it away.
Apr 15, 2006, 16:03

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Hunter FGA9. Revell’s 1/32nd
The first thing that struck me upon opening the box was the size of the model – this is one big sucker, almost the size of an F-4 Phantom (I compared the Hunter fuselage to that of a Tamiya Phantom – there isn’t much in it). The breakdown of the kit parts – separate wing leading edges, fuselage spine, tail cone and nose section means that potentially Revell could do an early single-seat or even a Hunter T7, although this is highly unlikely, more’s the pity
Apr 11, 2006, 10:56

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Spitfire Mk IXC/E. MPM Expert Series. 1/48th
At long last we have a new kit of the Spitfire IX in 1/48th scale, and a rather nice one at that. Occidental in Portugal are responsible for the basic mould, which has now appeared in an MPM box with a few resin additions.
Apr 11, 2006, 10:12

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Seafire Mk XV. Academy. 1/72nd
Over the years, various publications have suggested ways of converting Spitfire kits to Seafire Xvs. Of late, I believe that a Ventura release caters for this need, obviating conversion for those able to get the kit and able to afford it! For those who cannot justify the cost, or who are unable to easily procure Ventura kits, there is an alternative: minimal conversion of the Academy Spitfire XIV should result in a reasonable replica of the Seafire XV. At a pinch you might also consider converting the Model News Spitfire XII, though this would seem to require rather more effort.
Apr 11, 2006, 09:48

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Hawker Typhoon IB (late), High Planes. 1/72nd
I will assume that the guy that runs High Planes must be a pretty good modeller to do what he does (believe me, he is! Ed.), however he also probably does not realise that items such as butt-jointed wings, an amount of clean-up similar to vac-forms, and no detailed diagrams with regard to fitment of interior and other parts, will make average modellers and reviewers mark his products down to the point where they may be avoided by punters. Which would be a shame, as when I found THE reference, it was obvious that with a little care and a lot of fairly advanced modelling, you have the starting point for one hell of a nice model!
Apr 11, 2006, 09:27

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