Great Britain


Supermarine Spitfire


Spitfire Ia (Airfix)

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Spitfire I (multiple versions)(AZ)

I suspect that AZ Models from the Czech Republic have been issuing injection-molded plastic versions of the CMR resin kits. Since CMR has most if not all Spitfire versions in their catalog, we should see more of these in the next few years. I don't have this kit so cannot personally comment on it. Here are a Spitfire Site review and a Hypercale review of this kit.

Spitfire Vb (Airfix)

Very basic kit with raised panel lines.

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Spitfire Vb (Italeri)

I allocated this kit to the parts box because of grievous shape inaccuracies. I suppose the same would go for their IXc. I kept the decals handy for a Malta machine.

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Spitfire Vc (Airfix)

Very basic kit with raised panel lines.

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Spitfire Vb (Hobby Boss)

Very basic model, almost a snap fit. It is sold in assembled form under the EasyModel brand. Both Hobby Boss and EasyModel are part of the Trumpeter brand stable.

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Spitfire VIII/IXc (Hasegawa)

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Spitfire VIII/IX c/e (Esoteric)

This is an appropriately named exotic kit I picked up on sale at my local hobby shop. A dozen of them sat for years at $50(!!)! and sold out when discounted to $10. I needed a IXe so I bought 2. Resin kit with a one piece fuselage with detailed sidewalls. The wing is also one piece with inserts for the gun bumps (early/late c or e type). The rest of the kit is resin and metal. Varied markings for VIII and IX's come on an Almark decal sheet (a bit faded in my boxes).

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Spitfire XII (Xtrakit)

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Spitfire XIVc (Academy)

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Spitfire XIV c/e (Fujimi)

I wanted to build YB/A of 17 Squadron in Singapore 1945 so I needed a XIVe. Fujimi issued a range of XIV/XIXC kits using the same base. It shows in the parts breakdown (ie the fuselage spine is separate to allow bubble versions), which is not a compliment. The wing is a compromise, you get a c wing with e bulges. The kit is also issued as a XIX, in which case the wing is totally off.

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Spitfire XVIe (Heller)

This cheap kit ($5) is still the only Merlin bubbletop on the market. It has raised panel lines and is not too bad. The decals are bad, the code letters being bright green.

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Spitfire 18e (MPM)

Short run plastic kit with finger sized sprue attachments, very lightly engraved panel lines, and epoxy hard plastic.

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Spitfire 18e (Ventura)

I haven't studied the kit. It has the same markings as the MPM kit, no interior but is reputed to be very accurate


Spitfire 22 (Ventura)

I haven't studied the kit. It has no interior but is reputed to be very accurate.



Hawker Hurricane


Hawker Hurricane I late/II/IV (Airfix)

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Hurricane IIb and c (Hasegawa)

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Hurricane I late (Hasegawa)

This is the same kit as above without the tropical filter.

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Hurricane MkI early (Sword - AZ Model)

This kit fills a a gap in the market. It covers early RAF machines, such as fought in France in 1940, the Belgian Hurricanes that were all destroyed in 24 hours, and Yugoslav machines that fought in 1941.

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The AZ Models early Hurricane is the Sword kit with injected clear canopy and new decals.

Hurricane MkIIc (Revell)

I thought I'd build the IIC from Revell and the IIB from Hasegawa. Boy, do I regret that decision!

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Modeling Madness has a very useful review of the IIB version of this kit including a comparison with the Hasegawa Hurricane. Click here for the link .

Hurricane MkIIc (Academy)

I passed on the Academy Hurricane. I read in a SAM review that its fuselage is too thin. Another review in SMAKR also mentions this and generally marks the model as undersize by a scale foot (30cm) both length and wingspan.
Click here for the SMAKR review.



Hawker Typhoon


Hawker Typhoon Mk1b (Airfix)

Forget it. This kit is for collectors only. It is inaccurate and totally obsolete in temrs of fit and detail level.


Hawker Typhoon MkIb (Academy)

This is the most easy to find kit of the Typhoon. It has been widely panned as inaccurate. I personally find it within a tolerable margin of error.

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This is the SMAKR review which pans this kit. I don't agree with all the comments, primarily with the one that the fuselage is too thin. Actually the Academy Tempest canopy wouldn't fit on this kit because it was too narrow (they share the same canopy in real life). I used a Squadron vacform which is a broader bubble.

Hawker Tempest


Hawker Tempest Mk V (Academy)

There are quite a few reviews of this kit, probably the definitive injection molded Tempest V.

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Here are links to the SMAKR review and the ModelingMadness review. I don't understand how people can take the Typhoon kit apart and miss the length discrepancy on the Tempest.