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Photo review of Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1:48

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Photo review of Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, A05135, Airfix 1:48

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, boxart

 

Thanks to cooperation with the company Airfix, we are introducing the first review of their kits. You can read more about the model in Plastic Planet Magazine No. 2 2020, which will be released in April 2020. The model caught his attention and so our colleague immediately started with the the construction of this nice kit, so it certainly will not end with this review and more read in the next issue 03/2020. Here we bring you the first tasting.


At first glance, it might seem that coming to the market with another Spitfire is carrying owls to Athens, but there are some exceptions, and this certainly includes this type. Representation of photo reconnaissance variant of FR Mk.XIV in scale 1/48 we have had to these days only in the aged Academy kit, which was based on the kit XIVc originated in the mid-nineties. It really can not compete with the current Airfix kit. And because this very nice news is quite unlawfully too unpublished, so we will introduce the kit immediately as we received the sample.

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 1

The parts are molded precisely without defects, with clear and clean engraving. A good solution is also the separate pressing of the “bubbles” of the engine, which ensures a precise design thanks to this solution.

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 2

Own kit allows to open the camera internal space without modifications.

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 3

A to i díky řadě žeber – které bude stačit pouze odvrtat do dobře naznačených míst a doplnit o kabeláže

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 4

And thanks to a number of ribs - which will be enough to just drill into well-marked places and complement the cabling.

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 5

The only depression in the moldings was at the pilot and moreover easily repairable. On top of it, it is nice that Airfix continues to add figure in the model. Nice tradition.

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 5

And the only visible ejector I found here, the remedy also will not be dramatic.

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 7

Wheels in several variants and with indicated load. Again, nice detail. 

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 8

A funny solution that allows you to build the model even in the variant with retracted chassis.

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 9

It is obvious that the model was designed by a man knowledgeable Spitfire, so very nicely solved detail otherwise always emerging dividing plane before the canopy with a round cap - this time we will not have to renew engraving and cement joints .... Next nice detail.

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 10Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 11

Nice engraving, maybe more of the rivets can be added.....

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Foto 12

Transparent parts have nothing to criticize - nice, transparent as it should be, thin enough....

 

Spitfire FR Mk.XIV, Airfix 1/48  A05135, Obtisky

… Also decals are perfect

 

You can read more about the artwork in a book by Valiant Wing Publishing

Valiant Spitfire Griffon Powered

THE SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE - PART 2
(GRIFFON-POWERED) INCLUDING THE SEAFIRE

 

More information about Spitfire PR Mk.XIV you can finnd here:

HistoryOfWar

WikipediE

web Valka

 

You can buy model here:

PlasticPlanet

Airfix

And most of all - more in the magazine Plastic Planet 02/2020 and definitely building reviewsin the following issues.