1/24 Airfix Spitfire.

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  1. beitou

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    I have just returned to modeling after a 20 year lay off and am finding my feet again I have done five or six 1/32 tanks and am just about to start on a 1/48 Tamiya Hurricane.

    I am thinking about buying the 1/24 Airfix spitfire to make with my 9 year old son. I am not looking for technical acccuracy, ease of construction and fit of parts being important to me. I will be happy with a reasonable representation of a BoB Spitfire. Now part of the appeal of the big Airfix kit is childhood memories of Airfix kits and always wanting but never getting the 1/24 scale series. Part is the Christmas day effect of seeing my sons face as he opens this big kit and realising that he does still see Daddy as a god as well as knowing Mrs Beitou will not mind me blowing £60 when she sees him.

    What are your opinions of this kit, is it a good one toget to work with my son on and return to aircfat models with? What are its flaws and good points. I know the 1/32 B17 will really impress him but I darent get that even with beer and a debit card next to me.
     
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    The kit dates back to 1970, and shows it. The Mk1 was the original kit, which has been re-released a number of times over the years, with the MkV being the same basic kit, with additional parts to make the MkV - of sorts.
    With a lot of care and attention, it can be made into a reasonable model, but overall fit of parts is not as good as it should be, due to the age of the moulds.
    I bought the 1/24th scale Bf109E some years ago, as it was dramatically reduced in price, from the (then) £30 retail, down to £7 !!
    I ended up building it as a belly-landed example, as not only did some important parts not fit well, but the undercarriage legs were poorly moulded. A friend bought the so-called MkV version of the Spit, and has 'put it aside' due to frustration because of poor fit of parts.
    That said, it can be built into a nice model, but might not be a good choice as something to share with a young son, and the same goes for all of the old Airfix 1/24th scale kits. Personally, if it's now priced at £60, I think it's over-priced, and there are better choices for the same, or less, money.
    I haven't built the trumpeter 1/24th scale kits, and I believe there are some inaccurate areas, but they might be a better choice for ease of building, or, if you can find one (perhaps on e-bay), the 1/32nd scale Hasegawa Spitfire MkV is excellent. Or there's the Trumpeter or Hobby Boss in the same scale.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    I agree with Terry.

    Additionally I have moved the thread from another section with expiring redirection in two days.
     
  4. beitou

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    Very useful answer, thanks.
     
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