Jet Spitfire

Having built the Shackleton, the twice removed descendant of the legendary Avro Lancaster I was inspired to dive into the stash and start this project that I have considered many times. First a brief history.

Toward the end of the second world war Supermarine developed the “Spiteful” essentially a MkXIV Spitfire with new laminar flow wings. The design never made full production with the advent of the jet age the fuselage was heavily modified to take a jet engine and renamed the Jet Spiteful. By the time the aircraft had made its way into full production it had been renamed the Attacker. So, a Jet Spitfire then…

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Somewhere along the line I had ended up with two kits of the Attacker, the Classic Airframes limited run kit, and a Trumpeter moulding. Researching reviews for which kit to build I came across a fascinating article that combined the best of both kits so have decided to do the same.

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These are the instructions for the trumpeter kit, which will supply the majority of the build.

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with a nice colour chart supplied

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The Classic Airframe instructions are much cruder but will be retained for reference

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So I have this plastic and resin to work with (As well as some P.E.)

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And all this for the spares box

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And two sets of decals from which to pull the best parts, obviously I will be building WA496 as this option is in both kits, but look at the variance between the two on the size of those serial numbers!

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5 thoughts on “Jet Spitfire

      • You’re right. I still can’t understand why manufacturers are not able to make the “perfect” model kit with all the technology available.

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