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…
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.
These are the instructions for the trumpeter kit, which will supply the majority of the build.
with a nice colour chart supplied
The Classic Airframe instructions are much cruder but will be retained for reference
So I have this plastic and resin to work with (As well as some P.E.)
And all this for the spares box
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!