This group build is to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It will run from 10th of July to 31st of October, 2015, following the dates of the battle.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in the Battle of Britain. While the Battle of Britain is foremost remembered as an air battle, builds including figures (e.g. famous historical figures from the battle), vehicles and armour (e.g. AA guns) and dioramas (e.g. airfield dioramas) are eligible provided a documented link can be established.
The model must be built entirely within the build dates to qualify, and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post your sprues at the beginning of the thread! By the end of the group build (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the group build forum which will be organised shortly.
To discourage cynical entries the build is open only to those who have been members of KiwiModeller for two months at the start of the group build and with at least thirty posts in the forums. So lurkers, get posting now if you want to enter! I will also vet for cynical or “gaming” entries and vote rigging.
No entry fee will be charged, but this is a good opportunity to make a donation to the upkeep of KiwiModeller.
The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote. Voting will run for the week following the 1st of November, ending Midday the 8th of November. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
While I was cleaning up the interior bits for the Airfix 1-48 Spitfire Mk.1 my attention wandered to the Airfix 1-72 kit so I thought it would be a good idea to build this kit along with the 1-48 one. It's a little bit heavy on the engraved panel lines but otherwise looks quite good. The kit decals don't have a BoB option but I located a couple of BoB options on an old Errormaster decal sheet that I'll be able to choose from. The kit decal options and parts cater for an early two-bladed prop version from the first batch Spitfires produced (pre BoB) and a Mk.II version from 1941 with ROTOL spinner and prop (post BoB). Also in the kit is a three-bladed D.H. prop and spinner so the field is covered for props. During the BoB, both D.H. and ROTOL props were fitted to Mk.1 and Mk.II Spitfires in use so it is a case of checking your reference for the airframe being modelled.
In my resin stash I have a set of SBS Spitfire wheels and round exhausts to suit the Airfix kit. They are an improvement over the Airfix kit but I might hold them in reserve for a further build of the same kit type.
Looks like a really nice kit for 1/72 scale.
I'll enjoy watching this build.
My preference - WW2 RNZAF & Pacific Theatre, Allied & Axis, ETO, Mediterranean, AFV & figures
I enjoy doing research
It's certainly a big improvement over Airfix's 1980 Spitfire Mk.1 release, which was really just a tooling variation to their 1974 released Spitfire Mk.Vb. Both of these earlier kits shared the same fuselage but the Mk.1 release in 1980 added the A-wing in place of the Mk.Vs B-wing. I'll dig my old Mk.1 and Mk.V out for a wee comparison look when I get a moment so you can see the difference in old and new.