Airfix 1/72 Spitfire F.22 - box art

I have to admit some excitement when I opened the box that arrived in the post, to reveal the colourful box art of the latest 1/72 aircraft to be released from Airfix, a Spitfire F Mk.22.  Now as a long term Spitfire fan, I remember many years ago looking for the old 1/72 Hawk kit of the Mk 22 but this new one from Airfix is up to their current standards, with detailing inside the cockpit, with a transfer for the instrument panel, bulkheads in the cockpit rather than just trying to fit a rough pilot figure onto a couple of simple pins, which is what they were once like.  Looking at the parts on the sprues, these are beautifully done, nicely done panel lines and cleanly moulded.  With the large tail and the very 'different' wing shape, this ought to be a very popular new kit, long awaited in 1/72.

On 3 sprues of grey plastic, plus a fourth with the transparent parts, that includes a choice for the tear-drop style canopy, depending on whether you want to fit it open or closed.  The transfers for 2 different options for colours and markings are provided, along with a host of small airframe stencils, again a feature we never used to get.  The new era of kits from Airfix has so much more detail than old, while still offering great value for money.  I haven't tried the fit of parts in assembly yet, but I wanted to bring the news quickly enough.  One option is for an all metal finish for an example in 1951 from 603 City of Edinburgh Squadron, while the camouflaged alternative was in 607 Sqn in 1948, taking part in the Cooper Trophy Race of 1948.

Our thanks to Airfix for our example.

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