Revell 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Vb (03897)

The last time I reviewed a Spitfire produced by Revell, I must admit I was not particularly complimentary. However, I was immediately encouraged when I saw that the part count of this Spitfire Vb 1/72 kit is actually higher than the 1/48 Mk.II I reviewed some time ago. The quality overall appears to be higher as well and the aircraft’s well known main wing dihedral appears not far from where it should be; not a bad start!

Revell has been making Spitfire’s in 1/72 since the early 1960s mainly concentrating on the Mk.II at first and introducing the Mk.V from the 1980s onwards. This kit certainly has pedigree and is officially described by Revell as a ‘conversion’ and review websites as a kit with ‘new parts’. I think, and I could wrong as I have not seen this kits direct predecessor, that the new parts are a 90 and 170 gallon slipper tank which attaches to the lower fuselage wrapping around the carburettor intake. If this is the case then it is a useful feature to represent the aircraft during a ferry or long range sortie.

Inside the box we have four main light grey plastic sprues, one sprue for the glass, one decal sheet and a 12-page full colour instruction booklet. A 20 stage build, there is obviously nothing to challenging here despite the Level 3 skill which I think should be down a notch. The cockpit detail is enhanced by some detail on each fuselage half and overall this is quite a tidy little kit and even better for the fact that you can bag it for under £7. If you choose, there is no shortage of aftermarket products; the first upgrade being those 20mm Hispano cannons. The aircraft represented by the box art and the only option from the supplied decals point view is Sqn Ldr Jan Zumbach’s 303 Sqn Spitfire VB, EN951 ‘RF-D’, circa September 1942.

If you have not built a Spitfire in this scale before, then this one would be a great starter and will only take up some of your loose change.           

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Product: Construction kit

Ref: 03897

Scale: 1/72

Parts: 42

Price: £6.99

Manufacturer: Revell