COMPLETING AIRFIX’S SPITFIRE Mk.XVIII

INTERMEDIATE BUILD

Spitfire enthusiast Alan Price usually favours early variants, but was keen to get to grips with a later sub-type in the shape of Airfix’s 1/48 post-war Mk.XVIII.

COMPLETING AIRFIX’S SPITFIRE Mk.XVIII

Supermarine’s Mk.XVIII was one of the last variants of the famous Spitfire, being fitted with the powerful Griffon engine instead of the Merlin. This version had little in common with the fighters that flew in the Battle of Britain; in fact little more than the lower part of the fuselage (from the engine firewall to the tailwheel bulkhead plus the horizontal stabilisers) was retained. The Mk.XVIII was the first to have a fully updated wing with a strengthened spar and the outer .303in gun bays deleted. It was built in two sub-variants, the F (fighter) and FR (fighter-reconnaissance).

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