Beauty meets the BEAST

Chris Jones is absolutely thrilled about the re-release of one of his favourite kits… Airfix’s classic 1/48 Spitfire F.22/24

BASIC BUILD SPITFIRE F.22

The word Spitfire inevitably evokes all manner of inspirational and emotive thoughts, but one’s mind normally defaults to the beauty of the Merlin-powered variants. However, that powerplant of course is just part of the story, and with the introduction of the potent Rolls-Royce Griffon, beauty had well and truly met the beast! For the RAF, Griffon variants reached their pinnacle in the F.22/24 series, with new wings (from the Mk.21), an enlarged vertical tail (which helped counter the massive torque from the 2,050hp Griffon 61), low-back rear fuselage, and a phenomenal punch from four 20mm Hispano cannons. Many familiar lines from the high-back Spitfires had vanished, to be replaced by a new and more brutal elegance. The Seafire FR.47 was even more developed, and the PR.XIX served for longer…but for the RAF and Royal Auxiliary Air Force, the F.22 and F.24 were the last of the ‘fighter’ Spitfires.

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