Britain’s Defender

Editor Stu Fone rediscovers the model desk with an aftermarket build of Airfix’s re-released 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Ia.

Mention the Battle of Britain to many people and one aircraft type will invariably pop into their minds: Supermarine’s legendary Spitfire.

Hawker’s Hurricane might have scored more air-to-air victories during the battle, but RJ Mitchell’s elegant design, with its clean lines, elliptical wing shape and, of course, the purr of its Rolls-Royce Merlin engine makes the Spitfire a firm favourite among aviation fans and modellers. When Airfix released its then newly tooled offering in 2014 (see AMW, March 2014) it received considerable praise, and its return is timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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