Here we go again - two more Spitfires bypassing the build que!
This will be a twin thread detailing the builds of those two Airfix kits. To set the record straight from the beginning: as far as I can see those have nothing in common with any earlier products from Airfix of any other manufacturer. They are completely new releases.
For a look what's in the box of the Mk XIX, have a look here.
The Mk IX has been reviewed here. Actually the very kit I am building, thanks Martin!
The kits are quite different. In an ideal world, the best parts from each of them merged together in one kit would mean an excellent Spitfire. What we get now are two perfectly acceptable kits. They aren't great in any way but pricing is very competitive and they certainly have their strengths!
The Mk IX is the weakest when it comes to detailing: there is no interior whatsoever in it. I have addressed this by making resin copies of various Spitfire bits and pieces I have in the scrap box, with a few bits of plastic stock I will get an acceptable interior! Since Martin who handed me the kit hails from Poland, I have no choice other than to build Stanislaw Skalski's aircraft which immediately results in another problem: Skalski's Mk IX had the early broad breech bulges on the wings while the kit has the more common narrow ones. Resin casting came to help with this one as well: I made silicone clay moulds from a Ventura kit (that comes with the broad bulges) and cast resin copies.
Silicone moulds and resin bits and pieces!
A set of breech bulges.
...and the finished wing!
Mk XIX interior, most parts from the kit but complemented with a resin instrument panel and etched seat belts. The seat really should be exchanged for something better, we'll see where it ends!