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1/48 - Supermarine Seafire XVII by Airfix - rerelease Summer 2023


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Great news.  However the 807 Squadron camouflage is wrong as it's meant to be extra dark sea grey, slate grey over sky. The photo they used for reference has lost the demarcation due to the filter used on the lens at the time.

 

Before any one asks. My late father was on this cruise as an airframe fitter with 807 and I had many discussions about the camouflage of the squadron aircraft with him over the years. There are other photos of the squadron at the same time available to support this.

 

Dick 

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What is the significance of the white tail on SX156? (This would be my choice as RNAS Yeovilton is close to where I grew up, and I spent many happy hours there at the Air Days.)

 

Cheers,

Mark

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30 minutes ago, 2996 Victor said:

What is the significance of the white tail on SX156? (This would be my choice as RNAS Yeovilton is close to where I grew up, and I spent many happy hours there at the Air Days.)

 

Cheers,

Mark

I think for exercise purposes.  (Don't quote me)🙃

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1 hour ago, 2996 Victor said:

What is the significance of the white tail on SX156? (This would be my choice as RNAS Yeovilton is close to where I grew up, and I spent many happy hours there at the Air Days.)

 

Cheers,

Mark

 

It was based at Yeovilton as part of a Deck Landing Control Officer Unit, I believe the white tail was that unit's identifier.

 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, Bozothenutter said:

Dzus...but yeah.....they look....erm....interesting.

Especially with the lack of riveting anywhere else......

 

13 minutes ago, Graham Boak said:

Smooth skins and flush rivetting versus large fasteners needing reasonable gaps - if you look at the photos they are noticeable.  How much so can be argued forever.

 

The fasteners aren't particularly inaccurate (perhaps a little overdone, but very easy to fill at least). 

 

Seafire_F_17.jpg

 

I always found the nose/fuselage a bit too fat and deep on the XVII I made, I'm sure it looks much sleeker in 1:1 scale! 

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I was about to post the same photo! Yeah the stained fasteners seem to stand out a lot on many photos of the 17. 

 

Still, I don't think it should be any surprise that the panel lines and surface detail are probably not quite up to today's standards for new tools. 

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On 05/07/2023 at 17:24, wellsprop said:

 

I always found the nose/fuselage a bit too fat and deep on the XVII I made

Kit used same data as the Spitfire XII kit issued at the same time, so used poor drawings, the fuselage is too deep, not fat, it's the right width. 

Wing is slightly too far back, and has the "tamiya" wing problem, as in it too broad in centre chord.  

All fixable if you can be faffed.  I did do a load of working out of these problems on the Airfix Spitfire XII years ago.  Ironically these are the same problems the Academy XIV kits are vilified for, but they get the nose ring too big which really stands out.

One bonus is this has two wings, and the folded one can be used on on other Seafires as a free conversion kit.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I pre-ordered. 

Arrived today in a box that is over large....

Just 3 sprues... 2 grey, one clear. Transfers by Cartograf. 

Seems to have similarities with the FR Spitfire kit from 2018/2019 ( In the stash....)

Food underwing load of things, bit like the SeaFury...also in the stash! 

I may have to make them both!!!

 

 

 

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I attempted to use the wing from this kit as a starting point to get to a Seafire III.  The wing attachment and angles were completely different than any other Airfix Spitfire kit, and especially the Airfix Mk Vb I was going to use as a base kit.  So that project is a never going to happen project.  I am hopeful that one day Airfix will do a Seafire Mk III along with a 48th scale Martlet.   I am glad to see Airfix re-issue the Seafire XVII, its a nice kit.

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