Airfix’s 1/72 Spitfire Mk. Ia/IIa & 3D Kits LR conversion

I’m building another of the 1/72nd scale new tool Spitfire Mk. I/II from Airfix. it’s such a pleasant little kit to build, and less than US$10.00, so why not build a few. Out f the box one can build a two bladed Mk. I, a three bladed Mk. I, or a Mk. II. And you can also build a Mk. Va from it, though that is not documented in the instructions.

A fairly new producer of after-market parts, 3D-Kits, has released a simple conversion set to crate a Spitfire LR (Long Range) Mk. IIa. These were Spitfires with a 70-gallon external tank permanently attached to the wing.  It did effect performance somewhat, but allowed these Spitfires to escort bombers on raids in 1941.

The parts are very simple- two halves of the tank, joined together and added to the Spitfire’s wing. 3D-Kits’ instructions clearly explain where to place it. And the set comes with two sets of markings for an LR Mk. IIa.

It’s a nice addition to add to my growing collection of 1/72 Spitfires.

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By Jon Bius

Jon Bius is a scale modeler, building models in a variety of genres, including Gunpla, Maschinen Krieger, Star Wars and other scifi. Through his blog and video channel, Jon shares the tools and techniques he uses to produce results than anyone can achieve - and have fun doing so!