Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I 1/48 TAMIYA Review – Features, Pros & Cons

  • By: Richard
  • Date: September 16, 2021
  • Time to read: 3 min.

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II from TAMIYA America, Inc. is a 1/48 scale model kit of the British fighter aircraft that served in WWII and beyond.

It features an all-new cockpit with decals for instrument and control panels and optional parts to depict a later production Mk.VIII or earlier production Mk.IX, depending on your preference.

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II is a great kit for those who want to build an accurate British fighter aircraft from WWII and beyond, but it might not be the right choice if you’re looking for something simpler or with less detail. The cockpit parts are well detailed so that painting will take considerably more time than on kits without painting detail.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I will make any of us good ol’ Yanks proudest yet!

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I

  • full engine detail;
  • detailed wheel wells and landing gear doors;
  • optional undercarriage position (up or down) to show after landing gear installation;
  • one option part per type;
  • three types of propeller blades (two early style – one late style);
  • two types of radiator shrouds (early or late);
  • plus two different exhaust pipes;
  • six spinner types (four early and too late);
  • three types of engine cowlings (too early, one late) plus a clear cowling for the open cockpit option;
  • optional fuselage panel line detail to depict an earlier production Spitfire Mk.I or later production Mk.VII;
  • detailed landing gear bays with separate controls;
  • oleo scissors, and outer door detail;
  • sixteen options depict three different airframe mottles: early 1945, late 1941, or 1944-1945.
Pros

Fly through the clouds or into them, if you dare—the Spitfire Mk. I am ready for combat at your command with this 1/48 scale model kit! Re-creating nearly every detail of this legendary WWII fighter-bomber, our Tamiya kit includes a figure depicting a seated pilot and parts to build up the wings, landing gear, and stabilizer blades off single-seaters as well double seat variants.

Likewise realistic are the photo-etched parts to create clear plastic radiator screens, oil coolers, gun sights, and so much more! With skill level classified as “advanced,” expert assembly is required, but it’ll be worth it when you’re done building what many would call undoubtedly one of England.

Cons

After all of the positives surrounding this model, I’m disappointed in it. The photo-etched parts seem like a bit too much for little bits at such an affordable price point. It’s not really worth adding that $10 more when you can get something with better content just by switching brands.

And YouTube has some phenomenal videos about this model, so if you’re paying any attention to feedback or reviews from other users, then my opinion is critical to consider before purchasing this one for yourself – as happy as I am with Tamiya products, they don’t have to be perfect and neither should anyone else’s product.

Conclusion

All in all, the TAM61119 is a great model for beginners and advanced builders alike. It’s an affordable kit that will make any enthusiast very happy, especially given its incredible detail on both the exterior and interior of the aircraft. If you are looking for your next project to take on as a builder, be sure to give this one some consideration! And if you need help getting started or have questions about what kind of paints or other materials work best with it – don’t hesitate.

Richard

Hi! I'm Richard Baker, a miniature painter who has been painting for about ten years. My website is packed with great advice that I've learned from both books and personal experience on building and painting miniatures.

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