Birth of a Legend
Supermarine Type 300
CMR, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||CMR No 170 Spitfire Prototype
|Contents and Media:
||24 beautifully cast, cream coloured
resin parts, 2 vac-formed canopies (one spare), decals for one aircraft
plus 3 pages of instructions with six build drawings and one paint/decal
(available online from Hannants)
||Highly detailed inside and out,
finely engraved panel detail and excellent decals.
||Multi-media suggests not for
||Highly Recommended to all
by Glen Porter
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The prototype Spitfire first flew on the 5th of March 1936 at Eastleigh
Airport piloted by Mutt Summers. Most modellers will know this already
so I'm not going to go any further with it. What I will say is that this
kit is designed to represent that aircraft on that day only, that is, at
its first flight.
The three main castings, two fuselage halves and one-piece main wing are
beautifully done and highly detailed.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The fuselage halves are not on casting blocks but have small blocks
in several places on the lower edge which will have to be removed along
with some flash. There is some interior sidewall detail but I don't
think it is terribly accurate, however I don't think this is a major
problem as most will not be very visible once the model is complete.
There is also some very slight warpage front to back which will also
have to be dealt with.
The one-piece wing is attached to its casting block via four slim sprues
from the leading edge and wafer thin flash for its whole length which
should not be hard to clean up. The wheel wells are suitably deep and
the upper surface detail is that of the prototype before it had any
armaments fitted. The rest of the parts are on six casting blocks and
care will have to be taken while removing them. There is only one vac-formed
part but it contains two canopies, in case there is a slip with the
The decal sheet, by MPD, cater for this one specific aircraft, K5054 and
provides all the markings seen on it at its first flight. There is a
bonus set of underwing serials in case you would like to model it at a
later time in its short history.
Because this kit is designed as the prototype Spitfire at its first
flight, undercarriage covers are not supplied.
For someone like me who has never built an all-resin kit, this looks
like an ideal candidate as there are only 24 parts and I don't
anticipate any major problems.
Thanks to CMR for the review sample
CMR Models are available
online from Hannants in the UK,
NKR Models in Australia and
quality specialist model retailers worldwide.
Review Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 29 September, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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