Correcting Hasegawa's 1/48
Spitfire VIII/IX Kits
by Francis Gallemi
Hasegawa 1/48 scale
Spitfire IX Fuselage
with styrene inserts to correct fuselage length
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk. IX is available online from Squadron.com
Correcting Hasegawa's 1/48 Spitfire IX
Bruce Archer's article
comparing the available kits of the Spitfire Mk. IX in the
reference section of HyperScale is very informative and outlines the
major problems that affect the overall accuracy.
The 1/48 scale Hasegawa Spitfire VIII and IX kits are especially
plagued with outline problems as is clearly visible in the photos.
Bruce mentions, however that, the Hasegawa kit is "very hard if not
impossible to fix".
Having bought the kit prior to reading his article, I was very
disappointed with these errors. I thought to myself that it must
be possible to save this otherwise nicely detailed kit. After all, the
Hasegawa kit does have the best detail and it would be a shame to
discard simply because of an outline shape error. So I enlarged the
scale plans mentioned in the article and set out to correct the kit.
The photo above shows the final result.
The correction itself is not difficult but rather time time
consuming. I would say that if you have the kit already in your
collection, then it probably is worth a try at correcting. If you
don't have the kit, well, that's up to the individual.
Hope this helps out and if anyone has any questions, just let me
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