Sunday 24 January 2016

Substandard Spitfire

While the paint was drying on my Fairey Battle I cracked open this Revell Spitfire kit.  While I only bought it a couple of years ago I knew the tooling must be getting on a bit but nothing prepared me for the degree to which this kit didn't fit together.  The plastic was very thin and almost every part was badly warped.
I often use bits of masking tape to hold parts together while the glue dries - but here the tape is also holding the thing in - more or less - the right shape.
Before that stage I had to bend several parts almost to breaking point in order to assemble the bloody thing.  What a horror!


Conrad Kinch said...

That seems a bit grim. Not an issue with it being assembled in Germany then?

Red_Cardinal said...

This sounds like the 60s Revell tooling. Unfortunately, (like Airfix) Revell has a habit of re-releasing ancient kits (some of which are very nasty) along with excellent new kits.

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
Hmm. Maybe this is the delayed revenge of the Luftwaffe?

Tim Gow said...

Red Cardinal
It certainly feels like an old kit. On the plus side, it was quite cheap!

Paul Foster said...

I think that plane may be more tape than plastic Tim!

Tim Gow said...

Paul Foster
It might have been quicker to make it just using the masking tape!

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...


I respect your perseverance!

Tim Gow said...

My thanks - it's a grim task!