1:48 Fleet Air Arm Kits, Reviews 'n' Builds Tamiya


If you want a relaxing build, you can do no better than to build and paint Tamiya's 1st Generation Spitfire Mk.I...

The ease with which it went together and the pleasing way it looks now complete, all added up to a project that I would happily repeat.

Hey everyone!

Last week I spent a few days building and painting the 30-year-old Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I. The model represents a Mk.I in the colours of a Royal Navy training unit, chosen in this case as a change from the more recognisable RAF machines that at that time, wore little more than their standard Dark Earth/Dark Green camouflage. If you’d like to see the actual aircraft that I’ve modelled here, please click the following IWM link, where you will find a nice picture of it in all of its weather-beaten glory!


The model was built from the box with no modifications, the project being a simple lead-in to the newer builds in my upcoming Spitfire ‘Modelling An Icon‘ book that will be released later this month. This was such an enjoyable model. It was both relaxing and fulfilling, the ease with which it went together and the pleasing way it looks now complete, all added up to a project that I would happily repeat.

As these models are often a collaborative effort, I would like to thank Dave Fleming for his help with the colour scheme and markings details, without whose help I may have had to build another Battle of Britain machine! I’d also like to thank you all for watching along. I hope you like it!

If you would like to read more about this model and the subsequent Mk.I released by Tamiya (amongst others), please check out details of my new modelling title, details of which you can find here.

Thanks a lot and have a great day!

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I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!


  1. Lovely build Spencer! Looking forward to the book!


  2. Gerry Doyle

    Love the Grey/Green scheme on the Mk1.


  3. Darren McQuillan

    I never tire of looking at a Spitfire. Lovely work.


  4. Howard Kilburn

    Amen to a relaxing build Spencer… the old Tamiya Mk1 and V are my go to models when I need a mojo boost
    Regards Howard


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