Improving the Spitfire Mk.XVI from Italeri
by Claudio Kalicinski © Modeler Site
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As you probably already know, the Italeri kit is a reboxing of the Occidental kit. This kit was harshly criticized because it had some nose shape problems. I read in other web pages that the kit was fixed, but it wasn’t. However, this reboxing looks far better, with its stunning box art and large decal sheet, than the previous Occidental release.
The cockpit does not have many details but they are enough to create a good looking interior, I like the instrument’s panel and its raised detail but a decal of separate instruments would be nice to complete the effect. However a decal is given for the seatbelts.
You have to remove the wing molded gun access doors and (the plastic in the wing interior for this panel is thinned down to aid cutting) replace them with the separate gun access doors, to make the "E" wing (canon bulge outboard). You also need to fill the four cartridge ejector holes because the "E" wing does not have the .303in guns and open the ejector hole for the canon. Also, the wing lacks the prominent bulges over the wheel wells.
The tires are nicely represented, even with the maker name on them (Dunlop). Wheel hubs are separate from the tires, and you have the choice between covered or three spoke wheel hubs. Anyway I never saw a picture of a Mk.XVI with covered wheel hubs.
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