Kit # A05135
Spitfire Mk XIV History

The Spitfire Mk.XIV was developed to improve on the high altitude performance of the Spitfire Mk XII.  The Mk.XIV combined elements of the Mk.VIII with the new 65 series twin supercharged Rolls Royce Griffon engine.  As the airframe was developed, more and more modifications were made, such as the cutback fuselage with bubble canopy and the “E” wing which featured clipped wingtips and improved armament. The Spitfire Mk XIV could climb at over 5000 feet per minute and achieve a top speed of 446 mph.

Airfix Spitfire FR Mk XIV Video Review Series (pt 1)
Airfix Spitfire FR Mk XIV Video Review Series (pt 2)
Airfix Spitfire FR Mk XIV: A Few Fixes

The basic review of the Airfix 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk. XIV was done to show the kit as it would go together right from the box, with a minimum of cleanup or special adjustment. The review pretty much just followed the instructions.  But in this short video, I want to suggest solutions for a couple of, what I consider to be, the two significant shortcomings of the kit: the cover over the forward fuel tank and the gaps at the wing root joint.

Airfix Spitfire Mk XIV construction
Airfix Spitfire Mk.XIV kit A05135 Instruction Booklet
Airfix Spitfire Mk XIV Kit A05135 Instructions
What about the Malcolm hood?

When Airfix first announced that they were doing a Mk XIV, the majority of modelers were expecting an earlier Mk XIVC or Mk XIVE with the Spitfire’s signature Malcolm hood.  For many, and myself included, the cutback bubble canopy version came as a disappointment.  As of this writing (3/2023), there is still not a satisfactory Mk XIV with the Malcolm hood.  To that end, I have outlined two different methods for going about a conversion of this Airfix kit to either a Spitfire Mk XIVC or Spitfire Mk XIVE (Here)

Spitfire MK XIV Conversion Page

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