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#639 Spitfire Mk.XIV

Building the beautiful candy red G-Fire Spitfire Mk.XIV from Airfix in 1:48 scale. No electronics in this one.



Who can resist a bit of candy? Obviously not me, as the bright red G-Fire scheme sold me on this kit. Not doing anything special with it - just a clean out-of-the-box build that I’ve had running in the background for a while.

The Kit

The Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV comes with a couple of striking civilian schemes. The kit goes together beautifully and is reasonably well detailed. I think the tool is from 2019, while these schemes are in the 2020 boxing.


The Subject

The Spitfire Mk.XIV is one of the Griffon-powered variants using a Rolls-Royce Griffon 65.

The G-FIRE registration belonged to Spencer Flack/Classic Air Displays, Elstree, from January 1979, for aircraft serial number NH904.


A05139 Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XIV G-Fire, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England, 1988. (A)

Recommended Used Features
Humbrol 11 Metallic Silver 77.701 wheel well
Humbrol 19 Red - Gloss Mr Hobby Aqueous H3 fuselage
Humbrol 21 Black - Gloss 70.950 Black  
Humbrol 22 White - Gloss 70.951 White spinner, undercarriage
Humbrol 24 Trainer Yellow - Matt 70.952 Lemon Yellow prop tips
Humbrol 26 Khaki - Matt    
Humbrol 33 Black - Matt 70.950 Black propeller, tires
Humbrol 53 Gunmetal - Metallic Humbrol 53 wheel rims
Humbrol 56 Aluminium - Metallic Humbrol 56 fuselage interior
Humbrol 61 Flesh - Matt    
Humbrol 62 Leather - Matt 70.843 Cork Brown seat walls
Humbrol 78 Cockpit Green Humbrol 78 cockpit walls, chair frame
Humbrol 85 Black - Satin 70.950 Black cockpit controls
Humbrol 155 Matt Olive Drab - Matt    
  77.701 Aluminium wheel wells


This is a nice new 2019 tooling and fit is great. And with only 118 parts, it goes together in no time.


The cockpit has a enough detail that I didn’t mind going with the out-of-the-box parts and decals. “Perfect Pits” enthusiasts would probably want a whole lot more after-market though.

build02a build02b

Fuselage together…


Loving that red - Mr Hobby Aqueous H3.

build03a build03b build03c build03d

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LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.