Seafire Mk XV (RCN)

Airfix Seafire Mk XV.
Airfix Seafire Mk XV of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Seafire Mk XV converted from Spitfire Mk XII with Seafire XVII wings.

This is the Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mk XII kit cross-kitted with the spare wings from their Seafire Mk XVII kit, plus some addition items. The build took me about 9 years to complete as it sat on my ‘shelf of doom’ for much of that time.

The final finished build shown in the photographs represents a Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947.

In the photographs – and it’s not meant to be a diorama, just a bit of scene dressing – the truck is the Airfix 1/76 AEC tanker, there’s a 1/48 scale Airfix trolley acc. chocks, and in the distance is 1/300 scale Bedford trucks and Dodge weapons carrier. There’;s also an scratch-built RNAS Mainhill hangar made from card in the same 1/300th scale. The back scene is a photo I took on the way home from work last year, in 2019 – just south of the Thames at Lechlade – and printed on 3 sheets of A4/letter paper (I photoshop’d out the seam lines). And the whole lot is plonked on a war hammer play mat and bit card to represent the hardstanding/pan.

Additional items used in this build:

  • Cloned parts (cast by me) from the Airfix Seafire Mk XVII kit:
    • Large rudder
    • Large oil cooler/radiator tub
    • Carburettor intake
  • Use of the spare tail hook from the MK XVII kit.
  • Modifications needed:
    • Clipped wheel covers.
    • Fuselage strengthening strips – longerons – added to the fuselage sides
    • Lifting/hoist points also added
    • Catapult hooks added under the wing either side of the carb intake
    • Re-shaped elevator horn balances to later double-cranked style
    • Scratch-built tail wheel guard from some micro brass tubing
  • Enhancements:
    • Resin exhausts
    • Resin block tread wheels
  • Decals for the aeroplane are from Model Alliance.

Manufacturer

Airfix

Boxart Supermarine Spitfire MkXII A05117 Airfix

Boxart Supermarine Seafire F.XVII A06102 Airfix

Scale

1/48

Links

Scalemates – Supermarine Spitfire MkXII Airfix kit No. A05117

Scalemates – Supermarine Seafire F.XVII Airfix kit No. A06102

Colour Images

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Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.

Black & White Images

Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.
Supermarine Seafire Mk XV, serial PR479, “L”, of 803 Squadron on board HMCS Warrior during November 1947. Airfix kit-bash in 1/48th scale.

My Mistakes

The main mistake made is that I managed to get the Extra Dark Sea Grey and the Dark Slate Grey – the two main camo colours – around the wrong way. I didn’t notice until well after several more layers of vanish and decals. Doh! But, hey, so what? The root issue was that damn Airfix moulded-open hood; where the rear and middle sections are moulded together causing a mental mind puzzle for painting inner and outer surfaces. Anyway, before attaching the hood it was pre-painted to show the external colour on the airframe visible under the centre sliding section. Here’s the rub; I got this right in terms of colour! But covered it up with masking before final painting the rest of the airframe. There was so much time in between steps that I forgot which way around I had the colours – and I failed to read the paint scheme instructions correctly. So now there’s a miss match of camo colour under the hood. More obvious to the naked eye than in the photos.

Overall, that damn hood caused all the problems in the first place – through my own fault I damaged the original and needed to get a replacement, which I then damaged as well! Hence the shelf of doom.

There are other issues, such as, in my view, too much chipping. I did want it to look tired, as if ready for the scrap yard. I even planned to have a flat tyre (but those beautiful Eduard resin wheels were too good to mess with).

I’m now just glad it’s finished.

Enjoy.

Here’s build photo showing the dry-fitting of the Seafire XVII wing stubs to the Spitfire Mk XII fuselage. You can also see the added strengthening strips and hoist attachment points that I added. 

Seafire Mk XV - Airfix Spitfire XII and Seafire XVII cross-kitting
Seafire Mk XV – Airfix Spitfire XII and Seafire XVII cross-kitting
Seafire Mk XV - Airfix Spitfire XII and Seafire XVII cross-kitting almost complete with major assemblies ready to bring together.
Seafire Mk XV – Airfix Spitfire XII and Seafire XVII cross-kitting almost complete with major assemblies ready to bring together.