The Supermarine Seafire, an icon of the skies and soon to be the star of your Airfix workshop, is making a triumphant comeback to our collection after being absent for a decade.
The Seafire XVII marked the first in its lineage to sport a trimmed rear fuselage and a distinctive teardrop-shaped canopy. It had the capacity to carry an expanded arsenal, made possible by a sturdier construction. This variant, equipped with fuel tanks and rockets under its wings, served on the battlefront until the early 1950s, at which point it transitioned into a training role.
Considering the Navy’s response to the widely cherished Spitfire, this marvel took the world by storm with its unparalleled performance under challenging circumstances. It proved adept at launching from and landing on aircraft carriers, an asset that enabled it to assert a commanding presence over both land and sea. Its wings folded to ensure rapid takeoffs and safe landings on naval vessels, expanding its operational radius over the waters.
The breathtaking design emphasised speed and agility, with its sleek, aerodynamic shape embodying sophistication and enhanced maneuverability. This Seafire could achieve maximum speeds of about 378 miles per hour (608km/h), providing pilots with a resolute upper hand.
About the Model
The Supermarine Seafire FXVII model kit by Airfix offers an unforgettable experience to both beginner and seasoned hobbyists. This premium kit, standing at a 1:48 scale, allows you to recreate this impressive aircraft with a meticulous attention to detail that showcases its distinct attributes.
Inside the box, you’ll find high-quality parts designed to snap together perfectly, producing a seamless and sturdy rendition of the Seafire FXVII. Airfix’s commitment to authenticity shines through in every feature – from the trademark teardrop-style canopy to the intricately reproduced cut-down rear fuselage.
This kit doesn’t just allow you to build an aircraft; it transports you back in time, letting you experience a piece of aviation history. The well-illustrated guide provides clear, step-by-step instructions, ensuring an enjoyable building process that rewards you with a stunning display piece.
In addition to the kit’s 143 parts decals are included for the three different schemes.
1. Supermarine Seafire F.XVII, No.767 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset, England, 1955
2. Supermarine Seafire F.XVII, No.807 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Vengeance, 1947
3. Supermarine Seafire F.XVII, 1831 Royal Naval Air Station Stretton (HMS Blackap), Chesire, England, 1947-1951
Whether you’re new to the world of model-building or a seasoned pro, the Supermarine Seafire FXVII kit from Airfix is a rewarding project that offers hours of enjoyment, and the finished product is a testament to the ingenuity and innovation of mid-century aviation.