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Spitfire Mk.II LR Conversion 1/72 Spitfire Mk.II LR Conversion First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2011 Manufacturer
Subject Spitfire Mk.II LR Conversion Scale 1/72
Set Number 72C002 Media Styrene
Pros Complete conversion for Spitfire Mk.I/II kits Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (BP) £4.75

First Look is a new (to me) producer of interesting conversions for primarily 1/72 scale aircraft. This set takes the recent Airfix 1/72 Spitfire I/II kits and provides two halves of the slipper tank fitted to the port wing for extra fuel/range. These parts are rendered in injection-molded styrene rather than resin, so this conversion is suitable for less-experienced modelers as well as the AMS modeler. This conversion can also be fitted to the older Airfix Spitfire Mk.I or the Tamiya or Hasegawa kits, but some filing and fitting will be required.

Spitfire Mk.II LR Conversion

In addition to the plastic parts, this set also includes markings for two examples:

  1. Spitfire Mk.IIa LR, P8448, 152 Sqn, UM-D, 1941
  2. Spitfire Mk.IIa LR, P7898, 66 Sqn, LZ-C, 1941

I find several aspects of this company's approach to aftermarket conversions and details quite refreshing from several aspects:

  1. The conversions are simple
  2. The conversion parts are injection-molded plastic, not resin, so less experienced modelers can try them
  3. They don't provide the airframe conversion alone, they also provide relevant decals and instructions to complete the project

You can obtain conversions directly from the website.

My sincere thanks to for this review sample!