Clipped and Thinned: An Oddball Spit

While the Spitfire is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful aircraft of WWII, if not ever, not all versions of this legendary bird looked as good as the others. One of the more oddly-shaped and less “Spitfire-like” of the lot was the LF. XVI.

The clipped wings and bubble top combined with the squarish cowl around the Merlin give the Mk. XVI Spitfire a distinctive, yet not always appreciated, planform. Of course, I love my esoteric subjects, so when I had a chance to build the 1/72 Matchbox Spitfire Mk. IX/XVI I took it! Check out this little chestnut, all finished and ready to go, on the Planes page.


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