The Seafire Mk. XV
The Griffon engined Seafire Mk. XV was the Royal Canadian Navy’s introduction to fighter aircraft in the early post war years. Thirty five were taken on strength by the RCAF in 1946. They were transferred to the RCN in 1947, even though they had been operated by the Navy for the previous year. The Seafires were flown off the HMCS Warrior by 803 and 883 Squadrons until being replaced by Sea Furys in 1948; after which they were operated for training and exhibition purposes until late 1949. The remaining aircraft at that time were relegated to use as ground based training aids. Two former Royal Canadian Navy Seafires survive today, one in a Museum in Alberta and an airworthy example with a private owner in the United States.
The Seafire Mk. XV in 1/72 Scale
As far as I know, the first complete Seafire Mk. XV kit was issued by Ventura Hobby Products of New Zealand in the 1980s. This is a very early example of a short run injection molded plastic kit with thick sprue gates, extensive flash, brittle plastic, and flow lines inside the parts that resemble tree roots. It had some metal parts, vacuform canopies, and a nice decal sheet that included a Royal Canadian Navy example. I’m sure a very experience modeler could turn out a nice model from this kit, but for the rest of us mere mortals, it really isn’t worth considering. The plastic in my example was so brittle it was impossible to remove the parts from the sprues without them shattering.