The Seafire Mk. XV

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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.

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