Having read all the writings by the sages on the other channel I thought I would share my thoughts on this kit.
To start with Airfix should be praised for giving us this kit as the real aircraft had a relatively small run production wise.
Some of the criticism vented by others is not totally justified, although there are several problems with the one I am building.
I should stress that the problems encountered may only be with the kit on the workbench[or my ham fistedness]
To start with the instructions are pretty poor.
The particular kit I have has some "flat" areas on the fuselage behind the prop.which distort the shape of the forward fuselage and required filler to reshape it.
The trailing edge of the "gull wing" does not fit to the bottom of the fuselage correctly and requires a fair bit of gentle sanding to get the correct fit.
A lot of the small parts are located on the sprues by four gates which makes the removal very difficult.
The plastic used is very soft harder plastic would probably be an advantage to us modellers.
For the life of me I can't work out the reasoning in having to cut the wingtips off, surely separate wing tips would have made more sense as the ones on the clear sprue do not fit properly
IMHO I think the detailing is acceptable, under a coat of paint it will reduce the panel lines.
In conclusion as an engineer the kit is overcomplicated,why they didn't have a good look at the Spitfire 22/24 and go down the same route parts and construction wise as this kit was surely one of the best ever produced by Airfix.
I could probably have built two 22/24s in the time taken to get this one to its present state.
Overall it looks good but requires a lot more work than it should for a modern kit
I've got my tin hat ready now.