Airfix 1/600 HMS Warspite
An In Box Review
by Ian Wilkins
Probably the most famous modern ship of the Royal Navy along with Hood, Warspite saw service in both world wars and underwent a variety
of appearance changes over her long career. She entered service in April 1915 and did not
complete scrapping until 1955.
This is another venerable old kit from the Airfix range and is currently
available. It is one of the better quality Airfix releases, not as good as their top kits
like Repulse, KGV, or Prinz Eugen, but it carries a reasonable level
of detail and seems quite accurate. The kit depicts Warspite in her late 30s appearance
after her last and most radical refit where a new style tower bridge was added.
The mouldings are very good considering this kit's age, there being no flash
present and no sinkmarks. The hull is nicely done showing interesting detail along the
anti torpedo bulges. Gun barrels are fine enough but have exaggerated muzzle flare which
needs to be sanded off.
The hull moulding measures six scale feet short of Warspite's actual
length. Warspite and Barham were longer that their sisters by four feet so
if you are interested in extreme accuracy the kit is a good compromise for all ships in
This kit would no doubt make a good basis for conversion projects especially
considering the large number of appearance changes that ships of this class went through.
Converting to WWI appearance would be require the removal of the previously mentioned
bulges, however, - a less that trivial undertaking. Perhaps making a waterline model would
be the answer.
The re-release of this kit and Iron Duke by Airfix are very welcome.
Hopefully more will follow in the near future.