I just got these three models finished in the wee hours of the Autumn morning.
The models represent three machines from the Polish and Eagle Squadrons, respectively. All kits are Hasegawa 1/48th and though I suffered a lot of distractions these oft-maligned kits were a fairly quick and easy build in just about a month.
The details on the Mk. IX are much better than on the 15-year old Mk. Vb kit, but I think they all represent the breed favourably and I’m very happy to transition them from stash to shelf.
Here are the specifics:
1. Spitfire Mk. Vb flown by Flight Lieutenant Carroll McColpin, No. 71 Squadron (Eagle), North Weald, Fall 1941. Hasegawa 1/48th kit with Ultracast seat and exhausts and Cutting Edge GM-2 Gunsight.
2. Spitfire Mk. Vb flown by Wing Cdr Stephan Witorzenc, No. 1 Polish Fighter Wing, Kirton-in-Lindsay, Autumn 1942. Hasegawa 1/48th kit with Ultracast seat and exhausts and Cutting Edge GM-2 Gunsight.
3. Spitfire Mk. IXc flown by Flight Lieutenant Otto Smik, No. 312 Czech Squadron, Lympne, Fall 1944. Ultracast seat, exhausts, lower cowl, propeller, and spinner. Cutting Edge Mk. 9 Gunsight.
Oddly, the kit codes for Witorzenc were more accurate than the aftermarket set I had, though certainly not perfect. On his Dieppe Raid machine, photos indicate that his codes were kind of rough and oddly-proportioned. I figured the decals were within the standard of deviation for my ability to fix them, so I left them as is. I hope all’s well with you and that you’re enjoying all this Spitfire, I’m already setting up for my next project… predictably enough, I’m crossing the Channel over to occupied France and Holland for my next dual build.
Happy modelling to all.