Here is another Spitfire with an interesting nose art and history behind the markings. This Spitfire Mk. IX was loaned to the USAAF to test the long range capability of the Spitfire. It was fitted with extra fuel tanks, one of which was installed in the fuselage behind the pilot and two more which were P-51 drop tanks mounted on underwing pylons. All unnecessary weight was removed, including the 4 outboard machine guns.
This airplane was Flown by Lt. Col. Gustav Lundquist from Dayton, Ohio to a base in England arriving on the 4th of July 1944. It was one of the first Spitfires to fly the North Atlantic ferry route. It crash-landed in Greenland on the trip and upon waiting repairs, the crew chief there asked it he could adorn it with some nose art.
The kit is a Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. IX.