This is the 1/32 Spitfire Mk. IX model built by Polish modeller Tomasz Hajzler, spotted and photographed during the 2009 IPMS Open modelling show in Stockholm.
The markings represent EN459 ZX-1, one of the earliest Spitfires Mk. IX that fought in the Western Desert, operated by Skalski’s Circus – a flight of Polish pilots operating within No. 145 Squadron RAF. This machine is usually associated with the ace pilot Eugeniusz Horbaczewski, but it was also flown by other Poles in that unit.
Tomasz used the Hasegawa Spitfire Mk. V kit as a basis for his model, replacing a new resin Mk. IX nose. Detailing work included new cockpit interior, open armament compartments, flaps in the down position and various hatches.
The modeller’s rendition of the camouflage and markings on the model is remarkable. Tomasz has built and finished it to exactly match the looks of this Spitfire on the sole existing colour photo of EN459, including the oversprays and blemishes on the national insignia and the “reversed” Polish Air Force checkerboard below the cockpit.