Spitfire Mk.Vb, 185 Sqn. RAF, Malta, 1942 – by Tamiya in 1/48th. scale
The defence of Malta; what a stirring story. The only island to receive a George Cross & one of only two collective awards, in this case in April 1942, by King George VI which states:
“To honour her brave people, I award the George Cross to the Island Fortress of Malta to
bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history.”
To an avid aircraft modeller Malta provides an almost unique opportunity to indulge in a huge variety of camouflage schemes; European & tropical schemes: grey, blue & azure or sky repaints or oversprays; Mediterranean & probably many more variations on the original colour schemes. My references for these are Brian Cauchi’s “Malta Vs – 1942. Colours & Markings (MMP Books) and Ospreys “Malta Spitfire Aces” by Steve Nichols; both absorbing reads, guaranteed to send you to your local hobby shop.
The model is Tamiya (of course) paints Gunze & decals Aero Master & represents the Mk.Vb flown by Flt Lt. John Plagis of 185 Sqn, RAF. As with all Tamiya kits, construction was easy, precise & speedy & the decals were superb to work with.
I hope you will excuse yet another Spitfire. You will have gathered by now that I can’t say no….
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