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Spitfire F.24 – A ‘What If’ build

October 3, 2015 in Aviation

Like most folks (especially aviation modellers) in the hobby, I’ve built a number of ‘What If’ projects over the years.

When I do them, I tend to do them as ‘relatively possible’, I’m not one for building rocket-powered Sopwith Camels’ in lo-vis Lithuanian markings. A lot of my ‘What Ifs’ have had back-stories of varying complexities but this isn’t one of them.

I picked-up this (superb) Airfix 1:48 Spitfire F.24 a few years ago for very little money and I knew away back then ‘EXACTLY’ how it was going to look – and so here it is, a post-war French Air Force machine wearing bright ‘pre-war’ style squadron heraldry and not too weathered. The paint is all Humbrol & Xtracolour enamels, the decals from various Carpena sheets and I enjoyed every minute of it. And lets be honest, isn’t the enjoyment the point of our hobby ??.

Thanks for taking the time to look and or comment, please feel free to ask any questions make any comments or post any criticisms.



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11 responses to Spitfire F.24 – A ‘What If’ build

  1. I like your approach to what if projects. It should be historically plausible. Your Spitfire looks amazing in French markings. Well done!!!

  2. Certainly within the realm of possibility, and a nice build as well. I like it.

  3. I like it,You should check out my “What if ” seafire in my gallery ,I think you will like it.

  4. I’ve never set out to actually BUILD a ‘what-if’ (although many of my completions oughta be IN that category) – 🙁
    If ya hadn’t told me, I probably wouldn’t have known this WAS a “what-if”.

    p.s. But I woulda caught the rocket-powered Sopwith Camel – LOL

  5. Ian, plausible build, I like it. I know the French had Mk Vs and IXs, so this isn’t a stretch. The escadre (?) markings look right, too. Oh, cracking build, too.

  6. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Interesting concept Ian, nice work.

  7. Thank you all. Glad you like it. Back to the (modelling) ‘real world’ now, there’s a ‘Dinah’ and a BAe Hawk fighting for my attention in the ‘man cave’ !!


  8. Sharp looking machine! How about a ME-262 in Vichy French colors? I just bought an old Revell one but I’ve been looking something different to do. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Nice looking build, and of course it’s about enjoying yourself! Very colorful result on this one – I like it a lot!

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