1/48 Messerspit Tamiya + Fusion Models (Captured Spitfire Mk.Vb with DB605 Engine)
This cross breed Spitfire model was built in 2011. It is 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire MkVb mated with Fusion DB605 conversion set. This aircraft (Spitfire MkVb serial EN850 / NX-X) flown by P/O Bernard Scheidhauer was captured in Jersey island (between England and France) after a crash landing on November 18, 1942 . Scheidhauer's aircraft (EN830) was shipped to Daimler Benz factory in Echterdingen- Germany. Several flights were made by Daimler-Benz pilots before conversion was attempted . A standard DB 605A-1 engine was mounted to the firewall . Spinner, propeller and carburator scoop are added from a Bf-109G. With german camouflage and yellow-painted nose modified EN830 served officially as a test bed . Its career ended on August 14, 1944 when a formation of US bombers attacked to Echterdingen
I used “Captured Spitfire Mk.Vb with DB605 Engine set” from “Fusion Models” for the conversion.
Eduard PE instrument panel, Ultracast resin seat and Quickboost gunsight added in the cockpit
Armament on the wings are deleted.
The painting was done with Gunze Sangyo acrylics. Camouflage scheme is RLM 74 /75 over RLM 04 .
Unfortunately decals are not included in the set. National insignias and swastikas are from my spare box.
Thanks to Mr Tarık Soylu for home made decals of black code letters (CJ ZY) on the fuselage and the wings.
Finally I replaced the cockpit door from Ultracast.
Reference: On special Missions-The Luftwaffe's Research and Experimental Squadrons 1923-1945