Spitfire MK Vlll 145 Squadron. San Severo, Italy, 1943 Flown by Lance Wade
American Lance Wade was a true Yank in the RAF. Near the end of his combat career Squadron Leader "Wildcat" Wade flew a Spitfire VIII with the serial JF472 and the codes ZX-J. Wade made his final claims in ZX-J; 2 Fw190s destroyed on 2 October and 3 more FW.190s damaged on 3 November.. Before the year was out Wade was promoted to Wing Commander and appointed to Desert Air Force Staff HQ. However, the appointment was short lived. Wade was killed 12 January 1944 when his Spitfire crashed on take-off from Foggia.
I built the out of the box except for the decals. They are from Fundekals and are excellent. I would suggest if you have not explored their site that you do so. This was built for a gentleman and the only thing he insisted upon were the rounded wing tips. This does not comply with the information supplied by Fundekals but he was paying for it so he got rounded wing tips. This kit extraordinary except for the fact that I could not make the magnets work that held the front cowl on. Plus the fact that the cowls would not cover over the engine like they were suppose to. My customer agreed to have the cowling closed permanently and thus it made the build easier. I thought it was me that was only me that had this problem. I read Tom's review of his build and he said he had the same problem. So I don't feel so bad now and am in good company with this problem.